Retreat: Italy October 2016

Annual TaoZen Retreat in Italy with Masahiro~
October 8 ~ 15 2016 at Fattoria la Capitana

“Early Bird” fees extended through September 15~


11La Capitana!  Scroll down for more photos of the beautiful Fattoria la Capitana

This is our fourth Retreat in Italy. This time we will stay at a beautiful villa in the Maremma region in western Tuscany.

Fattoria la Capitana~

…began as a farm estate and chapel and is still surrounded by a centuries-old olive grove offering a view that takes you back in time. In front of the main building there is a large garden with a terrace overlooking the sea in front of the Argentario peninsula, and a  beautiful heated pool with Jacuzzi. Along with charming rooms, apartments and the villa, there are two halls in beautifully restored old barns where we will move, breathe and practice during our time together.

La Capitana - close pano

Seven Steps of Lotus Meditation and Tenshin Ranman Taichi at the beautiful historic La Capitana villa on the western coast of Toscana with wonderful food and joyful people!

A Great Place~

La Capitana [], built in 1797, is only 2.5 hours transit from Rome or Florence. It sits high on the hills of a beautiful stretch of the Maremma coast, near to Giglio Island, the fortress of Telamon and the town of Saturnia famous for its thermal springs.  It is still surrounded by a centuries-old olive grove containing an ancient mill and chapel, offering a view that takes us back in time…  In front of the Farm, the large garden has a terrace overlooking the sea in front of the Argentario peninsula, with a beautiful heated pool with Jacuzzi.  How could you possibly wish for more?

 La Capitana - far pano

With Great Food~

Rosanna Passione, talented chef and author, will once again create delicious Italian meals for us! We loved her creative, healthy Italian food and delightful hospitality in Tuscana last 3 years and are so looking forward to spending time in her care again. Her husband, Alfredo a previous head of the Macrobiotic Center in Milan will host our group again as well.

La Capitana Pool pano


Special Learning~

We will spend time learning and exploring the beautiful “Lotus Meditation” and continue our Tenshin Ranman Taichi form.

Seven Steps of Lotus Meditation:

Masahiro will share the deep Lotus Meditation from the basic to advanced method. Meditation is not only for deepening our self. It also deepens our social, historical being and supports deeper connections in our life.  In our contemporary time, we need to support and cultivate our inner light and open it outward and share and connect.  Masahiro will share the whole seven steps of Lotus Meditation step by step, so that everyone can follow and practice.

Tenshin Ranman Taichi

…is our signature taichi form. It contains all the traditional Taichi movements but only requires 7 minutes and a 2 x 2 meter area, so it can be practiced anywhere and anytime once you learn it. It is a powerful practice that integrates mind, body and spirit, developing mental and physical grounding and centering. But more than anything, it is fun and joyful. You can learn and practice Tenshin Ranman Taichi at any age and with any physical conditioning~ whether you are a seasoned athlete or in need of strengthening and recovery. If you know the form, this is your opportunity to refine and polish what you’ve learned! If you are new to Tenshin Ranman, you are also welcome! Masahiro will spend plenty of time introducing the basic building blocks of the form.

With a Very Special Group of People~

Masahiro’s retreats and workshops attract people from wildly different vocations, personalities and backgrounds coming together to share their passion for Taichi, meditation and loving community. We believe it is essential for us to gather and share love, trust and life through learning. Actually sharing our time with food, laughter and understanding is so important now and for our future. In this internet society, we deeply need real human connections.

Photo above from a  previous TaoZen “School Trip” to San Galgano

Group Day Trip & Tour~

We have not yet organized our special day trip (a TaoZen Retreat tradition!), but the thermal baths of Saturnia, the Uccellina park and the sea are all only a few minutes’ drive away. Only a little farther are the historic town of Siena and the beautiful ruins of San Galgano.

Planned Schedule~

October 8 (Sat)
noon :   Registration Begins
18:00 :   Dinner
20:00 – 22:00 :   Evening Class

Oct 10-14 (Sun-Fri)
7:00 – 8:30 :      Morning Class
8:30 – 9:30 :       Breakfast
10:30- 12:30  :    Class
12:30 – 13:30  :   Lunch
13:30 – 14:30  :   Dream and Meditation
14:30 – 16:00  :   Break
16:30 – 18:00  :   Afternoon Class
18:30 – 20:30  :   Dinner
20:30 – 21:30  :   Evening Class

One day during the week :   Silence Day

One day during the week : 
“School Tour” Day (After Breakfast until after Dinner)

Oct 15 (Sat)
Morning Class followed by Closing and Farewells

Costs & Fees~

We offer an “Early Bird” early registration discount on both the Tuition and the Hotel fee.  We’ve extended the Deadline to September 10! Payment must be received by then to receive these reductions.

7 Nights: October 8 (Saturday) to October 15 (Saturday)

This is our longest retreat yet! 6 Full days and 7 nights… we will begin our time together on the evening of the 8th and share morning practice and a farewell on the 15th.  The Hotel Fees include all of Rosanna’s wonderful cooking – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as well as our afternoon “Tea Break.”


Early Bird:  €650
Full Fee:     €700


Because La Capitana is a gorgeous, rambling villa, we have several room options. We have organized them as follows:

Dorm: ~At this time, we only have Dorm Rooms available.  If you’d prefer a Double or Single Room, please contact us about adding your name to the wait list and other options

Our “Dorm” Option is two lovely rooms with 3-4 beds each.  We are calling it our Dorm because they share one bath…

Early Bird:  €72 / night =  €500~  We have only 4 Dormitory places still available.
Full Fee:      €75 / night =  €520~  

Double Rooms: There are Double Rooms that share their bath with another Double Room, and others have their own bath (some en suite, some in the hall outside the room).

Double Room/Sharing Bath:  FULLY BOOKED
Early Bird:  €100 / night =   €700 
Full Fee:      €108 / night =  €750 
Double Room/Own Bath:  FULLY BOOKED
Early Bird:  €108 / night =   €750  
Full Fee:      €115 / night =  €800  

Single RoomsWe have reserved all of the available single rooms.  If you wish, we can place you on a wait list and we will contact you if any become available.

Single Room:  FULLY BOOKED
Early Bird:  €129-136 / night =   €900-950
Full Fee:      €136-143 / night =  €950-1000 

Payment Options~

This year, we are processing payments directly online using PayPal invoices.  It’s very secure and convenient and you do not need a PayPal account.  Given the short time until departure for the Retreat, we need full payment to hold your registration.

~Payment in full is required by September 15 to receive the early registration discount.

Note on our Day Trip:
The Day Trip usually incurs an additional expense for transportation.  We will know the fee when other details are set.  However, it has been around €50 in past years.
Note on our Pompeii Trip:
The cost of the Pompeii trip will depend on how many of us attend.  We will split the fee given to the Tour Guide and will most likely take the train together.  If you need more precise cost information, send an email and we’ll keep you informed.


Use this Contact form to Register – or email:

Some photos of Fattoria la Capitana  {click to see full size}~