A Healing Tuscan Summer Yoga Holiday in Italy
8th – 15th May 2021 May 7th – 14th 2022
(Originally planned for May 2021, this retreat has been pushed back, due to the UK government’s announcement on a continued ban on travel until May 2021.)
Costs from €875
Your guides: Kate McKenzie & Marco Bazanella
About Podere Fiorli
Set in the heart of Tuscany’s rolling hills and surrounded by Etruscan and medieval little towns, Podere Fiorli a Franciscan monastery in the fourteenth century, has been the ‘mother house’ to a Peace based foundation now for more than 30 years. Many are the guests who have been touched by the views, the surrounding nature and by the healing atmosphere and have left invigorated and empowered.
With its open kitchen, communal spaces, very friendly staff and unique vibe it feels home to all who visit.
Joining Kate will be Marco Bazanella, Sound healer and meditation guide
Marco has a Bachelor degree in Sport and exercise science. he spent seven years in Australia connecting with the Aboriginal people. Marco likes to share the realisation received on his journey with mother earth through various initiations.
Pushpa – Camille Cazac – our host, chef and therapist
Pushpa did her Osho Rebalancing training when she was 19 and since then has trained as a reiki master, counsellor, kinesiology and a multitude of therapies.
For the past 20 years she has followed her passion for biodynamic farming, producing healthy food and learning about nutrition. She is a chef who teaches well being and self love through the knowledge of food and it’s preparation.
The Daily Programme
While the day is still cool, we will meet to practice yoga before breakfast. This class will build into a flowing dynamic sequence that incorporates breath awareness, alignment, chakras, and sound healing. Expect to stretch, breathe, and possibly sweat finishing class ready for your well-deserved breakfast!
The morning is yours to rest by the pool or join in with activities. After lunch you can enjoy siesta or activity time.
The late afternoon session offers a variety of practices drawing upon Marco and Kate’s experience with healing sound, meditation, creative play, chakras and yin yoga. We will have two free afternoons when you can choose to rest by the pool, go for a nature walk, enjoy a bike ride, or sign up for one of the courses offered by the venue (available for a small extra fee).
There will be special optional activities after dinner such as open air cinema, dance, a homemade pizza and fireside music night and a sacred moonlit walk.
Things to do (plus activities)
Optional participation in one of our organised courses such as basket weaving, healthy Tuscan cuisine, making natural soaps and facial creams, baking with fire bread oven, learning how to make your own tinctures are on offer.
You can also book a massage or a counselling session (fee not included).
You may want to visit the hot springs or one of the many famous little medieval towns, specially on market day or some of the historical towns such as Siena, Pisa or Florence.
We have a one day outing to the beach to visit the Mediterranean Sea (there is no afternoon session on this day). The fee for the outing is €50.
On the other hand, you may simply want to ‘chill’ at your Tuscan ‘home’ playing “bocce”, enjoying our pool and the incredible views, reading in the shade or resting in a hammock.
Accommodation at Podere Fiorli
Podere Fiorli is tiny fourteenth century monastery transformed into a Tuscan country house surrounded by an olive grove, a little vineyard and rolling hills.
All rooms are comfortable and charming. All bathrooms are shared. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement (see pricing below).
Sharing : €875 pp
Single occupancy supplement €200 (limited availability)
(All prices are per person)
The cost includes:
• Your accommodation • All yoga classes and workshops • Delicious homemade/home-grown organic high vibration vegetarian food • Beautiful nature walks • Specific transfers to and from Pisa airport (see times of the shuttle below so you can arrange suitable flights)
Arrival time on Saturday 7th May is from 2pm onwards.
Our first meal together will be in the evening.
Departures are on Saturday 14th. Our final practice together will be later on Friday 13th
Getting to Podere Fiorli / Transfers to and from Pisa Airport
Arrivals on Saturday 7th May
Pick ups at 2pm and at 6pm
Departures Saturday 14th May to arrive at Pisa airport by 7am and 11:30am
Other pickup times outside of the above shuttles will incur a separate charge
(Please contact us as soon as possible with your flight details.)
Podere Fiorli n 76, Via Poggialamo, Volterra, Pisa, Italy
Book Your Place
If you’d like to book your place on this unforgettable retreat, please get in touch with Pushpa directly.
If you have any questions about the retreat, please get in touch with me directly.
I’ll see you there!
Testimonials from some of last year’s participants
“Count me in!
The magic beautiful place in Tuscany.
I loved all my time there. Great yoga , fantastic food cooked with much love by Pushpa and her lovely team.
Morning swims in the pool, Yoga with Kate , always brilliant , breakfast on the veranda, Walks in the stunning surrounding in the Tuscan hills , sound baths with Marco. Everthing was so great , the hospitality , the friends I made. I hope to be back next year.
Trip to Volterra, which is lovely and down to the beach in Cecina. A very happy place which is so special.
Thanks for a wonderful time!”
“The yoga practice with Kate was everything I knew it would be and more. She is such a special person and I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with her in such a wonderful setting.”
“Kate was aware of all our needs and brought in a dimension of love and kindness.”
“What a treat this retreat is. The welcome is warm the accommodation is homely and beautiful. Surrounded by tuscan hills you have time to relax and restore.
You can swim, lounge, walk, visit local places or just read and relax.
The food is home cooked with love by Pushpa and her team, healthy and delicious. If you are a foodie you are welcome to join in and prepare or just enjoy.
The sound healing is divine. Digeridoo and other instrumental vibes making every cell in your body vibrate and also silent meditation all in the beautiful chapel.
Last but not least, yoga with Kate is a wonderful experience. Warm, fun and experienced Kate makes everyone welcome and inspired to find the yoga for them in the practice.
If you have the chance do not hesitate.”
“Kate is a wonderful teacher. I had a great time full of rest and healing.”
“Kate adds a magical dimension to all her teaching.”
“What a unique experience to have been part of. Morning yoga with Kate is always a treat, laughing yoga with the group was unforgettable, Pushpa’s cooking indulged us all and the sound therapy needs to be experienced rather than described!
A truly wonderful week, making new friends with wonderful people”
“An amazing retreat. Kate, Marco and Pushpa really held the space and took the group on a journey throughout the week, making us feel like a family.
The food was amazing and homely, the yoga was great and the venue was beautiful and rustic, it felt so Italian and calming. The views of the hills were breathtaking and the pool was a perfect place to relax in between sessions.
Would definitely go over and over again !’”
“Kate is the most amazing person who just radiates peace. I loved the practise and felt really quite sad when I had to leave a day early.”
“Kate was a brilliant teacher, genuinely inspiring and great at supporting the group and the whole blend of the week really worked.”
“I found Kate’s teaching fantastic and she was very good at bringing a group together and holding the space. It felt a very safe environment to go deep into one’s self.”