The Art of Living!

 

Mediterranean Life Wellness™ Retreats offers an adventure into the heart of Tuscany.  You can enjoy the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle while taking in the most important sites.  The Mediterranean Diet will be incorporated into meals and participants can also enjoy culinary classes with naturopathic specialist and international speaker on the Mediterranean Diet Dr. Michelle Qaqundah.  Guided walking tours of Florence, Cinque Terre, Pisa and Lucca will keep us active while experiencing the beauty of the region.  A spa day with natural thermal waters will give you an opportunity to relax in luxury.  An AIS-certified sommelier will accompany you to wineries in Chianti to taste organic and biodynamic wines and enjoy the beauty of the vineyards. 

Located in the beautiful Lucca hills of Tuscany, our retreat "home base" offers a traditional Tuscan villa experience.  It offers breath-taking views, rooms with private bath, on-site culinary school facilities and a luxurious infinity pool.  The owners of the property are health-oriented and curate a green environment.  We will enjoy organic olive oil from the trees surrounding the property and eggs from our on-site chickens.  Wi-fi is available throughout the facility in private rooms, the teaching kitchen and social areas.

Please see our page Private Groups for more information.  

 Sample Retreat Schedule

Saturday:

5:00 pm Coordinated pick-up from Pisa airport and Lucca train station

Arrive to villa, settle in and explore grounds of villa

Welcome and Meet and Greet with Dr. Michelle Qaqundah 

Welcome dinner at the villa

 

Sunday:

Healthy breakfast served buffet-style in dining room

A visit to see the leaning tower of Pisa

Spa Day!  A trip to enjoy lunch and the thermal waters at Bagni di Pisa

Dinner served at the villa

 

Monday:

Healthy breakfast served buffet-style in dining room

Guided walking tour of the city of Florence

Restaurant lunch in the historic district

A trip to the Accademia to visit the famous David statue

Restaurant dinner in hills overlooking Florence

 

Tuesday:

Healthy breakfast served buffet-style in dining room

Culinary class begins at 9:30 am

Lunch is served at 1:00 pm

Guided walking tour of the city of Lucca

Aperitivo in the Cathedral square

Restaurant dinner in the historic old city

 

Wednesday:

Healthy breakfast served buffet-style in dining room

Guided walking tour of the Cinque Terre 

Restaurant lunch in the sea-side square of Vernazza

 

Thursday:

Healthy breakfast served buffet-style in dining room

Trip to Panzano in Chianti to visit wineries and taste organic and biodynamic wines with AIS-certified sommelier 

Restaurant lunch at the "Mad Butcher of Panzano

A visit to medieval city Greve in Chianti

Restaurant dinner overlooking the Chianti valley

 

Friday:

Healthy breakfast served buffet-style in dining room

Culinary class begins at 9:30 am

Lunch is served at 1:00 pm

Relaxing afternoon at villa, pool is open

Wood-fired Pizza Party and Buon Viaggio

 

Saturday:

10:00 am Leaving villa for coordinated drop-off to Lucca train station and Pisa airport

 

INCLUDED IN THE RETREAT:

Healthy meals, snacks and organic/biodynamic wine

Restaurant meals have fixed menu selected by our chef

Accommodations at Tuscan villa with private bath

Transportation (within retreat), guides, entrance tickets and restaurant meals for scheduled activities

Coordinated Pisa airport and Lucca train station pick-up and drop-off

Host/hostess services for group

Prices are in US Dollars, do not worry about the fluctuations in the expensive Euro!