Slow Down & Savor in the Chianti - Food, Wine, Culture & Yoga

  • San Casciano In Val di Pesa, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
  • Sep 17 - 24, 2016
  • Trip Size: 4 - 7 people

$1995

Deposit: $450

Overview

Join us for an 8 day / 7 night luxurious immersion into classical authenticity in the Chianti, Italy. On this deluxe yoga retreat holiday, you have the opportunity to discover and explore “the” most famous and beautiful region of Tuscany, and see it through the lens of the locals.

This week of yoga and “living life as a local” is a bespoke experience designed to allow you plenty of time to slow down, savor and celebrate the beauty of simplicity, refinement and excellent taste that only a location like the Chianti offers.

Panoramic views of blossoming vineyards, neatly lined row upon row of olive trees, colorful fields of wildflowers, and nature’s complete blooming abundance surround you and your ultra private and peaceful villa “home for a week”.

The nurturing and healing practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness are perfectly paired with a series of exploratory journeys in the surrounding towns, countrysides and medieval cities which guarantee to offer you an insider’s perspective on “Only in the Chianti” experiences.

Together, we will understand Tuscany from a local’s point of view, discovering firsthand its ancient traditions while meeting young and passionate local artists and producers. You will “refine your palate” by tasting genuine and authentic food and wine while learning the whole “life” of a product, from farm to table.

From organic wine tastings to cheese-making lessons, from slow-food cooking classes to local handicraft: wood carving, jewelry art and pottery, you will connect to the understated luxury of simplicity, slowing down and savoring each and every moment …both on and off your yoga mat.

The Location
The Chianti is famously known as one of the most attractive territories in Tuscany, along with being one of the most favoured wines known throughout the world.

Located thirty minutes from Florence, our private Villa is nestled amongst the unique Chianti landscape which hosts rolling hills covered with fields of family vineyards and olive groves that date back generations.

Behold vistas of small stone villages with red tiled roofs and countryside homes that boast cypress trees lined drives. Panoramas of oak, pine and chestnut tree forests offer idyllic postcard views that have inspired and attracted visitors from all over the world.

The peaceful, private and picturesque environment inspires feelings of deep relaxation, creativity and freedom to explore the art of slowing down and living in the moment.

Wander amongst the olive trees and grapevines, swim in the salt water pool, enjoy a massage or reiki treatment, take a meditation walk along small winding paths that were put in place hundreds of years ago, or simply rest in a hammock under the olive trees with a book.

This is your week to slow down, savor and practice the art of mindfulness and presence.

The Yoga
Twice daily inspiring “slow yoga”, combining hatha yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions allow you to ease into your day and prepare you for a blissful night of rest and restoration. 

All levels of practitioner are welcome to join this retreat, and special needs can be accommodated.

Food, Wine, Art & Philosophy
During the week, you will meet many young, fun and passionate artists and producers who carry forth the traditions of food, wine and culture that is exclusive to the Chianti.

Our on site meals at the villa are lovingly prepared with the “farm to table” approach. You will taste the finest seasonal ingredients freshly picked from the nearby gardens and local farms. Our Villa chef practices a “zero kilometer” philosophy, creating artful gastronomy direct from Mother Nature’s nearest abundant bounties of olive oil, wine, honey, vegetables, fruits, herbs and wildflowers.

For our offsite gastronomical adventures, we will meet and taste local specialties that are exclusive to the Chianti region. Wine, olive oil, honey, cheese tastings and creative “slow food movement” inspired meals will tantalize and elevate all of your senses.

When it comes to food and nourishment, our healthy, eco-friendly philosophy & lifestyle allows you to supports and fully embrace the local community. 

Each and every encounter of the week is an invitation to slow down, savor and mindfully enjoy yourself and the inspiring natural surroundings.

What's Included

The weekly retreat investment includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in our beautiful XIII villa in the Chianti Classico region
  • 2x Daily Yoga
  • Daily homemade breakfast on site
  • Daily healthy, local meals + wine on site & where noted
  • Pizza night
  • Polenta dinner party
  • Private transportation to excursions
  • Group pickup & drop off at Florence airport*
  • Private tour leader services with an experienced local guide
  • Herbal tea / coffee / mineral water always available
  • Guided hike & merenda picnic
  • Visit to a dairy farm with cheese tasting
  • Visit to a olive oil & honey producer with tasting & light lunch
  • Visit a local cashmere farm and private retail studio followed by light lunch
  • Private cooking class
  • Organic wine tastings
  • Visit to a Chianti Classico wine producer with tasting & lunch
  • Visit to a wood-turning & silver workshop with demonstration
  • Visit to beautiful Chianti local villages
  • Visit to the famous Golden Valley
  • Walking tour of San Gimignano and Monteriggioni
  • Plenty of time to relax and enjoy the private salt-water stunning swimming pool and the amazing views
  • Unlimited high speed internet wifi
  • All linens & towels for the week
  • Yoga mats & props

Not Included

Exclusive of Retreat Package Prices:

Airfares, Travel Insurance, Healing Arts, Off-Site Meals other than those specified, Personal Car Hire, Transfers to/from the villa outside of the agreed arrival time [2pm on Saturday, September 17 & 10am on Saturday, September 24]

Before You Go

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