Italy Retreat


San Gimignano – Villa Ducci
July 3-8, 2023

Okay, be honest; any of you reading this must have dreamed about visiting Tuscany, Italy. 
Soaking up the beautiful atmosphere of the sun, excellent food, and superb organic wine…strolling down the narrow streets of a historical town or simply sitting in a small cafe surrounded by the spirit of the people living there.  
However, what you will experience while studying the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, and Breath-Centered Yoga is equally important during this six-day retreat.  A very practical immersion, a “deep dive,” as it were, into these three learning methods during your week at Villa Ducci in Tuscany.   
All three systems of learning have one thing in common…they all fall under the umbrella of PsychoPhysical Learning.  An integration of Intellectual, Emotional, and Physical intelligence.  
If any of this is “vibrating as being true,” with your heart perking up and becoming more lively, then this Tuscany Retreat is tailor-made for you…

The Tuscany Retreat will consist of :

  • Daily Small Group Classes focusing on Postural Re-Education
  • Individual Sessions
  • Daily Feldenkrais ‘Awareness Through Movement Classes
  • Daily ‘Breath-Centered Yoga’ Practices
  • Morning ‘Home Room’ that is a through-line for the week 
  • “How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci” daily lectures
  • Excellent Tuscan Food and Wine with conversations with new friends
  •  Learning how to allow Leisure Time to simply enjoy doing nothing…

Key benefits you will take home:

  • Better Posture and Balance
  • Reduced tension and pain
  • Creating a Personal Practice 
  • Ways to create ‘space’ in your life
  • Learning to move with ease, creating more joy in your life
  • Meditation practice
  • Key ‘tools’ to manage stress & keep you on the path to wholeness
No matter where you are in your study and interest in the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and Yoga,  we invite you to come and learn in the magical setting of Tuscany, Italy. This unique Residential Retreat will be at the beautiful Villa Ducci overlooking the historic center of San Gimignano. 
This Residential Retreat in Tuscany is open to anyone interested in psychophysical learning with the three disciplines: Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, and Yoga. Sharing a unique opportunity of working with a variety of highly skilled teachers in a community setting. All with decades of experience, the faculty is an ensemble of teachers who are long-term friends. 
We aim to create an intensive learning experience. There will be large and small group sessions as well as individual lessons. Optional classes will be offered in related studies such as Sports, Movement Skills, Freeing the Natural Voice, Performance Anxiety (stage fright), and letting go of unnecessary Daily Stress.
This year marks our 44th Annual Retreat  (all starting in 1979 in Ojai, California), which has proven to be an excellent introduction to anyone new to this work. People studying will find the support they need to clarify and deepen their work. Participants considering becoming teachers of the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, or Yoga will benefit from working with teachers from several training courses and teaching traditions. Some participants are enrolled in teacher-training programs, and some are practicing teachers returning to study with friends and Master Teachers. 

So, bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, and spirit of adventure to Villa Ducci overlooking the beautiful walled city of San Gimignano this coming July 3-8th.

                                   Six unforgettable days of innovative Mind/Body learning that will change your life! 

Overview of Tuscany Rates


Retreat Tuition

Villa Ducci Room Rates 

Student Rate:   $1,300

Single Room: $883

Early Bird Rate: $1,495

(Before May 15th)

Double Room: $1,240

Regular Rate: $1,650

(After May 15th)

Triple Room: $1,958

Two-Step Process:

The Early Bird Tuition for the Italy Retreat is $1,495 (€1,400) until May 15th, 2023. Book Early!  Students pay $1,300. Euro rate will vary.  After May 15th, the rate is $1650 (€1,552). 

This fee covers Daily Homeroom, 2 Individual Coaching Sessions, Morning Yoga, Daily AT Specialty Classes, Awareness Through Movement classes, and Daily Lectures.

Please Register for the Tuscany Retreat:

1) Pay a $500 Tuition Deposit to hold your space for the Tuscany Retreat (or, if you wish, pay your tuition in total). Full Payment is due by May 20, 2022. 

2) After registering for the Retreat, we will send your name to Villa Ducci. You can then visit the HOUSING LINK BELOW to connect you with Villa Ducci’s website. Fill in the form to reserve your room. You will only be charged 10% of the total fee, which is refundable up until June 1, 2023

1) You pay on this website for your Tuition in $US dollars. If you are paying in Euros, you can pay through PayPal. 

2) You pay Villa Ducci on their website at the link below directly for your Room.

We are working with Hotel Villa Ducci to help with booking the rooms. This will make it easier for you to reserve your room directly with them. We have great room rates that include a European Buffet Breakfast every morning, lunch daily, and opening and closing night dinner in the pricing—leaving three Dinners that you can have at Villa Ducci or go out and explore and dine in San Gimignano. See more below.

Special Rates until April 24th!

1. Everyone can get the Student Rate. 

2. If you bring a friend, you each pay $990 for the tuition plus the shared room rate of $1,240. ($620 pp) That includes most meals for the six days.

3. Click Student Rate below; if you’re bringing a friend, put in the number 2,

4. Add it to your cart

5. View the cart.

6. Fill out the Form or you can return and do it later after you have paid. Your choice! 

7. Pay either your deposit or Full payment. 

Having problems registering? Please call us; we love helping people! 



The Villa Ducci Accommodation Price Includes:

  • 5 Night Accommodation
  • 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches (Monday, July 3 to Saturday, July 8th, Opening Dinner on Monday, July 3rd
  • Closing Dinner on Friday, July 7th, 2023
  • Exclusive use of Villa Ducci property, free parking, wifi, swimming pool, satellite T.V., toiletries, all rooms are air-conditioned.

Where Villa Ducci is Located


Villa Ducci Accommodation Rates Only

(Please email or call Villa Ducci directly with any questions)
Single Room | $883
Double Room | $1,240
Triple Room | $1,598
Quad Room | $1,958

Check out the Villa Ducci website HERE

Hotel Villa Ducci Room Registration: To register for your room & meals, please fill out the secure form. FORM

A 10% non-refundable fee will be taken to secure your room. The Villa Ducci will send you a confirmation email.  Full payment is will be charged at check-in. If you have any Questions? Please Call Us!

Not included is:

  • Airlines cost
  • Transportation to and from Villa Ducci
  • Beverages, wine at lunch or dinner
  • Any extra meals
  • Hotel Tourist Tax

Daily Schedule for Tuscany

The daily schedule is customized for each Retreat and is finalized just before a Retreat begins. The schedule below is a typical daily schedule. Times and application classes will be geared toward the group's needs.


Arrival Day

Day 1:30-5:30 Check-In & Orientation
5:15–6:30Introduction to the Week & Alexander Technique, Yoga, and Feldenkrais Method Intro Group
7:00–Special Welcoming Dinner
8:00–9:00Home Groups

Daily Activities ~ Tentative Schedule

Days 2–5 2–5 7:00-8:00 Yoga Class
9:15–9:45Walkabouts (Apply A.T. to walking)
10:15–11:30Home Groups
11:30–12:30Alexander Lessons or Feldenkrais 'Functional Integration' Sessions
12:30–1:30Lunch at Villa Ducci
2:15–3:30Lecture Series | Specialty Classes
3:30-4:30Feldenkrais 'Awareness Through Movement' Classes

Speciality Classes & "How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci" lectures with Michael Gelb

  • Working at your computer without Back Ache
  • Presentation Skills—How to talk in front of a group
  • Awareness Through Movement
  • Performance Class: (Singers/Actors/Musicians/Dancers)
  • Creating a Healthy Lifestyle ~ Understanding your Body Type
  • Food as Medicine
  • 5 Sense Therapies for Healing
  • Understanding the 3 Pillars of Life
4:30- FREE TIME to explore the beautiful town of San Gimignano. Plus lounging by the poolside, making new friends and enjoying some quiet time
7:30Dinner at Villa Ducci or at local restaurants

Departure Day

Day 6 7:00–8:00 Yoga Class
9:30–10:00Walkabouts (Informal Work)
10:00–11:30Home Groups
11:30–12:00Closing circle with Q & A
12:30–2:00Lunch & Check Out “Au revoir and safe travels!”

Additional information

Italy Retreat Tuition

Student Price (+1,300.00), Early Bird Price Paid before May 15th (+1,495.00), Regular Pricing (+1,650.00)


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