La Dolce Vita -Italy Retreat
July 7-14, 2018
Join Angie Hall for a retreat of a lifetime! With all the harshness we are experiencing in the world, who couldn't use a beautiful, quaint get-away to experience 'La Dolce Vita' which means 'The Sweet Life.'
This retreat will be filled with joy, laughter, amazing food & wine, beautiful scenery and a taste of the Sweet Life.
Daily yoga classes
At the retreat center there are indoor and outdoor spaces for practicing yoga – each with a unique atmosphere of peace and tranquillity for centering the mind and body. The indoor yoga room is located downstairs in the communal area with glass windows looking into the swimming pool. Constructed with wooden flooring, the yoga room can accommodate up to 18 participants and is fully equipped with Manduka quality yoga mats, blankets, bolsters, belts and blocks.
The retreat is open to students of all levels. Since there are so many things to do on this retreat, it is a great opportunity to bring along friends or family who may not be interested in the daily yoga practices but who would be inspired by the culture of Italy and the chance to unwind, explore, meet new people and join in the excursions and optional activities.
Lots of farm to table produce, estate produced wine, olive oil, and herbs. Most meals will be served al fresco (outside) on the terrace. Meals will be prepared by a local chef who makes deliciously fresh dishes based on what is in season and the region’s specialities. Food is sourced from local producers and wherever possible, that includes organic grains, fruit and vegetables. Also available will be homemade fresh fruit and vegetable juices and cleansing herbal teas using fresh herbs from the garden. You can indulge in local cheeses, pasta, breads, wines and other delights, along with plenty of dishes mades from nuts, seeds, legumes, and vegetables/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 the retreats. Friday night is Pizza + Prosecco Night, with pizza coming out fresh from the wood burning oven. If needed, gluten free and other special dietary requirements options can be arranged.
Day trip to Cinque Terre
We will spend a day in breath-taking Cinque Terre exploring the five coastal villages embedded in rocky cliffs along one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of Liguria. For those who are hikers, it is possible to spend a day walking and climbing between these beautiful villages and enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way. For others, you can still enjoy walking the more gentle trails, spend time swimming, exploring the villages or sampling some of the local delights.
Local Tuscan wine tasting trip
Scenic walk along the “Strada del Vino” (the wine road) to a local winery for a tour and tasting. The estate makes award winning wines, olive oil, honey and pasta. You will spend the afternoon sipping on local wine, while tasting the local fare. The scenery is beautiful, overlooking vineyards and olive groves.
Optional Excursions &
***There are also other choices of optional activities and excursions, designed to give you a taste of Tuscany and the local culture, without it feeling like a organized tour, including:
Bike and Walking Tour of nearby Lucca
Take part in an informal guided tour of Lucca for 3-4 hrs. Includes transportation into Lucca, a bike tour around the ancient walls, a walking tour to explore the main attractions and a cappuccino break or apertivo break.
Puccini Opera in Lucca
For the opera lovers, you can catch a Puccini Opera every night in Lucca. The concert starts at 7:15pm and lasts up to 1 hr.
Pietrasanta Artist village
If you fancy a night out in a nearby artist’s village, you can head to Pietrasanta, a thriving art centre full of galleries, shops and restaurants spilling onto the pavements. Best known for its marble and bronze artistic works. Pietrasanta often hosts international art exhibitions in the local piazza’s where you can sit over aperitivo and watch the buzz unfold. The town comes alive around 10pm so the best time to visit is in the early evening and staying until late so you can be part of the action.
Barga and the Garfagnana Day Trip
If you prefer mountains and hilltop villages instead of the sea, travel to the heart of the mountainous Garfagnana region and medieval town of Barga, stopping at the "Devils Bridge," a masterpiece of medieval construction spanning the meandering river Serchio. Spend a few hours with a private guide exploring the charming hilltop village of Barga, before stopping for a gourmet lunch.
Italian Language Lessons
These will be conducted at the villa with an experienced Italian teacher.
Visit to a Thermal Spa
This is a 3 – 4 hour excursion and includes entry in to the thermal pools (indoors and outdoors), Turkish steam room, and sauna. Well known to the ancient Etruscans and the Romans, the thermal waters are rich in sulphate-calcium-magnesium which aids relaxation and the digestive system.
Massages and Holistic Treatments
There are wonderful local therapists who will be available throughout the retreat for various massages and other treatments.