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8 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat in the Heart of Tuscany
June 7 - 14, 2014

w/ Patricia & Surya
Ebbio in Monteriggioni, Italy

Amidst open expanses of vineyards
and olive groves and the pure earthy aesthetic of the Chianti region of rural Tuscany, we will spend 8 days in yoga and meditation practice, following the traditional ways of these life enhancing approaches to self care and spiritual sustenance.  The retreat takes place at Ebbio, an 800 year old retreat center and organic olive and Chianti wine producing farm nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano that was sacred to the Etruscans. Located in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany, it is only 42 km from Florence, 11 km from Siena, 9 km from Castellini in Chianti and 1 km from Monteriggioni, a little medieval jewel which is within an easy walk from the retreat center.

Each day there will be four yoga and meditation sessions. The focus of our sessions is to open energy pathways, quiet the mind and to remember and experience the stillness and ease of our True Nature, the timelessness of Pure Consciousness.

Yoga sessions invite the cultivation of deep listening, learning how to follow sensation as the guide to practice and to trust the body's innate intelligence. This approach to practice, shifts the habit of doing asana to an unfolding by feeling and sensing our way thru the practice. Sessions will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery.

Meditation and self inquiry sessions will focus on becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature in the midst of all activity. The meditation sessions offer mindfulness and breath awareness based on Vipassana meditation as well as non-dual, open awareness meditation and self inquiry. 

Excursion to Siena, 11km from Ebbio, for market day, on Wednesday June 11. This is a festive event with food, clothing, music, leather bags and shoes, everything Italian.

Monteriggioni, an ancient castle town is an easy walk from the retreat center. You can take this lovely walk thru the Tuscan hillside at any time during your stay at Ebbio.

The ancient, rural beauty and the slow pace of life at Ebbio, create a rare environment for refining awareness and deepening spiritual understanding in the process of retreat. To enhance the benefit of this retreat, silence periods will be observed.

 

florence                                         The Duomo in Florence

On the day of arrival in Italy at the Florence Airport, you will be met for the 45 minute ride to Ebbio. Walks to Monteriggoni, a still lived in ancient walled town, enjoying the land and environs of Ebbio, and perhaps planning to arrive or stay a few days before or after the retreat to enjoy Florence, Siena and the Tuscan hill towns, opens the heart to the slow and sensual that is Italy and it's unique gift of evoking both inner and outer beauty. All meals are vegetarian prepared from the organic gardens and imbued with long loved art of Italian cooking.

On the last day of retreat, we will leave Ebbio after morning meditation and breakfast, traveling by van to the Florence airport from where you can meet your flight or embark on further travel in Italy.

June 7 Pick up at Florence airport
(* note you may choose to fly into Florence, Pisa or Rome. However the ONLY pick up and drop off is at the Florence airport. Therefore many people arrive a day or more earlier to tour Florence or other areas of Tuscany)
11:00 AM meet at Florence airport for taxi van to Ebbio
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Orientation and Meditation

June 8,9,10,12,13
7:30 AM Meditation
8 AM Breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 PM Mediation, Yoga Asana
1 PM Lunch
5-6:30 PM Yin and Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation
7 PM Dinner
8-8:30 PM Chanting, Meditation

June 11 - Siena

Depart Ebbio by 9Am

Pick up for return to Ebbio at 4PM

Transportation to and from Siena for market day where you are on your own to explore this wonderful small city and enjoy a self-catered lunch at one of the many great restaurants. You will be picked up where you were dropped off in time for the 5PM afternoon session.

June 14
7:30 Breakfast
9 Am Departure to the Florence airport

Fee $1595 includes:
-Transportation from the Florence airport to Ebbio on the first day and from Ebbio to the airport on the day of departure.
-7 nights lodging at Ebbio in double accommodations - each spacious room accommodates two people in either twin or double beds, with 2-4 people sharing a bath
-Four meditation and yoga sessions for full days spent at Ebbio
- 3 meals per day with the exception of Wednesday, June 11, when you will be having a self-catered lunch in Siena.

- transportation to and from Siena on market day,Wednesday June 11th

The fee does not include:
- Pick up or drop off on the first and last day from any point other than the Florence Airport.

NOTE: Important Travel Information

Choose a flight schedule so that your arrival in Florence will be at least one hour prior to the 11 am pick up to allow clearing customs and to collect your baggage so that the group can leave on time for Ebbio. For departure choose a flight that departs on June 14th no earlier than 1 pm. Further travel information on the FAQ link listed below.

 

To Register:
Contact us by phone or e-mail to determine if there is availability
There are 18 spaces for this retreat.

For further information about this retreat please see FAQ page here.

 

To read more about the style of teaching click here and here.

For a page with information on "Why take a Retreat" click here.

 

 

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