Re-connection to the earth
Tuscany, and in particular the Natural Reserve of Pigelleto, is the perfect spot where to re-connect your body and mind to nature. The months of September and October are the sacred period for the habitants of this land because is the harvesting time for the most known Tuscan products such as CHESTNUTS, TRUFFLES, MUSHROOMS, GRAPES for the wine and OLIVES for the oil.
During this week of training in Yoga, Meditation, Creative Workshops and Vegetarian cooking, we will visit some Italian local organic farms to better understand their local world and the work hidden behind the products we delight with. We will also be in contact with the local producers ready to share their love and passion for this land. Our home,il Roccone, a secular house, is in the middle of the Natural reserve of Pigelleto, well known for its big chestnut forest and wild fauna.
We will spend an afternoon harvesting the chestnuts and mushrooms that we will learn to cook thanks to the cooking classes of our vegetarian chef Maria Ramirez. Maria, chef at Quixotic in Paris, has prepared a special menu to delight our palates during the week and she will teach us how to prepare healthy and balanced meals with the organic local products. Francesca Lo Cascio, designer and yoga teacher, specialised in the body energy, will guide you during your yoga and meditation practice together with Carolina Daza, our fabouleuse YALA Ashtanga yoga teacher.
Every morning we will start with a detox ritual followed from a meditation and Pranayama (breathing techniques) and bioenergetical class guided by Francesca. After this internal body cleansing we will practice with Carolina Daza a two hours yoga Asthanga/Vinyasa class, with a particular attention on alignment. Beyond this daily routine we will enjoy Francesca’s teaching during 3 evening Yin yoga classes, created to deeply relax and stretch your body.
This part of the region is also very known for its water's thermal proprieties. We will learn how to prepare natural cosmetics with the products of this land and we will spend and afternoon to the picturesque village of Bagno Vignoni enjoying its 5 stars SPA.
During our outdoor visits we can observe the quietness of local life and the hospitality of the habitants of Orvieto, , known for its cultural heritage, fascinating traditions and an exciting life-style, and Piancastagnaio, where we will participate to the most important celebration of chestnuts harvesting in the Country, dining in a typical wine cave and enjoying the traditional local (vegetarian) meals.
Francesca Lo Cascio and Carolina Daza will guide you during the Meditation and Yoga classes. The classes are mainly held in English with the possibility of classes available in other languages according to our guests needs (French, Spanish or Italian).
- 7days all inclusive package at “il Roccone”, a secular villa in the Natural Reserve of Pigelleto.
- Morning class of Meditation, Pranayama and Asthanga/Vinyasa yoga.
- Evening Yin Yoga classes.
- Daily vegetarian brunch and diner.
- Vegetarian cooking classes with fresh local products.
- Creative workshops
- An afternoon at the 5stars Thermal Spa of Bagno Vignoni.
- Massages, healthy therapy, relaxation.
- Excursions (visit of typical Tuscan ancient villages of Piancastagnaio and Santa Fiora, cultural visit of the wonderful city of Orvieto, trekking in the natural reserve of Pigelleto for the chestnuts harvesting, visit local organic farms of olive oil and honey, participate to the chestnuts harvesting celebration followed by a dining in a local wine cave).
Not included :
- Flight to Rome Fiumicino
- Transfer from airport to the venue (a private minivan service will connect the Rome Fiumicino airport to the venue Il Roccone on Saturday at 2.30 PM (price depending on the number of people - For the way back on Friday the minivan will leave the venue at noon to arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport around 3 PM)
- Private massages or therapies
DATES & FEES:
From 29th October to 4th November 2016
* 1350€/pp. Early bird 1200€/pp. until 15 September 2016
* Offer couple or come with a friend 1250€/pp (-200 € for a double room). Early bird 1150€/pp before 15 September 2016
PLACE LIMITED TO 12 GUESTS!
We are thrilled to announce that YALA Collective is now officially a YACEP Continuing Education Provider to offer our participants professional teaching methods, as well as to offer the possibilities of getting the most out of our YALA journeys. Our upcoming YALA Journey Tuscany is our first week to offer this option of empowering any Yoga Alliance Certified Teachers to continue deepening their knowledge and teaching possibilities.
Our “Reconnection to Earth” YALAjourney is an enriching possibility to experience, sense, study and understand the power of a holistic Yoga practice in the midst of nature’s wonders.
A one week intense immersion in Pranayama and Meditation techniques, as well as a wholesome Ashtanga and Yin Yoga Method practices, that will give you the foundations for an organic, creative and fun approach to teaching Yoga worldwide.
FRANCESCA LO CASCIO
Italian architect and interior designer, Francesca expresses her creative flair in her job as much as in her everyday life. Francesca found the spark of her passions nurturing inner balance and a healthy lifestyle based on yoga, natural eating and creativity.
Her yoga story started in Thailand in 2002, where she studied Hatha Yoga in Pai, and progressively refined her studies in Vinyasa Yoga in India at Richikesh's Tattvaa Centre, in Paris with Mika de Brito and Gerard Arnauld and in the United Stated with Paulie Zink, founder of Yin yoga. She studied the Chakra balancing technique with Jana Johnson in Bali.
Deeply inspired by the work of her teachers Dr. Anodea Judith and Selene Vega, she recently completed an intensive training in the Phsycology of Chakras. Currently she focuses her attention and studies around phsychology, bioenergy and movement.
In 2014 she decided to create Yala Collective to connect with others, while sharing passions and evolving her vision and love for living.
Maria was born and raised in Colombia, where she began her kitchen career. She arrived in Paris in 2003 to study at Ferrandi (École supérieure de cuisine française), receiving her “cusinier-restaurateur” diploma in 2007.
At Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, London, New York, and Taipei, she had the chance to work alongside industry greats such as Ducasse, Robuchon and Gagnaire.
Regardless of her wide endeavors in the high-end and refined cuisines, Colombian-born cook, Maria José Ramirez, has always found vast interest in diverse and enriching dieting methods. She is constantly pushing herself out of the mainstream and enjoys, most of all, sharing holistic experiences through appealing and nourishing creations with a distinctive emphasis in local produce.
Maria’s food strives to find the perfect balance between the use of the ingredient and its origin, all whilst respecting the dynamics of the land where purity and simplicity are the main appeal.
Carolina, a.k.a "The Global Yogini" is a multi-faceted artist and globe-trotter spreading her love for yoga and the arts in a uniquely creative way. She completed her 500HR Ashtanga Yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance) in Paris with Gérald Disse & Linda Munro at Ashtanga Yoga Paris and has been leading retreats for numerous years.
Her teachers of Pranayama, Ayurveda and Yoga Philosophy are Sri OP Tiwari, Suddhir Tiwari of Kaivalyadhama Institute and Smta Hansayi Jayadeva from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai.
Carolina has a Master's in Contemporary Arts from the Université Paris VIII and completed a second master's in Art, Culture and Food Studies at New York University (NYU). While her studies at NYU, she lived at the Bhakti Center prime ashram in the Lower East Side of Manhattan together with her teacher Divya Alter, founder of the Bhagavat Life. Carolina has studied with senior level Ashtanga Yoga teachers such as Chuck Miller, Ron Reid, David Garrigues and Kino MacGregor.
Prepare yourself to learn how to cook with natural, local and seasonal products.