Manifesting Joy Under The Tuscan Sun July 2012
Memory Album, Videos, Comments & Essays
Ebbio Retreat - Siena - Petriolo Hot Springs
Natural Maremma State Beach - San Gimignano - Florence
The "Festa Medievale" of Monteriggioni
Castellina in Chianti
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Thank you to the amazing
Kylee Lehe my mentee
& teaching assistant.
You are the very best
& an angel.
Love Jen xoxo
"It was a success in that each
one of us left with life lessons
and new friends." - Akiko
"After your first workshop in Philly
I made a vision board. I have many things
on it. The one thing I put on it was the
pamphlet of your Tuscany retreat.
And guess what?
It came true!
I just wanted to thank you for
the amazing trip to Italy!"
Your retreat in Italy changed my life. I find it very hard to express myself
in writing, but needed to share how magical of an experience this retreat
was for me. For someone who has a hard time taking risks and letting go in
life enough to say "YES!", what a great gift this retreat was for me. These
are the experiences that live in me now, for which I shall be forever
changed for the better:
Sitting in solitude and quiet on the roof of an 800 year old Tuscan farm house
with a good book, some tea, and a piece of fresh fruit, while watching the
sun rise...wow. What an unbelievable opportunity to sit in reflection and
utter gratitude. Shutting my phone off. I mean literally going nowhere near
e-mail, texts, or Facebook for a full week, I cannot tell you how unbelievably
healing this was. Realizing how strange that I have to travel all the way to Italy
to give myself permission to do this. Being so grateful for that realization.
Singing "Journey" at the top my lungs while flowing through a Vinyasa only
to explode into several spontaneous dance parties in the middle of class.
Jumping into a pool fully clothed, sweaty from yoga and multitudes of
said dance parties, under the beautiful Tuscan sun.
Gorging myself on homemade pastas, sauces, pesto, soup, jam, yogurt, olive
oil, salads and fresh herbs literally JUST picked from the garden. Twirling and
dancing with abandon on the ancient cobblestone street of a Twelfth Century
Italian castle to folk music at an authentic medieval festival complete with
mulled wine, mead, royal ceremonies, stilt walkers, knights, ancient currency,
ladies, jesters and fools. Drinking wine, sharing meals, and forming bonds with
some of the most amazing people I've ever met in my life. Exploring picturesque
towns, eating a piece of fresh pizza followed by a massive cup of the best
Gelato you will ever taste. Gaining a full head of sand from doing multiple
headstands by the ocean. Eating a sandwich bigger than my face stuffed full
of fresh cheese, roasted peppers, freshly picked basil, hand pressed olive oil,
and the reddest, ripest, sweetest tomatoes that have ever and will ever be
ingested. Being slathered in squishy sulfur scented healing black clay at the
most beautiful naturally occurring hot springs. Smelling like said sulfur
clay for days.
Somehow managing to communicate perfectly with complete strangers in the
worst Italian ever, by using a handful of words and gestures. Spending way too
much Euro at the most amazing market in Siena, walking away with some of
the most gorgeous clothes, jewelry, and shoes. Speaking my goals without
shame, owning who I am and what I want. Writing, for real, for the first time
in four years. Resting in a place of utter gratitude and letting go of needing
to look or be a certain way. Not wearing any makeup and feeling so
comfortable with my "naked" face. At 26, enjoying my very first massage.
EVER. To eat, eat, eat then eat, eat, eat, some more and after that eat,
eat, eat and eat.
Thank you, Jen, for giving me all of this.
Thank you, Italy, for just existing, really.
BEST. RETREAT. EVER.
I love you and am so grateful you have come into my life.
"I am sitting in the plane heading back to LAX,
just reflecting on all that I inhaled in a week at
Ebbio. What did I gain from it other than the
obvious beauty and the fabulous food of
Tuscany? The scenery was just as I saw in
the "Under the Tuscan Sun" movie.
Stepping away from it now I see the big
picture. I realized that yoga classes were
just a small part of what I got from
I found the perfect metaphor for my experience
at Ebbio. It was the "wine tasting" at it's best.
Just like the bottles of wine we drank, everyone
came from different regions. Each bottle had a
story to tell about its blend and the aging
process, giving us our own unique flavor.
What I liked most about our week in Ebbio was the
tasting of our new found friends, getting to know
what is inside the "bottle". Some I liked instantly,
other I let it breath a bit until it mellowed. As I
swished the wine in my mouth, I can taste the
fruitiness or the spices as the flavors became
The common thread for most of us was that we
had the courage to go on an adventure alone,
trusting on our own instinct. The courage
displayed by those who shared their trials in
their lives and how they have moved through
it, humbled me to a greater appreciation for
my own life. I have no complaints!
By the end of the week, each bottle I tasted
began to taste creamier, sweeter,fruitier and
even spicier. I loved them all for it's
individuality. It was truly an amazing
week and a delicious experience!
Thank you for your manifestation of Ebbio
yoga retreat. It will forever stay with me
as the 'Tuscan Sun' in my heart."
"I've been meaning to do this and I finally
got around to it. Today I
listened to Brene Brown's TED talk
on vulnerability, and it stopped me
in my tracks. I listened to it twice.
Rules to live by! To be deeply
vulnerable... to let yourself be
seen, to love with your whole
heart, to practice gratitude and
joy, to listen and be kind, and
to believe that you're enough.
Plus do yoga, and have daily dance
parties... of course!
THANK YOU for recommending
that we listen to this in Italy."
Love you! Regan
TEMPORARY ON THE SKIN
INDELIBLE ON THE SOUL
"Going to Italy on a Manifestation Retreat with
Jennifer Pastiloff was by far one of the best
experiences of my life.
Not only are you surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan
country side, but also surrounded by the amazing
people Jen attracts. From the daily dance parties,
to amazing food, and great laughs with new friends
over vino, the Manifestation Retreat with Jen was
truly a life changing experience that I will
"I am in awe and wonder of what transpired during
that magical week at Ebbio. Visions of my first
encounter, getting out of the van and being
greeted by you and the rest of the
gang...stepping into a
magical place of beauty, love, and
peace...no one judging...everyone just being,
just being alive, willing and wanting just
friendship and love. From that day forward,
I only remember amazing food, vino and
Yoga studio..great music, poetic dances,
provoking thoughts...geese and a white
horse walking by...
Outings, bus stops, beach, lunches, sitting
under grape awnings, driving with music
blaring...all inspiring...all intoxicating.
I thank you for an amazing time that
validated who I am...I thank you for
your sincerity and inspiration."
Much aloha always,
Clay on face in the Natural Hot
Springs Natural sulphuric water
basin & wellness
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"Jen is my Wayne Dyer, Jen is my
Oprah… and if you know her,
you know how bold of a
statement that is.
She attracts the most interesting
and fabulous humans into her
inner circle. There are no bad
seeds that show up to these
It is all just humans
trying to grow and feel good,
but most of all...they are there
to make sh*t happen.
Oh, And they do! "
The following is a gorgeous post by my dear friend Sara
Lieberman author of the upcoming "The Handbags Tale".
I met Sara last year when I taught my Manifestation workshop
in NYC and she joined me on my Italy retreat this past July.
This post is a testament as to what goes down at one of
my retreats. I could not have written it better myself!
It’s such an honor that she wrote this.
Thank you Sara. Thank you. See you all in Italy!
Awe & Wonder 2012 by Sara Lieberman
A Testament To All Things Italian
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