Bartholomew Park Winery & 400 Acre Park Sonoma

We will be enjoying Bartholomew Park Winery situated in the heart of the 400-acre Bartholomew Memorial Park in Sonoma.

Our visit to the winery includes a sampling of Bartholomew Park’s premium wines, access to vineyard-view picnic grounds, hiking trails, and a museum chronicling the property’s illustrious history and current grape growing practices.

The picnic grounds at Bartholomew Park overlook the vineyards and a replica of Agoston Haraszthy’s Palladian Villa which was destroyed by fire around the turn of the century.

In the hills behind the winery are approximately three miles of marked hiking trails. A variety of indigenous California vegetation — oak groves, manzanita, madrone, redwood-shaded fern grottos, and fields of spring wildflowers — provides visitors with a generous sampling of the visual delights and natural beauty of Sonoma County. On a clear day, the view from Bartholomew Park’s trails extends to San Francisco.

What Kind of Yoga Do We Practice On Retreat?

While on retreat we get an opportunity to try out all sorts of different yoga. Some of the key areas we include:

Partner Yoga Practice
This is where two people practice poses together. A key yogic philosophy is that we are all one, so through partner yoga we establish this connection and support for one another. You will get to experience this in a number of ways including; vinyasa flow sequences with a partner, partner balance poses, some acro-yoga where one partner supports the other and some guided thai massage techniques. Partner yoga is suitable for all levels.

Inversion Practice
Often times in regular 60 minute classes there isn’t much time to really delve deep into the family of inversion poses. It is more than just going upside down. There are a number of physical benefits but even beyond that the psychological benefit if simply experiencing life from a different perspective pays forward forever. We will safely explore inversions such as headstand, handstand, forearm balance and shoulderstand. There will be modifications for everyone and we will work at our own pace.

Meditation Practice
We will explore various styles of meditation together.
• Silent meditation
• Guided meditations seated and in savasana
• Active Movement Meditations: yoga poses linked with breath.
• Kriya yoga: repeated movement as form of japa meditation
• Teaching stories: Readings from various eclectic traditions related to meditation.
• Student interactions and sharing.
• Breath Control: Techniques designed to enhance our ability to be alert, sensitive and observant
• Journaling

Journaling Your Yoga
You will receive a personal journal. We will offer guided journaling exercises and encourage you to journal on your own as well. You will be guided through chakra/journaling exercises as well to help you see your own answers.

Manifestation Yoga Practice
You create your reality. A simple concept, yet one that is difficult to remember.
While holding a difficult pose, we often create a story in our mind. Through the power of meditation, we calm our minds and harness the power of our ~60,000 thoughts per day. From this peaceful place, we can more clearly see the inner messages that reveal themselves about life’s direction. Meditation leads the way to the strength of manifestation.

In Manifestation Creation, we take this one step further: “To hold an image in our mind increases the possibility that it will materialize.” Think about that. Say it aloud, write it down, repeat it. If you see something in your mind, you will manifest it. But if you don’t know how to harness the power of your mind into that image and stay with it, then you water down the opportunity to tap into your greatest potential.

Year in Review Alchemy Tours Retreats

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Yoga in Tuscany

Tuscany is a life-changing place for many and is the setting for this Yoga, Cycling and Cultural Adventure of a lifetime! Join Alchemy Tours to Tuscany Italy! Get inspired about your life while exploring the rich Italian culture by biking, hiking and walking tours supported by twice daily yoga. Jointly led by Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher Silvia Mordini and International Travel Guide Jacob Young, this spiritual and cultural gem is found in the heart of the Tuscan food and wine country, traveling to many famous art cities from there. Stay at a 10th century restored stone home peacefully nestled into the hills and experience a retreat like no other!

SPECIAL TUSCAN CULTURAL PROGRAMS DURING OUR RETREAT:
Day 1: Arrivals Florence, Deplane Yoga, Afternoon Hike, Welcome dinner
Day 2: Monteriggioni, Siena afternoon
Day 3: Radda in Chianti Wine Tasting and private walking tour, Rapolano Terme Hot Springs Spa afternoon
Day 4: Cycling to Casole d’Elsa morning, Volterra afternoon walking tour and wine tastings
Day 5: Cycling to San Gimignano and lunch, Loop Ride back to Tignano
Day 6: Morning drive to the Mediterranean relax on the beach, afternoon lunch and visit to Petriolo Natural Hot Springs, Tuscan Cooking Class evening dinner party
Day 7: Final Yoga, Breakfast and Departures

RESERVATIONS:
$500 deposit to hold your spot. Book now at http://www.alchemytours.com Please email hello@alchemytours.com or call 872-228-9642 (2AT-YOGA)

INVESTMENT: REFER A FRIEND EARN $100
$2,300 regular
*Single supplement available.

INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE:
-7 days and 6 nights accommodations
-Breakfast, lunch and dinner
-Airport transfers
-All day trips and walking tours
-Private wine tours and tastings
-Traditional Tuscan cooking class
-Soaking in the healing crystal waters of the Rapolano hot springs
-Visits to the art cities of Italy
-Two Daily Yoga Classes and Evening Group Activities
-Trip to the Mediterranean for an amazing beach day
-A quality bicycle and an experienced cycling guide with knowledge of the greatest rides in the region
-Entrance fees to all group events and activities
-All transportation during the trip
-Comprehensive trip literature
-All gratuities for special events, lodging and restaurants

NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE:
Airfare to and from the trip and gratuities for your guides.

WHERE WE WILL STAY
We will be guests at a classic Tuscan farmhouse converted into a stylish yoga retreat, Gabriella’s Borgo which is located in Tignano, a recently renovated medieval village, close to Casole d’Elsa and Volterra, in the Tuscan countryside. The wonderful host, Gabriella, will charm and welcome you at arrival as if seeing an old friend again.

The actual Borgo used to be a rural residence dating back to the 16th century. Its original name, Borgo di Tignano, has Roman origins. It is the probable birth-place, in the 4th century, of Saint Attinia, a venerated saint from the Volterra area. Amongst its illustrious guests in the 1800’s, during the time the Borgo was a summer retreat from the ‘Scolopi‘ fathers, was Pope Pius the ninth. This Borgo is overall a place to enjoy with your heart, surrounded by a soft landscape and a peculiar light which brings back forgotten emotions of interior freedom. It’s also a place, where one can experience a genuine Tuscany, with its tradition and land culture.

In the local tradition, one says that the Berignone Forest, facing the Borgo, is the one that inspired Dante Alighieri to write about the “Selva Oscura” where his Divine Comedy story starts.

The gardens of the Borgo, with paths lined with aromatic herbs, juniper hedges, myrtle and evergreens, reproduce a Mediterranean environment. The characteristic ‘Osteria’, which used to be the old olive press, is the ideal place for a romantic candlelight dinner overlooking the amazing countryside, or a light lunch on the panoramic terrace.

The swimming pool is available during the warm months (May through September) and it is 16 x 8 meters large. There is a reading room that also has a wireless internet point. There is a golf course within 30 minutes drive from the Borgo.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Accommodation is in apartments with one, two or three bedrooms;

    all bedrooms have private bath.

All the apartments are independent, personalized and fully furnished, with ample garden and terrace areas for leisure. The perfume of flowers and plants surround the swimming pool, and a barbeque is at guests’ disposal.

Enter to WIN a 3-Day Wellness Retreat in Sonoma! Ends May 11th

Head on over to our Sonoma Sweepstakes and enter for a chance to win!

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/alchemytours/app_28134323652

Prize Details:
This Springtime 3-day Wellness Retreat is the perfect short health break! Our Sonoma Yoga, Wine and Cycling Retreat is ideal if you need time away to rejuvenate and refresh. Enjoy 3 days of elegant wines, gourmet vegetarian cuisine, daily hikes, optional leisurely bicycle rides, private wine tastings, spa treatments, yoga classes, amazing picnic adventures, and the country comfort of Westerbeke Ranch redwood cabins. This is the perfect escape to savor the charm of the Sonoma wine country where everything tantalizes your senses and relaxes your mind. Your days begin and end with vinyasa yoga to energize and rejuvenate you on all levels, but there will be time to sit on your sun deck, take a dip in the pool and relax in the Jacuzzi. And enjoy an unforgettable excursion to the Calistoga Hot Springs.

Prize Eligibility
Only persons who are at least 18 years of age can enter.

Sweepstakes Starts
May 07, 2012 @ 09:00 am (PDT)

Sweepstakes Ends
May 11, 2012 @ 08:59 pm (PDT)

Top 10 Wine Books from Wine Country Getaways

There is so much great information on wine if you visit our friends at:
http://www.winecountrygetaways.com/books.html

Here are 3 of their top 10 Wine Book Recommendations (for the rest you’ll have to visit their website 🙂 Cheers!

1. How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine
2. The Wine Bible
3. Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 25th Anniversary Edition

Photo courtesy of Tin Barn Winery, Sonoma, California where we’ll be leading a retreat May 25, 26, 27, 2012

Foodie Alert! Costa Rica Yoga Retreat The Sanctuary Food Diary Part 2

Check out just a couple of the delightful organic offerings we’ll enjoy while on retreat August 11-18, 2012 at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica!


Spiced Rica and Black Beans sauteed bell pepper and swiss chard succulent caramelized plantains sugar snap – avocado salsa


Orange Reduction Dressed Farmer’s Market Lettuces Seasonal Strawberries, Artisan Feta, Candied Walnuts, Red Onion and Dill


Crepes a la Florentine with Creamy Mushroom Wine SauceLocal Wild Sauteed Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Rosemary Cashew Cream


Stewed Spiced Garbanzos and Wild Spinach Turmeric and black pepper brown rice, avocado-ginger salsa


Organic Leafy Greens and Roasted Beet Salad cayenne caramelized walnuts, dill, and shaved apple a sweet reduced balsamic


Vegan Banana-Coconut Pancake flax seeds-pecans-toasted almond maple syrup


Local Farmers’ Market Organic Basil and Rosemary Pesto ground nut melange with pecorino romano cheese