landscapeVenture into the Tuscan countryside to satisfy your zest for life. Our host location is a charming 18th-century villa in Cortona, nestled in the hills on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. Discover a land rich in history and heritage, art and beauty. Indulge in the simple things in life: seasonal, wholesome food prepared with care at its peak; daily yoga practice to reconnect with the self; and the healing power of tranquil surroundings. There will be opportunities to enjoy serene Bella Italia with a bike tour to four castles and a monastery; paddle boarding on Lake Trasimeno; and optional local tours.

Slow down to savor all that life has to offer, and delight in the community of your fellow travelers. Firefly designs retreats to light people up so they can thrive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

  • 7 Nights Accommodations in a Boutique Hotel in Tuscanywine-300x200
  • 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
  • Group Bike Tour (optional – see registration options at checkout)
  • Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
  • Daily Yoga Practice
  • Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, just be)



This quaint and historical center is strategically located and is an attractive destination for many reasons. The property is on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, making it a perfect “station” to head out from on any number of itineraries. The center itself is imbued with fresco walls, intoxicating landscapes, delicious cuisine, pool and lounging area, and a beautiful group space. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options. The food is organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients.

Carrie Lehtonen, RYT500, Holistic Health Practitioner

carrielehtonenCarrie’s second chance at life came at 31 years old when a blood clot in her coronary artery resulted in a heart attack. As a healthy triathlete, Carrie was the last person anyone would suspect of having heart disease. She chose to pursue a second career in health and wellness and created WholeHearted Health Ltd. to help people make health a habit. Carrie received her certifications as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) from Corepower Yoga in Colorado and the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. She is trained in vinyasa yoga, yin (restorative) yoga, self-awakening yoga (SAY), Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, and anatomy.

Carrie focuses on making yoga fun and accessible and works with all levels of students. Carrie studied at Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she was trained in more than 100 dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.


“I literally just had one of the best weeks of my life! Thank you for your guidance and support throughout this journey! Thank you, thank you!” –Becky Follett, yoga retreat participant

“Carrie–you are a true gem! Thank you for such a transformative experience!” –Melissa Berrett, yoga retreat participant

While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:house-300x199

  • Olive and Wine Tasting
  • Tours of Local Villages
  • Bike Tour
  • Museums
  • Local Shopping
  • Hiking

*With the exception of the bike tour, the price of activities are not included in tuition

Please be sure to review Our Policies.


To register, go to our Online Registration Platform.

Register early as we expect this retreat to fill quickly! A $35 Service and Administration Fee will be added to the tuition rate.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.


Getting There

You will be booking your flights to the Florence Airport (FLR). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.

Booking Your Flight for the Best Price Possible!

True Nature Education and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full-service travel agency which offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive airfare deposit program. Please use the following link to book or contact STA Travel directly:

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $100, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. To purchase insurance with the True Nature discount, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

pool-terraces-300x200Do you have questions about travelling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also be sure to check out our Student FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write us at and let us know how we can help!

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