Fall Tuscan Yoga Retreat: La Dogana Agriturismo
Sun Sept 8th - Sat Sept 14th
Join me for an amazing week immersed in the Tuscan/Umbrian region of Italy. We'll be staying by the shores of Lake Trasimeno amidst olive orchards and Sangiovese grapes just before harvest time when Tuscany is full of giant, frangrant olives, the grapes are almost falling off the vines, the sunflowers are immense and plentiful, and the whole region is in it's slow bustle with all the wineries and shops in full season. This is my favorite time of year to be in this area, and I can't wait to share it with you all!
We will practice yoga together, enjoy the amazing farm-to-table gourmet food, sip local wine (if that's your thing), enjoy the view of the orchards and lake from the large outdoor pool, ride the trails, visit the local beautiful towns and villages with plenty of shopping and local culture. We will work the yoga and dining schedule together to allow plenty of free time to enjoy the estates and lake shore and visit the nearby gorgeous villages. This is a full retreat, you can decide to join in everything or do your own thing.
The Place: La Dogana
The Estate The historic estate of La Dogana is perfect for those looking for an escape to the Italian countryside for quiet relaxation, yet being within reach of vibrant towns and quaint villages. Stay amongst our 4000 olive trees and enjoy your favourite book at our panoramic swimming-pool with stunning views of Lake Trasimeno.
Rooms Accommodation at the estate is made up of two buildings, the Lake House and the Farm House, each divided into independent apartments. There are also two independent houses in the woods at the center of the property. Up on the hill the 26 meters swimming-pool and at the heart, our restaurant.
Food Our restaurant is located at the center of the property. With views of Lake Trasimeno and its valley from its white wood pergola. You can also choose to dine inside surrounded by the frescoed walls. On the first floor we have ‘The Mill’ one of our wedding reception spaces.. Our chef’s philosophy follow the traditional recipes with a luxury touch. All our pasta and bread is homemade fresh each day and all ingredients are carefully selected by Stefano our great chef.
- 6 International Breakfasts/Lunches
- 6 dinners by excellent Chef (Executive Chef for Giorgio Armani for 8 years)
- 26 meters Swimming pool area with stunning lake view
- Wine tasting with visit in the winery and in the private estate garden
- Olive oil tasting
- Daily Yoga Practice
- Apartment accommodation for one week (*room choices below)
- Coach transfers to and from Florence airports
- *Guided Tours to nearby towns/villages (see below for descriptions)
- Cooking course: €50 x guest x course
- Horse ridings: €40 x guest x riding (from the estate until the lake shores and back - 1st level rider)
- Coach ridings: €60 x guest (2 hours trip) minimum of 2 people maximum of 3 per ride
- Mountain Bikes: €20 x bike x day
*Local Tuscan City/Village Trips
These visits to local towns are the highlight of the trip, in my opinion. The visits will be scheduled for the group, but the cost is extra for the transport.
A romantic ancient town at 30 minutes by car from us with a stunning view over the valley and full of lovely artisan shops and cafes. We advice to visit also l’eremo "Le Celle" a Franciscan hermitage located at 5 kilometres from Cortona, a charming and peaceful place amidst an ancient wood.
|Castiglion del Lago
At 25 minutes from us another old town with a bird view over the Trasimeno lake. It is worth a visit to the ancient town hall Palazzo della Corgna full of ancient affresco.
Perugia is the capital city of Umbria, located in a high hilltop is one of the main Italian Etruscan cities. With the highway you will be there in 30 minutes. In the city there are many ancient churches and place to visit but we also truly recommend a unique textile museum located in the Women's Church of Saint Francis called Brozzetti Museum.
|Trasimeno Lake Islands
Maggiore Island is the biggest island still inhabit, with some shops and a small old church to visit. The ferry boat departs from Tuoro beach. Polvese island is the middle island, not inhabit, with more wild nature and a nice beach. The ferry boat departs from San Feliciano.
Pricing and Registration
The base price of the retreat is $1500 per person, with a $450 deposit. Price may increase depending on your choice of room.
All of the rooms are set into suites with a living room, kitchenette, and two bedrooms. Students may choose to share a suite with another student, or pay 200 Euro extra for their own suite.
You will choose your room when you contact La Dogana, and Lucia will give you the choices of houses and apartments. The property is HUGE with many different accomodation choices, so Lucia will send you a map and photos to make your choice.
We will be providing coach transfers from the Florence International airport. The retreat begins on Sunday the 8th, and most flights from Boston to Italy are overnight, so I recommend flying on Saturday evening and arriving early Sunday morning. We will arrange the coach times as you register and get your flight information. If you are coming early to spend some time in Florence, the airport is easily accessible in the city via train or taxi to meet the coaches. It is also extremely easy to drive if you want to rent your own car to explore. I've done this many times myself. Just make sure you get the local GPS from the car rental service and not rely on iphone GPS.
Todd Erik Skoglund
From a host of various athletic activites and movement modalities, including various martial arts, calisthenics, gymnastics and acrobatics, I fell in love with the practice of yoga for its ability to ground me in the present moment, uniting my internal world with external experience.
I have led multiple international retreats, including three in various parts of Italy. On retreat with me everything is optional. There are plenty of included activities for you to relax, unwind, explore, taste, shop, and soak in. Classes will be geared for an All Levels crowd and scheduled around planned activities and meals, and everyone is welcome. My idea of retreat isn't a yoga training where you practice 4 times a day. I choose these amazing locations for you to enjoy and explore fully. Classes, always optional, will be once or twice a day depending on the daily schedule.
Todd founded and co-owns South Boston Yoga, where he leads all levels classes, advanced asana and co-directs the 200hr and 500hr Yoga teacher trainings certification programs. Todd also teaches classes at Equinox Clubs in Boston and leads retreats and workshops around the US and abroad. His classes are challenging, fun, intelligent and taught with great respect and purpose, bringing you a better awareness of your body's options.
John has been working at La Dogana helping with our marketing, guided tours, and yoga retreats. Before John was at La Dogana, he had already lived in Italy for over two years. John went to college in Rome for his entire junior year where he traveled across Italy hitting over 40 towns and cities.
While in Rome, John met Lucia in a marketing class and they have stayed friends ever since. In John’s second year in Italy, he got a job as a tour guide in Florence where he guided people around Italy and other major cities across Europe such as Spain, France, Germany, Prague, Etc. John has always had a passion for traveling and loves sharing the experiences with the people he meets along his travels.
John was born and raised in Massachusetts on the peninsula of Cape Cod. He then went to college in Boston with a focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Besides travel, food, and wine, John is a die hard Boston sports fan and would love to talk about any sport besides futbol/soccer for once.