Tuscany Retreat

Yoga Retreat
Tuscany, Italy
17-22 September 2015
yoga, art, and wine

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Join Rachel for a 5 night/6 day yoga retreat at Nittardi Estate and enjoy the history, tradition, and culture of Tuscany in the heart of Italy’s wine region


Check-In: 2:00 PM Thursday, 17th September 2015
Check-Out:  11:00 AM Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Nittardi Estate, Tuscany, on the border between Florence and Siena
675 Euro in double sharing room
**Early Registration Discount: Register before July 31st and receive 50 Euro discount
Space is limited to 10 students.
Morning classes will be a blend of Ashtanga and dynamic Vinyasa Flow
Afternoon classes will be a mix of restorative, Yin, meditation, and pranayama
Healthy, local vegetarian meals will be served at breakfast and dinner.  Coffee, tea, wine, and grappa included in retreat package.  Students will also have access to vegetables grown on the estate for lunch time meals.

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About Nittardi Estate

Nittardi is a boutique winery situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, with vineyards in Chianti Classico and the Maremma.

The Nittardi Estate, on the boundary between the provinces of Siena and Florence, was originally a defensive tower known as early as 1183 by the name of “Nectar Dei” (The Nectar of the God). In the 16th century, the vast property belonged to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti.  As homage to Michelangelo, the unique combination of art and wine is still cultivated today at Nittardi. 


Students will be housed at the 2 apartments at Casa Padronale (the main house) on Nittardi Estate.  Each apartment has 3 bedrooms (sharing double rooms) , a kitchen, and a large living room.  Breakfast and dinner meals will be held in the main dining room of Casa Padronale that is separate from the 2 apartments.  Guests have full access to the private pool and wi-fi throughout the apartments.  Please visit www.nittardi.com for full details.

Apartment Torre di Michelangelo

Complete medieval stone tower with approx. 120 m² over three floors; romantic, with a wonderful view in all directions, large living room with fireplace, kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms.

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Apartment Vasari

Comfortable, spacious apartment on the first floor with approx. 140 m². Large living room with fireplace, three bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and additional separate WC.


Food and wine

Breakfast and dinner are included in the retreat package.  All meals will be vegetarian, traditional Italian cuisine cooked with local and fresh ingredients.  Dinner will include starters, first, main courses, and dessert.  Sample dishes include focaccia breads, tomato bruschettas, gnocci with pesto, vegetable lasagna, tagliatelle with porcini, risottos, fig and gorgonzola pies, grilled vegetables, tuscan cheeses, fruit tarts, pies, and cookies.  All meals will be made by expert chefs on-site and served family style in the large communal dining area of the main house.

For lunch time meals students may utilize the gardens on-site to find fresh summer vegetables.  There is a fully equipped kitchen in each apartment.  There will also be access to a car for those wanting to drive to the closest market to shop for necessary items.

**Accommodations can be made for special requests (gluten-free, vegan, meat-eating, allergies, etc) as long as noted at time of booking**


Photo Credit: Jared van Earle

Photo Credit: Jared van Earle


This retreat is an intermediate level retreat.  Students should have a regular yoga practice and be familiar with intermediate yoga postures and practices before joining.

Each day will include a dynamic morning practice from 8:00-10:00 AM of either a Vinyasa Flow class, or a mixture of Ashtanga Primary and Secondary series postures.  We will begin each morning session with a short pranayama and meditation practice before beginning asanas.

Afternoon classes will be held from 17:30 – 18:30 and will vary from restorative, Yin yoga, and meditation and pranayama practices.

2 optional alignment clinics will be held during the retreat according to the needs and requests of the students participating and at the discretion of the lead teacher (Rachel).

Yoga classes will be held either pool-side or outdoors at the boule lane (weather permitting).  If there is rain, we will use the large communal living room in the apartment to hold class indoors.

*Students are requested to bring your own yoga mat, as the space is not yet operational as a yoga studio*


8:00 – 10:00 AM Morning asana practice (dynamic)
10:00 – 11:00 AM Breakfast
11:00 AM – 17:30 PM FREE Time
-On 2 afternoons there will be optional alignment workshops 15:30 – 17:00
-1 afternoon optional Sienna day trip
17:30 – 18:30 PM Afternoon restorative practice
19:30 PM Dinner

*On the day of arrival 17th September, there will be an afternoon asana practice; on the day of departure 22nd September, there will be a morning asana practice

Maremma vineyard olive Harvest


September is the month of grape harvesting at Nittardi.  Guests are welcome to witness the process of the harvest at the vineyards and learn about the rich tradition of wine making in the region.  Wine and olive oil tastings will be conducted for the yoga group.

On-site you will find a private swimming pool, Boccia lane, Ping-Pong, manicured gardens, and a sculpture garden.  These are available at all times for guests to enjoy.

One afternoon trip will be organized to Sienna, though guests might find it agreeable to explore the surrounding area and towns during their free time.


  • Accommodation in double sharing room (5 nights)
  • 2 yoga classes per day (Morning dynamic practice; afternoon restorative practice)
  • 2 optional alignment workshops
  • 2 healthy, organic traditional Italian vegetarian meals per day
    (large breakfast and dinner)
    *Meat available upon request
  • All wine and grappa
  • Full use of facilities on-site including swimming pool, gardens, boule lane, and wi-fi
  • Day trip to Sienna
  • Airport transfer


  • Flight, travel insurance, transfers, travel expenses, etc
  • Lunch time meal
  • Additional excursions
  • Spa treatments/massages that might be available
  • Cancellation fees


Getting there

Nearest International Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola)

Fattoria Nittardi
Località Nittardi
53011 Castellina in Chianti SI

Booking Information

Non-refundable booking fee of 350 Euro is required in order to secure your spot on the retreat.  The rest of the balance will be due upon arrival in Tuscany.  Information on how to pay the booking fee will be sent upon registration.  Please fill out the form below to register and reserve your spot.