Tuscany | Yoga + Eternal Spring - La Vita in Equilibrio

Tuscany | Yoga + Eternal Spring

When

18 - 25 May 2019

Where

Borgo Pignano, Volterra | Tuscany

Hosts

Lisa Dunn

Price

From €2950.00

" Life offers you a thousand chances... all you have to do is take one. " Frances Mayes

A dream to delight the senses and awaken the splendour of the heart awaits — in the timeless allure of the Tuscan countryside. An ode to the ‘hope that springs eternal’ La Vita in Equilibrio takes us on an Escape that celebrates renewal. If much is to be made of the magic of travel, seldom is it so tangible. We have found a place that will leave you gasping for superlatives. Standing sentry over a parade of Tuscan hills, the Thyrennian sea shimmering in the distance — the immaculate estate of  Borgo Pignano is a charming hamlet nestled between the copper and green woodlands once settled by ancient Etruscans.

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At the heart of this breathtaking beauty is Pignano’s lovingly restored 18th century farmhouse villa.  Regal hospitality and discrete luxury provide an unparalleled ambiance, that is undeniably Tuscan. Frescoed walls whispering stories of old, and a majestic Romanesque bell tower provide the perfect backdrop for a dreamy stay that will transport you to another time. Expect to be lulled into a sense of serenity as you gaze over the humbling views of rolling hills. Bask in the morning sunlight as you sit by the salt water infinity pool carved deep into the rock, and stargaze in the evening under a sky that has held a thousand years of secrets. Some say from these hills, one can see the entire world.

This all-inclusive Escape is about renewal. Each morning, we greet the day with a guided meditation and a chakra opening yoga class, designed to gently dissolve points of resistance and increase our well-being. Our days together will inspire regenerative, heart-opening flow and creative sharing.

Surrounded by orchards, meadows, rivers and waterfalls — the ethos here, is one of sustainability. From terra to tavola, the organic farm of Borgo Pignano is a central aspect to the property. Here they harvest their own honey, grain, fruits, vegetables, and herbs — which find their way into delicate teas as well as heavenly scented lotions made by on-site master herbalist! At La Vita in Equilibrio we believe in the tremendous healing power of the earth, and finding personal alignment within the natural rhythms of each season. To welcome Spring, we spend a fun afternoon foraging wild flowers for crafting our own creamy and curative soaps. On another day we explore the gorgeous grounds of the estate as we follow the ancient trails that lead to waterfalls. We then indulge in an organic picnic and discover how the cycles of the moon, particularly lunar transits can promote healing and transformation.

Other activities on the estate include a date with the local beekeeper to discover how honeybees communicate and what we can learn from the beauty of this synergy. As the poet Kahlil Gibran put it: “To the bee, a flower is the fountain of life, and to the flower, the bee is a messenger of love.” Speaking about love, what would a day in Tuscany be without a pasta making class! We have planned a wonderful afternoon with the Estate chef, who will use locally milled flour from heritage grains to teach us how to make the most delectable mouthwatering pasta dishes.

Many consider Borgo Pignano to be food for the soul. This secret haven tucked into the Tuscan countryside, with its gorgeous grounds, lavish farmhouse rooms, and attentive staff is a sight to behold. Prepare to be enchanted as you will have plenty of time for yourself, to explore and absorb the alluring landscape.

One afternoon, we take a private tour of a vineyard to learn about the fine art of Tuscan wines accompanied by a delicious lunch of local delicacies. Perhaps all this indulgence calls for a day at the spa! Borgo Pignano has a created a sanctuary on site — imagine soft tufa stone walls, the sweet scent of home grown lavender wafting through the rooms, and treatments to enliven the senses.

On this Escape we also seek out the best spa treatment Mother Nature can provide with a visit to the region’s purifying thermal waters. Here surrounded by hazel trees, we find the rich natural landscape of the Terme di Sassetta.  We spend an entire afternoon enjoying the healing benefits they provide. Of course a visit to Tuscany, would be incomplete without a trip to the nearby town of Volterra. From a high, dark, rocky hill, Volterra dominates the green valleys of the rivers Era and Cecina that flow through a land full of art and natural beauty. The Etruscans founded this city more than 2800 years ago, making it Tuscany’s oldest inhabited city. There is a magic and mystery to Volterra. We tour this ‘city of wind and stone’ with a local guide who will take us along the curving cobblestone streets as we explore the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval history and traditions. Every Saturday Volterra comes alive with locals vendors who pour in from the countryside displaying the tremendous abundance of this land. Find local olive oils, honey, jams as well as saffron, fennel pollen along side of fruits and vegetables. Enjoy a delightful morning on your own exploring the market before we meet up for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, where the enchanting views are as tantalizing as the flavors on your plate!

On another day, we take a private tour of the region’s vineyards to learn about the fine art of Tuscan wines accompanied by a delicious lunch at the nearby medieval town of San Gimignano — considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of Tuscan hilltop towns! Perhaps all this indulgence calls for a day at the spa! Borgo Pignano has a created a sanctuary on site — imagine soft tufa stone walls, the sweet scent of home grown lavender wafting through the rooms, and treatments to enliven the senses. On this Escape we also seek out the best spa treatment Mother Nature can provide with a visit to the region’s purifying thermal waters. Here surrounded by hazel trees, we find the rich natural landscape of the Terme di Sassetta. We spend an entire afternoon enjoying the healing benefits they provide. Expect to feel pampered and renewed!

Our Tuscan Escape culminates in a final feast to celebrate the earth’s awakening. We come together to share in the stories of new friendship as we gather over spring’s first harvest, sip on lunar-infused elixirs and complete a full moon circle of blessing. The next morning, we have a light yoga practice followed by breakfast before we transfer you back to your life with a restored mind and body, a deep sense of rejuvenation, self-discovery and transformation.

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ESCAPE HIGHLIGHTS

For Who?

This escape is open to singles & couples of all levels of yoga and from all walks of life that are interested in the mind-opening experiences that yoga, meditation and travel can inspire. A love of Italy and it’s food and culture will make it all the more divine!

How Much?

All prices are given in EUROS
• €2950 for a Shared Room – Twin or double bed available
• €3590 for a Private Room
• Can be paid in two payments using the code TUSCANYMAY2019
• 30% Deposit to secure your place
• The balance to be paid 42 days before the start of your Yoga Escape

What's Included?

• Group transfer from and to airport
• Welcome aperitivo on arrival
• Daily sessions of meditation and yoga instruction
• All meals during your time with us
• Your accommodation at Borgo Pignano
• All group sightseeing and activities
• Transportation to and from activities
• A private tour of a vineyard
• Guided tour of Volterra
• Cooking class with estate chef
• Soap making class with master herbalist
• Spa day at Terme di Sassetta hot springs

What's Not Included?

• Airline tickets
• Travel Insurance (which we highly advise)
• Room Service & minibar
• Any additional spa treatments & shopping
• Meals and Activities when you’re not with the group

Travel Details

Arrival: Guests will be greeted upon arrival at the hotel for check-in commencing at 3pm.
Departure: Group airport transfer from 11am on the final day.
Transfers: You can fly to either Pisa or Florence airports, and we will have a group transfer organized to bring you to your hotel.

Suggested Packing

Alongside your usual luggage, you may wish to bring:
• Bathing suit
• Yoga clothes
• Personal yoga props if preferred (mat, blocks, straps, blanket)
• Smart phone with camera and/or digital camera
• Plug adaptors / converters

Cancellation Policy:

Due to the bespoke nature of our Escapes, we offer no cancellations or refunds unless a replacement is found. We strongly encourage you to have travel insurance to cover the retreat in the event of strikes, natural disasters, health problems, and other unforeseen events.

What Happens Next:

Click the button above and pay with credit card, or PayPal. Once we receive your deposit or full payment, you will receive a welcome email with details within 24 hours. As we get closer to the Escape, you’ll also receive:
• A Tuscan inspired reading and movie list to get you into the spirit of this beautiful region before your arrival.
• A suggested packing list to take the stress out of deciding what to bring. Besides, who doesn’t love creating a capsule travel collection!
• A full itinerary of our time together so you can plan any extra time or activities around the Escape.

Tuscany | Yoga + Eternal Spring

18 - 25 May 2019 - with Lisa Dunn

Price

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€2950.00 pp
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Private Room
€3590.00
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€2950.00

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note that because La Vita in Equilibrio Yoga Escapes and Retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike to work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.


Hold deposit is non-refundable.

Hold deposit (minus $200 Euros service fee) is transferable to another attendee.

Full balance due 42 days before start date of retreat.

No Cancellation requests other than transferring to another participate found by the original participant.

No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance (see below) and that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the escape/retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early.

We recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. We encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you or your family have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the escape/retreat. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation.

We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats will be refunded.

Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date. LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.

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AGENTS will not be responsible for any damages or expenses or inconveniences caused by late departures or change of schedule, strikes or to their conditions, nor will be responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any of the participant’s belongings.

All prices quoted are correct at time of printing, include the cost of operation of the journeys, and are subject to currency changes. AGENTS shall not be responsible for personal injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage, irregularity or property damage as a result of force majeure or for any other losses or damages incurred by any person or journey participants caused by any delay or change of itinerary or arising out of any act, including, but not limited to, any act of negligence, any person acting for or on behalf of AGENTS for transportation, accommodation or sightseeing provider or any other person or entity rendering any of these services or accommodations being offered in connection with this journey.

This agreement supersedes all previous oral or written communications, representations, or agreements between the parties. Participants assume the risk involved when participating in yoga, foreign travel, and any and all activities and/or pursuits voluntarily undertaken while participating in the retreat.

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In regard to the stay during the yoga escape/retreat, AGENTS will provide safe, careful instruction and safe premises, but ask that each participant to take personal responsibility for their own self-care and (in the unlikely case) for any injuries incurred during retreat.

Modifications are given to students with specific needs. If participants are unsure of their physical ability due to previous injuries, they should seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner beforehand.

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