I just started doing yoga, is this retreat right for me? Yes, my teaching fundamentals are brought to deliver learning and also reminders to each student. What I find in leading retreats is that most of your fellow retreaters are exploring the yoga journey and each are on a different path that leads to the same beautiful endpoint: uncovering and shedding all the layers that lead us to our true Nature of Happiness and Peace. The beauty of a retreat is that we gather to celebrate this special-ness, together.
I am traveling alone, is this okay? Yes, it is better than okay – it is normal and quite common. Most of my guests are traveling solo. The gorgeous energy that a retreat generates is the spaciousness, openness and genuine curiosity that allows new and lasting friendships to form. Of course, retreat attendance can consist of moms and daughters or sons, dads and daughters or sons, couples or two or more friends on a getaway. What I have personally found in leading retreats is that no matter who you are or where you are from, the space allows you to grow and build bridges with new people from all over the world.
Do I have to participate all the activities or can I just chill out on my own? All of the retreat program offerings are optional…I subscribe to the vision that life is about choices. If you want to do the yoga and activities, which it is my job and passion to suggest to you as your host — you can. If you want to take a nap or rent a car and drive off into the Tuscan sun, which we will also have as an excursion so you do not have to miss classes — as you wish, so it shall be. This is YOUR holiday…Have fun and create the space so that you can smile all the time!
What are Healing Arts? Healing Arts are, in this retreat case, massage and energy treatments. You can choose and schedule as you wish…Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Relaxation, One-on-One Meditation, Reiki. Our experts are ready to assist your deep relaxation and restoration.
I am have specific dietary requirements [vegetarian, vegan, celiac, gluten free, etc], will I be able to eat and enjoy the food on this retreat? Yes-while our fresh and wholesome meals will be Vegetarian themed with occasional choices for meat as well, there will be options. Our private chef is well versed in special dietary requirements for our guests and can accommodate your requirements.
Where do I fly in/out? How do I get to the Villa? You can fly in and out of FLR [Florence] airport. There are several ways to arrive from your destination if you fly into Rome [FCO] or Pisa [PSA]. Let us know your specifics so we can guide you towards best form and arrival. You can also take a train into Florence Santa Maria Novella train station and take a shuttle bus to the airport.
ONE group shuttle scheduled for 2pm [14.00] from the Florence airport; this transport fee is included in your retreat package. Our yoga caravan will whisk you right to the Villa. Should you choose to arrive outside of the group pick up time, transport will be arranged at your own expense, but it’s not far so it will not be much or long in order for you to arrive in yoga paradise.
What is the currency in Italy? The National Currency is the Euro. There are bank cash machines and foreign exchange offices located at the airport and in the surrounding towns.
Should I rent a car? You are welcome to rent a car if you choose, there are on site rental companies at Florence airport.
Do you have props to use? All props are provided on this retreat. All you need to bring is yourself. Of course, if you prefer to practice on your own personal mat, bring it.
I may have laundry to do, is this okay? Yes, laundry is available on site. There is a small fee to pay, but it is way less than those extra fees the airlines charge for extra luggage.
How do I pay? Payment is best delivered through Bank Transfer. A €400 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration in order to reserve your place. Bank Details will be shared on your booking form. If you would like to pay via Paypal, a fee of 2.3% that Paypal requires will be added to the retreat price.
What are the terms once I sign up? The retreat deposits are non-refundable, but are transferrable to another retreat within 365 days of the retreat start date. We like to consider signing up as part of your commitment to wellness and evolution. As they say, if not now – when?
I am required to have Travel Insurance – Why? Travel insurance is required for this retreat in the event of the unanticipated from either party. While you can plan, things can happen. Best to be prepared as much as you can.
I have another question to ask, who do I talk to? Me! Jen! I am your host and will assist you with organizing all your details and answer all your questions…please fill out the contact form below and I am happy to assist you any way I can.