Pasta e Prana: A Tuscany Yoga Retreat

Saturnia, Province of Grosseto, Italy

David Moreno
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18 reviews
Aug 18 - 25, 2018
Group size: 10 - 25
Pasta e Prana: A Tuscany Yoga Retreat
Saturnia, Province of Grosseto, Italy

David Moreno
  • Email address verified
18 reviews

Aug 18 - 25, 2018
Group size: 10 - 25

About this trip

The rustic and tranquil Cattebio villa is situated in the hilly Maremma landscape of Tuscany just above the Tyrrhenian Sea. August is the  perfect time of the year to relax poolside while viewing the rolling  countryside and to do yoga al fresco on its wood deck. Outings to the  enchanting medieval and renaissance towns of Sorano and Pitigliano are a  short drive away, as are the thermal baths of Saturnia and the beaches  of the Tyrrhenian Sea.


If you choose to relax around Catebbio, you can get lost in the serenity of the beautiful grounds. There is a pool with a stunning view of the valley, as well as a small outdoor amphitheater for evening lectures, kirtan or stargazing. Cooking classes can be booked onsite, and wine and  cheese tasting can be organized at the vineyards and local producers. Several different thermal spas are within a 15 minute drive from Catebbio, from casual and free to luxurious resort-like spas. Exploring the surrounding areas includes an excursion to one of the nearby medieval and renaissance towns all within a 30 minutes drive.

Sorano  has recently been rewarded as one of the best small towns in Italy. Sorano was founded on a sedimentary volcanic hill made of Tufa rocks,  which give the white wine produced in the surrounding area a unique and  special flavor. The hike from Sasso Leopoldini to the renaissance  fortress built in 1552 is a great way to feel the history of this Tuscan region. Follow the nature paths of the Archeological Park, and find  your way to the tomb of Scylla, the marine demon with a female body. If archeology is not your passion but modern art is, don’t miss the Art Park of Seggiano, with it’s labyrinths, gardens and sculptures it is  sure to impress.

Pitignano is a quaint old town full of history, culture and surprises. It is also known as little Jerusalem for the historical presence of a Jewish community that has always been well  integrated into the social context and has a beautiful 16th century synagogue. Worth visiting in Pitignano are many Etruscan ruins, the aqueduct of the Orcini Palace and the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. Along with some white wine and tozzetto, Pitignano will make your visit  unforgettable.

What to Expect

This week will be both a yoga retreat and a bit of a travel adventure. Two daily yoga sessions including meditation, yoga nidra, and Ayurvedic self-care practices will be the focal point of each day. As will two delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals that are served at breakfast and dinner. Italian fare is plentiful and snacks in between these two meals should be enough to keep bellies content. There  will be time for plenty of laughter, casual hanging out and group  sharing, as well as, the time for self-reflection and silence. Registration  also includes two excursions, one to the Tyrrhenian Sea and the other  to the popular thermal baths at Saturnia. Other outings and indulgences  not included in this package can be elected should you chose and as time permits.

 The retreat begins with a lunch (1: pm) on the 18th and ends with breakfast (9: am) on the 25th. 

WEATHER: It will be warm and dry. Dress lightly, linen is delightful under these conditions. And, the Italians do love to dress for all occasions. We will be pretty casual but dinner could be the time to fashion out... 

About David

World-class Yoga Instructor David Moreno, ERYT 500, has led international yoga adventures and retreats to; Bali, India, Costa Rica, Jordan, and Mexico. This is his second yoga retreat in Italy and the picture of him in handstand was taken previously in Venice. He has also taught throughout the U.K, Germany, Thailand, Greece, South Korea, and Jakarta. 

See "Your Organizer" below for more information about David.

Yoga Props

Cattebio has basic props onsite, however, I would encourage you to bring  your favorite props with you as they may not be to the standard that you are accustomed. 


The closest airport is Rome FCO. If coming by train, the closest station is Grosseto. Pick up and drop off are included in your registration fee.  Pick-ups are based on the arrival information  from the students.  We can help with one group pick-up from the airport, and another from Grosseto depending on numbers and from where people are arriving.  The Grosseto pick-up should be sometime in the afternoon around 4:00 or 5:00pm, assuming that the airport pick-up will be around 12:00pm.

Elective Options

(Not included in registration)

Cooking Classes
Vedic Astrology Consultation
Horseback Riding
Wine Tasting
Visiting Archeological Sites and Villages

Available Packages

Shared Occupancy
Available until Aug 01, 2018Sold Out
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy

Your Organizer

David Moreno
18 reviews
David Moreno, ERYT 500, YACEP, SFT, has taught at international yoga conferences, festivals, universities, and teacher trainings worldwide. He has worked privately with students in the fashion and entertainment industries as well as professional athletes. Among those athletes taught include the U.S. Olympic Men’s Swim team coaches for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He has worked as a product advisor and ambassador for the Canadian Athletica Company, Lululemon, is a certified Pilates instructor, Somatic Fitness Trainer and, an ordained minister. His yoga commentaries have been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, LA Yoga Magazine, and Common Ground. His dance criticism and reviews are featured Culture Vulture. David is also the creator and producer for Yoga DVDs, electronic books, Yoga Nidra downloads, and subscription yoga classes for Yoga Vibes. He is known for his keen sense of humor, making his teachings fun and informative. David lives in San Francisco, CA.


My experience with David is always magical. I will cross seven continents to be part of his workshops. The accommodations in Italy were lovely. Love you!
Wonderful trip and accommodations! Tuscany was beautiful!
This review is on behalf of me, and Carol Asher: Jordan: Amazing country with wonderfully friendly, welcoming people. Highlights: Wadi Rum and Petra (although the entire trip was fantastic), and the FOOD, FOOD FOOD was delicious; a camel ride to see the sunset and a donkey ride through Petra -- what more could one ask for? We had a nice, small group of unique, interesting and flexible people who were easy to be with. David, the yoga guru and leader of the pack, even inspired me (someone who'd never done yoga) to get myself up to do yoga EVERY MORNING! Lovely Raya was truly a ray of sunshine and worked tirelessly to meet our every need (she even insisted I use her yoga mat). A truly unique journey. Thank you David. Highly recommended!
We had a fantastic journey. David and Raya put together an amazing itinerary. Petra was for me the highlight, but every day had new wonders to experience, including exploring the remarkably intact Roman city of Jerash, buried under the sands for millennia and only recently excavated; looking out over the Holy Land as Moses did from Mt Nebo, at the intersection of Syria, Golan Heights, Israel and the Sea of Galilee, Lebanon and Jordan; the serene green oasis of Ma'in Hot Springs, with natural hot waterfalls feeding the swimming pool, staying in luxe Bedouin tents and riding camels in the stunning Wadi Rum Desert; swimming/floating in the Dead Sea while staying in a grand spa hotel and visiting the very place where John the Baptist dwelt in a cave and baptized his followers, including Jesus. David's daily yoga instruction was a wonderful centerpiece of the trip, quickly bringing us together as a group, and helping us recover quickly from the rigors of travel. The food and hospitality were fantastic everywhere we went. The food alone makes Jordan a worthwhile destination. Our guides George and Ra'ed were very knowledgeable, warm and helpful. The drivers were top-notch, as was the support team from Karma Tours. Our group came together quickly and well. We all really enjoyed each other's company throughout. David was not only an excellent yoga teacher, he was a great leader and friend. And Raya was an incomparable host and companion, sharing the best of her country with generosity, warmth and heart. Thanks to all who made this the trip of a lifetime.
Wow, Wow, Wow, what more can be said of the specular Petra, the goofiness of attempting to swim in the Dead Sea, combined with Yoga, new friends and the wonderful spirit of Yogi David. Namaste. John
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Abhimanyu (David,) I’m glad I waited to tell you about my experience in New Mexico, because I wasn’t aware of how much it would affect me now that I’ve returned to my “normal life.” There was a sadness that I think we all felt when we had to say goodbye to our magical alternate reality we shared, and you helped create for us, in those mountains full of deep wisdom. But since I left the retreat I’ve felt a return to something that I forgot, or missed within me. I’ve taken so many tools for my own spiritual practice from this that I honestly did not expect, I’m so grateful. And like Wolf said, “so inspired by you!” I feel a deep connection with everyone who shared this experience with me, and I think they would agree that this was a transformative experience, to say the least. I would sincerely encourage anyone to do something like this. Going into this I was in a particularly worn down place, emotionally, but yoga has allowed me to transcend that and be in the moment, and cultivate a practice, both spiritually and physically that is nothing short of amazing. Like my mom said, this is a turning point for me, and I didn’t even realize it at the time, but my practice is bolstered by, and draws upon the truly transformative experience I’ve had at the Jemez retreat. I am eternally grateful! THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, much love.
By Marlowe Kent, Berkeley on Nov 08, 2016
David's trip "Journey to Petra" was an unforgettable trip that was so much more than Petra. The community, the yoga, the food, the sights, the time spent walking the roads of ancient civilizations put so much of my daily life into better perspective. This was some combination of retreat and adventure in a land that holds history of mythic proportion. Seeing this part of the world was also a humbling experience that brought me compassion and understanding for past and present political, religious and social events. I am changed and I would do this Journey again in a heartbeat.
By Ceri, Dallas on Oct 12, 2016
My personal highlight of the trip was the famed Wadi Rum desert stay with an early morning camel ride with the Bedouins and an exquisite "glamping" private tent stay. Every moment was like a dream, steeped in age old history and beauty beyond explanation...
By Kevin, Seattle on Oct 12, 2016
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