8 Days Artisan Trail, Meditation and Yoga Vacation in Tuscany, Italy

Transformative Yoga Vacation in Italy

Come and join La Vita in Equilibrio for a creative awakening week with yoga. Here, suspended in time, and waiting for you like the perfect muse, you will find the heart of Tuscany.It's a place where beauty and craft meet, where folklore and tradition survive, and a more gentle way of life prevails. From the banks of the Serchio river to the peaks of the Apuan Alps, there are valleys of silvery olive groves, a seemingly soft, almost velvet earth, surrounded by rivers and sloping forests of chestnut and pine. La Vita in Equilibrio will take you along the artisan’s trail, uncovering the stories and secrets of this exuberant land for a week of yoga and self-discovery.

Meet the instructors

Lisa & Jacqui
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • A private tour of Renaissance Villa Torrigiani
  • Silk and transformative astrology workshops
  • Pasta-making class with local master chef
  • A personalized massage treatments
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Pisa International Airport
Airport transfer included: Peretola Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

Villa Boccella is a true haven for relaxation nestled in a lyrical landscape, set amongst the terraced hills and a short distance from the medieval city of Lucca. An immaculately restored seventeenth-century Tuscan estate, Villa Boccella and its gorgeous grounds provide the ideal setting for this holiday. Each morning you will wake up to the sweet scent of jasmine, or perhaps take a chair under the rose-covered pergola. You might be inspired to follow the enchanting trails that lead you past the wild thyme and rosemary bushes or simply bask by the pool, in the golden light of the afternoon.

Program

This escape is open to singles and couples of all levels of yoga and from all walks of life that are interested in the mind-opening experiences that yoga, meditation, and travel can inspire. A love of Italy and it’s food and culture will make it all the more divine.

Nestled in this lyrical landscape, set amongst the terraced hills and a short distance from the medieval city of Lucca, we have found a true haven for relaxation. An immaculately restored 17th century Tuscan estate, Villa Boccella and its gorgeous grounds provide the ideal setting for our Escape. Each morning wake up to the sweet scent of jasmine, or perhaps take a chair under the rose-covered pergola. You might be inspired to follow the enchanting trails that lead you past the wild thyme and rosemary bushes or simply bask by the pool, in the golden light of the afternoon. The focus of this retreat, is manifesting the muse within you! So we have designed a week of artisanal workshops, and immersive experiences ranging from wine making to silk weaving – but have also included plenty of time for you to soak it all in and enjoy.

The path to creative awakening begins each morning in the Boccellina garden with our yoga and meditation class. With the Pizzorne mountains on our horizon, we reach into our authentic selves and follow a series of chakra opening asanas. We gently tap into the transformative but often elusive energy of mindful self-expression. When the body, mind and spirit are in harmony our creativity flows with greater clarity, and we can meet our day with playful curiosity. Our morning sessions are followed by a deliciously abundant patio breakfast, lovingly prepared by your host. Local, and seasonal fruits and vegetables are at the heart of our ethos, and in Tuscany we are in a food lovers paradise. Your taste buds are in for a real treat, as our epicurean journey takes us along the DOC trail of Lucchese wines and olive oil. From rustic farm-table lunches and pasta-making at a vineyard, to dining al fresco in ancient piazzas – the delicate flavors of the region, are sure to ignite your senses.

The following day we visit the serene and opulent city of Lucca. Admired for its graceful piazzas and impressive 16th Renaissance ramparts surrounding the historic center, Lucca tends to attract the somewhat more discerning visitor. This is a place, where slow living comes naturally. In fact, some say that no one does ‘leisure’ better than the Lucchese. We experience this ‘town of a hundred churches’, by bicycle along the walls of the city with local cultural connoisseur, Federico Grabau. A descendant of one of thirteen aristocratic families that ruled Lucca during the Renaissance, his intimate recollections of a family history connected with the city, make our visit all the more special. Some highlights include the ancient Piazza Anfiteatro, one of the most picturesque squares in all of Tuscany, a visit to the home of Lucca’s illustrious son Giacomo Puccini, and the dazzling church of San Michele with its wedding-cake facade. The afternoon leaves you free to explore the town – as you stroll down the Via Fillungo, listen for the soft sounds of Madame Butterfly wafting behind the medieval walls and towers.

There is a rhythm and a harmony embedded in the theater of hills and valleys surrounding Lucca. Listening to winemaker Gabriele da Prato, of Podere Concori, speak about the relationship between music and his vines we are reminded of our own creative awakening as we visit his organic vineyard. Gabriele not only plays music to his grapes, he inspires enthusiasm and emotion to anyone who hears him speak about local terroir and the gentle ways in which nature expresses herself in the wines. Surrounded by fragrant fields of wild fennel and chamomile, we enjoy a homemade lunch before continuing along the enchanting Wine trail. As a group we explore the connection between the lush landscape, our feelings and the subtle stirrings of our imaginations. The roots of the vines dig deeply into the earth – they tell a story of lasting tradition, changing seasons, compassionate vinters and harvest. As we share our own stories, perhaps we glean a little inspiration from all the wine tasting! Feeling our natural connection to Terra Madre we head back to our beautiful Villa Boccella for an evening of fun and relaxation.

When we are not exploring the local countryside, a host of creative yoga workshops await us at the Villa. Tapping into personal archetypes, through mindful meditation, yoga and a series of yoga workshops, we open ourselves to renewal and we begin to feel the energy flow. At La Vita, we believe in nourishing our guests with personalized attention as well as giving them the freedom to choose how to spend their days. You may decide to opt out of an activity, and this too can be an integral part of your inner journey. Though, we are sure there is one activity you will not want to miss! We have invited a lovely individual on site, to provide our guests with the most magical of massages. Isa, our masseuse radiates beauty, and she will pamper you with a combination of lomi, shiatsu and stretching thai. You will be blissfully swept away by the scents of honey and rosemary; lulled into deep serenity by the sounds of her singing bowls.

Many artists, writers and sculptors have been inspired by this part of Tuscany. From Dante and Boccaccio to contemporaries like Botero – the region has certainly enjoyed being a muse! For this Escape we have planned an exciting day that takes us along the marble trail to follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo. We begin with an adventurous and exhilarating ride up a mountain, to reach the gleaming white marble of Carrara. You will be amazed by the sheer immensity of this natural basin. While we learn about the ancient ways of marble extraction, and take in the breathtaking views, we ponder the transformative process involved – after all, marble is actually limestone that has experienced a crystalline metamorphosis! Following our tour, we lunch at nearby Colonnata before heading to an old marble cutting yard, now restored as a workspace for artists. Here we get an intimate look inside an artist’s studio, discovering how to create magic out of stone. Our final stop is along the Versilia coast, at Pietrasanta. Known as the ‘small Athens’ of Tuscany due to the many artists who came to work the marble after Michelangelo, this charming town is the perfect backdrop for our favorite Italian pastime, the passeggiata.

Our Escape culminates on a glorious Tuscan summer evening – walking the graceful streets of Lucca we stop for an aperitivo before heading to the magnificent church of San Giovanni, for an incredible performance of Puccini. Your soul will rejoice in the emotion of the setting and the sounds. We continue our courtship with Puccini’s spirit at the Michelin starred restaurant Butterfly where we gather in a most elegant setting for a dining experience that will be as memorable as the friendships we have made. The next morning, we have a light yoga practice followed by breakfast before we transfer you back to your life with a restored mind and body, a deep sense of rejuvenation, self-discovery and transformation. We can’t wait to see you in Tuscany!

NOTE

  • Arrival: You will be greeted upon arrival at the hotel for check-in commencing at 15:00.
  • Departure: Group airport transfer is from 11:00 on the final day.

Included excursions

  • Guided tour of Lucca with bicycle ride of Renaissance walls
  • Visit to several organic and biodynamic vineyard
  • A private tour of marble quarry at Carrara
  • Guided visit of Pietrasanta and artist studio

Instructors

Lisa Dunn
Lisa is a yoga teacher who is compassionate and it is mirrored in her practice and enthusiasm for life. Being a mother of three, Lisa recently hit the pause button on a fast-paced London life and found her home in the glory of the Italian lakes. La Vita in Equilibrio was spurred by Lisa’s love for yoga, travel, and a life-long romance with Italy. Lisa’s teaching approach is a reflection of her radiant personality and instinct. Lisa hopes you will feel inspired and renewed by all the splendor that Italy has to offer and join her for some laughter, release, and of course, a glass of Prosecco!
Jacqui Vukman
Jacqui is a story-telling social butterfly with an insatiable appetite for pasta and poetry. A psychoanalyst by training, her lifelong interest in astrology and myth led her to pursue a Jungian approach to healing modalities invoking archetypes and the planets to help you understand this wild ride called life. La Vita in Equilibrio is partnering up with Jacqui and her local tribe of connoisseurs for the La Vita in Equilibrio adventures. You will be sure to stay entertained with her witty banter and wildly infectious spirit.

Location

This retreat will take place in Lucca, Italy. The area around Lucca is often referred to as the ‘green island of Tuscany’. In the verdant splendor of this countryside, you will encounter baroque villas, magnificent palaces, and charming gardens. In fact, the Ville Lucchese is a symbol of an aristocracy that consolidated the sixteenth-century silk trade. The social prestige of these nobles is evidenced by the opulence of these ‘country homes’. Many artists, writers, and sculptors have been inspired by this part of Tuscany. From Dante and Boccaccio to contemporaries like Botero, the region has certainly enjoyed being a muse.

Food

Local and seasonal fruits and vegetables are at the heart of La Vita in Equilibrio's ethos, and in Tuscany, you are in a food lovers' paradise. Your taste buds are in for a real treat, as your epicurean journey takes you along the DOC trail of Lucchese wines and olive oil. From rustic farm-table lunches and pasta-making at a vineyard to dining al fresco in ancient piazzas, the delicate flavors of the region are sure to ignite your senses.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Group transfer from and to airport
  • Welcome prosecco upon arrival
  • Daily morning sessions of meditation and yoga
  • Two afternoon yoga workshops
  • All meals during your time with us
  • Your accommodation at Villa Boccella
  • All group sightseeing and activities
  • Transportation to and from activities
  • Guided tour of Lucca with bicycle ride of Renaissance walls
  • Visit to several organic and biodynamic vineyard
  • A private tour of marble quarry at Carrara
  • Guided visit of Pietrasanta and artist studio
  • Personalized treatment with local masseuse

What's not included

  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance (highly advised)
  • Additional spa treatments and shopping
  • Meals and activities when you’re not with the group

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA) or Florence Airport (FLR). La Vita in Equilibrio will have a group transfer organized to bring you to your accommodation.

Airport: Pisa International Airport Airport transfer included: Pisa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Peretola Airport Airport transfer included: Peretola Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday September 14, 2019
Departure: Saturday September 21, 2019

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