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7 Days Ayurvedic Medicine, Cooking Training and Yoga in Tuscany, Italy

  • Il Roccone, Tuscany, Italy

Culture, Nature and Gastronomy in Tuscany

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.


  • Evening Yin yoga classes
  • Morning ckass of Chakra theory
  • Ayurvedic an Italian cooking class
  • Massages, healthy therapy, relaxation
  • Morning meditation, pranayama, and Yoga
  • Excursions in cities, farms, and mountains around Tuscany
  • Vegetarian brunch and dinner served daily
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • French, Italian, Spanish, English
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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.

Yoga practice

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:

  • The first part is dedicated to breathing (Pranayama) and to meditation.
  • The second dynamic part of Vinyasa Yoga where the breathing guides your movements.
  • A third part of Partner Yoga where we enjoy the opportunity to be in a group and deeply understand the benefit of asana all together.
  • A last part consists instead in deep relaxation (Shavasana).

Ayurvedic nutrition class

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.

Bolly yoga

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.

Abbazia Sant'Antimo

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.

Thermes bagni San Filippo

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 Ramirez

    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.

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Full vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • Yala activities and workshops
  • Yoga program
  • Flights and transfer from/to Il Roccone

Arrival by airplane

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.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Louise Duby from France

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  • Review by Jenny from Lebanon
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga retreat in Tuscany exceeded my expectations and by far!It was magical! The place, the practice, the yoga, the food, the excursions, but mostly the people! Everything was extremely well organized yet without being restrictive. Loved every minute.The villa we stayed in was unique, modernly equipped but with a traditional authentic touch. Located in the middle of a chestnut forest, the scenery and the surroundings are spectacular and ideal for a morning / afternoon walk/jog.Francesca and Ophlie were great hosts, spoiling us with their genuineness and kindness. Francesca's yoga practice was adapted to all levels and her teaching very generous, precise and focused. By the end of the retreat, one could definitely see how well each of us improved. Ophlie's dishes were exotic, fresh, unexpected, healthy and yummy! The food in itself was an experience! We were also lucky to have Renato come and show us how to make Pici (fresh pasta specialty of the region). The best pasta I've ever had. It was delicious! Thank you Renato!The visits to the nearby villages and the spa experience were also very good!Francesca, Ophlie and all those who took part in this journey, thank you for making this retreat an unforgettable experience, full of positive energy and where i was lucky to meet such great people who i can now call friends. I would definitely come back!"

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  • Review by Brigette from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "The week was absolutely magic. The serenity of the location, the energy of our teachers and new friends, and the food could not have been better! We dedicated each day to a sacred chakra and the result was incredible. Francesca is a wonderful teacher, and as a treat Celine came to the retreat and we were blessed with a second teacher. These two amazing yogis taught our morning session together, and it was great because they were able to demonstrate the partner yoga and help us further our postures. The sessions were very energetic and full of trust. Ophlie, the master of our vegan kitchen, was so kind, intuitive, and loving with our food! We would finish our yoga with a juice or smoothie and then commence a vegan cooking class together. I'm not vegan or vegetarian but the food was incredible. It was a real highlight, and it was wonderful creating it all together! We had excursions, activities and workshops each afternoon, plus downtime and so much laughter. Singing, dancing, tears. Highly recommended! I would love to be part of the next retreat!"

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  • Review by Ludovica from Italy

    "It was my first experience with the yoga and it was absolutely fantastic! Francesca with her energy, her music, and her method of teaching let me feel all the benefits of this discipline. She knew that was my first time and she stopped every time I needed it. The group was so nice, there were people coming from every where! The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic - on the beach during the sunset -amazing! Can't wait to do it again!"

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  • Review by Michela from Italy

    "We spent a nice yoga vacation in Sicily, in Marsala with Yala Collective, who provided a warm welcome and a full program of activities. Every morning we practiced yoga with the talented teacher Francesca. It was suitable for all levels and awakened the energies of body and mind. There was good vegetarian Sicilian-inspired cuisine with Antonella who taught us recipes and gave suggestions. Interesting and fun excursions well-organized in the most beautiful places in the province of Marsala. I hope to participate again in the upcoming holiday yoga Yala Collective!"

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  • Review by Cristina from France

    "There are experiences that change your life or where you simply confirm whether the direction taken is the right one. Immersed in nature, surrounded by forest, breathing and moving the body in harmony with your surroundings. All accompanied by a healthy and creative power, with cooking classes and design taught by people who know and love what they do, and do it well! Thanks to Frank for his impeccable yoga, deep and effective, and its vital energy that accompanies you in every movement and breath. Thanks to Ophelie who with voice and guitar accompanies you in deeper meditation and with magic hands gives flavor and color to the table. Thanks to Renato who with his great heart welcomed us with open arms in this corner of paradise."

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  • Review by Noemie Elkrieff from France

    "This week in Tuscany was an uncommon experience for me. I came to the retreat to reload and get some inspiration for the company I am building. I left with way more than inspiration! The women with whom I shared the week were all so kind and caring that I left with a feeling of being supported by the team. I moved on and took big decisions. Between her mantras and marvelous dishes, Ophlie inspired me to take care of myself by eating more vegan and being grateful for what I have. The yoga lessons of Francesca were absolutely the kind of yoga I like to do - sportive but not too hard so that at the end of the week we had all improved even if our level of yoga was not the same. She also took very good care of us through massages with essential oils and inspiring chakra meditations. I would recommend this yoga retreat to everyone who wants to share the values of Yala Collective: take care of yourself, love your body, share your love and become yourself in contact with the others. Thank you to Francesca and Ophlie but also to all the team of marvelous women I met. I am sure we will keep in touch and I can't wait for the next retreat in Portugal!"

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  • Review by Dora from Italy

    "An experience with Yala Collective is a complete experience. Every single moment was organized and carried out with love and kindness, those things that make you feel good by receiving them. They make you feel important and part of a group, even though the group was only just created. The pleasure of sharing magic moments with someone is unique. Unfortunately I could not complete the week with them , but even those few days together were able to give me peace and serenity. Thanks to all the team for what they do at Yala."

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  • Review by Marie Guegan from France

    "Francesca's yoga class is very well balanced and she knows how to please the group by finding a level that fits everyone. She is very careful and discreet but knows when one needs help or adjustment. A retreat with her is advised as her spirituality and devotion goes far beyond the 2 hours of the practice. Grazie Francesca!"

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  • Review by Victoria from France

    "Last weekend I was able to enjoy a lovely two day session of Vinyasa yoga in last! Francesca's classes were just great, dynamic and powerful but with a lot of stretching and relaxation too, exactly what I needed. Not to mention the beautiful location, at sunset, and with the view of the sea. Looking forward to the next session!"

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