Le Pianore, Tuscany, Italy

Savor the Moment: Yoga, Food, Wine & Natural Beauty   May 29 - June 5, 2021

with Jaime Boswell and Kathy Fotterall

This retreat is all about enjoying life, travel, food, wine and friends with a sense of calm, serenity, and quieting. 
The yoga practices will invite you to be fully embodied by tuning in deeply to the sensations within, and to savor each moment of being fully present with yourself. This is such a gift in a world filled with distractions. 
Soak up the real Tuscany while nestled into a valley surrounded by woodlands, vineyards, olive groves and mountain streams, with spectacular views and untouched landscapes. 
Roll out of bed and into a beautiful yoga room to get your day started...with your senses fully awakened from your practice, enjoy the breakfast that will be awaiting you...the day is then yours to enjoy, walking in the country, relaxing at the villa, wine tasting, wandering villages, perhaps a trip to Sienna...then come back together for an evening yoga practice, followed by a traditional and absolutely delicious Tuscan dinner as the sun sets over the hills.     
We have experienced the joys of Le Pianore and the joys of fully-embodied yoga and want to share them with you while we take in the Tuscan experience together. 
We are everyday people who love to travel, to experience the local culture, connect with others, and practice yoga along the way. 
We are both Kripalu-trained yoga teachers, with many years of practice and in depth studies with an array of teachers and styles from which to draw for our teachings. 
The practices will weave together work for the breath, body and mind, always honoring the individual needs of each person. 
 
Yoga practices will include a Slow, Mindful approach to traditional postures, Somatics (movements intended to deeply connect your mind and body through breath) Restorative Yoga, some playful exploration, breath-work and meditation. 
 
Learn more about each of us and our teaching at the bottom of the page! 
This retreat, led by two compassionate and enthusiastic yoga teachers, offers you a stress-free chance to... 
  •  start and end your day with a yoga practice with none of life's daily distractions,
  • learn and practice being truly present with yourself in your yoga practice and present in each moment of your days,
  • enjoy the natural beauty of the Tuscan hills nestled in a beautiful valley,
  • enjoy traditional Tuscan meals (made with mostly organic and local ingredients) without having to do any of the work to prepare them,
  • explore the local vineyards, olive groves, chestnut woods, cafes and old world villages,
  • relax in the peacefulness of a villa located on a sustainable farm, surrounded by over 30 hectares of woodlands.  

Yoga & Ayurveda Bonus

Unlike going on a hurried vacation, bouncing from place to place, we hope while you are at Le Pianore, you will take the time to Savor this beautiful treat to the senses. The lovingly prepared food, the all-natural approach to wine, the surrounding nature, all call to be savored. In taking this kind of time to slow down, we have found ourselves more joyful, inspired, grounded, and able to go with the flow of life. This is what we hope to offer to every one that joins in this experience.   

Through this retreat you can expect to: 

  • Experience the calming yet energizing nature of a daily slow, mindful yoga practice. 

  • Learn and experience the benefits of slowing down and being present with yourself, others, your food, drinks, and nature. 

  • Rejuvenate yourself and your perspective with new experiences and new connections supported by nourishing food, yoga and a relaxed atmosphere. 

Down to the Details...

THE LOCATION 

Le Pianore, South Tuscany - Italy

This Tuscan villa is located on a certified organic farmstead with more than 30 hectares of woodlands traversed by the Zancona river and its tributaries.  With more than 80% of energy coming from renewable sources (solar panels and sustainably managed wood) this family run business is proudly on their way to reaching a goal of total energy self-sufficiency. We will enjoy the bounty of the farmstead including organic wine, honey, olive oil and produce! 

GETTING THERE & BACK

Plan your transportation to meet your exact needs. Transportation is not included so as to allow everyone freedom in arranging their travel. The Rome, Pisa, and Florence airports are all within a 2-3 hour drive of the village we will be staying near, Monticello Amiata. Many people will likely choose to tack on a few extra days before or after our time together and enjoy a little extra exploring.

 

Sharing a rental car between several people may be the most cost-effective and fun means of transportation, and will allow freedom to explore while at the villa as well. The good news is that in Italy they drive on the same side of the road as us in the US and the steering wheel is on the same side! Transportation could also be hired. Jaime will assist in coordinating as needed, just ask!

Interested in flying with others? We are happy to help coordinate those travel plans as well. 

EXCURSIONS & RELAXING

Make the experience exactly what you want by choosing how you want to spend your time - walking, visiting hot springs, historic villages, wine tasting, food tasting, cooking class - or some more relaxed time spent sitting at a cafe, resting by the pool or getting a massage. There are so many options within a short distance to really soak up the local culture.

 

We will plan 2 optional excursions with transportation - one to Sienna, so you can enjoy the city without the hassle of driving & parking - and one to enjoy some local wine tasting. Stay tuned for costs and details. 

THE INVESTMENT

There are a variety of rooming options, check it all out below and see what would work best for you. Per person costs include: 

  • Daily morning and four evening yoga practices woven together to give you a truly nourishing and invigorating retreat experience.

  • Breakfast of home-made yogurt, cereal, fruit, bread, butter, honey and jam, tea, coffee and milk, plus
    a choice between: freshly baked pastry, cheese, cured meat and eggs. (Note: Le Pianore is familiar with adjusting meals to meet various dietary needs!)

  • Tuscan dinner served al fresco (weather permitting) as the sun sets over the hills,

  • The room of your choice! (room prices include all of the above)

Not included, but available...

  • Wine and a few other drink choices are available to purchase directly from Le Pianore. 

  • Lunch can be ordered daily - you are likely to find Le Pianore so lovely that you won't want to leave everyday - so if you choose to stick around, lunch will happily be provided for an additional cost.

A non-refundable payment of $300 will secure your reservation, fifty percent of your balance will be due by November 1, 2020, with total payment due by April 1, 2021. All payments will be non-refundable. To protect your investment against unforeseen circumstances independent travel insurance is highly recommended. 

Availability is limited, please email to be on the waitlist, if a room is not available that meets your needs.  

The Suite

Double occupancy - $1730 USD per person

Large room with private terrace, queen bed, single bed,  en suite bathroom with bath. 

​*please reserve with traveling companion

 Reserved 

Nonno's Room

Double occupancy - $1730 USD per person

Large room with direct access to gardens, queen bed,   

single bed, en suite bathroom with shower. 

*please reserve with traveling companion

Reserved

The Guest Room

Single occupancy - $2150 USD per person

Double occupancy - $1730 USD per person

Queen bed, en suite bathroom with shower, direct access to the gardens. 

​*if double please reserve with traveling companion

 Reserved

The Rock Room

Single occupancy - $2150 USD per person

Double occupancy - $1730 USD per person

Two single beds, en suite bathroom with shower, direct access to the gardens. 

​*if double please reserve with traveling companion

Reserved

The Piccola

Single occupancy - $1850 USD per person

Two single beds, shared bathroom with The French. 

Available

The French

Single occupancy - $1850 USD per person

Three quarter bed, shared bathroom with The Piccolo. 

Reserved

The Yurt

Triple occupancy - $1600 USD per person

Enjoy a glamping experience in your own yurt. 

Queen and two single beds, bathroom located just steps outside of the yurt

Reserved

The Quad

Double - $1730 USD per person 

Four single beds, en suite bathroom, direct access to gardens. 

1 space available 

La Paglietella 

Two rooms available in this eco-friendly straw house!

Single occupancy - $2150 USD 

Double occupancy - $1730 USD per person

Two single beds, en suite bathroom with bath, rooms with view of olive groves and direct access to gardens. 

**If requesting double occupancy please reserve with traveling companions.

Room 1 - Reserved

Room 2 - Reserved

At this time two spaces are available!

A wait list is also available for anyone that would like to be notified if additional space should become available. Please email to register and to request being on the list. 

Jaime Boswell

Jaime's passions in life include yoga, travel, adventure, and sharing these things with others. Her mission in business and in life is to help others find more joyful living through yoga. Experiencing a yoga retreat is one of the ways that Jaime has seen students really open to the peace and joy that yoga can bring. As a therapeutic yoga teacher, Jaime also believes in meeting students where there are, and helping them to find a practice that is just right for their unique mind, body and spirit. Jaime has been teaching since 2006, and during that time has had the privilege to continue growing as a student and teacher of yoga. Her formal teacher training has primarily been in the Kripalu tradition, with a 200-hr certification in Kripalu Yoga, an 800-hour certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy with Joseph LePage at the Kripalu School of Yoga, and continual study with other teachers. Jaime’s teaching does not reflect one particular type of yoga, but is influenced by the array of teachers and traditions that have inspired her over the years. Her classes can be described as heart-centered, alignment-based, where students are encouraged to find personal challenge while maintaining a sense of ease.

Kathy Fotterall

Kathy, "a Warrior Goddess in the Wisdom Years”, has spent the last 12 years studying and practicing Yoga. She received her initial 200 hour certification in 2008 from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and went on to complete the 500 hour level training in Yoga Therapy with the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. With a deep passion for health, Kathy has investigated a variety of healing modalities, including in depth studies in Positional Therapy with Lee Albert at Kripalu. Trainings with Yoganand Michael Carroll, Tias Little, Stephen Cope, and Marlysa Sullivan have all helped Kathy to bring more awareness and healing to herself, and a deeper understanding from which she can fully share all the benefits of yoga with students and friends. Kathy brings to her teaching an enthusiastic belief that the mat is your refuge - the place to be you without judgment, the place of compassion and acceptance to trust yourself first, listen to your body and move into stillness. Kathy steps onto her mat as the teacher with deep gratitude for the wisdom her teachers and students share with her.   

The Cottage

Triple - $1600 USD per person

Double - $1730 USD per person 

Queen bed, single bed, and bathroom upstairs, with a day bed, living and dining space downstairs. 

**please reserve with traveling companions.

Reserved

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Whole Soul Wellness Yoga

Tel: 239-851-5351

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