Yoga Retreats / Relaxing, Affordable, Unforgettable

A retreat is a gift you give yourself. It is a gift of time that frees you up from your usual duties and chores so that you can rest, relax and nourish your body, your mind and your spirit.

You don't have to be an expert yogi, you don't need to know all the yoga postures, you don't need to be in the best shape, you don't even have to be flexible! All you need is the desire to connect to yourself and to feel centered.

When you visit a new place, you refresh your perspective and see everything with new eyes, including yourself. During the retreat you have time to slow down and notice the beauty that surrounds you. You also explore your internal landscapes, including the sensations in your body, your breathing patterns, your thoughts and emotions, all in a safe and welcoming environment. There is no judgement and no competition because every person is seen and honored in her/his uniqueness.

Each retreat is an easeful journey for deepening your sense of relaxation, well being and integration. The yoga practices and techniques are designed to help you improve your balance, strength and flexibility, to optimize your breathing and to focus your mind..

Each session is tailored to the needs and level of ability of the group so that you can enjoy the benefits of a consistent yoga practice. Of course, there is still plenty of time to relax, enjoy treatments and read that book you have been wanting to read.

A retreat provides you with opportunities to enjoy delicious food prepared with care and the freshest ingredients. You also get to meet like-minded people on a similar journey to tranquility, kindness and compassion.

A yoga retreat is the gift of reconnecting to a relaxed, joyful and vibrant you.

Some comments from past retreats:
"It is the most magnificent thing I have ever done for myself. It has been the most peaceful experience that I've ever had. It is an experience that I'll take with me for the rest of my life." – J.
"It was having such warm people and your kind teachings that helped me calm down, let go, and find myself again. I truly felt the trip was transformational for me." – C.
"It was wonderful to put my trust in Ruben for the week. His planning, choices, thoughtfulness, and guidance made it a truly blessed trip." –E.
"The recent trip to Costa Rica was one of THE best I have ever been on.....and I have traveled a lot." – A.

Upcoming Retreats

Worry Free Weekend: Friday Nov. 30 - Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

Enjoyable, Local and Affordable Yoga Weekend retreat At Lake Louisa State Park, Florida

Take time for yourself; refresh and balance in preparation for the holiday season.

This weekend yoga retreat offers you the perfect way to recharge and refresh in preparation for the holiday session.

Just Relax

In this Friday through Sunday retreat you can practice all aspects of yoga including postures (asanas), mindful breathing techniques (pranayama), chanting, concentration and meditation. All you need to do is relax and be guided into satisfying yoga sessions followed by delicious vegan meals preapred with fresh organic produce.
You will be surprised by the beauty of the lakes, rolling hills and hiking trails at Lake Louisa State Park -- just 90 minutes away from St. Pete.

"You can take the time to find yourself and find peace in yourself. It really makes you happy." – T., previous retreat participant

De-stress.

This is a stress free retreat that includes guided yoga sessions, meditation, LODGING AND ALL MEALS. Of course, you can also take time for hiking, relaingg by the lake, rent a canoe or kayak or maybe just enjoy reading a book on the porch.

Very Affordable

  • Shared room $295 per person
  • Single room $395 per person

Cost of the Retreat Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Yoga Sessions
  • Lots of time to enjoy and relax

It is very unlikely you can find a retreat of this quality this affordable. Make sure to register early to reserve your time away from all worries:
Please call Cindy today at 727-644-4554 or info@yogaetcstudio.com

The cabins, overlooking Lake Dixie, are spacious and beautiful! Each cabin consists of 2 bedrooms, (one with a double bed and one with two single beds), 2 large bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, a fireplace, and a wonderful large screened in porch.

Tentative Schedule

Please note: this schedule is subject to change – all times are "ish" ;)

  • Friday, November 30th
  • 4:00-5:30 Check-in (Cabin #12) & cabin assignments
  • 5:30 -7:00 Welcome Slow Flow & Meditation
  • 7:00-7:30 Improv Kirtan jam
  • 7:30-9:00 Delicious Dinner
  • 9:00-10:00 Social hour
  • Saturday, December 1st
  • 7:00–7:45 Sunrise Meditation
  • 8:00–9:00 Light breakfast (fresh fruit, juice, toast)
  • 9:30-11:00 Yoga session
  • 11:00-1:00 Delicious Brunch
  • 2:00-4:00 Open for Hike/Beach/Canoeing/Relaxation/Nap
  • 5:00-7:00 Yoga Nidra with Ruben
  • 7:30-9:00 Delicious Dinner
  • 9:30-10:30 Yagna Circle
  • Sunday, December 2nd
  • 7:00-7:45 Sunrise Meditation
  • 8:00-9:30 Slow Flow Yoga session
  • 9:30-10:00 YITT Graduation
  • 10:00-11:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Checkout
  • You may continue enjoying the park for the rest of the day...

 

 

Make sure to reserve your space in this relaxing and carefree weekend by contacting Cindy today at 727-644-4554 or info@yogaetcstudio.com

 

 

Siena and San Gimignano, two truly remarkable places filled with history and art. My goal is for you to feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and inspired as a direct result of this retreat.

Rubén Vásquez, M.Ed., ERYT500, your guide

I have cultivated a rich yoga practice since 1996. As a devoted student of yoga and a dedicated teacher my goal is to make yoga techniques accessible so that each person can find joy in his or her practice and receive all its wonderful benefits. As many of my students know, I am constantly exploring a wide range of practices to facilitate the experience of balance and integration that yoga offers to all of us.

I also know it is a privilege to share my love of yoga. Whether I am leading a group class, an individual session, a workshop, a teacher training program or a retreat, I am committed to assisting you in exploring safe, logical and effective yoga tools so that you can flow harmoniously with your life both during practice and when you return home.

"Ruben you definitely WALK the TALK!" – J., previous retreat participant
"I feel so valued by Ruben and I know he makes others feel the same way. Ruben is always warm and welcoming of any questions. You can also see that Ruben is authentic in his yoga practice and understands yoga philosophy. This makes him trustworthy. He's also willing to share his personal experience and uses this to help others." – C., previous retreat participant

Are you ready for a worry-free retreat? This is the retreat for you.

A yoga retreat is a powerful journey to discover your internal source of deep peace, balance and joy. Just as most yoga teachers make sure to reduce distractions in yoga classes so that students can focus on their practice, I know that it can be daunting to navigate all the details of traveling to another country. No need to worry. I will take care of all of the in-country arrangements to ensure that you have a smooth journey. With many years of experience traveling and living in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the U.S., I am skilled at providing a worry-free, distraction-free retreat. I will also be glad to help you as you prepare for the trip and during your stay. I have crafted a fulfilling, enriching and rewarding experience for you, and I will ensure that you will get the most out of your retreat.

 

Activities

  • 2 Daily yoga and meditation sessions tailored by Rubén to meet the needs of the group
  • Saltwater swimming pool
  • Fitness room available
  • Extensive fields to explore in the estate and nearby areas
  • Pizza night
  • Wine tasting for our group
  • Tuscan cuisine cooking lesson
  • Horseback riding and lessons (additional fee)
  • Massage (additional fee)
  • Excursions to nearby areas (additional fee)
  • Longer guided hikes (additional fee)

 

Here is what previous retreat participants say:

"I loved everything. I am definitely coming to more retreats!" – A.S.

"Thank you for planning and delivering such an excellent yoga retreat. I'm so happy I was able to be a part of it. Thank you!" – S.A.

"I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful week we spent together in Guatemala. It truly was Pure Bliss. Rubén, your teachings, guidance and words of wisdom mean more to me than I can say. You inspire me to be a better person." " – S.F.
"Thank you for a wonderful trip to Costa Rica, Ruben! For me, it was perfect, an opportunity to deepen my yoga practice, explore the beauty of the rainforest and, most importantly, leave behind the stress of everyday life for just a few days." - E.R.
“Ruben has an extraordinary gift of sharing the true essence of yoga with his students. I actually find myself smiling more now in practice because I do love my practice, just needed reminders about how calming, easy and self-healing the practice is!” – J.M.

yoga retreatDates: Saturday May 11 to Saturday May 18, 2019 – 8 days/ 7 nights

Cost of the Retreat

I do everything I can to make the cost of the retreat as affordable as possible while also making sure that you have a very comfortable and enjoyable journey. I invite you to compare the price of this retreat with any similar retreats in a premier location – it is highly unlikely that you will find a better value. Also, as you consider the cost of this retreat please keep in mind that the cost of the retreat includes room and board, round-trip airport transfers between Florence and the retreat venue, 3 daily delicious meals, 2 daily yoga sessions tailored to the needs of the group, one Tuscan cuisine cooking lesson, one wine tasting, and day trips to nearby Siena and San Gimignano.

Cost

  • Shared double room $1900 per person
  • Single room $2150 per person

Cost of the Retreat Includes

  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals daily at the retreat venue
  • Unlimited water, sparkling water, juice, tea and coffee
  • White and red wine with dinner
  • Airport transfer with the group between Florence and the retreat venue
  • Daily Yoga Sessions with Rubén
  • Visit to Siena
  • Visit to San Gimignano
  • Tuscan cuisine cooking lesson
  • Wine tasting with the group
  • Pizza night
  • Use of facilities and exploring retreat venue 45 acres property
  • Local taxes
  • Plenty of time to enjoy and relax

Cost of the Retreat does not Include

  • Additional excursions
  • Meals during day trips
  • Horseback riding or lessons
  • Massage
  • Guided hikes

 

Terms and Conditions

We are glad to accept reservations subject to these Terms and Conditions:

  • Because of the exclusive and intimate nature of this trip, registration is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis (determined by payment of deposit). A deposit of $600.00 per person and your completed and signed booking form is required to reserve a place. Space is limited, so early reservations are advised.
  • Cancellation for any reason is subject to a $300 processing fee.
  • The balance for our Yoga in Tuscany Retreat is due no later than February 11, 2019.
  • Cancellation more than 90 days prior to the starting date of the retreat will result in a 50% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip; cancellation 90 days or less from the starting date of the tour will result in forfeiture of the full cost of the trip.
  • The retreat includes accommodations, meals at the retreat venue, 2 daily yoga sessions, one excursion to Siena, one excursion to San Gimignano, ground transportation with the group between Florence and the retreat venue, one Tuscan cuisine cooking lesson, one wine tasting.
  • Rubén Vásquez is not responsible for any other expenses, including travel agent fees, hotels, airfare, and other ground transportation. Prices do not include optional trips or transfers to and from Villa Cugnanello at unscheduled times and locations.
  • Price is quoted on a double occupancy basis. Single room supplements are as published, if space is available. If requested, Rubén Vásquez will try to find another participant to share a double room with you.
  • Upon receipt of your deposit, Rubén Vásquez will send you a confirmation, provided space is available, and frequently requested information regarding itinerary, transfers, dress, etc.
  • Rubén Vásquez reserves the right to cancel any program should a minimum number of participants not be reached. The refund of all payments received from you shall release Rubén Vásquez from any liability to you.
  • The quoted price for your retreat is based on current costs and foreign exchange rates and is therefore subject to change. If there is a price change, you will be notified with a full refund guaranteed if you choose to cancel.
  • The itinerary has been meticulously planned for your enjoyment. However, the agenda may be subject to change , and will not alter the terms of this Agreement.
  • When possible, we will allow cancellations to be rebooked at a later date for a rebooking fee of $300 plus any difference in price between the original week and the new week booked.

 

yoga retreat

It is very unlikely you can find a retreat of this quality this affordable. Make sure to register early to reserve your time away from all worries:
Please call Rubén today at 727.771.3612 or email me

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Yoga Retreats

Why go on a retreat?

A retreat is a gift you give yourself. It is an opportunity to be free from your usual duties and chores so that you can find your center through resting, relaxing and nourishing your body, mind and soul. Going to a place that is not familiar helps you see everything (including yourself) with new eyes and a deeper perspective. For ages, many cultures around the world have honored the importance of cultivating a deeper connection to oneself and to what is truly important through taking time away from one's usual routine. In this yoga retreat I will guide you through a wide range of yoga techniques that will enable you to feel vibrant, peaceful and filled with joy. In addition to yoga postures and movements to help you improve your flexibility, strength and balance you will enjoy breathing techniques, guided relaxation as well as meditation. The yoga practices are tailored to the needs and level of ability of the group so that you can enjoy the benefits of a consistent yoga practice. And you will also have plenty of time to relax, rest and explore.

I am not very experienced traveling internationally. Will I be OK?

I have lived and traveled in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As a seasoned traveler, I understand the needs of international travelers. Just as in my classes and workshops I do my best to create a safe space for students to explore yoga within their capabilities, before and during the trip I am pleased to offer information and guidance as needed, and I am happy to assist in many ways to ensure that you will have a truly enjoyable journey.

What if I have food allergies?

At the yoga retreat center the food is prepared with fresh and local ingredients daily. There is a satisfying variety of dishes every day and the chefs have experience adjusting menu items to a wide range of dietary requirements. Just let me know about your dietary needs when you sign up so that I can ensure that the kitchen staff at the retreat center can prepare delicious and healthy dishes that will agree with you and your needs.

What does the schedule of a typical retreat day look like?

We set the tone of the day with an invigorating morning practice to wake up body & mind from 7:15am to 8:45am. At 8:45 we have breakfast. The rest of the morning is open for you to enjoy at your leisure. Lunch is served from 1pm to 2pm. The afternoon is free until 4:00pm when we meet for our evening practice that includes deep relaxation, until 6:00pm. Dinner is served at 7:00pm. As night falls we retire to enjoy deep rest. Of course, like in any yoga practice you can choose to do as much or as little as will help you feel centered & balanced.

Sample Schedule

  • 7:00am - 8:45am Complete Yoga practice
  • 9:00am - 9:30am Breakfast
  • 10:00am - 1:15pm Open for relaxation, reflection or optional Activities
  • 1:15pm - 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:30pm Open for relaxation, reflection or optional activities
  • 5:30 - 7:00pm Restorative Practice/ Yoga Nidra practice
  • 7:00pm Dinner
What if I don't practice yoga regularly at home, will I be able to keep up with the practice?

Everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend. During the retreat you will expand your horizons to the complete spectrum of authentic yoga practice. Some of the techniques include breathing, mindfulness, concentration, relaxation, postures, movement, meditation techniques and suggestions for application of yoga techniques in daily life. In other words, we will not be practicing yoga postures the whole day. Instead, you will enjoy a progressive lesson plan offering options to participants at all levels. The emphasis is in meeting yourself where you are and creating a practice that helps you feel vibrant and alive. Some people find it beneficial to attend every single session, while others choose to sleep in or just take time to relax. Some comments from previous participants:

“Rubén is a master teacher in my opinion.  Love your style. Years of yoga experience & it feels like it!” – H.A, yoga teacher & previous retreat participant
"The yoga instruction was amazing - loved the variety - not too difficult so anyone could participate. The philosophy was something I will carry with me." – J.
"Ruben adjusted his instruction to the level of the majority of the participants. Instruction had a consistent flow that was easy to follow and obtain. The sessions were very well done for our level of ability. As a personal trainer, I recognize the talent of building a lesson plan and the presentation of that plan in a good flow. His explanation of life decisions and relaxation was also great. Well done!" – C.
"The yoga instruction was very well done. Ruben gave a variety of styles and difficulty to try and meet everyone's needs which was difficult since there was a large variety of people and each was in a different place and had different ability. " – L.

What about cancellations?

  • Should the trip fail to achieve minimum participation, we reserve the right to cancel the retreat and refund any deposits received.
  • The $600 initial payment can be refunded (less a $300 processing fee) if you need to cancel your participation before February 11
  • Cancellation more than 90 days prior to the starting date of the retreat will result in a 50% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip; cancellation 90 days or less from the starting date of the tour will result in forfeiture of the full cost of the trip.
  • In case of cancellation you will receive credit for a future retreat.
  • When possible, we will allow cancellations to be rebooked at a later date for a rebooking fee of $300 plus any difference in price between the original week and the new week booked.
  • There will be no refunds for arriving late or leaving early.
  • There are no exceptions to the above cancellation policies including personal injuries or weather.