Yoga + Creative Expression

Umbria Italy

JK
Jenny Kaufman & Patti Lupo
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11 reviews
Sep 2 - 7, 2023
Group size: 10 - 26
Yoga + Creative Expression
Umbria Italy

Jenny Kaufman & Patti Lupo
  • Email address verified
11 reviews

$NaN
Sep 2 - 7, 2023
Group size: 10 - 26

About this trip

Yoga Bella has expanded its offerings and Jenny Kaufman + Patti Lupo are pleased to join with beloved writer Mary Schmich for a five-day retreat focused on yoga and writing. In 2012, Mary won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her columns in the Chicago Tribune, where she worked for 36 years. Her popular book “Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now” includes those columns and many others that explore hope, loss, family, weather, society and wearing sunscreen.


Mary is also a longtime yoga teacher who shares our belief that yoga and writing work in service to each other, helping us to understand ourselves and change our perspectives. Whatever writing means to you—your journal, your memoir, your novel—this retreat will give you the chance to think about writing, to do some, and to talk to Mary about the joys and challenges of turning your thoughts into words.


We’ll stay at the beautiful Locanda Della Quercia Calante, located in the countryside of Umbria, equidistant between Rome and Florence. It’s been described as an “eco-friendly country retreat encompassing a culture that adheres to the values required for well-being of the body and spirit.” Put simply, it is heaven on earth.


Every day we’ll offer yoga classes and sessions focused on writing. Also included are two additional day trips to local hillside towns; a curated wine tasting featuring grapes unique to the region; and options for massage and body work.


ALL ARE WELCOME.  This is not a women's only retreat and you do not have to have to have an advanced yoga practice. Students of all levels are welcome. Similarly, all writers and would-be writers are welcome. 


So join us for this unique opportunity to move, breathe, write, eat, soak up nature and make new friends. Give yourself a chance to reset your creativity and be newly inspired. 

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Please  note: a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $500 is needed to secure your spot. We can set up a payment plan for the remainder of the balance should you wish, but all payments in full are due by Monday May 15th, 2023.


In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your trip, you will  only be refunded the cost of your trip (less the non-refundable deposit) should you cancel PRIOR to May 15th, 2023. Any cancellation AFTER May 15th, 2023 will only be issued a refund if we sell your spot on the retreat. This includes illnesses (including Covid and any Covid related symptoms or complications), emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.  
 

Travel insurance is recommended. A travel insurance policy including  trip cancellation and interruption, baggage, accident, emergency  assistance and medical assistance.  We strongly encourage you to protect yourself and buy travel insurance.

What’s included

  • Transfer to/from airport
  • Lodging
  • Delicious meals
  • ALL yoga/meditation
  • Writing workshops
  • Private session w/ Mary
  • Wine tasting
  • Two excursions
    1) Orvieto -- You will have time to shop this local hilltop town and find a spot for dinner on your own. 2) Civita -- We will hike up to this precious hill town for a beautiful lunch meal.
  • Airfare
  • Massage Services
  • Individual wine choices
  • Optional cooking class
  • Unique Transporation*
    *Should you arrive late or need to leave early, we will arrange transport for you at your own expense.

Available Packages

SINGLE
only 1 left

One (1) King size bed with your own private bath and outdoor space to sit and enjoy the Italian countryside.   


Single rooms are LIMITED and we would advise to book early if you want a single.

$2,800
Deposit: $500
DOUBLE
12 left

Two (2) Single beds or One (1) KING size bed with your own private bath and outdoor space to sit and enjoy the Italian countryside.  


Each room is TWO SPOTS.


When booking the Double room, please make two separate accounts for each person in the room.  We are not responsible for grouping people together.  You are booking this option with your roommate confirmed and secured.  

$2,500
Deposit: $500
Triple
only 3 left

One triple room - 3 spots total. We have one (1) triple room with three (3) spots in it.


Three (3) single beds and a shared bath in a spacious room in the main house. 

 

When booking the Triple room, please make separate accounts for each person in the room.  We are not responsible for grouping people together.  You are booking this option with your roommate confirmed and secured.  

$2,100
Deposit: $500

Your Organizer


JK
Jenny Kaufman & Patti Lupo
11 reviews
Jenny Kaufman has been teaching yoga in the Chicago area for over 20 years. Her classes serve students of all levels and her playful and smart teaching style has made her a much beloved teacher. You can follow her @jennykyoga on Instagram. Patti Lupo has been helping students transform through yoga for many years in the Chicago area with her warm and nurturing style. She is a lover of all things Italian (including the language) and is at her best here in this setting. This is Jenny + Patti's 7th Yoga Bella retreat to this location.

Reviews

Everything was fabulous - The food was fresh grown, delicious and healthy home cooking. The setting was stunning and the open air yoga studio was beyond compare. The staff was friendly and accomodating. There were great spaces for quiet retreat as well as for communal get togethers. Of course the yoga was phenomenal and suited for all levels of experience.
By John G for Yoga Bella 2022 - a yoga retreat in the hills of Umbria on 17 Sep, 2022
John. Thanks for writing a review! We appreciate you and it was amazing to have you share this experience with us. Deep gratitude. Xo
By Jenny Kaufman & Patti Lupo on 17 Sep, 2022
JK
This was a fantastic experience. Patti & Jenny's expertise in planning a special time is really not to be missed. The daily yoga and meditation classes balanced nicely with down time by the pool & special side trips. I am so grateful to have been able to join this group of wonderful woman. I will definitely join them again if I'm in Italy in September next year, or in years to come. Mille Grazie!
By Michele G for YogaBella Wellness, Peace and Serenity in the Italian Countryside on 23 Sep, 2021
Michele....I am just now seeing this. We are so grateful for you to trust and join us. I hope you can jot over every year we will find a place for you. xoxo
By Jenny Kaufman & Patti Lupo on 17 Dec, 2021
JK
at first, i thought only a miracle could make this trip happen, but Locanda has a special energy that makes these miracles happen. Everything about this trip was just perfect, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The rooms were spacious and very clean, the food was amazing, and the staff was always friendly and energetic. As always, my yoga teachers were incredible and made sure everyone had a great experience! All the group members were very involved in the process and this made it even more enjoyable. This was my second time traveling to Locanda with my close friend, and it was as great as we expected- even better! I am already dreaming about my next trip to Locanda ! Looking forward! All the best, Esmira
By Esmira T for YogaBella Wellness, Peace and Serenity in the Italian Countryside on 20 Sep, 2021
Esmira. THANK YOU for taking the time to write a review. Yes this year was a MIRACLE. I couldn't agree more about the energy at Locanda, the first time I went there I told myself that some how/some way I would find a way to go back annually. I'm excited you feel the same! XO
By Jenny Kaufman & Patti Lupo on 20 Sep, 2021
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This was such a lovely retreat in Italy. Jenny and Patti made everyone feel welcome and comfortable, regardless of yoga experience. Between the day trips to the lovely nearby towns, wine tasting, pasta making, and yoga classes there was plenty to do and plenty of time to relax by the pool. It was a great balance of activity and relaxation. The owners and staff at the farmhouse were amazing and plied us with food and wine. This was a great trip to destress and see a beautiful part of the world.
By Shalaka T for YogaBella Wellness, Peace and Serenity in the Italian Countryside on 18 Sep, 2021
Shalaka! Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Youa re a delight and by far one of the easiest retreat paticipants ever! I love that you took full advantage of everythign that was offered. I apprecite you. XOXO
By Jenny Kaufman & Patti Lupo on 18 Sep, 2021
JK
This was a fantastic retreat. Great location in Umbria a couple hours outside Rome. Simple accomodations but comfortable and well appointed. Great yoga with Jenny and Patti! Wonderful excursions to Civita and Orvieto. Overall a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go again!
By Sue S for YogaBella Wellness, Peace and Serenity in the Italian Countryside on 11 Sep, 2021
Sue! Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It was a long time coming to have you here and I loved every minute of it. I hope it is not the last time we are sipping wine and watchng the sun set in Orveitto..... xoxo
By Jenny Kaufman & Patti Lupo on 18 Sep, 2021
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