with Sadie Nardini and Don Matteson
July 26 – August 1, 2015
Join international yoga teacher, Sadie Nardini and regional expert Don Matteson for a Yoga and Wine retreat in one of the most beautiful regions of Tuscany.
We’ll meet in Rome, Italy on Sunday, July 26th and take private coaches to Montalcino where we’ll begin our adventure with a glass of Brunello, a light meal and orientation by Sadie and Don. Guests will receive their final lodging assignments and will be directed or driven to their homes for the week.
Each morning we’ll meet for breakfast and yoga, then begin our daily adventures which will include sightseeing, private cooking lessons, optional hikes and mountain biking, local shopping, and of course, unforgettable meals at a selection of picturesque locations.
We’ll visit vineyards and various sites to take in the best this region has to offer (literally!).
Sunday, July 26
Meet in Rome (FCO) airport Terminal 3, International arrivals between 12 and 12:30. Please plan to arrive by 10:30am, or you may prefer to arrive an night or two early to enjoy Rome, then meet us at terminal three for our group departure to Montalcino via private vans. Upon arrival in Montalcino, we’ll meet at Enotica La Fortenzza for a welcome glass of Brunello, a light meal and orientation. Everyone will be directed to their homes for the week, none of which are more than a 5-10 min walk to the yoga practice and excursion meeting point.
Monday, July 27
Breakfast (included each day) then depart to visit Podernovone / private vineyards of Laura Brunelli. Weather permitting, yoga class will be on the grounds of the vineyard overlooking Val d’Orcia. Wine tasting and lunch will be at the vineyard. After lunch, visit Sant ‘Antima Benedictine Abbey, then return to Montalcino.
Local exploration, shopping and group cooking demonstration.
Aperitivo and Dinner.
Tuesday, July 28
Yoga with Sadie, breakfast, then an excursion to Siena, the world’s largest medieval city. Free day to explore this city.
Depart for dinner in Torrenieri at Pizzeria La Compagnia, touted as having the best pizza in Tuscany. Post dinner return to Montalcino.
Wednesday, July 29
Yoga with Sadie, breakfast, then depart for Le Pieve di Poggio all Mura, part of an ancient land estate for a buffet lunch of Tuscan dishes. Depart at 2:30pm for a wine tasting at Poggio Antico, a producer of on of Montalcino’s finest Brunells and other wines.
Evening Apertivo and dinner at Borghetto.
Thursday, July 30
Yoga with Sadie, breakfast then depart for Bagno Vignoni for a Spa / Pool day. This ancient village is still owned by a local family and is the site of ancient Roman-era thermal baths. There are public springs and two hotels offering spa services.
Relax, enjoy and a light meal (this meal is on your own).
Return to Montalcino for dinner at Porta al Casseroa local Osteria.
Friday, July 31
Yoga with Sadie followed by breakfast. Buffet lunch at Il Leccio in Montalcino.
Siesta, shop, walk, nike, hike or relax by the pool.
Meet for drinks and farewell dinner at Bar Le Logge, where we’ll eat al fresco under the covered loggia on the main piazza in toen.
Saturday, August 1
Continental breakfast followed by departures for Rome. If possible, plan for flights leaving after 12 noon. We will discuss other options for flights departing before 12 noon.
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
Some answers to anticipated questions:
Q: I’d probably be coming alone. Do you expect there to be more couples there or other singles? I’ve never traveled alone and not sure I’d enjoy it!
A: YES–there are lots of fun single people to meet (friends, I mean!). Most of those coming are solo, and also looking to band together with others. There are also some couples too! You will LOVE LOVE LOVE it –all you do is get there, and you won’t be alone again if you don’t want to be. We all hang out constantly. So many people aren’t sure about how it will be to come by themselves, and then it’s so super fun and empowering. I can’t say enough about it.
Q: Are most of the days spent on planned activities or breaking off and doing things individually?
A: Most days we are doing special VIP adventures that Don takes us to but there are a couple of afternoons free to shop and do things with others or if you want to go get a massage or whatever! Or heck, have another glass of Brunello.
Q: Are any spa services included?
A: The spa is basically a whole beautiful little town, Bagno Vignoni. The spa treatments like massage aren’t included but just to go into the healing hot springs is very inexpensive, and amazing. Just to be in the springs for 20 minutes makes you feel like you just slept for a week!
Q: What is the name of the hotel/inn in Montalcino?
A: There are 4 hotels in Montalcino, all surrounding the fortress: Barlanzone, Il Rifugio, PortaCastellana. Suite d’Artista are apartments we will use for couples or 2 friends sharing.
Q: Do you provide transportation to and from the airport? Which airport should I fly into, and what times should I arrive and depart?
A: Yes, we take you from, and back to the Rome (FCO) airport on the 26 July and 1st of August. We are going to meet for the shuttle between 12-12:30 on the 26th, so make sure you’re at the airport by then. (NOTE: You will want to arrive earlier so you’re able to make it through customs and be able to meet us in the area outside customs BY noon). On the 1st, try to get a flight out after 10 am so you won’t have to get up too early, and we will have a shuttle back for you–easy! Each participant will receive a very detailed itinerary prior to the trip, but follows is a good feel of what to expect!
Your Teacher & Guide
When Sadie touches your life, it will light on fire.
She is a full-spectrum transformation advocate: a renowned empowerment speaker, yoga and anatomy expert and Healthy Hedonism lifestyle leader. Whatever works to shift you from suffering, to passion and fit, fantastic freedom, she finds it, and helps you apply in your busy life.
Sadie is the host of Rock Your Yoga, a daily yoga and lifestyle national television show on the Veria Living Network. Sadieʼs new book, The 21-Day Yoga Body: A Life-Styling Manual and Metabolic Makeover to Get You Fit, Fierce and Fabulous in 3 Weeks! (sept, 2013) She writes a success and fitness blog for Yahoo! Shine.
She is a social media expert, with an audience of 500,000 on Facebook and millions on YouTube who flock for her instant inspiration, recipes, living and fitness advice.
Sadie travels internationally, infusing her teachings with a real-world mix of eastern and western techniques that clients can immediately apply to gain empowerment and success on all levels.
Sadieʼs Total Body Transformation DVDs are #1 bestsellers on Amazon. Her 21-Day Yoga Body Course for Daily Om is their #1 online course. Sadie is on the faculty at Omega and Kripalu, and tours with the Yoga Journal Conferences. She is an Ultimate Wellness and Yoga expert for the Dr. Oz based website Sharecare. www.sadienardini.com
Don will be our resident expert while staying in Montalcino. He used to live in this 14th century castle town that still looks and feels like medieval times. We’ll be treated like family as we visit Don’s friends’ vineyards and restaurants. We’ll sit at their tables and and be served some of the best food and wine in the world while hearing stories of winemaking and Italian culture. This vacation is truly unique becuase of Don – thank you Don!
For 6 nights, our home base will be the amazing 14th Century castle town of Montalcino. our personal guide, Don Matteson spent many years living in Montalcino and is completely “in the know”. We’ll experience the best this town and region has to offer including vineyards, restaurants, castles and cathedrals.
Sadie will lead yoga practices mornings and most afternoons (optional for participants!) and each day we’ll enjoy various adventures and explorations.
We’ll all meet at Rome Fiumicino airport (meet us by noon on Sunday, July 26th) and we’ll return you to the airport on Saturday, August 1st for departures.
Some participants like to come to Rome a few days early or stay a few days at the end.
Once we meet you at the airport, your vacation begins. Your transportation, lodging, activities, almost all meals and yoga classes are taken care of. We can cater to all dietary needs – vegan, vegetarian, meat-eaters, gluten-free, dairy-free … all co-existing happily at the table.
Cost Per Person: $2795
you will have the option to place a deposit of $595, or pay in full.
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