7 Day Yoga & Cooking Retreat

with Maeve McCaffrey and Melissa Mayo

June 7-14, 2020

Lucca, Italy

Early Pricing $3195 Double; 3595 Single

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Registration & Info

RETREAT INCLUDES

  • 6 nights / 7 days accommodation at Villa Pardi, breakfast included
  • 2 Airport transfers to and from Florence or Pisa airport (Pisa airport is a bigger and easier airport to fly into than Florence)
  • 5 yoga classes Monday- Friday with Maeve
  • 5 cooking lessons Monday- Friday with Melissa
  • 5 lunches and afternoon aperitivos at the pool
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant in Lucca
  • Transport between the villa, the cooking school and Lucca
  • Excludes air fare

ACCOMMODATIONS

Guests will be staying at Villa Pardi, an eighteenth-century dwelling that has been completely renovated. They maintained the original features of the time with frescoed rooms, Tuscan-style furnishings and beautiful chandeliers. On the ground floor, guests find a sunny breakfast room and a cozy hall. On the first floor there is an inviting common room where guests can relax.

Close by is a gorgeous 4-mile trail along the riverbed and waterfall. Take a quiet stroll or head out for a run under the lush canopy of trees brimming with wildflowers and butterflies. Rooms are spacious and bright, with private bathrooms with a shower, LCD TV and free internet WIFI. There is also a gorgeous garden and pool.

LUCCA

Situated beside the Serchio River in northwestern Tuscany, Lucca is perhaps best known for its well-preserved city walls. They form a perfect ring around the Renaissance-era center. Enjoy a walk or bike ride, or grab dinner on this leafy two-and-a-half-mile path with views across green fields and terra-cotta rooftops.

Lucca is home to over 1000 restaurants, cafes and gelaterias. Sip on an spritz in Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, take in the views of the magnificent Romanesque Church of San Michele or climb one of the many towers. You can also grab an espresso and wander around the city. If you are into shopping you’ll find amazing leather, high fashion, souvenirs and food items in the many designer stores and boutiques.

Music is central in this city, the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini. In summer, melodies waft through the town from Piazza Napoleone, which hosts the Lucca Summer Festival, an annual outdoor concert series. This summer’s edition features Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, Celine Dion and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

MONDAY – FRIDAY SCHEDULE

9am – Meet up after breakfast.

A van will bring you to Susina Cucina, location for yoga and cooking classes.

9:15-10:30am  – 75 minute yoga class with Maeve.

Reconnect with your body as you flow through a series of asanas designed to restore balance and harmony. Maeve will be teaching yoga appropriate for all levels. The daily practice will include breathing, postures, and meditation to leave you calm and inspired. The classes are the perfect way to center and get a full mind/body workout.

10:45am – 2pm cooking class with Melissa

Join Food Network Chef Melissa Mayo for a cooking class in her Tuscan kitchen. Learn how to make all the Italian classics. The class size is limited to 10 so it in an intimate experience. Each class will be followed by a long lazy lunch and great Italian wines. There is also time to hang out at the pool and enjoy some cocktails before siesta.

2:30pm –  Return to the villa

Enjoy and afternoon siesta or head off and explore Lucca or one of the nearby towns.

WELCOME DINNER – Monday at 8pm

Join us for a 5-course meal at one of Lucca’s most famed restaurants for an evening of food, wine, desserts and great conversation. This is the perfect time to get to know the other people on the retreat.