3 Reasons to Go On a Yoga Retreat

If you’re looking for a fulfilling, fun, healthful, nurturing way to spend a week of your precious vacation time, you’re in the right place. We specialize in relaxing, adventurous and purposeful yoga retreats.

Over the last 5 years yoga retreats have ballooned! And with more retreats, comes increased confusion for all of us looking to book a retreat, me included.

Truth be told, I try to attend a retreat as a client every year! It is my dharma and what I commit myself to full-time. My intention is to serve you through transformational travel and spiritual adventure. Are you are wondering what makes my Alchemy Tours Retreats unique?

Here are 3 Reasons to Go On A #YogaRetreat with Alchemy Tours.

1. Yoga & Relaxation = grounding / pampering / rejuvenation / stress-relief
2. Yoga & Adventure = fun / exploration / culture / play / art
3. Yoga & Purpose = clarity / inspiration / manifestation / transformation / vitality

All of our trips are based in one of three offerings: Relaxation, Adventure, Purpose.

If you are looking for Adventure then choose from:
Tuscany June 21-28, 2014 Art of Adventure: La Dolce Vita
Ischia Amalfi June 29-July 6, 2014 Art of Adventure: Soulful Exploration
Thailand Sept 2014 Art of Adventure: Cultural Exploration

If you are looking for Relaxation then choose from:
Bali Sept 13-20, 2014 Art of Relaxation: Cultural Bliss
Maui Oct 11-16, 2014 Art of Relaxation: Luxury Bliss
Greece 2015 Art of Relaxation: Creating Positive Change

If you are looking for Purpose then choose from:
Xinalani Mexico Mar 29-Apr 5, 2014 Embrace Your Purpose: Transform Your Life
Haramara Mexico July 12-19, 2014 Embrace Your Purpose: Live Your Bliss
Costa Rica RYT200 Teacher Training Aug 9-30 Embrace Your Purpose: Live Your Happiness
Prana del Mar Mexico Nov 29-Dec 6, 2014 Embrace Your Purpose: Manifestation Yoga Retreat

Take a look at http://www.alchemytours.com and pick exactly what you need. Your vacation time is valuable and it’s important that you choose a retreat that meets your expectations. Don’t leave it to chance. Choose wisely.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

Silvia Mordini & Jacob Young, Co-Founders Alchemy Tours

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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.

FOOD IS ART

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Where do You Stay on Tuscany Yoga Retreat

What sets apart one retreat from another are: accommodations and food. Tuscany offers you a beautiful experience in living like Italians do. Seek the best. There is no reason you have to share a bathroom with 5-10 other guests. We are experts in Tuscany.

WHERE WE WILL STAY ON OUR TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT

We will be guests at Antico Borgo di Tignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site and 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.
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The 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

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Tuscany La Dolce Vita Yoga Retreat June 21-27, 2015

Vino & Vinyasa = exploration / culture / fashion
*Last 1 spot Looking for female roommate! *

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Amalfi Italy Soulful Exploration Yoga Retreat June 11-18, 2016

Adventure = fun / exploration / culture / play / art
Save $300 by October 1st, 2015!

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Sant' Angelo, Ischia, Italy

On the South of the island of Ischia you’ll find the most magical chic fishing village of Sant Angelo. Its beautiful Piazzetta opens up to the beach making it one of the most unique destinations on the island. And its peaceful energy has been calling writers and poets for eons.

Sant’Angelo d’Ischia is actually a rock, connected to the rest of the island by a thin isthmus and is testimony of the volcanic nature that still exists here. At the top of the islet called the “Tower” once stood a small church where the followers of St. Michael, the guardian angel who gave his name, appeared in the village. St Michael is known as the leader of Heaven’s forces that triumphed over the devil.

On the right side of the village, past the church, you’ll arrive at Quarry Petrelle where are the stoves and where fine sand cook an egg in less than a minute. Sant’Angelo d’Ischia is one of the favorite tourist destinations with its gardens, spas, hotels and outdoor restaurants that have maintained the beautiful scenery and above all peace and tranquility, not to mention the beautiful boutiques that offer top quality fashion garments . The territory of Sant’Angelo d’Ischia is rich in thermal springs and offers beautiful beaches, including that of the fumaroles. Sant’Angelo d’Ischia offers short, peace, tranquility and prosperity to those who choose to spend the Holidays near the enchanting beauty of the sea and the beach.
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Which Trips Have Availability?

Super Namaste Lovers of Flow, Adventurous Spirits and Yogis!

As of today May 22, 2013 here is what we have available on our upcoming trips:

June 22-29: Tuscany – 3 spots remaining
July 1-7: Amalfi, Ischia, Capri – 3 spots remaining
July 31-Aug 18: Costa Rica RYT200 Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training – 2 spots (1 girl, 1 guy)
Sept 22-29: Bali – 1 guy roommate
Oct 6-13: Bali – 1 female roommate Sound of Sunshine Room, Koi Room as Single or Double, 1 female roommate Lotus Villa
Nov 30-Dec 7: Baja Mexico – 10 spots remaining

2014 Upcoming Retreats:
Jan 5-11, 2014 Costa Rica New Years Yoga and Surfing
March 29-April 5, 2014 Xinalani Yoga Retreat
June 7-14, 2014 Paris to Provence Couples Retreat
June 15-21, 2014 Paris to Provence Writing and Yoga with Sadie Nardini
June 27-July 5 Tuscany Yoga and Cycling Retreat
AND MORE!
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Italy Yoga Retreat Mindfulness Practice

In June I will return to Italy where I am always more conscious of the pacing of life. In the art cities like Siena and Florence the cadence of one’s walk is mindful, never too fast (whether or not you’re walking in heels on cobble stoned streets.) And in the Tuscan countryside the way in which one eats and drinks is even slower so as to savor the tastes completely. Then my travels will bring me to the warmest sun of all, that of the Amalfi area of Southern Italy. There I reconnected to the Sun in the most splendid way while living on Ischia!

And what I observe when living in the sun is that you move more slowly.

Tuscanycollage2013I am inspired to bring this learning back into the practice of Sun Salutations, Surya Namaskar, in yoga class too. There is nothing natural about practicing our Sun Salutes at break neck speed. If that’s the pace then your breath speeds up in a frenetic way causing your mind and body to overheat. You leave feeing frantic even if at first you misidentify this as “energized”.

Try it for yourself, on a sunny day go run around as fast as you can and then observe whether or not you feel more or less connected to your life. For me, I only ever want to feel more, and let light make me see more too. I don’t want to rush in my yoga because I’ve found that rushing in my life only led me to emotional and mental burn-out.

Yoga empowers us to be present to our magnificence but not manic. It is as Stephen Covey writes, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” Celebrating which in sanskrit is “Namaskar” requires us to enjoy the light of each moment. Therefore Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutations, are a traditional way to celebrate mindfully the light within us for each of us is self-effulgent like the Sun.

We have no need to prove anything or create undue friction by going too fast. As Hafiz so eloquently puts it,

“I am happy even before I have a reason. I am full of Light even before the sky. Can greet the sun or the moon.”

Today practice Sun Salutation A and B with this awareness. Even practice outside on a sunny day. And for variation in Warrior A try this:

*Inhale reach up from your waist say to yourself “I am celebrating!”
*Exhale hands behind your back in yoga mudra, breath in, breath out and fold, “I am releasing.”
*Inhale reach up
*Exhale open your arms into prana mudra say to yourself “I am receiving”

As you celebrate your life, share your brilliance from the inside out and receive the warm blessing of the sun into your heart. Love yourself, love your day, love your life, Silvia
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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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