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Mindful Living



"Things don't change, we change."  -- Henry David Thoreau 

Unplug from the everyday routine and steep in the peaceful, green hills of Tuscany's countryside.  For five days and six nights nourish your mind, body and soul, cultivating a new relationship with peace and calm.  Through mindfulness practices, you will touch the depths of our own wisdom and develop your ability to be more gentle, present and attentive to self and others.  The invitation is to cultivate non-judgmental awareness of body sensations, feelings, and thoughts in a supportive environment which offers both solitude and companionship along with a variety of wellness activities.    


We'll stay in a charming, rustic Tuscan country house, about thirty minutes outside of Siena. Set among pine and cypress trees, olive groves and picturesque vineyards, we'll be surrounded by stunning views of the rolling hillsides.  Both shared and private accommodation options are available, as are separate apartments for couples and friends.  Each private room has its own private ensuite bathroom.  Delicious Tuscan meals are will be served at the restaurant on the property and wine is included with dinner. 

In the afternoons, head out for a hike or some horseback riding then return to cool off in the pool surrounded by a shady 'pineta', where umbrella pines provide the perfect place to sit peacefully.


Each day will begin with an invitation to connect and be present: in place, in body, in mind.  There will be guided mindfulness sessions, time for both individual and group meditation.  Over the course of the week there will be plenty of space to develop the skills to live more fully in the moment, enjoying a more mindful and peaceful life. You will return home with a renewed appreciation for life as it is and with practices that will sustain mindful living.



Dr. Yvonne Stedham, PhD

"Many people feel alone in their struggles.  Often, we don’t realise that all humans have the same life experiences.  Everyone suffers.  Much of our suffering is caused by our own making  and because of that, there is a way to reduce and maybe even eliminate it.  In mindfulness teaching, we say that our intention is to help people ‘touch their own wisdom.’  You will be guided and led in ways which will enable you to learn about yourself.  You will learn how to be less reactive to your environment and how to choose the most skilful response for a given situation.  Leave your week in Tuscany with a mindfulness practice that will greatly improve the quality of your life so you may live more healthily and peacefully having deepened your empathy and compassion for yourself and others." -- Dr. Yvonne Stedham

Some of what you'll experience:

  • Nurturing guidance 

  • Greater sense of self-awareness

  • Awakening of all five senses

  • Mindful communication

  • Learning the practice of mindful eating


$2950 USD shared accommodation

$3450 USD single accommodation

Includes airport transfer to and from Florence Airport, accommodation, traditional Tuscan meals, wine at dinner, all workshop fees plus sessions. Airfare not included.  If this retreat resonates with you and you'd like to secure your place, a $1200 non-refundable deposit is required.  Limited spaces available.  


Sign up before March 25th, 2019 and receive a $100 discount.

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