Italy retreat

La Dolce Vita, The Sweet Life Tuscany Retreat
Meditation, Breathwork & Yoga Experience

w/Patricia & Surya
Tuscany, Italy
May 25 – June 1, 2019

 Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy taught by Patricia and Surya, inspiring you with 35 years of teaching experience, to deepen your practice in yoga asana, and meditation and additionally offering transformational Breathwork sessions for healing, personal transformation, and expansion of consciousness.

You will be immersed in the beauty and slow pace of Tuscan life at Le Pianore, an 800 year old villa in the magnificent hills of Monte Amiata in Monticello, southern Tuscany.  With its spectacular views, fabulous walking, swimming pool bordered by cypress trees, and sumptuous cuisine, Le Pianore offers an environment of conscious sustainability, and an experience of the Italian way of living life where ease and enjoyment reign.  Reviews of Le Pianore may be found here on “Trip Advisor.”

Each day there will be three sessions. The focus of our sessions is to open energy pathways, expand awareness, quiet the mind and experience the stillness and ease of our True Nature.

Yoga sessions invite deep listening, fluid unwinding, and awakening sensation as guide back to body’s innate intelligence. This approach to practice, shifts the habit of “doing” asana to an unfolding, by feeling and sensing our way thru the practice. Sessions will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery.

Meditation and self inquiry sessions encourage becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature. The meditation sessions offer mindfulness and breath awareness based on Vipassana meditation as well as non-dual, open awareness meditation, and self inquiry.

Breathwork is a rare offering in yoga and meditation retreats and is an experience of personal transformation, enhanced well-being, and the direct experience of expanded consciousness.  It is a profound dimension of our retreats.

The ancient, rural beauty and the slow pace of life at Le Pianore, create a rare environment for refining awareness and deepening spiritual understanding in the process of retreat. To enhance the benefit of this yoga retreat, silent periods will be observed.

On the first day of the retreat, May 25, 2019, you will be picked up in Siena at the Hotel NH Excelsior on Via Tozzi at 3PM for the 40 minute ride to Le Pianore. Between inspiring practice sessions, enjoy walks on the sacred land and environs of Le Pianore, and to the nearby hill town. Perhaps you might plan to arrive a few days before or stay a few days after the retreat to enjoy Florence, Siena and the Tuscan hill towns, opening the heart to the slow, sensual way of life that is Italy and it’s unique gift of evoking both inner and outer beauty. All meals are vegetarian prepared from the organic gardens and imbued with long loved art of Italian cooking.

On the last day of retreat, June 1, 2019, we will leave Le Pianore after breakfast, arriving at Siena by 10AM from where you can make your connections to airports or embark on further travel in Italy.


May 25 Pick up in Siena at the N.H. Hotel Excelsior on Via Tozzi
(* note you may choose to fly into Florence, Pisa or Rome. However the ONLY pick up and drop off is in Siena.  Many people arrive a day or more earlier to tour Florence, Siena other areas of Tuscany or Italy)
3:00 PM meet at N.H. Hotel Excelsior on Piazza la Lizzie in Siena for the 40 minute drive to Le Pianore.

6:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Orientation and Meditation

May 26 – May 31 
6:30 – 7:30 Coffee, tea, fruit, yogurt
7:30 – 9:30 AM  Meditation, Yoga Asana
10:00 Brunch
4 – 6:00 PM  Yin and Restorative Yoga, Breathwork, Meditative Movement
6 PM Dinner
7:30 – 8:00  PM  Meditation

June 1
Departure after breakfast and shuttle to Sienna arriving 10 AM

Shared twin bed room w/private bath $1,595 per person
Single w/private bath $1,995 
(a few spaces left and offering a $200 discount off above prices)

Best fares are into Rome where there are many transportation options to Sienna.   You might check out TAP air as they often offer very reasonable fares to Italy.

Fee includes
-Transportation from the Siena to Le Pianore on the first day and from Le Pianore to the Siena bus station on the day of departure.
-7 nights lodging at Le Pianore in single, double or triple rooms. 
-Three meditation, breathwork and yoga sessions for full days spent at Le Pianore
– Organic Vegetarian Italian meals prepared by a professional chef served each day

The fee does not include
– Pick up or drop off on the first and last day from any point other than the Siena Hotel NH Excelsior at the appointed times..

NOTE: Important Travel Information

Choose a flight schedule to arrive in SIENA at Hotel NH Excelsior on Piazza La Lizzie on May 25 for the 3PM pickup. Train and bus service is quick and easy from all major airports in Italy into Siena. On the day of departure, June 1, we will have transport to SIENA  from where you can connect to other buses or to the Siena train station for travel to any airport, to Florence or to other areas of Italy. 

Further travel information on the FAQ link here and below.

To Register:

First please contact us to determine if space is available.  The retreat fee is due in full upon registration.  To register click here. Indicate that you are registering for the Italy retreat and your choice of accommodation.  Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

There are 18 spaces for this retreat.

For further information about this retreat please see FAQ page here.

To go to website of Le Pianore Retreat Center click here.

To read more about the style of teaching click here and here.

For a page with information on “Why take a Retreat” click here.

I’ve just returned from a 6 day yoga retreat at Le Pianore and can’t recommend it enough.The location is simply stunning and the whole place has vibrant warmth and heart running through it. The passion that exudes from Elena, her family and all her staff is infectious. Elena is a wonderful host, full of life, passion and crucial local knowledge. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the home cooking using local organic ingredients including vegetables grown on site and wine from Elena’s vineyard is simply divine. The ethos of using local organic ingredients extends throughout: bottles of olive oil and lavender oils from the garden were a real treat. Location wise, it’s suitably hidden in the Tuscan Hills, perfect if you want a respite from the hectic tourism of city life while a short hike into a rural local village. I left recharged and relaxed after 6 days under the Tuscan sun and wrapped in the warm glow of outstanding Italian hospitality. I’ll definitely be back for more. Bellissimo!

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