31st august - 3rd September
*Prices from £595
Let’s face it, British Summers are totally unreliable these days – so we’ve decided to pack our bags once again and whisk off to Tuscany to visit our old friends at Villa Lena in the wild Italian countryside (think Stealing Beauty).
Together with some regular faces, and some exciting new ones, we’ll bring you a mixed and cultivated bag of carefully considered offerings.
Set amongst the epic surroundings of Villa Lena, aka “a unique agriturismo” and a “not-for-profit-art foundation” deep within the hills of Tuscany, we’ll come together for a unique and dynamic experience, spread across four days.
We’ll be bringing you a thoughtfully curated program bursting full of inspirational workshops. These will include: yoga, sound, and both intuitive and explorative offerings that allow each individual to open up and expand their ways of thinking and creating.
• Within the province of Pisa
• Secluded amongst 500 hectares of woodland, vineyards and olive groves.
• Less than an hours’ drive away from Pisa airport
• Three daily bespoke yoga practices led by Felix Price (Urban Avatars & Mixed Spiritual Arts), Rachel Johnston (Amsterdam-based yogi and artist) and Gabrielle Hales (Secret Yoga Club Founder).
• Daily immersive sound experiences with Dee Price (Urban Avatars).
• Additional programme of arts-based workshops provided by Rachel Johnston and the Villa Lena artists-in-residence.
**All levels are welcome for the above.
• Mediterranean feasts with a surprise supper on the last night.
• Fresh and design-led accommodation in tastefully renovated apartments, interiors based on locally sourced antiques and vintage pieces, all finished with original artworks from the Villa Lena foundation.
**Please note that the ticket price includes accommodation, plus a daily large brunch and dinner.
What's not included
Flights and airport transfers *more info. on this coming soon.
Yoga + Movement
Felix is an inspirational yoga teacher who draws upon both ancient and modern practices of uniting the body, mind and spirit for health and wellbeing. Following extensive studies with teachers across the globe Felix has designed classes to uplift and inspire students through a dynamic and balanced sequence of exercise and relaxation to develop health, vitality and self-awareness.
His unique style of teaching fused with his vibrant personality and depth of knowledge make his classes fresh and inviting.
He is also a passionate artist, educated at the Slade College, UCL and has previously exhibited at the Royal Academy and the VBH Gallery, Maddison Avenue, New York.
Rachel believes that a whole persons lived experience is tied into how we move and that our movement habits will be dictated by the kind of world we have met and the kind of support, or lack of, we feel we have had. With this in mind, Rachel’s teaching is firmly grounded in a functional, whole body movement approach to yoga that is perfect both as an introduction for complete beginners, or a curious diversion for those with a more traditional practice.
Rachel bases her work on sound biomechanical principles. Her aim when teaching is to hold space by creating an attitude of curiosity from which to explore how your body processes feeling and movement, how it takes up space and how it initiates and releases tension.
Rachel’s classes are informative and fun. You will work, you will laugh, you will be surprised, you will be humbled, you will feel cared for and acknowledged. You will be a part of a growing community of like-minded people who don't follow the trends, who ask questions, are endlessly curious, and always open to discovery.
It took a stint at a corporate global PR agency for Gabrielle Hales to realise that no, office life was not for her. One ticket to India later, she found herself teaching yoga and eager to share all the amazing things she’d learnt upon her return.
Beginning with classes in her own living room, the word spread and these events became so popular that she sought out ever-more exciting venues to host events in, bringing an extra element by working with up-and-coming chefs to expand them into yoga supper clubs.
Elements of immersive sound therapy and live music soon followed as part of Gabrielle’s mission to introduce a new sense of warmth and generosity to the yoga community - creating a new setting for yoga practice that was more sociable and less solitary.
Diahann (Dee) is an intuitive and gifted practitioner with a passion for inspiring deep states of self-inquiry and empowerment through yoga, guided meditations, invocations and crystal bowl sound healing.
Her offerings draw upon over 10 years of training and initiations across diverse traditions including Indian Yoga, Egyptian Feminine Mysteries, Theta Healing™ and Western Psychology.
With an emphasis on therapeutics and self-empowerment her mission is to create spaces that are healing, inspiring, unifying and uplifting.
All day-to-day retreat nourishments are based on a farm-to-table concept delivered in the shape of an exciting and evolving menu provided by international chefs-in-residence at Villa Lena. This season, expect an exceptional sustainable focus – full of local and fresh produce which is always in abundance. Meals are all vegetarian and thoughtfully considered.
Typical Villa Lena cuisine takes inspiration from Mediterranean dishes. The focus is on simplicity, with use of local and home-grown produce to offer healthy but not restrictive feasts for all.
For the final night of the retreat, we’re looking forward to inviting renowned, London-based top chef and restaurateur, Ben Chapman (Smoking Goat, Kiln) to the Villa Lena kitchen for a final surprise.
Prices start from £595 p/p for a standard shared room (twin beds)
Prices start from £770 p/p for a superior shared room (twin beds)
*Standard single and superior single options are also available, please enquire directly for more information.
Previous guest comments:
"An unforgettable experience in a wild and magical setting. Inspiring teachers, healing sounds and fresh Mediterranean food - I didn't want it to end."
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Spaces will be limited for this Tuscan experience, so come chase the sun with us.
Please book soon to avoid disappointment.