"I'm in love with cities I've never been to & people I've never met."- John Green
Nature as MAGIC: A Yoga & Herbal Immersion
June 28th-July 1st, 2019
Join Justine Bacon for an extended summer weekend at a small scale medicinal herb farm! Take a drive to the beautiful & magical oasis of Raven Crest Botanicals in upstate New York. Feel the rolling hills of forest around you, see the bright stars set high above you in a deep night sky, & bask in the smells of wild flowers dancing through the wind. Immerse yourself into Nature. Commit yourself to your yoga practice. Immerge new, whole & beaming with magic.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: -A three day, 3 night weekend of community, fresh air, & yoga! -Yummy Vegan & Vegetarian meals (Friday dinner, 3 meals Saturday & Sunday, Monday breakfast), event insurance, taxes, gratuities. (Have a special food request? Please let us know!) -Access to a natural & serene swimming pond, farm grounds & botanical gardens for nature walks & hikes! -Bonfires, live music & mystical story telling -2 beautifully balanced yoga classes/ day with Justine -1 workshop w/ Justine -Participate in “Herbs for Meditation”, a very special workshop with Raven Crest Botanicals Founder, Susanna Raven! Dive into the tincture making process as well as topical potions such as herbal salves and balms. The best part? You get to take some with you to enjoy beyond our weekend together!
ACCOMODATION OPTIONS: Early bird Pricing ends 4/20. -Camping (access to indoor shower & bathroom): Early bird $425; Regular pricing $595 -Shared Room or Shared Bed: Early bird $585; Regular pricing $675 -Single Room: Early bird: $675; Regular pricing $825
A $150 Non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. Please email Justine directly to register! Justine.firstname.lastname@example.orgBalance must be paid in full no later than June 1st 2019.
-ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE (PRICED SEPARATELY): -Massage therapy -Vocal transformation coach for 1-on-1 singing lessons. -Purchase tinctures, balms, teas & herbs from the source!
WHAT TO BRING: -Yoga Mat (If you have one & wish to use yours) -Layered clothes -Hiking shoes & clothes -Bath suit/ swim gear -Sunscreen (natural please to keep the pond and its inhabitants safe & clean) -Bug Spray* (natural please if possible, we will also learn about making your own with oils & herbs.) -Extra towel -A good book! -A journal -Play an acoustic instrument? Bring it! -Some cash, just in case ;)
As you wander amidst towering oak trees and gaze at the olive groves blanketing the rolling green hills in front of you, a gentle breeze caresses your face – delivering with it the calming aroma of lavender. Your take in nature’s beauty as you reflect on the extraordinary day you just had soaking in therapeutic natural hot springs, exploring a medieval village and sampling artisanal cheeses at a centuries old cheese emporium. An incredible dinner derived from the land you just explored awaits you, lovingly prepared by the staff at the certified organic farmstead you’re calling home for the next week. You’re filled with a feeling of peace, and find gratitude in the gift of this present moment and the incredible connections you’re sharing with your amazing new yogi friends. “Veni Vini Amari- We Came. We Saw. We Loved.”
Yoga Brain is SO pumped to team up this year with Priya Hot Yoga & Chirriposa Retreats to embark on a very special yoga retreat to Italy in Fall, 2019. A yoga retreat is a beautiful way to develop your practice, release the stresses of everyday life. Connect with nature and other humans that share like-minded interests. We can’t wait to share a week of inspiring yoga, relaxation, delicious food and new adventures with you!
This trip is ideal for: This an all levels yoga retreat and community experience; all ages, couples, friends and solo travelers are welcome! We can accommodate most special food requests. (Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, etc). Accommodations are well designed and comfortable, providing the perfect base camp for us to unwind and commune with nature <3
INCLUDED 7 nights’ private villa/lodge accommodations 3 traditional Italian meals per day w/local wine served at dinner Unlimited water, coffee, tea and fruit throughout the day 2 yoga classes/workshops offered daily (led by the amazing Justine Bacon and special guest teacher Hope Goodman!!!) Group visit to a local award winning organic winery with tasting Italian cooking demonstration Group transportation to nearby towns & villages: Montepulciano, Pienza, Pitigliano, Saturnia (thermal hot springs) Taxes & Gratuities Transportation to Tuscany to/from Rome (based on group travel, with specific arrival/departure times) All the adventure and fun you can handle *Airfare to Italy is not included *Entrance fees are not included for attractions when traveling to the nearby towns & villages
ABOUT THE LOCATION: AGRITURISMO 'LE PIANORE' Set in the heart of Tuscany, cradled between medieval hilltop towns and surrounded by woodlands, vineyards, olive groves and mountain streams. A private haven ideally suited to creative exploration and] spiritual practice: with its spectacular views and untouched landscapes, it imparts a real sense of freedom. The estate is an IMC certified organic farmstead with more than 80% of it's energy coming from renewable sources (solar panels and sustainable managed wood) and all the water comes directly from the mountain spring. The property offers a variety of rooming options, a pool, and beautiful, spacious indoor and outdoor yoga facilities. The wonderful Elena and the Basile family, originally from Napoli, will be our hosts and will welcome you with the warmest of Italian hospitality, making sure that your Tuscan vacation is simply perfection!
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE We will leave as a group from Rome on the 21st & return to Rome on the 28th. Group transport from Rome to Tuscany is included in the base retreat pricing. We will leave from a designated meeting spot at 2PM on the 21st, and return to the same meeting spot at 12PM on the 28th. You should plan your flight arrival/departure accordingly, be sure to give yourself a grace period of 2-3 hours. There will be retreat vehicles (9 seater mini-vans) and drivers at our disposal throughout the retreat, giving us the freedom to visit as many local attractions & excursions as our hearts desire. If you plan to fly into another airport or will be traveling before/after the retreat to other parts of Italy, you can opt not to use the group transport. If this is the case, you can easily book your own individual transportation to Tuscany. Individual transportation is not included in the retreat pricing. We recommend checking out www.yourprivatedrive.it
ADDITIONAL EXCURSIONS (not included in retreat pricing) Horseback riding Guided hikes Bodywork - reflexology, deep tissue massage, hot rocks, spa treatments Lots of cute little furry animals (cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks...) to cuddle free of charge!
READY TO RETREAT WITH US? We offer early bird discounts to make this trip affordable to a wider range of people. Please be aware of our deadlines below when purchasing.
PAYMENT DETAILS In order to join us, please email Justine.email@example.com to arrange payment. Checks are preferable, and can be dropped off at the studio. A $300 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot. All payments will be due in full by August 15, 2019.
RETREAT PRICING Early Bird: $300 Deposit, pay in full by April 30, 2019 Dorm Style Occupancy (shared bath)– $1,895/person Dual Occupancy (private bath)– $2,020/person Solo Occupancy (private bath)– $3,090/person
Regular Rates: $300 Deposit, pay in full by August 15, 2019 Dorm Style Occupancy (shared bath)– $1,945/person Dual Occupancy (private bath)– $2,070/person Solo Occupancy (private bath)– $3,150/person
ROOM DESCRIPTIONS Please indicate your preferred room selection when booking. Dorm Style Occupancy Options: Dorms are a great option for solo travelers looking to bunk up with some new people and/or for a budget friendly option for groups. The bathrooms are shared between small groups of 3-6. Dorm 1: The Quad4 Single Beds w/private ensuite Dorm 2: The Yurt 3 Single Beds w/private ensuite Dorm 3: The Studio Loft5 Single Beds w/shared bathroom located outside of the room Dorm 4: The Piccola 2 Single Beds (adjoining bathroom shared w/a solo room next door)
Dual & Solo Occupancy Options: You can book following rooms with dual or solo occupancy. Each room has a private bathroom.
Main Villa Room 1: Nonno’s Room 1 Queen Bed & 1 Single Bed w/private ensuite Room 2: The Rock Room 2 Single Beds w/private ensuite Room 3: The Suite 1 Queen Bed & 1 Single Bed w/private ensuite Room 4: The Guest Room 1 Queen Bed w/private ensuite
The Straw House (includes a private lounge and terrace, great for a friend group of 2-4!) Room 1: 2 Single Beds w/private ensuite Room 2: 2 Single Beds w/private ensuite
Payment plans available upon request. Email Justine.firstname.lastname@example.org for details.