in need of a soulful escape?
Give yourself - and a friend - a post-pandemic reboot and treat yourself to a soul inspiring 3-day immersive meditation retreat in the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany. Connect with nature, strengthen your meditation practice and dive into the sacred teachings of Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavata Purana along with daily guided meditations. This is designed for a small group - 12-15 individuals - who are serious to learn meditation and deepen their practice and understanding of the sacred texts. You will learn a simple and effective meditation technique to settle the mind, and ground yourself in the transcendental state to awaken your creativity and insight. This class will be taught by Dr. John Filo.
About Villa Reniella
A 5 star luxury holiday resort nestled in the olive groves and lavender fields and minutes from the quintessential medieval village of Montefollonico. This is home to television DIY star and design guru Debbie Travis who personally designed and transformed the space to a magical and soulful retreat. The entire transformation was filmed as part of a documentary series on OWN's "La Dolce Debbie" in 2016. It's an absolute oasis in the heart of Tuscany and you can explore all it has to offer for your entire stay.
what's included in this package
3 night stay at 5-Star Villa Reniella. Share with a friend or relative or book a private suite
All suites have their own entrance and garden or patio and are equipped with air-conditioning, Italian linens, a luxurious bathroom, safe, USB chargers and WIFI
3 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners and 2 Lunches
7 lectures on Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta and Bhagavata Purana
Guided meditations with Dr. John Filo
8 meditations including 2 walking meditations
An evening excursion to a local tuscan village for Dinner and site seeing.
Pick-up in Rome and return transportation to Rome Fiumicino Airport
Access to meditation pond, infinity pool and yoga platform overlooking the valley
Daily guided hikes through the iconic tuscan countryside
What's not included
Airfare to/from Rome Fiumicino
Dr. John combines nearly two decades of clinical experience in health sciences, neurology and consciousness along with many years of practice in meditation and exploring ancient Hindic sacred literature.
His 3-Day immersive retreats in meditation and Hindic sacred teachings like the Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta and Bhagavata Purana are optimal for beginners and seasoned spiritual seekers. As taught by Swami Vivekananda, one can practice integrating the four paths of yoga through service, devotion, meditation and knowledge to purify the mind and cleanse the heart.
Dr. John teaches a simple mantra meditation technique that effectively quiets the mind and settles the thoughts. His guided meditations are intended to dive deeper into the transcendental mind to experience that ever present "I AM" or witness consciousness. These immersive retreats are designed to be a small gatherings of up to 15 guests to allow for a more intimate and transformative experience.
about dr. john filo
4:30 - 5:30pm
Arrival and check-in
5:30 - 6:30pm
Introduction and overview
6:30 - 8pm
8:30 - 9pm
Guided candle lit meditation
6:30 - 7am
7 - 8am
8 - 9:30am
Light Breakfast (included)
9:30 - 10:30am
Guided walks through the tuscan countryside
11 - 12pm
Vedanta teaching followed by a
12 - 1:30pm
1:30 - 3:30pm
3:30 - 4pm
4 - 5pm
5 - 6pm
Group Q&A period
6 - 7:30pm
9 - 9:30pm
Evening Kirtan and
6:30 - 7am
7 - 8am
Final talk and overview
8 - 9:30am
Second and third day
Bhagavad Gita teaching followed by a mantra meditation
Workshops: Applying the teachings
to our daily life
Personal time to digest the days work
and reflect on the teachings
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Barb S., NY
I love attending Dr. John's meditation retreats. This is my third and it gets better each time. He has a way of helping you tune out the noise and ground yourself. I leave each one feeling so much lighter and so relaxed. It's a like hitting the reset button !
Jasmine L., CA
It's small, its peaceful and intimate and plenty of one-on-one time with Dr. John. His insight and perspective is very refreshing...and he always picks the perfect places.
Nigel W., BC
What I loved about the retreat was it gave me some peaceful time to recharge and rejuvenate myself. The lectures on Vedanta and the Gita were truly eye opening. He not only teaches and interprets the texts but also how to apply it to our daily life. It's really a transformative experience.
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