Villa Chimera, Tuscany
This Fierce Grace yoga retreat is set in a stunning valley at Villa Chimera, a 600-year-old village fortress that has been lovingly restored.
Our 2022 Tuscany retreat dates have not yet been announced, but generally this retreat takes place in July. To be added to the waitlist and hear first when 2022 dates are announced please email [email protected].
Relax in the Tuscan hills and enjoying the breathtaking 200-degree sweeping views of the valley. Stay in beautiful bedrooms furnished with antiques, enjoy outdoor yoga in our wooden shala or evening yoga and meditations on the infinity deck gazing at the view. Spend evenings chatting, reading, watching a movie in our home cinema, drinking wine on one of the terraces or comfy chill areas or having a last night dance under the stars. Our expert chef will prepare luxurious food, meat dishes and desserts - catering to all tastes - and spoil you with the delights of Tuscan and Umbrian fare.
We will take an unforgettable trip to stunning Cortona with a little pre aperitivi shopping, then an Aperol spritz in the famous square before a sumptuous dinner. We visit a local bustling market nestled in cobbled streets one morning for coffee and gifts such as olive oil, local wines, cheeses and truffles -as well as a famous vintage clothing area. One night we visit a local trattoria for a humble but delicious dinner.
Michele will expertly guide you through the varied classes, giving personal corrections, alignment wisdom and tips, as well as a masterclass that will fuel your practice for the coming year. She is assisted by senior teacher Steve Carter.
Classes on this retreat will be taught by Fierce Grace founder Michele Pernetta and her senior teachers.
Located in the heart of Tuscany in a stunning, secluded valley, Villa Chimera sits on a number of stepped medieval terraces, allowing a 200 degree unspoiled view full of truffle oaks, green trees and sweeping hills.
Spacious and romantic, the villa is fitted with all the comforts of home, blending Italian antiques, quirky British touches and modern conveniences. Bedrooms are large, light and beautifully decorated with spectacular views of the valley.
Yoga and meditation takes place in the peaceful shade of the wooden shala or on the infinity yoga deck, overlooking the most dramatic mountainous landscape Tuscany has to offer.
The nearest airport is Perugia (45 minutes away - we will come and collect you).
90 minutes by train from Florence (travel to Perugia train station) and Rome (travel to Cortona train station) - see below for instructions if arriving by train.
Easy access from Cortona and Perugia train stations. If you are coming in to a train station please discuss with us first as it will require extra arrangement.
The nearest town is San Leo Bastia, main town Trestina. The villa in the hills near San Leo Bastia. Maps and driving directions on request.
What People say
"Michele and Terry are wonderful hosts at their villa, a wonderfully peaceful setting. Michele’s energy, enthusiasm, passion and knowledge tests and expands limits to new levels. Her experience means she has a complete and uncanny understanding of where an individual is - which can be unnerving for a while until you realise through her gentle (and sometime not so gentle) persuasion a weekend or longer spent on a retreat here can be one of the best ways to ensure a greater depth of practice is achieved."
“Michele's uncanny sense of where we are at and what we need to progress with our practice is legendary and to have her close attention amongst a small group for a whole week saw us all make huge steps forward. An enriching, beneficial yoga experience - throw in the sunshine, the swimming pool, the food, the great bunch of people and a few beers of an evening and our week in Tuscany became a truly fantastic holiday.”
“There was an excellent balance between guided practices, time to relax and visits to local attractions. It proved to be the perfect way to switch off and recharge. I found the workshop really useful in developing my practice and enjoyed exploring some of the classes I hadn't tried before. The yoga was excellent. It was good to be able to try the full range of FG classes over the course of the retreat and the workshop was really useful in advancing my practice.”
“My retreat experience was a fantastic mix of gaining strength and stamina in my practice as well as getting the rest and recuperation I really needed. It was great to try all the different styles of FG, with so many different sequences to learn from. I would recommend to anyone who wanted a retreat that also felt like a holiday, where it was ok to also eat delicious food and have a glass of wine!”
“Fabulous from beginning to end. Great yoga in a beautiful setting with fab food & lovely fun people. The highlight was practicing yoga in such a stunning location. As a yoga teacher, I chose this retreat based on the form of yoga taught. Michele is a very experienced & fabulous teacher. I would recommend this retreat to anyone who is looking for great Yoga, fab teachers, wonderful food, beautiful secluded place & views & good fun and partying.”