Project Description


Treat yourself to a magical week in the Tuscan Apennines pampering your inner being by unplugging and connecting with this exclusive natural paradise – a much needed break from it all!

Clay experiential workshop: Mindfulness with Clay – daily yoga sessions- massages also available daily with one free taster session – Tasting – exploring -swimming- walking – soak in the energy of Mediterranean mountain bliss!

We guarantee experiences and all the elements for you to return home revived and relaxed.


  • Saturday 21st September – 28th September 2019
  • Saturday 28th September – 5th October2019


A small medieval village in the hills of the Lunigiana – Tavernelle, Tuscany

Accomodation: 7 nights included with various types according to your budget prices vary between 799Euros – 1499Euros

We will be hosting a minimum of 10 up to a maximum of 20 per group.

What’s special about this retreat?

The retreat has been created to reconnect with your body and mind, regenerating your inner self offering much-needed time and space to unplug from busy lifestyles and professions.

This retreat is designed to get you inspired, stimulate your creative capacities and take you on a creative journey that is about self care and life’s pleasures. It is also about having a fantastic holiday just chilling out and relaxing, meeting likeminded folk and sharing laughter and good times without having the stress of planning any activities yourself – it’s all been taken care of…

The “Freedom and Connection with Clay” sessions will tap into the therapeutic benefits of clay, exploring the liberation of letting go and trusting intuition to express ourselves. With the emphasis on fun, you’ll experiment, play, laugh, talk and leave feeling freer, more connected and inspired to enjoy a greater sense of artistic achievement.,

Yoga sessions every morning will gently prepare you for your day of creativity and the evening sessions are designed for complete relaxation, stretching out and unwinding from your day..

Individual massage sessions offered daily with one free taster session.

Eat nutritious Mediterranean food prepared lovingly – get taken to inspiring site specific locations to enhance mindful experiences organised for you.

Move to the pace of your body, connect with the natural rhythm of the evocative surroundings.

Picture yourself in the reinvigorating landscape of the Tuscan Apennine mountains, uncontaminated wild nature taking in the views from ridge tops to plunging into crystal spring torrents, accommodated

in a picturesque medieval stone hamlet, surrounded by deep chestnut and beech woods echoing sounds of wildlife.

Walking, Cooking, Foraging and Trekking are all activities you can indulge in supported by resident local guides.


A seasonal and locally sourced nutritious Mediterranean diet prepared with much love from our staff who all adhere to the slow food movement which Italy so well represents – we do pride ourselves in sourcing the highest standard and strictly local ingredients promoting sustainable tourism and living always.

You may actively take part in sourcing food as part of your experience believing in a holistic approach from start to finish – from visiting the local Shephard to collect pecorino and ricotta to foraging for whatever maybe in season – as and when you can join in to the preparation of the meal as part of the beauty and essence of Italian conviviality….and someone is always welcome to water the tomatoes at the end of a hot summer day.


We are located within 2 national parks – the park of one hundred lakes / Parco dei Cento Laghi and the Parco del Apennino Tosco Emiliano – offering outstanding landscapes and uncontaminated wild nature. From deep chestnut woods to luscious green meadows to crystal spring torrents hidden waterfalls with an Apennine ridge backdrop – the Tuscan and Liguria coastline also just a convenient hour away on a picturesque train ride. The location is bursting with invigorating energy to soak in….a daily plunge in the river is a cure itself!


The accommodation provided is of a high standard and provides individual privacy as divided into apartments with plenty of indoor and outdoor communal seating areas open fire places and mindful activity spaces, not to mention the fabulous swimming pool to enjoy. You will be provided with detailed pictures of each accommodation option but this is a first come first serve based booking system so early birds will be offered the premium choices.

With 360 degree views of the majestic Apennines and the village rooftops. Tavenelle is a beautiful unchanged medieval village on the Taverone river. Its narrow Borgo, wide enough to allow two horsemen only to pass, and historic buildings evoke ancient times. Accommodation is located on the Via Borgo, the oldest street in the village and a three-minute walk from the excellent Capriolo café/bar and restaurant/pizzeria. It is a wholly relaxing and uplifting place to spend a memorable holiday.


  • The opportunity to experience nutritious food and authentic Italian hospitality within a breathtaking natural landscape offered by the Apennines in Lunigiana Tuscany.
  • Yoga led by shortlisted experienced qualified teachers specializing also in holiday groups – – www.shen –
  • Ceramics “Freedom and connection with Clay” Workshops led by experienced qualified teacher who has focused her practise on mindfulness with clay –
  • Massage sessions available daily by experienced and qualified practitioner, with one free taster session –
  • Hospitality guided by professional locally rooted professional business with a passion for tailor made services –
  • 7x breakfasts 6x lunches 6x dinners lovingly prepared by our staff and in local restaurants x 3 (lunch and/or dinners).
  • Your accommodation x 7 nights – variety of ensuite and other styles of accommodation depending on your budget.
  • Swimming in the mountain river with it crystal waters just 200m from your accommodation.
  • Walks in nature in the surrounding hills lakeside locations mountain tops tailor-made to groups and individual’s abilities and moods.
  • Pick up from nearest train station Aulla Lunigiana 10K from retreat location –
  • (After landing at Pisa airport you there is a shuttle train that runs every 20 mins that will take you to Pisa Centrale station where you take another train directly to the pick up station Aulla Lunigiana. It is a 1 hour journey and there are trains from Pisa Centrale to Aulla Lunigiana running every hour)


  • Flights, train fairs, massage sessions with resident practitioner, the cost of your independent costal outing which is optional (train fair and food)

  • Any drinks at Bar

Example daily itinerary

Sat night welcoming on main terrace massage taster for early arrivals pre-dinner walk and

village tour -aperitif and dinner on terrace.

Last night (the Friday Night) the retreat will culminate in a group activity with clay a fabulous colourful nutritious delicious seasonal Mediterranean Feast with flowing wine music open fire dancing, thanking all for their contribution to their invigorating and revitalizing week!

Each day is structured with these times apart from one free day/trip to coast/mountain hike and one afternoon/morning trip to mountains “optional”.

-8.00 Yoga session in the studio10m across medieval street from main accommodation.

Medieval vaulted hall 25 x 20m terracotta and stone floors and 4x3m fireplace, with a walled garden/terrace – a mindful space for yoga meditation, separate ceramics studio and a communal area with additional walled terrace and garden – interior design for holistic practices and hospitality.

9.00 Yogis seasonal breakfast made with love for you.

10.15 Freedom and connection with Clay workshop with Jane Scott. – exploring clay as a medium taking you on an exploratory experience of your inner creativity to bring to the surface new possibilities… The clay sessions will culminate in a celebratory session on the last day through a participatory collaborative group work of art.

13.15 A Mediterranean style seasonal lunch on garden/terrace.

14.30 Afternoon free time for riverside or woodland siesta, walk meditation sessions organized in chosen locations walks and excursions with route notes and maps – rock pool swimming foraging or help with evening meal – fresh made pasta classes – you will be given a program for the week and guidebook for the retreat which will illustrate walks and hidden river pools for you to explore alone or with the group – your day at the coast and mountain walk will depend on weather.

18.15 Evening pre-dinner yoga session in studio space.

20.30 Dinner will be served on the terrace by the pool or in the garden 3 meals will be enjoyed at shortlisted local restaurants with a pre-arranged menu specifically for group.

After dinner, the local bar offers a great ambience to cool off from the day as does our private terrace – all accommodation has subsequent private living areas indoors and out.

How do I book?

So if you would like to get in touch with my lovely friend Naomi who speaks perfect English and is very friendly, she is organising everything for us. Individuals, couples friends and groups are welcome. You need to contact her directly to book a space. Her contact details are below. Naomi is also offering an early bird discount during July for individual bookings and if you get a group of 10 people or more together then there are some really big savings to be made as part of Naomi’s affiliate programme. You can read about that in the attached file, it’s well worth a look if you are able to get a group together, as it brings the price down considerably.

I really hope to see you under the Tuscan sun for fun and clay and laughter and fabulous experiences.


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Compravendita – Locazione Turistica – accoglienza turistica personalizzata – Location Scouting

Office: Via Val d’Enza 33 Tavernelle – 54016 (MS) – Italia Cel. +39 331 342 0039 Ufficio: +39 0187 427012