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Location of Retreat
:   Lucca, Tuscany
Yoga Type
:   Non-specific
Retreat Type
:   Yoga, Meditation
:   Mountain, Getaway
Guest Suitability
:   Singles, Couple, Group
Timing/ Duration
:   July
:   EUR 1275
Price Classification
:   Luxury
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Marije will offer you tools that help you be more effective by doing less, so you will have more time to relax and enjoy. During this retreat you will practice yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and exercises in awareness that you can use every day no matter where you are, or what you do. This retreat is open to all levels, and is a great way to get deeper into the practice of yoga. Beginners are welcomed to practice at their own level of comfort.  

Villa Benvenuti is intimate and can accommodate up to 14 people. Rooms are spacious, light and decorated in a simple and elegant style. There are 4 twin rooms with shared bath room (8 places), and 3 twin rooms with en-suite bath room (6 places).

Villa Benvenuti is a 17th century country villa set amongst 28 hectares of natural woodlands.

Restored to the highest standards, everything at Villa Benvenuti has been arranged with nature and simplicity in mind - traditional terracotta tile flooring and wooden beams, simple and elegant furnishings and beautiful outdoor living spaces. Guest rooms are spacious and stylish, each one distinct from the other. Living areas include a dining room with fireplace, summer sitting room, library, a large drawing room and a country kitchen with a terrace for alfresco dining.

The grounds are extensive and lush with both formal and informal garden areas. There are several grassed terraces for enjoying the beautiful vistas, a secret garden waiting to be discovered, bubbling fountains and sheltered spaces for meditation, reading or relaxing. A swimming pool is set away from the house in a rustic setting amongst olive groves and oak trees and simple cotton hammocks are sprinkled throughout the estate in unexpected places of beauty.

Wine, olive oil, herbs, vegetables & fruit are all produced in abundance on the estate and are available to guests all year round.

The location of Villa Benvenuti is unique in that it is lies cocooned amongst forested hills, olive groves and unspoilt nature, yet it is only 15 minutes from the beautiful medieval city of Lucca - voted by Forbes magazine to be the second most idyllic place to live in Europe and number one in Italy!

"I just wanted to say a very BIG belated thank you for facilitating the most magical week I have had in way to many years to remember. I really enjoyed the yoga retreat and felt like it awakened a part of me that had been laying doormat for WAY TO LONG!! I came away from the week feeling both mentally, physically and emotionally energised." - Laura (Australia)

"You are a great and inspiring teacher. I highly appreciated the fact that you took extra care of me (being pregnant). I really enjoyed the retreat, the people, the location and the food.
I had a great and relaxing time." - U.S. (Germany)

7:00 - 9:00
Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation
Breakfast with fresh detox juice

Free time to relax
Optional excursion

Vegetarian lunch cooked by local cook

Free time to relax
Optional excursion

17:30 - 19:00

Vegetarian dinner cooked by local cook

Getting There:
By Air
If you are flying into Italy, the closest international airports are Pisa & Florence.

Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei) is 35 minutes away by car .

Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways serve the UK. Delta flies direct to NYC and there are numerous flights to Germany, France, Switzerland and the rest of Europe.

Florence International Airport is approx 1 hour by car and has many flights to connecting hubs within Europe.

Airport transfers to and from Pisa and Florence can be arranged upon request

By Train
All airports are connected via the Italian railway system. Lucca train station is the closest station to Villa Benvenuti. It is 10 minutes by taxi or we can arrange for pick-up and drop-off.

By Car
Villa Benvenuti is located in San Macario in Monte – a small village approx 15 minutes from Lucca.

A map showing the route from Pisa, Florence and Lucca to Villa Benvenuti will be supplied with confirmation of booking.

From Pisa take the A11 Highway (Pisa Nord-Firenze), exit at Lucca

From Florence: take the A11 Highway (Firenze-Pisa Nord), exit at Lucca.

From Rome : take the A1 Highway (Roma-Milano), enter the A11 Highway (Firenze-Pisa Nord), at Firenze (direction Pisa Nord), exit at Lucca.

From Milan : take the A1 Highway (Milano-Roma), enter the A15 Highway at Parma Ovest (direction La Spezia), enter the A12 Highway after Aulla (direction Livorno), enter the A11 Highway at Viareggio (direction Firenze), exit at Lucca.

From Genova : take the A12 Highway (Genova-Livorno), enter the A11 Highway at Viareggio (direction Firenze), exit at Lucca.

Car hire: The main car hire companies operate from Pisa and Florence airports, car hire is also available in Lucca.

We recommend Rhino Car Hire for the cheapest rates in Italy. Discounted rates are available for our guests so please contact us for more details.

Taxis: There are plenty of taxis available either at the railway station, Piazza Napoleone in the centre of Lucca or Piazzale Verdi by the bus station.

Buses: There are local buses which serve San Macario in Piano and buses which serve all the main towns and cities in Tuscany which depart from Piazzale Verdi in Lucca

Food Options
Wine, olive oil, herbs, vegetables and fruit are all produced in abundance on the estate of Villa Benvenuti and will form the basis of all delicious vegetarian meals, prepared by a local Italian cook.

Pricing & Terms ( Including Cancellation )
EUR 1275 (twin / shared bath) per person
EUR 1525 (twin / en-suite bath) per person

Private rooms are sold out.

Register with a friend discount:
register together with a friend and each receive EUR 50 off (only shared rooms).

A non-refundable deposit of EUR 300 is requested at time of booking.

Payment in full is due 6 weeks prior to the start of the retreat.

You will receive a registration form once we receive the confirmation from you. By paying the deposit you agree to the applicability of our Cancellation Policy and our Limitation of Liability.

Cancellation Policy
* Once the deposit or the full balance has been paid, cancellations must be made in writing to Be Your Own Yoga.
* In the case you cancel your booking later then 6 weeks prior to the retreat, we will charge 50% of the full retreat price.
* Your deposit is non-transferable.
* No refunds will be made for failure to attend or to complete the retreat.
* Refunds will be made in full in the case the retreat is canceled because of insufficient registrations. Be Your Own Yoga reserves the right to cancel the retreat in the case there are less than 10 participants.
* Our cancellation policy is not negotiable.

What to expect?
This retreat will offer you ample time to recharge and relax. The location of beautiful Villa Benvenuti will only add to the sense of being completely away from it all. Do not expect high-speed wifi internet access and unlimited cell phone service. If you are looking for a yoga practice that offers you purely a physical work-out, you may be disappointed. Yet, if you are longing for tranquility, connecting back to yourself, a yoga practice that is alternately gentle and challenging, and want to learn tools to be in the present moment, also when you are back in your busy daily life, this retreat is for you!


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