Join Sue Park for an unforgettable yoga retreat in Italy! Spend four nights a charming country villa set amongst the rolling hills and the Chianti vineyards of Tuscany. Then spend the final three nights of the retreat in a 16th-century palace in the heart of Florence.
Retreat does NOT include:
Day 1: Arrival, ground transfer from Florence train station (Santa Maria Novella) to country villa. Dinner, orientation.
Day 2: Breakfast, yoga, daytrip to Siena, cooking class with dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, yoga, free time, dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, yoga, village-hopping tour, dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, yoga, winery tour with lunch, ground transfer to Florence, free time, dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, yoga, guided tour of Florence with museum visit, free time, dinner
Day 7: Breakfast, yoga, free time, dinner
Day 8: Departure day
*Guideline itinerary. Schedule may vary based on instructor and size of group.
Sue Park, E-RYT 200
Fascination of the human body and spirit has been Sue’s lifelong pursuit. Martial arts and the practice of yoga introduced her to the subtle energies that she was not aware of before. She began teaching and practicing yoga in 1999 in the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and has been influenced by many teachers along the way. Sue is a Thai yoga therapist and leads workshops and privates to help students deepen their practice and understanding of themselves. She loves working with students one on one along with restorative yoga, yoga therapy, Energy Anatomy System, and Ayurveda. Her teaching style is creative and playful while mindfully guiding her students on their journey towards a mind, body connection at a deeper level. She is passionate in her practice, loves the teachings and the spiritual impact yoga has on her Christian faith! Sue guides her students to reach their fullest potential by meeting them where they are. You can learn more about Sue at www.sueparkyoga.com or follow her on sueparkyoga public facebook page.
Begin with four nights in the hills of the Chianti wine region in Tuscany… La Locanda is wonderfully located 600 mts above sea level in the most beautiful part of Chianti. Surrounded by vineyards, woods and olive groves, it overlooks Volpaia, a magnificent medieval village facing Radda in Chianti. Originally a 16th century farm converted into a charming estate, the villa has the relaxed atmosphere of a very comfortable country house in a stunning location.
The villa has only seven rooms, each with private bathroom. Although the rooms have all modern conveniences, the furnishings have been carefully chosen to keep the atmosphere of a private house. The nearby former stables now house the sitting room with a large fireplace, library with bar and dining room, leading to a large sunny terrace where breakfast and dinner are served in summer. The swimming pool and garden share breathtaking views. …then spend three nights in the heart of Renaissance Florence.
Palazzo Guadagni, a 16th century historic residence, is located in Pizza Santo Spirito, a lively square in the heart of Florence. The top floor of the palazzo (palace) has been happily converted to a boutique hotel of timeless charm. The palace has a storied 500-year history, and has housed silk merchants, aristocrats, an institute for art history, and was the filming location for the movie “Tea with Mousillini”. Each bright room is unique and complete with antique furniture. Some boast frescoed ceilings, antique fireplaces or beautiful views of the city–the Santo Spirito Basilisa, the Pitti Palace, or the grand Duomo of Florence. The pride of Palazzo Guadagni is it’s loggia, or wrap-around covered porch that offers the most wonderful location for a glass of Chianti. You’ll be enchanted by the vivality and beauty of this space!
You’ll be short walking distance to everything amazing in Florence–just out the front steps of the palazzo are wonderful open-air restaurants and coffee and gelato bars. A short 5-minute walk will bring you to the famous Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens. In the other direction, you’ll cross the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge before arriving at artisean and designer shopping, the Uffizi gallery, Florence’s duomo, Michalangeo’s David….Florence is truely a masterpiece.
Most meals are included–all breakfasts, all dinners, and three lunches, beginning with dinner on arrival day. Italian food needs no introduction, and you can be assured that the food prepared will be homemade (one meal by you!) and delicious, focusing on regional specialties.
While at La Locanda, breakfasts are served at the villa, with lunches and dinners either at the villa or in a neighboring town, depending on the daily schedule. In Florence, breakfasts and dinners are included in your package, and lunches are on your own. Breakfasts are served at the Palazzo in their charming breakfast room, lunches on your own to sample the city’s flavors at your whim, and then we’ll meet for dinner a local restaurant to exchange stories and come back together as a group.
Morning yoga classes in the fresh air. We’ll enjoy luxuriously long yoga classes each day in the mid-morning. Outdoor classes at La Locanda and classes on the loggia (porch) at Palazzo Guadagni will start the day off beautifully in fresh air.
Activities include a cooking class, where you’ll learn to make a spectacular Italian meal (which you of course will savor afterwards). The day includes a winery tour, wine tasting, and tour of the olive press.
While in Chianti, we’ll take a “village hopping tour”, so that you can spend an afternoon shopping, enjoying a leisurely lunch, or simply reading your book in a cafe.
In Florence, we’ll take a guided walking tour of the city, hitting all the highlights and learning all the scandalous details of the past ruling families (!). We’ll finish the walking tour with a visit to the excellent Bargello Museum, a little-known gem in Florence that houses sculptures from Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini & Brunelleschi.