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Your Chakras are vital for your overall wellbeing. Are you in balance? Find out, and learn simple Chakra balancing and healing techniques during this wonderful week in the changing Tuscany.
Explore the natural and historical beauties of one of Italy's most precious regions. This unique one week journey, in the heart of Italy, includes a daily meditation and yoga practice, as well as visits to breathtaking landscapes and historical spots. You'll be revived by the regenerating natural thermal water spas, and be nourished by the flavors of local cuisine.
Through a carefully designed program encompassing daily yoga and meditation practice in a pure, natural context, you can experience a deeper kind of journey discovering Tuscany.
Il Roccone is located in the Podere St. Francis, which was built in 1859 and completely restored in 2010, using only natural materials and respecting the traditions of the local buildings. The property covers an area of over one hundred acres. Stay at Il Roccone Walden is a true immersion in pure and incontaminate nature.
Here you do not hear other noises or sounds that those of wildlife.
Are you ready to discover the magic of your body language through yoga, Ayurveda, and the Chakras symbols of ancient India?
Each day you will explore the energy of a specific Chakra. Starting from foundations to awakening. Tuscany, and in particular the Natural Reserve of Pigelleto, is the perfect spot where re-connect your body and your mind to the planet.
Francesca Lo Cascio will guide you during the Meditation and Yoga classes. The classes are mainly held in English with the possibility of classes available in other languages according to our guests needs (French, Spanish or Italian). The yoga program is dedicated to all levels of this discipline.
Every morning you will be introduced to the Chakra of the day with a detox ritual followed from a meditation and Pranayama (breath techniques) class. After this internal body cleansing you will practice with Francesca Lo Cascio a two hours yoga class. Beyond this daily routine you will enjoy Francesca’s teaching during three evening Yin yoga classes, created to deeply relax and stretch your body.
Entirely based on how guiding your breathing its practice will be divided in four parts:
Nathalie Babouraj, French/Indian doctor and owner of the ISI (Institut de Santé Integrative) in Paris, will guide you through the knowledge of Ayurveda. Following her guidance you will learn and practice the principles of this ancient medicine.
During this week of training in yoga, meditation, Ayurveda medicine and vegetarian cooking, you will visit some of Italian local organic farms to better understand the world and the work hidden behind the products used in the daily life. You will also be in contact with the local producers ready to share their love and passion for this land. Il Roccone, a secular house, is in the middle of the Natural reserve of Pigelleto, well known for its big chestnuts forest and wild fauna.
This part of the region is also very known for the thermal proprieties of its water. Taking care of your body you will learn how prepare natural cosmetics with the products of this land and you will spend and afternoon to the picturesque village of Bolsena. You will enjoy the thermal natural bath of Bagni San Filippo and its Spa. During the out-door visits you can observe the quietness of local life and the hospitality of the habitants of Montalcino, the traditional production of a local honey farm and the unique beauty of the Abbazia Sant'Antimo during a relaxing hiking in the nature.
A manual will be offered to you so that you can experience the Detox at home when needed.
To celebrate your body, let’s groove with this fun and joyful Bolly-Yoga class with Nathalie Geetha! Music will be your guide for movement: breathing, hips, shoulders, mudras, eye expressions, all our cells will sparkle, so you dance with your soul.
Everyone has heard of the Italian Lakes but few know of the beautiful Lake Bolsena and the historic region that surrounds it in the heart of Italy, not far from Rome. It remains one of Italy's best kept secrets.
Bolsena lake is the largest lake of volcanic origin in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of years ago an ancient volcano exploded, emptying the underlying area, so to forming a “caldera”. In time this caldera was filled by rain waters, giving rise to Bolsena Lake.
Its crystal clear waters teem with fish and lap against fine sandy beaches. The capital of the Lake is Bolsena itself, a beautiful resort town. Once the Etruscan settlement of Volsini and medieval town of miracles, it is famous for its gardens and annual flower festival.
The area around Lake Bolsena owes its virginity to its good location away from the tourist hotspots of Itay. That is why every tourist who visits the area for the first time can feel the spirit of discovery. On a hike around the lake you can see idyllic villages and towns, charming cypress forests and best of all: only a few tourist. The reason for this is, among others, the really good work of the local tourism organisations whose work is a good example for the development of environmentally-sensitive tourism in Italy.
The Abbey of Sant'Antimo, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo in Italian, is a former Benedictine monastery in the comune of Montalcino, Tuscany, central Italy. It is approximately 10 km from Montalcino about 9 km from the Via Francigena, the pilgrim route to Rome. After many years of disuse, the abbey was reoccupied in 1992 by a small community of Premonstratensian Canons Regular. Since January 2016, the occupants are a community of monks of the Olivetan Benedictine order.
The origins of the abbey are obscure. Archeological investigation of the site is incomplete, but has yielded artefacts from Late Classical times.
The earliest document relating to the abbey is a land grant of Louis the Pious dated December 813, now in the Archivio di Stato of Siena.
You will hike the natural trail that connect the village of Montalcino to this unique historical sacred place. 9 km into the silence of nature.
Montalcino, city of the Brunello. To the south of Siena is a classic fairytale hilltop town, set within a full circle of fortified walls and watched over by a mighty castle of medieval perfection. Montalcino, west of Pienza, is a beautiful village immersed in the breathtaking Val d'Orcia Natural Park, renowned all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine.
The town has scarcely changed in appearance since the 16th century. Once you get up to the town, a magnificent spectacle unfolds for your eyes: rolling sunny hills dotted with yellow and red flowers, ancient oak trees, picturesque olive groves, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards and isolated cypress trees atop hills.
Montalcino is not just wine, it is also very rich in artistic treasures. The historical center is dominated by the mighty and imposing Rocca or fortress built in 1361 to mark the passage of Montalcino under the domination of Siena. The views from its ramparts are spectacular, stretching towards Monte Amiata, across the Crete to Siena, and across all of the Valdorcia and the hills of Maremma.
Bagni San Filippo is a small village of the Val D'Orcia in southern Tuscany. Historically known for its thermal water Bagni San Filippo is the ideal destination for an intimate and relaxing Spa vacation. The resort Terme San Filippo features a swimming pool Hotel and wellness centre. Exceptional Spa and beauty treatments are offered thanks to the use of all-natural sulphurous water, its sediments and mud.
For nature lovers the Fosso Bianco is the perfect place, a stream in the woods at the confluence of several hot springs in a series of pools where where you can swim all the year long and enjoy the special limestone formations that for their shapes have inspired the evocative such names as 'the white whale' or 'the glacier'.
Because of its location on the slopes of Mount Amiata on the edge of Val d'Orcia, Bagni San Filippo is the ideal base for visiting the many attractions of southern Tuscany, tasting local products and fine wines.
Maria was born and raised in Colombia, where she began her kitchen career. She arrived in Paris in 2003 to study at Ferrandi (École supérieure de cuisine française), receiving her “cusinier-restaurateur” diploma in 2007. At Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, London, New York, and Taipei, Maria had the chance to work alongside industry greats such as Ducasse, Robuchon and Gagnaire. Maria is currently the executive chef of Quixotic Projects, where she oversees daily food production, menu creation, product sourcing, and training for all venues.
The retreat will take place in the area of the Natural Reserve of Pigilleto. The Pigelleto Nature Reserve is divided between the provinces of Siena and Grosseto. It lies in the borough of Piancastagnaio, on the southern side of Mount Amiata. Founded by the Tuscan Region in 1996, the area of the reserve was one of the main mercury mining sites of Mounta Amiata and two disused mines can still be found within the reserve. The area is dominated by Poggio Pampagliano (969 m.) that together with Poggio La Roccaccia and Poggio Roccone, just slightly lower in altitude, form a curved ridge towards the north-east, that forms the watershed between the basin of the river Paglia and that of the river Fiora. The reserve protects a mixed wooded area, rich in plant species, among which the presence of silver firs as a spontaneous species is especially relevant.
The menu in this retreat is vegetarian. Vegan and gluten free friendly. All food are fresh, local and organic.
The price includes an afternoon at the 5 stars Thermal Spa of Bagno Vignoni.
Book your flights to Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. A minivan service will be available from the Roma Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Il Roccone on June 10 at 2:30 p.m. (arrive at il Roccone at 5:30 p.m.). Reservation required at 40 EUR per person. A minivan service will be available from the Il Roccone to Roma Fiumicino Airport (FCO) on June 16 at noon (arrive at Roma Fumicino Airport (FCO) at 3:30 p.m.). Reservation required at 40 EUR per person.