The Inner Peace Sanctuary was born out of Love.Love for Silence. Love for Nature. Love for Deep Rest and Connection. Love for Peace and Home.
A space for meditation, contemplation, yoga and conscious harmonious living, the Sanctuary accommodates personal retreats, dark retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings, as well as meditation retreats for up to 10 guests.
This over 200-year old intimate haven is nestled on its own ten hectares of chestnut forest on a hill top with expansive views all the way to Corsica.
As you arrive, you enter a different world, a world of peace and quiet where you are welcomed by the forest dwellers: deer, foxes, porcupines and elfs. The Sanctuary is located in one of the hidden off-the-beaten-track parts of Tuscany called ‘The Switzerland of Pescia’ in the foothills of the gorgeous and abundant Apennine mountains.
We are only one hour away from Florence and Pisa, the beach and even ski slopes as well as only 40 min from beautiful Lucca with many tranquil, picturesque and quaint medieval borgos (fortified towns) nearby offering a truly magical experience.
The meals we serve are wholesome and delicious Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern fusion cuisine, crafted with organic locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. Most dairy products we use are artesanal and from nearby small farms, ensuring the respectful and loving attitude towards animals and the production process.
Welcome to the Fairy Forest!
The Inner Peace Sanctuary is tucked away in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains half-way between Pisa and Florence, both of these airports are convenient for your arrival.
The Sanctuary is an over 200-year old traditional stone-built Tuscan country house and has four rooms available for guests:
• 6-bed spacious dorm
• 1 single room
• 1 twin/double room
• 1 triple room
There are two bathrooms shared between these rooms, one with shower, the other with a bathtub.
On the ground floor one finds a spacious dining room adjacent to a cosy lounge space with a double-sided fireplace between them as well as the Sanctuary’s kitchen, a wood-fired sauna and a large jacuzzi tub.
Upstairs, apart from the rooms there is a reading corner and a large balcony terrace with sweeping views of the valley and the sea beyond with Corsica in the distance.
Additionally there are several bell tents in the garden, offering a glamping experience with affordable privacy, a spacious geodesic dome for yoga practice and a dark room retreat designed for advanced solo practice.
Nestled in its own ten hectares of chestnut forest the Sanctuary harbors numerous fruit trees and berry groves with our main practice space on a clearing between the chestnut and pine trees.
Ample parking is available for those arriving with their own wheels.
Check out the GALLERY for more pictures.
The Love · Evolve · Awaken Bhakti Weekend Camp
12 – 14 June 2020
Imagine a Magical Weekend in a Tuscan Fairy Forest filled with Devotional Chanting & Satsang, Ceremonial Cacao, Bhakti Hatha Yoga, Nurturing Meals & Wonderful Human Beings. A Magical Weekend created for You!
Find all the details at LoveEvolveAwaken.com
Love · Evolve · Awaken™ RYT-200 Tantrik Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Programs
27 June – 30 July 2020 – with 4-day Silent Meditation Retreat
29 August – 1 Oct 2020 – with 4-day Bhakti Module
From EUR 2999 including 32 nights of accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals, Tantra intro workshop, weekly sauna nights and weekend trips into Tuscan towns & surroundings. Rates going up 6, 3, 2 and 1 month in advance.
One of the longest best quality RYT-200’s in the world with 250h total. Go deep and get empowered for success in your new life as an inspiring yoga instructor.
Find all the details at LoveEvolveAwaken.com
Silence in the Forest: 4-day Autumn Harvest Meditation Retreat
15 – 20 October 2020
Dive deeply into the Spiritual Heart with us for four mystical days of meditation, slow Hatha Yoga, inspiring discourses, beautiful Sufi poetry and lots of Silence during the most beautiful time of the year.
Find all the details at LoveEvolveAwaken.com
Personal & Dark Retreats
The Inner Peace Sanctuary is available for personal and darkness retreats with a minimum of three days.
Rates per night Personal Retreat (Jun – Oct 2020)
including three yummy vegetarian, locally sourced/organic meals made with Love
1 person in 6-bed dorm EUR 45
1 person in 3-bed dorm EUR 55
1 person tiny room EUR 65
1 person private room EUR 95
2 people private room EUR 108
3 people triple room EUR 150
1 person glamping bell tent/yurt EUR 65
2 people bell tent/yurt EUR 95
Besides meals rates also include unlimited tea/water, use of the practice space and weekly sauna nights.
Discounts for stays over a week/month available.
Additional activities like tours into the Tuscan surroundings and towns available.
Rates per night Dark Retreat (July – October 2020)
Please note that our darkness retreat facility is designed to accommodate one practitioner at the time.
3 – 10 days EUR50
10 – 21 days EUR45
21 – 49 days EUR40
49 – 90 days EUR35
Different people prefer different meal plans during their dark retreat, due to this meals can be added according to your needs at EUR9 per meal.
Please note that retreating in the dark is an advanced practice that is not to be approached lightly. Feel welcome to find more details about it on the page of our previous Guatemalan Dark Retreat Facility
Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
Seva means Selfless Service, which constitutes its own path known as Karma Yoga. It is a practice that releases personal attachment to the outcome of our actions, gradually purifiying the individual in the process.
Fill in this form if you are interested in practicing Seva at the Inner Peace Sanctuary. There are only two spots available at a time, priority is given to people with qualifications & experience in vegetarian cooking and permaculture.
“By doing Service, Heart and Mind are purified… Be convinced of this! To engage in Service is a very powerful Sadhana; do not become impatient. Rather, Serve your people with the utmost Calm and have a Kind Word for Everyone.”
~ Beloved Sri Anandamayi Ma ॐ
Arjuna & Arpita are a European yogi-meditator couple with over three decades of experience in the fields of Traditional Yoga, Theravada Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and Tantra between them. They both entered their formal spiritual sadhana (practice) through the gateways of Shivananda/Satyananda Yoga and Vipassana in their late teens and are dedicating their lives to the Recognition of One Consciousness and Service towards all beings.
Their passion is the integration of the mystical with the mundane, finding inner peace in the ecstasy of devotion and developing a Heart of Loving Compassion in every present moment.
“At the beginning of 2012 we founded Kaivalya Yoga School, which later on expanded into Mahadevi Ashram on the shores of magical Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. We felt a strong guidance towards establishing a European vision as well, giving birth to The Inner Peace Sanctuary Tuscany out of our love for peace and quiet in the spring of 2018.
“Our lives now flow between Italy, Guatemala and India where we share authentic wisdom & practice in the Love · Evolve · Awaken™ Yoga Teacher Trainings, Meditation Retreats, Pilgrimage, different workshops as well as through the power of Kirtan (Ecstatic Mantra Chanting Circles).
“We pray to serve the Liberation of All Beings.”
Contact & FAQ
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Feel welcome to check out what people say about their stay on our Facebook page above. Prior to this project we used to run an ashram in Guatemala, read the reviews of Mahadevi Ashram to get an impression of the experiences we offer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the Inner Peace Sanctuary?
The Inner Peace Sanctuary is tucked deeply into the chestnut forests near Lucca, one hour away from both, Florence and Pisa. If you wish to visit the Sanctuary we do provide pickup from the train station on request.
We will also send you detailed directions with your booking confirmation in case you arrive by road. This way we minimize spontaneous visits and ‘drop-ins’ to assure a peaceful and safe environment for spiritual life & practice.
What’s the climate like?
The Sanctuary is situated at an altitude of about 700m/2000ft , which affords us a nice breeze in summer, keeping it pleasant from spring to autumn.
What to bring?
– Your yoga mat
– Comfortable clothing including something warmer for the mornings & evenings, swim suit if you are planning to join the steam room or sunbathe
– Your personal products and supplements; as we are using some of the grey water for the gardens, and in any case all of it goes into the earth, we ask to use only nature-friendly body care products
– Comfortable shoes for hiking around the forest
– Slippers for inside the house
– Notebook and a pen
– Any sacred objects you would like to have with you
– We’ll make weekly trips to Tuscan cities nearby so having some “city clothes” if you prefer
What not to bring?
Kindly note that the premises are meat/alcohol/intoxicant free.
Bringing work with you is generally discouraged so you can enjoy and benefit from your time at the Sanctuary to the fullest.
We love children, however the Sanctuary is set up for adults only.
Can I just come on a personal retreat?
We do offer personal retreats at certain times of the year, feel free to inquire.
Do you have Wifi?
Yes, kind of. To cultivate an environment of inner peace, contemplation and digital detox, wifi is available for only two hours per day.
Do you have yoga mats & cushions or should I bring my own?
Meditation cushions are available. We do have a couple of backup mats on site, however this kind of thing is always nice to have personally, so please bring your own.
Do you offer work exchange or Seva?
Yes, please read this section.
Are there any shops nearby?
Not really. Being deep in the forest means it’s a 45 min walk to a picturesque medieval fortified village of less than a hundred souls, which has no real shops or restaurants. Town is 30 min by car/motorbike from the Sanctuary.