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DRUNK ON JOY: TUSCANY RETREAT with Eli Walker & Ari Halbert


  • ITALY, Via Val di Chio Via Val di Chio Castiglion Fiorentino, Toscana, 52043 Italy (map)

What to Expect: More of what you love about Drunk Yoga (community, friendliness, non-judgment), but with the opportunity to make even deeper connections to others and to yourself. In addition to daily yoga, we will spend time together bonding while sightseeing, doing leisure activities (more info below), taking in beautiful vistas, eating fresh food, and of course, learning about and drinking wine.

Where: We will be staying just a few minutes drive from Castiglion Fiorentino in the province of Arezzo.

When: May 15th, 2019-May 22nd, 2019

Accommodation:
We’ll be staying at the beautiful Borgo Gaggioleto villa on the Famiglia Bucceletti property

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1 - Wednesday, May 15th
Arrival, including transfers from Rome airport to villa property
6:00pm Introductions / Questions / Meditation & guided gentle flow
7:00pm Dinner/ice breakers (planned in the garden of the winery property)
Intro and gentle flow yoga
Transfer back to villa property

Day 2 - Thursday May 16th
8:00 - 9:30am Morning Yoga session
9:30 Breakfast
Leisure time or choose optional activity *
5:00 - 7:00pm late afternoon 2-hour yoga workshop
7:30pm Dinner followed by rest & socializing
9:00pm transfer to villas
*Optional, chargeable activities: Tour of Castiglion Fiorentino, or artisinal pasta cooking course

Day 3 - Friday May 17th
8:00 - 9:30am Morning yoga session
9:30am Breakfast
Free time or optional activity *
5:00 - 7:00pm late afternoon 2-hour yoga workshop
7:30pm Dinner followed by rest & socializing
*Optional, chargeable activity: Full winery experience tour, & tasting @ Famiglia Buccelletti

Day 4 - Saturday May 18th
8:00 - 9:30am Morning yoga session
9:30am Breakfast
Free time or optional activity *
Light lunch delivered to villas
Transfer to Cortona
4:00pm - Tour of Cortona ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ walking tour
7:00pm Aperitvo in the Delbrenna showroom
8:00pm Dinner @ La Loggetta Nightlife/ socialize
Transfer to villas

*Optional chargeable activity:
Wine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pecorino Cheese
Departure for Oil Mill: Visit of the Olive Grove, visit of the mill and Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting.
Departure for the Winery in Montalcino: Winery Tour, Wine Tasting (Rosso di Montalcino, 2 Brunello's years) and Lunch. Departure for the Cheese-Farm: Farm tour and Cheese Tasting Transfer to your accommodation.
8-9 hour duration

Day 5 - Sunday May 19th
8:00 - 9:30am Morning yoga session
9:30am Breakfast
Leisure time
5:00 - 7:00pm Late afternoon 2-hour yoga workshop
7:30pm Dinner followed by rest & socializing

Day 6 - Monday May 20th
8:00 - 9:30am Morning Yoga session-9:30am
Breakfast
Leisure time or optional activity *
Transfer to winery property
5:00 - 7:00pm late afternoon 2-hour yoga workshop
7:30pm Dinner followed by rest & socializing
*Optional, chargeable activity: Guided Assisi & Spello tour

Day 7 - Tuesday May 21st
8:00 - 9:30am Morning yoga session
9:30am Breakfast
Leisure time or optional activity *
5:00 - 7:00pm Late afternoon 2-hour yoga workshop
7:30pm Dinner followed by rest & socializing
*Optional, chargeable activity: Siena day tour

Day 8 - Wednesday May 22nd
8:00 - 9:30am Morning yoga session
9:30am Breakfast
Transfers to Rome

Leaders:

Eli Walker will lead the retreat.

Ari Halbert will lead certain sessions throughout the week.
He will also lead an inversion workshop and an acupressure session. His bio is below:
A licensed acupuncturist, holistic nutrition coach, Qi Gong instructor, and registered yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, Ari brings a diverse and multi-disciplinary approach to his work. With a keen attention to detail, Ari’s teaching style is succinct, highly personalized, and imbues a deep care for integrity of movement.  His background in engineering and in-depth studies of both biomechanics and human anatomy serve to help clients recover quickly from injury and achieve greater overall stability and quality of movement.

In addition to his academic endeavors, Ari has spent many years gaining direct knowledge under the guidance and tutelage of Sung Baek, a 74th-generation Korean acupuncture master, and Nevine Michaan, founder of Katonah Yoga, whose mentorships have offered invaluable insight into the more esoteric aspects of Chinese Medicine, Taoist Philosophy and the yogic healing arts. To work “smarter, not harder” is Ari’s personal motto, and one can see this ethic carry over into his teaching via his deep commitment to helping students move with more integrity, correcting dysfunctional movement patterns, and allowing them to move with more efficiency, fluidity, and ease.