Conscious Strong in Italy

Conscious Strong™ in Italy! June 1-8, 2019


Discover Italy, Learn to Move with Meaning

Come to Italy to reassess, rejuvenate, and recenter. Immerse yourself in a Pilates-centered wellness retreat, far removed from the stress of daily life.

This retreat is more than just a holiday. It is a journey to wellness where you will feel a deeper sense of connectedness to yourself and the world around you. This Retreat is designed around the Pilates Method of integrated movement. You will learn to use a mindful method called Meditative Movement Practice that helps to recenter when bad habits negatively affect movements. These principles and foundation movements will be integrated to your daily life… from getting out of bed, to preparing a meal, to shopping in the market. It’s all about being present when you move as you will travel to various inspiring Italian Hill Towns where Tuscan culinary, cultural and artistic experiences await.

“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. Lauren is a wonderful and caring Pilates instructor and the relationships that grew made for a truly special experience!”


What to Expect

This retreat is open to individuals at all levels of Pilates. Under Lauren’s guidance, you will enjoy your Pilates journey in a classic Tuscan villa in the Chianti Region. Each morning, your day will begin with an uplifting Pilates mat class that will tone your core and bring balance to your body. There will be an opportunity to practice meditative movement at the villa as well as at some peaceful countryside locations that we will explore around Tuscany. Also included is a private one-on-one session with Lauren for personalized Pilates instruction.

By the end of the retreat, you will feel fit and toned, mentally centered, relaxed, and ready to return home, rebalanced and full of positive energy.

Villa Albizi

Villa Albizi is located in the heart of the Chianti region of Tuscany, not far from Florence and Siena. There is a gym for classes, a pool and a park-like garden for relaxing. Services include WiFi, a clothes washer. While the villa dates to the sixteenth century, it is completely modern and tastefully decorated with plenty of living space for informal gatherings. It is located near a small village where you can stroll and stop for coffee or gelato.

A healthful breakfast and dinner will be prepared on site by a local chef. We can even pitch in with cooking lessons after which we can enjoy our lessons as part of dinner. Lunches will be on your own during our excursions.

“The retreat exceeded all my expectations. Doing Pilates with Lauren everyday was a dream come true! The setting was inspirational. We participants bonded over our passion for Pilates. There was always something fun and interesting to do but it never felt over-planned or formulaic. Our Italian hosts gave us an authentic taste of Italian life and culture. I came home refreshed, inspired and grateful for such an opportunity.”



Each day after class, our driver will take us out into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will:

  • Visit the Chianti Sculpture Park where we can engage in meditation and journaling or just wander the park
  • Visit Bagna Vignone, a site of ancient mineral springs for a soak in the healthful waters and an optional spa treatment
  • Tour the medieval city of Siena where we will enjoy dinner in the beautiful central piazza where the famous Il Palio horse race takes place during the summer
  • What is a trip to Chianti without a winery tour! We will sample some of the areas fine wines and cheeses

There are so many things to do in Tuscany! We try not to over book your days so that we can be free to explore the many surprises that await in Tuscany.

What is included?

  • Transport from and back to the Florence airport or train station
  • Single or shared accommodations (Single supplement applies)
  • Meals include seven breakfasts, six dinners, two lunches; plus aperitivo wine and snacks
  • Transportation for excursions, tour guide fees and museum entrance fees
  • All classes and private sessions

“A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living.”
– Joseph Pilates


 $3,750 Shared Room
$4,125 Single Room


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Saturday June 1

Morning/early afternoon: ArriveFlorence Airport or Florence Train Station for complimentary Pick Up and transportation to the Villa. Pick Up Times will be arranged once flight schedules are confirmed.

Afternoon:  Get Together and Orientation to the Retreat
Unpack and Relax on the terrace or by the pool. Don’t forget your suit!

Evening:   Apertivo and Dinner al fresco on the Terrace prepared and served by our professional chef.
(Dress for dinner is casual but no bathing suits or cut-offs, please)

Sunday June 2

Morning:    Pilates Mat Class
Visit our home for the week, the historic medieval village of Montefienali

Afternoon:  Walk to local Montefienali winery for tasting and light lunch
Private sessions with Lauren
Pool Time in our private pool or Gym Time in our private gym

Evening:     Apertivo and Dinner al fresco on the terrace
Italian Lessons with Elettra, our Italian Language Teacher from the Saena Iulia Language School of Siena

Monday June 3

Morning:    Pilates Mat Class
Private sessions with Lauren
Pool/Gym Time

Afternoon:  Siena Day Trip to the historic medieval town of Siena
Lunch on your own
Private Guided Tour of Siena Historic and Cultural Sites with Viviana, our local professional Italian guide
Shopping Opportunities are numerous in Siena

Evening:     Relax as the sun sets in Siena with Apertivo and Dinner on the historic Piazza del Campo, site of Il Palio, the famous
Siena horse race in July and August each year

Tuesday June 4

Morning:    Pilates Mat Class
Private sessions with Lauren or Pool/Gym time

Afternoon:  Walking Tour of Historic Guelf Trails that pass through our historic village; includes picnic lunch and snacks

Evening:     Apertivo and Dinner al fresco on the terrace
Italian Movie Night in the villa. There will be a selection of classic and modern Italian movies to choose from, all with

Wednesday June 5

Morning:    Pilates Mat Class
Private sessions with Lauren or Pool/ Gym Time

Afternoon:  Lunch in village of Gaiole di Chianti
E-Bike Tour through Chianti with stops for wine and olive oil tastings. E- bikes are battery-assisted mountain bikes
that making touring the historic Francigena Trail and backroads of the Chianti countryside a breeze.

Evening:     Apertivo and Dinner al fresco on the terrace
Italian Music Night with local musician who will entertain us with classic Italian music and maybe teach us a song or

Thursday June 6

Morning:    Pilates Mat Class
Depart Villa for day trip to Bagno Vignoni, a historic Tuscan thermal spa center
Shopping Opportunity

Afternoon:   Lunch alongside the historic Roman thermal pool in the historic center of Bagno Vignoni
Our Spa Dayat local thermal spa includes access to private thermal pools and a massage; optional add-on spa
therapy treatments will be available

Evening:     Apertivo and Dinner al fresco on the terrace

Friday June 7

Morning:    Pilates Mat Class
Visit to Chianti Sculpture Park where we will meditatively walk through the beautiful Chianti woods and discover
artfully placed sculptures

Afternoon:   Driving Tour of Historic Chianti Villages for wine and olive oil tastings as well as multiple shopping opportunities

Evening:     Farewell Apertivo and Dinner al fresco on terrace

Saturday June 8

Morning: Our last breakfast together before departure with complimentary Drop off at Florence Airport or Train Station

Payment Terms and Booking Details

Payment terms and conditions:

Deposit to secure Conscious Strong™ Italy Retreat reservation:  $2025

Double Occupancy Rate:  $3750 – 2 Rooms Available (These can be converted to single)
Single Occupancy Rate: $4125 – 6 Rooms Available
  • Payment plans offered: Based on Single Occupancy Room
    • Monthly – Feb-May 2019:  $525 drafted on the 1st of each month
    • 2 Installments: February 1, 2019 – $1312.50  and  April 1, 2019 – $1312.50
  • Payment plans offered: Based on Double Occupancy Room
    • Monthly – Feb-May 2019:  $450 drafted on the 1st of each month
    • 2 Installments: February 1, 2019 – $1125  and  April 1, 2019 – $1125


Travel and transportation plans:

Transportation will be available for pickup at the Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola or the Florence train station on June 1, 2019 and returning June 8, 2019.  Please provide to us your transportation details as soon as you have booked your reservations.   Once all reservations have been provided, you will receive notice of the transportation arrangements to and from our Villa in Chianti.  Travel arrangement deadline is 4/30/19.

Note – Not Included: Airfare, travel insurance, other transportation outside of that specifically listed in the trip package, beverages or foods requested outside of included meals (including coffee, tea, wine, alcoholic drinks)


Lauren Mcclerkin

Lauren is a Master Certified Pilates Instructor who is passionate about life and motivating others.

Through the running of her own studios, traveling to help others with their fitness goals, and founding the Conscious Strong™ Movement, Lauren has arrived at the full evolution of her mission. That means mindfulness, movement, meditation, and the daily management of peace and happiness for herself and anyone that will join in.

Lauren has special events in the U.S. as well as abroad, numerous times per year.

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