Retreat Details

Dates  –  September 30 - October 7, 2017

Retreat Prices, per person –

Early Bird (thru May 15) / Regular

Double (shared bath)  $2225 / $2400
Double (private bath)  $2330 / $2515
Single (shared bath)*  $2500 / $2700
Deluxe Single (private bath)*  $2895 / $3125
*limited availability

Arrival: Fly from North America on Friday 9/29; Arrive in Italy and transfer to the villa on Saturday 9/30 — either via the group transfer from Lucca, or on your own

Departure: Anytime on Saturday 10/7
OR  Join the Add-On Itinerary (details below)


Add-On Itinerary Details

Dates  –  October 7 - 10, 2017

Add-On Trip Cost, per person –

Early Bird (thru 5/15) / Regular

Double  $1325 / $1395
Premium Double   $1465 / $1540
Single*  $1565 / $1645
*limited availability

Retreat Overview

Join Ananda Expeditions for a 7-day/7-night yoga + adventure retreat that comprises daily Vinyasa yoga practices (all-levels), adventurous hiking and sightseeing excursions led by local guides, an array of culinary and cultural experiences, and ample time for relaxing or exploring the area on your own.

In addition to its picturesque locale in the hills above Lucca, the villa boasts comfortable lodging in four beautifully-renovated buildings, an outdoor salt-water pool, and delicious meals of farm-to-table vegetarian Tuscan cuisine — complete with local olive oil and wine. We have access to a fully-equipped yoga studio, as well as multiple outdoor spaces should we prefer to practice overlooking the valley below.

During the week, we'll practice daily, explore the walled city of Lucca by bike with a local guide, walk to a neighboring winery for a tour and tasting, learn how to cook traditional Tuscan dishes from Elena-Maria, and take a day-trip to the breathtaking beaches and cliff-side villages of Cinque Terre. You can also opt in for additional outings — including an evening out at the opera in Lucca, an excursion to the artists' community of Pietrasanta, and/or massage treatments on-site.

This is your chance to take your practice abroad and treat yourself to the active vacation you've been craving!

Retreat Daily Schedule

Day 0 — Friday (9/29)
Depart, if you're flying from North America (or elsewhere outside Europe), for the overnight flight to Italy.

Day 1 — Saturday (9/30)
Plan to arrive at the Lucca train station to catch the group transfer to the villa, or make your own way. Check-in at the villa at 4 PM. Settle into your room, then unwind with a relaxed, grounding yoga practice. Enjoy your first farm-to-table vegetarian meal, complete with local olive oil and wine, before retiring for a good night's sleep.

Days 2 - 6 — Sunday - Friday (10/1 - 10/6)
While the schedule is subject to change, here's an outline of the two types of typical days:


Variant 1:

  8:30/9 AM    Breakfast

  10:30 AM-1:30 PM    Guided Walk / Cooking Class / Free Time

  1:30/2 PM    Lunch

  4:30-6:30 PM    Yoga Practice (including long savasana)

  7:30 PM    Dinner

Variant 2:

  6:30-7 AM    Quick, Light Breakfast

  7 AM    Depart for Cinque Terre Day Trip

  6 PM    Return to Villa

  6:30-8 PM  Yoga Practice (including long savasana)

  8:30 PM    Dinner


Day 7 — Saturday (10/7)
Rise early for an optional final yoga practice before our farewell breakfast. We'll check-out at 9:30 AM.

Then, join the group transfer back to central Lucca, or continue on your own way....


Join the Add-On Itinerary, detailed below.

Add-On Itinerary Overview

Day 7 — Saturday (10/7)
We'll make the drive to Florence and check in at our hotel near Piazza San Marco. You'll have the opportunity to join for a walking tour of Florence, or you can choose to wander the charming city on your own. Enjoy dinner out on your own (recommendations provided).

Day 8 — Sunday (10/8)
After a leisurely breakfast, we'll continue south through Chianti to Castello di Meleto, where we'll spend the next two nights. Settle into your comfortable accommodations before joining for a yoga practice — or enjoy free time in which you can explore the grounds and gardens, take a dip in the salt water pool, or relax with a book on the lawn. Later, we'll visit nearby Castello di Brolio, which boasts spectacular views from its hilltop and a fantastic wine-tasting.

Day 9 — Monday (10/9)
Visit Siena, then continue on to Montalcino for lunch. From here, you'll have the option to hike 10 km down valley to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a Benedictine monastery reputedly founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century. Enjoy a grounding evening yoga practice when we return to our villa, followed by a special farewell “Gala Dinner” in the castle.

Day 10 — Tuesday (10/10)
We'll depart Chianti via San Gimignano en route to Pisa, where our time together ends. You'll spend your final night in a hotel near the Pisa airport (which I'm happy to help you find and reserve, but which is not included in the trip cost).

Please contact Michael at mlh@anandaexpeditions.com if you have questions or need help with the registration process.

What's Included:

  - 7 nights' accommodation at villa, linens and towels
  - 3 vegetarian meals daily, except one lunch and one dinner out
  - Local wine at dinner (1/2 bottle per person, per night)
  - Unlimited fruit, water, and herbal tea throughout the day. (Tea and coffee-making facilities are available in each house.)
  - All group transportation, including one transfer from Lucca to villa (9/30), and back to Lucca (10/7)
  - Daily yoga practice and use of yoga room, yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters, plus additional yoga mats for use outdoors
  - Use of outdoor salt-water pool and common areas
  - Planned activities (including day trip to Cinque Terre, tour of Lucca, cooking class, and winery visit), entrance fees, and local guides
  - Wi-fi
  - Use of laundry facilities in each house (€ 3 per load)

Add-On Itinerary:
  - 3 nights’ accommodation
  - 3 breakfasts (10/8-10), special “gala dinner” in the castle (10/9)
  - All group transportation to accommodations and scheduled activities during add-on itinerary (10/7-10), including transfer to central Pisa the evening of 10/10
  - Optional yoga practices on 10/8, 10/9
  - Planned activities — including tour and winetasting at Castello di Brolio, day trip to Siena and Montalcino, visit to San Gimignano

What's Not Included:

- Airfare from/to your home city
  - Ground transportation to/from arrival airport to Lucca, and transfers from/to Lucca outside the one scheduled pick-up on arrival day and drop-off on departure day*
  - One lunch, one dinner, and any other additional meals
  - Supplemental activities (i.e. massages, shopping, opera, etc.) and transportation outside planned group activities
  - Short-term traveler's insurance
  - Other travel-related expenses
  - Teacher/guide gratuities
* Transfer from arrival airport can be arranged and provided for an additional fee

Add-On Itinerary:
  - Accommodation the night of 10/10
  - Meals not noted in “What’s Included”
  - Transportation to any departure city other than Pisa on 10/10
  - Supplemental, personal activities (i.e. shopping, optional activities), including any transportation
  - Other travel-related expenses
  - Teacher/guide gratuities

Payment Schedule & Cancellation Policy

- $500 deposit to reserve space
- Balance due ASAP / by July 1, 2017 at the latest

Cancellation Policy
Should circumstances arise that result in your canceling your reservation, Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. will refund payment less a cancellation fee as follows (computed based on date of receipt of written cancellation):

  Days Prior to Trip:
   More than 120 days
91 – 120 days
46 – 90 days
45 days or less

Cancellation Fee:
  $100 admin fee
  100% of deposit
0% of trip cost
  100% of trip cost

Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure in the event that cancellation is deemed necessary or wise. Such conditions might include, but are not limited to, insufficient participant registration or other logistical challenges that would negatively affect trip operation. The refund of all payments received shall release Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. from any further liability. Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. is not responsible for non-recoverable expenses incurred by clients in preparation for a cancelled trip, including airfare.