COME TO TUSCANY 15th TO 22nd & 22nd TO 29th SEPTEMBER 2024


I am excited to share with you a super new venue in Italy for our annual yoga retreat. A highlight of so many past years, we will be sharing convivial time together in an idyllic location with fantastic food and supportive and nourishing daily yoga.

Il Centro il Risveglio offers us all creature comforts, a dedicated fully equipped yoga space set in the hills in the quintessential Tuscan countryside. In fact, we will be spoilt for choice as there is both an indoor and outdoor yoga space.

If the video above leaves you wanting more, these stunning pictures of the retreat venue speak for themselves.


Tuscany beckons, Il Centro is in the heart of the Maremma, surrounded by the greenery and silence of the hills of the province of Grosseto, a few kilometres from the sea and the thermal baths of Saturnia.

The chef prepares delicious local Italian cuisine with the care and attention to detail that Italians are known for. The cuisine offers wholewheat and vegetarian foods, from local organic farms. The food is varied and tasty, avoiding excess sugar and gluten. Their organic cuisine with seasonal and locally grown produce will accompany your practices with balance.


The bedrooms all offer a delightful balance of simplicity and style in a beautiful country house setting.

Of the 9 bedrooms, 5 have private bathrooms (although not all are ensuite). Elicriso and Altea rooms share a bathroom as do the Biancospino and Alloro rooms.

I work to ensure that all students can participate and benefit from the practices, whether you’re new to yoga or a more experienced student. The time on the mat is for you to enjoy and celebrate what your body can do, with a positive and non-judgemental or competitive attitude. The experience of yoga on a retreat offers the time and space to take your practice to a deeper, more transformational level. I do not belong to any particular school of yoga and teach in a non-dogmatic eclectic way, with the emphasis on being inquisitive as to what your body can or cannot do, today, now, rather than acquisitive of posture or end result. You are free to do as much or as little as you wish; non-yoga partners are most welcome.

The day will start with a refreshing cup of tea and fruit. We will then rendezvous on the platform for a morning practice which will be dynamic and active, harnessing the power of the sun and the energy of the day to invigorate, enliven and stimulate. The rest of the day is yours to explore this fascinating area or relax around the pool or terraces. The evening practice will be softer, quieter and more meditative as the day cools and evening unfolds; we will have time for some gentler asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra. To close the day, we will share each other’s company and a delicious dinner on the outside terrace overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany and vineyards.


Head to the beach at Principina mare or Feniglia, 20/30 minutes away

Check out Maremma

The thermal baths of Saturnia

Catch the local bus to Grosseto e Scansano

Visit the beautiful Natural Reserve called Parco Regionale della Maremma just 30 minutes from the Meditation Center.

OR simply read a book, relax, and unwind. Have an Ayurvedic massage. Do nothing, allowing more space to open up within, to decompress. The 40 hectares surrounding the venue will allow you to take long walks in the typically Tuscan landscape.

The hospitality at the Centre is run by David and Irene. Excitingly she is also the owner and formulator of an organic and natural cosmetics line (
She holds workshops on the topic of sustainability and natural skin care, with a focus on cosmetic ingredients in order to raise awareness when choosing what you apply to your skin. As guests, this workshop would be free of charge for us. Nourish the belly, the soul AND the skin!


The nearest airports are in Pisa (1.5 hours away), Florence and Rome (2 hours).


  • 2 daily yoga practices.
  • Brunch, light afternoon snack and dinner every day.
  • Fruit on offer through the day.
  • Daily tourist tax is included too.


  • Flights and transport to the venue. Where possible group transport can be arranged.
  • Travel insurance (essential).
  • Massage, beauty treatments.


The yoga, the delicious food, beautiful accommodation, the quiet location, wonderful sunshine, and the opportunity to find time to be with yourself will nourish the soul, relax the body and calm the mind. Turn homewards at the end of the week invigorated and centred!

£1200 per person double occupancy

£1500 per person single occupancy

£1100 per person Elicriso and Altea rooms (shared bathroom)

To book your place, a non-refundable deposit of £300 is payable on reservation; the balance is due 8 weeks before departure. Email or click here to reserve your place or ask further questions. When I confirm your reservation, I will supply you with my bank details.


  • “Fabulous retreat Lesley. Great location, such wonderful teaching and lots of fun. You set the bar higher each year. Many thanks”
  • “Yoga excellent, great instructions. Appreciated link to the breathing, chanting and meditation.”
  • “Yoga sessions were well planned. Classes paced to suit all abilities, and everyone was able to work to their own level. Well done Lesley for all your planning, patience and hard work; it is much appreciated.”
  • “Excellent week of yoga; varied sessions challenging body and mind.”
  • “This yoga holiday was indeed special. Yoga fantastic.”
  • “Wonderful and relaxing.”
  • “My awe to the teachings and Lesley’s devotion. The individual attention to correct and rectify postures had a caring tone for the safety of the group geared towards individual development.”
  • “The week was wonderful in every respect and on every level. The villa, its staff, food, countryside were all sublime but best of all was the yoga. Hurrah!”


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