Italy Retreat

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San Gimignano – Villa Ducci
July 4-9, 2022

Okay, be honest, any of you who are reading this must at some point in your life have dreamed about visiting Tuscany, Italy… 
 
Soaking up the beautiful atmosphere of sun, excellent food, and superb organic wine…strolling down the narrow streets of a historic town or simply sitting in a small cafe surrounded by the spirit of the people living there.   
 
Or maybe, just possibly, you read the book Under the Tuscan Sun and are inspired to follow your North Star into a new life or you’re old enough to be inspired by the classic film La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini. (Yes, this actually happened to me in the early 1960s and is still relevant today.)
 
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…
 
No matter where you are in your study and interest in the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Yoga, or the principles of Ayurveda we invite you to come and learn in the magical setting of Tuscany, Italy. This unique Residential Retreat is held at 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/Ayurveda.  Sharing a unique opportunity of working with a variety of highly skilled teachers in a community setting. The faculty, all with decades of experience, is an ensemble of teachers who are long-term friends. 
 
Our aim is 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 42nd annual retreat series (all starting in 1979 in Ojai, California) that has proven to be an excellent introduction to anyone new to this work. People currently studying will find the support they need to clarify and deepen their work. Some of our participants are considering becoming teachers of the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, or Yoga/Ayurveda and have an opportunity to meet and to work with teachers from several training courses and teaching traditions; some 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 4th through the 9th. Six unforgettable days of innovative mind/body learning that will change your life!   
 
All come to be inspired and refreshed and all are welcome…
 

Two-Step Process:

The tuition fee for the Italy Retreat is $1,500 (€1,271) for the Early Bird Rate. 

If you want to ensure your booking is at the current price please book soon. Early Bird Registration ends on June 1, 2022, after which the price goes up by $150. If you are paying in Euros it will be around €1,271 for the Early Bird rate and €1,400 after June 1st. (This might vary slightly)

This fee covers Daily Homeroom, 3 Individual Alexander Technique Lessons, Morning Yoga, Daily AT Specialty Classes, Awareness Through Movement classes, and Ayurveda Lectures.

Please Register for the Tuscany Retreat by…

1) Paying a $500 Tuition Deposit which will hold your space for the Tuscany Retreat (or if you wish, please pay your tuition in full). Full Payment is due by June 15, 2022. See below to pay.

2) After registering for the Retreat, we will send your name to Villa Ducci. You can then go to the HOUSING LINK BELOW that will 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 that is refundable up until June 15, 2022

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 wonderful room rates that include a European Buffet Breakfast every morning, Lunch daily, 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.

 

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Description

The Villa Ducci Accommodation Price Includes:

  • 5 Night Accommodation
  • 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches (Monday, July 4 to Saturday, July 9th, Opening Dinner on Monday, August 30th
  • Closing Dinner on Friday, July 8th, 2022
  • 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 groups needs.

Day Time Class

Arrival Day

Day1:30-5:30Check-In & Orientation
5:15–6:30Introduction to the Week & Alexander Technique, Yoga|Ayurveda, and Feldenkrais Method Intro Group
7:00–Special Welcoming Dinner
8:00–9:00Home Groups

Daily Activities ~ Tentative Schedule

Days 2–52–5 7:00-8:00Yoga Class
8:00–9:00Breakfast
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
2:15–3:30Ayurveda Talks | Specialty Classes
3:30-4:30Feldenkrais 'Awareness Through Movement' Classes

Speciality Classes & Ayurveda Talks may include:

  • 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 67:00–8:00Yoga Class
8:00–9:00Breakfast
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!”

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