WEDNESDAY 12th - SUNDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2018
 VILLA MICHAELA, TUSCANY, ITALY

YOGA WITH CATHERINE & Ottilie Wellness

 * LIMITED AVAILABILITY *

WHY COME?

Indulge your senses and ignite your passions on this stunning Italian yoga retreat with Yoga with Catherine and Ottilie Wellness. 

This limited space Tuscan yoga retreat is a chance to appreciate European beauty, be inspired by art and culture and immerse yourself in the rich character of a traditional villa and in Italy itself.
Through the wondrous mind-body benefits of yoga and mindfulness you will gain insight and feel connected to knowing your authentic self. You will have the chance to nourish your body with nutritious fresh vegetarian food and relax into learning how to live a creative life.

THE THEME OF THE RETREAT

Set among the sweeping views of Tuscany; Yoga with Catherine and Ottilie Wellness aim to 'NOURISH' your soul & body, through the movement you make, the food you eat and the immersion of this cultural location.

NOURISH

verb
Provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.
Keep (a feeling or belief) in one's mind, typically for a long time.

"To NOURISH is to flourish"

THE DATES OF THE RETREAT

The yoga retreat takes place over five days and four nights from Wednesday 12th - Sunday 16th September 2018

YOUR RETREAT LOCATION - VILLA MICHAELA, TUSCANY, ITALY

Nestling in 50 acres of olive groves, pine clad hills and gardens, Villa Michaela is a 18th century villa and boutique retreat in the Lucca foothill village of Vorno. The Villa is a luxury Tuscan getaway retreat unlike any other. 

Very near to the city of Lucca, 25 mins from Pisa airport and an hour from Florence, the Villa lies in the heart of the Renaissance. 

Villa Michaela's heritage, assets and raw beauty, all set in the heart of Tuscany, will add a magical touch to this five day yoga retreat.

Clean lines and minimal styling this Villa is not. Instead you will embrace an eclectic mix of colour, flamboyant decoration and wonderful artefacts dotted around the vast 18th century buildings – think chandeliers, book-lined shelves and quirky sculptures. This is old world Italian charm at its best.

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"SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOU HUNGRY FOR LIFE, TOUCH YOUR HEART, AND NOURISH YOUR SOUL"  

Email hello@ottiliewellness.com if you have any questions on you booking this unqiue retreat

THE FOOD ON THE RETREAT - THE WAY WE EAT

The food offered at Villa Michaela is healthy fresh and delicious.
The menu offered through this retreat will be vegetarian. All meals will be tasty and freshly prepared and can cater for dairy and gluten free if required. 

"LIFE IS A COMBINATION OF MAGIC & PASTA"

Federico Fellini

YOGA AT VILLA MICHAELA, TUSCANY

Within the grounds of Villa Michaela is a stunning “Annunziata Chapel” which we will use as our main yoga space. The chapel has a fine neo-classic façade, with an arch on the upper part of the building portraying floral motives and the Annunciation.

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YOUR YOGI FOR THIS ITALIAN RETREAT - Catherine Gallagher

Leading us through our yoga journey for this stunning week in Italy will be the wonderful Catherine Gallagher.
Catherine is a full-time yogi who specialises in teaching Hatha yoga, hot yoga, restorative yoga, vinyasa flow, and yin yoga.

Catherine initially came to yoga through surfing having grown up in Devon. However, it didn’t become her ‘thing’ until finding her sanctuary at Be-Yoga Haywards Heath where the hot yoga classes at the end of her busy London corporate commuter work days got her through the week! Catherine was fascinated by how yoga quietened her mind and helped her deal with the daily grind. With a passion to share this and help others through her own experience with yoga, Catherine has completed teacher training courses in Sussex, UK with Bryony Hamerton and most recently with Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl) in Aruba.

Her classes focus on compassion, acceptance and self-love combining both dynamic asanas with deep relaxation. The perfect yin & yang! 

Catherine is currently working for Surf Maroc in Tagazhout, Morocco leading the company's surf & yoga retreats, daily drop-in classes and private 1-1 sessions. Here she is gaining exposure to high-profile clients including pro-surfers, athletes and couldn't be happier to be surrounded by like-minded souls next to the ocean. 

"All I hope for and aim for is for everyone to leave my classes feeling better in some way than when they stepped in. Seeing people leave looking truly relaxed, refreshed and revived is the biggest reward I could ask for as a yoga teacher."

Catherine Gallagher

For more information about Catherine - follow her on instagram @yoga.with.catherine or visit www.yogawithcatherine.com

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 5 days & 4 nights full board accommodation
  • Food & Drink (vegetarian)
  • Daily Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Restorative Yin Yoga & Meditation sessions with Catherine Gallagher
  • All yoga equipment
  • Cooking Course
  • Ayurvedic workshop
  • Visit to Lucca
  • Airport transfers from Pisa airport if all arriving together approximately 4pm on Wednesday 12th 2018.

Cost excludes: flights, travel insurance, personal toiletries, laundry service, alcohol, spa treatment.

COST OF THE RETREAT

  • £1,125.00 per person for double room or twin room with shared bathroom
  • £1,380.00 per person for double room with en suite bathroom
  • £1,525.00 per person for suite with en suite bathroom
  • £1,640.00 per person for deluxe double room with en suite & jacuzzi bath

No refunds, deposits refunds or cancellations are possible once booking and first payment has been made.

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YOUR HOST

Samantha Warner - Founder of Ottilie Wellness 
Having travelled the globe since she was six months old, Sam knows a beautiful location when she sees one. With an approachable and friendly character Sam is invested in people finding their true unique selves. It is of top priority that you are hosted comfortably and with everything you may need on a retreat with great attention to the details.

The aim of an Ottilie Retreat is to collaborate with inspirational yoga teachers, caterers with a passion for delicious and healthy food and introduce people to incredible locations. Feeding the mind, body and soul through every detail on this transformational retreat. Alongside this, Ottilie want to provide space to connect, away from the pulls of daily life, giving you a chance for self-care and to feel inspired. Sam wants your stay to be a life-changing experience you share with similar souls.

" I just wanted to write and say the biggest thank you again for a truly fabulous retreat weekend! I have come home completely rejuvenated and I found the whole weekend and all the girls so inspiring! You did an incredible job of making it the best experience you possible could and your attention to details was second to none - I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to come on another one!"  Amanda Beer - Rejuvenate Yoga Retreat, January 2018 UK


SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Wednesday 12th September 2018
4pm Arrival - time to settle in and relax
6pm Opening ceremony & Yoga Practice - a fusion of restorative flow
8pm Dinner
Relaxing / early to bed

Thursday 13th September 2018
7am Tea & fruit / energy snack
8am Meditation & Vinyasa Flow Practice
10am Brunch
11am Freetime
1.30pm Light lunch
3 - 4.30pm Cooking Class
6pm Restorative Yin Yoga Practice
8pm Dinner
9.30pm Meditation

Friday 14th September 2018
7am Tea & fruit / energy snack
8am Meditation & Vinyasa Flow Practice
10am Brunch
11am Freetime
1.30pm Light lunch
2.30 - 5pm Lucca Tour
6pm Restorative Yin Yoga Practice
8pm Dinner
9.30pm Meditation

Saturday 15th September 2018
7am Tea & fruit / energy snack
8am Meditation & Vinyasa Flow Practice
10am Brunch
11am Freetime
1.30pm Light lunch
3 - 4pm Ayurvedic Nutrition Workshop
6pm Restorative Yin Yoga Practice & Closing Ceremony
8.30pm Dinner

Sunday 16th September 2018
7am Meditation & Early breakfast
8am - 10am Departures

HOW TO GET THERE

Although being in Villa Michaela feels as if you have stepped back in cultural history, is it still very accessible!
From Pisa airport it is a 25 minute transfer and an hour from Florence. Most airlines such as Easyjet & British Airways have regular flights from London Gatwick.

An airport transfer will be provided and included for those arriving into Pisa airport approximately 4pm on Wednesday 12th September.

Villa Michaela, Via di Valle 8, Vorno, LU, Italy 55060

LAST WORDS...

We want you to enjoy this week to the fullest life changing experience you can, therefore, it is up to you, whether you want to join for walks or take a nap, sit by the pool, or read a good book. We recommend that you attend all the yoga classes to get the most from the week but if you feel your body needs a break we respect this. The NOURISH Tuscan Yoga Retreat  is time for you, your self-care and chance to embrace the richness life has to offer.

This retreat is for all levels of yoga, including beginners.
If you have any further questions about the retreat please do contact Sam on 07795 188211 or email
hello@ottiliewellness.com

Full details of what to bring, forms for dietary requirements, emergency contact details and booking treatments will be sent nearer the time after you have made your booking. 

All clients booking must have necessary travel insurance.

"Villa Michaela represents the beauty of Tuscany with its beautiful scenic rooms and the stunning chapel. Your tastebuds are pleased by their wonderful breakfasts, or break-feasts.You feel at home and welcome."

If you've read all the way to here I'm sure you'll agree this is an unique retreat which will nourish your soul.
However, if you do have any further questions please fill out the form below and we will get back to you soonest. x

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