Sole Yoga Holidays is so thrilled to present our exclusive collaboration with artist Betty Soldi in our beloved home of Florence, March 18-21, 2020. Concentrating on the art, beauty and expression of our hands, this special retreat, titled Manifestation (‘mani’ is Italian for hands) encompasses an homage to everything about the hands. This 3-day wellness and artistic retreat (Thurs-Sun) is a customized package to help you refresh, recharge and spend time on yourself with the Renaissance City as your inspiration.
ACCOMMODATIONS + MEALS
Our annual retreat takes place at the divine and eclectic Oltrarno Splendid a boutique hotel in the historic heart of the city. Each room boasts its own style with marvelous and unique touches such as hand picked art, original frescoes, vintage furnishings, hand-written notes and golden mirrors.
All of the luxury amenities you will need for your special retreat are in every specially designed room such as plush, comfy beds, wifi, C.O. Bigelow amenities, lush robes and slippers and satellite TV. Plus, the common areas are filled with unusual books and magazines and there is an honor bar in the kitchen/lounge.
Choose from the ample and distinguished Superior Room, the lofty and noble Deluxe Room or the oversized and diverse King Room.
You just might find it difficult to leave this stupendous hotel!
A delicious, Italian-style buffet breakfast is included daily at our wonderful location on the luminous top floor. Enjoy a frothy cappuccino and freshly baked warm pastry or savory focaccia of local prosciutto and cheese. We will include a special Welcome Aperitivo with delectable and nibbly bits and your choice of local wine or prosecco to start off the wondrous retreat.
A wine-tasting lunch will be part of the package at one of our beloved Florence locations. Get ready for 3-heavenly courses paired with delicious Italian wines. This might be one of our most favorite parts of the weekend!
Finally, our Farewell Dinner takes place at one of our favorite local spots known for their variety of heavenly pastas and local dishes. We shall feast on delicious cuisine, sip on wine and enjoy our last moments together over traditional, Florentine flavors.
Let your hands be your teacher on this special manifestation retreat. Your host, Shari will guide you through a customized vinyasa flow concentrating on the hands and breath. As always, Shari will listen to what the group needs and adjust accordingly for the best yoga experience. Two sessions are included during our holiday and there will be one optional practice for those needing a bit more movement.
EXCLUSIVE CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP: The talented and accomplished Betty Soldi, calligrapher and designer will lead us in a writing workshop where we will marvel at the magic and the words that flow freely from our hands. This is a time to create and share and learn all about this mindful art form. Our workshop will take place in a sublime location, nestled within a fairy tale garden in Florence.
PRIVATE ART EXPLORATION: Time for a dose of art, history and culture with the most incredible guide in Florence, Alexandra of Explore Florence. We will first have a mini introduction to the art & history of Florence and then dive into particular works that showcase our retreat theme, hands. This will be an experience unlike any other where we will learn the stories and history of some of the most significant works in Florence.
OPTIONAL Activities & Excursions:
Additional Nights at our Hotel
Private Yoga Lessons
Here is what our special Manifestation Retreat includes:
• 3 Nights Accommodations at a Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Florence
• 2 Special Yoga Sessions, Focusing on Hands & Breath
• All Yoga Equipment
• Special Calligraphy Workshop & Supplies
• Exclusive Art Tour & Museum Entrances
• Daily Buffet Breakfast
• Welcome Aperitivo
• Wine Tasting Lunch
• Farewell Dinner
• Special Gift Bag
SUPERIOR ROOM: 1550€ SINGLE / 1099€ EACH SHARED (ONE BED)
DELUXE ROOM: 1599€ SINGLE / 1150€ EACH SHARED (ONE BED)
KING ROOM: 1699€ SINGLE / 1250€ EACH SHARED (ONE BED)
SPACES MUST BE RESERVED WITH A 750€ DEPOSIT
Retreat Limited to 10 people
RECOMMENDED SCHEDULE (Final Program Presented During Welcome Dinner)
19.00: Welcome Aperitivo
8.00-9.15: Morning Mudra Yoga Session + Meditation
10.30-13.15: Private Art Tour
13.30-15.00: Special Wine Tasting Lunch
16.45- 17.45: Optional Afternoon Flow Yoga Session
9.00-11.00: Handwriting/Calligraphy Workshop
11.00-16.00 Free Time (Shop, Relax, Explore, Dine)
16:30-17:45 Mudra & Meditation Yoga
20.00-22.00: Farewell Dinner
Transportation to/from our hotel in Florence is not included. However, we are happy to make recommendations or assist in any travel needs. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay later, please let us know. We may be able to offer a special rate (depending on availability) and help with any additional arrangements.
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.