TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT

LOCANDA CUGNANELLO, RADICONDOLI

JUNE 2020


LA BELLA VITA

Live a healthy version of La Bella Vita — with sunrise yoga and walks in wildflower meadows, days rich in sunshine and poolside lounging, afternoons melting into the perfect massage or siesta and nights sharing our wine and food family-style under the stars — true luxury in elegant simplicity.



HISTORIC HILLTOP VILLA

Sleep in history, luxury and comfort! Our 800-year-old stone villa, on a rural country estate between Florence and Siena, has been elegantly restored with authentic materials and modern amenities. All ten rooms in Locanda Cugnanello have peaceful views that take you back in time – while charming you into the present moment. With Siena so close by, we treat you to a splendid day excursion to visit the city and explore its stunning architecture and sights.

FOOD & WINE

Dine as Tuscans do, on perfect seasonal vegetables and local organic wines, cheeses and emerald-green olive oil. Picking daily from the villa's garden, the Cugnanello kitchen serves a largely vegetarian and seafood-based diet. All other dietary preferences will be accommodated for. Pair your delectable meals with fine Tuscan wines, and join in on a delicious wine tasting with wine master Pietro, in the villa's beautiful wine cellar.


FLOW OF THE DAY

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Mornings

On this Mediterranean-style retreat enjoy a leisurely morning, savor an Italian cappuccino and the soothing quiet of the Tuscan countryside. Take a morning stroll through the fields and forest, enjoying the luxury of pure peace and breathtaking beauty. At 10:30, we meet in the yoga studio for a beautifully blended Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class with Nina.

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Afternoons

Sit down to a lunch of mouthwatering salads, soups and other healthy Tuscan delights. Stay in and relax in the afternoon - swim, read, stroll or try your hand at bocce ball. For those who’d prefer to explore in this historic region, we invite you on an excursion to San Gimignano. Don’t forget to sample the massage, horseback riding and cooking classes on offer!

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Evenings

At sunset we reconvene for a relaxing Yin yoga, pranayama and meditation session with Nina. Our soothing session will prepare us for a magical evening ahead. After yoga, take some time to freshen up and then we meet again on the terrace to savour our Italian dinner family-style under the stars, in full appreciation of la bella vita.

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YOGA ON THIS RETREAT

Well-traveled nomad, Nina Butler, weaves breath, strength, flexibility and awareness into a moving meditation that accommodates beginners and advanced practitioners. While her practice is strong, her teaching is sensitive and heart-oriented, supporting students to move within their personal pace and rhythm. Nina also shares mindfulness practices, meditations, and soul-soothing yin sessions to cultivate the perfect balance on your retreat between uplifting flow, and introspective restoration.


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“Healthy hedonism set the tone for a playful week of yoga, mindfulness, laughter, and connection. The food leaves me speechless. The new friends – I will never forget! I leave in great peace and joy!”

Joanna, Australia


Price

RESERVE WITH A DEPOSIT

A $1,000 deposit will reserve your spot.

2020 PRICES COMING SOON!

What's Included

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Round-trip group transport from Florence

  • Six nights luxury accommodation

  • Two yoga & meditation classes daily with Nina Butler

  • Breakfast, lunch and wine-paired dinners

  • Day excursion: Explore San Gimignano and a food and wine experience at Marronaia Winery

  • Special in-villa wine-tasting event

  • Fun pizza night with the Cugnanello chef

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • International flights and domestic travel to Florence

  • Visas

  • Add-on activities at the villa - massage, horseback riding, and Italian cooking classes.

Travel and Dates

ARRIVAL

Meet at the Florence train station (SMN) at 2:30pm for group pick-up and the start of the retreat.

You can fly directly to Florence from numerous UK and European cities. If you fly to Rome, you can take a 30 minute train to the Termini Train Station in Rome, and then take a 1.5 hour high speed train from Rome to Florence. Train schedule: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en. Coming from overseas, we highly recommend you arrive to Italy at least one day prior to the start of the retreat to avoid travel delays. There are likely other solo travelers you can meet up with in Rome or Florence for dinner or sight-seeing. Cugnanello will pick up and drop off our group up in Florence.

DEPARTURE

Cugnanello offer two return vans back to Florence, 8:30 am and 11:30 am (sign up in advance for the shuttle you prefer to avoid disappointment!).

Cancellation Policy


DEPOSIT – $1,000

Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, however should you cancel your reservation 90 days or more in advance of the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat occurring within 12 months from the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.

FULL PAYMENT DUE 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE

Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

IF YOU CANCEL YOUR RETREAT

  • 90 days or more prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months.

  • 31-90 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder.

  • 0-30 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits will be given.

  • To officially cancel, you must send an email to EYR stating that you wish to cancel to.

IF WE CANCEL THE RETREAT

We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Exotic Yoga Retreats must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Depending on the type of Travel Insurance, it can protect you in case of:

  • you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat

  • the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip

  • lost luggage

  • medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured