Join Jock in the Italian sunshine for our first retreat on the Tuscan/Umbrian border. Nestled in the beautiful hilltop village of Lippiano with views over the surrounding countryside, this retreat is designed to relax, restore and recharge you.

Retreat Overview

Overview

With our love of food, we would naturally only go somewhere the food was exceptional and the food here is amazing – trust us, we’ve sampled it!  Traditional and authentic Italian dishes with a buffet breakfast and lunch followed by afternoon tea with homemade cakes and a 4-course evening meal, all eaten together outside under the shade of umbrellas. All food, snacks, drinks including unlimited barista coffee and alcohol are included in the price.

Dates and Price

29 June – 6 July 2024

  • Full board with yoga – shared basis | £1,280
  • Single room with Yoga – £1490
  • Full board no yoga – shared basis | £936

Retreat Details

Each day will start with a guided meditation and yoga class, covering specific breathing techniques and physical postures (asana’s) taught by our principal teacher Jock. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years Jock is experienced enough to be able to offer you personalised instruction suitable for any level. He has over twenty years’ experience and regularly teaches around the world.

This retreat is designed for couples so if your partner does not practise yoga there is plenty for you to enjoy together after your daily practise. You can relax and read by the pool, play tennis, hire bikes and explore the beautiful countryside or book an Italian cookery class.  Then join us in the afternoon for your workshop-style yoga sessions before a delicious 4-course evening meal together.

In case you’re hungry outside of mealtimes, you also have 24/7 unlimited access to a fridge full of milk, yoghurt, cereals, bread, butter and jams, fresh fruit and a barista coffee machine as well as wine, beer, liqueurs and spirits.

The meals

The food served at the retreat is based on a traditional local Italian cuisine. All meals will include a selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options as standard. Vegan, GF or other requirements can be catered for on request. Food is prepared freshly every day by the wonderful retreat chefs. If you have any food allergies/sensitivities, please let us know. There is a self-service tea & coffee station for guest use. You have the option to enjoy your food either inside or outside in the beautiful garden.

Example Retreat Day

7.30am Morning meditation followed by yoga class
9.00am Breakfast
1.00pm Lunch
4.30pm Technique masterclass
8.00pm Dinner

Practical Details

Retreat venue

Our retreat venue is set in 5 acres of Italian gardens against a lush backdrop of forests, olive groves and vineyards. The main house is a 15th century Italian country manor house, once the summer residence for a Florentine family.

The large, rustic house plus converted barn and stables provide 17 bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. Every room is unique, retaining original and traditional features and furnishings. The house opens out onto the courtyard, where guests play, chill, have breakfast and lunch, or enjoy an aperitivo.

You will be staying in a beautiful, restored building, “Palazzo Regina”, which is a two-minute walk from the main house. Accommodation is based on a twin or triple shared basis. If there is anyone you would like to share with please let us know upon booking. There are a limited number of single rooms available for an additional fee. Please contact us directly for availability.

The retreat venue offers a pool, tennis court, a library, a music room, therapeutic and beauty treatments, art classes, cooking classes and a woodland walks.

There is plenty of mobile phone and internet access at the retreat venue. There are a range of both indoor and outdoor communal spaces where you can catch up on emails or work should you need to.

How to get there

The nearest airports are Florence, Pisa and Perugia. Taxis and airport transfers can be arranged on request and the retreat hosts Jock and Emma will confirm which flight they are on to help coordinate transfers. The venue is fairly remote so if you want to get out and about to explore the local countryside during your stay, you may consider hiring a car.

Booking

What’s included:

Fully catered 7-night stay at our Italian Retreat Villa
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner prepared by their in-house team
24/7 access to fridge full of wine, beer, liqueurs, spirits, milk, yoghurt, cereals, bread, butter and jams, fresh fruit and a coffee machine!
6 x daily morning yoga classes – Including Pranayama, Kriya and Asana
5 x afternoon technique classes

What’s not included:

Flights
Airport transfers (UK and Italy)
Travel insurance
Car hire
On Thursdays the kitchen is closed but all of the above is available, plus a staff member can help you book a restaurant or order a take-away. There is also a local bar that makes delicious snacks.

Optional Extras, payable direct to the venue:

Cooking lessons
Bike hire
Horse riding

Teacher

Jock Orton

It is said that we all come to healing in our own time and this was true for me when in 2000, I fell down a mountain snowboarding, breaking my back in four places and shattering my collarbone. After numerous unsuccessful operations, I decided to take matters into my own hands so that I might stand a chance of being mobile by the time I hit forty.

I began a regular yoga practice and as the ancient saying goes, ‘When the student is ready the teacher will appear.’ I moved back to Cornwall at the same time as Bridget Woods-Kramer, a world renowned Anusara teacher.  I did my first two teacher trainings with no intention of ever teaching yoga, I just wanted to further my knowledge for my own practice. It was Bridget who dropped the bombshell on me that she needed cover for a Saturday class that forced me into teaching my first class. I was completely terrified………but I loved it!

I spent six years studying and teaching with Bridget and have developed a style that is physically challenging with attention to posture and alignment and above all, playful. My experience has taught me to cherish the physical practice of yoga, but it is the connection between mind, body and soul that inspires my practice.  Over the last decade, my personal practice has moved towards Ashtanga and I have undertaken Ashtanga teacher trainings with David Swenson, Manju Jois and John Scott.

I have been teaching for 20 years and over this time I feel deeply privileged to have been taught by some of the worlds best teachers from a range of different schools of yoga, including Richard Freeman, David Williams, Sianna Shermann, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Bruce Bowditch, John Friend, Nancy Gilgoff, and Doug Swenson. In my classes I call upon the teachings of all of my teachers to best serve my own students, with a blend of the styles, techniques and adjustments I’ve learnt along my yoga journey. I am also co-founder and director of Lime House Yoga with my partner Emma and a dad to two wonderful children who constantly inspire and challenge me to be more present in the world and on my mat.

Join Jock’s classes at Lime House on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Thursday and Saturday mornings.