There is a field, I’ll meet you there. ~ Rumi
We can’t make joy happen, but we can create the conditions for joy to arise. Like electricity, boundless joy flows through things that best conduct it. Our bodies are our conductors of joy, and we are the artists of our lives.
Umbria, Italy sits between Florence and Rome, in the heart in one of the greatest historical centers of art and creativity in the world. This retreat is an invitation to relish in the momentary experience of being drenched in beauty. We will weave together visits to ancient villages and seeing exquisite art with morning and afternoon yoga and meditation practice, creative exploration, and time in nature to reflect and replenish. Being inspired, touched, or moved by beauty makes us more sentient and sensitive beings, and we are empowered to infuse our daily lives with that which truly matters. Join Jennifer Prugh and the managers of Breathe Together, Katie Schumacher, Jen Woo and Christy Eicher for an unforgettable week of exploring what it means to live life wide open.
Every retreat is unique and, as such, the itineraries are ever-changing! We finalize the itineraries about 3-6 weeks before the retreat, but after 10 years of hosting retreats, we do have a general idea of what most schedules look like.
Most retreats include one-to-two daily yoga classes. One class takes place in the morning, either just before or just after breakfast. After the first class and meal, you have free time to explore, relax, or take part in optional add-on activities. Lunch will take place at midday, during this free time. There is then, usually, an afternoon class followed by dinner. Occasionally some teachers choose to offer an evening restorative class or group gathering after dinner as well.
For this retreat, specifically, we will be including four guided tours and two art classes! Travel with us to Perugia, Montefiascone, Orvieto, and Rome! In addition, you’ll get the chance to learn from local Italian artisans to explore different, unique crafts! Learn more about these options on the “What’s Included” tab of this web page.
Again, this is a very general look at what your retreat schedule could be. We work closely with the teachers to design unique itineraries that reflect their style and the group that’s traveling with them. Once your specific retreat itinerary is complete, we will send it out via email, usually two or more weeks before the retreat starts. Please keep in mind all retreat itineraries are subject to change.
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Two art classes
- Tours of Orvieto, Montefiascone, Perugia, and Rome
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
There are four guided tours included in your retreat; one to Orvieto, one to Montefiascone, one to Perugia, and one to Rome.
This tour starts in the home of one of the few silversmiths that still uses techniques that predate Christianity. Here we will see the production in every step and enjoy a Typical home meal in the silversmith’s family house. In the afternoon we move on to Perugia for a guided tour of one of the strongholds of the Papaleal state as well as a flourishing university city.
We will start the tour in Montefiascone with a wine tasting that will take you to the world of Umbria’s wines. We will continue with lunch in a lovely restaurant in Montefiascone and in the afternoon we will continue with a guided tour of the beautiful Montefiascone. We will end the day with a suggestive walk along the beautiful Bolsena lake.
Perched on the top of a massive tufa rock, Orvieto was once the most important city of the Etruscan province before being taken over by the Roman empire. During the middle ages and the Renaissance, it was one of the favorite papal residences. This day tour starts with a wine tasting in one of the best cellars in town. We will have lunch in a typical restaurant in front of Orvieto’s Cathedral, the true highlight of the town. We will continue with the guided tour of the historic center and entrance to the to the Cathedral and the famous renaissance chapel of St. Brizio.
Experience the capital city of Italy and learn about Italian life, old and new. Explore the top sites of Rome, including the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, and, of course, the Colosseum. This tour will also feature free time to explore every nook and cranny of this amazing city.
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.
Jennifer Prugh is the founder of Breathe Together Yoga and the JOY of Yoga School of Integrative Learning. With a Master’s Degree in Art and Consciousness, eight years as an Associate Professor of storytelling, story boarding and creativity, and ten years as a professional artist, Jennifer is passionate about making traditional yogic and mindfulness teachings accessible, so that students are enabled to live the practice of yoga.
Introduced to yoga as a child in 1969, Jennifer has been a steady yoga practitioner since 1989 when she began a consistent practice with Sherri Baptiste. She has trained within the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bhakti Vinyasa, Vinyasa Krama, and Prajna Yoga lineages. She is also certified as a Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy.
Jennifer opened Breathe Together Yoga in Los Gatos, California in 2011 to provide yoga and mindfulness practice to everyone. Find her online classes on YogaAnytime.com. Since 2009, she has traveled virtually all over the world leading yoga trainings, adventures and retreats. Jennifer has traveled to India over a dozen times and is in the process of completing a photography book on the River Ganga. Jennifer took refuge in 2010 and is a member of the board of the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation. She lives with her husband Will, their teenage son Liam and two golden retrievers, Hobbes and River.
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
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 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.
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