Italy Retreat

Locanda Cugnanello Retreat, italy

Practice Yoga - Explore Tuscany - Hike - Create Art

... The amber light of the sun is beginning to rise over the Tuscan countryside as we gather for morning meditation and pranayama (breathing). Afterwards, we find a comfortable spot to sit in silence and drink a cup of tea while the morning mist evaporates. Mornings are slow. Fresh fruit is set out to enjoy before moving our bodies more. We place our yoga mats around the large saltwater pool underneath cypress trees and begin our Vinyasa flow. The stress and responsibility of normal life completely disappears. After yoga, we eat breakfast and begin a day filled with hiking, laughing, painting, sketching, cooking, massages, exercise, exploring the surrounding cities and countryside, and more...



Reenergize your body and mind with daily sunrise Vinyasa yoga.

Locanda Cugnanello landscape.jpg


Hike through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tuscan countryside.



Challenge your creative side with art classes and group feedback.

Welcome to Cugnanello country estate in the centre of Tuscany. The historic estate lies nestled amidst vineyards and surrounded by olive groves and idyllic hills.


Locanda Cugnanello villa is 800 years old and has been completely refurbished to offer guests a tasteful ambiance that radiates the typical flair of Tuscany…





Locanda Cugnanello Villa, Tuscany, Italy



The schedule below is a general outline of what our days will look like. Throughout the week though, we will also incorporate several other activities.

  • We will take time to get to know the culture and explore Florence, Siena, and Bolgheri.

  • There will be three different optional cooking classes during the week.

  • You are invited to participate in an Italian wine tasting (your new sommelier skills will definitely impress your friends back home!).

  • Schedule a massage to loosen up your muscles after all the yoga and hiking!

  • Make your own pizza using a traditional Tuscan pizza oven!


Saturday, Day 1

  • Arrive in Florence and get transfer shuttle to Locanda Cugnanello Villa by 5:00pm

  • Free time on your own to get settled in, explore surrounding area, go for a hike, take a dip in the saltwater pool, and meet the others!

  • 19:30 – 21:00

    • Welcome dinner – after a long day of travel, who is excited for some fresh Italian food??

  • 21:00 – 21:30

    • Quick gathering and schedule overview before much needed sleep!

General Daily Schedule


  • Wake up

6:45 – 7:30

  • Gather for sunrise morning meditation and Pranayama

  • The sun rises around 7:00 during this time of year in Italy so we will be timing it perfectly to experience the majestic light it paints across the Tuscan countryside!

  • We will start our days in silence from when you wake up until breakfast. This is an opportunity to be with yourself and start your day thoughtfully.

7:30 -8:00

  • Tea and fruit

8:00 – 9:30

  • Vinyasa flow

9:30 – 10:15

  • Breakfast

10:15 – 11:00

  • Free time to shower, get dressed for the day, journal/write your “morning pages”, take a morning swim, or just relax in the sun.

11:00 – 13:00

  • Hiking and exploring surrounding area

13:00 – 14:00

  • A fresh vegetarian Italian lunch!

14:00 – 16:00

  • Personal time to spend as you wish.

  • You can treat yourself to a massage, swim in the saltwater pool, relax in the shade on the porch and read, take a nap, play volleyball, go horseback riding, use the fitness room, play boccia, go for a hike, write under the cypresses trees, or even participate in an exercise class! This is your time to do what you personally need to feel good!

15:45 – 16:15

  • Tea and fruit

  • Gather back together to begin our afternoon creative exploration!

16:15 – 19:00

  • Art time! This is for the experienced artist and the curious novice!

  • We will use this afternoon time to foster a variety of creative expressions through different mediums and techniques throughout the week. Oil paints, watercolors, colored pencil, beads, essential oils, basket weaving, and so much more…

19:00 – 19:30

  • Free time before dinner

19:30 – 21:00

  • Delicious fresh Italian dinner and local wine

21:00 – 22:00

  • Gathering outside by the fire to relax, talk, and connect with each other


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