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2014 TUSCANY YOGA & WALKING RETREATS in LUCCA, ITALY
Sat 4th - Sat 11th October 2014
Sat 11th - Sat 18th October 2014
7 nights / 8 days
€1,350.00 Twin room with shared bathroom (per person)
€1,550.00 Twin room with private ensuite bathroom (per person)
€1,550.00 Single room with shared bathroom
€1,750.00 Single Room with private ensuite bathroom
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Join Jessie Chapman in the beautiful Tuscan countryside for an inspirational week of dedicated yoga practice, soulful guided walks in the Tuscan hills, inspiring sightseeing and cultural tours, wonderful regional food, pre lunch core strength classes, evening yoga nidra and lots more staying in a beautiful 17th century Villa just outside the medieval walled city of Lucca. This is your time to relax and enjoy a wonderful yoga holiday in stunning surrounds. No matter what your level of yoga experience or fitness everyone is welcome.

Our daily ritual:

7.00 am: 2 hours morning yoga with Jessie
9.00 am: cleansing juice and nutritious buffet breakfast
10.30 am: depart for one of our inspiring walks or excursions
1.30 pm:   pre-lunch core strength class or restoration yoga
2 pm delicious home cooked Italian lunch
3.00 pm: guided walk / massage / relax
6.00pm: 2 hours afternoon restorative yoga with Jessie
8.00 pm: delicious home cooked dinner
9.00 pm: yoga nidra - a guided lying down relaxation for a good nights sleep

The retreat price includes:
7 nights accommodation at the lovely Villa Benvenuti
Morning and afternoon yoga classes with Jessie Chapman
All delicious vegetarian meals & juices (excluding one group dinner out mid-week)
Guided daily walks through the beautiful Tuscan hills & villages
Evening yoga nidra for a good nights sleep
Pre-lunch core strength classes strengthening lower back & abdominal muscles
Airport transfers from Pisa airport or pick-up form Lucca train or bus station
Unlimited water, fruits & herbal teas and the villa's own wine with dinner

Optional activities:

Massage & holistic healing sessions are available in-house (from €75 per hour)
As well as all the yoga and walks there's a selection of optional activities available to join including a guided tour of Lucca and cycling around the walled city, a Tuscan cooking class, a Wine Tasting at a local Vineyard with Lunch, a day trip to the world heritage listed Cinque Terra, In-house Italian language classes and more. Or simply rest in the beautiful gardens and villa.

About the yoga: Jessie's inspirational classes are designed for all levels from the beginner to the experienced practitioner. Jessie allows people to journey deep into their practice with awareness and ease. The classes combine gentle warm up sequences with Vinyasa yoga (moving through the postures with breath awareness) and holding in postures to build strength, stability and alignment. Many variations of the postures are given so people can practice according to their experience. Click HERE to read more about Jessie and the yoga.

About the locations & accommodation: Villa Benvenuti  is located 30 minutes from Pisa and 1 hour from Florence. Everything at Villa Benvenuti has been arranged with nature and simplicity in mind with traditional terracotta tile flooring and wooden beams, simple and elegant furnishings and beautiful outdoor living spaces. The grounds are extensive and lush with both formal and informal garden areas. There are several grassed terraces for enjoying the beautiful vistas, a secret garden waiting to be discovered and a swimming pool set away from the house amongst olive groves and oak trees.

About the food:  Our retreat menu is vegetarian with delicious healthy meals based on what is in season and the  region’s specialities. As we are in Tuscany, we do indulge in organic cheeses, pasta, breads, wines and other delights, and so this retreat is not a strict cleanse but offers plenty of healthy choices. Food is organic where possible and sourced from the Villa’s vegetable garden or from local producers. Wine, olive oil, herbs, vegetables & fruit are all produced in abundance on the estate and provide the essential ingredients for our deliciously fresh, vegetarian meals, cleansing juices and herbal teas. Special dietary requests can easily be catered for so just let us know when booking.

Retreat cost:
€1,350.00 Twin room with shared bathroom per person
€1,550.00 Twin room with private ensuite bathroom per person
€1,550.00 Single room with shared bathroom
€1,750.00 Single Room with private ensuite bathroom
*Prices are in Euro's
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*Many people coming on their own opt to share a room and we put you with a same gender person. Otherwise you can book a single room. 

Optional excursions & costs:
We can arrange a bike hire for you for the week so you can explore the local area during free time (80 Euro pp)
Join an in-house Tuscan cooking class with our chef (30 Euro pp)
Enjoy an informal and insightful guided tour of Lucca, a lively historic town encircled by a 16th century wall. Includes a cycling tour around the walls. (30 Euro pp including transport)
Half-day wine tasting excursion to Lucca Hills & Montecarlo with lunch included (75 Euro pp).
Day trip to the World Heritage listed Cinque Terra to walk from village to village, swim, etc. (approx 80 pp)
Other options include a day trip to Florence or the coast. Full excursion details are sent upon booking/registering

Not included in the retreat cost: airfares, optional excursions (these are all very affordable) and dinner when we eat out one night as a group in a lively artists village.

Extra night's: If you'd like advice on where to stay before or after the retreat in Lucca please specify upon registering/booking.

Getting to Villa Benvenuti:
By Air
If you are flying into Italy, the closest international airports are Pisa & Florence. Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei) is 35 minutes away by car (www.pisa-airport.com). Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways serve the UK. Delta flies direct to NYC and there are numerous flights to Germany, France, Switzerland and the rest of Europe. Florence International Airport (www.aeroporto.firenze.it) is approx 1 hour by car and has many flights to connecting hubs within Europe.
By Train (www.trenitalia.it)
All airports are connected via the Italian railway system. Lucca train station is the closest station to Villa Benvenuti.
By Car
Villa Benvenuti is located in San Macario in Monte – a small village approx 15 minutes from Lucca. A map showing the route from Pisa, Florence, Rome, Milan and Lucca to Villa Benvenuti will be supplied with confirmation of booking. The main car hire companies operate from Pisa and Florence airports, car hire is also available in Lucca.
Buses: There are local buses which serve San Macario in Piano (www.clapspa.it) and buses which serve all the main towns and cities in Tuscany which depart from Piazzale Verdi in Lucca (www.lazzibus.it)

More retreat details and information about how best to get to the retreat is emailed to you upon registering or email for more information. We can also assist you with flight bookings.

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SHARED ABOUT THEIR RETREAT EXPERIENCE:

'Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.' - B.K.S. Iyengar. Jessie has ignited  the light in me. Her dedication and knowledge is enlightening and inspirational, thank you Jessie for a wonderful experience!'
Sandi, 50, Marketing Manager - Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat 2013

"It was a joy to practice yoga with Jessie, who is a wonderful and clearly very experienced teacher. I like that there was always an option to suit your ability, but also the possibility to challenge yourself. It felt like everyone was seen and given attention, and there was a very warm and positive atmosphere during the yoga sessions.
Helena, 40, Engineer -  Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat 2013

"I feel utter bliss at the end of the Italy retreat from the fabulous yoga, the divine villa and those running it, amazing fresh, local food, the excursion to the archetypical Tuscan town as well as many trips to Lucca. I made some great new friends. Nights were spent in the Piazzas watching children play, cellists, magicians and tango dancers. The half moon rising over the cypress trees in the villa's garden was a very special sight. Seeing a large family of wild boar running in the grounds from my window at 6am a treat. The yoga calm has stayed with me all the way home and into my working days. This was my third Radiance Retreat and it will not be my last"
Sheena, 54, Naturopath - Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat 2012

"Nowhere to go and nothing to do - Jessie shows you how to just BE. Her serenity is infectious!"
Adrienne, 38, Wife, Mother, Business Owner

"A beautiful location with inspiring and heartfelt tuition from Jessie and her helpers. An experience to be treasured and aspire to be repeated."
Cathryn, 53, Remedial Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor

"Thank you Jessie and team. My purposes in attending this retreat have been met - and more! I leave feeling healthy, flexible, refreshed and relaxed."
Kate, 61, Leadership Coach and Writer

"With Jessie you take a journey, learning the practice of yoga in a supported environment, cleansing your body with ease, and remembering that with balance in your life you become the person you are."
Alix, 44, Public Servant

"Radiance Retreat was an exceptional experience on all levels. Such care and nuturing support from all staff. Wonderful food with soul--Thank you."
Dianne Fisher, Client Services Manager/Financial Planning

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Villa Benvenuti

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Villa Pool





Terrace Warm Up





Villa Entrance

Villa Gardens

Cycling in Lucca





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