Join Wendi and Jen in the beautiful hills of Italy for a laughter, connection, yoga, exploration, and deep soulful restoration. Come experience “bella vita”, the beautiful life in soul restoring, beautiful Italy. You’ll set up your home base in a beautiful Italian villa outside of Rome and have the opportunity to practice yoga, meditate and be intentional in creating some good space to recharge and restore your soul. You’ll laugh, nourish yourself with amazing food and come back home reconnected to your life’s purpose and ready to share your “bella vita” with your community. Come be a part of an amazing adventure!
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 a space for you to come and experience and explore the beauty and rich culture of the Italian way of living. We will slow down, connect, laugh and enjoy the simple pleasures of all that Italy has to offer. You’ll have abundant opportunities to practice yoga in the morning and afternoon, daily mediation and time to be in nature, possibly take a cooking class and experiencing the wine in the region. Press the pause button on the daily grind and take time to rejuvenate. Join Wendi Williams and Jen Fowler, experienced leaders and teachers of yoga and life for an unforgettable week of adventure, laughter, FUN and living the good life in Italy.
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 (if included in your retreat) will take place 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.
In addition, there is usually one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not have scheduled yoga classes. This is a day for people to take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun!
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 Nutritional Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- 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.
Wendi Williams is a 200 hour Certified Baptiste teacher and registered ERYT with Yoga Alliance. She has been creating leaders and leading teacher trainings since 2010.
A lover of sports and involved in athletics her whole life, yoga was a natural fit for Wendi. The physicality of the yoga practice is what keeps her coming back to the mat. Meditation and inquiry have been the practices that have enabled her to stay curious about herself and the world.
Wendi teaches and manages at Yoga One studios in Charlotte, NC. She leads a variety of classes including power vinyasa yoga, yoga with weights, slow flow and deep stretch. Her other interests include cooking, hiking, reading and hanging with her cats. Wendi’s purpose is to coach others and help them discover how to nourish from the inside out through physical activity, diet, meditation and self inquiry.
Jen Fowler is a masterful teacher and powerful leader with a joyous spirit and open heart. She builds community and connection wherever she goes. Jen sees the best in her students and creates the space for them to see it too. Jen is down to earth and her humor sets the stage for easy learning. Her students trust her and take their learnings off of their mat and into their LIFE.
Jen is the Leader of Teachers at Yoga One Studios in Charlotte, NC. She is ongoingly training, developing and coaching teachers to be leaders in their lives and in the world. She is a 200 hour Certified Baptiste teacher, Certified Pre-Post Natal Teacher and has been teaching yoga in Charlotte for the past 8 years.
Jen’s a health and wellness leader and believes in the balance of life. Wanderlust, adventure and curiosity are guides in her life. Jen is passionate about food, cooking and enjoys reading cookbooks, seeking out new restaurants and exploring the world around her. Cured meat, pizza and red wine are part of her joy, especially when good friends are involved.
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
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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