Italian Retreat

Venue – Borghetto Calcinaia, Tuscany

8th – 15th September 2019


Join myself (SonoYoga) and my chef husband, Richard (Bongo) for the perfect combo of Yoga and food in the beautiful Tuscan hills.

Borghetto Calcinaia is an 18th Century farmstead set in six peaceful acres overlooking Lake Montedoglio, and just outside the medieval hilltop town of Anghiari.

I have gained qualifications in Hatha Raja Yoga (200 hours), Yin and Therapeutic Yoga (200 hours) and also Functional Anatomy (100 hours) as well as short courses and CPD’s in more

Functional Anatomy, Vinyasa Yoga, Forrest Inspired Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and MFR.

My teaching style is a mixture of Yin (longer holds working into the fascia to aid flexibility) and Yang (the more dynamic style of yoga to build strength as well as flexibility)

This style of yoga is especially popular with those who lead a more active lifestyle and a lot of my clients in Edinburgh are those who do sports such as running, cycling and hiking. However, it is equally as good for those for a less active lifestyle. Each class tailored to suit individual needs and abilities.

Richard has been chefing around Edinburgh for over 20 years in various roles from Head Chef to Events Catering. He has trained in many different styles of cuisine and can adapt menus and dishes to cater for most types of diets and requests.

He always tries to source food from local suppliers where possible and his menus are seasonal and fresh.

In his leisure time, Richard is a keen mountain biker, so if you have a bike to bring with you, you would be welcome to join him riding around the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

The retreat format is a 90-120 minute Yang practice in the morning around 8am, followed by a healthy breakfast. Then a 60-90 minute Yin style practice in the evening followed by a 2 course vegetarian dinner. We will also provide a light lunch with breakfast for you to enjoy at your own leisure.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the beautiful surroundings either relaxing by the pool or exploring the local village and countryside.

There will be no evening meal or yoga on the last night and no yoga on the first night unless requested.

Yoga styles, practice times and food can be adapted upon request.

Please let us know in advance of any food allergies/intolerances.

No alcohol will be served, but you are welcome to drink your own.

We will organise a day trip mid week on the Tuesday or Wednesday which will be a guided walk. This will be either a hike between 5 and 10km in the hills/mini mountains around Borghetto.
Calcinaia or a fabulous walk from the villa to the Tiber river which is flat and shaded and can be followed all the way to Sansepolcro, a 15km round trip.
This will be decided dependent on who we have booked and personal preferences.

I am also available for Private Yoga lessons and Richard for cooking lessons at extra cost.

Retreat price includes Accommodation, 2 daily Yoga practices and 3 meals per day – breakfast, light lunch and dinner. As well as the guided walk midweek.

Flights and transfers are bookable separately (we can help you find transfers if you need or give car hire advice)

We will be running a couple of open retreats per year, but we can also be booked separately if you have a group interested.

The property can accommodate up to 13 guests in a mixture of –

The main house – Casa Mandorlo which consists of 4 very spacious double ensuite bedrooms (3 of which can be twin). And the 2 ancient barns – Case Susinetto (ground floor apartment – with double bed and also sofa bed) and Casa Olivetto (a small house – double or twin), both are fully independent with kitchen/living areas, shower rooms and double bedrooms.

All details can be found on the website –

The prices for 7 nights are –

Casa Mandorlo –
£950 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
£1250 for single occupancy

Casa Olivetto/Susinetto –
£1150 per person based on 2 people sharing the property
£1650 for single occupancy
*** Casa Susinetto could be triple occupancy with the sofa bed – please ask separately for pricing ***

A non-refundable deposit of £300 is required to secure your place with the balance payable by the end of June 2019.
If you book by the 31st of January 2019, a 10% early bird discount will be applied to the total price of the booking 🙂

If you are interested, please get in touch soon as my retreats are selling out within the first few months

All enquiries to

*** A few comments from this year (June 2018) ***

” Fabulous, wonderful, amazing, unbelievable, beautiful “

” Food was out of this world, yoga was awesome, my practice has moved on significantly, the venue and location were perfect and you couldn’t do enough for the guests”

” We genuinely both had a wonderful time, and consider you to be a truly exceptional yoga teacher in every respect. Your planning, your delivery, the way you include everyone in a class – no matter what their level – you are a very very special yoga guru! “

” Thanks for an amazing week – really enjoyed myself “

” I liked that it was relaxed and that suited my personality “

” We both really enjoyed the Retreat – the house was great, the food was everything we needed and more and the yoga was excellent. “

” We really enjoyed the whole Retreat experience, & would readily book another one with you both “

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