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Umbria, Villa Gioianna, Excursions & More

Yoga Classes

We offer a wide range of class choices based on the needs of our students each day. Classes will range from restorative, yin, or yoga Nidra when a nurturing practice is called for and more active but gentle yoga class when there is a need to increase our energy. Additionally experience the wisdom of Ayueveda, yoga's sister science and learn ways to stay healthy, happy and balanced.

Yoga class and meditation will be at the dedicated yoga platform located in the private woods overlooking the neighboring vineyards, or in the Lotus Belle Stargazer tent, poolside, or among the olives in the olive grove, daily. 

Restorative yoga

This is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. Each pose is held for a few minutes. While some restorative  poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body.

Yin yoga

Long held mostly seated poses which passively to gently tug on the connective tissues of the body. This practice requires no muscular engagement or effort. Each pose is held while attempting to relax the muscles and settle into the bones of the body.

Yoga Nidra

Yogic Nidra also know as yogic sleep, is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.


Gentle Yoga Class

This is a gentle practice that moves at a slow and steady pace. Poses are held for short or moderated lengths with props available for assistance. Asanas are mostly floor-based, reclined or seated with a few standing poses.



Trip to Montepulciano and winery tour:

The full day begins with a visit to the cellars at a historical winery in the heart of Montepulciano, one of the most important members of the Society of Historic Italian Wineries. The guided tour is followed by lunch and wine tasting in the main Etruscan cellars: 4 wines accompanied by Pecorino Cheese from Pienza, Bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil from the winery's grove and typical Tuscansalumi. 

Free afternoon exploring the town on your own, ending with an apericena at the famous Cafe Poliziano Restaurant, admiring the magnificent Valdichiana countryside from the balcony.

Gorgeous Assisi: Discover the Spiritual Base of Saint Frances

Transport to the famous hill top town of Assisi, home of Saint Frances and the town jewel of Umbrian hill towns. Enjoy a guided tour of the town, time on your own to enjoy a leisurely lunch or wander on your own through the alleys and byways, or to shop. Time permitting, visit Spello, a charming hilltop town near Assisi with amazing frescoes.

Cetona: from Field to Table

Tranport to Cetona and tour the beautiful gardens of a former monastery, now a hospitable healing place. Travel to a nearby small farm in Tuscany that practices pemaculture and organic farming. Feast on a vegetarian organic lunch where most of what is served is grown or foraged by owner or produced at nearby farms. After lunch, a tour of the farm with it's vivacious owner to learn about their production philosophy; sustainable organic farming, followed by a visit to the nearby outdoor thermal spas before returning to the villa.

Private Healing Sessions

One private healing session of either Reiki, IET or Lifeline

   Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress redution and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by the "laying on of hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words REI which means "God's Wisdom or Higher Power" and KI which means "life force energy". Reiki is "Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy".

   People experience different things during a session. Some fall asleep and others have a great sense of calm and relaxation. Others may experience a feeling of heat or tingling sensation as the energy flows from the practitioner's hands to them. There is no wrong or right experience since Reiki can only benefit, never harm.


   IET (Integrated Energy Therapy) provides a simple and gentle way to open the way of vital life force within the human body and the human energy field, by integrating suppressed feelings from cellular memory and clearing their associated energy blockages.

   Integrated Energy Therapy uses the Heartlinks which is a divine offering from the angelic realm to humankind. A heartlink is an energy cord between our heart center and the heart center of  another. Heartlinks serve as a tool that fill us to overflowing with integrated energy (the angelic energy of compassion).


What is lifeline?

Using Kinesiology to locate source of imbalances, connecting that which is held deep in body mind and spirit subconsciously, we bring it to the awareness of the conscious mind and release it with Infinite Love and Gratitude to realign us to our true nature which is pure love.


What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology uses gentle muscle-monitoring techniques to access the subconscious mind and gain accurate information about your current issues and what is needed to help your body, mind and spirit to restore balance.


Why use Infinite Love and Gratitude?

This a hand Mudra (Seal or symbol) meaning “I love you”. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. It is the source of all healing. Your body, mind, and spirit uses this love to heal itself.

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