Flow, Nourish, & Thrive // a yoga retreat in Tuscany

55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy

MS
Jul 16 - 22, 2023
Group size: 12 - 25
Flow, Nourish, & Thrive // a yoga retreat in Tuscany
55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy


$NaN
Jul 16 - 22, 2023
Group size: 12 - 25

About this trip

Join us on a picture-perfect week in breathtaking Tuscany. This six-night, seven-day retreat takes place at Villa Boccella, a beautiful 17th Century Tuscan estate set amongst the hills and olive groves of Northern Tuscany.


This will be our backdrop for a week of invigorating yoga, incredible plant-based dining, exploration, and rejuvenation.


In addition to the Villa, we have rented the Dependance, another stunning property on the estate. These gorgeous premises give us the space and comfort to relax and rest when not engaged in the week's excitement.


Any questions about the rooms or anything related to the retreat? Click the blue 'ask a question' button and we’ll get back to you right away! 

Daily flow and nourishment

✨Please see the "Itinerary" section below for more details.✨


Each morning will begin with a dynamic vinyasa flow - a well-rounded, mindful practice that will invigorate your entire body. Throughout the week, you'll deepen your physical practice of hip openers, backbends, standing poses, arm balances, and inversions, while also incorporating meditation and pranayama. 


The yoga we'll do is for all levels, and options will be given to "level-up" or "level-down". Matthew's classes are often vigorous and sweaty, and you're always welcome to slow down, rest, and take modifications. That said, in order to take full advantage, we recommend having some experience in vinyasa yoga before you arrive.


Our morning yoga practice will be followed by a relaxed and hearty family-style brunch. 


Afternoons are yours, whether you wish to rent a bicycle and visit the local wineries, relax by the pool, or follow your heart to the ocean or one of the wonderful nearby Italian cities; abundant culture and nature saturate the vicinity.


The estate is only 10 minutes by car (or a little longer by bicycle along the river path) to the beautiful and historic city of Lucca. In Lucca you can explore the winding streets full of interesting culture, shops, cafes and restaurants.


In the late afternoon/early evening, you'll be welcomed back for a two-part yoga practice, the first part being more challenging, focusing on arm balances and inversions, and the second part being a slow flow: quiet and restorative, concluding with Yoga Nidra. You are welcome to attend either or both of these sessions. This will be followed by a delicious plant-based dinner.

Travel to Lucca

We recommend you book your flight to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA). PSA is 36km (22 miles) from Villa Boccella, our retreat center. Depending on traffic, Pisa International Airport is a 40-60 minute drive (https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Pisa-Airport-Italy/Lucca) and Florence is a bit more (https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Florence-Airport-FLR/Lucca). The Villa recommends using Consorzio Tuscany Dream for transportation to and from the airports. They are open 24 hours a day and speak English. Telephone: +39 3334803367 or email: info@consorziotuscanydream.com. Cost from Pisa is 90€ and from Florence is 150€ with room for up to 8 people.

About your hosts

Matthew is a certified yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), a former opera singer, a dog dad, an ambitious learner, and a recovering perfectionist with a B.S. in Psychology and both a B.M. and an M.M in Music. He helps busy, high achieving people improve their strength, flexibility and overall fitness through mindful movement (and probably a little sweat). Flowing with him will give you the mental escape you've been waiting for all day. To learn more about Matthew, CLICK HERE.

 

German food blogger & cookbook author Diana Scholl will be your culinary host for the week – providing you with delicious, plant-based meals highlighting the abundant Tuscan summer produce. Diana’s cooking is full of flavour, nourishing and fulfilling, she loves spices, herbs, carbs & grains, nuts, dips & dressings and will indulge you with freshly prepared delicious family-style meals throughout the retreat. 

“I can’t wait to prepare all the beautiful Italian produce for you guys – Tuscan summer produce is a dream come true. Juicy tomatoes, peaches and melons, fresh asparagus, peppers, squashes and greens … we’ll have so much fun eating all this goodness”. 


Andrew is your program coordinator. During the retreat he will be around to assist and answer any questions you may have. Originally from Ohio, Andrew moved as quickly as he could to the New York City, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music, then Philadelphia where he earned his Masters. For the past five years Andrew has been working as a singer, photographer, and dog dad, based in Stuttgart, Germany.

Cancellation Policy

A deposit of 20% is needed to secure your spot and sign up. Payment plans for the remainder of the balance are available, but all payments are due in full 90 days before the retreat begins.


In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your trip, you will be refunded the following amount:

·  up to 90 days before the retreat start date, a cancellation fee equal to the previously stated down payment (20%) applies;

·  from 60 to 90 days before the retreat start date, 50% of the total price of the trip is non-refundable;

·  from 60 to 30 days before the retreat start date, 70% of the total price of the trip is non-refundable

·  from 30 days or less before the retreat start date, 90% of the total price of the trip is non-refundable.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended. A travel insurance policy should include trip cancellation and interruption, baggage, accident, emergency assistance, and medical assistance. 

What’s included

  • 6 Nights Accomodations
    Each room is unique and well-appointed.
  • Two Yoga Sessions Daily
    See the description in the "Itinerary" section for more details about our practices..
  • Daily Light Breakfast
    Pre-yoga small breakfast - light bites: fruit, granola, coffee, tea
  • Daily Brunch & Dinner
    Plant-based, locally-inspired cuisine
  • Yoga Props
    Villa Boccella has all the props that we'll need, including yoga mats. If you would prefer to have your own props with you, feel free to bring them. **We do suggest you bring your own yoga mat.**
  • Set of Towels
    1 x hand towel, 1 x bath towel, 1 x bath mat, 1 x pool towel. Each bathroom has a hairdryer and a wrapped bar of hand soap.
  • Mid-Week Cooking Class
    Learn how to prepare delicious vegan food from our amazing chef, Diana!
  • Pool
    Solar-heated, gated, and private - just for us!
  • WiFi
    Broadband Internet
  • Midweek Maid Service
  • Self serve laundry
    Both The Villa and The Dependance have a utility room with a washing machine, dryer, iron and an ironing board. Detergent is provided free of charge.
  • Welcome Bubbly
  • Airfare
  • Airport to Villa travel
  • Additional Maid Service
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    We will have welcome bubbly but during the rest of the stay it is BYOB.
  • Air Conditioning
    All rooms have access to A/C - your use will be metered and you'll pay for it at the end of your stay.
  • Extra Activities
    Beautiful beaches are a 40 minute car ride away and stunning hikes are to be found all around the area. Lucca itself is worth a visit (or two!)
  • Travel Insurance
    Highly recommended
  • Private Yoga Sessions
    Work one-on-one with Matthew to deepen your practice.
  • Professional Photography
    Andrew, our program coordinator and professional photographer, will be on board the whole week for photo shoots in our picture-perfect estate.

Available Packages

Quad Ensuite
4 left

A great way to enjoy the retreat and save a little money. 4 single beds with an en suite bathroom on the 2nd floor of The Dependance. Price per person.

$1,790
Deposit: $358
Shared Double Bedroom 7
only 2 left

Shared bedroom (2 single beds) which shares a bathroom with Single Bedroom 8.  Price per person.

$2,080
Deposit: $416
Shared Double en suite Bedroom 1
only 2 left

Shared bedroom (2 single beds) with en suite bathroom on the 2nd floor of The Dependance.  Price per person.

$2,240
Deposit: $448
Shared Double en suite Bedroom 2
only 2 left

Shared bedroom (2 single beds) with en suite bathroom on the 2nd floor of The Dependance.  Price per person.

$2,240
Deposit: $448
Shared Double en suite Bedroom 3
only 2 left

Shared bedroom (2 single beds) with en suite bathroom on the 2nd floor of The Dependance. Price per person.

$2,240
Deposit: $448
Shared Double en suite Bedroom 4
only 2 left

Shared bedroom (2 single beds) with en suite bathroom on the 2nd floor of The Dependance.  Price per person. 

$2,240
Deposit: $448
Shared Double en suite Bedroom 5
only 2 left

Shared bedroom (2 single beds) with en suite bathroom on the 2nd floor of The Dependance. Price per person.

$2,240
Deposit: $448
Shared Double en suite Bedroom 6
only 1 left

Shared bedroom (2 single beds) with en suite bathroom on the 3rd floor of The Villa. Price per person.

$2,240
Deposit: $448
Single Bedroom 8
only 1 left

Single bedroom (king sized bed) sharing a bathroom with Shared Double Bedroom 7 on the 3rd floor of The Villa.

$2,780
Deposit: $556
Single Bedroom 9
only 1 left

Single bedroom (king sized bed) sharing a bathroom with Single Bedroom 8 and Single Bedroom 10 on the 3rd floor of The Villa.   

$2,780
Deposit: $568
Single Bedroom 10
only 1 left

Single bedroom (king sized bed) sharing a bathroom with Single Bedroom 8 and Single Bedroom 9 on the 3rd floor of The Villa.    

$2,780
Deposit: $568
Single Bedroom en suite Ground Floor
only 1 left

Single bedroom (single bed) with an en suite bathroom on the ground floor of The Dependance.

$2,960
Deposit: $592
Single en suite Bedroom 11
Sold Out

Single bedroom (king sized bed) with an en suite bathroom on the 3rd floor of The Villa.  If you would like to share this room with a loved one an additional 1120€ is added to cover the cost of the retreat (see additional person booking option)

$2,960
Deposit: $592
Grand Suite 1
only 1 left

With views across the gardens to the mountains, a four-poster king size bed, en-suite bathroom with marble shower and separate bath and dressing room.  Also included are a fridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. If you would like to share this room with a loved one an additional 1120€ is added to cover the cost of the retreat  (see additional person booking option).

$3,400
Deposit: $680
Grand Suite 2
only 1 left

Charming bedroom with frescoed ceilings. Views across the grounds and valley. A four-poster king size bed, en-suite bathroom with marble shower and separate bath. Dressing room. Sitting room with sofa, chairs and divan. Also included are a fridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. If you would like to share this room with a loved one an additional 1120€ is added to cover the cost of the retreat (see additional person booking option).

$3,400
Deposit: $680
Additional person Bedroom 11
Sold Out

Select this if you are sharing Single en suite Bedroom 11 with someone.

$1,120
Deposit: $224
Additional person Grand Suite 1
only 1 left

 Select this if you are sharing Grand Suite 1 with someone. 

$1,120
Deposit: $224
Additional person Grand Suite 2
only 1 left

 Select this if you are sharing Grand Suite 2 with someone. 

$1,120
Deposit: $224
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Itinerary

Day 1 • Sunday, July 16
Arrival day 😀

Feel free to plan your arrival ANYTIME - we'll be ready to welcome you and show you to your amazing room!


Depending on your timing, you can explore the Villa Boccella estate, relax by the pool, and get to know the other retreat participants. 


5:30pm • Welcome Practice 

We'll do a short slow-flow practice to help you shake off the travel (think: juicy hip openers, shoulder stretches, and grounding breathwork). 


7pm • Dinner

We'll pour the bubbly, toast to the start of an incredible week, and then sit down (most likely al fresco!) to enjoy our first dinner together.



Your Organizer


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Matthew Shaw Yoga
Matthew (E-RYT 500) came to yoga teaching after a fulfilling career as a professional opera singer. He was already a long-time yoga practitioner when he started teaching in 2018, and as both a student and a teacher, he found that yoga helped him to find more mental tranquility while also becoming stronger in his body. Matthew’s offerings combine the physicality and athleticism of a strong, breath focused vinyasa flow, along with the powerful mental benefits of mindfulness and introspection. His main teacher is Jason Crandell.