Italy Retreat 2024

a week of yoga in Tuscany!

Join Knut this Sep­tem­ber (21.–28.9.2024) and spend a week in a very spe­cial spot in Tus­cany, Italy.

our program

we prac­tice, eat and live togeth­er on this spe­cial prop­er­ty. Our pro­gram will allow for enough time to explore the sur­round­ings of this mag­i­cal place and enjoy the amaz­ing atmos­phere of Tuscany.

Our day starts with an extend­ed dynam­ic morn­ing prac­tice includ­ing asana, breath­ing and inputs from the yog­ic phi­los­o­phy, the class­es will make you smile, move and sweat. In the ses­sion Knut will pro­vide ways to include/utilize yog­ic phi­los­o­phy in every­day urban life. Our morn­ing ses­sion will take between 2 and 3 hours.

After our morn­ing ses­sion we will be treat­ed with a brunch buf­fet over­look­ing the sur­round­ing fields in this lush landscape.

There will be a late after­noon ses­sion which will end in time to watch the sun­set. The after­noon ses­sion designed to unwind body and mind will take up to 2 hours. It will con­sist of restora­tive and yin pos­es and deep­er stretch­es com­bined with a dive into select­ed aspect of the prac­tice (back­bends etc.).

Our whole yoga pro­gram will hence be more than 25 hours, enough to work on your tapas:)

On all days you will have more than enough time to explore the sur­round­ing areas, go to the sea or stay at our exclu­sive venue by the pool and enjoy la dolce vita.

In the evenings we will enjoy a buf­fet style din­ner out­doors (weath­er per­mit­ting) that might, upon your lik­ing, include drinks made of local grapes:)

The first day of our retreat will be Sep­tem­ber 21st 2024, the last day will be Sep­tem­ber 28th 2024. On our first day we will have a relaxed after­noon ses­sion designed to stretch and relax after your trav­els, on our last day the retreat ends after the morn­ing ses­sion fol­lowed by brunch.

Sun­sets and sun­rise are beau­ti­ful from Bor­go Belsedere because it is sit­u­at­ed on a lit­tle hill over­look­ing the sur­round­ing fields. This will be a week where you can just BE if you want — a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to our usu­al life in a city where we have to DO all the time. Remem­ber: this is the coun­try of “dolce far niente”. Of course there are many things you can explore in Tus­cany but when was the last time you watched both sun­rise and sun­set in one day?

accommodation

For our retreat we have rent­ed the beau­ti­ful Bor­go Belsedere (www.borgo-belsedere.com) for our exclu­sive use, mean­ing we will have the whole prop­er­ty for our­selves. Bor­go Belsedere ist not a hotel in the clas­si­cal sense, it s more a cen­tu­ry old farm with a man­sion in the mid­dle. It locat­ed on top of a small ridge offer­ing you an amaz­ing view.

The struc­ture of the build­ings has been pre­served and care­ful­ly curat­ed. Rooms at Bor­go Belsedere retain the divine sim­plic­i­ty of life in Tus­cany while being equipped with the nec­es­sary mod­ern ameni­ties. Rooms have two beds (some can be equipped with a third bed), some rooms share a bath­room. One bed in a dou­ble room includ­ing brunch and din­ner will be 1.080 €  — please note: if you have a room mate please com­mu­ni­cate this ear­ly so we can accom­mo­date your choice. If you want a sin­gle room (includ­ing brunch and din­ner) this will be 1.400 €.

Cost for accom­mo­da­tion and food will be paid direct­ly to Bor­go Belsedere, Knut will pro­vide bank­ing details upon con­firm­ing your room. In case of can­cel­la­tion up to one month ahead of the retreat you will receive 50% of the invest­ment back, there are no refunds for can­cel­la­tion under one month before the retreat.

Capac­i­ty at Bor­go Belsedere is lim­it­ed, please book as soon as possible.

Please be aware: while Tus­cany and the many towns and beach­es have mag­nif­i­cent allure, remem­ber that we have the whole place to our­selves, there is noth­ing you have to DO — you might spend hours sim­ply gaz­ing at the sun, relax­ing by the pool, watch­ing sun­sets, read­ing your favorite book etc. — maybe this is a week where you final­ly DO LESS? 

two yoga class­es a day (one dynam­ic, one relax­ing and unwind­ing) will pro­vide the per­fect back­drop for a week of dolce vita!

   

food and amenities

brunch/breakfast buf­fet

  • We offer a bal­anced & rich break­fast buf­fet. A pow­er break­fast with sea­son­al fruits, por­ridge, nuts & home­made granola.
  • Fresh bread with a selec­tion of veg­e­tar­i­an and veg­an spreads, local cheese and eggs.

Din­ner buffet

  • We offer typ­i­cal Ital­ian kitchen, hon­or­ing sea­son­al tastes.
  • From fresh organ­ic greens and toma­toes, to aro­mat­ic truf­fles and wine, we try to use as many prod­ucts as pos­si­ble from our own pro­duc­tion and local suppliers.

there will be local drinks made from grapes upon your lik­ing for dinner:)

contribution for yoga

425 € incl. all yoga class­es (2 per day, 7 days).

Accom­mo­da­tion and trav­el expens­es not included.

gettin there and around

The clos­est air­port to Bor­go Belsedere is Flo­rence (air­port code FLR) and it s about 1,5 hours away by car (Rome air­port is about 2 hours). The clos­est major rail­way sta­tion is also in Flo­rence, there s direct trains from Vien­na to Florence.

If you want to go to the beach, you can be in Gros­se­to and Cas­tiglione in about 1,5 hours.

want to join?

First come first served, lim­it­ed spots avail­able. please con­tact Knut via knut.rakus@gmail.com