Retreat Yourself! The heART of Italy 2017


a yoga and spiritual journey

Paciano, Assisi, and Florence, Italy

July 22-29, 2017


Big Rock's Wendy Cook is leading a journey of a lifetime this summer! You are invited to join her and 6 others to a luxury farmhouse located in Paciano, Italy. Paciano is located near Tuscany in the Umbria region of Italy known as the green heart of Italy. It is the only region of Italy without a coastline or border with another country. Imagine yourself waking up to the peaceful sounds of nature, sipping fresh Italian coffee in bed as you look out the window at lush fields, rolling hills, and the mountains of Tuscany. The weather in July will allow for outdoor experiences that include morning yoga, meditation,and heart filling conversation while visually taking in the blanket of sunflowers in bloom and breathtaking sunsets.



Paciano offers many day trip possibilities! Maybe you'll head to Siena for the Palio, or stroll through the cobbled streets of Tuscan hill towns as you shop for fine leather and enjoy some of the world's best wines. Perhaps you'll book a tour of a nearby olive oil or pecorino cheese factory. Or maybe you'll stay close to home, strolling along the lakefront in Castiglione del Lago, and dining at one of the many amazing restaurants within minutes of the house. If you're feeling lazy, you may be planning to catch some rays by the pool, and watch the fascinating work of the local farmers on their tractors, as they harvest some of the country's finest fruits and vegetables.



As a community we will take a daytrip to visit the town of Assisi, the home of St. Francis. St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Italy and is associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment. We also take a daytrip to the city of Florence to  to see some of the world's finest art, including the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo's masterpiece, David.

This trip is designed for you to be connected as group in yoga, meditation, and the exploration for spiritual growth. Each person will have the opportunity to also create individual adventures at home in our luxury farmhouse or daytrips to local areas.