Yoga and Walking in Tuscany, Sept 5 - 12, 2020 - 7th Year!

Il Borghino Villa & Retreat Centre near Lucca, Italy

Join Dorothy in this most beautiful of places, Villa Il Borghino, for this weeklong yoga getaway to Tuscany, Italy.
Literally meaning “small village”, Villa Il Borghino offers a secluded setting on a hill top position with magnificent views overlooking forests, vineyards, olive groves and mountains in the distance. Located just 10 km from the charming medieval city of Lucca, Il Borghino offers an opportunity to truly relax and unwind in a unique location whilst experiencing the best that Tuscany has to offer. The retreat center has been designed to maintain the original character of the village while still being both comfortable and modern. Meticulously restored with energy efficiency and a concern for the environment in mind, it has been completely restored using natural materials such as wood, marble and terracotta.

Relax & Unwind with Yoga & Walking in Tuscany!

Deepen your yoga practice, whether you are new on the yoga path of an experienced yogi.
This rejuvenating retreat will feed your body, mind and soul.
Begin each morning with meditation and pranayama followed by an energetically balance physical practice to energize the mind and body for the day ahead.
Each afternoon the practice will explore the asanas more deeply; working to calm, restore and heal body, mind & spirit.
Yin style classes and Yoga Nidra will also be offered.

This Retreat Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day (except for 1 dinner and 2 lunches due to day-trips)
  • Twice daily yoga classes (most days… depending on day trips)
  • Daily pranayama and meditation classes
  • Fresh detox juice at breakfast
  • Unlimited fruit, water and herbal teas throughout the day
  • Wine (produced from the estate at dinner)
  • Last night celebratory dinner with Prosecco and Pizza using the wood-fired oven at Il Borghino
  • Use of saltwater swimming pool
  • One special afternoon in the Turkish Steam Room
  • Laundry facilities in each house for use of guests
  • Transfers to and from Lucca to Il Borghino at the start and finish of the retreat

*This retreat does not include airfare

Package Price, Per Person

  • $3054 CAD – Shared (2 per room) room with private bath
  • $3364 CAD – Private room with shared bath
  • *All local taxes are included.

*Two separate, partial payments will be made. One to Dorothy Price Yoga for registration and yoga tuition; and one to ‘Yoga in Italy’ for meals, accommodation, pick-ups.

Accommodation

Il Borghino comprises three separate houses and can accommodate up to 16 retreat participants. The rooms are large, simple and furnished tastefully in local Tuscan style, each with fabulous views from every window.

Yoga

The yoga sessions will be a balanced combination of sustained poses as well as poses flowing in a mindful progression from one to another (Hatha Flow). Mindfulness and focus on breath are an integral part of class. Attention is always given to basic alignment & therapeutic principals.

  • Modifications are offered to help individuals understand and work with their own unique limitations.
  • Classes are balanced with energy, to give you a good physical work-out and calm to keep you balanced.
  • Classes are suited for all levels of practice

Pranayama & Meditation

Methodically work through pranayama techniques designed to purify the body and prepare the mind for meditation. Explore a number of meditation styles to find which one/s work best for you.  Pranayama and meditation will be taught on a beginner level.

Il Borghino Villa

The large communal area, “L’Olivo”, is the hub of the retreat centre – a place for retreat guests to gather during the day, enjoy meals together, share experiences and of course, practice daily yoga. There is a wood-fired pizza oven which we make use of during the retreat, and a gorgeous outdoor terrace with panoramic views for al fresco dining. Drinking water comes directly from a spring.

There is a salt-water swimming pool with Jacuzzi that retreat guests can relax in whilst soaking up the views and a Turkish Sauna to help cleanse and detoxify during the week.

Optional Healing Art Therapies

For an additional charge, these offerings are available to enhance your retreat:

Massages and holistic treatments are available in-house during your retreat with our team of experienced therapists. We offer body massage, Reflexology, Reiki and Energy healing – all of which will help participants relax, unwind, release tensions and improve well being. Treatments can be booked upon arrival.

Optional Excursions & Activities

 Day trips will greatly enhance our trip to Tuscany! There are many beautiful options for our day trips away from the Villa. Some require a half day (4 hours) and others a full day (8 hours).
The cost of the day trips is not included in the price of the retreat.
Below are some suggested day-trips that we could do as a group. These can be added at a very reasonable price. All listed outings mentioned below can be done for about $350 CAD. It is your choice to participate in any or all.

  • Informal bike & walking tour of Lucca (3 hrs)
  • Wine Tasting Excursion (3-4 hrs): Includes a scenic 3 km walk, each way, to a beautiful winery, followed by an interesting tour and a tasting. (taxi can be hired if preferred)
  • Cooking Class at Il Bourghino (2-3 hrs)
  • Day Trip exploring the breathtaking Cinque Terre Region, walking & hiking (or travel between the villages by train) between the 5 spectacular coastal villages
  • Excursion to the charming medieval, mountaintop town of Barga

Getting to Il Borghino

Il Borghino retreat centre is ideally located just 15 mins from Lucca, 30 minutes from Pisa Airport, 1.5 hrs from Florence and 1.5 hrs from the breathtaking Cinque Terre region, making it the perfect base to explore Tuscany.

 

Suggested Itinerary

Yoga in Tuscany, September 5 – 12, 2020
Schedule

Saturday –
3:30 pm – pick-up in Lucca
4:00 pm – arrive and settle
7:00 pm – dinner
8:30 pm – welcome circle

Sunday –
7:00 am – morning tea/coffee
7:30 – 9:15 am – yoga
9:30 am – breakfast
11:00 am – walk
1:30 pm – lunch
5:00 – 7:15 pm – yoga
7:30 pm – dinner
8:45 pm – meditation

Monday –
7:00 am – morning tea/coffee
7:30 am – yoga
9:00 am – breakfast
10:00 am – trip to Barga
2:00pm – lunch in Barga
5:00 pm – return
6:00 – 7:15 pm – yoga
7:30 pm – dinner
8:45 pm – meditation

Tuesday –
7:00 am – morning tea/coffee
7:30 – 9:15 am -yoga
9:30 am – breakfast
10:30 am – walk to Winery
2:00 pm- lunch
5:00 – 7:15 pm – yoga
7:30 pm – dinner
8:45 – meditation

Wednesday –
6:30 am – breakfast
7:00 am – depart – trip to Cinque Terre

1:00 pm – lunch in Cinque Terra
6:30 pm – return from Cinque Terra
7:30 pm – dinner

Thursday –
7:00 am – morning tea/coffee
7:30 – 9:15 am – yoga
9:30 am – breakfast
10:30am – cooking class
2:00 pm – lunch
3:15 pm – depart – Lucca for dinner and Opera

Friday –
7:00 am – morning tea/coffee
7:30 – 9:15 am – yoga
9:30 am – breakfast
11:00am – 1pm – guided walk of Lucca
1:30 pm – lunch
5:00 – 6:45 pm – yoga and closing circle
7:00 pm – Celebratory pizza dinner

Saturday –
7:00 am – morning tea/coffee
8:00 am – breakfast
9:30 am – depart