When my dear friend and student Holly Lueders mentioned that she owned a property in Tuscany and we should go visit, in her unassuming way she didn’t convey what a spectacular and magical place the property really is.
Ex Convento di San Francesco was a wine-producing Franciscan monastery originally built in 1522, on top of Etruscan (pre-Roman) ruins. It was abandoned for 80 years during the 20th century, before Holly and her daughter Venetia acquired the property and began a 12-year labor of love to restore it literally from ruins to a magnificent piece of art. Every corner and every wall is infused with Tuscan colors and flavors and rustic details that evoke the region and the lives of local people.
As each of the participants in our retreat arrived, Dennis and I took them into guided tours of the property's interiors and exteriors. I could see on their faces the excitement and joy of witnessing something so beautiful with fresh eyes.
We never look for easy destinations. For the most part I don’t believe in just going to a yoga retreat to vegetate. Our retreats are a combination of yoga, culture, community, philanthropy, and everything in between.
We do yoga every morning and every afternoon, but we also do meditation, sound bath classes, hiking, walking tours, excursions, wine tastings, gelato, and more. We connect to the communities we are visiting. We explore, we learn, we give back.
Our retreats are open to anyone, regardless of their expertise in yoga. Every activity is optional.
We enjoy bringing people to destinations that are vibrant and off the beaten path, waiting to be discovered, and the Ex Convento di San Francesco is exactly that.
The Convento is the dream-come-true of two visionaries, two women who — against the odds of time, politics, and slow, meddlesome Italian bureaucracy — created a dimensional portal into another world. A world that, if you visit, you don’t want to come back from.
We were honored to be the first yoga retreat held at the Convento di San Francesco and we can’t wait to be back next year. For those interested in participating in the 2019 Warrior Flow Tuscany Retreat at the Ex Convento please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on a wait list for information when it becomes available.
Adrian Molina has been teaching yoga continuously since 2004. He is a well-known and respected instructor in Miami and New York, with an extensive worldwide following through his platform and school of yoga, Warrior Flow. Adrian and his husband Dennis reside in Miami and frequently lead workshops and international retreats in NYC and around the world. Adrian is also a writer, massage therapist, Reiki healer, meditation teacher, sound therapist, and a Kriya yoga practitioner in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda. Adrian is recognized for the community-building work he does in Miami and beyond.