How to Make Limoncello

What is the famous drink of the Amalfi area?

The region is famous for Limoncello! Traditionally made from the zest of Sorrento lemons, zest/peel & steeped in grain alcohol until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed with a simple syrup – yummy & delicious!

Come taste for yourself July 1-7, 2013! Join us living on Ischia for an adventure of a lifetime. Learn more http://www.alchemytours.com

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Fashionable Yogis

Ciao Fashionable Yogis! If you, like me, love yoga and fashion then join me for some retail therapy in Italy this summer! Tuscany Retreat June 22-29 & Amalfi Eco-Luxury Retreat July 1-7! We will be living on Ischia, and learning the secrets to the fountain of youth!

PS I bought these boots shown here in Naples last summer, still my all-time faves. Can’t wait to be back there again! Do the things you LOVE.

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How to Speak Italian

One of my favorite parts of the Italian experience is hearing and speaking the language. I would love to have you join us on our Inspired Travel Alchemy Tours Tuscany Yoga & Wine, Cycling and Cultural Adventure June 22-29, 2013 or Amalfi Adventure July 1-7, 2013! And in preparation here’s a little bit of what to practice saying. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

***WHAT TO SAY***

Fortunately, getting around in Italy with little or no exposure to the Italian language is not very difficult. The Italians are, by nature, outgoing and often appreciate even the slightest attempt at communicating in Italian. Here are some useful words and phrases to help you get started:

English Italian

Yes / No Si / No

Hello / Hi / Goodbye Ciao

Please Per Favore

Thank you Grazie

You’re welcome Prego

Excuse me Mi scuzi

I’m sorry Mi dispiace

Good morning Buongiorno

Good evening Buona sera

Good night Buona notte

Goodbye Arrivederci

To the left A la sinistra

To the right A la destra

Straight ahead Sempre dritto

Bicycle Bicicletta

Hotel Albergo

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Italy Yoga Retreat Where is Ischia

#1 question I get asked about my AMALFI ADVENTURE ECO-LUXURY YOGA RETREAT, JULY 1-7, 2013 is “where is Ischia?”

AWESOME DISCOUNT OF 3 OR MORE SIGNING UP TOGETHER = $150 OFF PER PERSON. Details herehttp://www.alchemytours.com/2013/01/amalfi-ischia-yogaretreat/

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$200 OFF for Sun Lovers, Beach Afficianados: The Perfect Summer Vacation!

Ciao Sun Lovers & Beach Goers!

The Summer Solstice of June 21 is getting closer! We will celebrate it by returning on our epic Tuscany Retreat in Italy June 22-29–and as passionate as we are about Tuscany, because we have both lived and breathed there for many years. We are off to the ocean! If you want to:

1. Soak up the Sun
2. Build Sandcastles
3. Rest, Relax, Reflect
4. Collect Seashells
5. Drink wine, enjoy endless limoncello
6. Enjoy ancient spa remedies & healing hot springs

Then this means you’re beach lovers like us. You should know we’re also both Water signs so wearing shoes generally feels over-dressed. Pack some swimsuits, and let’s adventure in barefeet together on the Amalfi Coast July 1-7th living on Ischia! Salute the SUN for REAL!

Grazie mille,
Jake and Silvia
Fun Leaders, Alchemy Tours

*PS Photos are of Ischia!

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Solar and Lunar Energies in Tuscany

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One of the most impressive cultural experiences that have changed my life from living in Italy is the appreciation of Sun and Moon energies. The history of honoring the Sun in the land of Tuscany is epic. There are all sorts of rituals and celebrations surrounding solar energy. And just as important Italy is a place where in the evening people stand up and cheer at the moon! Appreciation of getting Moon baths is equal in importance to enjoying the sun. Here are three poems to inspire the solar, lunar and balance of energies within us and outside us. Remember your right side represents the Solar/Masculine energy and your left side represents the Lunar/Feminine energy. Both are constantly at play.

With That Moon Language by Hafiz

“Admit something:
Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.”
Of course you do not do this out loud,
otherwise someone would call the cops.
Still, though, think about this,
this great pull in us to connect.
Why not become the one who lives
with a full moon in each eye
that is always saying, with that sweet moon vision,
what every other eye in this world is dying to see?”

The Sun Rays By Peter S Quinn

The sun rays in your eye,
The love you’re giving that I have found;
Like sun that shines though the sky,
Each love must be worth and sound.
The sun that shines each day,
The love you gave from your heart;
What matter what we do or say,
Never let it depart.

Each heart is broken only once
And never grows from sorrow,
Let there never be no bygones
Not today nor tomorrow.

Sun rays oh sun rays
Never hide behind a cloud,
Sun rays all my days
That’s what love’s all about;
Give me no raining shower thought,
Nor glimpse of shadows I’ve caught.

THE SUN AND THE MOON BY The Poet Keri, Age 11

The Sun and the Moon shine again.
The Sun and the Moon the lights of our days.
The Sun and the Moon, making their amends.
The Sun and the Moon, shining their rays in different ways.
The Sun and the Moon, what light up day and night.
The Sun and the Moon, ones that never fight.
The Sun and the Moon, different but the same.
The Sun and the Moon, on two sides of a frame.
The Sun and the Moon, shining their rays in different ways.
The Sun and the Moon, making their amends.
The Sun and the Moon, the lights of our days.
The Sun and the Moon shine again!
Yoga in Tuscany, at Soul Space Gabriella-2

Namaste Italy

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We all know how to appreciate others. It’s something we can practice every day with very little effort. And when we appreciate other people, it reminds us and them of how great they are.

Essentially this is what we mean by “namah”.

Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” Or in my interpretation, I celebrate your greatness. And by saying this to each other we come together to honor our innate potential to make the world ever more beautiful.

You can also Namaste a place. Italy is one of those places for me.

I Namaste Italy.

*Join us on retreat in Tuscany June 22 -29, 2013 or Amalfi Coast July 1-7, 2013. Namaste with us!