Italy Retreat


San Gimignano – Villa Ducci
July 1-6, 2024

Creating Balance Within: A New Approach to Living Longer

with the

Alexander Technique, Breath-Centered Yoga, and Ayurveda

Embark on a transformative journey towards enhanced well-being at our upcoming Tuscany Retreat. This exclusive experience, aptly titled “Creating Balance Within,” offers a unique opportunity to explore the profound teachings of the Alexander Technique, Breath-Centered Yoga, and Ayurveda, providing a holistic approach to posture, movement, and longevity.

Learn how the principles of the Alexander Technique refine your posture and movement, fostering a sense of ease, balance, and alignment. Rejuvenate your body and mind with a daily yoga practice, where the foundational principles guide you in slowing down your central nervous system, helping you reduce your daily stress. We will teach how a short breath and meditation practice can help renew and reset your day and foster a harmonious integration of mind and body.

Enrich your understanding of longevity and holistic well-being through engaging talks on Ayurveda. Learn how the interplay of food, lifestyle choices, and the five senses can contribute to a balanced and fulfilling life. You will learn simple Ayurvedic principles and practice tools that will empower you to reduce stress and help you live a longer, more youthful life.

Join us for “Creating Balance Within A New Approach to Living Longer” and unlock the secrets to longevity through the synergy of the Alexander Technique, Breath-Centered Yoga, and Ayurveda. Embrace a journey of self-discovery and well-being in the beautiful surroundings of the Villa Ducci and Tuscany.

Throughout this immersive retreat, you’ll be engaged in daily classes, private lessons, and practical applications. Our seasoned teachers will skillfully lead you through each practice, helping you gain a profound understanding of these disciplines and facilitating their seamless integration into your daily life so you can apply them to your life when you return home.

This year, we will set aside more time to relax by the pool, partake in a local wine tour (available at an extra cost), or explore the captivating Tuscan countryside. Immerse yourself in an environment that nurtures and inspires, connecting you with like-minded individuals from around the globe. Bask in Italy’s enchanting beauty and allure. Our venue, the 14th-century Villa Ducci, meticulously restored to blend contemporary comforts with historic elegance, provides the perfect backdrop for this extraordinary journey.

Elevate your well-being and embrace the transformative magic that awaits you. Join us in San Gimignano at the beautiful Villa Ducci, July 1-6, 2024 – where personal growth and Italian charm intertwine. This exceptional retreat is not to be missed! Register now to ensure your place in this captivating experience.

The Tuscany Retreat will consist of the following:

  • Daily Small Group Classes focusing on Postural Re-Education
  • 2 Individual Sessions
  • 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
  • Understanding the principles of Ayurveda and how they apply to you.
  • Excellent Tuscan Food and Wine with conversations with new friends
  • Learning how to allow Leisure Time to 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
  • Working with your voice & Breath
  • How using your 5 Senses can help change your life. 
  • Essential ‘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, Breath-Centered Yoga, and how the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, we invite you to come and learn in the magical setting of 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, Breath-Centered Yoga, and Ayurveda. This is a unique opportunity to work with 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. Related studies will offer optional classes such as Sports, Movement Skills, Freeing the Natural Voice, Performance Anxiety (stage fright), and letting go of unnecessary Daily Stress.
This year marks our 45th 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 who are considering becoming teachers of the Alexander Technique, or Yoga, will benefit from working with teachers from several training courses and teaching traditions. 

So, bring your love for learning, your curiosity for creating more health and wellness in your life, and your spirit of adventure to Villa Ducci next summer, July 1-6, 2024, overlooking the beautiful walled city of San Gimignano. 


Overview of Tuscany Rates

Pay for the Retreat Tuition on this Website. You will Contact the Villa Ducci to secure Your Room. See Below.


Retreat Tuition

Villa Ducci Room Rates in Euros

                                Room Rates Include Most Meals

Student Rate: $990

Single Room: €800 (one person)

Special Tuition Rate:  $1,395

(Before May 20, 2024)

Double Room: €1,225 (two people)

                             Deluxe Double: €1,325 (two people)

Regular Rate: $1,495

(After May 20th)

Triple Room: €1,675 (three people)

Two-Step Process:

If you’re enrolled in a University or Professional Training Program, the rate is $990.  We love students!

Our Special Tuition of $1,395 ends May 20, 2024.   After May 20th, the rate will be $1,495.  Euro rate will vary.  

This fee covers Daily Homeroom, 2 Individual Coaching Sessions, Morning Yoga, Daily AT Specialty Classes, Ayurveda Talks, and lectures on learning.

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 the full tuition). The Full Payment is due by May 25th. If you register after May 25th, please pay the total amount. 

2) After you register 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, 2024

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 (5), and opening and closing night dinner in the pricing above—leaving three Dinners that you can have at Villa Ducci or go out and explore and dine in San Gimignano. See more below.

Are you having problems registering? Please call us; we love helping people! 

Pay a deposit of $500.00 per item


The Villa Ducci Accommodation Price Includes:

  • 5 Night Accommodation
  • 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches (Monday, July 1 to Saturday, July 6th, Opening Dinner on Monday, July 3rd
  • Closing Dinner on Friday, July 5th, 2024
  • 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 in U.S. Dollars

(Please email or call Villa Ducci directly with any questions)
Single Room | $864
Double Room | $1,300 ($650 per person)
Triple Room | $1,805 ($602 per person)
Quad Room | $2,532 ($633 per person)

Check out the Villa Ducci website HERE

Hotel Villa Ducci Room Registration: Please complete the secure form to register for your room & meals. FORM (not available yet)

A 10% non-refundable fee will be taken to secure your room. The Villa Ducci will send you a confirmation email.  Full payment 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 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
12:30–1:30Lunch at Villa Ducci
2:15–3:30Lecture Series | Specialty Classes
3:30-4:30Free Time | Wine Tour

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- Explore the beautiful town of San Gimignano. Plus lounging by the poolside, making new friends and/or 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 Rate Price (+990.00), Special Tuition Price (+1,395.00), Regular Price Paid after May 22nd (+1,495.00)


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