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15 Days Celebration and Meditation Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

Le Pianore di Elena Basile, Campostefani 1 I-58047 Monticello Amiata, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy

Enlightening Meditation Retreat Italy

Enjoy and relax! Let yourself be guided into deep meditation, practice yoga amid wild olive groves, celebrate Guru Purnima, the feast of gratitude, at the full moon. Open up to the sensuality of Italy, dance together in sunny Tuscany with its picturesque charm, wild beaches, and fragrant abundance. In the Enlighten Life Retreat with Madhukar in Tuscany, you learn to find inner peace and to enjoy freedom. In Madhukar’s presence, you’ll be able to easily relax into silence. His clear guidance shows you how to sustain harmony in your daily life.

Meet the instructors

Madhukar
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Highlights

  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Magic full-moon party and gratitude festivities
  • Yoga classes and daily Satsangs with a master
  • Visit in Italy’s best ice cream parlor and trips to the beach
  • Daily delicious vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Learn how to sustain harmony in your daily life
  • Art excursion and mantra singing
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German, Italian
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

During this retreat, you will be staying in the beautiful Tuscany-style villa of the family-run farmstead Le Pianore.

Set in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, not far from the medieval village of Monticello Amiata, the picturesque country estate lies surrounded by gently rolling hills with deep chestnut woods, olive groves and daring trails.

Le Pianore, with its spectacular views and untouched landscapes, is an IMC certified organic farmstead with more than 80 % of their energy coming from renewable sources. All water destined for agricultural use, including irrigation of the vegetable gardens, comes directly from their own spring.

There is a swimming pool amidst untouched nature, beautiful terraces, and you get served home-cooked Tuscan meals, straight from the garden to the table.

Program

The retreat starts June 27, 2020, at 7 p.m. and ends July 11, 2020, after the common brunch in the garden at 11 a.m. Retreat languages are English, Dutch, German and Italian.

In the morning, you will enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and then we meditate together. For lunch, you can order your meal at the country estate or in one of the typical Tuscany villages in the surroundings.

In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the unique beauty of Tuscany, such as bathing in hot springs, take a trip to the sea, visiting Tuscan cultural sites or simply relax at the pool in the pristine nature of the high valley.

In the evening, true peace reveals itself during Satsang with Madhukar: Thoughts fade and give way to inner silence. And that is your greatest bliss in this marvelous idyll!

Satsang, consisting of meditative silence and support, is held twice daily. Satsangs are gatherings where busy minds cool down. Through silence, meditation, dialogue, music, and perhaps ecstatic dance. Optionally, you can participate in daily yoga classes in stunning nature. You are welcome to join!

Guru Purnima is the shining highlight of the retreat. These three full moon days are a celebration of pure joy and sincere gratitude. The festive ceremony is based on an established ancient eastern ritual. Traditionally, the Guru is venerated as the expeller of ignorance since he frees you from ignorance and the chains of attachment. He lightens and enlightens you and your life, and bestows his blessing on you.

Included excursions

  • Common trips to the beach
  • Art excursion
  • Visit Italy’s best ice cream parlor

Instructors

Madhukar

Location

Monticello Amiata is a village in the Maremma, an area in Tuscany, central Italy, and is administratively a part of the comune of Cinigiano, province of Grosseto.

The village is embedded in the magical landscapes of southern Tuscany and is surrounded by breath-taking medieval villages.

The Maremma is full of attractions, historical sites, and enchanting landscapes. The love mountain Monte Amiata, the nearby sea and its natural beaches, not least the famous cuisine and the wine, invite you to ‘Dolce Vita’, the sweet life of ‘Bella Italia’.

One of the Maremma’s most popular tourist attraction is the Saturnia hot springs. Sulphuric water springs form large pools with a temperature of 37.5 Celsius degrees. The large basin above the waterfall bestows a dreamlike atmosphere. Access to the pools is public and free throughout the year.

Distances

  • Marina di Grosseto and Castiglione della Pescaia beach - 1 hour
  • Cinigiano, 12 kilometers
  • Grosseto, 50 kilometers
  • Siena, 70 kilometers
  • Capalbio/Tarot Garden, 105 kilometers
  • Florence, 145 kilometers
  • Rom, 240 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Meeting room

Food

During this retreat, you will be served with daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner. The participants are asked to only eat a vegetarian diet during the retreat.

Le Pianore uses seasonal products grown from their own organic vegetable gardens, along with locally sourced, organic goods wherever possible. You will enjoy seasonal, deliciously home-cooked Italian food, and the drinking water is fresh spring water from their own spring.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can visit the stunning medieval villages around the retreat place, the cultural and historical attractions in the region, you can take a trip to the sea, visit Siena and Florence or spent an afternoon at one of the hot springs in Saturnia, Petriolo, Bagno Vignoni or Bagni San Filippo. They all have exclusive spas nearby wild rock pools in breathtaking natural settings.

These and the following optional activities are available for you to enjoy during your free time. Some activities might require an additional cost and others might depend on the weather.

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Cooking classes

What's included

  • Meditation guidance
  • Satsang with Madhukar twice a day
  • Introduction to Advaita Meditation
  • Introduction to Jana Yoga
  • Introduction to Atma Vichara
  • Guru Purnima celebration
  • Full moon party
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Coffee and tea during breakfast
  • Fresh spring water
  • Swimming pool
  • Yoga classes (yoga mats are available on-site)

What's not included

  • Travel expenses
  • Insurances of any kind
  • Medical care (if needed)
  • Visa
  • All personal belongings and expenses
  • Lunch
  • Meals and travel costs for and during common and private excursions
  • Other drinks than the free coffee and tea for lunch and dinner
  • Laundry service

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Pisa International Airport (PSA), or Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (FLR). For more information regarding how to get to the retreat location, please kindly send Madhukar - Enlighten Life an inquiry.

Arrival by train

Travelling to destination station Grosseto or Civitella Paganico (route coming from the North via Florence/Siena or Genua/Pisa/Grosseto; coming from the South via Rome/Grosseto).

From Grosseto or Civitella Paganico you travel on by bus or taxi to Arcidosso, Castel del Piano or Monticello. www.busfox.com

Arrival by car

Coming from the North: Florence, Siena, then towards Grosseto, exit Paganico, towards Castel del Piano, then Monticello.

Or A1 coming from Florence, exit Chiusi, then towards Chianciano Terme, S. P. 146 to Chianciano, at the crossroad turn towards La Foce, then head in the direction of Spedaletto, Bagno Vignoni, Castiglione d`Orcia, Arcidosso, Monticello. In Monticello Amiata, follow the signs.

Although there are a few buses connecting the local towns to the larger centers, it is recommended that you have your own vehicle.

Rental cars are best picked up either at the airport or in the bigger cities.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday June 27, 2020
Departure: Saturday July 11, 2020

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