Study Yoga with Jerry & Explore Tuscany

May 31 – June 7, 2019

Join us for a week long getaway in a beautiful, private farmhouse in the Tuscan hills.

All levels welcome.

Summer is the time to go out on a limb, push your boundaries, and explore new places both within and without. This retreat will be boundary pushing not only for the destination, but also for the yoga and the journey. Yoga sequences will be light and joyful at times, and offer a chance for a deeper, challenging practice. (here’s a tip…click on the first pic below and see zoomed in view of Italy!)


Your new favorite wine region!


A quaint medieval walled-city, that leaves many ready to make it their new home.
Cera Una Volta – Once Upon A Dream – a gelateria made by an Italian who attended college in Texas!
10-minutes from the farmhouse.

Hot springs

Bagni San Filippo is one of the many hot springs you can visit in Tuscany.


A 1-hour drive will take you to the lovely town of Montalcino. An amazing wine region, and a beautiful town worth visiting.


Some of the best views of the Val d’Orcia can be seen from the town of Pienza (an ideal town), one of the most picturesque regions of Tuscany. It’s a 45-minute drive from the farmhouse, and has the best gelato maker around!


Where magically it feels as though every turn you take is uphill
Etruscan master goldsmith
Million dollar alleyways
Shop til ya drop


Life is beautiful
Hidden gem
Handmade books and restoration
Arighen Ramen Bar

Enjoy Tuscan Food and Wine

Delicious traditional Italian food is served at the farmhouse. And the restaurants in nearby towns offer amazing expected and unexpected Tuscan food with high-quality local foods.

Pecorino (sheep cheese) is a local specialty and you can find wonderful versions in Pienza – and other close-by towns.

Some of the best wine-country is a short driving distance from the farmhouse – Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Bolgheri to name a few.

And most importantly, gelato.

Your home for the week

The farmhouse is a quiet retreat in the countryside of Tuscany. It’s close to many beautiful towns that are easily accessible for day trips by car or train.

Traditional Tuscan and Sicilian fare?

Yes, please!

Food is prepared by the owner/chef, Giancarlo, who is an AMAZING cook. Some of the best Italian food we’ve had. Meals include traditional recipes from Tuscany and Sicily, seafood, pasta, salads, veggies, and more. Meals are served family style, and there’s always plenty for seconds!

All meals & locally grown wine included in the workshop price.

*Special diets can be accommodated including vegetarian, gluten free, allergen free, etc. Please alert us of any dietary needs when you register.

What’s included?

7 nights in a traditional Italian farmhouse
Two yoga sessions per day, morning and evening
Time off each day to relax or explore Tuscany
All meals: full lunch and dinner (breakfast is light: coffee, tea, fresh fruits, cereals, breads, etc.)
*You are free to eat lunch or dinner out if you please.


Room with shared bathrooms down the hall
$1380 per person (2 people in room, some rooms can fit 3 people if desired)
$1680 per person for private room (no roommate)

Room with private bathroom connected to room
$1580 per person (2 people in a room)
$1980 per person for private room (no roommate)

YoNo – 1 person attends yoga, 1 person does not
$2180 per couple (bathroom down the hall)
$2580 per couple (private bathroom attached)

Camping *Bathroom and shower facilities provided
$1180 per person (BYOTent)

Earlybird Discounts

Bird of paradise
receive 20% off if paid in full by Dec 31, 2018
If you pay by credit or debit card use Discount code: PARADISE

Winter bird
receive 10% off if paid in full by Feb 15, 2019
If you pay by credit or debit card use Discount code: WINTER

A deposit of $400 will hold your place.

Then you can make incremental payments until the full amount has been paid.
Payment should be made in full by April 15, 2019.

As there is limited space, room selection is honored by receipt of payment date.

Payment can be made by

  • PayPal to (“send to friend” to avoid fees)
  • Venmo to Octavio-Balderas
  • Credit card (links below)
  • check, please inquire for mailing address or hand delivery of check,
  • wire transfer, inquire for account details


We hope you won’t have to, but if you need to cancel for any reason…

  • you will receive your payment minus $700 if you cancel by April 1, 2019. **If a suitable replacement can be found, you will receive your full payment minus $175 administration fee.

Pay by credit or debit card (3% transaction fee added)

How to get there.

The farmhouse is between Rapolano Terme and Sinalunga in the province of Siena.


The nearest airports are:
Florence (Peretola)
Pisa (Galileo Galilei Aeroporto)
Rome (Fiumicino Aeroporto)

Rent a Car

Highly recommended to rent a car to see nearby towns, thermal pools, and road side sunflowers!

Centro Montauto is 10 km west from the intersection of Autostrada A1 (E35) and Raccordo Siena-Bettolle.


The Sinalunga station is the nearest to the farmhouse.
This can be accessed by the national railroad via Siena or Chiusi, or by the regional train via Arezzo. From the train station, we can help you arrange to take a group van for a small cost, or you can take a taxi on your own.

Our favorite things to do nearby…


A beautiful town to walk around and shop for Italian made artisan goods.


Amazing antiques market on the first Sunday of each month, so you have a chance to experience this on your first full day. Also, the movie Life is Beautiful was filmed here.

The Beach

About 1.5 hours by car is a beautiful beach called Marina di Alberese in the Parco Regionale della Maremma.

Amazing Coffee!

Loscuro is a great café near the farmhouse. They roast their coffee and make pastries in house.


A medieval walled town 10 minutes from the farmhouse. The BEST gelato we’ve ever had is in the town.


Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed here, and it’s definitely worth a visit!


Italian wine at it’s best. The vineyards in Montalcino produce some of the tastiest wines around. The town itself is a gem on top of a mountain, and there are tons of wineries to visit in the area.


Wonderful hill town in Umbria with the famous Basilica of Saint Francis d’Assisi.


Busy town with fun shopping and beautiful churches.

Etruscan Treasures

Lots of really interesting Etruscan tombs and artifacts around Tuscany. Top 5 Etruscan Museums in Tuscany

Thermal Pools

There are two great thermal baths 10 minutes from the farmhouse to experience hot sulphur pools. Great skin treatment, and super relaxing after yoga.

Terme San Giovanni: The mineral waters flow from the source at a temperature of 39° C. The natural elements that they contain are mainly composed of sulphur and calcium bicarbonate. Combined with the high temperatures of the spa water, these two components provide healing properties that are particularly effective in treating skin problems, as well as the motor and respiratory systems.

Terme Antica Querciolaia: Calcium-bicarbonate waters with a crystalline transparency and a slightly salty taste, rich in mineral salts released by the rocks along their deep waterways. Temperatures of the usable thermal springs vary from 22° – 40° celcius.

Wild hot springs: Beautiful natural hot springs that are free to access.