Imagine emerging from a vacation not only relaxed, but actually refreshed. Often when we travel, and we are just as guilty for forgetting that very concept, rushing to the next best spot and checking off something new on our bucket list. For first timers to Italy, this happens all too often — excited travelers can turn weary quite quickly.
Why not imagine a different kind of vacation, where rejuvenation starts with yoga and a cultural awakening. In a really beautiful area of Tuscany we are offering something quite unique at Borgo Bernardini, a villa just 4 kilometers from the charming city center of Lucca. Join our Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat next April, from the 2nd to the 6th (2016).
The retreat itself will take place in the stunning surroundings of a comfortable 12-bedroom villa surrounded by olive trees, a beautiful garden, fountain and more — in a former hunting lodge-turned ultra luxurious hideaway. The proximity to Lucca, birthplace to famous musician Giacomo Puccini is strategic as well. This wonderful town in Tuscany houses important medieval and Renaissance architecture, plus a still formidable set of 16th century walls. The small city streets and inviting cafe’s where locals meet for a coffee or glass of wine, are one of the main reasons we want to introduce this slower lifestyle to the outside world.
For an idea of what we will be doing during this retreat, see our sample itinerary below.
8.30 – coffee
9.00/10.30 – 1 hour and a half morning yoga routine followed by breakfast
10.30/11.30 – an abundant buffet breakfast
11.30 – Everyday we will leave the villa for our outdoor activities, but guests that would love to enjoy the cozy feeling of the villa are welcome to stay and just relax
– biking along Lucca’s city walls
– hiking from Vorno to the Cathedral in Lucca following the Nottolini aqueduct
– A visit to one of our favourite Montecarlo wineries for a tour and tasting on the last day.
back at 4.30
5.00/6.15 – afternoon yoga practice
7.30 – dinner at the villa two nights (Saturday & Monday) and dinner at two local restaurants:
Sunday night we will dine at Cucina dello Scompiglio , a very nice farm-to-table restaurant where we can taste their fresh vegetables and products made on-site, including their wine.
On Tuesday night, we will have an early dinner at Vino & Convivio small restaurant with local specialties owned by Giuseppina & Giovanni.
On the 9th, check out is after breakfast
The yoga classes will be held either on the grass by the pool or in the winter garden. We will practice the Ashtanga Vinyasa primary and intermediate series. These routines are appropriate for all level of students, with plenty of ways to modify the classical poses. The benefits of the poses are transmitted equally to renew vitality and energy.
Only 10 spots are available and accommodation will be in single occupancy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and booking.