with Karen Brar in Cinigiano, Italy
7 nights in Cinigiano, Italy
Sat Oct 19 - Sat Oct 26, 2019
Wellness travel isn’t about spending 7 days taking it easy only to return to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, forgetting the calm you experienced while you were away. Instead, it is an adventure for the mind, body and soul. It’s not a fad or a trend. It’s about experiencing the world around you and channelling those experiences when you return back home.
Going beyond the average yoga retreat, Nourished Union gives you the chance to fully experience the connection between mind, body and soul. We will guide you through the trip; but, we are not tour guides. Instead, we accompany on a journey where health and wellness are front and centre. Where you learn about where you are by connecting with the local culture. These travel experiences are fashioned to allow you the chance to connect with yourself, loved ones, nature and the destination itself. At Nourished Union, we help you maintain the discoveries and learnings you experienced abroad and show you how to incorporate them into your daily routine.
Discover the amazing landscapes and cultural heritage of Tuscany in October! This is a time dedicated to spending time in the woods, foraging and harvesting. Follow your daly yoga practice by experiencing how the locals live off the land, and uncover their deep rooted customs in wine, food, nature and simply living well!
|8 days 7 nights at Le Pianore|
|Includes daily breakfast and dinner|
|Start each morning with an energizing (all-levels) flow asana practice, and unwind the day with a restorative/yin style practice. Karen is an Ayurvedic-Yoga Specialist, so the the teachings of ayurveda will be integrated into each practice to support balancing the mind and body.|
|Hiking, Guided tour of the Le Pianore farm, Guided tour of the Le Pianore farm|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
|For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.|
Cooking classes, Wine tasting
It takes 1 hour 45 minutes to get to the venue from the airport. Airport transportation is not provided.
We always suggest to book a transfer with yourprivatedrive.it
Not included: flights to/from Rome, Pisa, Florence, Perugia and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.
Karen was set on a path of wellness from a young age. Her journey started on the stage, as a professional contemporary dancer and producer, eventually leading her to the corporate world - producing events. At which time, she began healing her body (from old dance injuries) with yoga. The magic of the practice soon took over, and she found herself coming back to the mat to seek balance mentally and emotionally, in addition to the many positive physical affects. Her practice took a shape of healing other parts of her life, in a way she didn't expect. By applying the tools learned on the mat, she was able to undo old patterns and develop new pathways for her mind-body to connect and overcome stress, anxiety and overwhelm. This deeper awareness eventually lead Karen to pursue further studies in the holistic modalities to learn the in-depth philosophies and practices of Yoga and Ayurveda and how how to apply them to support others affected by stress.
Her practice is focused on a truly holistic approach of balancing the mind, body, emotions and senses by leveraging the ancient practices of Yoga and Ayurveda, and applying them in the modern world. She leans on scientific backing to support these great tools and practices, and integrates this knowledge in a tangible way for people to immediately feel the affects of lower stress, balancing the nervous system and living consciously through preventative holistic health. Through personal coaching, online programs and in person events and workshops, she helps people to develop new habits through a daily practice that works within their busy lives. And in turn, leads people to bring attention to balancing one’s whole self, uncovering a deeper potential and living a more meaningful and connected life.
In 2016, Karen founded Nourished Union - focused on curating ancient practices for the modern world. Its is that wellness is the holistic balance of mind, body and soul. And that it is more than a nice to have on your to-do list. Rather, it is a right to all living beings, and the a way of living. Though for most of us, this busy world has taken us off balance. Nourished Union believes in living well everywhere we go, in all aspects of life. Whether at home, work, on the road, or with family/friends – living your most conscious and connected life allows you to experience the now, come into balance and achieve living your most meaningful life.
Learn more about Nourished Union at www.nourishedunion.comAbout Karen Brar
The villas are immersed within a 50 ha estate of rolling hills, vineyards, groves and woodlands. Having no immediate neighbours means we have total privacy, and no noise restrictions or curfew; making it an ideal venue for a retreat. The gardens are a playground for adults and children alike: lime, oak and cherry trees provide shade, while lavender and thyme, roses, jasmine and broom perfume and enliven the landscape. Dip into our swimming pool for respite from the midday heat and enjoy lounging on the deck chairs until sunset, watching the sky turn red and feeling the cool evening air descend.
We have been hosting retreats and providing support to teachers and workshop leaders for more than a decade. Many of our clients return year after year, becoming friends along the way. We feel that teamwork is key to creating extraordinary experiences and we will help you craft a unique and inspiring program: from planning your menu and tailoring activities to making you and your guests feel at home in our home.
A multifunctional studio with plenty of natural light, it is generously equipped with yoga and tatami mats, tables, chairs and blankets as well as a sound system. For those wishing to practice immersed in nature, there is a large sundeck and a shaded porch adjacent to the studio. In the cooler months the space is kept warm and cosy by a wood burning stove.
Includes daily breakfast and dinner.
An amazing week - trip of a lifetime!
I am in love with Tuscany, thanks to this retreat! Can't wait to return!
I had a really great trip!
The trip to Le Pianore was incredible! What a fantastic magical place for a yoga retreat! We felt like part of the family, from the delicious and lovingly prepared food, to the care and concern for anything we needed, everyone at this family owned and operated resort are some of the kindest folks you will ever meet!
Le Pianore, located in Monticello Amiata, was one of the most incredible places I have ever travelled to. It is hard to describe in words the beauty and sacredness of this land and these mountains, the retreat space and facilities, the food (!!), the farm, their mission and values, and the family that owns and operates it. Enrica, Phillipe, Laura, Marcello, and the entire family and staff were so open, warm, friendly and immediately made you feel not just at home, but a true part of their family. Every request was accommodated with a smile - they went above and beyond several times throughout the week. I could not recommend this retreat venue more and I cannot wait to return!
I had the pleasure of spending a week at Le Pianore for a yoga retreat. It was a magical, one of a kind place with awe-inspiring mountain vistas, historic stone buildings dating back centuries, inviting reading spots with hammocks and easy chairs that called out to you to relax, take a moment, and be inspired by the nature and history. The resort is owned and run by a family who loves Mother Earth and takes extra care in the organic produce, olive oil and wine that they produce. This beautiful property with babbling brooks, hiking, vineyards, swimming pool and historic stone buildings makes you wish you could stay forever. Meals were unique, healthy and delicious and we loved our wine tasting and pasta cooking class. The family is delightful and you know that they love what they do and pour their hearts into it. I left a piece of my heart in heavenly Le Pianore and hope to return.
Phenomenal! This was my very first yoga retreat out of the country and I experienced so much from the venue, the practice, food, people, etc. This was a very magical and sacred land, the yoga teachers were wonderful and the hosts were so warm and welcoming. The yoga studio was the perfect space to practice, the accommodations were comfortable and cozy, food was stellar! There is a lot of history surrounding this farm and land. I would love to return again one day. Grateful for this opportunity!
This retreat did not disappoint! The resort was the perfect back drop for unplugging and unwinding with a 360 degree breathtaking view of the Tuscan country side. We felt like family the minute we arrived. I have been on 5 retreats through Trip Tribe and this was by far THE best place for our yoga retreat.
My trip to Cinigiano, Italy was fabulous! Such amazing food, lots of site-seeing. The yoga studio was so amazing. Highly recommend the Tuscany area. It was so beautiful and relaxing and the natives are all so welcoming. I didn't initially know anyone that was attending the trip, but everyone was very nice and made me feel welcome.
The Italian Adventure with Suzanne Hauserman was every thing I needed; yoga, hiking, cooking class, great food, great wine, fantastic excursions and meeting like minded people, I did not want to leave.
What an amazing experience. I cannot day enough about Elana and her fabulous staff! Very serene location and the food was unbelievable! Everything is done with love and it shows!
Le Pianore can not be explained with words. I will try- amazing, breathtaking, spiritual. The food was delicious and the hospitality was amazing. I fall in love with Le Pianore.
The trip was fantastic
So good! The whole thing from start to finish was perfection.
Well, whenever I think about Le Pianore and the time spent with my best friends, I start to well up. The land was magical, literally. Obviously Caitlin is my friend but she’s an incredible teacher. Between yoga (when I could do it), meditation, and silent walks my soul is so full. My love is a natural and I’ll keep going on her retreats. I’ll also be going back to Le Pianore. Home away from home.
Amazing! Beautiful landscapes, awesome people and inspiring yoga
Amazing classes, beautiful location, just perfect!
Cinigiano was truly amazing! Le Pianore was beautiful and the food was perfect. I would recommend this trip to any and everyone.
The trip was beyond my expectations and Le Pianore was the perfect, quaint, BEAUTIFUL spot for the retreat. From waking up each morning to the sound of chirping birds, practicing yoga in a studio with the most spectacular views imaginable to the tasty, healthy, fresh meals each day and fantastic off-site excursions that were planned. And the Micillo family (proprietors) were so lovely and accommodating to all of our needs and requests. Kudos, also, to Julie and Jana for all of their hard work and planning that went into putting together this wonderful trip!
Perfect trip from beginning to end. Breathtaking Tuscan views from your comfy room. Delicious, fresh cheeses, vegetables, breads and regional dishes prepared and served with love. So enjoyed roaming the countryside, exploring flora and fauna, tasting the fruits of the land...all with the brightest of blue skies. Day trips to Siena, private wine tastings, charming towns and villages put you right inside the heart and soul of the region. Hosts Elena and Enrica charmed us from our first hello-hug to our last kisses goodbye and our drivers proved fun and engaging. Give yourself this trip; you will be glad you did!
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