Awaken the Heart Yoga Retreat 2019 - Overview

Presented by Spirit of Italy Tours & Everyday Nirvana Yoga

 Wednesday, October 30 - Wednesday, November 6, 2019 

Highlights and Pricing
 Small tour group, limited to 8 guests. This intimate group size will allow us to move more freely and experience the Tuscan region in a more authentic way.
Seven nights accommodation at Villa Poggio di Gaville featuring private, beautifully appointed apartments with private bathroom, furnished in updated Tuscan country-style furnishings.
Yoga class each morning of the retreat and a late afternoon or evening yoga or meditation session conducted by certified yoga instructor Vicky Gray-Clark. (all levels of yoga practitioners are welcome on the tour!)
 Italian buffet breakfast served each morning at the villa
Four lunches served at the villa, one lunch provided off site.
Four dinners served at the villa, including one cooking class. Guests will learn to cook a traditional Tuscan-style dinner dish with Villa di Gaville proprietor and internationally acclaimed chef, Jamal Amin, that will emphasize seasonal ingredients culminating in an authentic style harvest dinner shared by guests. (dietary restrictions considered)
Olive picking at Casa Falcioni. Guests will collect olives by hand in the heart of Tuscany on the breathtaking 10-acre Casa Falcioni olive grove in Cavriglia (guests take home olive oil from hand-picked olives)
Lunch and hospitality provided by the Falcioni family featuring typical Tuscan fare, and local wine. [Note: the Falcioni family's extra virgin olive oil was recently voted third best in the region!]
Transport to sightseeing and activities listed in the itinerary within the Valdarno region of Tuscany to towns including Firenze, Cavriglia, Montevarchi, Arezzo, Gaiole in Chianti, Figline Valdarno, San Giovanni Valdarno, and others.
Firenze - historic center (centro storico) (full day). Spirit of Italy Tours will provide a suggested itinerary so that guests can explore the city on their own. Mainly closed to commercial traffic, this is a compact city easily explored by foot.
 Special evening yoga class at the Shanti Marg ashtanga yoga studio in Figline Valdarno.
 Winery tour and tasting at Cantalici Winery in the heart of the Chianti will allow guests to savor wine varieties this region of Tuscany is noted for worldwide.
A visit to the historic town of Arezzo, known for its museums, monuments, and churches to enjoy its monthly open-air antique/flea market, considered one of Italy’s oldest, and finest.
All ground transport – including round trip group transport to/from Florence airport on October 30 and return to Florence airport on November 6. Group transportation will be provided in a comfortable minibus with a local and experienced driver to the locales listed in the Itinerary. [Note: In a couple of cases we will be traveling by local train to nearby towns, when practical.]
Full-time services of Vicky Gray-Clark who will facilitate yoga and meditation classes and along with the local Italian hospitality professionals, will help guests cultivate an authentic and safe travel experience. Full list of meals is included in the itinerary.  

TOTAL TOUR COST: $2400.00 USD per person
Pricing does not include:
• International airfare to and from Italy
• Airport departure taxes, if applicable
• Personal expenses
• Two (2) additional lunches and three (3) additional dinners in certain days when we will be out meandering and sightseeing
 • Wine with meals at Villa Poggio di Gaville is an extra cost
• Gratuities for driver (suggested, not mandatory)

Note: This tour outline is tentative. There may be some changes made to the itinerary based on weather (for example, it is not possible to pick olives in the rain), and to take advantage of local recommendations and events we hear about closer to the dates of travel that would make the tour even more spectacular!

Please contact Vicky Gray-Clark, Spirit of Italy Tours to with any questions at or 408-318-1980.