Experience the perfect blend of Yoga practice, cultural immersion, and connection to nature.
Take in the sensual textures of the Tuscan countryside and feel the tranquility of daily Yoga.
This retreat will offer the full texture of flavors uniquely experienced only in Tuscany, Italy. The 800-year-old Villa, which will be our private home for the week, transports you back in time to engage the senses allowing for an abundance of opportunities to hone your mindfulness practice. Savor the Tuscan sunshine on your skin and the dreamy star-studded nights. Indulge your senses with the taste of delicious food and regional wine. Roam the paths on the property absorbing the beauty and simplicity of the landscape. Take reflective personal time to go within and feel the peacefulness that is your True Nature.
We will practice daily yoga, have opportunities for planned activities such as cooking classes and wine tasting in the on-site cellar, as well as have plenty of time to relax and take in the serene natural environment surrounding the Tuscan Villa.
As a group, we will also take a day trip to the beautiful, walled hill town of San Gimignano. San Gimignano, known as the Town of Fine Towers, is a well preserved, medieval town and claims to have the “best ice cream in the world”.
- 6 nights accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Group Ground Transportation to/from Florence International Airport to Retreat Center
- San Gimignano Excursion
- Daily yoga practices
- Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
Discover the beauty of Tuscany and embrace the laid-back-lifestyle of the Italian countryside. This stunning farmhouse has been renovated to create the dream retreat center. Enjoy living in this private villa where you will have comfortable, spacious accommodations, delicious and authentic Italian cuisine, breathtaking views of Tuscany, and a gorgeous yoga hall overlooking the rolling hills. During your free time, enjoy lounging by the pool, visit nearby Sienna, sip wine from the local vineyards, and learn what makes Italy a top destination for travelers worldwide.
Danielle Fowler, M.A., E-RYT500
Danielle is a founding director and lead instructor of True Nature School of Yoga, where she blends her passion for teaching and learning to inspire in-depth study and practice of Yoga. Since 2001, she has taught Yoga in a variety of settings including yoga studios, corporations, non-profit organizations and schools, and has been the co-owner of two successful studios, Yoga Vista (2005-2009) and Yoga Oceanside (2010 to 2019). Danielle’s unique teaching style is inspired by her extensive training with renowned Yoga centers such as Mount Madonna and the Himalayan Institute, and masterful teachers such as Donna Farhi, Judith Hanson Lasater, Nischala Joy Devi, and Rolf Sovik. Her classes are accessible for all abilities and emphasize an embodied experience of the rich philosophy and psychology rooted in the ancient wisdom of Yoga. Her pilgrimages to India have embedded her into a spiritual lineage of the tradition which shines through in her sincere approach to sharing Yoga with others. Danielle graduated with a Master’s of Arts Degree in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University in May 2015. She is also attuned as a Reiki Master and enjoys tapping into energy as a source for spiritual healing and personal growth. For more info visit www.TrueNatureYoga.com
“Danielle has a way of bringing together seekers of healing and knowledge. I learned a lot that I am looking forward to implementing and continue to explore in my personal life and studies. She has a gift for weaving her extensive knowledge and wisdom into her offerings with humor and humility. In my experience, I felt supported and safe. In my process, I felt seen and uplifted. I am grateful to have been able to give myself the gift of this retreat. It has been a gift to have time to slow down, simplify, and focus on what really matters. Not only am I returning home with a more clear sense of self and purpose, but I also feel inspired to apply what I’ve learned to live so I may be more of a service to my community. I am looking forward to attending more of her retreats in the future. This past weekend has me wanting more. Thank you, Danielle, for encouraging us to be still, to go within and love ourselves throughout the process.” – Amelia M.
“Last weekend’s retreat yielded tremendous accelerated progress in my practice while offering priceless incomparable stimulation and relaxation both during and afterward. A paradoxical situation where captivating stimulation yielded supremely satisfying relaxation each night of the retreat. Now, nearly a week later, I continue to enjoy retreat benefits and expect that to continue indefinitely. I’ll be back again and again as long as I can.” – Steve G.
“The retreat was everything I needed. Delicious healthy whole foods, gorgeous landscape and scenery, kind company, and a safe space. I truly felt a sense of balance when I left, not to mention sore abs which are always nice! My body felt so good after moving it intentionally for a couple of days, I even was about 5 pounds lighter when I came home. It was so nice to be unplugged, and it was absolutely gorgeous. Talk about spiritual and physical detox! Amazing time! My mom and I loved it!” – Sona A.
There are so many beautiful and wonderful adventures you can take advantage of during your stay. While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in wonderful group excursions. Some of the possible options include:
- Tours of Local Villages and Historic Cities
- Local Shopping
- Cooking Classes
- Horseback Riding
- Visit a Natural Thermal Lake
*Group excursions are optional and the price is not included in tuition unless noted.
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
You will be booking your flights for 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. The drive time to the center is approximately 1.5 hours.
Booking your Flight for the Best Price Possible!
True Nature Travels and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full-service travel agency that offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive airfare deposit program. Please use the following link to book or contact STA Travel directly: http://www.statravel.com/solutions/true-nature.htm.
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 $150, 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.
We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). For Non-U.S. Residents this policy with Trawick insurance is available: Safe Travels Multi-National.
We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Shared Accommodations – $2495 USD
Single Accommodations – $2695 USD
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
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- 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before program excluding initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
- 89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
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In the event of a cancellation due to a Force Majeure Event, True Nature will make reasonable efforts to obtain refunds for any costs or expenses paid by you through your Initial Deposit or Tuition payments and to return such refunds to you. However, True Nature cannot guarantee that it will be able to obtain refunds. True Nature shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by you, including but not limited to the loss of an Initial Deposit and/or Tuition, as a result of a Force Majeure Event and/or the cancellation of a Trip or Activity due to a Force Majeure Event.
Depending on the nature of the Force Majeure Event, True Nature may allow the Trip to continue with any necessary modifications or may allow you to cancel your participation in the Trip. True Nature will provide information to you about any actual or anticipated Force Majeure Event.