Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.
— Anna Akhmatova, poet

Benvenuti in Italia!

Welcome to a week-long yoga, walking, foodie and cultural immersion in the artful lifestyle and sublime landscape of Tuscany! You will be embraced into the best of authentic Tuscan life and welcomed like family on a fabulous, rustic-chic farm-estate. Yoga will open us to receive the offerings of the day. Not to mention gourmet farm-to-table cooking at every meal, excellent regional wines, and our wonderful Italian crew taking care of every little thing with grace, passion, and joy – Viva! 

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 Overview

This year, the retreat is dedicated to women – it's going to be a joyful week!

We will settle into our beautiful lodgings near the jewel-like town of Pienza for the entire week – so you can succumb to la dolce vita, the sweet life.

Slow down and savor like a local. Being here has a magical way of renewing your love for the simple beauty of life. You'll return rejuvenated, with a deep sense of wellbeing.

Set in the heart of the most beautiful region of Tuscany, our location is perfect for exploring the surrounding towns both famous and secret.

 The charming atmosphere and comfortable beauty of the farmstead make it an ideal setting to relax and draw on your creative energy.

The charming atmosphere and comfortable beauty of the farmstead make it an ideal setting to relax and draw on your creative energy.

With mesmerizing views of the magnificent Val d'Orcia countryside in every direction, our historic property is a rare gem off the tourist path... read more about the area

Our Days 

Our days begin with morning yoga followed by a bountiful farm breakfast – buon apetito!

A walk/hike excursion will be offered most days, other days feature outings further afield to a gorgeous art-town for exploring, and more.

Our walking itineraries will fan out from our base, covering some of the most beautiful terrain in all of Tuscany. Each walk will have a unique flavor and style, with visits to hilltop towns and abbeys, gorgeous villages, sublime views –  and some will include hot springs soaks! We'll walk the Via Francigena pilgrimage path to Bagno Vignoni, an ancient hot springs known since Roman times. Our outings will incorporate lots of local culture (and foodie everything), history and lore, to enhance your experience of this mythic land where the hand of man has worked in harmony with nature for millennia.

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Our Doings

All activities are optional. You are always invited to do as much or as little as you wish. Deep relaxation on the peaceful grounds of our estate, by the pool, or assisting the chef at our farmhouse are wonderful choices. Italians cultivate “sweet doing-nothing”. They call this esteemed practice: dolce far niente.

On most afternoons we will also enjoy a restorative yoga session, to unwind from the day's activities. Then it's sunset aperitivo time with free-flowing prosecco and local antipasti. Salute!

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Our Digs 

Our country estate is rustic-chic, comfortable and very beautiful, and features a pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and massages in their little spa, in the midst of authentic Tuscan splendor. Professional kitchen with excellent dining – run by the owners, our host my friend Alessandro Capitoni, and his excellent team including Fabrizio, Massimo, and chef Gianni, who all add unforgettable charm to the experience. Lovely rooms, all with private bathrooms, and a breathtaking setting immersed in the classic Val d'Orcia countryside. The podere has become a very sought-after address!  Read more about the setting

Our Yoga

Morning yoga sessions will awaken and energize with clear, alignment instruction for all levels.

We bring mindful awareness to the innate intelligence of the body, develop focus and clarity, and enjoy the present moment while building stability and strength. Integrated, functional core movement and breath.

Our purpose will be to support our greatest vitality as our bodies change and we progress on the path of life.

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All levels of yoga experience are welcome, with individual stages of practice to honor and address each student.

In the late afternoon a restorative yoga session is offered, to assist recovery, balance the nervous system, and learn simple, take-home practices that help reduce stress.  

We will practice outdoors in a pavilion in the garden, or indoors in an old stone room with natural light.

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Our Leader

As a longtime former resident of Tuscany, Julia is at home in Italy and is fluent in Italian. While living in Tuscany for nearly 10 years, she attended the Florence Academy of Art, and has led dozens of retreats in the region, including painting intensives and cycling trips, in addition to food&wine, yoga, and culture retreats.

Read more about your retreat leader, Julia Ingersoll, click here

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For traveler's reviews of Tuscany Passion, please click here

Such a fantastic experience! The food, the wine, the places, the people, the yoga and the endless adventures I will never forget and I only yearn to be immersed in such a life as soon as I can. You are a strong light Julia that I just adore. Thank you so much for Tuscany!
— Jane England Abbott, CAN
Along with your Italian friends you shared so much beauty and grace with all of us. Italy is of course amazing, but would not have been the same without all of you. You created such magic it really moved the spirit of Italy down into a deep cellular level. We were all very lucky! So thanks again.
— Kim Evans, VT, USA
Thank you so much for sharing your passion for Italy and for yoga and for life with us. We created memories that will last a lifetime and return to the States refreshed and renewed. We deeply appreciated all the details you prepared to make every meal, every destination and every day so perfect. I hope our paths will cross again in a meaningful way. Thank you for sharing your abundant wisdom with us.
— Judith Schindler and Chip Wallace
What could be better than a holiday in Tuscany?  A foodie & yoga holiday with fabulous Julia in Tuscany!  Julia was a world class professional mountain biker in a former life, and is currently one of the best yoga teachers, and a professional artist.  She is super organized, speaks the languages, very caring, and has the most energy & passion of anyone I know.  She has wonderful, talented friends who will become your friends, too, as she takes you to Pienza and around.  You’ll walk with her friends who are a family of wine makers and artists with one of the first private wineries in Tuscany - which you get to visit!  The food!  The wine!  Stay at a stunning old stone farmhouse (run by more of her friends) with inside & outside yoga studios & the best cappuccinos.  And the secret charming places Julia knows; I could go on. . .  And I am - going on her trips again & again!  
— Tricia Armstrong, a Canadian in Tuscon, AZ
 Tuscan landscapes by Julia Ingersoll                                                           

Tuscan landscapes by Julia Ingersoll                                                           

What's Included and the Full Scoop:

Retreat Cost: $3500*  Includes just about everything. The retreat is structured so you will have a fulfilling experience with great ease.
• 8 days/7 nights accommodation on a magical country estate, lovingly restored, and run by its owners. Comfortable, double-occupancy room with private bathroom. (limited singles available).
• All sumptuous, amazing meals for the week, except for two lunches out. Some of our meals will be enjoyed in hand-picked local restaurants, and wine-estates, and many meals will be the amazing feasts served at our farm, which is a foodie's dream.
• Daily Yoga sessions. We will have an energizing morning session and a restorative session on most afternoons to unwind deepen our practice. All yoga props provided.                             • All Daily excursions to villages, abbeys, sites, cultural explorations in art towns, artist's visits. The sublime countryside surrounding our retreat-home also encompasses many of the region's most beautiful towns. Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, Siena, Arezzo, and Cortona are among the selection of exquisite places we visit.                                                               •  Local Guides and a Support Van will accompany most of our walks, adding local color and knowledge, (and a lift partway for those who wish to walk less!)
• Vineyard visits and winery tours with wonderful local wine-producers (off-the-beaten-track and richly authentic), including tastings with hearty local accompaniments.
• Guided tour of one of the Tuscan art cities (each trip is a different) with a passionate and inspiring native guide. (Arezzo and/or Cortona are on the menu for 2018!)
• Authentic and fun cooking class with Gianni Folegnani, the wonderful chef of our estate. Prepare a four-course meal which will be our dinner-feast.
• Taste, Sip, Savor, and Indulge in one of the world’s most luscious and artful culinary traditions – from olive oil, cheese, and wines to foraged delights from farm and forest. Delight all your senses and learn from the passionate local experts.
*Not included in retreat price: Airfare to Italy, transfer to the retreat, 2 lunches out.

A $500 deposit is due upon registration to hold your place, with the remaining balance due 90 day before start of the retreat. Prices are for shared occupancy. Limited single rooms are available on request with a $500 supplement .  **Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated

Registration

The Passion retreats are very popular and fill quickly. It is recommended to reserve your space by placing your deposit for registration early. 

Our group is limited to a small size (up to 12 max) to enhance the quality of the experience, and will be given on a first-come/first-served basis.

For Travel and Planning Details, click here