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 Pasta Making Class

Pasta Making Class

Gaia Gourmet & Lakshmi Rising
TUSCANY CUISINE-CULTURE-YOGA RETREATS
Hosted by Dr. Liz Lindh ERYT 500 & Chef Naga

3 EXTRA WEEKS ADDED TO OUR CALENDAR!!!

Sept 9 - 17, 2018
Sept 17 - 24, 2018
Sept 24 - Oct 1st, 2018

at La Selva Giardino del Belvedere
Tuscany, Italy

Join us on any of these three weeks; Sept 9-17, Sept 16-24, Sept 23-Oct 1st, 2018 where Gaia Gourmet and Lakshmi Rising play, dine and adventure in Tuscany! We have crafted a delicious week with cooking classes, wine & cheese tasting, truffle hunting, sight seeing, shopping, daily Yoga and more! All of our culinary delights and adventures have been curated by Liz and Chef Naga in alignment with our Gaia Gourmet philosophy. We have chosen foodie-focused excursions (everything is optional), and have also left some unstructured time for you to explore on your own or relax with some quiet moments on this beautiful property (massage services available).

We will journey to another Sanctuary in the Chianti region of Tuscany, the heart of the “Golden Triangle” between Senna, Arezzo and Florence; La Selva di Giordano. This magical property, overlooking the gentle slopes of the Arno valley, is a vast 32 acre natural garden of ancient oaks, olive groves, grape vines and overflowing meadows with indigenous wild flora and fauna. Similar to our beloved Sanctuary in Costa Rica, two flowing streams of water enhance the potent high vibration of the land. The totally restored 17th century farmhouse, two additional smaller villas, a spacious studio specifically for Yoga, four salt water swimming pools and an outdoor amphitheater are peacefully nestled into this healing environment, intertwined as if in symbiosis. Although the main villa was built more than 300 years ago; the recent restoration has maintained the spirit of the house with respect to the original architecture and use of hand-made and natural materials following bio-architecture parameters. The design and decor are simple and comfortable, with inspiring use of light, art and antiques. The owner is an artist, visionary, florist and arborist who stumbled upon this run-down property while hiking and has passionately and wholeheartedly enlivened it beyond its original beauty.

For questions contact Liz at: lakshmirising@gmail.com.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (inquire about the specific excursion schedule for your week)

Monday
1:00pm Meet in Florence for lunch to enjoy a vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring. From there will all ride the train together (purchase ticket online from Firenze S. M. Novella to Montevarchi-Terranuova) and share a shuttle from the station to La Selva with a stop at a local Slow Food farmer's market for savory delights and bio-dynamic Tuscan wines.
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Tuesday
8:00-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
11:00am Optional excursion to San Giovanni Termerapolana Thermal Hot Springs with lunch & dinner there (extra charge). 
7:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Wednesday
8:00-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Optional excursion Truffle Hunting with special truffle lunch & wine pairing (additional charge) 
7:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Thursday
8:00-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Optional excursion to Montevarchi open air market, shopping & lunch out (additional charge)
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Friday
8:00-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
2:00pm Optional excursion to Siena with lunch and dinner there (additional charge). 
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Saturday
8:00-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Boutique Bio-Dynamic Winery Tour with lunch (additional charge)
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Sunday
8:00-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
2:00pm Optional excursion to Cortona with lunch and dinner there (additional charge). Optional visit to a cheese making family farm with lunch & wine (additional charge). 
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Monday
8:00-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
11am Departure shuttle to Montevarchi-Terranuova Station

REGISTRATION

We have thought of everything, all you need to do is book your ticket and show up. The amazingly affordable price for this unique and carefully designed experience is $1800USD.  This includes 2-3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (on some excursion days there will be no lunch or dinner served at La Selva), Italian espresso, an assortment of teas, fresh seasonal fruit for snacking, high vibration spring water for drinking and bathing, accommodations on a beautifully restored 17th century Tuscan Villa Estate and full access to the common areas, daily housekeeping, laundry machine in your villa, wifi, a vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring in Florence, 2 hour asana & meditation practice each morning, unlimited enjoyment of a 32 acre nature preserve including olive groves, gardens, wooded trails, hanging lounge beds in the forrest, chaise lounge beds for sun bathing and salt water swimming pools, and concierge assistance planning your travel and coordinating excursions. The retreat price does not include international or local transportation, lodging in Florence, optional group excursions, additional food, wine or personal care necessities, meals out, or optional wellness services.

All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

We are sorry but this retreat cannot provide vegan & gluten-free options.