International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 56 - Page 101

pastures, wild poppies, roses, and wisteria. One afternoon in 2014, after lunch, the entire group embarked on an excursion to the medieval town of Gubbio for an afternoon of exploration, followed by dinner at Taverna di Lupo, a celebrated local restaurant. Although it was difficult to imagine that any restaurant could parallel the culinary delights of Le Torracce’s kitchen, the outing was such a success that this feature will be offered again in 2015. All afternoons and evenings are unstructured, so writers can continue with their writing practice, yogis can deepen their practice outdoors or in, and all participants can enjoy the countryside or the call of a nap under their beds’ down comforters. The retreat centre’s main building was originally built in the 1800’s as a military tower to protect the Franciscan pilgrims on their way to and from Gubbio and Assisi. It was a shock to the retreatants to learn that the pilgrims had to be protected from the Benedictines! The tower has been lovingly restored and houses the kitchen, dining rooms, one group room, and eight magnificent bedrooms, some with a private terrace, all with breathtaking views. Several additions have been constructed over the years by the attentive and generous owners and hosts, Giorgio and Leela. These include a vast group room, an indoor healing pool, and a series of rooms, each with their own outdoor lounging area. There is also a large elegant swimming pool, and two covered outdoor sitting areas.