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VINYASA & VOGUE

Florence, Italy 

Sept 26 – Oct 3, 2020

Villa Paradiso
A gorgeous villa tucked away in the Tuscan hills surrounding Florence

off of the historic Via Benedetto Fortini

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Inspire Travel and Lou Stokes are thrilled to announce our
collaboration on this once in a lifetime retreat.

THE VILLA

A gorgeous villa tucked away in the Tuscan hills surrounding Florence
off of the historic Via Benedetto Fortini

Florence, Italy

Cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible, Florence (Firenze) is a place to feast on worldclass art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine.

Art & Architecture

Few cities are so compact size or so packed with extraordinary art and architecture masterpieces at every turn. The urban fabric of this small city, on the banks of the Arno river in northeastern Tuscany, has hardly changed since the Renaissance and its narrow cobbled streets are a cinematic feast of elegant 15th- and 16th-century palazzi (palaces), medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches, marble basilicas and world-class art museums brimming with paintings and sculptures by Botticcelli.

Boutique Shopping

Italy’s fashion industry was born and bred here. Homegrown designers Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo opened haute-couture boutiques in Florence in the 1920s and shopping in the Tuscan capital has been stylish ever since. A-lister fashion houses lace Via de’ Tornabuoni and a Pandora’s box of specialist boutiques selling all manner of beautiful objects parade alongside family-run botteghe (workshops) in a glorious tangle of medieval backstreets. Watch fourth-generation Florentine goldsmiths and shoemakers at work, buy artisan scents evocative of the Florentine countryside and Tuscan sea breeze, and know the tag ‘Fiorentina’ is one of the finest international labels going.

La Dolce Vita

Stand on a bridge over the Arno several times in a day and the light and mood changes every time. At sunset hike to Piazzale Michelangelo to be dazzled by a palette embracing every known shade of soft pink, orange, fiery amber. Surprisingly small as it is, Florence looms large on the world’s ‘must-sees’ list – and not just for its unmatched treasure chest of art. Rich in culture, backdropped by history and anchored by family, faith and food, Florentine lifestyle is enviably sweet. Enjoy a go-slow afternoon passeggiata, indulge in an aperitivo at dusk, savour la dolce vita…

Fine Wine and Dining

SEP 26 – OCT 3, 2020

Breakfast is served every morning after Yoga. A mix of savory & sweet breakfast buffet is will be ready to please your senses and replenish your body. Coffee, Tea, Juices Provided. Any dietary restrictions or needs please note in the prepared spots on your booking page. All needs can be met!

 

SATURDAY

3:00 pm until 6:00pm
Check In, Light Dinner, and Wine Welcome

SUNDAY

8:00 am      60 min Heart Opening Yoga with Melissa
10:45            Self Love Workshop with Lou Stokes
1:30 pm       Lunch in the Historic Center
3:00 – 4:30    Galleria Academia – Statue of David
5:00 – 7:00    Relax at Villa Paradiso
7:30 pm        Private Villa Dinner with Wine Pairing
 

MONDAY

8:00 am             60 min Inner Warrior Yoga with Melissa
10:45 – 1:00 pm  Confidence Workshop with Lou Stokes
1:00 – 4:00           Greve in Chianti – Enoteca Wine Tasting
3:00 – 4:30           Galleria Academia – Statue of David
5:00 – 7:00           Relax at Villa Paradiso
7:30 pm              Private Villa Dinner with Wine Pairing
 

TUESDAY

8:00 am              Surrender Yoga with Melissa
10:45 – 1:00 pm  Wardrobe Detox with Lou Stokes
1:30 – 5:00           Florence Free Day
5:30                     Evening Meditation with Melissa & Lou “Prepping Your Style Board”
7:30 pm              Dinner out in the Countryside

WEDNESDAY

8:00 am              Goddess Sequence with Melissa
10:45 – 1:00 pm  Style Story Workshop + Style Board with Lou Stokes
1:30                     Light Lunch at the Gucci Museum followed by Shopping Tour with Lou
7:30                     Private Villa Dinner with Wine Pairing
 

THURSDAY

8:00 am              Fun Flow with Melissa
10:45 – 1:00 pm  Magnetic Life – Final Workshop with Lou Stokes (moving forward and goals)
1:30 – 4:00           Castello di Ama Lunch & Wine Tour
6:00 – 7:30           Proseco Toast at Villa Paradiso
8:00                     Dinner and drinks out in Historic Center of Florence

FRIDAY

8:00 am              Fun Flow with Melissa
10:45 – 5:00 pm  Special Free Day
8:00                     Dinner and drinks out in Historic Center of Florence

SATURDAY

8:00 am  – 11:00 am Depart           

YOGA with Melissa

Melissa Ferrer Burke will be taking you thru a different practice each morning dedicated to your workshop topic.

These classes will include Core strengthening, grounding your energy thru meditation, dynamic warriors to wake up your true strength and many other invigorating flows. 

COACHING WORKSHOPS with Lou

Lou will be leading us on a journey of building self confidence and finding the BEST version of you thru her dynamic and effective coaching workshops and evening guided meditations.

Workshops will include the following topics:

Self Love
Energy
Confidence
Wardrobe Detox
Style Story
Magnetic Life

We will be creating mood boards, private shopping tour and daily manifestation notebook.

Check out Lou’s PODCAST

“Melissa and I have spent much pleasant time together preparing curriculum for teacher trainings & retreats. What’s remarkable about Melissa is her attention to detail, and her ability to bring people together. She creates a warm, energetic, and educational environment from which one can benefit from.”

-Dr. Charles Ferron

Pricing & Options

Your Retreat Includes ALL of the following

6 nights accommodations in a private Villa (Superior or Deluxe Suite)
6 private garden yoga sessions (customized-gentle flow, power flow, restorative)
All yoga equipment provided
Daily Tuscan Breakfast
1 Vineyard Lunch + Wine Tasting – Castello di Ama Chianti

2 Lunches in the Center Tuscan Cuisine
2 Traditional Tuscan Dinner or aperitivo tasting

3 Private Villa Dinners with wine pairing
2 Private Tours (shopping & art)
1 Gift bag per person
All museum tickets and tour expenses (not including tips)

Your price is based on your Lodging Selection

Rosa
Superior Suite/Single
(private bathrooms)

€2472 euro

Orchidea
Superior Suite/Single
(private bathrooms)

€2472 euro

La Palma and Girasole Superior Suite/SHARED (must book together)

-single occupancy is available upon request price may vary 

€1822 euro each

Ivy Garden Suite/Single

private apt set in the garden with bathroom and shower
double occupancy available upon request

€2322 euro

On your booking form please let us know about any allergies or special need items.

Please try to arrive from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm if possible. Departures from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Other options can be accommodated. Additional fees may apply. Contact Us for more info.

SUGGESTED PACKING:

Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Yoga clothes *YOGA MATS PROVIDED*
  • Personal yoga props
  • Plug adaptors / converters (we do not have them)
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Casual clothing, layer for various weather

As always, Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended for this retreat. PLEASE consult your travel agent for the best policy. Upon booking, other information will be provided including packing lists, etc. for this exclusive Florence retreat.

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