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8 Days Budget Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

  • Casolina Farm House, Tuscany, Italy

Yoga Camp in Italy

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.

Highlights

  • Yoga twice a day
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Free times to explore the beautiful surroundings
  • Transport from Bibbiena to the house
  • Freshly-made home cooked meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

  • Rosie Taylor

    She travelled to India and undertook an intensive 200hr yoga alliance qualification at Trimurti Yoga. It was the break her body and mind needed, as clichéd as it sounds she found peace on her mat, her mind and her body felt relaxed and healthy, flexible and at ease. Rosie now teaches yoga and works as a physiotherapist part-time, she underpins her yoga teaching with the movement analysis and the anatomical knowledge of physiotherapy. In her yoga classes, she hopes to create a fun, light, and supportive atmosphere to allow you to relax and feel free.

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.

Distances

  • Bibbiena - 15-20 minutes
  • Pisa and Bolognia Airport - 5 hours
  • Florence Airport - 3 hours

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.

  • Basking in the sunshine
  • Go to the waterfalls and enjoying the beautiful natural area
  • Hiking
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Guided walk to the national park
  • Healthy vegetarian meals
  • Transport from Bibbiena to the house
  • Flights
  • Transfer
  • Travel expenses to and from Bibbiena

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by train

You can reach Florence by train from most European cities. From London you must change in Paris and Milan.

Arrival by bus

You can reach Florence by bus from most European cities. From London you must change in Paris and Milan.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Natalie from Denmark
    8 out of 10

    "I had a fabulous time at the yoga retreat in Tuscany with great instructors. The location was beautiful and peaceful. George and Sophie, who run the cute cottage house, cooked very tasty and healthy meals and they ensured that we were all taken care of well. Both our instructors, Rosie and Sarah, helped me a lot with my yoga practice and introduced us to a different varieties yoga. They were always helpful and very welcoming! I would definitely consider coming back and would recommend others going on this retreat. Only problem I experienced was that the organisation was poor. Everything was better than excellent :)"

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  • Review by Steve from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "What an enjoyable week! Set in a traditional farmhouse surrounded by nature the location was ideal, especially with the river & waterfalls nearby to cool off. Food was excellent without exception, tasty, plentiful and nutritious. Congenial hosts in the incarnation of George. Rosie and Sarah proved themselves conscientious & attentive both on the yoga mat and as organizers. Would personally recommend camping option, but our group was great and we had a lot of laughs so the house atmosphere was also smooth. I think the affordable nature of the retreat permitted a wider cross section of participants enhancing the diversity. If you enjoy yoga, don't need a personal butler and like to have enriching experiences then I would sincerely recommend this experience."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Clare
    10 out of 10

    "I thought it was just going to be yoga, it has been so much more. I’m so grateful to have deepened my yoga practice, re-discovered myself and to have met so many wonderful new friends."

    Physiyoga website, edited

  • Review by Jo
    10 out of 10

    "A magical place, more than I could have imagined. I will take home the positive, peaceful energy. Namaste"

    Physiyoga website, edited

  • Review by Jamie
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for showing me love, enlightenment, amazing yoga and for the opportunity to hang out with a great melee in the most awesome surroundings!"

    Physiyoga website, edited

  • Review by Eva
    10 out of 10

    "Rosie is an amazing teacher. She is friendly and ensures that everyone, at any level, can enjoy her classes and do the movements that suit them best. With her "physio hat on" she will tailor according to how you are feeling on the day. I feel so lucky to have found both Rosie and yoga! Many thanks."

    Yoga Trail website, edited

  • Review by Madelaine
    10 out of 10

    "I'm new to Yoga and Rosie has been patient, welcoming and filled me with enthusiasm. She has extensive knowledge of traditional practice of Yoga and coupled with her skills as a physiotherapist I feel you get a rounded experience in her classes. She is calm, relaxed and knowledgeable. On leaving I always have a pleasurable sensation of having worked my body but also calmed my mind. Highly recommended."

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