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Fall Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy!
October 7-14th 2017
Yoga. Opera. Wine tasting.
with Aino Siren
Our home for the week is Il Borghino, a Tuscan retreat villa nestled on a hilltop with incredible views overlooking the charming medieval town of Lucca. Lucca is a beautiful and fascinating city known for it’s well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling the historic city center. Let’s escape to Italy and enjoy our yoga practice under the Tuscan sun, and get a taste of La Dolce Vita!
Il Borghino comprises of three separate houses showcasing large elegant rooms with fabulous views from every window. There are several outdoor terraces, a saltwater swimming pool and a Turkish sauna.
Each day involves an enlivening and energizing morning yoga/meditation session, and an afternoon yin/restorative practice. The indoor yoga room is located downstairs in the communal area with glass windows looking into the swimming pool. We will also utilize the terraces overlooking the hills and olive groves for some of the classes, to take in the peace and serenity of the beautiful countryside.
A night at the Opera following an afternoon of tasting wine at an exquisite local vineyard, plus a special kirtan and sound bath led by the yogini musician Idgy Dean are all included in our schedule. There will also be plenty of free time for you to roam the neighboring hills and groves, plus numerous optional excursions and activities, like a day trip to the breathtaking coastal villages of Cinque Terre, cooking class, bike and walking tours of Lucca, or spa treatments. Our retreat villa, is located 35 minutes from Pisa and 1.5 hrs from Florence. Here is the website for the retreat center http://www.yogainitaly.com if you are curious to see more.
-Morning and afternoon yoga each day (Manduka yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters supplied)
-Room accommodation (double or single)
-3 Tuscan Vegetarian Farm-to-Table meals daily (excluding 1 lunch and 1 dinner out.)
-Wine from the local estate (1/2 bottle per person/ night)
-Last night celebratory dinner with Prosecco and delicious homemade pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven
-Puccini Opera in Lucca. For opera lovers, Puccini was born in Lucca and one night, you can listen to one hour of arias from this famous composer.
-A wine tasting excursion to an exquisite local winery – we go by foot!
-Kirtan and sound bath led by the yogini musician Idgy Dean (www.idgydean.com)
-Group transfer to and from Lucca at the beginning and end of the retreat (one scheduled pick-up and drop-off) All guests will be responsible for their own ground transportation to get to the meeting point in Lucca.
What’s not included:
-Airfare and travel to our meeting place in Lucca
-Add on optional excursions other than those speciffied as included
-Optional Spa and Massage Treatments
-Meals outside the villa
*Please note that the prices are in USD and may shift slightly due to fluctuating exchange rates.
(Room type 1
Double occupancy in a room with 2 twin size beds with shared bathroom. (Another double occupancy room shares this bathroom). No more available.
$1940 EB/ $2140 regular)
Room type 2
Double occupancy in a room with 2 twin beds. Private bathroom. 3 rooms available.
$2050 EB/ $2250 regular
Room type 3
Double occupancy for 2 people who prefer or do not mind sharing a full size bed. Private bathroom. 2 rooms available.
$2050 EB/ $2250 regular (double rate)
$2850 EB/ $3050 regular (single rate)
(Room type 4
Single occupancy room with a twin size bed. Private bathroom. No more available!
$2270 EB/ $2470 regular)
A non-refundable deposit of $500 and travel insurance are required. To guarantee early bird pricing, pay deposit by May 31st! Prices vary upon accommodation, inquire for more details and info to Lindsay at email@example.com.
Tropical Retreat to Isla Holbox, Mexico
February 11th-18th 2017
with Aino Siren & Cassandra Ferland
For their fifth annual yoga retreat, Cassandra and Aino return to the stunning Holbox island, Mexico for a weeklong getaway. The island is part of an ecological reserve In the Yucatan Peninsula, separated from the mainland by a shallow lagoon that is home to flamingos, pelicans and other rich birdlife. Holbox is a Mayan name that translates to ‘black hole’; a place where time and space seem to disappear. That is the effect the island has on its visitors; deeply relaxing the mind, body and soul. It is a quiet, spacious oasis with no public cars. Palapas del Sol, our setting for the week, is a beautiful oceanfront hotelito complete with a salt water pool, beautifully furnished dining area, and cottages made from locally sourced materials. The food is divine- fresh, organic, and lovingly prepared by the gracious Mayan people who work there. It’s just 90 minutes from the Cancun airport, via car (1h), ferry (25min) and golf cart (5min). The nearby town gives the perfect opportunity to further explore the food and culture of the island.
Each day includes an enlivening morning yoga, meditation, and afternoon classes that alternate between deep stretch restorative classes and power yoga. Classes will be held on Palapas brand new Yoga Shala, on the top floor of the main building, which provides panoramic views of the beach, ocean mangrove, and lagoon as well as both sunrise and sunsets. Join us for an unforgettable experience and a chance to deepen your practice, leaving you recharged and renewed!
Daily options for activities include:
- Relax or sunbathe on the beach, in a beachside cabana, or in the seawater infinity pool
- Rent a Paddleboard or Kiteboard; Holbox has one of the safest beaches for learning how to kite board with professional instructors.
- Isla Pajaros (Bird Island) is a 30 minute boat ride, and tours are available to view more than 140 species of birds including pink flamingos
- Visit fresh water swimming holes bordering the lagoon that separates Isla Holbox from the mainland.
- Deep sea or fly fishing
- An optional adventure day trip to explore Mayan Ruins and a Cenote on the mainland of the Yucatan peninsula
- Pamper yourself with massage, Marma, Raindrop Technique, or private yoga
- An evening outing to a nearby local restaurant
All rooms at Palapas del Sol are on the beach and feature a private bath, AC, elegant Caribbean décor with wood floors, and wifi. Many have ocean views. We will honor room requests on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited!
Prices vary upon accommodation, inquire for more details. Cost includes room accommodation, yoga classes, pre-yoga juices and snacks, after yoga brunch, and dinner daily*. Options for gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian diets will be available.
Single room from:
Early Bird: $2135
Double room from:
Early Bird: $1485
Triple room from:
Early Bird: $1365
Quad room from:
Early Bird: $1285
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by November 1st to secure Early Bird pricing and reserve your room. For more information, email Mikaela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cassandra Ferland and Aino Siren first bonded over a shared love of yoga, travel, and adventure. Their teaching styles are a great compliment to one another. Cassandra is known for her dynamic and challenging classes featuring creative sequencing, while Aino’s focus on fluid and subtle movement reflects her background in dance.Both are 500-hour Yoga Alliance Certified, Ishta Senior teachers, and are part of the Teacher Training program at Ishta Yoga. They currently teach yoga in the NYC area, both privately and in group classes. What inspires their retreats is space- the creation of space to gain perspective, to find balance, and to reconnect with the joy and beauty of moving through life.