Tuscany Pilates & Walking Retreat
6-13 June 2020
Tuscany Pilates & Walking Retreat
6-13 June 2020
Your Pilates retreat is held at Casa Berti, a private hill-top estate with expansive views over the Tuscan hills, just north of Lucca in Tuscany. This stunning location consists of villa Casa Berti and farmhouse Casa Rosina, a Pilates studio, gardens, olive groves, vineyards and woodland. There is a large pool with sun lounge space, various seating areas in the gardens and an al fresco dining area. The Lucchese style bedrooms are beautifully appointed with original features and all have privacy and en-suite bathrooms. The Estate is set in sixteen acres of olive terraces, gardens and woodland, cultivated by Etruscans, Romans and now locals. It offers extensive walks and hikes, badminton, boules, archery and croquet. A natural spring produces mineral-rich water all year round. This is the perfect place to relax, practise Pilates, boost your wellbeing and explore the surroundings on beautiful walks and hikes.
“I loved the place, the peace and the wonderful companionship.” F.S.
“Thank you, Ariadne, for a great retreat.” J.S.
Included are the right balance of Pilates combined with good food, beautiful walking trails and relaxation
- 7 nights luxury 17th century villa style accommodation
- Daily Pilates sessions and all Pilates equipment
- All meals on site: brunches, lunches and 2-course dinners with wine, freshly prepared and with locally sourced ingredients.
- Guided walks through woodland, along streams and medieval fortresses
- 2 Excursions
- Swimming pool
- Transfers to and from local train station.
- Flights, train fare to/from local station and insurance.
- Lunches on excursions
- Optional authentic Italian cooking class; relaxing massage therapy
“I have just returned from the Pilates retreat in Tuscany and I really, really loved it. Booking myself on a trip with a group I didn’t know was a first for me, so I was a bit nervous about how it would work out. I met 8 most lovely, interesting and curious women with whom I enjoyed great food, wine, the amazing beauty of the Tuscan countryside, heart-warming hospitality at Casa Berti and, of course, the sensitive and knowledgeable Pilates classes with Ariadne. After a week I felt relaxed, renewed and inspired, had made new friends, learnt how to make some fantastic Italian dishes and had a well-toned core. Pilates classes were very gentle, never pushing too far, but Ariadne made us work persistently on all the right areas. I’ll definitely come back. Thanks Ariadne!” Ava
The double bedrooms with private en-suites are all luxuriously appointed, with air-conditioning and beautiful views over the surrounding hills.
“Already missing lunches Italian style, walks and great heart-warming company.” E.M.
If you like Tuscany, or always wanted to visit, love good food, country walks, this retreat is for you. Men and women, solo travellers, couples and friends are welcome, as are all levels of Pilates.
“Thank you for a great week. Thank you all for your company” G.B.
Everyone arrives in the afternoon on arrival day, after pick up from the local train station. Settle in and get ready for the welcome meeting and evening meal with the group. Pilates starts the next morning and continues throughout the week. The last Pilates class will be in the evening on the last night, before the group final dinner. Check out is on the last morning, followed by transfer to the local train station.
- 8.30 am – 9.30 am: Invigorating Morning Pilates
- 9.30 am: Brunch Italian style with fresh fruit, yogurt and cereals
- 10.30am – 5.30pm: Go for a walk or hike, relax by the pool, have lunch on the terrace. Some days there will be an excursion. Participate in an optional Italian cooking class or enjoy an optional relaxing massage.
- 6.15pm – 7pm: Evening Pilates – gentle session to unwind and stretch
- 8pm: Time to Dine
Ariadne has always been impressed with the effectiveness of Pilates and as an instructor wants to help others improve their core strength, flexibility, breathing and posture. Her passion for movement and wellbeing are shared and reflected in the sessions and apart from a good workout, her Pilates classes are fun and relaxing too.
“I love your classes!” Janet
“Yesterday’s Pilates class has done wonders for my creaking back.” Alison
“The beauty, tranquility and overall marvellousness of Casa Berti cannot be exaggerated.” Anton
Ben and Debra
Ben Gooder and Debra are owners of Casa Berti and your hosts for the week. They will be offering delicious, freshly prepared meals and local wines at the villa and an authentic Tuscan pizza night. Ben is proud to have restored Casa Berti and made it a Centre for excellence and self fulfillment. He takes great pleasure in sharing his love of this place with visitors from all over the world.