Italy·May - October

Rest, Restore & Revive Retreats

Clear your mind and reconnect to your whole self at our 10-day retreat in the stunning region of Tuscany.

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Overview

Join us in the stunning region of Tuscany in Italy for a seven-day retreat to guide and empower you to cope with modern life and transform the stress which disturbs your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing into enjoying exceptional health and happiness.

Highlights

Daily Pilates & Workshops

Daily Pilates & Workshops

Rediscover yourself through workshops in pilates, meditation, expressive writing, photography and more – facilitated by renowned coaches and trainers.

Private Tours

Private Tours

Take in the grandeur of Tuscany’s breathtaking landscape with bike excursions and private tours of Siena and Tenuta Di Arceno Winery.

Italian Culture Immersion

Italian Culture Immersion

Immerse yourself in Italian culture through cooking and language classes, as well as guided wine tastings.

Hosts

Founder of Conscious Strong™ and Conscious Seven™ Training, Lauren will guide you toward the life you have been waiting for - a life where there are no limitations and your mind and body feel at home. Welcome to Conscious Strong Italy.

Lauren McLaughlin

Lauren McLaughlin

Having been a master-certified Pilates instructor for the past sixteen years and the owner of an award-winning North Carolina wellness studio, Lauren has had the pleasure and experience to witness life transformations in her clients.

Schedule

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DAY 1

Saturday

1:00 PM | Pickup at Firenze Airport

3:00 PM | Arrive at Villa, settle in with housekeeping and room assignments

5:00 PM | Celebration

6:00 PM | Aperitivo

7:00 PM | Dinner, Free Time, & Evening

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DAY 2

Sunday

8:00 AM | Breakfast


9:00 AM | REawaken through Movement


10:00 AM | Meditation Guide


10:30 AM | Walking Excursion


12:30 PM | Lunch


1:30 PM | Individual Time


2:30 PM | REdiscover through Expressive Writing


4:00 PM | Individual Time


6:00 PM | Aperitivo


7:00 PM | Dinner, Free Time, & Evening

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DAY 3

Monday

8:00 AM | Breakfast


9:00 AM | REawaken through Movement


10:00 AM | San Gusme


10:30 AM | Walk to Arceno


11:30 AM | Wine Tasting


1:00 PM | Picnic Lunch


2:30 PM | REdiscover through Your Lens - A photography guide


4:00 PM | Individual Time


6:00 PM | Aperitivo


7:00 PM | Dinner, Free Time, & Evening

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DAY 4

Tuesday

8:00 AM | Breakfast


9:00 AM | REawaken through Movement


10:00 AM | Leave for Siena


10:30 AM | Shop at Outdoor Market


12:30 PM | Lunch in Siena


1:00 PM | Tour of Siena


2:00 PM | Shop Siena


4:30 PM | Leave Siena


6:00 PM | Aperitivo


7:00 PM | Dinner, Free Time, & Evening

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DAY 5

Wednesday

8:00 AM | Breakfast


9:00 AM | REawaken through Movement



10:00 AM | The Art & Gift of Awareness



11:00 AM | Cooking Class



12:30 PM | Lunch



1:30 PM | Individual Time



2:30 PM | REdiscover through Language - An Italian Language Lesson



6:00 PM | Aperitivo



7:00 PM | Dinner, Free Time, & Evening

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DAY 6

Thursday

8:00 AM | Breakfast


9:00 AM | REawaken through Movement


10:00 AM | Bike Tour


12:30 PM | Lunch at local restaurant


2:30 PM | REdiscover through Dialogue & Improv


4:00 PM | Individual Time


6:00 PM | Aperitivo


7:00 PM | Dinner, Free Time, & Evening

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DAY 7

Friday

8:00 AM | Breakfast


9:00 AM | REawaken through Movement


10:00 AM | Leave for Castello di Ama


10:30 AM | Tour & Wine Tasting


12:30 PM | Lunch at Castello di Ama


2:30 PM | REdiscover through Art & Culture


4:00 PM | Individual Time


5:30 PM | Closing Celebration


7:00 PM | Dinner, Free Time, & Evening

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DAY 8

Departure Day

8:00 AM | Breakfast


8:30 AM | Transportation to Florence for departure

What's Included

What's Included

Private en-suite accommodation with modern amenities

Daily classes, pilates, meditation, guided tours, photography class

Meals provided by our personal chef Sara and daily evening aperitivo

Opening celebration dinner with music

Access to expert advice throughout the retreat

Transportation to and from Firenze Airport and tours within Tuscany

Airfare to and from Italy

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Private En-Suite

Private En-Suite

Spacious, luxury rooms in modern Tuscan style.

Tuscany, Italy

Villa Albizi Tuscany

Villa Albizi is a beautiful 16th Century villa not far from the historic and gorgeous town of Gaiole in Chianti: enjoy the scenery Tuscany provides while taking the time to decompress.

Tuscany, Italy

Reviews

Lauren and Peter had many practical applications to include exercises; recipes; and food choices tailored to my medical issues that I could implement. The support, tips, knowledge, and encouragement from Lauren and Peter kept me motivated and encouraged that I can make the necessary lifestyle changes.

Cheryl H.

A perfect combination of learning new things, visiting picturesque Italian hill towns, improving your Pilates practice, enjoying great food & wine, and relaxing - all with a small group of congenial new friends.

Lisa R.

Lauren constantly strives to provide inspiring instruction to make possible one’s individual best wellness. She and her team sincerely seek to work with everyone especially those most hesitant to endeavor into the Pilates discipline. Client since 2009.

Beverly B.

Add Ons

1 Hour Custom Movement Session with Lauren

1 Hour Custom Movement Session with Lauren

Helping you Customize your Movement from the Inside Out.

PRICE$125.00/pp

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1 Hour Massage in Villa Spa

1 Hour Massage in Villa Spa

Relaxing Your Mind and Body for a Better Experience.

PRICE$125.00/pp

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FAQs

You can expect to clear your mind and reconnect to your whole self at our 7-day retreat in the stunning region of Tuscany.  

The seven day retreat will guide and empower you to cope with modern life and transform the stress which disturbs your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing into enjoying exceptional health and happiness. Your wellbeing is at the heart of what we do. The retreat will be led by Lauren McLaughlin and Peter Michael Dedes.  We can’t wait to welcome you!

We welcome anyone of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners. Our wellness retreats are not just for those who practice every day. Our retreats are about self discovery and offer opportunities for growth and new experience.. It is suggested to keep an open mind and try out practices that might be new to you.

Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a wellness retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment. It’s in the community where you will gain new and rich insight to who you are.

Our group sizes will be a maximum of 10 guests.  We believe that the smaller and more intimate the groups, the more lasting and sustainable the work achieved.  

We will provide almost all of the meals during your retreat, as described in the schedule. Food is a very important part of our retreats as we believe in the dictom ‘we are what we eat’, we always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include locally produced organic, fresh ingredients only. Please let us know beforehand if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical. We would most likely be able to accommodate it.

Our retreats are active so you will want to be sure to bring light weight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. The villa is in the mountains so the temperatures can get chilly.  Be sure to bring a nice sweater to keep you warm, especially in the evenings.

Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the movement  and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.

We recommend you to book as early as possible as the number of participants are limited and you may not want to be left out. The booking to the retreat is mostly closed one month before the start date.


You are responsible for booking your own airfare to and from Italy.  Please write to us for any assistance in this regard.

Transportation to and from Firenze Airport and tours within Tuscany is included.

In Italy, the Euro is the currency. With a debit card, we advise getting the bulk of your euro in Italy for exchange rate purposes or using a credit card.  We recommend having at least 50 euro with you to help navigate the first portion of travel.

You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific experiences.  If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to explore the local area, if that option is available to you. For staying at the retreat in case you are arriving early or wanting to depart later it has to be pre-arranged and paid for separately.

We recommend that you establish an independent travel insurance policy. Not only will it give you some peace of mind, it will come in handy in the event of some emergency.

You are requested to make a 30% deposit of the retreat amount depending upon the kind of accommodation you have selected. If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the retreat price will be refunded. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the deposit any other payment made for the retreat price will be forfeited.

We offer a discount of 10% off each week booked above the first scheduled retreat.  Ex:  If you book a first retreat at $4995, the subsequent and consecutive weeks will be $4499.50 each.  

Please contact us directly if you are interested in a payment plan. We want to make our retreats accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan if it is required by you.

Dates

May 2023
May 10 - 20 2023

FROM$6995/pp

October 2023
October 4 - 14 2023

FROM$6995/pp

Rest, Restore & Revive Retreats

Italy· May - October· 10 nights

FROM$6995/pp