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Italy Yoga Retreat | June 6-13, 2020

Experience La Dolce Vita in the heart of Tuscany with this 7-day yoga retreat experience of a lifetime! Indulge your senses with wine tastings, wood-fired pizzas and other chef-prepared Italian meals. Practice yoga al fresco with views overlooking the hills and olive groves, or in a stunning indoor room with glass windows looking into the swimming pool. Lounge by the saltwater swimming pool, and enjoy the panoramic views from the gorgeous outdoor terrace.

Your secluded retreat center is nestled on a hilltop, offering breathtaking views of forests, vineyards, and mountains in the distance. Literally meaning “small village”, Il Borghino was designed to maintain the original character of the village while still being both comfortable and modern.

Excursions include a trip to the breathtaking seaside villages of Cinque Terre, bike ride around nearby medieval village of Lucca, and a wine tasting at a beautiful local winery.

THE EXPERIENCE

YOGA RETREAT CENTRE – IL BORGHINO

Il Borghino comprises three separate houses, as well as a large communal area. “L’Olivo“ is the hub of the retreat centre: a place for retreat guests to gather during the day, enjoy meals together, share experiences and of course, practice daily yoga. There is also a wood-fired pizza oven which we make use of during the retreat, and with for al fresco dining. The centre is ideally located 15 minutes from Lucca, 35 minutes from Pisa, 1.5 hrs from Florence and 1.5 hrs from the breathtaking Cinque Terre region, making it the perfect base to explore Tuscany and Liguria.

MEALS

Our retreat menu is vegetarian and we have a wonderful local cook who prepares deliciously fresh dishes based on what is in season and the region’s specialties. We source our food from local producers and wherever possible, we use organic grains, fruit and vegetables. We also make our own fresh fruit and vegetable juices and cleansing herbal teas using fresh herbs from the garden.

As we are in Tuscany, we do indulge in local cheeses, pasta, breads, wines, and other delights, so although our menu is not a strict cleanse, we do offer plenty of healthy choices with nuts, seeds, legumes, plenty of vegetables and salads, rice, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, fresh fruit, and yogurt.

Organic wine, olive oil, and honey is produced in the surrounding agricultural area near Il Borghino and is served during our retreats. Upon request, we can cater for gluten free and other special dietary requirements.

OPTIONAL IN-HOUSE MASSAGE + HEALING ART THERAPIES

Massages and holistic treatments are available in-house during your retreat to help participants relax, unwind, release tension and improve well-being. We have a team of experienced therapists and treatments can be booked upon arrival. Treatment fees and gratuities are not included in the retreat cost.

EXCURSIONS INCLUDED IN THE RETREAT

  • Day trip to the breath-taking Cinque Terre region consisting of 5 coastal villages embedded in rocky cliffs along one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of Liguria. (Lunch in town not included.) You can hike the trail with Angie and lunch or take the train to a village and spend the day.

  • Wine tasting excursion along the beautiful “Strade del Vino” (the wine road) to a local winery nestled among scenic, winding roads flanked by olive groves and vineyards.

  • Bike ride in nearby Lucca to discover its fascinating medieval walls, ancient architecture and elegant palazzos. See some of its works of art, sample some of the best gelato in the world or stop at one of the local cafés to enjoy a macchiato! (Lunch in town not included.)

  • Round-trip transportation for a fancy evening dinner on the town.

ACCOMMODATIONS

ROOMS

Il Borghino is comprised of three separate houses. The rooms are large, simple and furnished tastefully in local Tuscan style, each with fabulous views from every window. Each house is fully self-contained and offers every facility to meet the needs and privacy of retreat guests. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available in each house for use by retreat guests outside meal times.

DOUBLE SINGLE WITH SHARED BATH

$2595 per person

2 single beds with shared bathroom with another double room

DOUBLE SINGLE WITH PRIVATE BATH

$2795 per person

2 single beds  with a private bathroom

DOUBLE WITH PRIVATE BATH

$2795 per person

Queen-size bed  with a private bathroom

SINGLE ROOM WITH PRIVATE BATH

$3395 per person

Small single room  with a private bathroom

AMENITIES

There is a salt-water swimming pool that retreat guests can relax in whilst soaking up the views, and a  Sauna/Steam Room to help cleanse and detoxify during the week.

WIFI Internet access is available. There is no landline at Il Borghino and although mobile phone reception is generally good, we are in the countryside and sometimes, reception can be intermittent. Whilst we recognize the need to stay in contact with friends and loved ones during your retreat, we try to encourage guests to leave their virtual world behind.

Washing facilities are available in each house for use by retreat guests.

YOUR TEACHER

ANGIE KNIGHT has studied yoga, meditation, shamanism, and other healing arts for over 18 years. She has taught over ten thousand public and private yoga classes.  She leads retreats, inspirational seminars, yoga teacher trainings, and mentorships, both in the US and abroad. Her teaching is light hearted and fun yet she is down to earth and  connects deeply with her students and life. Her teaching style is humorous, empowering, compassionate, and loving.

Join Angie for a deeply nourishing and FUN retreat!

TRAVEL INFORMATION

HOW TO GET TO IL BORGHINO

The International Airport nearest to Lucca is Pisa, which is just 18 miles away  Florence is 50 miles away, and Rome is 162 miles away. Regular trains and buses running to Lucca are available from all airports.

ARRIVAL DAY – PICK-UP:  Check-in Time at Il Borghino is 4pm on the day of arrival, there will be one scheduled pick-up from Lucca to Il Borghino from the following location:

  1. 3:45pm at Lucca Train Station – the meeting point is Hotel Rex next to the Gelateria Veneto on the right hand side when you come out of the station.

Our drivers will have a sign for “Yoga in Italy” or “Il Borghino”. Please make sure you have notified Angie Knight at angieknightyoga@gmail.com with the details of your arrival time. Transfers outside of the scheduled pick-up time and location will be at your own expense.  If you are arriving late and would like a taxi to be booked on your behalf, please let your retreat leader know.

DEPARTURE DAY – DROP-OFF:   Check-out time from Il Borghino is by 09:30pm. On the day of departure, there will be one scheduled drop off to Lucca Train station or Bus station.   Airport Transfers or other transfers outside of the scheduled drop-off will be at your own expense.  We ask that you notify us of any special departure requirements two days prior to the retreat ending.  

MONEY

Please plan to bring some cash in EURO for use during your retreat as credit card facilities are not available at Il Borghino. You will need adequate cash to pay for taxis, meals out, any extra optional excursions, massage and spa treatments, and gratuities.  

There are no money exchangers in Lucca. The closest one is at Pisa airport and the exchange rate is notoriously poor. Banks in Lucca also will not change USD or other currencies for EURO. If you need extra cash while you are in Italy, the easiest method is to use your debit or credit card to withdraw cash in euros from an ATM machine at any of the banks in Lucca.  Please note that our retreat centre is 10 km outside of the town centre so if you do need extra cash, it will involve a taxi ride into town.

Make sure you check with your bank before you leave that you can use your card(s) overseas to withdraw cash and also check your daily limit. While most shops and restaurants will accept credit cards, American Express is not widely accepted, so make sure you have a Visa or MasterCard.  

Payment & Refund Policy

Payments

If you pay in full, you will receive a $200 discount.

A deposit of $499 is required to reserve your room. This amount will be deducted from the total retreat cost. The remaining amount will be divided up into equal monthly payments. The last payment will be made by April 1, 2020. For your convenience, you can choose to save your credit card to our Stripe for easy monthly payments. Your monthly payments will be made on the same day of the month as when you put down your deposit.

(*double discounts will not be honored)

If your room will be DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, please email us at angieknightyoga@gmail.com to give us the name and contact info of your roommate, and we will invoice them.  We will also be happy to match you with a roommate.

Refunds

We can issue refunds minus the deposit amount ($499) before March 1, 2020. NO REFUNDS AFTER March 1st.

If you need to cancel your trip, you may transfer your deposit to another person, so long as you notify angieknightyoga@gmail.com no less than 21 days in advance.

Due to the arrangements made with the retreat destination, we can offer no exceptions on this policy.

Travel Insurance

It is highly recommended that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Purchasing travel insurance through companies like TRAVEL GUARD protects your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverage), as well as coverage for expenses incurred due  to weather & travel delays, personal property loss, and emergency medical services needed during your trip. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.

THIS RETREAT IS LIMITED TO 18 PARTICIPANTS SO CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!