Yoga Retreat Ebbio in Tuscany Italy July 2nd to July 9th, 2012
Ebbio is a magical place surrounded by an evergreen forest, nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano
that was sacred to the Etruscans. Located in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany, it is only 42 km
from Florence, 11 km from Siena, 9 km from Castellina in Chianti and 1km from Monteriggioni,
a little medieval jewel.
Ebbio is an 800 year old classic rustic Tuscan farmhouse converted into a charming yoga retreat. Looking
out one of the many windows of the different accommodations in Ebbio, you will be captivated by the
undulating hills swept with thriving vineyards, olive trees and enchanting evergreen forests. The
amazing part of Ebbio is that it is still a working, organic Tuscan farm with its own
Chianti wine production and delicious Olive Oil.
Ebbio's kitchen serves vegetarian meals only. Most of the produce comes from their organic production.
The picnic on the day of the ocean excursion is included. Meals are served in the outside porch if
the weather is warm and not raining; otherwise they will be served upstairs where the bedrooms
are also located in a common living/dining room. That room is a living/gathering place where
there is quiet time between 10 pm and 6 am to respect the people sleeping on the 2nd floor.
Water and seasonal fruit are available throughout the day.
The accommodation is in double, triple rooms or quadruple rooms. All rooms are shared, cute and cozy
and have a special name. There is about 1 bathroom for every 2 rooms. All bathrooms are different,
some with showers, some with bathtubs. There is also a bathroom with showers off the yoga
room with privacy for two people. Please remember this is a Tuscan Farmhouse and you
will hear animal noises.
This retreat will be held at Ebbio retreat/winery in Tuscany, Italy a short walking distance
from the ancient town of Montereggioni. You will have plenty of free time to explore on your own.
If you don't have a friend to travel with no problem. There are many
wonderful people who are traveling alone on this trip.
Please come along, enjoy and make new friends.
Balance due in full by May 15th, 2012
If you book after May 15th your payment in
full which includes your $500 deposit is
due upon booking.
$500 non-refundable deposit secures your space
*More Info On Accommodations At Bottom Of Page
* Does not include airfare book your flight now
Check for best prices to Florence or Rome or Pisa.
Important: Please read and sign consent contract here.
"By paying the deposit, or in full, for this trip you agree to the
conditions of travel in this contract"
Deposit - PAYPAL- credit card or ATM.
If you are paying by check please contact
Jennifer for mailing address.
Getting There: Flying or by Train
Please simply secure your airfare to either Florence or Rome, where you can then easily catch a train, direct
from the airport,to Siena. You can purchase your train ticket ahead of time, or just get on the next arriving
train when you get there (they run either every other or every hour). Pick-up from train station in Siena is
included in your price at one of the 2 pick up times. There will be a pick up at 1 pm and 4 pm. Please
arrange your schedule to be there at those times. If you are not there for the pick ups you can take a
taxi on your own to Ebbio for around 25 to 30 euro.
If you are driving to Ebbio, simply reach Monteriggioni Castle and go to the local information
center directly next to the church. From there, they will direct you to Ebbio.
On Site Activities At An Additional Charge Paid In Cash (euro)
You can arrange with Franz the owner of Ebbio for these when you are there.
Horseback Riding (€20/Hour)
Mountain Biking (€20/Day)
Hiking With Guide (€20/Hour)
Hiking with Donkey & Guide (€20/Hour)
Hot Tub (€20/Hour) Max 4 People
Exploring Surrounding Area
(Franz at Ebbio can arrange transportation to the places at an additional cost that are not included in trip.)
Monteriggioni (Festival on Saturday) (5 minutes drive or you can easily walk whenever you want)
Siena (15 minutes drive) Wednesday is street market day-amazing clothing, etc.
(Transportation for our group on Wednesday included in trip)
*Chianti Hills/Wine Tasting: Rocca Winery Castellina In Chianti (30 minutes drive included in the trip)
If you want to explore these towns as a small group on your own Franz can supply the transportation to:
San Gimignano:30 euro round trip 45 min drive
Volterra:35 euro round trip 1 hour drive
San Gimignano & Volterra euro combined 45 round trip
Arrange with Jennifer while there.
Gratuities & Other Info
Taxes are included however gratuities for housekeepers and drivers are welcome
Please use your cell phone in the privacy of your own room. There is no Wifi at Ebbio.
There is one Internet connection for your lap-top that can be used when available.
It is shared. Check with your cell phone provider before going to make sure you
are signed up for International Service and Data Plans.
The retreat is a smoke-free environment. Synthetic fragrances, perfumes
and colognes are not permitted.
Quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am, while using the main upstairs gathering
room/dining room every day, to ensure a peaceful retreat for everyone.
All bedrooms (except for the apt suite-Booked) and the bodywork room are on the 2nd
floor of the main farmhouse. Built in the 1300s the floors are stone and tile. They can be
cool in the non-summer months. Bring slippers.
There is a massage room downstairs at Ebbio next to the Yoga Studio
and a local massage therapist is available that can be called in for optional
massages at your expense in cash (euro)
Funds In Italy
You can exchange your US Dollars for euro in Siena
Here is an exchange site to help you
Note: The exchange rates change all the time and may be different in June/July
Capital One credit cards do not charge fees for shopping in Italy. Most other cards do as much as 5% fee. Please remember that
cash in euro is what is accepted in most places especially the outdoor vendors in Siena on Market Day. Restaurants and stores
accept cards. Check with your bank to see if they have a sister bank in Italy. Usually you can withdraw euro from your account
with no fee with your ATM card at one of those places. There are no ATM machines at Ebbio on site.
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Jennifer retains the right to change anything on this itinerary regarding excursions.
All rooms are shared and the rates are based per person (Min in a room is 2 people).
Three of the rooms are for 2 people (beds can be arranged for singles or a couple)
Two of the rooms are for 2 people (singles) but each also has a loft for a 3rd person.
Three of the rooms are for 3 people (singles) and one room is for 4 people (singles).
Note: If you want to be in a room by yourself there is one available that can be used for one person
(or a couple) it has a full bed but there will be an extra charge if used as a single. (Taken).
Apt with private bath next to farmhouse for 2 or 3 people (extra charge for that) Taken
Max capacity in main Farmhouse is 23 plus 2 or 3 in apt if booked.
SOLD OUT TOTAL 25
What Is A Retreat?
A time to stop and rest so you can go on again.
A time to return to basics: basic attitudes, basic beliefs, the basic balance of life.
Come with us and enjoy the beautiful Tuscan countryside, wonderful food, yoga,
meditation & manifestation. Renew yourself, refresh yourself, enjoy yourself.
|~Manifest Your Dreams Under The Tuscan Sun~
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|Views of Ebbio
Photo Album 2011
For those of you that would like to see more of Italy
you can easily extend your stay and visit cities like
Florence and Rome, which are easily reached by train,
before attending the retreat or before returning home.
Contact Barbara for a referral if you plan to stay in
Florence. Jennifer and I stayed at a wonderful apt
last year that we highly recommend.
After the retreat some of us traveled on to Florence
1.5 hours by train, Rome 3 hours by train & The
Amalfi Coast 3 hours by train to enjoy more of
Italy returning home.
Pictures From Those Extended Trips
|Please read and follow this wonderful blog called Red Dirt Lattes written by Sabrina Lloyd;
actress, photographer, writer, mother & world traveler. Her photographs are spectacular and
her writing will capture your attention. She joined us at Ebbio last year for the retreat
and these two posts with amazing photographs she shared on her blog after the trip.
Doves & Flowers & A Tuscan Cat and Tuscan Twisting Pt.2
You will enjoy Sabrina very much.
Join Jennifer Pastiloff Yoga on an excursion to Italy for yoga classes for all
levels, delicious food, wine, hiking and whatever else your heart may desire.
La Dolce Vita!
This is a dream come true for us for the 2nd time.
Blending authentic Tuscany with mind, body and soul.
7 night/8 day accommodations
Daily vegetarian meals at Ebbio including wine with lunch & dinner and fresh fruit
available during the day (dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day)
2 yoga classes daily on most days (one before breakfast and one before dinner
usually) or Manifestation Yoga Workshops/Meditation.
You will also enjoy a traditional vegetarian Tuscan cooking class
A day trip to the Mediterranean Ocean with a delicious picnic lunch included and a
visit to the natural hotsprings on the way back.
There will be one excursion after lunch to a local town with winery/wine tasting.
There will also be a day trip transportation included to the wonderful town of Siena
on Wednesday July 4th where they have their open air market-day, food, discounted
beautiful Italian clothing, etc. Vendors line the streets. So much to see and do in
Siena. Transportation to and from the marvelous town of Siena on Wednesday is provided.
(Your lunch while there will be self-catered and not provided by Ebbio). Once you are
there you are on your own to shop, explore the cobblestone streets and have fun
until we meet to be taken back to Ebbio. You will have dinner upon returning to
Ebbio. Be sure to see the magnificent Duomo di Siena while you are
exploring the town.
On your own feel free to arrange other activities or to simply explore on foot.
You will have plenty of free time for that or to just relax and reflect.
If you like, transportation, at an additional charge for those other activities,
can be arranged with Franz the owner of Ebbio directly for a group who may
wish to do so.
Note: The itinerary can be changed at any time by the discretion of the organizer.
Questions, please email or call Jennifer 310 926-0172
or email or call Barbara Potter 702 524-5686
If you like Italy, yoga, wine, organic vegetarian food and relaxation then join
Jen Pastiloff of Los Angeles in Tuscany! This is her 2nd year going and she
looks forward to sharing some of her favorite places with you, all
wrapped in the comfort of daily yoga, manifestation workshops
and meditation practices.
Don't Forget to Bring:
- Valid Passport-
- Comfortable clothing for yoga and movement-
- Slip-on shoes for indoors-
(Shoes are not permitted in Yoga Studio)
-Walking shoes and clothing for outdoors and hiking trails
sunscreen, hat and sunglasses-
Hiking clothes and shoes for summer~
- Camera, extra batteries-
~Toiletries shampoo & conditioner~
-Casual clothes for any excursions
you may take-
-Bathing suit (sunscreen, hat, sandals, water shoes, flip flops etc.)-
-Beach Towel For Our Day Trip To The Mediterranean-
(They sell soft beach towels that fold up nice and compact and are
absorbent at places like K-Mart for around $10.00/$13.00)
~Save room in your luggage for any clothing you may buy while there
especially on market day in Siena that we will be visiting~
Typically the airlines allow one free bag to check-in on International flights
unless that changes before July. Check with sites like Orbitz for the best
prices to Rome or Florence. Florence is closer to Siena.
-Water bottle to fill during your stay-
(Filtered water on premises)
-AC adapter (for 220V compatible electronics)-
(Please do not bring electronics with heating elements)
There is (1) hairdryer at Ebbio to share.
-Washer is available at 5 euro per load (Clothes are dried on a line outside.)-
-The farmhouse provides linen and towels.-
-Sheets are the same for 1 week. There is a change of towels in mid-week.-
-Yoga Mats are provided by Ebbio-
~Your Happy Face~
Jennifer Pastiloff, E-RYT
Contact Jennifer (310-926-0172) Email
or Barbara (702-524-5686) Email
|Photograph Barbara Potter