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Live Your Essence
Retreat in Italy

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Ayurveda & Yogic Health Studies.
Applied Consciousness.
The Environmental Crisis.


About the Retreat

Reset mind, body & soul at this one-of-a-kind destination retreat set in the beauty of a quaint medieval village nestled among the hills in the stunning landscape of Tuscany. Immerse yourself in the exploration of your deeper essence, and learn the foundations and motivations for "feeling stuck" and living authentically.  You will learn how to apply yogic and Ayurvedic techniques to integrate your deeper essence into your life.  Join us in fall 2023.

The five day/night program includes ...​​

  • Yoga & Pranayam every morning, along with a talk about yoga and consciousness.

  • Community breakfasts and lunches with ayurvedic, vegan cooking classes.

  • Afternoon classes on topics such as Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Yogic Relationships, & Environmental Stewardship.

  • Afternoon free time to explore the town of Montepulciano & the surrounding natural environment.  

  • Leisure time and community dinners at local eateries (cost of dinners out not included).

The inclusive fee for this retreat is $998 USD 950 Euro).​

Attendees will be independently responsible for...

  • Arriving to Montepulciano by Friday at 4pm.

  • Any airfare, bus, or taxi fees. Please reach out to us or visit the following site for assistance:  TripSavvy-Montepulciano

  • Departure from Montepulicano after breakfast on the following Thursday.

  • Lodging which is available in Montepulciano at hotels, inns, and apartment rentals.

  • Dinner costs, and any extra food or shopping expenses.


Morning Yoga Sessions
Led by Joe, Victor, and Jen

Compassionate Inquiry
Led by Joe Rich

The Autonomic Nervous System and the Vagus Nerve
Led by Victor Briere, Ayurvedic Doctor

Trust and Vulnerability for Creating Relationships
Led by Joe Rich

Applied Consciousness: Practical Application of Spirituality
Led by Joe Rich

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Led by Joe Rich

Personalized Jyotish Readings (Vedic Astrology)
Led by Victor Briere

Environmental Stewardship
Led by Joe Rich and Victor Briere

Authenticity and Attachment
Led by Joe Rich


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Joe Rich

Gurubhai "Joe Rich" has been a practitioner and teacher of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1998. Joe is a KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) certified teacher as well as possessing a degree in health care management, a background in counseling emotionally disturbed inner city teens, running group homes for at-risk youths, and working as an epidemiologist for the CDC.

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Victor Briere

Victor Briere, A.D., is the co-founder of the International Institute of Ayurveda, where he serves as a NAMA-recognized Ayurvedic Doctor and Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Victor is a gifted pulse reader specializing in ayurvedic diagnostic techniques and health counseling. He the author of Pulse Unveiled. He is the primary clinician and the Chief Academic Officer of the Academy.


Jennifer Briere

Jennifer is the head organizer of personal and group retreats focused on yogic and ayurvedic practices.  She is a certified yoga instructor, and has been teaching classes for eight years with a focus on gong relaxation.  Jennifer also has extensive experience in business operations & management, and organizes the financial operations of the business.


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Swapna Datar

Indian Classical Violinist

Swapna Datar is a sincere artist who is gradually creating her own niche in the field of Hindustani Art Music as a Violinist. She presents solo Violin concerts and has also accompanied many distinguished vocalists. Swapna has equal command over both right hand and left hand techniques in Violin, which is bowing and fingering in Violin. Her Violin playing is featured with gradual unfolding of Raga with embellishments such as Meend, Gamak, Khatka, Taan, etc. syncopated with complex and interesting Tala patterns. Her performance gives a soothing and delightful experience to listeners. Swapna Datar is a loving person with a million dollar smile, and her contemplative personality reflects in her music! 

Vibhav Kandolkar

Indian Classical Tabla

Watch Swapna & Vibhav perform:

Born in Goa, Vibhav Khandolkar got his first guidance of Tabla from Mr. Pundalik Kalangutkar and then from Mr. Tulsidas Navelkar.  Presently undergoing advance training under Mr. Ramdas Palsule in Pune, Vibhav has accompanied with famous artists such as Anand Bhate, Shaunak Abhisheki, Kaivalya Kumar Gurav, Pt. Prabhaka Karekar, Praveen Sheolikar, Aarti Anklikar, Devaki Pandit, Manjusha Kulkarni, Swapna Datar, Kala Ramnath and many more in India.  He has also performed in Gulf Countries. He has shown his excellent performance in many Sangeeth Samaroha.  Vibhav is steadily carving a place in the world of Tabla.

Reserve your spot now, and begin your plans to join us in 2023!


Monetepulciano, Siena ITALY

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