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Join Me Under The Tuscan Sun in May 2013:

Posted Jun 25 2012 8:31pm

Tuscany, Italy 25th May – 1st June 2013

Restful restorative yoga, meditation and walking retreat:

As I’m about to facilitate another couple of Rest and Rejuvenation Retreats in Ubud, Bali my energies are mostly  “retreat ” focused at the moment so I thought I’d let you know about a retreat I have coming up in Europe next year.  Hope you don’t mind me sharing all the nourishing, relaxing and rejuvenating details with you -I’m just a little bit excited.

In case you didn’t know my Rest and Rejuvenation Retreats in Europe and Bali are my absolute joy and passion. Without a doubt. I feel incredibly blessed being able to do this for a living.

My retreats are all about you – giving yourself permission to surrender the fatigue, stress, worry and energy imbalances. No yoga or meditation experience is needed.  Everyone and any age is welcome (each retreat has a great mix of ages). If you can lay on your yoga mat you can enjoy restful restorative yoga, therapeutic breathing and simple meditation.   All retreats are perfect for women, men and couples who want to get away from it all, feel exhausted, overworked, lost connection with self,  experiencing health issues or simply need to some time out to rest, replenish and rejuvenate – not to mention soaking yourself in Tuscan culture and countryside.

If you feel drawn to Italy and would love to join me in Tuscany for 7 days then please read on.  My retreats are always small (I prefer it that way) and they do fill quickly.  So, if you were thinking of coming please let me know sooner rather than later so you are not disappointed. I receive enquiries most days.   Yeah!

It’s all about the practice of daily intentional rest through:

* very gentle restorative yoga to deeply rest the mind and body, calm the nerves, balance hormones and strengthen the immune system

* therapeutic breathing to release fatigue, stress and balance scattered energies (includes pranayama’s and mantra’s) and fuel your cells and organs with more oxygen.

* yoga nidra meditation to calm the mind, clear blocks and heighten internal guidance and intuition

* Know that in addition I’ll also be supporting you with hands on reiki, therapeutic flower essence blends that I have personally made along with special essential oils and energy clearing sprays all aimed at deepening your relaxation experience.

Couple all of the above with afternoons of  guided walks or cycling through local Tuscan countryside, villages and culture for a calmer, healthier and happier you.  There’s also a couple of free afternoons to nourish yourself in whatever way you choose.

Your individual needs are taken into total consideration so I can maximize your rest and rejuvenation experience.  It would be my absolute honour and pleasure to support you to the best of my ability.

What participants say about my retreats:

“Thank you Carole for such a wonderful retreat.  This was the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience I’d ever had.  My mind, body and spirit felt relaxed and rejuvenated from a holistic package. This would not have been complete without you as our facilitator being such a kind, gentle and helpful soul.  So, thank you Carole from the bottom of my heart.  I highly recommend this retreat to anyone” Nyesha, Australia, Physiologist and Counsellor 2011

“You will be truly amazed at how easily you can naturally relax when you are in the presence of Carole. She is a very perceptive facilitator and has a gift for healing and understanding along with a gentleness that creates peace and harmony to the soul. After returning from one of her Retreats I felt enriched and calm and had learnt so much. I can thoroughly recommend the rejuvenation I experienced. Carole has a character beyond reproach” Revi, pilot, yoga teacher Australia 2010

“The most relaxing week. Quiet and calm. Wonderful treatments and Carole a wonderful teacher”  Jane, New Zealand 2011

“I can highly recommend this retreat with the lovely Carole. Everything was just perfect. The restorative yoga retreat was just what my soul was crying out for. !!! I intend to go again in the near future. Carole is a wonderful facilitator” Wendy, Nurse, Australia 2010

What you can expect – Imagine this:

Immerse yourself in Tuscan culture staying in a fully restored 17th century country villa set amongst 28 hectares of natural woodlansds as you rest, replenish and rejuvenate your soul.   Eat delicious vegetarian meals mostly organic from fresh, local and seasonal produce.

Each day is balanced beautifully with mornings of restful, restorative yoga followed by afternoons of guided walking (or cycling) through local villages, olive groves and vineyards (sometimes along ancient pilgram trails) or a memorable Tuscan excursion to Lucca or nearby hot springs.

Finish each evening with the very replenishing Yoga Nidra meditation and a little restful, restorative yoga to invoke a great nights sleep.

Retreat cost includes:

* 7 nights accomodation

* 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day (except for a few excursions or free afternoons)

* Dinner at a fabulous local Italian restaurant on the last night

* Fruit, herbal teas and water throughout the day

* Full use of grounds hammocks, swimming pools, sunroom

* Pick up from Lucca station

* Guided walk to hill top village and picnic

* All yoga equipment – mat etc

Not included:

* Airfare

* Meals when on excursion

* Bicycle hire (this is optional)

* Spending money

* Massages, language and cooking classes offered at Villa


$1,975.00 Australian dollars (Approx 1,980 US dollars) Twin share with shared bathroom (shared between 2 rooms)

$2,350.00 Australian dollars.  (Approx 2,357 US dollars) Twin share private ensuite.

$2,350.00 Australian dollars.  Single room with shared bathroom (shared between 2 rooms)


A $500.00 Australian dollar deposit (approx 502 US dollars )is required to secure your place.  This is a non refundable but is transferable deposit.

The balance is due 60 days prior to retreat date – 25th March 2013.

Deposits and payments can be made via paypal or via internet banking.

Please contact me ( Carole )for details.

About the food:

Wine, olive oil, herbs and vegetables are all produced in abundance on the estate.  Ingredients are organic where possible otherwise fresh local seasonal produce is used.

Meals served at Villa Benvenuti are casual in a very relaxed environment with plenty of variety.

You are in Italy so expect cheese, crusty bread and some pasta.

Special dietary requirement such as gluten free can be catered for.  Please let us know in advance.

Getting there:

Our villa is located 15 minutes from the historical walled city of Lucca.  The birth place of Puccini.

It’s about 35 minutes by car from Pisa international airport and one and half hours from Florence international airport.  Both Pisa and Lucca are connected by train.  You can take the train to Lucca (nearest train station to our retreat) and we will organise to pick you up from the station.

Easyjet, ryan air and British airways all fly throughout Europe.

If you are coming from America, Delta fly direct from New York.

Make a booking or enquiry:

Contact Carole


skype: carole.fogarty

mobile:  In Australia   0433 705 905

What I’m loving at the moment:

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Developing A Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time

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Rest and Rejuvenation Retreats, Ubud, Bali:

It’s all about the practice of intentional rest, with daily body treatments, therapeutic breathing practices and meditation for a calmer, healthier and happier you.

Please click here for all the relaxing details.  You know you want too!


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