Yoga, Culture, and exploration in Italy
October 5th-12th, 2019
ITALY.... a destination that speaks for itself with its rich history, art and culture, idyllic medieval villages, iconic landscapes, fabulous food so delicious in its simplicity, quality wines, friendly locals … and gelato!
YOGA RETREAT CENTRE – IL BORGHINO
Literally meaning “small village”, Il Borghino offers a secluded retreat centre setting in a hill top position with magnificent views overlooking forests, vineyards, olive groves and mountains in the distance. With 11 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, and pristine yoga spaces... this centre is ideal for a yoga retreat! Designed to maintain the original character of the village while still being both comfortable and modern, Il Borghino has been meticulously restored with energy efficiency and a concern for the environment in mind, using natural materials such as wood, marble and terracotta. The centre is ideally located 15 minutes from Lucca, 35 minutes from Pisa, 1.5 hrs from Florence and 1.5 hrs from the breathtaking Cinque Terre region, making it the perfect base to explore Tuscany and Liguria.
The rooms are large and furnished tastefully in local Tuscan style, each with fabulous views from every window. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available in each house for use by retreat guests outside meal times.
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 also a wood-fried pizza oven which we make use of during the retreat, and a gorgeous outdoor terrace with panoramic views for al fresco dining.
Our retreat menu is vegetarian and we have a wonderful local cook who prepares deliciously fresh dishes based on what is in season and the region’s specialties.We source our food from local producers and wherever possible, we use organic grains, fruit and vegetables. We also make our own fresh fruit and vegetable juices and cleansing herbal teas using fresh herbs from the garden.
As we are in Tuscany, we do indulge in local cheeses, pasta, breads, wines and other delights, so although our menu is not a strict cleanse, we do offer plenty of healthy choices with nuts, seeds, legumes, plenty of vegetables and salads, rice, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, fresh fruit and yogurt.
Organic wine, olive oil and honey is produced in the surrounding agricultural area near Il Borghino and is served during our retreats. Upon request, we can cater for gluten free and other special dietary requirements.
OPTIONAL IN-HOUSE MASSAGE + HEALING ART THERAPIES
Massages and holistic treatments are available in-house during your retreat to help participants relax, unwind, release tensions and improve well-being. We have a team of experienced therapists and treatments can be booked upon arrival.
SWIMMING POOL AND STEAM ROOM / SAUNA
There is a salt-water swimming pool that retreat guests can relax in whilst soaking up the views and a Sauna/Steam Room to help cleanse and detoxify during the week.