Reconnecting with the Sacred

Retreat with Christian Coelho

For thousands of years, our ancestors have seen value in retreating from our ordinary routines and the humdrum of everyday life to be closer to nature, where we can reconnect to the sacred that is within us and all around us. For them, the sacred is what sustains life. It is what gives human beings meaning and a sense of belonging to something greater. To this extent, we understand that yoga, meditation, and ceremony were all means that facilitated one’s connection to the sacred and affirmed the web of interdependence that we share with the world. As Chief Seattle, an iconic figure in the Native American tradition, said:

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

The general view in society, especially by unconvinced rationalists, is that all this may be charming, but it is preposterous. The result we see is unambiguous: the mundane has been chosen, the profane has been chosen. We are living in a world that attempts to shift our attention to ephemeral distractions, fleeting pleasures, and essentially extract the sacred from our lives. No wonder so many of us experience anxiety and depression. No wonder we think it is OK to pollute our precious earth and objectify its resources.

This retreat is intended to nourish the memory of the sacred we have within us. In many ways, it will be a celebration of life and an opportunity to connect more deeply with ourselves and nature. You can expect a carefully designed schedule with two long practices per day (Forrest-inspired vinyasa & yin), morning meditation, breathwork, sound healing, kirtan, ceremony, and much more.

Join me for 4 nights and 5 days surrounded by spectacular views and untouched landscapes of peaceful Tuscany. Feel free to message us if you have any questions whatsoever.

Meet your host

Christian is an experienced London-based yoga teacher who teaches dynamic classes with a healing and mindful approach. He has been inspired by his exposure to a variety of yoga modalities, and likes to be creative with his class themes and sequences.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, where he founded his yoga studio Casa 111, Christian initially trained in Ashtanga & Rocket Vinyasa Yoga. Seeking to explore the healing and ceremonial elements of yoga, he later specialized in the therapeutic styles of Yin, Forrest Yoga, as well as the Native American practices.

After travelling to India, his passion for the history and philosophy of yoga was ignited. This led him to further his studies with renowned scholars at SOAS University of London, graduating with a masters degree in the Traditions of Yoga. One of his missions is to present the philosophy of yoga in an accessible way for students to not only understand, but embody its principles in life.

For the past 7 years, Christian has travelled extensively, running retreats, teaching workshops, lectures, kirtans, and leading teacher trainings in Europe, Indonesia, and South America.

Meet Leigh Ewin, a breathwork facilitator and educator. He is known for facilitating transformative breathwork experiences and has shed light on brand new breathing philosophy with his soon to be released book. He has trained with Wim Hof Method, Oxygen Advantage, breatheology amongst others and has trained in the Bulletproof Coaching Academy.

Trip Highlights

Daily Yoga & Meditation with Christian

A Day at Talamone Beach

Exploration of San Filippo Hot Springs

Venue

LE PIANORE

Set in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, Le Pianore Villa and Organic Wine Farm is surrounded by woodlands, vineyards, olive groves and mountain streams, with spectacular views and untouched landscapes. The farmstead is the ideal venue for yoga holidays, holistic and creative retreats. With its beautifully restored villas and studio spaces, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding countryside; from the slopes of the Monte Amiata down to the Maremma coast.

MAR DE JADE

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Mar de Jade is a Yoga, Wellness & Vacation Retreat Center nestled between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of Chacala, México. This is an intimate place offering groups and individuals a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment in a peaceful fishing village.

Rooms

Double Yurt Room

Double Cottage Room

Single Standard Room

Single Deluxe Room

Double Deluxe Room

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Welcome home

  • Arrive at Florence airport for your transfer to Le Pianore, your home for the next 5 days
  • Settle into your secluded Tuscan getaway
  • Welcome and greeting gathering
  • Late afternoon yoga practice followed by an opening ceremony
  • Dinner

DAY 2 - A day at the Farmhouse

  • Salutations to the sun and morning vinyasa yoga practice 
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at leisure and free time to enjoy the farm
  • Afternoon yin yoga, pranayama & meditation 
  • Dinner
  • Community gathering and Kirtan

DAY 3 - Talamone Beach

  • Salutations to the sun and morning vinyasa yoga practice 
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Talamone beach for a day at leisure 
  • Afternoon yin yoga, pranayama and meditation 
  • Dinner
  • Fire Ceremony

DAY 4 - Hot Springs

  • Salutations to the sun and morning vinyasa yoga practice 
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Hot Springs San Filippo
  • Afternoon yin yoga and yoga nidra 
  • Dinner
  • “Reconnecting with the Sacred” ceremony and Closing circle

DAY 5 - Farewell

  • Farewell breakfast
  • Departure transfer to Florence airport

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Daily Yoga with Christian 
  • Day at Talamona Beach 
  • Exploration of San Filippo Hot Springs
  • Airport Transfers
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional speciality beverages 
  • Additional nights accommodation

Cancellation Policy

25% Down Payment Additional Payments
Spot Pending
Refundable
Refundable

Spot Confirmed

Not Refundable*
Refundable
60 Days Pre-Trip
Not Refundable
Not Refundable

*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

Why book this trip?

CURATED FOR PASSION

Trips built around and for you, led by passion and genuine care.

YOU ARE IN CARING HANDS

We are professional travel managers who are also passionate yogis, footballers, and surfers.

YOU ARE PROTECTED

All payments and trips are ABTA-protected, the gold standard in consumer protection.

LIFETIME DEPOSIT

Change of plans? No worries, we got you, for life. Just give us a new date when you are ready.

Testimonials

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“I had my best experiences with dharma,
hands down. they have that special
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“I had my best experiences with dharma,
hands down. they have that special
touch”.

FAQs

WHAT TIME DOES THE RETREAT START AND END?

The retreat will officially start at 4.00pm on July 15th and end after breakfast on July 19th, 2023.

WHICH AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

You will fly into Florence airport (FLR).

HOW DO I GET FROM AIRPORT TO THE VENUE?

We will provide a private transfer to and from the venue as part of the retreat.  

DOES THE RETREAT CATER TO SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?

Yes, we will be having all of our meals at the hotel which will provide 2 meals per day.  Vegan and gluten free options available on request. Please let us know at least 21 days in advance of the retreat start date if you have any special dietary requests.

CAN I COME TO THIS RETREAT ALONE?

Yes! Traveling alone is a great way to meet new people, and on this trip we’re all in it together and you’ll be part of the gang in no time.

WILL I GET ANY “FREE” TIME?

Absolutely! We will always schedule down time in our daily itinerary for you to use as you wish. 

I WANT TO SHARE A ROOM, BUT I AM TRAVELING ALONE, DO YOU ASSIGN ME SOMEONE TO SHARE THE ROOM WITH ?

Please contact us so we can assign you to an unaccompanied guest that also wants to travel in a double occupancy room. We will do our best to accommodate.

HOW DO YOU ASSIGN THE ROOMS?

Rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Each room is unique. Changing to a different room at the retreat is subject to availability and additional costs may apply. 

Please note: all rooms are equal in terms of comfort and cleanliness. We will do our best to assign you the nicest available room at the time of your deposit.

WHAT IS THE COVID CANCELLATION POLICY?

In the unlikely event that WE have to cancel the retreat for any reason then we will offer you the following options:

  • A full refund of all monies paid, including your deposit
  • Transfer of your booking, free of charge, to a future retreat of the same value

If you are unable to attend the retreat for any reason, including because of a last-minute positive Covid-19 test, or restrictions in your region or country,  you will need to make a claim with your travel insurance provider to claim any trip or retreat costs..

  • Please ensure your travel Insurance provider covers you for the following:
    • Cancellation fees
    • Positive Covid-19 test preventing you from traveling
    • Local and destination restrictions preventing you from traveling

IS TRAVEL INSURANCE INCLUDED?

We do not include travel insurance as everyone’s needs are different. However, having travel insurance in place for each person is a condition of your booking. Please ensure COVID-19 cover is included. If you haven’t purchased cover yet, you can do so here:

For other International residents link here

WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE REMAINING BALANCE?

The balance payment for your trip will be due on April 8th, 2023. 

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATING THIS TRIP?

This trip is being sold and operated by Seek Dharma Ltd, a company registered in England & Wales (company number 13127983 and members of ABTA, no. Y6752).

Seek Dharma is collaborating with Christian Coelho to build an incredible experience for her community.

WHO DO I REACH OUT TO IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

You can reach out to us directly via email at highyoga@seekdharma.com

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