Italy Art & Yoga Retreat
September 29 to October 5, 2019
If you are seeking a unique experience that
covers the beauty of Italy and all its charm
this retreat is for you. Spend your time on
a farmhouse estate, walk through history
in local Etruscan towns, sip wine marveling
at the cypress tree hills, indulge at a
European day spa... each moment priceless
Villa accomodations with private baths
Italian vegetarian cuisine at the villa
Beverages; including wine at the villa from the local Tuscan/Umbrian vineyards
Transportation to/from on day trips
Transfer to/from Chuisi Train station to Estate
Guided Art & History tours with Julian Hylzer for selected day trips
Yoga & meditation classes (mats & straps provided)
Art materials in studio & use of Estate
Day trip to Florence; entrance fees/guide
Day trip to local Tuscan towns; entrance fees/ walking tour
Thermal Spa Day
Pasta Cooking demo
Cheese/Olive oil/ Wine Tasting
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS INCLUDES
It is not necessary to be experienced in Art or Yoga to join.
Just a love of both with the curiosity to learn
Prepare to be swept away from this stunning hilltop location that overlooks the countryside of Tuscany & Umbria. The Estate offers views of rolling hills, cypress trees, and picturesque farmlands as far as the eye can see. The Villa is a beautifully restored cantina and stables that has been divided in 2 apartments. Each area has been made into different sized accommodations that include a private bath and linens. The details of decor are works of art and add to the rustic and charming experience for your stay.
An open and spacious studio is attached to the main villa. For those wishing to take part in various art projects and classes, you'll find all your materials accessible. This inspired space is perfect for journaling and quiet contemplation.
The owner and host of the Estate, Julian, welcomes you with open arms. On sight, he and his team will be of service to ensure your stay is comfortable and to answer any questions about the area. Julian is a wonderful story teller and brings character and wit during the day trips to local towns and museums. He is versatile as an art & history teacher and can easily accommodate all levels of experience.
With an art studio onsite, participants are welcome to indulge with different mediums from watercolors to photography. Even if you are joining with no experience in art, you cannot help but become inspired by Tuscany's majestic landscapes. All courses taught are designed for all levels. The exercises we practice are simple and user friendly. You'll be introduced to the skill of stretching your own canvas followed by a paint session of the Tuscan Landscape. Your finished piece makes for a memorable souvenir for your Italy Retreat! All art material is provided.
YOGA WITH MINDY
ART & THE SURROUNDING AREA
The Estate is based centrally between Rome and Florence (aka. Firenze). Visits to local Tuscan towns and cities creates a cultural, educational and colorful look into the richness of Italy. The city of Florence with museums, churches and cobblestone streets brings visitors interested in the Medici era, leather markets and DaVinci's statue of David. Guests will enjoy the art history and walking tours delivered by Julian, free time for sight seeing, shop or grab an espresso and wander the streets.
Soak in the bliss with a trip to a thermal day spa. Book a treatment or massage to add to your relaxation. Wine, olive and cheese tasting to nearby, Madrevite. Learn to make pasta from scratch from an in house cooking demonstration. Yoga in the morning and sessions of beginner friendly art classes plus individual tarot readings are all part of the Italian adventure!
BOOKING DETAILS FOR 2019
Inclusive retreat package: $2,750 CDN (includes GST)
Deposit to secure spot: $500 CDN (non-refundable)
Flight is not included
Please note that all yoga sessions, art & activities are optional during the retreat.
If you are travelling on your own we will place you in a shared room unless otherwise requested.
The beds per room are as follows: 2bd/2bd/3bd.
Registration and rooms are first come first serve basis
Final balance due AUGUST 29, 2019
Inquire about our cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions
A boutique retreat in picturesque Tuscany
There is no better way to capture Italy than to immerse in its rich history. This retreat is designed for those who have a love of the arts and movement. Practicing yoga in this incredible landscape gives the participant the peace of mind of the countryside and the energy to explore and learn from it. Guests can try their hand at art or photography projects throughout their stay. Collaborating with Estate owner and founder of Easel & Lens, Julian Hyzler brings a wealth of knowledge in the arts and history of the area.
It is natural that food and Italy go together. The mouth watering dishes are so memorable that it stays with you for a lifetime. On the retreat, all breakfasts, dinners and selected lunches at the Villa are vegetarian, simple and healthy Italian dishes. Using fresh produce and local wine from the nearby towns, guests will savor the quality of dishes like risotto with porcini mushrooms and homemade pasta
Meet estate owner, Julian Hyzler below as he gives you a virtual tour of your destination
Each day throughout the retreat, begins with an active yoga practice to prepare the body and mind for a day of exploring and enhancing your artistic endeavors. The advantage of participating in a small group gives Mindy an opportunity to cater to individual needs. The classes will be designed to compliment the practitioners level of ability. Selected evening sessions will be more therapeutic working with Yin & restorative postures and lying down guided meditations
Countryside on border of Tuscany and Umbria
Closest town: Chiusi, Tuscany
Closest major airports: Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO - Rome), Galileo Galilei Airpot (PSA - Pisa)
Closest local airports: Sant'Egidio Airport (PEG - Perugia), Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR - Florence)
Train station: Chiusi-Chianciano Terme
Transfers between Villa and train station can be arranged at no charge on first and last day of retreat. Train transfer from all airports are user friendly. We are happy to provide additional directions upon registration.