La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life Retreat For Women
with Lisa Feder and Rebecca Risher
May 26 – June 2, 2018
To be truly alive, we must move, create, laugh, play, give of ourselves, and be open to receive. We know how easy it can be to get caught up in our daily routines and forget that our lives are to be enjoyed!
What better way to reset than to spend a week in a charming 18th century Tuscan villa nestled in the hills? Give yourself permission to press pause on the mundane and join us for this decadent respite; you’ll dive into your yoga practice, explore the Italian countryside, enjoy delectable meals, nurture your body, mind and spirit, and rediscover the sweetness of life. We’ll even participate in a cooking class to learn some of the secrets of traditional Italian foods!
There will be time to develop new relationships, and time to spend alone. You can participate as much or as little as you like, taking time to hike beautiful trails, go for a swim, nap, journal, and sample the local gelato. There will be plenty to do on the beautiful grounds, and you may also choose to take an excursion or two into nearby villages. This promises to be a sweet holiday you will always remember and hold in your heart, long after you return home.
Rebecca and Lisa are thrilled to be leading this retreat. These skilled and intuitive instructors will guide you through a variety of nurturing practices, including yoga nidra, gentle flow, yin and restoratives. These ladies share a passion for helping women to feel at ease in their bodies and minds, in order to savor the richness of life. La Dolce Vita!
All yoga will be accessible and adaptable for varied levels of skill and ability.
*The price of activities are not included in tuition
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Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A $35 Service and Administration Fee will be added to the tuition rate.
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You will be booking your flights to the Florence Airport (FLR). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
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Video from La Fortuna Retreat
We had a great time in La Fortuna on our retreat this summer. This video really captures some of the magic. Hope to see you on our Tuscany retreat!
This quaint and historical center is strategically located and is an attractive destination for many reasons. The property is on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, making it a perfect “station” to head out from on any number of itineraries. The center itself is imbued with fresco walls, intoxicating landscapes, delicious cuisine, pool and lounging area, and a beautiful group space. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options. The food is organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients.
Rebecca has been a full-time yoga teacher for more than a decade; her classes provide a safe, healing space well-suited for all levels of experience and ideal for those seeking comfort and ease in stillness. Rebecca encourages you to delve into self awareness by exploring the deeper, hidden layers of the self that are in need of acknowledgement and processing. She keeps classes as simple and quiet as possible in order to allow students to decompress and release.
Rebecca is extensively trained in both the Hatha and Kundalini traditions, specializing in Yoga Nidra, Yin, and Restorative. She has trained with a diverse range of teachers exposing her to an assortment of styles. Some of her most influential include Paul Grilley, Yin and Judith Lasater, Restorative. Erich Schiffmann is her soul teacher and reminds her of the importance of trusting her inner guidance, remembering that we all are connected, and accepting that intuition is the true source of wisdom.
Rebecca received her BA in Psychology from University of Dallas in Irving, TX, and spent a semester studying in Italy. There, she fell in love with the art, architecture, and magic of the old world and has always dreamt of going back to further explore. After a few years of struggling to accept the corporate world, the magnetism from her practice developed into an intense desire to share the practice and she began teaching Hatha Yoga. The personal and spiritual growth that resulted from being fully immersed in the yoga world changed everything for her and she has never looked back. The thirst for knowledge and growth never wanes and after settling into teaching, Kundalini training was the natural next step. While Hatha allows for a slower process and integration, Kundalini shakes things up and elevates one’s passion and vitality. After diligently training and studying, Rebecca completed her 500hr KY certification in 2016.
Presently, Rebecca resides in Austin, TX, and spends her days teaching yoga and meditation, and creating one-of-a-kind malas. She teaches at several studios around town, offers private classes in her home studio, and teaches corporate classes during the week. Her mala shop, Rebecca Moon Designs, can be found on Etsy.com, and she considers making malas to be a big part of her mediation practice, as she chants mantra while she works.
“I attended a beach retreat on the South Texas coast with Rebecca. I was going through a rough time and looking for some clarity and guidance to help make change in my life. What happened was more than I could have hoped for. Rebecca’s beautiful words and relaxing, introspective yoga practices helped me let go of a very toxic influence in my life. She is a very nurturing, patient, selfless person, and her teachings reflect that. When I left the retreat, I truly was a changed person. Rebecca helped guide me back to the person I was meant to me, and I will be forever grateful.”
“Out of all the yoga teachers in Austin, Rebecca has a special resonance with me. Through her teachings, I can always count on feeling more grounded spiritually, at peace emotionally, and at ease physically. Rebecca’s intuitive wisdom and caring guidance allows us to melt into our true nature, thus putting us in touch with our own divinity. I highly recommend her classes, retreats, and offerings!”
“Practicing yoga with Rebecca is a tonic for my body and my spirit. She is an attentive, encouraging and supportive expert – even with a room full of people, she is always right by my side when I need her.”
“Not only is Rebecca a gifted teacher but she has a powerful healing presence. Her humble style belies the fact that she is an incredibly knowledgeable and well-trained yogi and a virtual mine of healing wisdom. If you have the great good fortune to attend a retreat with Rebecca, you will experience first hand the nurturing healing energy that surrounds her. She has a true gift for holding space with love and warmth. Her ability to hold this secure healing space during a retreat enables you to let go even more which will allow even greater healing and restoration of your body, mind, and spirit.”
Lisa is a full-time yoga instructor and wellness consultant living in Austin, Texas. She has had a passion for all things wellness for as long as she can remember. While working for over 20 years in the corporate world as a strategic marketing specialist, she began teaching fitness classes in her free time. This led her to explore yoga, and she fell in love with the way it made her and her students feel—physically, emotionally, and energetically. After teaching part-time for many years, she took the leap and started Being Well Yoga, where she brings yoga on-site to companies to help employees learn how to live healthier, more balanced lives. She also teaches in studios, schools, senior centers, parks, and private homes. Her approach is balanced, and she likes to bring humor, challenge, and deep relaxation into her practices.
Lisa is especially interested in helping students find a yoga practice that really works for them, and she believes that yoga can provide more ease and comfort to all. She has seen the effects of a healthy lifestyle on her family as well and wants to share. As a wellness coach, Lisa loves helping people explore how to incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives in a fun and sustainable way. One of her programs, a Week of Being Well, is an inclusive and integrated approach to mindfulness in eating, working, exercising, meditating, media usage, and sleeping. Her favorite thing is hearing about the positive changes her participants make for themselves.
Another workshop, “A Sigh of Relief,” teaches how yoga practices can be used during the day to manage stress before it becomes chronic. She also loves working with new Yoga teachers as they start their careers.
Lisa, RYT-500, E-RYT-200, incorporates many yoga traditions into her practices. She has certifications in Hatha, Hatha Flow, Kundalini, and I-rest Yoga Nidra. She has had the opportunity to study with Donna Farhi, Sean Corne, Sarah Powers, Anodea Judith, Beth Shaw, Amy Weintraub, Gary Kraftsow, and Richard Miller. All of these wonderful teachers have shared wisdom that informs her teaching, and she is grateful to them all.
Lisa received a BSBA in Spanish and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She is fluent in Spanish, having fallen in love with the language during her junior year studying in Bogota, Colombia. She has served as President of the Board of Community Yoga, an organization that brings yoga to underserved communities. She currently serves on the Board of Power for Parkinson’s, which improves the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients through dance and movement classes. She lives in Austin with her husband and has two active offspring–a daughter and a son in college.
“The yoga retreat was exactly what I needed for my personal renewal. Lisa and Dana provided a safe and nurturing space for me to practice yoga and bond with a wonderful group of women. The location was beautiful and relaxing along the Pacific Ocean with all the wonders of Costa Rica. To be able to wake up to the sounds of monkeys and view the setting sun while practicing yoga will be forever etched in my mind.Thank you for this wonderful experience, Lisa and Dana!”
“Lisa and Dana’s yoga retreat exceeded my expectations—I knew I would get the opportunity to practice yoga in a beautiful and exotic setting. What I didn’t anticipate was that as the week progressed a supportive community would develop as our shared adventure connected us to the retreat center and each other. Our leaders guided us with care and purpose, nourishing the physical and spiritual. We were given an opportunity to silence our inner critics for a week and open our hearts to the experience of being close to nature and each other. Often during yoga class, the teacher tells you to set an intention and take it with you throughout your day. However, once I walk out of class, somehow that intention dissipates as reality takes over. On the yoga retreat, keeping that intention throughout the day became possible and being surrounded by other yogis who were holding on to their intentions created an atmosphere of calm and well-being. It was a magical and meaningful week.”
“Lisa and Dana’s retreat was a special and magical experience. 20+ women who were mostly strangers on day 1 were deeply bonded by day 7. Lisa and Dana created a space for all of us to look within and trust our own wisdom, and to support each other in the process. We laughed and cried, sweated profusely, and generally had a great time. Two months later I still am thrilled to see my Costa Rica sisters in class and can still pick out their voices in a class chant.”
“This retreat was spectacularly crafted to offer all who attended the space to open within and also connect with an amazing group of like-minded, strong, powerful women. The teachings offered took us on an internal journey in a most magnificent setting of nature and were beautifully woven together with inspiration and life lessons. We were pampered in lovely accommodations with delicious meals and every detail mindfully tended. All of the women with whom I have stayed connected with since returning home have struggled to put into words the magnitude of this experience. We were fortunate enough to get a real taste of the essence of Costa Rica, or more simply put… Pura Vida! Thank you Lisa, Dana and True Nature for the adventure of a lifetime!”
It is going to be simply wonderful and I hope you can join us! If you have been looking for the perfect retreat, here it is. This is great to do alone, or bring a group of friends and escape to yourselves.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and sign up today for the discounted rate!
Italy, here we come!