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Journey of the Spirit to Umbria, Italy
Villa Gioianna

New date to be announced soon.

Open to the world around us through our senses, while  keeping good company.

Immerse yourself in the wonderful local history, culture and lifestyle.

What's Included:

  • 7 nights / 6 days of exclusive use of luxurious Villa Gioianna, limited to 14 guests 

  • Private use of the Villa's extensive grounds, pool and gardens

  • Round trip shuttle from Rome airport to Villa Gioianna via private luxury transportation

  • On suite bathrooms 

  • Welcome dinner and aperitivo

  • Delicious breakfast each morning and 6 lunches or multi-course dinners included

  • Use of Villa Gioianna's pantry (water, fruit, local wines, juice, snacks, treats and herbal teas)

  • Welcome gift bag (natural toiletries, locally made from Umbrian olive oil)

  • Daily yoga class and meditation More information here.

  • 3 Excursions: Details here.

  • Excursion 1: Visit spiritual base of St. Francis the town of Assisi

  • Excursion 2: Visit Montepulciano Winery for a tour followed by a 4 course lunch and wine tasting in this historic winery's Etruscan cellars.

  • Excursion 3: Trip to Cetona, tour the beautiful gardens of a former monastery, feast on a vegetarian organic lunch and visit a nearby outdoor thermal spa. 

  • Hiking among the olive groves or along the shores of Lake Trasimeno (optional)

  • Educational and fun cooking class 

  • One private healing session. Information here.

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Life can be overwhelming

 We need time to replenish

Spend a week of quiet  nights

With permission to do nothing

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Achieve the right balance of
yoga, relaxation and sightseeing

Every detail is taken care of

so you can enjoy

the trip of a lifetime.

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Food is where

we come together

to replenish

our bodies and 

build our community.

What's not included:

  • Air fare

  • Some meals

  • Travel insurance ( recommended )

  • Additional spa treatments

  • Optional activities other than those specified

  • Transfers outside scheduled group pick-up and drop-off

Rooms and Reservations: ( total space limited to 14 people )

Single Occupancy: $3850.00 

Double Occupancy: $3150.00

Initial Deposit: $600.00 non-refundable

Cancellation Policy:

50% of payment is non-refundable up to 90 days before departure date, excluding initial deposit

Payment is non-refundable 89 days prior to departure date

Full payment is refunded if the trip is cancelled due to low enrollment

Waiver, release of liability and return policy here

Payment methods: Cashiers check , or credit card via 

             Meet Your Retreat Facilitators 

Dawn Usha
De Marco

Dawn has been serving the Jersey Shore holistic health community for nearly two decades. Dawn's love for natural living and holistic health has led her on the path of serving others to achieve balance, health and happiness in their lives. She has studied yoga,Ayurveda and Reiki with master teachers in their respective fields. Dawn is an alumna of Georgian Court University having received her BA in Biology. She is a graduate of The Kripalu school of Ayurvedic Medicine in Lennox, Massachusetts. Dawn received her formal yoga training at The Freehold Yoga Center and is a Yoga Alliance E-500 RYT and YACEP. Dawn is a certified Radiant Child Yoga teacher and Raja yoga teacher by Reverend Jaganath Carrera. She received her Reiki Master/Teacher training from Reiki Master Diane Todd and IET training from Master Healer

Reverend  Abhaya Cordova.


" When you are in good company,

you are not in bad company.

When you are not in bad company,

you are free from delusion.

When you are free from delusion,

you are steady.

When you are steady you are a living, liberated being." 


Sudasi Maria

 Sudasi has completed her E-RYT 500 certification at Freehold Yoga Center. She has been teaching since 2011. She has furthered her training in Restorative, Chair, Yin Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Structural Alignment and Adjustments and Yoga for Everyone. Certified Reiki Master and trained in sound healing Chakra Tuning Forks, Life Line Technique and IET Energy Healing, has brought more to her teaching and healing practice.   Sudasi has a love for one on one private sessions to help in healing and strengthening: back injuries, knee issues, and limited spinal mobility, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and uses restorative practices to help students who are undergoing chemotherapy and much more.  “My passion is bringing Yoga to all those who have the misconception that they cannot practice yoga because of injuries or fear of not being flexible enough. I truly believe Yoga is for everyone.”


 More retreat photos here:

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Sample Itinerary

Itinerary to be announced

8/7 Wednesday:  Departure day


8/8 Thursday:  Arrive Rome Transport to Villa Gioianna

Welcome Dinner & Aperitivo

Opening Welcome circle

Restorative Yoga


8/9 Friday:  

Yoga & meditation


Optional hike to Lake Trasimeno (Swimimg)

Cooking Class with dinner to follow

8/10 Saturday:    

Yoga & meditation


Trip to Montefalco, Textiles factory & Sagrantino

4 course meal & wine tasting

Dinner open (on your own)

8/11 Sunday:    

Yoga & meditation


 Trip to Asissi (lunch not included)

 Dinner at Villa Gioianna (included)


8/12 Monday:   

Yoga & meditation


Trip to nearby town (optional)


8/13 Tuesday:   

Yoga & meditation


Trip to Cetona tour gardens, visit small organic farm enjoy organic vegetarian meal, visit thermal spas

Dinner (not included)

8/14 Wednesday: 

Yoga & meditation

Free time 

Farewell dinner at Villa Gioianna (included)

8/15 Thursday: Departure Day

Itinerary is subject to change

Keep good company enjoying the splendor that is Italy.
An extremely fabulous villa on a hill overlooking Lake Trasimeno with a superb view of Tuscany, Umbria and the lake.
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