Be Italian!

view of Isola Maggiore from the lawns of our villa where do our yoga sessions.

View of Isola Maggiore from the lawn of our villa, where we do our daily yoga sessions.

Go ahead and Be Italian for a week in Umbria this Fall, September 7-14!

be a singer (be a singer)
be a lover  (be a lover)
pick the flower now before the chance is past (before it’s past)
be Italian (be Italian)
be Italian (be Italian)
live today as if it may become your last!

A moment ago, I found myself humming the “Be Italian” song as I fired up my computer, and so the title of this blog was born!

The strangest aspect about planning my yoga retreats is that I have to think about next Autumn when, in present time,  Spring has barely just arrived!  As it is pouring down rain and high winds whip the camellia blossoms right off their parent shrubs, my aim is to entice you to join me on the yoga retreat in Umbria next September.  When I think of retreating in Umbria, this is what comes to mind:  luminescence, sun rays, warmth, relaxation, basking in the warm spirit of the Italians, being taken care of, and body and soul  being fed by our in-house chef, Massimiliano Catizzone.  Then doing morning yoga on a flawless green lawn overlooking the sun rising over Lake Trasimeno against a backdrop of a villa so beautiful you almost opt not to go on the daily outings, just so you can stay behind and enjoy the exquisite beauty of the villa.  But, no!  You’d be missing out on the lovely outings I have planned for you!

Chef extraordinaire, Massimiliano, and Marilyn. Massimiliano prepares fresh and organic meals. Just when I thought he could not possibly outdo himself, he would, once again, outdo himself...for every meal.  Plenty of vegetarian and non vegetarian options available.

Meet our chef Massimiliano, who creates one fabulous dish after another!. Just when I thought he could not possibly outdo himself, he did just that…for every meal. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available.

Some of my readers are not yogis, but you can still enjoy the photos below, which highlight the Umbrian outings.  For more information, you can visit my website  (see Retreats and Events, scroll down).

Pucciarella Winery Visit

Pucciarella Winery Visit. (stock photo)  Our group went and had a great time.  The wine tastes of Umbria and is served with dinner.

Siena.  We did not do this day trip last year. I am excited to see Siena for the first time (photo found on-line)

Siena. We did not do this day trip last year. I am excited to see Siena for the first time (stock photo).

Mario's Cooking School, located in the Apennines Mountains.  Here Mario poses with his son, Matteo.

Mario’s Cooking School, located in the Apennines Mountains. Here culinary artist, Mario, serves us dinner, with his son, Matteo.

Mushroom Hunting with Mario followed by dream-like Yoga in a sun drenched meadow.

Mushroom Hunting with Mario, followed by dream-like Yoga in a sun drenched meadow.

Yoga in the sun drenched meadow in the Apennines

And of course the Yoga in the sun drenched meadow in the Apennines

Another outing new to this year's trip:  day trip to Orvieto!

Another outing new to this year’s trip: day trip to Orvieto! (stock photo).

Hope to see you there!!  Benvenuti!

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