Experience “la dolce vita” in the beautiful Tuscan Hills, a destination that conjures dreams of extraordinary art and culture, quaint villages, sumptuous food, tasty wine, idyllic landscapes and so much more. Soak up the sun, unplug from your hectic daily life and reconnect to your heart as you participate in daily yoga and meditation practices suitable for all levels.
During this seven-day retreat, we will have plenty of time to attune to the environment and savor the sensory feast of Italy as we explore the lush grounds of the 800-year-old villa that will serve as our home for the week. You will have options to taste the local wines and learn to cook in the Tuscan style, or to pamper yourself with a massage. We’ll take a day trip to Siena, one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval cities were twice a year the famous “Palio,” a horse race around the central Piazzo, is run, and we’ll do it all while forging beautiful connections and friendships with like-minded travelers.
Our morning yoga practices will emphasize mindful vinyasa-style movements with modification suggestions to customize the shapes to your individual needs. The afternoon sessions will be slow and grounded yin, restorative or gentle hatha practices. All activities are optional so that you can craft the perfect experience for yourself.
- 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 Airport to Retreat Center
- 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.
Sheila is an ERYT 500 and YACEP teacher certified through Yoga Alliance. She trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and has been practicing and teaching for more than 20 years. She has been the founder and sole owner of Johns Creek Yoga, north of Atlanta, GA since 2012, and she owns Blue Lotus Yoga Online, a comprehensive platform for asana classes, meditation, and continuing education. Sheila previously owned Duluth Yoga Center (2018-2020). In 2015 she developed and curated The Sweet Tea Yoga Festival in Alpharetta, GA, and she is the Yoga Editor for Natural Awakenings Atlanta Magazine. Sheila holds additional certifications in Yin Yoga, Thai Yoga, Bodywork, and Yoga Nidra and has trained with dozens of internationally known yoga teachers. In addition to daily classes at both studios, Sheila facilitates Yoga Teacher Training at both the 200 and 300-hour levels. She has been hosting retreats and workshops both locally and internationally for 10 years. As a former Professor of American literature, she loves to explore the intersection between philosophy, poetry, religion, nature, and yoga and often brings that synthesis into her classes. She continues to take advantage of every opportunity to train and learn and will forever consider herself a student of this ancient and beautiful practice.
“The best cultural and spiritual experience! Always amazing theming of the classes, the very best facilities, immaculate organization, culturally enhancing events! Have been to several retreats and always come back with ideas for self-development and transformation! I would recommend it in a heartbeat! Love my yoga vacations!” — Natalia R.
“I LOVED the Bali Retreat with Blue Lotus. Sheila is an amazing leader who attends to every single detail. She is soulful, passionate, caring & skilled. She leads & teaches straight from her open heart. What she knows, she shares. What she feels, she shares. Sheila will expose you to experiences of light that you’ll forever treasure.” — Ellen S.
“My daughter and I returned home from the 2019 Bali retreat completely in love with Bali; its people, culture, and beauty. Our experience was enriched times 100 by Sheila’s due diligence prior and her amazing classes throughout. This is the second retreat I have been on with Blue Lotus, the first in Tuscany, Italy, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique and authentic travel/yoga experience ‘solo’ or with loved ones.” — Sharon R.
“I visited the Pura Vida retreat with Sheila in Costa Rica in 2013. Everything was the perfect first-time
retreat experience. The facility/accommodations, the services offered and the yoga classes were exceptional. Everything was well thought out and covered, even medical emergencies. Can’t wait for my next yoga retreat!” — Jerry M.
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
- Visit a Natural Thermal Lake
*Group excursions are optional and the price is not included in tuition unless noted.
A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
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