Deep Rest Retreat For Women Tuscany, Italy

* May 2016 TBA.

Our Tuscan retreat at a peaceful glance:

* Enjoy a unique gentle fusion of deep rest restorative yoga (perfect for beginners) mindful breathing, ancient guided meditations rituals (candle flame, colour, mantra), therapeutic touch, gentle movement and sacred walks along ancient trails.

To deepen the experience Carole supports you with personalized healing reiki, aromatherapy, flower essences and crystals as needed in the classes and private session.

* All ages welcome

* 7 nights accommodation in our private Tuscan villa.

* One on one private rejuvenation healing session with Carole

* Daily serene walks thru Tuscan countryside and ancient trails (some self guided, others guided)

* A relaxing morning of slow cycling around the walled city of Lucca (optional)

* All meals (except for a couple). Fresh, seasonal locally grown Tuscan produce.  Vegetarian. Organic where possible.  Meals served from our Italian kitchen table. Estate grown wine with evening meal.

* Continuous tea, coffee and fruit available throughout the day

* Rooms serviced mid-week including change of linen and towels

* Free afternoon and evening mid week to shop and explore the ancient walled city of Lucca or venture down to Cinque Terre by the sea

 * Please know this retreat is all about you so everything is optional.  Listen to your body and participate in whatever feels right for you on the day.


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Cick here to read more about what to expect at Carole’s twice daily sacred restclasses.

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Personal support and individual care :


10 is the maximum number of participants for our Italian retreats.

Carole works gently alongside you intuitively connecting with your unique energy so she can fine tune your relaxation postures and breathing patterns.

Carole may also offer energy healing (such as reiki) to deepen relaxation, clear blocks in meridians or revitalize your chakra’s and aura.

For a holistic therapeutic approach essential oils, flower essences, gem elixirs and space clearing mists are all available as needed.

Included in the retreat is a one on one rejuvenation session with Carole.  This casual get-together is totally optional, generally takes an hour and is aimed at supporting you – get what you want from the from the retreat.

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Our Villa is a magnificent 17th century fully restored elegant Tuscan Villa.

7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.  Some rooms have private bathrooms and other are shared bathrooms (one bathroom shared between two bedrooms)

Set on 28 hectares of natural woodlands, orchards and vineyard there’s lots of peaceful walks and secret gardens to discover. The views are a calming meditation in themselves oozing beauty and peacefulness.

You’ll have full use of  kitchen to make a cuppa or grab a piece of fruit anytime of the day or night.  It’s the heart of the villa.

Rooms serviced mid-week with change of towels and bed linen.
Email Carole to book or with any questions – otherwise read on.


More about the meals from our  17th century Tuscan kitchen:

foodforthesoultuscanyOur delicious meals are casual, served buffet style from our Tuscan kitchen table and mostly eaten outside on the terrace.

Ingredients are organic where possible as your taste buds are treated to fresh, locally grown seasonal produce.  All meals have a Tuscan influence and lovingly prepared by our local Italian cook. We love her to bits.

Special dietary requirements such as gluten free, dairy free can be catered for easily.

Email Carole to book or with any questions – healthylivinglounge ( @ ) otherwise read on.






Retreat cost includes:

* 7 nights accommodation

* Two classes each day with Carole

* Three early morning guided meditation  – 30 minutes (optional)

* Private one on one rejuvenation session with Carole

* 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day (except for free 1/2 day) 

* White and red wine with evening meal – estate grown at Villa Benvenuti

* Fruit, herbal teas and water available throughout the day

* Pick up from Lucca train/bus station around 3.30 pm Saturday June 7th  (15 minutes from Villa Benvenuti)

* A wonderful informal casual cycling and walking tour of Lucca for 3 hours.  

* A gorgeous 2 hour walk to hill top village where you’ll be treated to a delicious Italian picnic with stunning views

* All yoga equipment and props provided

Not included:

* Airfare

* Airport transfers.  Group pick up from Lucca bus station included in cost.

* Travel insurance 

* Meals and expenses on free afternoon and evening

* In-house massages

Optional extras:

Villa Benvenuti offers in house massage with an exceptionally talented local massage therapist and body worker. You are able to book a massage on arrival.  Massages cost 75 euro for one hour.

You might also like to hire a bicycle for the week and cycle to the nearby villages in your free time.



Twin share with shared bathroom (bathroom shared between 2 rooms)

Twin share private en-suite.

Single room with shared bathroom (bathroom shared between 2 rooms) 

Single room with private bathroom  


$450.00 Euro per person deposit is required to secure your place.  

This is a non refundable but is transferable to any other retreat within 2 years.

Balance due 60 days prior to retreat date

Deposits and payments can be made via paypal or internet banking.

Please contact Carole to book and organise deposit payment  –

Check in and check out times:

Check in time at the Villa is at 4.00 pm on Saturday

Check out time from the Villa is no later than 10.00 am Saturday

Getting there:

There is a group pick up at the Lucca Tourist Bureau near the bus station.

Villa Benvenuti is located 15 minutes from the historical walled city of Lucca by car.  The birth place of Puccini.

Lucca is about 45 – 60 minutes by bus from Pisa international airport and one and half hours from Florence by train.  There are bus and train services that operate from Pisa and Florence to Lucca.

Many retreat participants fly into Rome and then onto Pisa International airport.

Easyjet have direct flights to Pisa from Paris, London and many other European airports.

Make a booking or enquiry:

Contact Carole


skype: carole.fogarty

mobile:  In Australia   +61  433 705 905


What participants say about Carole’s retreats:

“Thank you Carole for such a wonderful retreat.  This was the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience I’d ever had.  My mind, body and spirit felt relaxed and rejuvenated from a holistic package. This would not have been complete without you as our facilitator being such a kind, gentle and helpful soul.  So, thank you Carole from the bottom of my heart.  I highly recommend this retreat to anyone” Nyesha, Australia, Psychologist and Counsellor 2011

“You will be truly amazed at how easily you can naturally relax when you are in the presence of Carole. She is a very perceptive facilitator and has a gift for healing and understanding along with a gentleness that creates peace and harmony to the soul. After returning from one of her Retreats I felt enriched and calm and had learnt so much. I can thoroughly recommend the rejuvenation I experienced. Carole has a character beyond reproach” Revi, pilot, yoga teacher Australia 2010

“The most relaxing week. Quiet and calm. Wonderful treatments and Carole a wonderful teacher”  Jane, New Zealand 

“I can highly recommend this retreat with the lovely Carole. Everything was just perfect. The restorative yoga retreat was just what my soul was crying out for. !!! I intend to go again in the near future. Carole is a wonderful facilitator” Wendy, Nurse, Australia 


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

christine Walker October 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Hi,Carole i am thinking of doing the Bali retreat in Sept next year.So put my name on the list.I would want to stay at Honeymoon Guesthouse on the Friday before start of retreat and Sunday/monday .So that would be 4 extra nights.Can you get back to me with a price on the extra nights please.Thank’s Christine.Not too sure if Wendy wants to attend,will have to catch up with her.


Wendy Mount October 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

Yes Carole, put my name on your Sept 2013 list please. Seeing as Chris is doing your retreat again, I had better come along too. Had so much fun, laughter and pampering last retreat, I absolutely DONT want to miss out. !!!


Annie Clark December 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

hello Carole,
very interested in being at your retreat in May 2013. Will need to talk to you in person if I can.
thank you. 0402 166 187. blessings Annie Clark.


Christina December 31, 2013 at 2:41 am

Is there a Tuscan retreat every year?………It has always been a dream vacation for me…and to take the Rejuvenation Trip would make it perfect! My daughter and I would have to save up….and with that…hopefully it is an annual event!! Praying for a “yes” reply… Anxiously awaiting your reply..Thanks, Blessings Tina!


Carole Fogarty December 31, 2013 at 6:36 am

Yes Christina, the Tuscan retreat is offered every year. In fact as its hugely popular there may even be 2 a year soon. Look forward to meeting you one day in Italy. xx Carole


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