Tuscany Yoga Retreat

Led By Roni Yaari

August 17th-24th 2019

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A place to relax and explore

Retreat

Join us for 7 nights of rest and relaxation in the beautiful Tuscan countryside...

Spend a week surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Tuscan countryside, nourishing body, mind, and spirit. Slow down and take a break from stress and every day pressures, and experience life as the Italians do.

Awaken daily with yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Enjoy delicious vegan meals made on site with mouthwateringly fresh, local produce, and take a cooking class to learn how to make them for yourself!  Of course, no trip to Italy would be complete without a tour of a 15th century castle and sampling their very own wines and olive oils.

Our venue, Il Grandeprato located in Castelfiorentino, Italy is ideally situated between the cities of Florence, Pisa and Sienna. We highly suggest using one of our open schedule days to hop on a train and explore this beautiful country! You will be at most of them within an hour. A balance between free time and scheduled group activities means there will be plenty of opportunity to make this retreat your own.

A yoga retreat like none you’ve ever attended...

It is our understanding that the practice of Yoga goes far beyond exercise. It is a guide for living a meaningful and purpose filled life. Asana (the physical postures) are only 1 of the Eight Limbs of yoga. Our retreats offer a beautiful opportunity to stretch the mind, looking inward to see how our outer experiences stimulate our minds.

We encourage you to be flexible on our yoga retreats. Challenge yourself by being an adventurer and traveling to see nearby sights on a whim. Or maybe your challenge is learning to slow down and go with the flow, allowing yourself to rest surrounded by the beauty of nature around you. Our work is done both inside and out, and sometimes you will only discover what yours is in the moment.

Be open, be flexible, and be free!

Note from Roni about Dhamma/Dharma...

What makes our retreats unique is our dedication to remaining connected to service. As we allow ourselves to receive the beauty of the lands we visit, having been maintained by the local people, we always aim to demonstrate our gratitude by giving back. 10% of profits from all retreats will be donated to local projects and organizations working to serve members of their community. Many of our trips will also include donating a few hours of our trip to do something to bring a smile to others in some way, such as a performance or activity with local children, maintaining an active cultural exchange, giving ours as we receive theirs. Keep an eye out for updates and details on the chosen organization for each retreat!

What's Included

What's Included:

  • 7 Night Accomodation
  • 2 Delicious Meals Daily
  • Unlimited Tea, Coffee, and Water
  • Daily Yoga and Meditation sessions in various styles designed to balance each days activity levels
  • Vegan Cooking Class
  • Wine Tasting & Castle Tour
  • Use of Yoga Mats & Props
  • Wifi

Things to do in the Area:

  • Explore the town of Castelfiorentino (where we will be located)
  • Take a day trip to Florence, Pisa or Sienna  (less than an hour away!)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
Venue

Il Grande prato is a spacious century old farm complex located in the midst of the famous Tuscan countryside: enchanting destinations such as Chiantishire, Valdelsa, Firenze, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano and Etruscan sites are nearby and easy to reach.

The original two story barn (300 msq) has been converted into a friendly open house, with piano, hifi, fireplace and library, where the guests can practice music, art, theatre and yoga.

A fully eqipped gym with jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court and “calcetto” playing field permit anyone wanting to stay in shape while on vacation to do so!

We serve meals inspired by traditional Tuscan cuisine and accompanied by quality Chianti DOC wine in our spacious dining rooms, or, weather permitting, outside under the grape arbours or along side the pool.

Pricing

Triple Occupancy ( 2 Same Gender Roommates)

    •  $1,970 per person

 

  • 3 Twin Beds (Only 3 of these rooms available!)  

 

Double or Triple Occupancy (1-2 Same Gender Roommates or Couple)

    • $2,070 per person

 

  • 1 Queen Bed or 2  Twin Beds per room

 

Important Information

    • A $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to secure your spot. If you have any special requests for your roommates please include it in your registration form.

 

 

About Roni
Roni Hands

It is often said of Roni that she has the wisdom of a woman and the soul of a child. And as such, combined with her artistic talents, her insights, and her relentless pursuit of the practical truth, she is truly a unique character.  While she is a self-taught dancer, painter, and in general an artist regardless of the media, she has also developed an uncanny awareness and understanding of our physical and mental selves, starting as a child, which she has always felt compelled to share with those around her. It is not uncommon to find her doing carpentry, putting up Moroccan tents, or chopping wood as she runs off to teach a meditation or yoga class which comes just as naturally and which she has always understood instinctively.

Being around her is enticingly contagious and equally mysterious.  After meeting her for the first time, you may find yourself on a stepladder hanging fabric and Middle Eastern ornaments on a tent that she put up herself, not quite sure exactly how you got there.   Although after one look at her grateful, angelical face with that sincere and loving smile, you realize that you are exactly where you should be. After traveling the world she began teaching classes at the age of 24, and by 2006 took over as the owner of Inner Spirit Yoga Center in East Northport, New York. To this day Inner Spirit serving the community, through healing events and donation based classes.

There is no shortage of teachers who have studied for hundreds of hours and who have taken countless different classes, but there is definitely a shortage of teachers who were born with the insights and awareness that yoga tries to instill in all of us, and who also have the passion and desire to share that with the world around them.  There is definitely a shortage of teachers who actually “live” yoga and don’t just “do”  yoga, and who have the ability to pass that on to others by inspiring them through personal example and their own way of being.  This is who Roni is, and this is what her students have come to expect from both her and the center.

“My ultimate goal is to reach peace and to assist others in doing the same. I believe it is critical for us to understand and to take full responsibility and ownership for our emotions, end always treat others with the same kindness and compassion we desire for ourselves. Viewing the world in a positive light is an empowering choice that we must constantly choose- one that can transform our lives. For years, I have had the privilege of sharing these life-altering principles and techniques with my students, both at home and abroad, in the hope that they will spread that love and understanding wherever their lives take them.” –Roni Yaari

You can experience one of her many classes (Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Meditation, Sound Healing, & more) at Inner Spirit. Keep an eye out for upcoming retreats, workshops, seminars, and teacher trainings for a one of a kind journey of healing and self-discovery led by Roni!

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