RENEW in Italy : A Wellness Retreat with Dr. Allison Fox
EXPLORE INTEGRATIVE & FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Restore and revive your mind and body
OCTOBER 12-19, 2019
Dr. Allison Fox’s goal as an integrative & functional medicine physician is to guide her patients towards a path of joy and freedom that comes from a truly healthy lifestyle. At her practice, Renew, she helps her patients break through the barriers that stand between where they are today and where they want to be, with an eye towards being fully healthy — the kind of healthy that allows you to get out of bed refreshed every morning and greet the day with the energy and vitality that every new day deserves.
On this retreat, Alli invites you to travel to Italy with her to immerse in a week exploring the beauty and benefits of integrative and functional medicine. Alli will expand way beyond her regular office visits and share her deep knowledge and understanding of the body and mind, the medicinal power of herbal medicine, and so much more, educating, empowering and inspiring you to live your healthiest life, all while having the time of your life!
The retreat will include daily morning meditation or yoga, daily health and vitality talks led by Allison Fox, a massage with essential oil, private one-on-one time with Alli to review your own personal goals, magical day trips to small hamlets and ancient cities, a private boutique winery tour, a visit to ancient thermal springs, clean daily eating based on seasonal ingredients grown right on the farm, and so so much more.
The setting for this week long adventure will be the 1000 year old exclusive estate, Villa Montecastello, a working organic farm and olive orchard that has been immaculately renovated to offer its visitors an authentic and understated luxury experience in Tuscany. Located one hour south of Florence, the Villa is surrounded by olive groves, with vineyards and nature reserves at its base. Villa Montecastello is a full size working organic farm, producing award winning extra virgin olive oil, as well as a unique and vast assortment of garden produce which will be used in your cooking throughout the week. The villa is surrounded by an abundance of both planted and wild indigenous herbs that we will explore together. Villa Montecastello is home to an array of farm animals including the local breed of Cinta Senesi pig, donkeys, chicken and guinea fowl, producing fresh farm raised meat and eggs.
Your time spent in this storybook setting will be entirely dedicated to your health and wellbeing, leaving you with a wealth of knowledge to carry with you through the rest of your life.
Saturday // Arrival day. Light lunch upon arrival and time to freshen up and unwind from your travels. Early evening villa tour, followed by sunset prosecco toast and a welcome dinner at Villa Montecastello.
Sunday // To start our day, a sound healer will lead the group in a gong bath. Group wellness talk led by Alli. Lunch at Villa Montecastello. In the afternoon we will harvest herbs from the organic garden on site for making our own essential oil, and use our home-made oil to make lotion or balm. Herb inspired dinner at Villa Montecastello.
Monday // Morning Yoga. Late morning departure for Florence. Spend the day exploring Florence on your own, with lunch and dinner on your own.
Tuesday // Morning Meditation. Group wellness talk led by Alli. Lunch at Villa Montecastello. Free time to relax before an afternoon cooking class focused on seasonal produce and learning the importance of food digestibility and healthy fats in your diet. Dinner of our own creation at Villa Montecastello.
Wednesday // Morning departure for a winery visit in Montalcino to explore the organic vineyards and taste the famed Brunello wine. Lunch out at a local trattoria. Afternoon visit to the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni to experience the healing powers of these ancient thermal waters. Dinner out at a favorite local restaurant.
Thursday // Morning Yoga. Group wellness talk led by Alli. Lunch at Villa Montecastello. Olive harvest time! A unique opportunity to harvest olives right on the farm and press in our on-site olive oil mill to make first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, all while learning about the amazing health benefits of olive oil. In the evening, we’ll have an olive oil inspired dinner at Villa Montecastello.
Friday // Morning Meditation followed by a relaxing morning at Villa Montecastello. Group talk with Alli. Lunch at Villa Montecastello. Afternoon trip with free time to explore Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Pizza night at Villa Montecastello, make your own pizza in the 1000 year old restored outdoor oven.
Saturday // Departure day. Breakfast and farewells.
Villa Montecastello will be your private Tuscan oasis during this week long retreat. The week includes all overnight accommodations at Villa Montecastello, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, welcome prosecco reception with non-alcoholic beverages, house curated wine selection with lunch and dinner, one 60 minute massage per guest, one 30 minute private session with Dr. Allison Fox per guest, curated group talks by Dr. Allison Fox, private group instruction for yoga, meditation, cooking classes, herbalist, expert led winery tour, all excursions described in itinerary, all local transportation as described in the itinerary, airport pickup and drop off at Florence airport only on days listed. Daily breakfast buffet includes locally baked goods and produce, coffee, tea and juice. Special breakfast items available upon request.
Not Included in Pricing: Airfare, extra beverages outside of meals, transportation or activities outside of itinerary, travel insurance.
Each room is uniquely furnished with the utmost attention to detail. All rooms offer luxury hand ironed linens, hand made olive oil soap and shampoo, fresh cut flowers and air conditioning. Villa Montecastello offers 7 room options of varying sizes and pricing, with many shared sitting areas both inside and out, a library and piano room filled with books about Italy, food and wine, as well as a professional chef’s kitchen where your cooking classes will take place. At Villa Montecastello you’ll find unbeatable countryside views, and an expansive grounds open for exploration and reflection.
Guest Booking Terms: Booking directly with La Buona Scuola/Villa Montecastello US office. 50% deposit is due to secure booking, 50% balance is due 60 days before arrival. Payment can be made by credit card or check payable to Montecastelli Selections.
Leccino Luxury Apartment // $6700 per person for double occupancy: A luxury apartment with one bedroom with King Bed, a private living room with access to private outdoor sitting area, kitchen and dining area, fireplace and extra-large ensuite bathroom
Frantoio Luxury Suite // $6400 per person for double occupancy: Our most romantic room, beautifully appointed with a King size canopy bed and en suite bathroom with claw foot tub.
Pendolino Studio // $6100 per person for double occupancy, $6400 per person for single occupancy: A charming studio with Queen bed, private en suite bathroom, kitchenette and dining table.
Foresteria Bedroom // $6100 per person for double occupancy, $6400 per person for single occupancy: A beautiful large bedroom with King bed or two Twin beds, private en suite bathroom and private entrance.
Moraiolo Bedrooms #1 & #2 // $5800 per person for double occupancy, $6100 per person for single occupancy: Cozy and lovely rooms with private bathrooms across the hallway, just a few steps outside the room. Bedroom #1 has the option for a King bed or two Twin beds. Bedroom #2 has a Queen bed.
50% deposit is required to secure your booking, 50% balance is due four weeks before arrival to Italy.
*Note for online bookings a booking fee of 3% is included in the pricing.
For questions or to book direct email us or call 973.327.2336