join us for 6 days and 7 nights of pure magic!

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! 

Treat yourself to a magical week in the Tuscan Apennines pamper your inner being  by unplug and connect within an exclusive natural paradise – a much needed break from it all!  

We guarantee experiences and all the elements for you to return home revived and relaxed.  Group bookings welcomed – accommodating for solo travellers and couples – family groups excepted as exclusive group bookings 16 plus.

whats special about this retreat

The retreat offers professional mindful hospitality with exceptionally experienced and qualified activity leaders. A Retreat designed to focus on mind spirit and body, regenerating your inner self offering a much-needed time and space to unplug from busy lifestyles and professions.We provide a tailor-made service aiming to cater for group and individual needs where and when possible.


Sophie Shenstone

Shen Yoga Meditation & Massage
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Leonie Watson

Deep Tissue Massage Practitioner & Art Therapist
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Jane Elisabeth Scott

Ceramics & Mindfulness with Clay

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full description

  • Offering the possibility to get inspired and stimulated awakening your creative capacities, threw the “Freedom with and connection with Clay” – yoga sessions morning and evening within evocative settings.
  • Individual massage sessions offered daily with one free taster session- be looked after from your arrival at airport to drop off 
  • Eat nutritious Mediterranean food prepared lovingly by our staff – get taken to inspiring site specific locations to enhance mindful experiences organized 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 woods echoing sounds of wildlife.
  • Walking, Cooking, Tasting, Foraging, Trekking are all activities you can indulge in supported by our resident local guides.


A seasonal and locally sourced nutritious Mediterranean diet prepared with much love from our staff with three meals at fantastic local restaurants which 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 proposed 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. 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.

Levels of experience on retreat

beginner intermediate and advanced

Who is the retreat for?

solo travellers and couples – families and larger groups may book for exclusive occupancy – people who want a break from it all and experience a slower pace of living.

What is not included in package

airport transfer and flights – Massage sessions with resident practitioner – Train fair to coast / one lunch out at coast independent – Drinks at Bar

What is included in the package

  • The opportunity to experience nutritious food and authentic Italian hospitality within a breath-taking natural landscape offered by the Apennines in Lunigiana Tuscany.
  • Yoga led by shortlisted experienced qualified teachers specializing also in holiday groups – www.shenyoga.co.uk 
  • Ceramics “Freedom and connection with Clay” Workshops led by experienced qualified teacher who has focused her practise on mindfulness with clay – www.janescottceramics.com
  • Massage sessions available daily by experienced and qualified practitioner, with one free taster session – www.leoniewatson.com
  • Hospitality guided by professional locally rooted professional business with a passion for tailor made services – piantaimmobiliare.it
  • Free airport pickup and drop off…because we want to ensure that you only need to focus on your well-being from the beginning to the end of your time with us.
  • 7x breakfasts 6x lunches 6x dinners lovingly prepared by our staff and in local restaurants x 3 (lunch and/or dinners).
  • 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.

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!

Day Example

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”.

h. 8.00: Yoga session in workshop 10m 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 and ceramics a communal area with additional walled terrace and garden – interior design for holistic practices and hospitality.

h. 9.00 : Yogis seasonal breakfast made with love for you.

h. 10.15 : Freedom with Clay workshop with Jane Scott the workshop will culminate in an evening session on last night threw a participatory group work of art – exploring clay as a medium taking you on an exploratory experience of your inner creativity to bring to surface new possibilities…

h. 13.15 A Mediterranean style seasonal lunch on garden/terrace.

h. 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.

h. 18.15 Evening pre-dinner yoga session in workshop space.

h. 20.30 Dinner will be served on the terrace by 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.

We have several accommodation options inside and around the Hamlet of  Tavernelle where this Retreat is located – please contact us for more info – prices range in relation to your choice of accommodations.
Main communal holistic & activity space within the same hamlet with swimming pool

from 799,00 to 2000,00 euros

shared twin /single/double/private Villa / house / apartment / Mill


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