Vinyasa, Wine and Walking in Tuscany, Italy
Dynamic yoga, organic wine and stunning scenery to explore on foot. We’ve woven together our favorite things into a soulful, energizing and easygoing holiday, discovering the tastes, landscapes and earthy magic of southern Tuscany.
Type of Event
Two options available: Full week's retreat from 21 - 28 September 2014 or a shorter getaway starting 24 - 28 September 2014.
Shared accommodation 840 - 960 euro per person for the full week. Single en suite room 1240 euro. Price includes accommosation, meals, yoga, excursions. Does not include transport to and from the venue.
Balance effort and ease: enjoy vinyasa yoga classes, plus guided hikes to organic local wine estates for tastings and al fresco dining. Discover the hidden gems of southern Tuscany: medieval towns and castles, Sant’Antimo Abbey and the restorative thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni.
Resident teacher, Nadia, and Mara, from It’s Yoga Firenze, are passionate about the practice and the region, and their enthusiasm is contagious. We believe that yoga is profound as well as playful, a vehicle for joyous self-expression, exploration and connection. Deepen your personal yoga practice in an inclusive and accepting environment.
* 2 daily Vinyasa and Rocket Yoga classes
* Accommodation at the magical Agriturismo Le Pianore ()
* Fresh farm-to-table Italian and Mediterranean food (seasonal and organic).
* Guided hikes to organic, local wine estates for tastings, castle tours and al fresco dining. (Brunello di Montalcino & Montecucco)
* Soaking up the restorative thermal waters in the ancient Roman bath town Bagno Vignoni.
* Gregorian chanting at the Romanesque Sant’Antimo abbey
* Optional massages and alternative therapies.
Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 8 days/7 nights OR Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 5 days/4 nights
A TYPICAL DAY:
* Tea, coffee and juices available early
* Morning Practice
Wake the body sweetly, moving slowly and with consciousness.
* Wholesome Brunch
Local ricotta with farm honey. Organic muesli, fruit and home-made yoghurt. Frittata and bruschetta. Freshly baked whole grain bread and pastries, a selection of teas and of course Italian coffee!
* Your time is your own
Relax poolside, take walks on the estate, indulge in holistic therapies or join us on various excursions. (Organised excursions: guided hikes to organic wine tasting, thermal springs… se below)
* Afternoon circle workshop
Explore all aspects of the practice: discussions on pranayama, bandhas, asana and more.
* Evening Practice
A fun, dynamic and intensely satisfying Rocket mix. For more info on the Rocket series see or
* Delicious and generous Italian dinner with the freshest local and seasonal organic produce. We cater for all tastes (vegetarian and non vegetarian) as well as special diets.
From the hills of the Val d’Orcia to the Maremma coast, Tuscany is a paradise for walkers, cyclists, bon-vivants and art buffs alike. With Le Pianore as our base, we are perfectly poised to explore the many riches of this natural and cultural wonderland. Three excursions are included in the 8 day holiday:
Hike from Agriturismo Le Pianore to Castello di Potentino for wine tasting and dinner in an exceptional setting. Picnic lunch in the hilltop village of Montegiovi.
(4,5 hours walking over the course of the day).
For more information on this family-run farm and castle and the gorgeous wines they produce:
Visit the ancient Roman bath town of Bagno Vignoni overlooking the Val D’orcia. Soak in the restorative natural thermal spring waters and snack typical local deli produce before transferring back to Le Pianore.
Listen to monks singing at the beautiful Romanesque Sant’Antimo Abbey before setting off on foot toward the biodynamic San Polino wine farm for an al fresco practice followed by a tasting of exceptional Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. (2,5 hours walking)
Meet the winemakers and learn more about biodanymic farming:
* excursions 1 and 3 not necessarily in that order.
Some things are beyond our control: excursions can change due to the weather!
Other excursions such as day-trips to Siena or the beautiful beaches of Southern Tuscany can be organised for guests who wish to pack their trip with more punch (not included in cost of retreat).
MASSAGES AND HOLISTIC TREATMENTS
All treatments start from 65 EUR; rates to be confirmed at the moment of booking. Please note that therapists are paid directly by you in EUR (not credit card).
Between them Mara and Nadia speak 6 languages: English and Italian (both), Spanish & Norwegian (Mara), French and Afrikaans (Nadia). Classes are mainly in English and Italian, though we like to mix things up according to our guests’ needs.
Mara Guadagni graduated from Florence University in 2006. She continues to study cultural anthropology with a focus on Childhood Theater. She has been working since 2005 with the TeatrOsfera Company and GruppoAutoprod of Giovanni Carli. In 2010 she started her work as a performing arts resident clown at Meyer Hospital. She began practicing yoga in 2006 for theatre warm up until she found It's Yoga Florence and began to incorporate the Ashtanga system into her daily life. She completed her Yoga Alliance Certified Teaching Training program in 2011. She is now incorporating her background in childhood theatre and yoga to run the It’s Yoga Bambini Firenze program.
She teaches the Teacher Training courses at It’s Yoga Firenze (in both the English and Italian programmes) and co-facilitates the It's Yoga Gran Canaria and It's Yoga Helsinki Teacher trainings.
Mara plans yoga retreats from the north to the south of Italy and runs training workshops for teachers of yoga for kids.
to be upside down, the sea, fresh flowers,
nature, knowledge of ancient peoples, to love, to leave everything behind
the smell of books , fairy tales, creativity, food, tea, dancing,
red shoes, teaching, an unexpected caress, poems,
imperfection, the wind, to learn
to breathe, to live ….
In 1999 I went to Mexico, in love with a boy. Some months later l went home without the boy, but in love with the practice of yoga. Since that first Sun Salute on the beach in Tulum, yoga in many forms and styles has been a consistent source of joy, fascination and focus.
Several countries (South Africa, France, Italy), years of study (at the University of Cape Town, Sciences-Po Paris, Istituto Marangoni) and a string of professions later, yoga has remained the one constant in my life. It is a transformational journey with and into myself, and after twelve years of personal practice I committed to sharing this experience as a yoga teacher.
Much like the practice, the process of teaching is exhilarating and humbling, requires both spontaneity and self discipline, playfulness and mindfulness, passion and compassion.
I now live and teach in Tuscany where I have the privilege of sharing the practice with inspiring fellow teachers and students at the Le Pianore estate, throughout the year.
Airports: The most convenient local airports are Pisa, Rome and Florence. Pisa and Rome both have excellent train connections with Grosseto.
Rental cars are best picked up either at the airport or in the bigger cities.
Transfers: We can arrange shared and private car transfers from airports, train stations and cities. Please send us an inquiry for a detailed price list.