A LIVEYINSA EXPERIENCE

ROOTED REFLECTIONS RETREAT

August 17-24 2024

Spend a week in Tuscany to connect with your inner self and explore your roots. 

About the Retreat
Introducing Rooted Reflections, a life-changing experience for women who wish to find the balance that they need, that perfect harmony for which they’ve been searching, through connection to their inner selves and an exploration into their roots.

During this retreat, as you're led through a journey to connect with the influences that have molded who you are and immerse in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, you'll discover the inner energy that fuels and propels positive transformations. Through the grounding practice of yoga, the introspective essence of meditation, complemented by culinary and cultural encounters to broaden your perspective, and specialized exercises designed to liberate what you've carried for too long, you'll uncover pathways to reconnect with the deeply rooted, concealed aspects of yourself.
Rooted Reflections is a celebration of ancestry and experience. You'll explore the culture of Tuscany, taking in the simultaneously dynamic and unchanging, ancient and vibrant nature of Italy's magnificent towns and countryside.

The retreat will take place August 17-24 of 2024 at Podere Celli, a timeless, exquisite villa located in western Chianti. Within thirty minutes' drive of the bustling Renaissance city of San Gimignano and less than an hour from Florence and Siena, Podere Celli combines the seclusion vital to deep work with access to the beautifully complex and rich culture of Tuscany.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation from the airport.

ACCOMODATIONS

Your stay at the villa.

MEALS

Meals are included at the Villa.
Delicious, chef-prepared, healthy cuisine.
(meals outside the villa are not included)

RETREAT MATERIALS

A workbook to allow practice of techniques learned. A swag bag filled with goodies from sponsors. 

RETREAT ACTIVITIES​

There are various retreat activities we will do throughout the trip, such as:

  • Yoga and Meditations
  • Various workshops
  • Italian Language classes
  • Wine Tastings 
  • Ancestral storytelling
  • Creative Self-Expression sessions
  • and more!

EXCURSIONS

Transportation and admission tickets are covered. (Please note that souvenirs and other extras, as well as some meals, will not be included for excursions).

  • Florence: Exploring Chanti’s Olive Groves, walking across Ponte Vecchio Bridge, and more.
  • San Gimignano: Tour at Castello di Brolio with wine tasting and dinner, visit historical sites, hands-on cooking class
  • Siena: Visit Landmarks such as Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangia, Piazza del Campo, and more.

Check out our itinerary below for more details on the places we will go and activities we will do!

Rooted Reflections Itinerary

ARRIVAL

Morning/Afternoon:

  • Guests arrive at Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola, the Florence Airport.

  • Meet and Greet with Daniele: Lunch in Florence and an introduction to the retreat. 

  • 4pm check-in at Podere Celli, with a curated welcome bag from your retreat hostess.

  • Settle in and relax at the villa until our welcome ceremony.

Evening at Podere Celli:

  • Welcome ceremony and reception with oils, bruschetta, meats and wine.

  • Introductions and icebreaking for guests.

  • Dinner at the villa to kick off the retreat.

“WHO AM I?” EXPLORING ORIGIN WITH A RELAXING DAY AT PODERE CELLI

Morning:

  • Opening ceremony: Introduction to Personal Anthropology.
  • Yoga and meditation: Connecting to Self.
  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Workshop and/or creative session: Who Am I?
    exploring self-expression through activities like painting or creative writing.
  • Journaling, and quiet reflection.

Afternoon:

  • Italian language class. 
  • Lunch served at the villa.
  • Personal time for relaxation, exploring the villa, enjoying the pool.

Evening:

  • Dinner at the villa.
  • Around the fire: personal storytelling and art.
  • Ancestral storytelling and/or guided meditation session focusing on familial narratives and cultural heritage within Podere Celli’s tranquil ambiance.

“WHERE DO I COME FROM?” EMBRACING CHIANTI’S NATURAL HARMONY

Morning:

  • Morning yoga session meditation based on a sharing/collective experience. Connecting with each other. 

  • Breakfast at the villa.

Mid-morning:

  • Nature walk in Chianti, focusing on mindfulness and connection with nature.

  • Lunch break in town.

Afternoon:

  • Explore Chianti’s olive groves and their history for an immersive experience.

  • Olive tasting.

 Evening:

  • Working dinner at the villa; sharing the parts of our experience that felt familiar to us or remind us of where we came from.

  • Evening free for relaxation and reflection.

“HISTORY AND THE FRUITS OF CULTURE” CASTELLO DI BROLIO WINE TOUR

Morning/Mid-Morning:

  • Breakfast/lunch at the villa.

Afternoon:

  • Depart for Castello di Brolio after lunch.
  • Guided tour of vineyards and castle; history of the wine/wine-making

Evening:

  • Wine tasting at the castle.
  • Sunset tour with dinner served at the castle.
  • Return to the villa.

“WHERE WE SEE OUR HISTORY IN OURSELVES?” SAN GIMIGNANO AND CULINARY EXPLORATION

Morning:

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Yoga session focused on our history reflected in ourselves.
  • Departure to San Gimignano from Podere Celli for a guided tour.
  • Explore the charming streets and medieval legacy of San Gimignano.
  • Visit historical sites, e.g.,
    • The Duomo
    • Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Afternoon:

  • Leisure time in San Gimignano, for lunch at local trattorias or personal exploration.

Evening:

  • Culinary adventure with a hands-on cooking class (saffron) in San Gimignano.

“CULTURAL HISTORY AND IT’S IMPACT ON OUR VALUES” FLORENCE

Morning:

  • Wake up early: Yoga Meditation; workshop during breakfast at the villa.

Travel to Florence:

  •  Visit Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David.

  •  Explore Uffizi Gallery.

  •  Visit Mercato di San Lorenzo for souvenirs.

  •  Experience Mercato Centrale for local food and goods.

  •  Explore Piazza del Duomo and its attractions.

Afternoon:

  •  Lunch at a local trattoria in Florence.

  •  Walk across Ponte Vecchio Bridge.

  •  Head to Piazzale Michelangelo for scenic views.

Evening:

  • Dinner in Florence.

  • Return to Chianti in the evening.

“CONNECTIONS AND REVELATIONS” Siena & Farewell Celebration

Morning: 

  • Breakfast at the villa
  • Departure to Siena for a walking tour.
  • Guided Siena tour visiting landmarks. Possible points of interest:
    • Piazza del Campo: This famous square is the heart of Siena and is renowned for its unique shell shape. It hosts the Palio, a historic horse race, and is surrounded by cafes and medieval buildings.
    • Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena): A stunning Gothic cathedral with intricate architecture, including the façade, baptistery, and a remarkable interior. Don’t miss the panoramic view from the top of the cathedral.
    • Torre del Mangia: Climb to the top of this tower in Piazza del Campo for breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding countryside.
    • Siena’s Palaces: Explore the historic palaces such as Palazzo Pubblico, which houses the Civic Museum, and Palazzo Salimbeni, home to the Monte dei Paschi di Siena, one of the world’s oldest banks.
    • Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana: This museum adjacent to the cathedral displays important works of art removed from the Duomo for conservation.
    • Basilica of San Domenico: Visit this church to see works by important Italian artists and the head relic of St. Catherine of Siena.
  • Explore local markets showcasing traditional crafts and products.

Afternoon:

  • Daytime exploration, wandering through Siena. 
  • Lunch in town

Evening: 

  • Return to Chianti, reflecting on the spiritual and cultural experiences gained.
  • Evening closing ceremony and farewell dinner at the villa, celebrating the retreat’s profound moments and connections forged.
  • WHAT IS YOUR NEW STORY? What is your legacy? What are you leaving behind? What new patterns are you creating/not repeating? Ancestral altar; how to build one. Ancestor elevation ritual add-on.

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Rooming Options

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RETREAT PRICES

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‘You can achieve more with less.’ 

Intelligent Change creates products that are the simplest, most effective tools to help you realize your potential. Experience gratitude through The Five Minute Journal—the original guided journal, or turn dreams into reality with the Productivity Planner. Their products forge positive habits swiftly, sparing you years of trial and error. Unlock your potential with less effort.

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Purity Coffee is a purpose-driven company founded in 2016 by Andrew Salisbury that’s on a mission to improve people’s health through one of the world’s most highly consumed beverages, coffee. Purity Coffee’s specialty-grade organic, mold-free, antioxidant-rich coffees have aided individuals with autoimmune disorders and people who lack tolerance for mold, have sensitive digestive systems, and a myriad of other health complications — actively making the world a better place one cup of coffee at a time.

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For over 27 years, OSEA has been on a mission to create clean, seaweed-infused skincare that respects the natural world and makes skin look and feel its absolute best. In 1996, they set a new industry standard by prioritizing naturally-derived ingredients, chosen for their safety, efficacy and backed by the latest scientific research. Today it’s called clean beauty, but in the OSEA family, it is what it has always been: a simple idea that the ocean should be part of everyone’s life—and the conviction that it already is.

$1000 OFF for past retreat participants​

$1000 Flight Credit until June 30th, 2023

$500 OFF for paid LiveYinsa collective members

(must have been a paid member
for at least 6 months)

*Deposit is a refundable $100 to secure your spot. Once your deposit is made, you will receive an email from Honeybook that includes a proposal, contract, and invoice for the entire retreat.

Join us in Tuscany!

Daniele Gates

Founder & Creative Director of LiveYinsa

Hi! I’m Daniele! I’m an educator and mentor to students around the world, using the ancient traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda as my lens. Over the last 15 years, I’ve studied Spiritual traditions including Yoga, Ayurveda, Reiki, Herbalism, ATRs and Astrology with Pure Yoga, Prema Yoga Institute, Pranamaya, Jai Dev, Adriana Ayales, Brandon Ruiz, Kate Kuss, Marc Nelles, Dr. Vani Gandhi, Jessica Baptiste, and a number of other teachers and mentors. With over 1,000 hours of study, my friends call me the yoga fairy – I bring yoga and ayurvedic wellness to communities across various digital and real-life, in-person platforms through workshops, classes, trainings and retreats. I’m passionate about making Ayurveda as mainstream as astrology. I work with clients who are struggling with doing inner work, healing from trauma, making major life changes, and sometimes feel like a “hot mess.” My clients leave me with an understanding of how their lifestyle choices can help them feel safe and grounded, with lasting relationships and an abundant life. They have learned how to say either “hell no”, (or “hell yes”), and they are confident, driven, and can execute their creative ideas. Students who work with me appreciate the brave spaces I create where no one is judged, and everyone finds the space they need to heal. 

FAQs

  • You MUST have a passport.
  • You must have provided your signed waivers.
  • Contact us to let us know of any special needs or challenges you wish to convey, and to inform us of your requests for accommodations.

Absolutely; please schedule a call with the Liveyinsa or Abambyh Business Teams to get something scheduled ASAP.

You will enjoy yoga instruction, guided meditation, an Italian cooking class, wine tasting, excursions, and more!

  • There will be six private rooms available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Choices also include a room shared with one other attendee. Book with a friend, or make a new connection with your randomly paired fellow retreat attendee.
  • Payment plans and other financing options are available. Please contact the Liveyinsa or Abambyh Business teams to discuss your choices!
  • Refunds, other than for the $100 pre-call deposit, will not be issued, including for cancelations.
  • Balances MUST be paid in full by June 30, 2024.

The food will be vegetarian, prepared fresh by a professional, experienced chef onsite. PLEASE CONTACT US WITH YOUR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS IN ADVANCE SO THAT ACCOMMODATIONS MAY BE MADE.

We encourage you to obtain some local currency in smaller bills for tipping. It is generally easier and less expensive to do this before you leave your home country. Italy’s currency is the euro (€).

  • It is always worthwhile to invest in YOU. The value of true connection with yourself, the value of healing, the value of being set free from that which has been holding you back from your best self — these are of incalculable worth.  
  • For many, a trip to Tuscany is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the opportunity to attend an incredible, magical retreat there is even more so. 
  • The hosting of this retreat takes much of the planning pressure off of you and provides you with an unforgettable experience, including an itinerary that combines experiencing Italy through carefully curated excursions with activities that provide inward knowledge and personal growth trajectories.