Anja and Fiona met in 2012 on a yoga retreat in Tuscany. They share a love of Tuscan food, and yoga as a healing and fun practice accessible to everyone. Both experienced internationally-certified yoga instructors, they are excited to host this week-long Vinyasa yoga retreat at beautiful Peralta.
The unique Peralta hamlet was built by renowned Italian sculptor Fiore de Henriquez as a place for artists to create. Set in the Tuscan hills overlooking the Camaiore Valley, the Peralta retreat is designed to refresh and inspire.
Come unwind and re-energize amongst olive groves, bougainvilleas, lemon trees, and jasmine.
Each house in Peralta offers privacy and space to gather, as well as a breath-taking view of the valley out to the Mediterranean Sea. Group activities to enjoy local history, food, and culture are planned, with free time left to hike, read, write, and relax.
The Peralta Retreat offers dynamic Vinyasa flow practice with suitable modifications suggested for every student.
Morning practices will be active with a focus on connecting movement to breath.
Afternoon classes will be restorative flow.
Classes will accommodate both experienced yogis, and those new to yoga. No experience is required.
Anja is a teacher for all levels, thoughtfully helping her students reach their maximum potential and tapping into their inner strength and energy. I would not go anywhere else.
– Isabelle G, France
"I had the opportunity to practice yoga with Fiona for close to two years. Her classes were always a treat and helped me keep my zen!” – Genevieve B, Canada
Each house and apartment is unique, designed by the founding artist herself. While each accommodation has its own special charm, all of the houses provide a breathtaking view of the valley out to the sea, as well as both private indoor and outdoor spaces to relax, read, or socialize.
For more information about the quarters, have a look at the Peralta website.
Tuscan country cooking emphasizes simple natural ingredients and features various cereals, beans and lentils, delicious pecorino cheeses (sheep’s milk) and lots of vegetables. This traditional food still forms the basis of local cooking.
Lunch in medieval town of Pietrasanta followed by a short guided walking tour of its noted sculpting studios. We’ll leave time for shopping and a coffee at one of the outdoor cafes.
A day trip to the beautiful and historic city of Lucca is offered to tour, shop, lunch, cycle, or just explore the cobblestone streets within the Renaissance walls. The birthplace of composer Puccini, Lucca is a historically and culturally rich place not to miss.
A rigorous hike through the forest to a local family-owned restaurant is offered with a taxi ride back to Peralta provided after dinner. The hike features both canopied forest and amazing views of the valley. (Transport to the restaurant can be arranged for anyone not wishing to hike.)
A well-known local chef will offer a class in Tuscan cuisine with a hands-on lesson for those interested.
The retreat will provide a licensed massage therapist on site for those wishing to book a session.
Take a dip or just relax by Peralta’s outdoor pool. The pool is treated with salt, so no chemicals are used.
Peralta provides maps for a number of stunning hikes originating from the hamlet.
The retreat will organize group trips to Pietrasanta and Lucca, as well as a group hike to dinner in local family-run restaurant. Peralta can assist those who may wish to tour the area on their own with recommendations, directions, and arranging for transportation.
8:00 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:30
11:00 – 1:00
Tuscan Cooking Class with Laura
1:00 – 2:00
Group Lunch Peralta
4:30 – 5:30
Group hike to local restaurant
8:00 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:30
1:00 – 3:00
Group Lunch at Peralta
4:30 – 6:00
Group Dinner Peralta
Fiona & AnJa
Fiona & AnJa
Fiona is a 500-hour internationally certified Yoga Teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200-hour Vinyasa flow training in Rishikesh, India with Tribe Yoga in 2010 and her 300-hour Ashtanga training in Goa, India with Kranti Yoga in 2015. She also studied 100 hours of Vinyasa teacher training with Studio Serenity in Washington, DC.
Fiona teaches Vinyasa classes informed by Ashtanga principles of alignment, but with room variety and modifications. She believes that yoga is for everyone: every age, every body type, and every level of physical fitness. Fiona aims to make practice safe, relaxed, enjoyable, and rewarding. Students should feel good both inside and out after class.
Fiona has taught students of all levels in Washington, DC; Goa, India; San Francisco, California; and at the Canadian and British Embassies in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has enjoyed studying and practicing yoga in Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, France, Italy, and the United States.
Fiona is an international affairs professional who has worked in New York, Washington DC, Paris, Kabul, Abu Dhabi, and Baku. Fiona and Anja became friends on a Tuscan yoga retreat years ago and share a love of yoga, travel, and Tuscany.
“Fiona provides adjustments throughout class that challenge more advanced students and offers modifications to beginners that give them equal benefit and a sense of mastery.”
– Tara N, US
“I've studied yoga for over 20 years, under many senior teachers-- Fiona's teaching is top notch. She provides excellent guidance for your progress in both asana/postures and the larger life lessens that yoga holds. Enjoy!” – Dana H, US
Anfang 2017 nahm ich als Yoga-"Anfängerin" an einem Wochenendseminar bei Anja teil. Ich war völlig begeistert. Bereits nach dieser kurzen Zeit waren meine lange bestehenden Rückenprobleme deutlich besser und ich habe die Methodik und Entspannung sehr genossen.
– Annette H, Germany
Anja's teaching combines a dynamic and free-flowing style of Vinyasa Yoga with Pranayama and visualizations. Yoga is more than asanas; it is a practice for every age and every body type. This is what Anja likes to pass on to her students.
Safe and correct alignment of asanas is important in Anja's teachings. She gives comprehensive anatomical instructions and applies "hands on assists" to guide students into certain asanas. She teaches in German or English.
When Anja is not teaching or doing yoga she works for a multinational pharma company in Vienna as a patent attorney. She also holds a phD in Chemistry.
Anja is a 200-hour certified Yoga Teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her Vinyasa-Flow Teacher Training with Claire Missingham in London and a Restorative Teacher Training with Lizzie Lasater in Vienna.
The Peralta Yoga retreat is designed to fully enjoy Tuscan landscapes, food, art, and culture --and the joys of yoga-- with small group of fellow yogis. Beginners are welcome.
Twice daily yoga classes in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Meals and cultural activities provided. Separate houses and charming apartments accommodate solo travelers, pairs, and groups in the unique Peralta hamlet.
Prices start at 1325 euros.
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A car will not be needed to fully enjoy the Peralta Yoga retreat. If you would like us to arrange transport for you to Peralta from the Pisa airport or railway station, please indicate that on your registration form. We will be in touch to request to your travel details.
Participants wishing to rent a car should be advised that a small car is recommended as the roads to Peralta are narrow and hilly. Larger cars will need to park a short walk down the hill from the hamlet. In this case, Peralta will transport you and your luggage upon request. Just let us know when you’ll arrive!
(Please, however, wait for confirmation from Peralta Yoga before booking your flight.)