Yoga, Cooking, and Bliss Beneath the Tuscan Sun:

A medieval gateway from the walled village of Radicondoli to the rolling hills of Tuscany.

Two years ago I led my first retreat in the magical medieval hill town of Radicondoli just west of Siena in Tuscany. If paradise has an earthly habitation and a name, Radicondoli is it. Here’s the announcement for our next dream week there this fall:

Yoga Cucina: A Dream Week in Tuscany with Il Campo founder Marlane Miriello and Deep Yoga Instructor Anne Marie Welsh, September 21-28, 2013.

Join us for a week of morning and evening yoga, Tuscan cooking classes, rural hiking, a spa day and excursions to Siena, San Gimignano and around the enchanting village of Radicondoli. Il Campo/Cucina founder Marlane Agriesti Miriello and I have created this special week as a journey to nourish body and soul.

I will offer gentle sun salutation Yoga each morning and restorative classes closing with the guided meditations and complete relaxation of Yoga Nidra each late afternoon. My Deep Yoga classes are designed as a pathway to personal healing, creative inspiration, and true happiness. Marlane, a former editor turned writer who came to Tuscany to learn firsthand its traditions and recipes, will lead you through the kitchens, gardens and forest trails of her beloved, adopted village, Radicondoli.

The week includes pickup and drop off in Florence, all local ground transportation, deluxe lodging in an eco-sustainably restored Tuscan farmhouse, twice daily yoga sessions, three cooking lessons with engaging local chefs, a spa visit at a nearby thermal spring, a wine tasting, excursions to famous Tuscan villages, guided hikes, all meals and English speaking tour leaders. You do not have to be an experienced yogi or cook to participate and to reap the benefits. After one week of Yoga Cucina, you will return home revitalized and refreshed, with a new yoga practice, new recipes and an open heart.

Price: $2,995 per person double occupancy; $3,495 for a private room and bath.

Tuscan Yoga Sunset

Anne Marie offers sunset Yoga near the pool at Bel Canto -- every evening of Yoga Cucina.

The Tuscany retreat is sponsored by Il Campo Italia, a project of my friend Marlane and her village cooking school. Far more than a school, however, her enterprise offers, as she puts it, “a cultural exchange in which the people of the village open their doors and hearts to the stranieri (foreigners) and show them that everything they need to be happy can be found in their own back yards.”

Marlane’s website has many photographs of the fabled region, and the farmhouse rooms and apartments at Bel Canto where Yoga Cucina is headquartered.

I am happy to answer any other questions about the retreat and my Deep Yoga classes at 858-456-5205. To see my detailed itinerary for Yoga Cucina , click here.

For more on my Deep Yoga classes in La Jolla, see Yoga. And there are Testimonials about my retreats at the bottom of my Workshops Web  page.


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