Join my healing retreat in Italy this May with wonderful Martine Battle! We are merging the calming , soothing and healing effects of yoga with the toning, inspiring and leaning outcome of Barre! The retreat will offer daily Yoga and Barre practice, meditation, amazing vegan meals, healthy living and cooking workshops, access to massages and other healing practices with guest speakers and teachers and a chance to learn how the food you are eating goes from earth to plate!
May 22nd to 27th
Le Tassinaie is a small agricultural enterprise at Castellina Marittima, near Pisa. The farm lies on a hilltop below the “Colline Metallifere” and overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. (You can see the isle of Corsica on a clear day too)
Four women are in charge of growing organic fruit and vegetables with the aim is to produce preserved food (jams, sauces, vegetables preserved in EV) in olive oil and herbal salt. The farm does not use any kind of chemicals, everything is grown bio-dynamically using byproducts of maceration and herbal infusions to create healthy ingredients, with high nutritional values. They currently grow tomatoes, artichokes, asparagus, chick peas, aubergines, carrots, cabbages, cardoons, leeks, onions, garlic, raspberries, apricots, as well as a varied bouquet of herbs and introduced bees in 2013 which are precious for the pollination of their estate.
The retreat will take place in a beautiful estate, in an idyllic and traditional farm house in the middle of nature; overlooking the hills and surrounded by medicinal herbs, traditional Pine trees , fruit and vegetables.
The living quarters where guests will stay during the retreat offer comfortable and spacious beds, luxurious bathrooms and hospitable, warm and comfortable living areas. The house is surrounded by nature and catered to create a romantic and welcoming atmosphere all around.
The farm house has 5 double bedrooms (all with private bathroom) and one apartment with 2 additional double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a sauna.
A wonderful traditional chef, Gabriella, will help me create and provide healthy vegan food as part of the retreat experience, including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, either hosted in the dining hall or outdoors. The cuisine is simple, delicious and with a blend of international and Italian flavours.
We will be using fresh and local ingredients from the farm itself and nearby producers, allowing you to taste the rich flavors the food has to offers. The menu will be a shared selection of cooked and raw goodies with some decadent raw dessert and seasonal fruit. We usually work on the menu on the day, when we know what is available and create our recipes then, but you can expect an amazing selection of raw and cooked vegetables, buddha bowls, pasta dishes, smoothies and juices!
All the recipes will be shared with the guests to replicate in the comfort of your home.
*Special meals will be catered for, so please share if there are any gluten intolerances, allergies etc..
Tuscany is a very popular region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David”, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.
La Tessinaie is about 70 km southwest of Florence and about 35 km southeast of Pisa. It offers amazing landscapes and the opportunity to plan daily excursions to see the most beautiful art work in the country.
Day trips will be offered as an option or renting a car and exploring the region is always a great way to see the beautiful little towns and cities nearby.
Private tours of the estate will be offered to explore the beauty of this wonderful Biodynamic heaven!
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels; beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, to more vigorous Vinyasa.
Style and class levels will be determined and adjusted to fit participating guests’ needs.
The beauty of having a small group for this retreat lies in the luxury of giving each participant individual attention, assisting with their own practice. So, even if you are just only exploring yoga, this get away will allow a wonderful opportunity to begin your journey into this ancient and healing practice.
The classes will be held either in the garden or in the studio, and you will have access to 2 sessions daily, a morning and evening practice with me and Martine, who is also a wonderful Yin Yoga Teacher.
We will tailor and facilitate all classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. Private sessions will be available on demand too.
This year Martine will also bring Barre to the retreat, with her newest Concept: Barre 50 . When returning back to London, from LA, Martine quickly realized the challenges people had living in London and big cities with regards to fitting in a daily workout regime. Martine created Barre 50, a concept created to tone and sculpt the body in less than an hour. Barre 50 since launched has been a huge success, being taught at some of the most exclusive fitness establishments in London and now taken to our wonderful retreat to give students an amazing chance to change their body in a safe and unique way!
Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat. All levels welcome!
Retreats are amazing opportunities to have a break and feeling looked after. With us, a week will go so quick that you will be sad to leave, but you will feel amazing! There are many benefits which will result from this experience, and this magical desert retreat was created to offer you the opportunity to completely reset, understand your body better and feel awesome in it. How does that happen?
De-stress: No chores, no “to do” list, no stressful environment and no noise! This is the time for YOU!
Detox: No magic potion, just real and local foods grown in full sunshine, to give you the energy your body needs to do what is does best: naturally detoxify
The closest airport is Pisa where a variety of main and low cost international airlines fly to and flights from the UK are very affordable. Easy Jet is one of the most affordable and frequent flying airlines. We will be ready to welcome guests from 12pm on the 22nd of May; should you need an earlier arrival please get in touch and we will be able to accommodate.
Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.
Layers of clothing for weather changes
Comfortable walking shoes
Plug adaptors / converters (European)
We provide all mats and props but if you have your favourite mat please feel free to bring it along.
Our retreats thrive to be very relaxing and flexible, it is a holiday after all! But we do have a sample schedule to get a sense of what it could be like:
- Morning power shot, herbal infusion
- 8am-9:15am Vinyasa/Power Yoga prctice
- Seasonal juice or smoothie
- 10.30am Brunch Feast
- 12noon massage treatments (one hour included in your retreat price )
- 1pm Light lunch in the garden
- Time to enjoy additional therapies, take a nap, explore Tuscany at your lesiure
- Light snacks, fruits
- 6pm Barre 50 with Martine and transition into powerful Yin Yoga and Meditation
- 8pm Dinner
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