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7 Day Luxury Return to the Heart Retreat in the Tuscan Hills, Italy

Monteroni D'arbia, Siena, Italy
Mandi Gunsberger
  • Activities

    Yoga

    Meditation

  • Minimum no. of participants

    6

  • Suitable for

    All levels

  • Accommodation

    Retreat resort / centre

  • Length of retreat

    6 nights

  • Meals included

    Dinner, Breakfast, Snacks / Fruit, Lunch

  • Capacity

    up to 10 persons

  • Main instructor language

    English

    Instructors also speak

About retreat

A six-night retreat steeped in gentle yet profoundly shifting yogic practices immersed in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Monday 11th - Sunday 17th March 2024.

When was the last time you gave to yourself what you endeavour to give to others? When was the last time you spoke from the heart; led from the heart, or lived truly from the heart?

‘Return to the Heart’ is a reset, a return to self, a reverence for what matters most. It’s a break from your busy life to tend to the softest place on earth - your heart.

Join Kate Kendall on this nourishing and inspiring experience to reset your nervous system and bring you back to your true nature.

Set within the beauty of Tuscany, you will be guided through practical techniques and discover ancient and liveable philosophies for leading a more spiritually uplifted and meaningful life.

Kate has been practising and teaching yoga for over 20 years and brings a wealth of insight, experience and learnings to what will be a deep dive into the divine through practical and essential tools for managing stress and helping you to listen to yourself again.

What you'll experience:

Ritual as a deep reverence for self: Cultivate a simple daily practice, or ritual (Sadhana) designed to leave you feeling grounded and reset at the start of every day and the end of each.

Science of Slow: what happens chemically, physically, emotionally, energetically and spiritually when we slow down and go counter-culture to what’s been expected of us as women in the modern day. Practising the art of slowing down to experience a deeper connection with the divine and a sharpening of our intuition - a superpower the world needs now more than ever.

One Conscious Breath: Learn the science, practicality and mystical elements of powerful breathing techniques. When we slow down the breath, we slow down the beat of the heart and we slow down the brain waves to become more present and more practiced at softening.

Message in your Mess: An exploration of some key yogic philosophies steeped in some of Kate’s relatable life experiences (and messes) and how you too can draw upon key experiences to shape and strengthen the way you are of service in the world, be in with your families, friends, colleagues, clients, employees or broader network.

Softening to Awaken: learn a tool Kate developed on her journey through recovery from an eating disorder on how to process messy emotions and triggers resulting in a more compassionate and patient way of interacting with the people who test us - our greatest teachers - resulting in profound freedom from the agitation and reactions that keep our hearts closed.

Life in Flow: how to take our practice beyond the meditation cushion and yoga mat and into our every day through an exploration of key yogic philosophies and teachings.

Soak up the experience and let yourself surrender to this deep, uplifting and clearing experience with Kate to uncover a new default mode of grounded, calm and clear and walk away with a new set of techniques to stay anchored in your centre when things feel chaotic and out of control.

This is an invitation to return home to your softest, most expansive, relaxed and creative self.

Most of us don’t know how good we were designed to feel; how inspired we were intended to be; how connected we are in this moment if only we’d tune in. This is your invitation to tune in, soften and return.

Retreat activity

Yoga

A six-night retreat steeped in gentle yet profoundly shifting yogic practices immersed in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Monday 11th - Sunday 17th March 2024. When was the last time you gave to yourself what you endeavour to give to others? When was the last time you spoke from the heart; led from the heart, or lived truly from the heart? ‘Return to the Heart’ is a reset, a return to self, a reverence for what matters most. It’s a break from your busy life to tend to the softest place on earth - your heart. Join Kate Kendall on this nourishing and inspiring experience to reset your nervous system and bring you back to your true nature. Set within the beauty of Tuscany, you will be guided through practical techniques and discover ancient and liveable philosophies for leading a more spiritually uplifted and meaningful life. Kate has been practising and teaching yoga for over 20 years and brings a wealth of insight, experience and learnings to what will be a deep dive into the divine through practical and essential tools for managing stress and helping you to listen to yourself again.

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Yoga

A six-night retreat steeped in gentle yet profoundly shifting yogic practices immersed in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Monday 11th - Sunday 17th March 2024.

When was the last time you gave to yourself what you endeavour to give to others? When was the last time you spoke from the heart; led from the heart, or lived truly from the heart?

‘Return to the Heart’ is a reset, a return to self, a reverence for what matters most. It’s a break from your busy life to tend to the softest place on earth - your heart.

Join Kate Kendall on this nourishing and inspiring experience to reset your nervous system and bring you back to your true nature.

Set within the beauty of Tuscany, you will be guided through practical techniques and discover ancient and liveable philosophies for leading a more spiritually uplifted and meaningful life.

Kate has been practising and teaching yoga for over 20 years and brings a wealth of insight, experience and learnings to what will be a deep dive into the divine through practical and essential tools for managing stress and helping you to listen to yourself again.

Meditation

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Suitable for activity
Meditation

Program

  • 6 nights with daily yoga, breathe work & meditation.
  • Daily workshops.
  • Local visit to Hot Springs.
  • Outing to Siena for Aperitif.
  • Wine tasting.
  • Pasta making class.
  • Daily Aperitif
  • Daily yoga, meditiation, breath work, restorative practise (nothing compulsary!)
  • Daily work shop 

Daily Routine: 

07:00 Yoga, Breath, Meditation

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Daily workshop

10:00 Free time

12:00 Lunch

14:00 Free time

17:00 Restorative Practice (Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Meditation)

18:30 Aperitif

19:30 Dinner

 

Itinerary
Instructors and Staff

Kate Kendall

Instructor

Co-founder of Flow Athletic in Sydney’s Paddington, Kate has been practising and teaching yoga for over 20 years and brings a wealth of insight, experience and learnings to what will be a deep dive into the divine through practical and essential tools for managing stress and helping you to listen to yourself again.

Experiences

Yoga

Meditation

Spirituality

Mandi Gunsberger

Instructor

Hey there, I'm Mandi Gunsberger, the heart and soul behind Nourish Travel. With a journey spanning two decades and three business ventures, I appear to be a serial entrepreneur. And let me tell you, Nourish Travel is the crown jewel of my ventures!

Back in 2018, after selling a media business, my family and I embarked on a magical journey to Tuscany. We did consulting work from our Tuscan villa while our three daughters immersed themselves in the community at the International School of Siena. It was a bucket list year for us all that we were fortunate enough to do just prior to the global pandemic.

Tuscany worked its enchantment on me from the minute I arrived – the people, the stories, the mouthwatering food, and that unbeatable relaxed vibe. This region felt like a warm embrace for my mind and body, igniting a longing to spend more time soaking in its splendour.

Long story short, that longing evolved into a wonderful idea: Nourish Travel. You see, I was absolutely determined to share the sheer magic of Tuscany with the world. It has become my mission. Even after returning to Australia, thoughts of Tuscany and the vision of bringing others to experience its wonder started to take shape.

And here we are! Nourish retreats are where the magic happens. Imagine a gathering of incredible people, coming together for an experience that transforms lives. I'm thrilled to introduce our guests to some of my dearest friends – some who run wineries, make olive oil, own charming restaurants, and teach inspiring yoga and art classes. The retreats are all about curating moments that nourish your soul.

My dream? It's a big one. I'm on a mission to extend a warm invitation to people from all walks of life, regardless of age or background, from every corner of the world. I want them to step into the Tuscany that has captured my heart and spirit.

It's a place of connection, rejuvenation, and pure magic. So, come along – let's make memories and experience the Tuscany I hold so dear, together!

Experiences

Other

Event Management
Entrepreneurial (4 businesses over 18 years)

Location

Your home for the retreat is 'Podere Macchione'. A place like no other. Tuscan charm in abundance. A sympathetically restored and reimagined farmhouse. A very special retreat space.

Having undergone a 7-year restoration project, this place has been lovingly brought back to life as a rural sanctuary, with extremely comfortable guest rooms and a sense of understated luxury. The breathtaking landscape and nature walk feature olive groves, woodland, and a lavender field. The super-stylish yet simple farmhouse design offers easy dining and living areas and no shortage of stunning spaces (inside and out) to read, write, relax and feel totally restored.

Located in an area of incredible peace and beauty to the south of Siena, this is the heart of Tuscany; the land of cypress trees, rolling hills, and hilltop towns.

Under 3 hours from Rome, 2 hours from Pisa, 90 minutes from Florence, and to the center of Siena in 30 minutes.

Monteroni D'arbia, Siena, Italy

How to get there

Book your flight to Pisa International Airport (PSA)

The nearest airports are Pisa Airport (PSA) (2 hours), Florence (1.5 hrs), Perugia (75 mins) & Rome (3 hours).

The nearest major city is Siena (30 minutes from the Retreat) which has transport links (rail/bus) from the major airports and we can arrange free pick-up and drop-off in Siena on arrival and departure days.

Airport

Florence Airport - 96 km

Pisa Airport - 135 km

Accomodation
Private & Shared (Twin or Triple) Room Ensuite

Retreat resort / centre

Beautifully styled private en-suite or shared (twin or triple) rooms for a restful night's sleep.

With a large and extremely comfortable double bed, underfloor heating in winter and AC in summer.

WiFi included.

Amenities and services
  • Outdoor pool
  • Yoga studio
  • Garden
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Free wifi
  • Tours and daytrips
  • Airport transfer
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Dishwasher
  • Linen & towels provided
  • Catering services
  • Cooking
  • Meditation room
  • Air conditioning
  • Concierge services
Food

All home cooked, delicious and nutritious - an Italian / Mediteranean inspired vegetarian menu with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

Teas, coffee, fruit, and snacks are available throughout the day.

Local Tuscan wines available with dinner.

Special diets can be catered for (GF / Vegan / Allergies)

Included meals
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks / Fruit
  • Lunch
Included drinks
  • Coffee
  • Beer
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Tea
  • Wine
Special dietary requirements
  • Vegetarian
  • Glutan free
  • Vegan
  • Dairy free
What is included in the price
  • 6 nights luxury accommodation - shared twin with private ensuite or private room with ensuite
  • Transfers from Florence or Siena.
  • All transportation during your Tuscan adventure.
  • Delicious meals cooked by our private chef, including Tuscan wines with lunch and dinner - (wholesome delicious breakfasts, leisurely Tuscan lunches, daily evening aperitif and lavish gourmet dinners). All allergies & food preferences can be accommodated.
  • Yoga, breathe work & meditation.
  • Wine tasting experience with Emily O’Hare, ex London’s River Cafe Head Sommelier.
  • A magical visit to the Tuscan hot springs.
  • A visit to the captivating city of Siena.
  • Pasta making class
  • All taxes.
What is not included in the price
  • Travel costs to and from Tuscany
  • Travel insurance - compulsory that you organise your own
Cancelation policy

Free cancelation 30 days before check in


Guests will incur a fee 50% if they cancel their booking 15-29 days before check-in


Guests will incur a fee 100% if they cancel their booking 0-14 days before check-in


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