Retreat: Italy September 2017

Annual TaoZen Retreat in Italy with Masahiro~
September 9 ~ 16 2017 at Fattoria la Capitana

11We are returning to La Capitana!  The villa, the sun and the view were so beautiful last year, we’re coming back again this year.  Scroll down for more photos of the beautiful Fattoria la Capitan.  This is our fifth Retreat in Italy. We will once again 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

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

All about the Heart:
Breathe Deep, with True Smile and Big Heart

Come and enjoy Wonderful People, Amazing Food, Breathtaking Views… In an Italian Villa with history and beauty.  Join us for Deep Meditation, Conscious Breathing and Flowing Qigong practices.

We will start our mornings with TaoYin and meditation on the lawn with an amazing 360 degree view of Mediterranean Sea and Tuscan Wine Country outside our private villa. Mornings are often surrounded by morning mist as the sun climbs in the sky.

We will learn and practice TaoZen Meditation, Breathing and Qigong through the day.  This year we will spend more time practicing and contemplating together rather than just learning the steps of a method.  We will be focusing on:

-Deepening Inner Smile and Healing Sounds
-Second Dantien Meditation, called Greater Kan & Li
-Heart Chakra, Anahata Chakra meditation

-TaoZen basic Breathing
-Second Dantien Breathing

Qigong (Moving Meditation): 
-Kuan Yin Qigong
-Morning TaoYin

We will also do Dream Practice and have a one-day Silence Practice.

The Food~

Rosanna Passione, our favorite chef, is back (of course! how could we have our retreat without Rosanna!).  She will be amazing us once again with her incredibly delicious and healthful food.

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

Masahiro’s retreats and workshops attract people from wildly different vocations, personalities and backgrounds coming together to share their passion for Taichi, Qigong, 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.

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.

Are you interested in sharing Tenshin Ranman Taichi?  Masahiro will be setting aside time during the retreat to Refine your form and for Certification testing.  If you’d like more information, email Miranda:

Daily Schedule~

September 9 (Sat)
noon :   Registration Begins
18:00 :   Dinner
20:00 – 22:00 :   Evening Class

September 10-15 (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)

September 16 (Sat)
Morning Class followed by Closing Breakfast and Farewells

Costs & Fees~

We offer an “Early Bird” early registration discount on both the Tuition and the Hotel fee. Payment must be received by July 15 to receive these reductions.

7 Nights: September 9 (Saturday) to September 16 (Saturday)

This is our longest retreat yet! 6 Full days and 7 nights… we will begin our time together on the evening of the 9th and share morning practice and a farewell breakfast on the 16th.  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: 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~
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: 
Early Bird:  €100 / night =   €700
Full Fee:      €108 / night =  €750
Double Room/Own Bath:
Early Bird:  €108 / night =   €750
Full Fee:      €115 / night =  €800  

Single RoomsWe have very few single rooms.  If you wish that option, please contact us as soon as you can.

Single Room: 
Early Bird:  €129-136 / night =   €900-950
Full Fee:      €136-143 / night =  €950-1000 
{Single Rooms are all booked}

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… you can use your debit or credit card.

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

~ Until July 15, we can offer the option of paying in 3 parts. One-third is required at time of registration to hold your place.

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.

Use this Contact form to Register – or email:

Some photos of Fattoria la Capitana  & Last Year’s Retreat
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