Red Hot Yoga’s Italian Retreat, September 2018
Italian Yoga Retreat – Saturday 15th September 2018 – 22nd September 2018
Join us for the 2018 Red Hot Yoga Retreat at the beautiful boutique yoga retreat Villa Benvenuti in Tuscany. Due to this retreat offering you the chance to be totally immersed in a variety of Yoga styles, you can enjoy trying out Hatha, Yin & Vinyasa as well as Mindful Yoga. Retreats offer a number of benefits of resting from your normal routine and being outdoors in nature. In fact, deepening your yoga practice will help to give a fresh view and awareness of yourself and your life. You can choose to take the week as a retreat with more silence and reflection during the free time. Or you may prefer to just relax, be on holiday and explore the Tuscanian sites!
The focus of this Retreat will be Strength & Stability with focus and awareness on precision and connection with your breath – the very root of a solid Yoga practise.
Yoga Teacher: Clarissa Ord
Villa Benvenuti is a boutique retreat centre in Tuscany offering personalised retreats in a luxurious setting. Operating since September 2010, the fully restored 17th Century villa is part of a 28 hectare private estate, completely surrounded by forests and natural woodlands.
The villa sits high on a hillside overlooking a panorama of olive groves, fruit trees and vineyards. The natural surroundings and secluded setting create an atmosphere of calm and stillness, making it ideal for yoga and a relaxing holiday.
The Retreat includes use of the swimming pool and all facilities within the grounds of the Estate. Wifi, pool towels and use of laundry facilities are also included.
The villa is ideally located 30 minutes from Pisa, 1.5 hrs from Florence, 15 minutes from the beautiful medieval city of Lucca and 1.5 hrs from the breathtaking Cinque Terre region.
The Retreat includes two Yoga classes per day – one in the morning and one early evening, before dinner. The classes will be tailored to the specific needs of the group, with a primary focus on Strength & Stability, ensuring you return from your retreat not just relaxed and rejuvenated, but also having improved your yoga and learnt new skills you can apply directly to your own practise back home.
Each class will be different, drawing on Clarissa’s many years of teaching a variety of Yoga styles, to explore in depth your own goals and challenges with your yoga practise.
The Villa offers several spaces for us to take our practise, including three outdoor, grassed, terraces where one can fully savour the serenity of a Tuscan sunset; and a beautiful, fully equipped indoor yoga room with all the mats and yoga props you could possibly need.
The villa has 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms consisting of 3 twin/double rooms with private bathrooms and 4 twin/double rooms sharing two bathrooms. There are also generous indoor and outdoor living spaces.
The villa can sleep a maximum of 14 people in twin share accommodation, keeping the retreat exclusive and offering you a more personal service.
Food and Beverages
Wine, olive oil, herbs, vegetables & fruit are all produced in abundance on the estate and provide the essential ingredients for our deliciously fresh, vegetarian meals. The kitchen can also cater for gluten free and other special dietary requirements.
The Villa employs a wonderful local cook who prepares dishes typical of the region using fresh pickings either from the organic garden and local producers. They also make their own fresh juices and cleansing herbal teas using fresh herbs and fruit from the garden!
Outside of mealtimes, fresh fruit, water and herbals teas are available all day.
The Retreat meals includes:
- 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day (excluding one dinner eaten out mid week on the chef’s day off)
- Aperitivo with Prosecco on the last night followed by celebratory farewell dinner at the villa
- Fresh detox juice at breakfast
- Unlimited fruit, water and herbal teas throughout the day
- Wine (produced from the estate) at dinner
Massages and holistic treatments are available in-house during your retreat with a team of experienced therapists. Restorative treatments can be arranged that help you recuperate and relax, lengthen muscle fibres and improve your yoga practice. Treatments can be booked upon your arrival and are conducted in a light-filled massage room located external to the main villa in the secret garden.
We recommend the following Easyjet flights to Pisa from London Gatwick (available for booking from the end of November):
Outbound: EZY8233 – Departing 09:00, arriving 12:10
Return: EZY8234 – Departing 12:40, arriving 13:50
We will be organising transfers to the Villa and back to the airport for all attendees booked onto the above flights. The transfers are in 8-seater minibuses at a cost of around 10 Euros per person each way.
You will be asked to confirm your flight details nearer the time of the Retreat and whether you would like to be included in the arranged airport transfers or would prefer to make your own way to the Villa. The transfer time is around 45 minutes.
Please note that flights and transfers are not included in the Retreat fee below!
En-suite twin/double room, per person: £1,575 ALL EN-SUITE ROOMS NOW BOOKED
Shared Bathroom (shared between two rooms) twin/double room, per person: £1,325
To secure your booking, a non-refundable fee of £600 per person is payable to Red Hot Yoga Ltd (click the link below to get started!). The balance is due three months before the start date of the Retreat.
If you book a single space, you will be paired with a suitable room companion. There is limited single room availability, subject to a £500 single supplement fee. If you are interested in booking a room to yourself, please contact Clarissa directly to check availability