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The week is hosted by Rosie Taylor and Sarah Lewis - holistic yoga teacher and contemporary dancer. Together they will guide you through the week, building your yoga practice each day. By the end of the week, you will have experienced a deeper understanding of yoga and experienced a variety of practices.
The accommodation is in a beautiful farmhouse in the hills of Tuscany. For this retreat the accommodation offered is shared accommodation (4 maximum per room) and camping. There is one indoor bathroom and toilet, and 2 outdoor compost toilets and showers. Limited electricity is available in the house (only solar power). Various water points are available for clothes washing etc. Casalino is a very old rustic house immersed in the nature so the facilities and accommodation are of the basic quality you would expect to find at such a place.
Improvements on the house are constantly being made. Staying at Casalino is reasonably comfortable but it is by no means a holiday resort so you must be prepared to take care of your own needs of comfort and personal requirements. They are not connected to the electrical grid. They only have a small solar panel system so, therefore, their electricity is very limited. They have a small garden where they grow various vegetables and herbs using organic methods and permaculture and bio-dynamic techniques. They aim to use the produce from the garden as much as possible during your stay.
The mornings will start with a leisurely breakfast (or with a cappucino of course ) and we will then start our morning practice on the outside yoga deck, with stunning views over the valley. The days will provide time for you to relax, swim in nearby waterfalls or join us on one of our guided walks into the national park. The days will unwind with a chance to stretch out your legs with either a Yin practice, gentle Hatha, meditation session or take in some of the incredibly fresh air with a guided Pranayama session.
Evenings are yours to enjoy a family style meal together as a group, enjoy music, laughter or simply relax and unwind. There will be a final night pizza evening where you will get the chance to enjoy freshly made Pizza from Casalino’s very own Pizza oven.
Casalino is the name of this old farmhouse which is situated in an area in the east of Tuscany called the Casentino in Italy. The house literally in the middle of the woods and is perched on the side of Mount Montopoli and overlooks the stunning view of the Valle Santa. Casalino lies within a National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinese) and thanks to this, the original fauna is reclaiming its place.
With porcupines, wild boar, deer and even wolves rambling through the landscape, it’s easy to feel as though you are the intruders. The many footpaths leading through woods, fields and rivers covering the mountains makes it a pleasure to explore the environment. Being so immersed in wilderness away from civilization, Casalino very much creates a feeling of retreat from day to day life. The house is reached by an old stone road only accessible on foot or using off-road vehicles.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared and cooked for you and are served at regular times every day (apart from one evening each week when you will all go to the local pizzeria). All meals on the retreat are vegetarian. The food is freshly-made, good quality wholesome home cooking. They try to use as much seasonal and local produce as possible to create a variety of both typical Italian dishes and delicious worldly creations. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day. All water flowing into the camp is fresh mountain spring drinking water.
Pisa and Bologna airports are the best options to reach the venue which both host low-cost airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet. Florence has the nearest airport but only hosts expensive airlines including British Airways and Air Italia. Rome has the nearest intercontinental airport for flights arriving from outside Europe and also offers flights within Europe with Ryanair and Easyjet.
You can reach Florence by train from most European cities. From London you must change in Paris and Milan.
You can reach Florence by bus from most European cities. From London you must change in Paris and Milan.