La Selva: The Sanctuary at Tuscany

September 9 - October 1, 2018: Lakshmi Rising
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Dr Liz Lindh

October 1 - 8, 2018: Gaia Gourmet Cuisine & Culture Retreat
(with a side of Yoga) with Chef Naga and Liz Lindh

 

We searched far and wide, set our focus upon the exquisiteness that is Italy, and explored the country to find the most suitable place for our offerings, a Sanctuary to hold us as we delve deep into the arts and sciences of Yoga while enjoying an all inclusive, luxurious and culturally enriching journey.  We found this Sanctuary in the Chianti region of Tuscany, the heart of the “Golden Triangle” between Senna, Arezzo and Florence; La Selva di Giordano. This magical place, overlooking the gentle slopes of the Arno valley, is a vast 32 acre natural garden of ancient oaks, olive groves, grape vines and overflowing meadows with indigenous wild flora and fauna. Similar to our beloved Sanctuary in Costa Rica, two flowing streams of water enhance the potent high vibration of the land. The totally restored 17th century farmhouse, two additional smaller villas, a spacious studio specifically for Yoga, four salt water swimming pools and an outdoor amphitheater are peacefully nestled into this healing environment, intertwined as if in symbiosis. Although the main villa was built more than 300 years ago; the recent restoration has maintained the spirit of the house with respect to the original architecture and use of hand-made and natural materials following bio-architecture parameters. The design and decor are simple and comfortable, with inspiring use of light, art and antiques. The owner is an artist, visionary, florist and arborist who stumbled upon this run-down property while hiking and has passionately and wholeheartedly enlivened it beyond its original beauty.

We have two very special opportunities for you to join us at La Selva: The Sanctuary at Tuscany in 2018; September 9 - October 1: Lakshmi Rising 200 Hour Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training Certification and October 1 - 8: Gaia Gourmet Cuisine & Culture Retreat (with a side of Yoga). Both of these immersions feature healthy, organic, farm to table, vegetarian Italian dishes (with the option of pairing the culinary delights with local red and white wines from this infamous wine producing region), daily Yoga with Dr. Liz Lindh, options for curated excursions to cultural sites, thermal hot springs, shopping & more, food & wine adventures, in-house massage therapy & healing body work, and exclusive use of the 32 acre private botanical garden property. 

 
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We have extensive experience hosting yoga retreats. We've thought of everything and we've got you covered. These two Yoga immersions have been mindfully created for us to share our passions with you; living in harmony with Nature, empowerment & education through adventure & culture, eating & creating delicious food, and practicing Yoga. 
We also lead several Yoga Teacher Trainings (200 hour foundational & 300 hour advanced) every year at our center in Costa Rica, The Sanctuary at Two Rivers. The YTT curriculum will be that of our well established 200 Hour Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness, led by Founder and Program Director, Dr. Liz Lindh.
Space is extremely limited for these amazing Yoga and cultural experiences. Join us for one or both and live the dolce vita! 

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Lakshmi Rising 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

Join us for this Yoga Alliance credentialed 200 hour Yoga Instructor Certification intensive in Italy! In addition to the extensive training & training manual, enjoy delicious vegetarian Tuscan cuisine (we are sorry but we can't accommodate vegan & gluten-free on this one, join us in Costa Rica for that), luxury accommodations in a restored villa with daily housekeeping, spring water directly from the source for drinking, salt water swimming pools, optional organized group excursions to explore and experience the local culture and concierge assistance planning your travel.  

Sample Schedule

Sunday September 9:
Meet in Florence. There are many options for accommodations, you will be on your own for this. We will treat you to a welcome dinner with wine and a program orientation at Osteria Cipolla Rossa

Monday September 10:
9:00am Optional guided tour of Il Duomo (extra charge for this) or enjoy the city in your own way
1:00pm Meet at Santa Maria Novella Train Station (purchase ticket online from Firenze S. M. Novella to Montevarchi-Terranuova). We will all ride the train together and share a shuttle from the station to La Selva with a stop at a local market for supplies
5-7pm Opening session
7:00pm Dinner

Tuesday September 11 - Friday September 14:
7-10am Morning Asana practice and training session
10-11am Breakfast
11am-2pm Training Session
2:00pm Lunch
4-7pm Training Session
7:00pm Dinner

Saturday September 15:
6-8am Silent self-led practice
8-9am Silent breakfast
10:00am Optional excursion to San Giovanni Termerapolana Thermal Hot Springs with lunch & dinner there (extra charge). Please note that no lunch or dinner will be served at La Selva.

Sunday September 16:
8-10am Morning Asana
10am Breakfast
11:30 Boutique bio-dynamic winery tour and tasting with lunch (extra charge). Please note that no lunch will be served at La Selva.
7-8pm dinner

Monday September 17 - Friday September 21
7-10am Morning Asana practice and training session
10-11am Breakfast
11am-2pm Training Session
2:00pm Lunch
4-7pm Training Session
7:00pm Dinner

Saturday September 22:
6-8am Silent self-led practice
8-9am Silent breakfast
10:00am Optional excursion to Siena with lunch and dinner there (extra charge). Please note that no lunch or dinner will be served at La Selva.

Sunday September 23:
8-10am Morning Asana
10am Breakfast
11am Optional hiking tour with lunch (extra charge). Please note that no lunch will be served at La Selva.
7-8pm dinner

Monday September 24 - Wednesday September 26, Friday September 28:
7-10am Morning Asana practice and training session
10-11am Breakfast
11am-2pm Training Session
2:00pm Lunch
4-7pm Training Session
7:00pm Dinner

Thursday September 27:
7-10am practice
10-11am breakfast
11:00am Optional excursion to Montevarchi to explore the open air market, lunch out (extra charge). Please note that no lunch will be served at La Selva.
7:00 dinner

Saturday September 29:
6-8am Silent self-led practice
8-9am Silent breakfast
10:00am Optional excursion to Cortona with lunch and dinner there (extra charge). Please note that no lunch or dinner will be served at La Selva.

Sunday September 30:
7-10am Morning Asana practice and training session
10-11am Breakfast
11am-2pm Training Session
2:00pm Lunch
5-8pm Graduation Pizza making party!

Monday October 1:
9-10am Breakfast
10am Departure shuttle to Montevarchi-Terranuova Station


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The all inclusive tuition price ranges from $3600 - $4300 USD, depending on how early you register. This includes training with over 200 contact hours, training manual, a 2 hour asana practice each morning Sunday-Friday, 3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (except on Saturday, only breakfast will be served, and on Sunday, breakfast and dinner will be served so that we can go out and explore Tuscany), Italian espresso, an assortment of teas, fresh seasonal fruit for snacking, high vibration spring water for drinking and bathing, accommodations in a beautifully restored 17th century Tuscan Villa (double or triple occupancy room with shared bath) and full access to the common areas, daily housekeeping, access to laundry machines, wifi, opening dinner in Florence with wine, round trip shuttle between Montevarchi-Terranuova Station and La Selva on arrival and departure days, pizza making class & dinner with wine, Autumnal Equinox ritual, unlimited enjoyment a 32 acre nature preserve including olive groves, gardens, wooded trails, hanging lounge beds in the forrest, chaise lounge beds for sun bathing and salt water swimming pools. The tuition price does not include international transportation, lodging in Florence, optional group excursions, additional food, wine or personal care necessities, meals out, required texts or optional wellness services.

All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please fill our our registration form after making a tuition payment so that we can learn a little about you before you arrive.

We have a few payment options, special discounts and upgrade options to help make this happen for you: 


If you register and pay the entire tuition in one payment before March 9, 2018, you get the super-dolce deal of $3600.

La Selva YTT Early Bird Tuition
3,600.00
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If you register and pay the entire tuition in two payments, you get the super discounted rate of $3800 (first payment must be received before March 9, 2018, second payment must be received before July 9, 2018).

La Selva YTT Early Bird 2 Payments
1,900.00
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If you place a $500 deposit before March 9, 2018 you get the discounted rate of $4000 (remaining balance must be paid before July 9). You will receive a secret discount code upon registration to apply to the remaining balance after you add it to your cart. Full tuition rates apply to all registration after March 9. Tuition must be paid in full before July 9.

La Selva YTT Deposit
500.00
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La Selva Remaining Tuition Balance
3,800.00
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We also have a couple of upgrade options available:

Private Room
1,800.00

Upgrade to a private room with a queen bed and en-suite private bath with tub.

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Private Bath
300.00

Upgrade to a shared room with an en-suite private bath with shower.

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Queen Bed
150.00

Upgrade to a queen bed instead of a twin, in a shared room.

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Private Villa
Price and availability upon request
Upgrade to a shared or private room in a smaller villa with private bath, private kitchen, private laundry, private garden, sundeck and salt water pool. 



Gaia Gourmet Cuisine & Culture Retreat
(with a side of Yoga)

Join us October 1 - 8, 2018 for Gaia Gourmet in Tuscany! We have crafted a delicious week with cooking classes, wine & cheese tasting, truffle hunting, sight seeing, shopping, daily Yoga and more! All of our culinary delights and adventures have been curated by Chef Naga in alignment with our Gaia Gourmet philosophy. We have chosen foodie-focused excursions (everything is optional), and have also left some unstructured time for you to explore on your own or relax with some quiet time on this beautiful property (massage services available).

 

Sample Schedule

Monday October 1
1:00pm Meet in Florence for lunch to enjoy a vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring. From there will all ride the train together (purchase ticket online from Firenze S. M. Novella to Montevarchi-Terranuova) and share a shuttle from the station to La Selva with a stop at a local Slow Food farmer's market for savory delights and bio-dynamic Tuscan wines.
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Tuesday October 2
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Cooking Class with Lunch & Wine
7:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Wednesday October 3
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Boutique Bio-Dynamic Winery Tour with lunch (additional charge)
7:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Thursday October 4
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Montevarchi open air market, shopping & lunch out
Cheese Tasting (additional charge)
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Friday October 5
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Cooking Class with Lunch & Wine
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Saturday October 6
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Truffle Hunting with lunch (additional charge)
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Sunday October 7
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Cooking Class with Lunch & Wine
7:00pm  Celebration Dinner

Monday October 8
9-10am Breakfast
10am Departure shuttle to Montevarchi-Terranuova Station

 

Register Here

We have priced this retreat at $1800 USD. This includes 2-3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (no lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday), Italian espresso, an assortment of teas, fresh seasonal fruit for snacking, high vibration spring water for drinking and bathing, accommodations in a beautifully restored 17th century Tuscan Villa (double or triple occupancy room with shared bath) and full access to the common areas, daily housekeeping, access to laundry machines, wifi, a vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring in Florence, 90 minute asana & meditation practice each morning, round trip shuttle between Montevarchi-Terranuova Station and La Selva on arrival and departure days, 3 cooking classes & lunches with wine, unlimited enjoyment a 32 acre nature preserve including olive groves, gardens, wooded trails, hanging lounge beds in the forrest, chaise lounge beds for sun bathing and salt water swimming pools, and concierge assistance planning your travel. The retreat price does not include international transportation, lodging in Florence, optional group excursions, additional food, wine or personal care necessities, meals out, or optional wellness services.

All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

We are sorry but this retreat cannot provide vegan & gluten-free options.


Gaia Gourmet Retreat Deposit
500.00
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Gaia Gourmet Remaining Balance
1,300.00
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