A Taste of Italy

A WEEK-LONG YOGA &
MEDITATION RETREAT,
IN MONTESPERTOLI, ITALY

the heart of Tuscany


with Shawna Thibodeau 
& DIANA DiPaolo McDonnell  

September 19-26th, 2022

A Taste of Italy is a week-long, Tuscan, yoga & meditation retreat that will connect you back to joy while also unlocking deep insight, truths and healing of the heart & soul.

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MUCH OF MY OWN HEALING & GROWTH has been done in immersive environments with other women. Doing sacred work in a magical spot and within a supportive group helps us to awaken, open our hearts and expand our consciousness. The magical setting for our September inner work is at a 13th century Tuscan Villa, located in the town of Montespertoli, Italy. I can't wait to have you join us!

Shawna

The Villa

This retreat takes place at a 13th century Tuscan Villa, located in the town of Montespertoli, Italy. Montespertoli is one of Tuscany’s renowned wine capitals, resting just 20km outside Florence. 

"Beyond the views, vines and historic estates, the charm of this medieval town lies in the low-key glimpse of the Tuscan dream."

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What to Expect

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A TASTE OF ITALY will be a beautiful mixture of deep inner work through yoga, meditation, breathwork and various workshops combined with adventure, travel, beautiful scenery, amazing food, laughter and the companionship of other women. 

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What's Included

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  • Full access to villa pool throughout the week 

  • 3 delicious, organic, locally sourced meals each day – catered to any dietary requirements

  • Daily yoga and meditation (offered 5 of the 7 days, can take breaks as needed)

  • Breathwork workshop + 4 transformational breathwork sessions

  • Transformational, enlightening & healing group workshops throughout the week including: the path of raising consciousness, inner child work & healing our inner wounds, EFT tapping for growth & transformation, and stepping into an aligned and empowered life through subconscious belief work and law-of-attraction + manifestation practices

  • Daily group coaching circles to connect, open our hearts and grow together

  • Two evening group sessions with local healers (e.g sound healing session)

  • Two free days off to explore Florence, Italy (transportation to and from villa included)

  • Free time to relax and/or explore town of Montespertoli

  • A sacred and supportive space to fully explore your inner self and your life 

  • A take-home book of the various skills & practices + all journaling prompts and workshop exercises learned to continue your inward journey of healing & growth once back home

  • Transportation to and from Florence or Pisa airports

**Flights, accommodation and alcohol not included in retreat pricing

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Città del vino” Montespertoli is one of Tuscany’s renowned wine capitals. But beyond the views, vines and historic estates, the charm of this medieval town lies in the low-key glimpse of the Tuscan dream it provides, with the butcher, baker, farmers’ market and gelateria just a few paces apart along Via Roma. The entire centre’s narrow streets and squares are easily visited on foot."

- Tuscany Now & More Travel

Registration

Following travel policies of Ontario, retreat pricing does not include accommodation. Accommodations for the week are graciously donated (at no extra cost) by Villa la Capella and are secured separately after registration below.

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GIRLFRIEND ESCAPE

Retreat registration if coming with a friend, shared room. **Please have your buddy register at the same time as you**

 

$2997 USD (each spot) 

[$500 deposit each to secure your spots. Remaining balance due by July 31, 2022.]

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SINGLE SPOT GETAWAY

Retreat registration for one person, private room.

 

$3400 USD (each spot)

[$500 deposit to secure your spot. Remaining balance due by July 31, 2022.]

SOLD OUT!

Cancellation Policy 

Payment in full is required by July 31, 2022. Deposit non-refundable. Any cancellation after August 1, 2022  up to September 1, 2022 will receive 75% refund on the full balance paid. Any cancellations from September 1, 2022 until September 12 will receive a 50% refund on full balance paid. No refund for any cancellations September 13th and after. No show, no refund. Flights and any changes to or changes caused by flights are solely participants' responsibility.

Get on the Cancellation List!

Enter your name in email below and you'll be notified if any spots become available.

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Reviews
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Frequently Asked Questions

"What airports can I fly into?"

The airports you can fly into for this retreat include Florence, Pisa or Rome Fiumicino. Transportation from airport to villa is included when you fly into Florence or Pisa. 

 

 

"I'm thinking about coming alone...is this ok?"

Absolutely! YES YES YES! Going to a retreat alone can be extremely powerful and transformative. Common feedback we also receive is the welcoming, safe and connected vibe we create and the relationships you create on retreats sometimes turn in to lifelong friends. Around 50% of Shawna's past retreat attendees have come on their own and this % increases with international retreats.

 

"I'm not too experienced in yoga & meditation...is this ok?"

Another big YES! We welcome women of all levels and complete beginners too! Retreats are a great place to learn or to solidify established practices and routines. 

 

 

"Is there a what-to-bring list?"

Yes, a retreat information email with all this information will be sent out closer to the retreat date.

 

"What if I have dietary restrictions?"

The villa is able to accommodate for dietary restrictions. Send an email to befree@shawnathibodeau.com if you have any dietary restrictions to ensure that week's menu will accommodate you.

Meet The Team

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Shawna Thibodeau

Mental Health Nurse, Meditation

+ Breathwork Teacher & Women's Coach

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Diana DiPaolo McDonnell 

Yoga Teacher & Wellness Coach