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Gentle Yoga in Tuscany: a Yoga and Touring Adventure

September 16 - September 23
Il Borghino
Villa Della Chiesa, Lucca, Italy

Rudy and Joyce Peirce

Based at Il Borghino, an exquisite villa complex in a luxurious country setting.

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An unforgettable Tuscan holiday awaits you! You are gifting yourself with a truly fabulous vacation week. This will be our 11th year hosting Gentle Yoga in Tuscany and it just gets better every year. It is a joy to share the experience of this fabled region, a crossroads of medieval history, the cradle of the Renaissance, land of soulful, artful living. (Flyer)

 

 

The week offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a Gentle Yoga retreat while exploring the sights and flavors of Tuscany. You will enjoy a magical week of loving yourself and loving life with twice daily yoga, stunning scenery, pure fun, gracious hospitality, belly laughing, great food, and well-organized adventures.

 

Home base for our week in Tuscany is a splendid grouping of four homes collectively known as Il Borghino, nestled in  a luxurious setting with a stunning view. These homes have been meticulously restored combining traditional materials with new technology keeping energy efficiency and a concern for the environment in mind. Inside, it is welcoming and homey as well as being both comfortable and modern. You will enjoy a remarkable combination of elegant and traditional Tuscan living.

The villa itself sits high on a hillside overlooking a panorama of olive groves, fruit trees and vineyards. Nestled amongst the Tuscan hills, close to the enchanting city of Lucca, time moves slower here; an afternoon can easily be lost drifting through the olive groves or resting by the pool. The natural surroundings and secluded setting create an atmosphere of calm and stillness, ideal for our relaxing yoga holiday.

The villa’s convenient location also allows for easy travel to some of Italy’s most picturesque historic towns including Lucca, and the renowned seaside villages of the Cinque Terre.

We will greet each day with smooth, soothing Gentle Yoga with Rudy followed by a delicious, healthy breakfast. We have two day-trips and one evening outing planned. However, everything is optional giving you the flexibility to adapt the week to your own individual needs. We have a bike and walking tour of charming nearby Lucca early in the week, guided by an equally charming guide who has a deep family history in Lucca. Mid-week we have an all-day excursion to sensational Cinque Terre (the Five Lands), beautiful, vividly colored villages located on cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Another enchanting option is attending a performance of Puccini in Lucca at the church where he was an organist prior to his successful composing career.

Afternoons at the Villa will generally offer spacious free-time, then afternoon Gentle Yoga with Rudy to unwind any stress you may have brought with you.  Following this time of rejuvenation and rest you will partake in fabulously fresh Tuscan cuisine. We will spend some of our days relaxing “Under the Tuscan Sun,” poolside at the Villa, or on a guided hike followed by a picnic. Additionally you have the opportunity to sign up for an Italian cooking class which will result in that day’s gourmet lunch!

Possible inspirational reading includes: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr, Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy or In Tuscany, both by Frances Mayes.

Books that are helpful for orientating to Italian culture: Italians Dance and I am a Wallflower: Adventures in Italian Expression  by Linda Falcone or The New Italians by Charles Richards, an in depth look into current Italian life.

Please read the enclosed information carefully and feel free to contact us with your questions.

Your hosts,
Rudy and Joyce Peirce

 

 
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