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A mind-body experience, scheduled for September 18-September 25, 2022 and September 27- October 4, 2022


WHEN: September 27- October 4, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

September 18- September 25, 2022 (2 SPOTS REMAIN)

WHERE: Villa San Rocco, Benabbio, Italy
AVAILABILITY: 10 Spots Total

Imagine a week on a Tuscan mountaintop, practicing yoga twice a day & making art.

Start each day with Metta Owner and Founder, Zuzana, guiding you through an invigorating yoga flow to wake up your body. As the sun dips below the horizon, spend each evening in a restorative practice that eases you into shutting down your mind and preparing for a restorative night of sleep.



With a daily yoga practice and visual art experiences, you will be awakening your creative side. Artists Carol Panaro-Smith and James Hajicek, of Alchemy Studio, will guide you in a variety of materials and techniques, using both photographic and art materials.

Visualize yourself here: your creative side flourishes while you practice yoga twice daily, build community and create memorable art.

Exercises and prompts will be given to stir your imagination. No previous art experience is needed.


Explore the beautiful Tuscan Countryside, in the comfort of a group

You’ll also enjoy a half day group outing to a neighboring village and a full day group outing exploring the historic city of Lucca.


  • Tuscany yoga and art retreat was one of the most amazing trips of my life. It is the most incredible combination of beautiful views of ancient Tuscany village combined with authentic Italian home cooking along with creative art and morning recharging yoga and relaxing evening yoga. I'm so grateful to Zuzana for giving me such an opportunity to experience Itay in such a way. -Maria Jones

  • I was able to share a week with the studio in Tuscany. A couple of years ago she worked with James and Carol to blend art and yoga into an unprecedented creative experience ...and can I tell you the bonding of the group was beyond words! -Lori Kirkegaard

  • My trip to Italy with Metta Yoga in the fall of 2019 was wonderful. If it is offered again, please go. Have been a member of Metta Yoga for several years, can not say enough about the knowledgeable staff. It is a community with soul, warmth, and energy. I feel blessed to be part of this family. -Judy Young

  • Memories from my Metta Yoga Italian Art and Yoga Retreat will be treasured always! Villa San Rocco is full of history, with beautiful vistas all around. Charming historical suites welcomed us. Meals were expertly prepared by chefs Mama P’ and James (Alchemy Studio) using fresh produce and ingredients from local gardens and farmers' markets. James’ homemade warm sourdough bread arrived each morning in the villa kitchen! Yoga classes morning and afternoon offered time to relax and reflect. My favorite ‘playground’ was diving into a new creative art experience in the 14th-century monastic art studio, complete with a large stone fireplace and darkroom! With little art experience, I created some fun and interesting works to take home. If you love to travel, yoga, art, history, ancient architecture, great hosts, new treasured friendships, and the best Italian food ever, this trip is for you! -Carole Sante


What’s Included?

All costs, aside from airfare, are included in the retreat cost:

  • twice daily yoga sessions,
  • daily art sessions and 24/7 access to a 14th century monastic studio with a wide array of art materials,
  • City outings,
  • Pick up and drop off at the Florence airport
  • All meals – including self-serve breakfast and prepared lunches and dinners at either the villa or local restaurants.
  • Lodging in a glorious ten-bedroom private residence, set in the beautiful village of Benabbio, in the hills above Lucca:
    • PRIVATE ROOMS: 7 rooms available: with private, ensuite bath
      • Individual Occupancy: $3,525 per person ($650 deposit)
      • Couples, sharing a room & bed: $3,225 per person ($900 deposit)
    • ECONOMY ROOMS: 2 rooms available
      • Shared room (separate beds) – $3,225 per person ($650 deposit)