Testimonial about Haramara Retreat

“If you were to dream of a place you could go for one week and come back a completely healed, transformed and a changed person….the place you are imagining would be Haramara. It has become a place for me, and retreat participants to transform their health and reclaim their soul. When you come to Haramara Retreat your body receives what it needs – food, juice enzymes, warmth, stretching and exercise through yoga, hiking and swimming. Your emotions, hormones and nervous system are stabilized and addressed through nutrients and my daily interactive teachings. Your thoughts become more focused and positive, your memory becomes clearer, your spirit is revitalized and your purpose clarified.

cabanaviewofoceanHaramara contributes to this healing in so many ways. This property and Sajeela de la Borbolla, it’s owner and creator, and all the beautiful people who work at Haramara hold a very special place in my heart with their kindness and love of what they do and how they attend to every detail with love and a positive attitude. The land itself and everything that It’s owner has aspired to create is impeccable and beautiful. Every last cabana placed perfectly on the land is private yet has the most astonishing view of the surroundings.. nature, plants, the ocean, the jungle. You wake up and all your senses are stimulated with the sounds of the ocean and birds, the feel of the cool ocean breeze, the warmth of the sun on your face. Your first view is of lush dark green plants, orange, red, yellow and purple flowers or the dark blue ocean. Your palate is quenched with the taste of beautifully prepared and seasoned foods and juices of all different colors and nutrients. Imagine starting your day with yoga in an open-air palapa with a 360 view of the ocean and jungle in the distance.

Every time I step foot on the property, I am astonished at what new addition has seamlessly arisen as if overnight and is a perfect fit to the landscape…a gorgeous deck laid around a 300 year old papelillo tree so as not to disturb the tree… An infinity pool with subtle splashings of a waterfall feeding the foliage while inviting you to soak, float, breathe and take in the view of the land, jungle and sea with a temperature that could not be more perfect during the day or night. Never would I dream I could be so comfortable in an open-air cabana at night in a setting so in sync with nature and creatures in their natural habitat. Haramara is a place that teaches one the utmost importance of respecting this beautiful world which we have been fortunate to enjoy.” – Dr Lynn, Naturopathic Doctor, Seattle

Join us at Haramara July 12-19, 2014!

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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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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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What's Included Tuscany Yoga Retreat

What makes our Romantic adventure to Tuscany so special? All of the special details we include in your investment. No one offers as much value and richness as we do. Our history of living in Italy certainly helps. We know your time is valuable and you deserve the best!

INCLUDED IN YOUR ROMANTIC ADVENTURE:

*7 nights/8 days of accommodation

*Delicious Tuscan daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks and drinks for each day’s activities

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*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

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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)

SPECIAL ROMANTIC TUSCAN ADVENTURES
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

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)RESERVATIONS:

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

INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE:
*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

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 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.

MEALS
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.

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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Haramara Mexico Embrace Your Purpose: Live Your Bliss July 12-19, 2014

Purpose = clarity / inspiration / manifestation / transformation / vitality

Guided by Silvia Mordini and Malia Scott

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