Iyengar Yoga and The Sacred, Retreats in Tuscany, Italy

"Thank you Zoë ... It was such a privilege to spend that time with you, and I feel it has kick-started me into spring." - Claire, Lawyer, May 2016. More reviews

Iyengar Yoga and The Sacred Retreats in Tuscany, Italy
Location Near Cortona, Tuscany, Italy
Open 17-24 September and 24 September - 1 October 2017
Activities Iyengar yoga, sacred sound, breath
Prices From £490pp half board
Ideal for  Yoga - Meditation - Solo travellers
Contact > For dates see their website
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Devoted Yoga host retreats in the enchanting grounds of a converted 14th century tower house, located deep in the Tuscan countryside. Experienced teachers and practitioners explore how classic Iyengar techniques make a connection with the sacred. Explorations into the relationship between sacred sound and yoga.

Location

Located 5 minutes from the medieval hilltop town of Cortona, in the secluded Val d'Esse. Close to Lake Trasimeno and in easy reach of Florence, Rome, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, San Gimignano, Orvieto.

Nearest airports: Perugia (40 mins drive), fly from London Stanstead with Ryanair only. Rome (2 hr by train 2.5 hrs drive) and Florence (1 hr train 1.5 hrs drive) have more choice of flights.

Activities and Prices

The day will start with a longer active yoga session in the morning, and a shorter more breath centric restorative class in the evening. Working on all levels of the embodiment, strengthening an inner connection and cultivating greater awareness and freedom in the body through yoga.  
During the sacred sound week, prepared by the asana and pranayama practice, Gayatri will lead the sound workshops. This is not about singing, rather sounding from your heart. Using the support of sacred instruments to resonate with the voice the work will explore how singing bowls, gongs, drums, flute and percussion make chanting, sounding, south baths a natural and sacred experience.

Price: £490 per person; £200 single supplement. Includes half board in self-catering accommodation for 7 nights in a shared room with ensuite bathroom (light breakfast, fresh juice, vegetarian lunch, help yourself to herbal teas and coffee anytime); all tuition (13 yoga classes and 7 sound sessions), use of the pool, grounds and vegetable garden. Excludes flights and transfers.

For dates see above web link for full programme, or check availability by email, or phone.

Accommodation and Food

La Cesa was restored from an old tobacco drying tower and farm. It’s been added to over the years and now has four apartments, an ozone pool (natural purification) and large grounds.
Accommodation will be in shared villas (homely sitting room with big sofas, rugs and wood burning stove; large kitchen with all appliances). All rooms are ensuite with natural stone floors with hard wood furniture, several have sofas.  Some rooms have glorious views and others open directly onto the garden.

All food is vegetarian, bought fresh from the market on the day and prepared with love and care. Breakfast and lunch are provided; there are plenty of accessible eating out options for dinner and the kitchens are well equipped for cooking at home.

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Child policy

Please contact them if you want to bring a child to the retreat.

Green footprint

What can I do?
See our 10 top tips on green travel - how to make your stay more enjoyable & better for the environment. Consider offsetting your car, train or plane journey via the charity AtmosFair.de

How ethical is the holiday?
- Acts with respect, honesty and fairness towards guests and staff
- Employs locals
- Uses an ethical bank
- Fosters real relationships between guests and locals and ensures that the local community benefits

How environmentally-friendly is the holiday?
- Provides info on how to arrive by public transport and/or bicycle
- Recycles all recyclable waste
- Composts organic waste
- Uses eco-friendly cleaning products

Guestbook

"Thank you so much for your hospitality and can only say once again what a great time we had whilst staying at La Cesa. We look forward to making a return visit some time in the near future and have been extolling the virtues of your lovely home and surroundings to many of our friends." -  J.L. from UK.

"You're such an inspiring teacher Zoe.  I never think I can do any of the things you end up making so easy for us! I've come back... feeling absolutely fantastic. I can't wait for next year." - Caroline, Theatre Director, 2015

"Attending a yoga week with Zoe has restored our enthusiasm for and commitment to yoga. We have returned home rejuvenated and inspired to practice regularly at home. Zoe teaches to small classes with careful attention to the detail of the asanas and reference to underlying yogic philosophy. Twice daily classes over six days allow time to explore and develop one's practice. This was a wonderful week in good company and we very much hope to go again!" - Mark and Romey, Accountant and Teacher, 2016

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