Tuscany Yoga Retreat What Do Client’s Say?

It is a sincere privilege to be trusted to guide small tribes of incredibly curious, high vibration people in Italy, the land of my cultural heritage. Never for a moment do I take this for granted. I am honored you chose me. I can assure you that I have taken great care and meticulous attention to designing the best Tuscany Yoga Retreat possible! My Italian Father would be so proud I share with you what I love.

Thank you with all my heart. Here now is what my previous Tuscany retreat guests have said…

What do our Tuscany Client’s Say?

What aspect of your life transformed the most (physical, mental, emotional)? 
Before the trip, I was a bit run down from work life. While attending the retreat and afterwards, I became so much more aware of what I needed in order to deal with the mental and emotional stresses of work and gained a new level of respect for what laughter can do to enlighten my life and the lives of others. – Jessica

How did our Tuscany Yoga Retreat help you make positive changes in your life? I went to Tuscany by myself to explore everything that the Yoga Retreat through Alchemy Tours could and would offer. I discovered that I could travel alone, make great friends of all ages and backgrounds and could be my complete self. Silvia is more than a friend, she is my inspiration to follow a life I love and make no excuses. –  Laurie

What aspect of your life transformed the most (physical, mental, emotional)? 
Physically, mentally and emotionally I felt transformed. The physical components were great, as was the extremely healthy diet, and although I ate like I was on vacation, I came back feeling healthier and few pounds lighter from all of the yoga. Mentally, I was in a state of bliss from the amazing surroundings, stress free environment, and wonderful people I was able to share the experience with. Emotionally, I felt like I gained a greater understanding about what is really important and a greater sense of my life’s purpose. – Laura

What aspect of your life transformed the most on the Tuscany Yoga Retreat (physical, mental, emotional)? For me, the biggest changes were mental changes. Waking up early to attend a morning yoga class, taking walks and choosing to participate in activities that were offered were all choices I made based on what I wanted to do. Doing yoga with Silvia is more like a life walk. She takes you through the beginning, building up your confidence, letting you shine in the peak poses and lets you feel okay with relaxing at the end. – Sarah

tuscany next best 2016Alchemy Tours is wonderful! Silvia is an insightful and loving teacher who has lifted me up more times that I could ever keep track of. Tuscany, Siena and surrounding areas – all of the day trips that we did were wonderful. Lastly, but definitely not least, the yoga two times a day was a wonderful way to begin and end each day. ~Kimberly

One of the best choices I ever made was going to Tuscany with Silvia. Not only is this part of Italy gorgeous, I learned so much about myself… not to mention the amazing food and yoga everyday. I highly suggest you go. It will be a trip you never forget! – John

I travel quite a bit, so I tend to have high expectations. I can honestly say this trip was beyond my expectations! I’m not sure how anyone couldn’t enjoy staying in Tuscany, touring Tuscan cities, village and vineyards, wine tasting, eating amazing food, shopping, yoga and swimming in the Mediterranean! – Amber

This was also a very well organized trip and our guides deserve tremendous credit for leading us on some internal exploration as well as an external journey through stunningly beautiful landscapes ~Rich

You have such a gift for teaching and such of depth of knowledge and training, in both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. And you clearly embody all that you teach, I admire your sense of peace, calm, and thoughtfulness – you are beautiful inside and out – I want to bring more of these attributes into my life. ~Karen

If you’re looking for an authentic Tuscan experience, you really can’t beat staying in the heart of Tuscany. ~Anonymous

I went on a yoga retreat with Alchemy Tours to Tuscany. I was in a place where I was feeling like I needed to do something for myself to reconnect and gain clarity on my life. Do all this while practicing yoga and cycling in the hills of Tuscany? Sign me up! I didn’t know quite what I was searching for, but called it my “Eat, Pray, Love” trip. On the retreat I found myself laughing and feeling happier than I had in months; while also gaining the confidence through self-reflection that I truly am in charge of how I want my life to unfold. Since returning, I have been making small changes that are the building blocks to creating a more satisfying/fulfilling professional and personal life. And most of all, I can’t wait to go on another retreat. – Ann

Silvia took care of everything too, so it was never stressful.  She had everything meticulously planned, but wasn’t rigid about it. She was flexible, accommodating and made adjustments so everyone was able to get the most out of the trip. I felt that she truly cared about us, was tuned into what we needed and did everything she could to make it an experience of a lifetime for everyone. – Amber

How did your Yoga Retreat help you make positive changes in your life?
 Before the yoga retreat, I was looking to reconnect with my wife and myself. The retreat helped in so many different ways with just those things, as well as opening up some amazing new friendships. I felt like a totally new person afterwards. – Jordan

You have such a gift for teaching and such of depth of knowledge and training, in both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. And you clearly embody all that you teach, I admire your sense of peace, calm, and thoughtfulness – you are beautiful inside and out – I want to bring more of these attributes into my life. – Christine

 

The Palio in Siena

The Palio in Siena is maybe the most famous sports event of the summer in Italy.  It is not a tourist oriented event as so many others, but its origins hail back to the Middle Ages or at least 1644.

To read more about the Palio, check this article in Discover Tuscany

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A Literary Guide To Tuscany

The landscapes and people of Tuscany have been an inspiration for writers for centuries – perhaps it’s no coincidence that three of Italy’s greatest writers – Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio – were all Tuscan. Besides home-grown writers, Tuscany has provided an inexhaustible source of writing material for foreign writers as well, with the British driving the ranks. –

See the complete article in: ITALY MAGAZINE

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The Heart of Italy – Toscana

I return to ‪Tuscany, the Heart of Italy year after year to: Reconnect. Remind. Release.
1. Reconnect to simplicity.
2. Remind myself of what’s important. Relearn my priorities.
3. Release to the earth any hurts that have gotten stuck and hung on to me.

Join me on the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy this 3 minute view of what you can expect.

Newly Opened Torre Campatelli Offers In-Depth Look at History of San Gimignano

San Gimignano is no doubt one of Italy’s prettiest historic villages. Overlooking the Val d’Elsa from a hilltop in the Tuscan countryside, it has largely maintained the same structure and aspect it had in the Middle Ages, with its many towers forming an unmistakable skyline.

See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com

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Under the Etruscan Sun in Prato

There’s just so much to do and see in and around Florence and it’s worth it to explore surrounding cities. The city of Prato, sponsoring wonderful and free day trips from Florence called “That’s Prato” in spring and fall, offers the opportunity to do just that.

Only 30 minutes from Florence. Prato has a population of over 200,000 and is the third largest city in central Italy. It is trying to change its image from industrial to emphasizing its museums, monuments and cultural heritage.

See more by Victoria de Maio and her beautiful photographs.

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Art in Florence: Top Twenty Artworks

“As adamant fans of the art in Florence, it often breaks our hearts to hear that travelers to this fair city miss out on some of Florence’s renowned works. Of course there are many reasons to visit this multi-faceted town, but one of the main motivations has always been to see Florence’s breathtaking painting, sculpture, and architecture. According to UNESCO (although it may be a somewhat Western centric view), 60% of the world’s most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence. – ”

See more at Art in Florence by Select Study Abroad

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Travel Destinations that Teach!

 

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We are learning all the time. Whether it’s behaviors, activities, or yoga poses, we subconsciously absorb information from the world around us. When we travel, we expand our world view and gain new knowledge, make new friends, and broaden our perspective on life.

Please enjoy our brief list of destinations that will give you the education of your life!

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Bali. Learn about a new culture. 95% of the population of Bali practices Hinduism and there are over 20,000 intricately designed temples that require traditional dress. As in many ancient religions, Hindu and Balinese holidays are based on the cycle of nature. They mark the change of seasons and celebrate the birth and death of all things.

IMG_1322 Italy. Learn about history. We are lucky to have places so well preserved that give us insights into our past. The Aragonese Castle in Ischia, for example, was built around 474 BC and still stands today after pirate raids and countless wreckages and rebuilds.

 

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Iceland. Learn about the value of silence. Iceland clocks in at just over three hundred and twenty thousand people (for scale- the state of new york has 8.3 million). It has just one city considered a ‘major city,’ where about a third of the population lives. This means the rest of the country is lava fields and stretches of green grass, punctuated by horse and sheep farms. This lets you experience the complete, eerie silence, literally being miles from another human.

 

Tenorio Waterfall, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica. Learn about happiness. U.K.-based New Economics Foundation’s new “Happy Planet Index” rated 151 nations by measuring ecological sustainability against well-being and life expectancy. Costa Rica topped the list as the worlds happiest country. Not, evidently, because they are the wealthiest or most advanced country, but because of the loving nature of the people towards others and their home.

 Join us on retreat for your own personal growth and education!

Prana Del Mar (Baja, Mexico) November 29-December 6
Bali October 3-10 2015
Thailand October 11-18 2015
Costa Rica Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training August 1-22 2015
Lumeria Maui February 14-19 2015
Tuscany June 21-28 2015
…and MORE!

5 Things (that aren't things) to bring on a Travel Yoga Retreat

1. Willingness to let go of control. If you’re an independent type A personality, this could be a tough one for you. Being in a new place with unfamiliar food, a different schedule, and new people to meet can be uncomfortable at first. Your retreat guides know where your next meal is coming from and where you’ll sleep that night, so you don’t have to.

2. A sense of humor. Being able to laugh at yourself and accept that your yoga practice and your life aren’t always going to be graceful and smooth. Sometimes your tree pose is crooked and sometimes you belly flop into the pool while trying to do a jackknife dive. If either of those are the worst things that happen to you that day, life is pretty good!

3. Empathy. Depending on where you’re traveling, the culture and people who’s lives you’re intersecting with could be drastically different than what you know. Let understanding these differences be what brings you together as opposed to what divides you.

4. Openness to try new things. Traveling and yoga help us grow so much as people because they provide a change of pace, deviating from the safe lifestyles many of us have created for ourselves. It’s in that place outside our safety zone that we can really explore what we’re made of.

5. Courage. Courage to try that pose you’ve been resisting, courage to try foreign foods, and courage to make every day the best day of your life!

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Healing Waters & Thermal Baths

People all over the world have known for centuries the therapeutic benefits of spending time in hot spring pools. Hot springs occur when geothermally heated groundwater finds its way to the surface, bringing with it a distinct mineral content depending on location. Each pool has it’s own unique benefits, and because of this many pools around the world have been preserved for us to enjoy. The word ‘spa’ itself comes from the Latin term ‘sanus per aquam,’ meaning health through water.

The hot spring pools of Iceland are known to contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral minerals that were said to keep sheep farmers healthy and warm through the harsh winter months. The Petriolo Thermal Baths in Italy date back to 1404 and were visited by many of the noble families sich as Medici and Gonzaga. These baths were known for high concentrations of substances that were effective for treating various skin diseases, respiratory problems,  and arthritis. Petriolo geothermal waters flow into the cold waters of the river Farma, so it is very healing for those with circulatory disorders. It is said that Roman soldiers routinely used Italy’s hot wells to recover from their physical and emotional wounds.

Hot springs occur naturally all over the world as a replenishing gift from mother nature that nourishes us from the inside out!

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