Changing Your Story
Umbria, Italy Retreat with Elizabeth Israel

My “story” seems to change in small and big ways whenever I have the opportunity to travel!  Growing up traveling with family, traveling with partners, and traveling around the world by myself, I’ve done it all. I think that a yoga retreat to a different country is a lovely way to expand our minds and get in touch with what our bodies are capable of doing! It’s a wonderful way to get out of our comfort zones, visit new places, meet new people, explore doing yoga daily, eat delicious food and learn about different cultures. Having been to Italy many many years ago, I look forward to going back to this beautiful country with such a rich history!

We all have our own story and we like to stay attached to that story. When we’re attached to our story, we are resistant to change, therefore resistant to moving forward. During this retreat, we’ll look at ways we can work toward changing our story by taking an inward look at our samskaras. Samskaras are the subtle mental impressions left by all thoughts, intentions, and actions that are experienced by an individual. Often compared to grooves in the mind, samskaras are psychological or emotional imprints that can lead to behavioral patterns. These behavioral patterns can be either positive or negative. On retreat, we’ll use meditation, movement, breath-work, and journaling to explore our habitual samskaras. These samskaras are holding us back from becoming whom we want to become.

As we come to this retreat in the beautiful Italian countryside, we’ll begin the mornings with meditation and movement. Start your day with a gentle flowing hatha or vinyasa style yoga class, a kundalini kriya, or a VinYin practice. Then in the late afternoon/early evening, we’ll do a more calming and grounding Yin/Restorative practice with breath-work. All classes will be available to all levels of yoga practitioners. Additionally, there will be plenty of time for exploring the beautiful area, cooking classes, hanging by the pool, wine tasting, enjoying the onsite Spa, and anything else you wish to do!

Change your story with Elizabeth Israel in Umbria, Italy in the Summer of 2023!

  • 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 Rome International Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)


In the heart of green Umbria, this hidden gem is tucked amongst the rolling hills of Tuscany. This charming farmhouse has been restored according to the principles of bio-architecture and is ideal for those interested in a change to truly retreat from the world. Get closer to nature and spend your retreat coming into harmony with the natural rhythms of life at this eco-friendly wellness center. With 17 historic rooms, a pool of vitalizing water, three stunning yoga rooms, a restaurant with wonderful vegetarian cuisine, and lots of beautiful outdoor space to enjoy this is a venue not to be missed! 

The interiors of the farmhouse are in typical Umbrian style, with terracotta floors and exposed beams and bricks. The center is furnished with an original mix of classic and ethnic, which gives charm and elegance to your retreat experience. In their luscious park, surrounded by oaks trees, the swimming pool of natural waters is an amazing privilege. The pool is in the form of a natural pond, surrounded by volcanic boulders, and consists of three basins connected to each other by a system of rocky cascades. It is a place to rejuvenate and find true wellness, with a large Jacuzzi in the center. 

This Tuscan farmhouse is the perfect place for a nature holiday in the green heart of Italy, with its untouched landscapes lined with historic towns. This retreat center is available year-round, giving you access to Italy throughout all of its breathtaking seasons.

Elizabeth Israel

Born and raised in Nebraska (the Heartland), where yoga was slow to arrive, Elizabeth started doing yoga with videos. Wanting to deepen her understanding of yoga in order to help her massage clients with the benefits of yoga, she started out small with a weekend teaching course, moved on to a 200-hour hatha/vinyasa course, and then decided she had a love of Kundalini so went to Bali to get her 200-hour KRI certification. She is now E-RYT 200, YACEP, and RYT 500, has taught over 1600 studio hours, and hosted and participated in several international retreats, including Bali, India, and Jamaica, in addition to many local workshops and day retreats.

Elizabeth’s class style is playful, nonjudgemental, infused with humor, modifications, optional challenges, and a big heart full of love and understanding. Her goal in being a yoga teacher and a student is to embrace the benefits of yoga, live it to the best of her ability, and share in the struggle with others, allowing each person to understand that yoga, and life is a journey! Elizabeth has a deep love of travel. Having grown up in the Midwest, she was fortunate to have a family that enjoyed travel and was able to travel the USA extensively and into Canada and Mexico. She took her travels overseas for a year as an exchange student in Sweden and then a year of teaching English in Hungary. Since then she has traveled to more than 20+ other countries, the most recent being India and Bali for yoga teaching and learning opportunities. This love of travel, meeting new people, and experiencing yoga around the world has inspired her to offer this experience of a yoga retreat to Italy.  Elizabeth views being a yoga student and a teacher as a beautiful never-ending journey. She is so excited to be able to offer this retreat for all students on their yoga journeys. Elizabeth owns and operates Avani Day Spa and Yoga Studio in Hastings, Nebraska.

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 adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:

  • Italian cooking course
  • Wine tasting on an Italian vineyard
  • Olive oil tasting at a local olive grove
  • Day tours of local villages and historic sites
  • And more!

*Price of activities are not included in tuition

Please be sure to review Our Policies.


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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

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

Getting There 

You will be booking your flights for the Rome International Airport (FCO). 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 2 hours. 

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 $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. 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Shared Accommodations – $2495 USD 

Single Accommodations – $2795 USD

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

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


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, 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.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to

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