Italy Yoga & Art Retreat

September 29 to October 5, 2019 with Mindy Johnstone

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A Boutique retreat to the picturesque Tuscany 

If you are seeking a unique experience that covers the beauty of Italy and all its charm this is for you. Spend your time on a farmhouse estate, walk through history in local towns, sip wine marvelling at the cypress tree hills, indulge at a European day spa... each moment priceless

7 days/ 6 nights Includes
  • Villa accomodations with private baths

  • Italian vegetarian cuisine at the villa  

  • Beverages; including wine at the villa from the local Tuscan vineyards

  • Transportation to/from on day trips

  • Transfer to/from Chuisi Train station to Estate

  • Yoga & meditation classes (mats & straps provided)

  • Guided Art & History tours with Julian Hylzer for selected day trips 

  • Art materials in studio & use of Estate

  • Day trip to Florence; entrance fees/guide

  • Day trip to local Etruscan towns / walking tour

  • Thermal Spa Day

  • Pasta making demonstration

  • Cheese/Olive oil/ Wine Tasting


There is no better way to capture Italy than to immerse in its rich history. This retreat is designed for those who have 

a love of the arts and movement. Practicing yoga in this incredible landscape gives the participant the peace of mind of the countryside and the energy to explore and learn from it. Guests can try their hand at art or photography projects throughout their stay. We collaborate with Estate owner, Julian Hyzler who brings a wealth of knowledge in the arts and history of the area. 

It is not necessary to be experienced in Art or Yoga to join. Just a love of both with the curiosity to learn.
The Villa

Prepare to be swept away from this stunning hilltop location that overlooks the countryside of Tuscany & Umbria. The Estate offers views of rolling hills, cypress trees, and picturesque farmlands as far as the eye can see. The Villa is a beautifully restored cantina and stables that has been divided in 2 apartments. Each area has been made into different sized accommodations that include private baths and linens. The details of decor are works of art and add to the rustic and charming experience of your stay.

Open and spacious studios are attached to the main villa. For those wishing to take part in various art projects and classes, you'll find all your materials accessible on site. Morning yoga classes are practiced in a cozy setting that has an incredible view of the Tuscan rolling hills. Guests dine together in a family style lounge area that serves as a meeting place with an ambient setting . 


The owner and host of the Estate, Julian, welcomes you with open arms. On sight, he and his team will be of service to ensure your stay is comfortable and to answer any questions about the area. Julian is a wonderful story teller and brings character and wit during the day trips to local towns and museums. He is versatile as an art & history teacher and can easily accommodate all levels of experience. 

Yoga with Mindy

It is natural that food and Italy go together. The mouth watering dishes are so memorable that it stays with you for a lifetime. On the retreat, all breakfasts, dinners and selected lunches at the Villa are vegetarian, simple and healthy Italian dishes. Using fresh produce and local wine from the nearby Tuscan & Umbrian towns, guests will savor the quality of dishes like risotto with porcini mushrooms and homemade pasta.

Each day throughout the retreat, begins with an active yoga practice to prepare the body and mind for a day of exploring and enhancing your artistic endeavors. The advantage of participating in a small group gives Mindy an opportunity to cater to individual needs. The classes will be designed to compliment the practitioners level of ability. Selected evening sessions will be more therapeutic working with Yin, restorative postures and lying down guided meditations.


When we mention the word 'ART' we are referring to many variants when it comes to this wonderful retreat. You will learn many interesting facts about Art History on our walking tours. An old cathedral will become more than a beautiful architectural design;  you will learn stories of the people and the civilizations of eras long ago.
It is easy to become inspired through Tuscany's majestic landscapes. There is an art studio onsite where participants are welcome to indulge with using different mediums from watercolors to photography. All courses taught are designed for all levels of experience. The exercises we practice are simple and user friendly. Learn to stretch your own canvas and design a work of art from start to finish. giving you a memorable keep sake of your time in Italy.  All art material is provided.

Click on the player above to meet Julian Hyzler and become inspired through Italian art and its landscape!

Surrounding areas & activities

The Estate is based centrally between Rome and Florence (aka. Firenze).  Visits to local Tuscan towns and cities creates a cultural, educational and colorful look into the richness of Italy. Florence with museums, churches and cobblestone streets brings visitors interested in the Medici era, leather markets and DaVinci's statue of David. Guests will enjoy the art history and walking tours delivered by Julian, free time for sight seeing, shop or grab an espresso and wander the streets.

Soak in the bliss with a trip to a thermal day spa. Book a treatment or massage to add to your relaxation. Wine, olive and cheese tasting to nearby, Madrevite tantalizes your palate. Learn to make pasta from scratch from an in house cooking demonstration.  Art as meditation class, canvas stretching, painting or sketching, individual tarot readings and yoga classes are all part of the Italian adventure.

Booking Details

Inclusive retreat package:    $2,750 CDN (includes GST) 

Deposit to secure spot:            $500 CDN (non-refundable)

Max.#guests: 7  

If you are travelling on your own you will be placed in a shared room 

The room configurations are 2ppl/room, 2ppl/room and 3ppl/room.

Registration and rooms are first come first serve basis


Final balance due  AUGUST 29, 2019


Read about our cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions

  • Countryside on border of Tuscany and Umbria

  • Closest town: Chiusi, Tuscany

  • Closest major airports: Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO - Rome),

       Galileo Galilei Airpot (PSA - Pisa)

  • Closest local airports: Sant'Egidio Airport (PEG - Perugia),

       Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR - Florence)

  •  Train station: Chiusi-Chianciano Terme

  • Transfers between Villa and train station can be arranged at no charge

       on first and last day of retreat. Train transfer from all airports are user


       We are happy to provide additional directions upon registration.

RMY's Retreat Teacher

Find additional answers to your questions here.

Mindy has been teaching yoga for 17 years. She is the owner and operator

of Rocky Mountain Yoga studio in Banff, Canada (est.2009). With roots in

the Ashtanga tradition, her teachings have evolved immensely over the

years to include Vinyasa Flow, Yin & iRest Yoga Nidra. Prepare to be

inspired as her strength lies in the ability to cater to groups and individuals


Stemming from a deep love for travel, arts and leisure, Mindy is delighted

to return to Italy for her 4th retreat. Sharing this experience with a small

group allows time to explore new areas on and off the mat. It is a pleasure

to collaborate with Julian Hylzer,as his great sense of humor, knowledge of

the area and rich history creates an easy going atmosphere to learn, laugh

and grow


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Flight is not included

Please note that all yoga sessions, art & activities are optional during the retreat.

Banff, Canada

Tel: 403-763-8247

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