Tuscany Foodie Delights Yoga Retreat

In choosing an Italy Yoga Retreat make sure to ask about the pedigree of the Chef. If you make the trip to Italy and stay at a retreat center with a non Italian chef you are doing yourself a disservice. The artistic and centuries old learnings of Italian chefs is a must experience while in Tuscany.










Valentine's Day Romantic Gift Idea

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!

Why not purchase the most romantic gift of a Tuscany Yoga Retreat, just for couples? Give the gift now and have it be something to look forward to all the way until we pick you up in Florence June 21st! From there get ready for a romantic Tuscan adventure until June 28th.

Right now save $300 until Valentines Day, our gift to the two of you.

Join our 8 day Italy Couples Retreat led by Happiness Coach & VInyasa Flow Teacher Silvia Mordini, International Travel Guide Jacob Young along with Guest Facilitators Seattle Author and Life Coach Gail Hudson and Psychotherapist Hal Abbott who has been Yoga in Tuscany, at Soul Space Gabriella-23practicing marriage and family counseling in Seattle for over twenty years.

This week is all about recharging your courtship! We will be guests at Antico Borgo di Tignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Peacefully nestled into the hills with epic views of Casole d’Elsa and Volterra in the distance, this is the perfect entryway into the Tuscan countryside. We will travel to many famous Art Cities, including: Florence, Monteriggioni, Siena, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignano, Castellina in Chianti, Tignano, Petriolo Natural Hot Springs & Spa, The Mediterranean, Casole d’Elsa, and Colle Val d’Elsa.We wholeheartedly believe this holiday will be something you and your partner will never forget—and practicing yoga along with other exciting activities will only enhance your amorous potential! Be assured all levels of yoga are welcome, no experience is necessary.

The pace is relaxed; participation in any event is not mandatory and there will be plenty of time offered to explore on your own. You will certainly have time to re-learn the art of relaxation or as the Italians say “Il Bel Fai Niente”, set mindful goals, and renew your entire sense of well-being individually and together. For more information call 872-228-9642 (2AT-YOGA)

Day 1: Arrivals Florence, Deplane Yoga, Afternoon Hike, Welcome dinner
Day 2: Monteriggioni in the morning, Siena in the afternoon
Day 3: Radda in Chianti Wine Tasting and private walking tour
Day 4: Visit Volterra afternoon walking tour
Day 5: San Gimignano Gelato tasting
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: Explore Casole d’elsa, sensual tasting for couples (cheese, wine, olive oil, balsamic). Hands-on Bruschetta Class
Day 8: Final Yoga, Brunch and Departures

$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)RESERVATIONS:

INVESTMENT: $2500 and $300 OFF register by Valentine’s Day Feb 14, 2014!

*7 nights/8 days of accommodation
*Delicious Tuscan daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks and drinks for each day’s activities
*Aperitivo in Siena
*Social hours on select evenings
*Latin Dance Class led by Gail Hudson and Hal Abbott
*Tuscan Cooking Class
*Mini-Italian language & culture class with Jacob Young
*Pickup and Return Shuttle from Florence (value $150 per person)
*All private transportation during the trip
*Visits with transportation included to: Florence, Monteriggioni, Siena, Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Volterra, Tignano, Petriolo Natural Hot Springs & Spa, The Mediterranean, Casole d’Elsa, Colle Val d’Elsa
*11 Yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Guided Meditation Practice
*Partner Yoga
*Writing and wellness coaching
*Private evening Dharma talks
*Entrance fees to all group events
*A special goodie bag with trip-specific comfort items
*Comprehensive trip literature

Airfare to and from the trip and gratuities for your guides.

We will be guests at Antico Borgo di Tignano–a classic Tuscan farmhouse which our friend, Gabriella has converted into a stylish yoga retreat center. Gabriella guided a team of architects and licensed contractors to renovate this medieval village and now you get to see the completion of her vision. With epic views of Casole d’Elsa and Volterra in the distance, this is the perfect entryway into the Tuscan countryside.

IMG_6832The actual Borgo was a 16th century rural residence. 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 often brings back forgotten emotions.

In the local tradition, one says that the Berignone Forest, which faces the Borgo, is what inspired Dante Alighieri to write about the “Selva Oscura”–the location in which his Divine Comedy story starts.

The gardens of the Borgo, with lavendar-lined paths combine with aromatic herbs, juniper hedges, myrtle and evergreens to 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.

A beautiful, large swimming pool and lounge area welcome you to get the most out of the sun. There is a reading room that also has a wireless internet point. There is a golf course within 30 minutes drive from the Borgo.

Gabriella is not only a great architect, but she is also an amazing chef. She takes joy in delighting your palate with her favorite, local dishes–which is the best way to discover the authentic, Tuscan cuisine.

Accommodation is in one bedroom apartments with private baths and kitchens. All the apartments are independent, personalized and fully furnished, with ample garden and terrace areas for leisure.

Meet Gail Hudson and Hal Abbott, Facilitating Tuscany Retreat

We are delighted to join forces with premier Conscious Couple, our dear friends and mentors Gail Hudson and Hal Abbott to co-facilitate this year’s Tuscany Couples Retreat June 21-28, 2014. Learn more about them below and join us for the romantic experience of a lifetime!

IMG_0773Seattle author and life coach Gail Hudson has been practicing yoga for twenty years and has co-led numerous yoga and writing workshops. As a life coach, Gail specializes in helping individuals identify and manifest their personal and creative passions. She is currently writing a book about the potential for intimacy, spiritual growth, and erotic fulfillment in committed relationships.

Psychotherapist Hal Abbott has been practicing marriage and family counseling in Seattle for over twenty years. Hal specializes in helping couples discover and live into their highest potential for emotional and sexual connection. Hal also has an extensive background in dance and athletics, and has recently become a serious student of yoga.

They have been married for over twenty years and have raised two children. They are worldwide travelers and share a special passion for the cultural, culinary and sensual delights of Tuscany.

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Paris & Provence Couples Yoga Retreat 2014

Paris to Provence | Transforming Together as a Conscious Couple
Presented by Gail Hudson, Hal Abbott & Alchemy Tours
June 14-21, 2014

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