Awaken the Heart Yoga Retreat 2019 with Vicky Gray-Clark

Autumn in Italy is a feast for the eyes, and the palette. Breathtaking fall colors can be seen from vineyards to olive groves to the mountains, and the weather is mild. The Awaken the Heart yoga and sightseeing retreat is a 7-night/8 day tour to Tuscany, Italy, October 30 – November 6, 2019. 

The cornerstone of Awaken the Heart will be beautifully energizing and restorative yoga classes lead each day by Vicky Gray-Clark, RYT 200 Yoga Alliance instructor. The retreat is open to 8 guests.

Awaken the Heart is also an immersive travel opportunity highlighted by activities connected to the fall harvest in Tuscany that inspire beauty, energize the body and uplift the spirit.

Villa Poggio di Gaville, about 40 miles southeast of Florence, will serve as a tranquil home base for the seven-night duration of the tour. Restored in 2004 to its original splendor, the 18th-century villa lies deep in the hills just outside the charming town of Figline Valdarno, in the Chianti and is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.

The villa offers indoor and outdoor spaces for yoga practice. Guests will stay in beautifully appointed private rooms with bath featuring terracotta floors and exposed wood beams and free Wi-Fi. The locale offers an ideal point of departure for day trips to explore the rich ambiance of nearby hill towns and cultural centers, shop or to enjoy great country walks.

We’ll eat the majority of our meals at the Poggio di Gaville restaurant (open only to retreat guests) with food prepared by proprietor and award-winning international chef Jamal Amin. The cuisine offers both traditional Tuscany cuisine as well as creative Mediterranean dishes and an extensive selection of wines. The retreat will also offer opportunities to explore local cuisine.

The Practice: The Awaken the Heart retreat is designed around two daily practices, a morning, energizing Hatha vinyasa-style yoga practice and evening meditation and/or restorative practice.

Leisurely paced, the Awaken Your Heart itinerary encourages guests to foster an intimate connection with the Tuscany landscape and people with time to savor the food and wine, and discover the sights, language, culture and indescribable beauty of the region during harvest season.

The carefully selected itinerary includes:
  • a day to explore Firenze (Florence), the exquisite capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, and the historic home of Renaissance art and architecture.
  • winery tour and tasting at Cantalici Winery, located in the heart of the Chianti,
  • leisurely time to meander through the historic towns of Figline Valdarno, San Giovanni Valdarno, Montevarchi, and others,  
  • time to hike in trails surrounding the beautiful grounds of Villa Poggio di Gaville or to the nearby Santa Barbara lake,
  • a special evening yoga class at Shanti Marg ashtanga yoga studio in Figline Valdarno,
  • picking olives by hand at Casa Falcioni, a 10-acre olive grove in the charming and central Tuscan town of Cavriglia with nearly 600 olive trees and spectacular views of the Valdarno. Guests will also take home olive oil from self-picked olives,
  • a dinner cooking class with Jamal featuring seasonal Tuscan fare,
  • a visit to the historic town of Arezzo, known for its museums, monuments, and churches while enjoying its monthly, and one of Italy’s finest, open-air antique/flea markets.
For anyone that has been yearning to practice yoga and enjoy activities related to the harvest season in one of the most exquisite areas of the Tuscany countryside, this tour is for you!

The Yoga Harvest Tour is scheduled for October 30 – November 6, 2019.

Please browse the site for specific tour details and register today.