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Tuscany 2019

 
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Step into a world of possibility, exquisite food, beautiful culture, and an environment that will expand your health and well-being.  Join Suzanne Lynch and Grace in Nature LLC for an amazing trip. Early Birds save $500 when you sign up by March 31! Just 13 spots still open!   

Italy is a country of incredible beauty and we’ll be staying in one of it’s most gorgeous regions. On this trip we’ll explore medieval hilltop towns, sun-drenched vineyards, Renaissance art and architecture, and stunning landscapes.

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Highlignts of this retreat…

We’ll spend our first night in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and often referred to as an open-air museum. The next day we depart for our home-base for the rest of the trip, Spannocchia, a magical estate with eight centuries of history.  It’s located on 1,100 acres, next to a nature preserve in the hills of Tuscany. There’s a castle, terraced gardens, orchards, and vineyards on this working organic farm. Spannocchia is a unique place, committed to preserving the original agricultural property and dedicated to promoting sustainable living. The Tenuta of Spannocchia produces certified organic olive oil, wine, and their vegetable garden provides produce for their authentic and delicious Tuscan seasonal cuisine.

We will be staying in the Castello di Spannocchia’s Villa. These rooms occupy the original structure, built in the 16th century, and expanded in the 18th century.  It is furnished with historic paintings, original antiques, and family heirlooms. The views are superb.

There will be optional daily morning yoga classes and meditation, as well as sessions of relaxing yoga in the late afternoon.  Hikes will be offered to those who’d like to explore the nature preserve, and the pool is still open for swimming in early September.

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.

The City of Florence

The City of Florence

 

 What’s included on this trip…

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Included:

  • We’ll be guided on tours at Spannocchia through the Castello and its grounds. Our tour of the farm and gardens will help us better understand the history of Spannocchia, it's connection to the International Slow Food Movement, and more about sustainable living. (Depending on the weather, we might even get to help with the grape harvest.)

  • Led day hikes on the Spannocchia grounds and the Merse Nature Preserve by Bruce Maslack MD.  Bruce will offer a variety of optional led hikes.  We  will also allow plenty of free time for your own hikes on the property, visits with animals, relaxing by the pool or just reading in your room.  

  • Wine tasting and tour of the award winning vineyard, Podere di Ripi in Montalcino, with a stop in the Pienza.  Pienza is a charming small city with superb examples of Renaissance architecture, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site within the stunningly beautiful region of Val d’Orcia.

  • A day in the medieval walled city of Siena.  We’ll go on a 2 hour walking tour with Art Historian, Federica Testa, PhD candidate, who will help us understand the incredible past of Siena, and what’s unique about life there today. A visit to the massive and beautiful Duomo includes the museum tower where we’ll enjoy an incredible view of the city.

  • Excursion to the Renaissance Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, located in the scenic Crete Senesi. Founded in 1313, this Abby is a luminous oasis of peace and beauty. We’ll tour the original library, pharmacy, and the Great Cloister with frescos by Sodoma, considered to be masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

  • We’ll gather for a celebration dinner in Colle Val d’Elsa at a Tuscan farm to table restaurant, with a walking tour of that historic city.

  • Optional Daily Morning yoga and meditation, and afternoon restorative yoga, to make your vacation a truly rejuvenating experience.  Classes are supportive for all levels, no experience necessary.

  • All lodging in Florence and Spannocchia, and meals from 9/1-9/8 are included. All excursions are included, as well as van transportation between Florence and our base, Spannocchia. On 9/8, at the completion of the retreat, van transportation will be provided back to Florence airport after breakfast. Airfare is not included.


Our itinerary 

  • Saturday, 8/31: Arrival in Florence. Explore the city on your own.  

  • Sunday, 9/1: Breakfast together at the Hotel, enjoy a morning walk before 11am, when we depart to Spannocchia. Settle into our home for the week, afternoon restorative yoga.

  • Monday, 9/2: Tours of our Spannocchia, special afternoon restorative yoga, an effective and relaxing antidote to jet lag.

  • Tuesday, 9/3: Afternoon tour of the Podere di Ripi Vineyard with a stop in Pienza.

  • Wednesday, 9/4: Full day at Spannochia: hikes, yoga, swimming, relaxing

  • Thursday, 9/5: Full day in Siena with walking tour and visit to the Duomo.

  • Friday, 9/6: Half day at Spannocchia, afternoon travel to the Abbey of Monte Olivete Maggiore in the Crete Senesi.

  • Saturday, 9/7: Late afternoon walking tour in Colle Val’d’Elsa with dinner at Sbarbacipollo, a farm-to-table restaurant.

  • Sunday, 9/8: Depart for Florence.

Total cost: (excluding airfare) $4,497 with an early bird discount of $500 if paid in full ($3,997) by March 31, 2019!

A $750 non-refundable deposit will secure your space (space is limited to just 15 participants) and the remainder is due on or before July 15, 2019.

Questions: Please email Grace In Nature or call Karen Score at 518-312-7337. You can also call Suzanne with questions at 518-588-5542.

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