A vacation to soothe and feast the senses. Imagine a Tuscan dream come true. Twice daily, smooth and soothing Gentle Yoga with Rudy Peirce, The Master of Mellow. Guided hand and foot treatments of the MELT Method®. Deliciously fresh vegetarian Tuscan cuisine. Chilling out on the terrace by the pool under the Tuscan Sun. Day trips to the colorful villages or just plain relaxing.
An unforgettable Tuscan holiday awaits you! You are gifting yourself with a truly fabulous vacation week. This will be our 10th year hosting Gentle Yoga in Tuscany and it just gets better every year. It is a joy to share the experience of this fabled region, a crossroads of medieval history, the cradle of the Renaissance, land of soulful, artful living.
The week offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a Gentle Yoga retreat while exploring the sights and flavors of Tuscany. You will enjoy a magical week of loving yourself and loving life with twice daily yoga, stunning scenery, pure fun, gracious hospitality, belly laughing, great food, and well-organized adventures.
Home base for our week in Tuscany is the boutique retreat, Villa Benvenuti Estate, a lovingly restored 17th century villa in a luxurious setting. In operation since September 2010, the villa is a beautiful and impressive home with extensive grounds and tranquil gardens, part of a 28 hectares (69 acres) private estate, completely surrounded by forests and natural woodlands.
The villa itself sits high on a hillside overlooking a panorama of olive groves, fruit trees and vineyards. Nestled amongst the Tuscan hills, close to the enchanting city of Lucca, time moves slower here; an afternoon can easily be lost drifting through the olive groves or resting by the pool. The natural surroundings and secluded setting create an atmosphere of calm and stillness, ideal for our relaxing yoga holiday.
A vacation to soothe the senses. Imagine a Tuscan dream come true. Twice daily, smooth and soothing Gentle Yoga with Rudy Peirce, The Master of Mellow.
: Siobhan Hughes
Rudy Peirce, MA, E-RYT 500, has studied and practiced yoga and meditation for more than 30 years. Rudy’s passion is helping people discover the best of themselves through a self-nurturing practice of yoga. His gift is leading Gentle Yoga, a particularly accessible, yet deep and effective style of yoga he has developed over the years.
Rudy has practiced and studied yoga and meditation since 1973, when he attended his first yoga class while a student at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. Though intrigued with the physical practice of yoga, it was really peace of mind he was after when he began his spiritual journey.
He began a regular meditation practice at 19, managing to find a quiet place to court stillness for twenty minutes twice a day which he credits for significantly reducing the shyness and insecurity he had experienced as a child and young adult.
Rudy’s yoga and meditation practice continued in earnest throughout his undergraduate studies and attendance at Lesley College where he obtained a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. He also worked at a Community Mental Health Center working with adults whose dis-eases required them to live with continual supervision.
He attended local Kripalu yoga classes in Concord, NH, during this time and began going to retreats at Kripalu in the Berkshires. Rudy currently teaches Gentle Yoga programs at Kripalu Center several times a year, and offers Gentle Yoga and advanced teacher training workshops throughout the northeast.
He leads Kripalu Center guest classes regularly, and a week-long yoga vacation in Tuscany every fall. He also teaches men’s yoga retreats, workshops and classes—a program he developed long before men’s groups and personal growth programs became popular—at Kripalu Center and around the northeast.
For those interested in a home practice, Rudy’s popular Gentle Series CDs are appropriate for anyone interested in yoga regardless of experience, flexibility or strength.See more photos and other events by this presenter