Yoga with Suzanne Lynch
Italy is a country of incredible beauty and we’ll be staying in one of its most gorgeous regions. On this trip we will explore medieval hilltop towns, sun-drenched vineyards, Renaissance art and architecture, and stunning landscapes.
We’ll support your body, mind, and heart, with optional morning yoga classes as well as optional art and photography sessions in the late afternoon. No prior experience necessary for either of these activities.
After two nights in the middle of bustling Florence we will travel to our home-base for the trip, Spannocchia, a magical estate with eight centuries of history. There’s a castle, terraced gardens, orchards, and vineyards on this working organic farm. And of course, the views are superb. Our excursions will take us to the volcanic hot springs in this region, a wine tasting in beautiful Brunello country at Podere il Ripi, and into the the UNESCO World Heritage site within the stunningly beautiful region of Val d’Orcia..
As visitors here we’ll enjoy one of the most scenic, tranquil spots on earth, and have the opportunity to experience daily life on a historic working farm, surrounded by beauty and immersed in la dolce vita.
Suzanne has spent the last 25 years helping people live healthier, happier lives. She has been committed to living and teaching a holistic lifestyle, first as an N.A.C.C. Chaplain, working in hospitals, with the Red Cross, and in hospice, in her years as a yoga teacher and studio owner, and in her work as a health coach. She has extensive experience working with clients, addressing their wellness challenges, and providing them with assistance to look and feel their best. She is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and offers online courses and yoga classes.
In addition, Suzanne has traveled extensively in Italy over the past 14 years and has hosted several retreats in Tuscany. This trip is a deep dive into Italian Culture, and, if you are open to it, a life changing experience.
Itinerary for the 2022 Tuscany Retreat:
All excursions are included, as well as van transportation between Florence and our base, Spannocchia. At the completion of the retreat, van transportation will be provided back to Florence airport/train station after breakfast. Airfare is not included.
Almost all meals are included There may be 2 to 3 lunches participants need to purchase, and, dinners in Florence are not included. (Although we are happy to guide you to a place for dinner!)
Day 1: Tuesday 8/30: Afternoon arrival in Florence at the Hotel Pendini, located in the heart of the city. As the group gathers you’ll have free time to explore Florence.
Day 2: Wednesday 8/31: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast together at the Hotel Pendini, and attend a group meeting to get to know one another. Our day starts with a guided 10 am walking tour of the city. We’ll have some free time and then In the afternoon continue with our guide and explore more of the city.
Day 3: Thursday 9/1: Breakfast together at the Hotel Pendini with a 10am departure for our “base camp” for the rest of the week, Spannocchia. We will have time to settle into our new home, with afternoon restorative yoga before dinner.
Day 4: Friday 9/2: Full day at Spannochia: optional yoga, swimming, relaxing, and a 2 hour photography lesson with Jackie Tune.
Day 5: Saturday 9/3: Tour of the award winning Podere Le Ripi Vineyard with a stop for lunch in scenic Pienza. We’ll have dinner in charming Colle di Val d’Elsa.
Day 6: Sunday 9/4: Full day at Spannochia: hikes, yoga, swimming, relaxing. Art in the afternoon with Jacquline Tune.
Day 7: Monday 9/5: A half-day at the San Giovanni Baths in Rapolano. Rejuvenate the way Italians have been doing for centuries. We’ll return to Spannocchia after lunch.
Day 8: Tuesday 9/6: Full day at Spannochia: hikes, yoga, swimming, relaxing. Art in the afternoon with Jackie Tune.
Day 9: Wednesday 9/7: Full day at Spannochia: hikes, yoga, swimming, relaxing, with a final farewell group meeting and our last art session with Jackie Tune.
Day 10: Thursday 9/8: Breakfast together and then early departures for Florence, vans stop at the train station and the Florence airport.