Find YOUR Spark in September.
I personally find the best place to find your true spark is in Italy. Specifically, in beautiful, magical, tranquil, perfect Tuscany. For all the yogis who know me well, you know that Tuscany holds a little piece of my heart. It is the one place I would go back to year after year, it is the one place where as soon as I step off the plane I feel like I’m home. The gardens, the views, the people, the food, their culture, the nature, the scents…Tuscany is breathtaking. I always leave rejuvenated, with a spring in my step, a twinkle in my eye and a bit of scintilla…sparkle…pure happiness. And this is something so magical you shouldn't keep it to yourself… I want to share this with you!
OUR HOME FOR THE WEEK
Il Borghino, literally meaning ‘Small Village’; offers a secluded setting with magnificent views overlooking forests, vineyards, olive groves & mountains in the distance. Located 10km from the charming medieval city of Lucca, Il Borghino offers an opportunity to truly relax and unwind in a unique location whilst experiencing the best that Tuscany has to offer.
Il Borghino has been designed to maintain the original character of the village while still being both comfortable and modern. Meticulously restored with energy efficiency & a concern for the environment in mind, using natural materials such as wood, marble & terracotta.
It comprises of three separate houses. The rooms are large, simple and furnished tastefully in local Tuscan style, each with fabulous views from every window. There are fly screens on all windows and electric fans in every room.
As the building is old, the walls are very thick which means the villa stays cool in the summer months.
The vegetarian menu is made by a wonderful local cook (and she truly is wonderful; we all adore Maria!) who prepares deliciously fresh dishes based on what is in season & the region’s specialities. Food is literally farm to table! Fresh fruit & vegetable juices are available & cleansing herbal teas using fresh herbs from the garden. Organic wine, olive oil & honey is produced in the surrounding agricultural area & served during the retreat. As we are in Tuscany, we will indulge in local cheeses, pastas, breads, wines and other local delights, so although the menu is not a strict cleanse, they do offer plenty of healthy choices with nuts, seeds, legumes, plenty of vegetables and salads, rice, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, fresh fruit and yogurt. Upon request special dietary requirements can be catered for.
On the last night we enjoy an incredible Pizza and Prosecco night! The pizzas are rolled out, prepared, and cooked in the wood fired pizza oven next to us… I can honestly say you have not experienced pizza like it!! Pizza definitely gives you an amazing spark… and the prosecco can also help with that too of course…
Cooking Classes are also available and our yogis loved creating Gnocchi and Tiramisu last time…we even got to enjoy the tiramisu after our last night celebratory pizzas.
Wake up to yummy Primal/Vinyasa Yoga every morning, attend fun workshops most afternoons and enjoy smooth & stretchy flows, meditation or restorative in the evenings; there is plenty on offer with an optional 19 hours of yoga available to you! Yoga will be practiced outside by the pool, in the shala among the vineyards or in the indoor yoga studio. There is nothing quite like Sunrise & Sunset sessions where you can fully savour the serenity of the Tuscan countryside.
As well as all the yoga on offer there are plenty of things going on in Italy to help find your special ‘Scintilla’. Below are a few trips and activities available if you should wish to venture out and explore the incredible surroundings or stay in and work on your Italian skills and your wellbeing!
This time of year the weather is lovely with lows of 18c and highs of 29c, average usually around 24c. With plenty of shaded spots around the villa, peaceful spaces indoors and a beautiful salt water pool there is always plenty of options to cool down if you find it hot!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Initial Deposit: £150 - due on booking to confirm your room*
Second Deposit: £200 - due by 20th February 2018
Remaining Balance due by 30th June 2018
For Double Room’s there is the option to bring your partner along (retreat cost with no Yoga can be requested)
My husband tagged along last time and enjoyed every moment!
Spaces are very limited and accommodation will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
All prices listed are per person and assume double occupancy (except for the single room). If you would like to turn a twin or double room into a single room so that you can have it for yourself (the beds will make a king size bed) please add the single supplement fee of £300 for rooms with a shared bathroom and £500 for rooms with a private bathroom.
WHAT'S not INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
The closest airport to Il Borghino is Pisa International Airport (18 miles from Lucca). Easy Jet Jet2.com and Ryan Air have flights to Pisa.
Florence International Airport (50 miles from Lucca).
Regular trains and buses run from both Pisa and Florence Airports and are very reasonably priced (for example, trains from Pisa to Lucca currently costing €4-6). When booking your flights I recommend you plan your arrival time into Lucca for around 3.30pm (or you could arrive earlier to spend time walking around Lucca) to coincide with the free group transfer to Il Borghino.
Check out at Il Borghino is Strictly 9.30am on the last day so please plan your departure flights accordingly - Transfer to Lucca is included.
*Please note that your deposit is non-refundable and secures your spot for the retreat.
A cancellation fee of 20% applies to bookings cancelled up to 3 months in advance (last day 2nd June 2018). A 50% fee applies to bookings cancelled up to 2 months in advance (last day 7th July 2018). As I have to pay the retreat centre in advance, no refunds will be issued for cancellations within 2 months of departure.
No refunds will be given for failure to attend or to complete the retreat Travel Insurance: I recommend that you get travel insurance in case of any life situation that may alter your plans. Limitation of Liability: By paying the deposit for your retreat, you assume complete and full responsibility for the proposed travel. Keri Lincoln Yoga shall not be responsible for any injuries, losses or damages in connection with accommodations, other facilities at the resort, ground transportation, diseases, local law, climatic conditions, acts of God, delays, changes or cancellation, of travel due to weather conditions, accidents or health related problems while residing at Il Borghino and while in-transit to (e.g. an accident on the way to an excursion, during, and after an excursion) You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Keri Lincoln Yoga from and against any losses, costs, damages and expenses resulting from claims and bodily injury or property damage arising out of joint efforts through the period of the booked retreat.
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