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7 days YOGA NATURE and CULINARY journey in TUSCANY


7 days YOGA NATURE and CULINARY journey in TUSCANY: Val d'orcia
Explore the natural and historical beauties of one of Italy's most precious regions. This unique one week journey, in the heart of Italy, includes a daily meditation and yoga practice, as well as visits to breathtaking landscapes and historical spots

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Through a carefully designed program encompassing daily yoga and meditation practice in a pure, natural context, you can experience a deeper kind of journey discovering Tuscany. The healthy cooking classes, and visits to the historical and natural spots that made this region so famous, as well as the regenerative experience in the thermal spa of Bagni Vignone, provide for a very deep, cleansing and relaxing experience.

Vacation highlights:
Meditation sessions
Morning Vinyasa yoga classes
Massages, healthy therapy, relaxation
Excursions in cities and mountains around Tuscany
2 cooking classes with fresh local products
Vegetarian brunch and dinner served daily
7 days accommodation

Typical Day


Yoga program
The yoga program is dedicated to all levels of this discipline. Entirely based on how guiding your breathing its practice will be divided in four parts:

The first part is dedicated to breathing (pranayama).
The second part consists of a guided meditation.
The third dynamic part of Vinyasa yoga where the various positions are finalized to the pace of the breathing.
The last part consists of deep breathing (shavasana).

Typical daily schedule
Saturday

15.30 : Pick up at Roma Fiumicino airport
18.00 : Arrive at Il Roccone
19.00 : Welcome Circle at Il Roccone / Presentation of the program of the week and Yala team. You will meet the team and chef Ophelie Doll during a wonderful vegetarian dinner.
22.00 : Good night Mantra

Sunday

Morning Detox: Oil Pulling and Infusion
Yoga Practice : Pranayama, yoga Vinyasa and Deep Relaxation
Green Smoothie
11.30 : Brunch
Afternoon: Trekking and visit of the Etruscan Necropolis of Sovana
19.30 : Dinner
22.00 : Good night Mantra

Monday

Morning Detox :Oil Puling and Infusion
Yoga Practice : Pranayama, yoga Vinyasa and Deep Relaxation
Green Smoothie
11.30 : Brunch
Afternoon: Free time in the Natural reserve of Pigelleto
18.00 : Yin Yoga
19.30 : Cooking class and Dinner
20.30 : Movie night

Tuesday

Morning Detox :Oil Puling and Infusion
Yoga Practice : Pranayama, yoga Vinyasa and Deep Relaxation
Green Smoothie
11.30 : A day in Siena, lunch and free time to visit the town
20.00 : Dinner
22.00 : Good night Mantra

Wednesday

Morning Detox : Oil Puling and Infusion
Yoga Practice : Pranayama, yoga Vinyasa and Deep Relaxation
Green Smoothie
11.30 : Brunch
Afternoon: Free time in the Natural reserve of Pigelleto
18.00 : Yin yoga
19.30 : Cooking class (Italian homemade pasta) and Dinner
21.30 : Fire ceremony and Good night Mantra

Thursday

Morning Detox : Oil Puling and Infusion
Yoga Practice : Pranayama, yoga Vinyasa and Deep Relaxation
Green Smoothie
11.30 : Visit of a local producer of typical Toscan cheese, tasting and free time visiting Pienza. Total relaxation in the thermal Spa of Bagni Vignone for a complete relaxation experience.
20.00 : Dinner

Friday

08.00 : Closing meditation, yoga Vinyasa,Ecstatic Danse and Deep Relaxation
11.00 : Farewell brunch
Noon : Transfer to Roma Fiumicino airport

Italian cooking class
Good food, happy mood, a pinch of love… the ideal recipe to nourish your body and soul.

We will learn to create a colorful meal, loaded with good vibes. All our senses will be used, sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, but also the 6th one, intuition, that we will listen to, to express our limitless creativity!

We will learn to make the typical Tuscan pasta “Pici” following the traditional receipt and the history around this dish.

Excursions
Natural Reserve of Pigolleto
The Pigelleto Nature Reserve is divided between the provinces of Siena and Grosseto. It lies in the borough of Piancastagnaio, on the southern side of Mount Amiata. Founded by the Tuscan Region in 1996, the area of the reserve was one of the main mercury mining sites of Mounta Amiata and two disused mines can still be found within the reserve. The area is dominated by Poggio Pampagliano (969 m.) that together with Poggio La Roccaccia and Poggio Roccone, just slightly lower in altitude, form a curved ridge towards the north-east, that forms the watershed between the basin of the river Paglia and that of the river Fiora. The reserve protects a mixed wooded area, rich in plant species, among which the presence of silver firs as a spontaneous species is especially relevant.

Pienza
It was in this Tuscan town that Renaissance town-planning concepts were first put into practice after Pope Pius II decided, in 1459, to transform the look of his birthplace. He chose the architect Bernardo Rossellino, who applied the principles of his mentor, Leon Battista Alberti. This new vision of urban space was realized in the superb square known as Piazza Pio II and the buildings around it: the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace and the cathedral with its pure Renaissance exterior and an interior in the late Gothic style of south German churches.
The other major buildings in Pienza line the Corso Rossellino, most built as houses members of the papal court, although some earlier buildings survive. They include the Gothic Church of St Francis and its Convent; the Atrebatense Palace (Gothic structure with Renaissance decoration); the Ammannati Palace, in Renaissance style; the brick Palazzetto; and the Gonzaga Palace, one of the few buildings that retains its garden. Pienza has many Renaissance fountains and wells, the designed by Rossellino.

Siena
Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city's Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. During this period the work of Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini was to influence the course of Italian and, more broadly, European art. The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape.


Siena, an outstanding medieval city that has preserved its character and quality to a remarkable degree, and its influence on art, architecture and town planning in the Middle Ages, both in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, was great. The highest point of the town is crowned by the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Its facade, the lower part of which is the work of Giovanni Pisano, was completed by Giovanni di Cecco after construction of the Nuovo Duomo (New Cathedral), a vast project inspired by the Gothic cathedrals of north of the Alps. The cathedral preserves a remarkable pavement and the pulpit carved by Nicolà Pisano.

The Necropolis of Sevana
The Etruscan necropolis of Sovana is just a few kilometers from Sovana. The necropolis is noteworthy not so much for its enormous size, but for the many different types of tombs it contains. We can see tombs dating from the VII-VI centuries B.C. even though the main nucleus (with its more complex and sophisticated graves) was developed in the III-II centuries B.C. Some of the most significant sites in the necropolis are: the “Tomb of the Mermaid” (an aedicula tomb with a portico decorated on the frontal), the “Tomb of Idelbranda” (shaped like a temple with a double stairway and columns with capitals decorated with anthropomorphous elements), the Grotta Pola (with eight columns on the façade) and the Tomb of the Typhon (an aedicula with a decorated tympanum). All the decorations, carved into the tufa, stuccoed and polished were originally painted in lively colors. At the center of the necropolis there is a site where a female goddess of health was worshipped as demonstrated by a votive statue rich in heads, legs and other parts of the human anatomy.

Thermes Bagno Vignoni
The ancient village of Bagno Vignoni is located in the heart of Tuscany, in the Val d'Orcia Natural Park. Thanks to the Via Francigena (which was the main route followed by pilgrims in antiquity who went to Rome), these thermal waters were found and have been used since Roman times. At the heart of the village is the "Square of sources", namely a rectangular tank, of 16th-century origin, which contains the original source of water that comes from the underground aquifer of volcanic origins. Since the Etruscans and Romans - as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds - the spa of Bagno Vignoni was attended by eminent personalities such as Pope Pius II, Saint Catherine of Siena, Lorenzo the Magnificent and many other artists who had elected the village as main holiday resort. Characteristic of Bagno Vignoni, besides the thermal waters, are its structure, despite numerous incidents of war, devastation and fires that involved the Val d'Orcia in the Middle Ages, remains essentially unchanged since then.

Age range, type of group


Group 10 people max

Rates


 - 7 days YOGA NATURE and CULINARY journey in TUSCANY
7 days in a double shared room with bathroom : 1150 euro

What’s included
6 nights accommodation
Access to Thermal Spa Bagni Vignoni and the Etruscan Necropolis of Sovana
All cooking and creative workshops
All daily yoga practices
All the activities of the program
All transports from / to the destination of the program by private minivan
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Tasting of typical gastronomy products in Pienza

What’s not included
Flights
Fly to Palerme Punta Raisi Airport
Private massages or therapies
Transports from / to Roma Fiumicino Airport

Other Information


Instructors
Ophelie Doll
Ophelie travels the world with a passport to wonder. She has voiced for television and radio since the age of 4. She sings, plays, composes, and cooks (vegan, ayurvedic, and raw food). She also practices yoga, meditation and reiki.

Francesca lo Cascio
An Italian architect and interior designer, Francesca expresses her creative flair in her job just as much as in everything she puts her mind to in everyday life. Francesca has found the perfect recipe for inspiration and inner balance gleaned through her travel experiences, the practice of yoga, and healthy living as well as eating, in terms of cultural and spiritual insight.

Deeply inspired by the “Ayurvedic” values, she has recently received the diploma of creative chef in the course held by Carolina Daza at Sol Semilla. Francesca has been practicing yoga for the past ten years, starting off in Thailand where she studied Hatha yoga in Pai and progressively refining her formation in Vinyasa yoga in India at Richikesh's Tattvaa Yoga Shala Centre and in Paris with Carolina Daza, Mika de Brito, and Gerard Arnauld.

Accommodation
Casale Il Roccone is located in the Podere St. Francis, which was built in 1859 and completely restored in 2010, using only natural materials and respecting the traditions of the local buildings. The property covers an area of over one hundred acres. A stay at Il Roccone Walden is a true immersion in pure and uncontaminated nature. Here you do not hear other noises or sounds other than those of wildlife.

Food
Food will also play an important role during the retreat; from food selection to meal preparation and as featured in the cuisine workshops designed by a professional chef to pamper your body and mind throughout the entire stay.

Airport transfers
Transfer from and to Roma Fiumicino Airport on request.

A transfer service will be organised from Roma Fiumicino airport on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. and will arrive at Il Roccone at 6 p.m.

A transfer service will be organised from Il Roccone to Roma Fiumicino airport on Friday, May 1, 2015 at noon and will arrive at the airport at 3 p.m.


Course information
Yoga classes and meditations are mainly held in English with the possibility of classes available in other languages according to our guests' needs (French or Italian).


Additional information
For more information ask your questions directly to Yala Collective who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.

How to get there
Arrival by airplane
Fly to Roma Fiumicino Airport. Book your flights early, the Roma Fiumicino airport is served by the main European low cost airlines.

Discounts Offered


Come with a Friend : -10% on your double room (2250 € per room)

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