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Mindfulness Retreat with Kenna & Susan
Mindfulness Retreat with Kenna & Susan
OCTOBER 3-11, 2020
If you’re a person who loves to travel and are ready to have a more meaningful experience on your next adventure, we have just the retreat for you! Travel can focus on the external experiences you encounter while in a new place. These external experiences can be profound, yet the true power of travel lies in how it transforms you from the inside—in your heart and soul.
WE’VE DESIGNED THIS Tuscany Retreat
to give you the presence of mind, heart, body and soul to be aware of each experience and how it powerfully shifts how you feel and who you are. We’ll meditate using guided exercises, connect with our bodies, and have a transformational lesson to focus on each day. Plus you’ll be experiencing authentic Tuscany culture through rolling pasta, tasting olive oil, making bruschetta over wood coals and enjoying excursions to tucked away medieval hill towns. And did we mention the thermal spa? Get ready to soak in mineral-rich, thermal waters, fed by ancient springs, at one of Tuscany’s most elegant and relaxing thermals spas.
ALTHOUGH WE’LL HAVE Plenty of Adventures,
this group retreat is more about BEING than it is about DOING. You will discover a new part of yourself. You will gain an understanding of what it means to feel fulfilled. This trip is more about finding presence and peace than it is about packing in non-stop activities. Whether you’ve never meditated before or you’ve had a long term practice, our retreat will meet you exactly where you are. If that sounds like the perfect experience, we welcome you to join our tribe on this incredible journey.
- 9 days/8 nights at elegant Villa Poggio alla Trese, situated in the picturesque countryside near the charming Tuscan hill town of Chiusi.
- Group transportation by private van service to/from Florence Peretola Airport on arrival and departure dates.
- Private van service to/from all cities, towns and sites included in the itinerary
- All abundant breakfasts, featuring fresh-baked Tuscan pastries, organic sheeps’ milk yogurt, local cheeses, seasonal fruits, organic cereal, & fresh eggs, plus Italian caffè, cappuccino and herbal teas.
- All lunches
- All regionally inspired dinners with local wines
- Wine tasting
- Pasta-making lesson
- Olive oil tasting with bruschetta-making lesson
- Entrance to Fonteverde Spa and use of thermal pools
- Free time for exploring
- Evening aperitivo hour for chatting, sharing and relaxing
- Morning and late afternoon meditation, stretching and a daily spiritual lesson to encourage self awareness and mindfulness
- Meditation mats
- Two full-time guides—Susan Roderick & Kenna Klosterman
- Excursions to medieval hill towns, including Castiglione del Lago, Città della Pieve and San Casciano dei Bagni
Not included: Airfare, meals, alcoholic drinks, buses, trains or boat transportation outside of that which is specifically listed in the trip package, gratuities for villa staff and drivers
The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: Although we are weaving amazing, authentic experiences into this trip, sometimes unexpected things come up. If a site has an unscheduled closing, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of the trip is never at risk, as our hosts at Strada Toscana are committed to excellence, along with their vast Italian connections.
Wake up for daily meditation and stretching, enjoy an abundant breakfast – featuring fresh fruits, organic sheeps’ milk yogurt and made-to-order Italian coffees – relax and read in one of our villa’s inviting lounging areas, walk through the estate’s vineyards and olives groves, connect with your fellow travelers, take part in hands-on cultural activities like making pasta & bruschetta, explore medieval hill towns, soak in thermal waters at an elegant spa, practice our late afternoon meditation, enjoy an evening aperitivo for reflection and connection, eat regionally inspired dinners that feature organic specialties, enjoy a laid-back wine tasting, watch another colorful sunset over the Tuscan hills, gather around a cozy fire… get a restful night’s sleep..
Susan is a global photographer, filmmaker, educator, writer and editor who has explored over 55 countries on 6 continents. She lived in Nepal for a year guiding treks and tours for the adventure sport company, Adrenaline Rush Nepal. She also leads travel photography workshops for The Giving Lens, creates films for female artists and works as a content creator for the #1 mobile video app, FiLMiC Pro. She feels she has just been sharpening her teeth to prepare her for her true mission; to show people how to transform their own lives from the inside out.
Kenna is a travel photographer, tour & retreat leader, international MC, educator and culture explorer. She is also the Host for the online education network CreativeLive and the podcast We Are Photographers. Her internal zip code leads her straight to her favorite country Cuba, where she’s led nine tours. She’s traveled to over 45 countries, including leading photography tours to Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Bhutan. She’s been on a spiritual path for many years with training in meditation and practices living a life of presence.
Susan and Kenna
As best friends, Kenna and Susan share a common goal of developing a rich inner sense of self and presence in the world. They love nothing more than sharing what they’re learning with others. They have traveled to over 20 countries together! Kenna & Susan’s Tuscany Retreat for the Mind, Heart, Body & Soul will be the fourth meditation retreat they’ve led together, each in a different location – Costa Rica, Nepal, Bali and now Tuscany. They also volunteer leading photography workshops in Cuba together for The Giving Lens.
Your accommodations are beautiful Poggio alle Trese, a 17th century villa, nestled along the border of Tuscany and Umbria, near the town of Chiusi (Tuscany). The villa boasts number living rooms, sweeping terraces for dining or lounging, swimming pool, elegant breakfast room and grand dining hall. Sleeping rooms are furnished with family antiques are offer either an ensuite bathroom or shared bathroom (max 2 guests per bathroom). Rooms options are made available upon booking. View photos of Villa Poggio alle Trese here.
MINDFULNESS RETREAT WITH KENNA & SUSAN
for the Mind, Heart, Body and Soul
- 9 Days/8 Nights
- October 3-11, 2020
- A nonrefundable $500 deposit is required to book your space on this trip.
- Trip Price (choose your room configuration upon booking):
- $4,250 USD per person – single occupancy room with ensuite bathroom
- $3,950 USD per person – single occupancy room with shared bathroom (no more than 2 people per bathroom)