Full Moon in Toscana
A Loving-Kindness Retreatment
May 27-June 2, 2018
I have known Jane for many years and have looked up to her as a teacher. She is a dedicated student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, a Kripalu trained yoga teacher of over 20 years, and has led more than 50 retreats all over the world. Jane is dedicated to leading intimate retreats so that we can go inward, rest and reflect, and connect with our own wisdom and the universal wisdom around us. At it’s core, Jane’s work is centered on the teachings of loving-kindness. I can guarantee that Jane is an amazing retreat organizer and has chosen an exquisite location.
My role at the retreat will be leading the afternoon asana classes, as well as offering private yoga and yoga therapy sessions.
Our retreat location, Fattorio Del Colle is a tranquil oasis that lies in an untouched corner of the countryside, in the south of Chianti. The estate is a small hamlet miraculously unspoiled through the course of the centuries. At the heart of the hamlet stand the 16th century villa and chapel including the old sharecroppers dwellings which have been lovingly renovated into rooms of the agristurismo. Included on the property are a well known restaurant, Osteria di Donatella, a wellness space and a cooking school. The ancient land, villas, and chapel are infused with ancient charm, a dose of mystery and an invitation to unfetter your senses.
Fattoria Del Colle is home to the only all women owned winery in Italy. They produce the memorable Brunello wines. On the retreat guests will experience daily yoga, meditation, wine tasting, olive oil tastings, cooking classes, an excursion, and time to restore energy.
The estate lies on the land that gives birth to white truffles and an extraordinary extra virgin olive oil, inherited by the founder, Donatella Cinelli Colombini in 1998. Currently Fattoria del Colle grows 160 hectares of cereal crops, 6 hectares of olive groves and 17 hectares of vineyards with Sangiovese, Merlot, and Traminer varieties as well as Foglia Tonda an old autochthonous vine abandoned for more than a century, that they have re-launched. The Colle’s altitude at 204 m above sea level and the great difference in temperature between day and night due to the vicinity of the “Crete Senesi” determine the particular wealth of aromas in the wines of this area that are intense, complex and extremely fine.
The wellness center at Fattoria del Colle offers a breath-taking view of the Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi – Tuscany. In the wellness centre there is a Turkish bath, sauna, relaxation room, sensorial shower, foot bath and Jacuzzi. The massage room and the vinotherapy cave with its juniper wood tub, are known for their detoxifying qualities and magical elixirs. The Casato Prime Donne wines are used for bathing in and for cosmetics such as grape dust, saline wine face scrub, massage wine serum, all of which contain rejuvenating essences. All contain healing energy from the ancient land that surrounds the estate.
This retreat is ideal for those with an established yoga practice, or those who are interested in deepening a newer practice. There will be one hour of yoga asana, one hour of guided meditation, then circle gathering to process the experience each morning.
Yoga classes will be gentle and restorative in nature. Guests are invited to look into old patterns that are ready to be shed, new ways to be in their body and time out for self-compassion. We’ll gather in circles for dharma talks, sacred ritual, and sharing.
Guests are encouraged to travel to other areas in Italy before or after the retreat, so that the retreat itself can be a time for replenishment, centering into the experience at Fattoria del Colle, and embracing self-care practices.
After lunch, guests have free afternoons to take a slow stroll throughout the grounds, nap, receive an acupuncture treatment, get a massage, read a book under a tree, or simply pause into rest.
A second yoga and meditation class will be offered most afternoons between 5:00-6:00pm.
We have 1 group excursion on Wednesday to historic and stunning Siena where we will be expertly guided on a tour, then have free time to explore on our own followed by an evening dinner out.
As I have just joined the retreat team, Jane will be extending the early-bird discount through August. This includes $200 off private or shared lodging packages.
It would be such a joy to have some of you join me on this retreat. Retreats are always an amazing way to reconnect with students. It is a time to go inward, with the guidance of the beautiful teachings of loving kindness.
Jane will personally guide you through registration if you write to her directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private bedroom, shared apartment $2,575.
*Guests may request lodging for 2 per shared apartment, with private bedrooms for each guest, or full beds for couples.
Private lodging is $2,775
View the estate and rooms here.
The Retreat Includes:
Daily Yoga & Meditation
- 6 nights lodging, private or shared
- Daily Breakfast & Lunch
- 4 course Chef dinners (5 evenings)
- Group transport to the retreat on May 28
- Pasta (Pici) making class with our on-site chef
- Tour of the All Womens Winery, Tastings
- An Excursion to Sienna and Dinner Out!
- Acupuncture Treatments
A note from Jane:
I’ve spent considerable time immersing in Italian culture, and specifically the medieval hill towns in Tuscany. I genuinely believe Tuscany and the Val d’Orcia region is an ideal locale for retreating. Italy naturally imbues happiness through it’s beautiful cuisine, art, history, and sacred spaces. I’ve witnessed transformation within myself, and with all of my Italy retreat guests over the past few years. Tuscany is a place that once visited, engages the heart, and calls it back again and again.
My intention is for guests to surrender to a much needed break from the world while practicing morning yoga classes that are slow and steady, meditations that restore, chanting, mudra and mantra practices to enhance the experience. All of these practices help us to make friends with the moment and see our basic goodness. We’ll have magical evening ceremonies and a special guest or two!
This retreat is a totally unique way to dwell in Tuscany. I’ve been fortunate to create an insiders custom experience, that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and cared for from the inside out. My friendships, and love for Italy has made it possible for me to create these extraordinary boutique gatherings just for you.