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2018 TUSCANY YOGA & WALKING RETREAT - ITALY

Sat 13th - Sat 20th October 2018
7 night all-inclusive retreat:
1650 Euro Twin Share Room / Shared Bathroom
1775 Euro Twin Share Room / Private Bathroom
1950 Euro Single Room / Shared Bathroom
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Villa Benvenuti

Join Jessie Chapman for an inspirational 7 night Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat staying at the beautiful Villa Benvenuti outside the walled city of Lucca combining dedicated twice daily yoga with daily guided walks and cultural tours, pre lunch core strength classes, evening yoga nidra, wonderful regional food and a range of optional excursions to choose from. This is your time to relax, deepen your yoga practice and be inspired by the Tuscan culture and beauty...

We stay 7 nights at Villa Benvenuti, a beautifully restored 17th century Villa perched on the hillside outside the medieval city of Lucca (the home of Puccini) with stunning gardens and views, olive groves and vineyards, pool, in-house massage & holistic treatments and lots of areas inside and out to enjoy relaxing in.

The retreat price includes:
7 nights accommodation at Villa Benvenuti
Group pick-up & return transfers to and from Lucca Train & Bus Station
Morning and afternoon yoga with Jessie Chapman
All delicious vegetarian meals & juices (*except 1 lunch & 1 dinner)
Guided daily walks through the beautiful Tuscan hills & villages
Pre-lunch core strength classes & meditations
Mindfulness silent walking & seated meditations
Evening yoga nidra for a good nights sleep
All juices, teas, fruits, drinking water and the villa's own wine with dinner

*Massage & healing spa treatments are available in-house
** A range of optional extra excursions are available to choose from

A guide to our daily schedule:

6.30 am: morning yoga with Jessie Chapman
9.00 am: fresh juice and healthy buffet breakfast
10.30 am: depart for one of our inspiring walks or daily excursions
1.30 pm: pre lunch core strength class, meditation or restoration yoga
2.00 pm: delicious home-cooked vegetarian Italian lunch
3.00 pm: guided walk / enjoy an in-house massage / simply rest
5.30 pm: afternoon yoga with Jessie Chapman
7.00 pm: delicious home cooked vegetarian Italian dinner
8.30 pm: yoga nidra - lying down relaxation for a good night's sleep

About the yoga: Yoga is taught by Jessie Chapman who's inspirational Vinyasa / Hatha & Restoration Yoga classes are designed for all levels from the complete beginner to the more experienced practitioner. You are given lots of individual attention and adjustments in the classes and everyone is well looked after. Click here to read more about Jessie and the yoga.

About the locations & accommodation: Villa Benvenuti  is located 30 minutes from Pisa and 1 hour from Florence. Everything at Villa Benvenuti has been arranged with nature and simplicity in mind with traditional terracotta tile flooring and wooden beams, simple and elegant furnishings and beautiful outdoor living spaces. The grounds are extensive and lush with both formal and informal garden areas. There are several grassed terraces for enjoying the beautiful vistas, a secret garden waiting to be discovered and a swimming pool set away from the house amongst olive groves and oak trees.

About the food:  Our retreat menu is vegetarian with delicious healthy meals based on what is in season and the  region’s specialities. As we are in Tuscany, we do indulge in organic cheeses, pasta, breads, wines and other delights, and so this retreat is not a strict cleanse but offers plenty of healthy choices. Food is organic where possible and sourced from the Villa’s vegetable garden or from local producers. 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, cleansing juices and herbal teas. Special dietary requests can easily be catered for so just let us know when booking.

Some of the optional extra excursions available are:
A guided history tour of Lucca including a gentle flat scenic cycle tour
Day trip to the world heritage Cinque Terra with hiking, lunch and swim
Visit to a Thermal Spa to experience the healing waters & therapies
A guided tour of Lucca's historical Villas & Gardens
An in-house Tuscan cooking class with our cook
An inspiring Wine Tasting & Villa Tour
An in-house Italian language class
An evening out in Lucca to hear a live Puccini Opera
A guided cycle tour around the beautiful Tuscan hills on quiet roads
Also taxi's can be booked to take you into Lucca during your free time

All-inclusive 7 night retreat price:
1650 Euro Twin Share Room / Shared Bathroom
1775 Euro Twin Share Room / Private Bathroom
1950 Euro Single Room / Shared Bathroom

*The Shared Bathroom are between 2 bedrooms only.
*Many people coming on their own opt to share a room and we put you with a same gender person.

Not included in the retreat cost: airfares, travel insurance, optional excursions, one lunch and one dinner which we eat out together as a group.

Costs for the optional excursions: The list of optional excursions with prices is emailed to you upon registration...

Extra night's: A detailed list of places to stay in Lucca (before or after the retreat) is included in the letter of information we send upon registration.

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Getting to Villa Benvenuti: Group pick is included in the retreat price and the pick-up locations are the Lucca Train Station & the Lucca Bus Station at 3.30 pm. Detailed pick-up and travel information is in the letter we email to you upon registering. Here is some information to get you started:
By Air: The closest international airports to Lucca are Pisa & Florence. Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei) is 35 minutes away (www.pisa-airport.com). Florence International Airport (www.aeroporto.firenze.it) is approx 1 hour away and has many flights to connecting hubs within Europe. Rome International Airport is approx 4.5 hours away by train.
By Train: All airports are connected via the Italian railway system. Lucca train station is the closest station to Villa Benvenuti. See www.trenitalia.it
By Car: Villa Benvenuti is located in San Macario in Monte – a small village approx 15 minutes from Lucca. A map showing the route from Pisa, Florence, Rome, Milan and Lucca to Villa Benvenuti is supplied when booking. The main car hire companies operate from Pisa and Florence airports, car hire is also available in Lucca.
Buses: There are local buses which serve San Macario in Piano (www.clapspa.it) and buses which serve all the main towns and cities in Tuscany which depart from Piazzale Verdi in Lucca. See www.lazzibus.it.

More information about how best to get to the retreat is emailed to you upon registering or email for more information. We can also assist you with flight bookings.

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SHARED ABOUT THEIR TUSCANY RETREAT EXPERIENCE:

"The joy began at the sight of our Tuscan Villa which proved to be 'home' for a week of well balanced strengthening, restoring, rejuvenating yoga and meditation. We enjoyed wonderful walks through the countryside and optional outings.  The vegetarian food, facilities and staff were outstanding and Jessie's guidance and nurturing instruction lead us all through a wonderfully, memorable time.  I now have a new strength of heart, body and mind.  Thank you so much."
Jenny, 55, Yoga teacher & Body Therapist - Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat

"I have just spent the most wonderful week at Radiance Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat. I feel completely rejuvenated, re-energized and inspired to continue to make time in my life for yoga.  Jessie provided a perfect balance between strengthening and restorative yoga practice, walks through the stunning Tuscan countryside, time for quiet reflection and relaxation and optional excursions. I met some really lovely people, the Villa accommodation was gorgeous and the food amazing.  I recommend Radiance Retreats to anyone who needs "time-out" to concentrate on themselves and their yoga practice.  I'm already planning for my next Radiance Retreat."

Catherine, 51, Library Officer - Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat

'Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.' - B.K.S. Iyengar. Jessie has ignited  the light in me. Her dedication and knowledge is enlightening and inspirational, thank you Jessie for a wonderful experience!'
Sandi, 50, Marketing Manager - Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat

"It was a joy to practice yoga with Jessie, who is a wonderful and clearly very experienced teacher. I like that there was always an option to suit your ability, but also the possibility to challenge yourself. It felt like everyone was seen and given attention, and there was a very warm and positive atmosphere during the yoga sessions.
Helena, 40, Engineer -  Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat

"I feel utter bliss at the end of the Italy retreat from the fabulous yoga, the divine villa and those running it, amazing fresh, local food, the excursion to the archetypical Tuscan town as well as many trips to Lucca. I made some great new friends. Nights were spent in the Piazzas watching children play, cellists, magicians and tango dancers. The half moon rising over the cypress trees in the villa's garden was a very special sight. Seeing a large family of wild boar running in the grounds from my window at 6am a treat. The yoga calm has stayed with me all the way home and into my working days. This was my third Radiance Retreat and it will not be my last"
Sheena, 54, Naturopath - Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat

"I had a fantastic time at the retreat. From the time that I read about it on the website I knew that I had to attend. My girlfriend and I went to celebrate her 60th birthday. It was everything and more that I had hoped for, by far the best retreat that I have been to. The yoga was amazing, it opened up an entire new aspect to my practice. Jesse is a wonderful, down to earth and fun teacher. The organisation was professional, the food and location truly spectacular. The group of people were exceptional, a great bunch and a true testament to Jesse's ability to attract a broad spectrum of individuals all with very similar values. Can't wait for the next one."
Dee, 59, Business Owner - Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat

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Villa Benvenuti

Bedroom

Terrace Warm Up

Villa Gardens

Villa Pool

Villa Entrance

Cycling in Lucca

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