Replenish Yoga Retreat

24-29 July 2022
Tuscany, Italy


An immersion into your most wholehearted self.

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​Unplug from the stresses of daily life and immerse yourself in a tranquil, soulful yoga retreat in the heart of rural Tuscany.

As we thoughtfully consider a new way of stepping back into the world, while craving for connection, inspiration and release, I invite you to lean in – absorb the sights, sounds, flavours and textures of the landscape, Italian culture and warm hospitality. We’ll dive deep into energizing and restorative yoga practices to reawaken and connect to a healthier, nourished self.

My intention is for you to find inspiration and beauty in a simpler way of being. Experiencing the fullness of life through the act of receiving so that you may leave the retreat feeling refreshed, expansive and whole.

Men, women, and all experience levels are welcome. Previous knowledge of yoga is recommended, although this retreat is designed to be accessible with individual modifications and variations offered as needed.

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Ebbio is a 13th century farmhouse nestling among the rolling hills of Tuscany. Surrounded by fertile landscapes, beautiful forests and artistic heritage, you’ll sense a special ambience – an invitation to breathe, settle and arrive.

Lovingly restored, Ebbio has kept its original and authentic style featuring spacious,
uniquely furnished rooms reflecting its heritage. We’ll share leisurely meals under the shade of the pergolas, The delicious organic, plant based cuisine comes direct from the land and neighbouring farms.

The farm cultivates vineyards, orchards, olive groves, vegetables, fruit, medicinal plants and cares for cows, horses, donkeys, chickens, doves, geese, and dogs.

There are many wonderful ways to experience your time here. Relax under olive trees or in hammocks in the forest. Enjoy horseback riding, hiking, biking, foraging, massage, hot springs, cool water streams and so much more!

Within walking distance, you can stroll to the medieval fortress town of Monteriggioni, the ancient pilgrim route of Via Francigena and natural baths of the Etruscans are just 10 minutes drive away. This magical place lies within easy reach of Siena and Florence.

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Program Includes

Package Includes

  • 5 overnight stays with full board
  • Accommodation in individually styled single and double rooms
  • Morning and early evening yoga practices
  • Daily pranayama and meditation
  • Full access to the Ebbio retreat facilities
  • Early morning refreshments, fresh and dried fruit, homemade biscuits
  • Brunch and evening meal: Carefully prepared, vegetarian meals using fresh, locally sourced organic, seasonal ingredients
  • Comfortable relaxation areas inside and out

   What Is Not Included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Travel arrangements
  • Travel insurance. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
  • Optional excursions and holistic therapies

Transportation Details:

  • Fly to: Florence (60 km), Pisa (80 km), Bologna (150 km) Rome (270 km)
  • Train station: Castellina Scalo Monteriggioni (4km)
  • Drive to: Monteriggioni
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Check In | Check Out

24th July: Room Check in: 16:00 | Opening Circle + Meditation | Welcome Dinner

29th July: Closing Circle + Meditation | Brunch | Room Check Out: 10:00 | Safe Travels

Sample Retreat Schedule

(subject to change)

8.00 – 10.00 Morning Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Practice

10.30 – 11.30 Brunch

11.30 – 17.00 Free Time (hiking, biking, farming, excursions, massage, holistic therapies, relaxing …)

17.00 – 18.30 Evening Mindful Yin, Restorative or Yoga Nidra Meditation Practice

19.00 Dinner

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10% of your retreat payment to me will be donated to the Glückskette (Swiss Solidarity) humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

Meet Your Teacher, Karen

Karen Kurzmeyer
Karen Kurzmeyer
Karen Kurzmeyer

As a driven and over-worked business owner, I tried yoga to help relieve stress and regain strength and flexibility. I never looked back and sold my company to dedicate my career to inspiring others to prioritize their health, well-being and stress relief through yoga.

Since 2014 I have completed 1100+ hour yoga teachers training at Centered Yoga, Samahita in Thailand, am certified by Yoga Alliance RYT 500 and regularly attend continued professional development in philosophy, anatomy, movement including alignment and somatic practices, pranayama (breath work) and meditation. I specialize in teaching private clients as well as offer coaching, holistic immersion programmes and lead retreats.

In 2020, I became a certified Integral Facilitator through Ten Directions Integral Facilitation Program led by Diane Musho Hamilton, a master facilitator, mediator and Zen Roshi. The training combined leading insights from the fields of developmental psychology and Zen awareness together in an Integral approach has had a profound effect on the way I connect to the world around me and approach my work and life.

I’m currently studying a Mastery program with Suzanne Anderson, psychologist, author, executive coach and transformational facilitator having completed her 15-month in-depth integral leadership development program for women in December 2022. This deep work explores the powerful evolutionary capacity for women to live, love and lead with a whole new level of consciousness and leadership capacity.

My background as a professional ballet dancer, teacher and business owner plus being a mother of 3 sons and living in a foreign country all contribute to my strengths as a teacher, allowing me to help clients who are looking for a way to integrate their whole beings and awaken to their innate wisdom, courage and potential.


Find inspiration and beauty in a simpler way of being.

Retreat is limited to allow for specialized attention.

10% of your retreat payment to me will be donated to the Glückskette (Swiss Solidarity) humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

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What others are saying about the Yoga and Self-Care Retreats.

“The yoga retreat was very much what I had expected as I have practiced with Karen before. I’ve noticed that I am much more relaxed and more confident in my strength and abilities as far as my yoga practice goes. I felt so good taking all that time just for myself and my own mental and physical health and wellbeing. It felt like a gift to myself.

What I liked most about our retreat was the instructor and how much thought and care Karen put into making every moment and every participant count. The wonderful women who were part of the retreat – it felt like a warm cocoon of women power, kindness and support. And, the location, the delicious brunches and vegetarian dinners.

Karen is such a gifted instructor. Her voice is so calming and she makes everyone feel like they are doing enough regardless of their yoga or meditation experience. She has such a unique way about her and is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. She shines with a light so bright it makes you light up too.”

Kara Forte

“I already had “high expectations” :), but they were even exceeded and the retreat was more than fantastic, in every way: the pranayama, meditation and the movements – a lot of it was new to me which I really appreciated. I realised how little effort it takes to pay more attention to my breath in my daily life, that was probably the most “aha” moment.

What I liked most about our retreat was time to pay attention to things one does not do in daily life, chat with like-minded people, and Karen, you have been the best teacher and host I could have ever wished for. I really appreciated our little chats and your way of sharing tips.”

Nicole Lenz

“I enjoyed the variety of practice, breath work, meditation, silent mornings, shared meals, and time alone. The benefits I felt included practicing gratitude and understanding the reasons why, asking for and offering forgiveness. I also had a heightened awareness of MY personal yoga.

What I liked most about our retreat was the daily structure; confidence in Karen guiding and holding the group and sessions; opportunities for walks, talks and shared meals.

Karen knows her work, prepares thoughtfully and thoroughly allowing flexibility in process. Go with an open mind and heart. Have your own awareness of little self care practices to draw on when challenges arise. There is no need to hide nor over-share/connect with everyone.

Gift wrap THIS experience – it cannot be repeated, retain the qualities of it within.”

Travelling Guest

Replenish your body, mind, and soul in Tuscany.

Retreat is limited to allow for specialized attention.

10% of your retreat payment to me will be donated to the Glückskette (Swiss Solidarity) humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

If you have any questions, please contact me at or +41 78 732 25 51 and I’ll get right back to you.

BLAUSEE Hotel & Spa, Switzerland

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tuscany weather like in July?

July is the sunniest month. Days are usually hot with balmy evenings. The average daily maximum is 30 C and the average daily minimum is 18-20 C.

Do I Need to Take a Yoga Mat?

The yoga room is fully equipped with Manduka mats and yoga props (cushions, blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps). However, please bring your own yoga mat if you prefer.

I Have Pre-Existing Pain and/or Injuries, Can I Still Practice?

Yoga and Mindful Movement practices are often advised to those dealing with pain or healing from injuries. However, please be sure to receive your doctor’s permission to begin any new physical activity. It is essential you tell me if you’re experiencing pain or recovering from any injuries, so I can help guide you through a safe practice.

Should I Eat or Drink Before I Practice?

Try not to eat anything heavy before you practice. It will make breathing and your movements that much easier on an empty stomach. Try to avoid drinking during practice. 

Please bring your own water bottle. 

What Are The Retreat Dates?

24-29 July 2021

Podere Ebbio, Strada del Gallinaio, 9
53035 Monteriggioni – Siena – Italy
tel. +39 391 43 070 22

Transfer Information

We recommend renting your own car to be able to move in total freedom, nevertheless transfer can be arranged. We will also facilitate possible car/taxi options closer to departure.

Fly to: Florence (60 km), Pisa (80 km), Bologna (150 km) Rome (270 km)

Ebbio is located close to Monteriggioni, Siena and is accessible by train and car.

By train: Travel to Castellina Scalo Monteriggioni train station  (5km away) and from there we can arrange a transfer for you by car (around 15 euros per ride).

By car: Ebbio is searchable on google maps and has parking spaces available.

I Have a Question, Where Should I Ask?

Please email me at with your questions and I’ll get right back to you.

10% of your retreat payment to me will be donated to the Glückskette (Swiss Solidarity) humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

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