Manifesting Joy Under The Tuscan Sun July 2013
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Ebbio Retreat - Siena - Petriolo Hot Springs
Natural Maremma State Beach - San Gimignano - Florence
The "Festa Medievale" of Monteriggioni
Castellina in Chianti
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A letter from Jamie who just came to my Italy retreat
(and my Bali retreat.)
To my fearless Tribe leader Jennifer Pastiloff, I just finished the
book "Eat, Pray, Love" sitting poolside in Cabo San Lucas. I had no
interest in reading this book, having watched the movie and feeling
zero attachment to some privileged, happily married career woman
in New York who chucked it all aside to travel the globe. ("of
COURSE she can afford to do something like that... JULIA ROBERTS
is playing her, for $#@'s sake!). But on my way to your retreat in
Ebbio, Italy, my friend thrust it into my hands and said "oh god,
you haven't read this? YOU MUST!"
And so it is, after having treated myself to spending my 33rd
birthday with you in Bali and making lifelong friends, I followed
you - and several of said lifelong friends - to Italy for 10 days.
I had just quit my job, and so it seemed only natural to flex my
Mastercard muscles and join 6 of the most amazing women I had
already met (and 20 additional incredible women I am so proud
and grateful to now call my friends!) and join you on that 800
year old Tuscan farm.
Now, after completing the book, and relating completely to both
the "Pray" and the "Eat" parts (in that order), I am so excited for
the "love" part - because, my dear Tribe-Leader, that is the part
you are so great at teaching.
You have provided so many beautiful tools to carry these
important moments throughout the rest of our lives. I still hear
your voice yelling "I'm in Fu$%ing (insert beautiful place here)!"
and name wherever I am, know that, at that moment, that
is where I am supposed to BE. When things are getting the best
of me, I take a deep breath and answer your question "what are
the 5 most beautiful things in front of you right now?" and take
a breath and answer the question and feel better.
So yes, while I may have obtained those tools from you in some
of the most picturesque, awe-inspiring places on the planet,
they are tools nonetheless, and I am proud to say that I now
carry a spiritual "tool-belt" wherever I go. And these gifts,
these lessons, these tools, I could have just as easily gotten
(and many of them I did!) from your one hour yoga class
in Santa Monica.
So thank you, Tribe leader, for the friendships, the photos, the
delicious eating and the divine praying, and the tools to help
me be more open to all the love there is to be had in this big
wide wonderful world.
Because at the end of the day, I don't want people to remember
how many places I've been, or how good my frozen Margaritas
were (is that the same as strong?), or how many dance shows
I've been a part of, I want people to remember that
"I have done love."
Just when I thought nothing could top your Bali
retreat, Italy proved me wrong! SO WRONG!
Thank you for another amazing, magical experience!
There really are no words to describe it...Just watch the video
Can't wait for the next one! Sonia
Jen, I just want to thank you yet again for allowing me the opportunity of a lifetime
in joining the MUTTS (Manifesting Under the Tuscan Sun) tribe. I (like so many of us in
the world) was so wrapped up in my own issues of a start up company and not having
time for a "vacation" that I didn't realize that I was giving myself tools that actually make
me a more effective person in life. I was so burnt out that I didn't realize that this
retreat would give me the chance to see the forest for the trees. Yes of course I had
always wanted to go to Tuscany and see this amazing place, but this was so much more.
To go into every day with a beautiful yoga / contemplation session gave me even more
grateful eyes to see this gorgeous place. Even after starting my travels with a loss of
something meaningful to me, I was able to use your tools to help me let go and focus
on the present moment (one of the lessons I have been trying to learn all my life!).
I met the strongest, most inspirational women on this trip
(including YOU!)... and I have you (and Barbara)
to thank for that! XOXO,
Tribe Member for Life Aimee
Hello all! Miss you. I've been thinking
a lot about yoga and *you* and
retreats and sunflowers and
how these beautiful things
have changed my life.
The Mediaeval festival of
Monteriggioni, Italy 2013
Jen, I can't tell you how much the Tuscany
retreat did for my sense of balance and
well-being. I was so stressed with work stuff
before we left last month and have returned
with a completely new sense of 'what's
important' in life. I thank you so much for
that. Not only did I have SUCH a fun time in
Italy with you and everyone, I left feeling truly
and deeply connected with myself and with
everyone who attended the retreat...That is
not an easy thing to accomplish. No matter
whether you call it "presence" or "spirituality"
or "connection", you are masterful at bringing
this out in people at your retreats. I am
striving to hang on to this calmer, more
grateful version of me for as long
Namaste. Love you!
Beach Day-Fun in Tuscany
Visit To Maremma State Beach
w/Picnic Lunch, Petriolo Natural
Hot Springs w/Mineral Clay
Sunflower Fields On Way Back!!!
Rocca delle Macie
Castellina In Chianti Siena
The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2
in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of
the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on July 2 is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour
of the Madonna of Provenzano, who has a church in Siena.
Jen, I've been struggling to describe in words something that is indescribable.
However, I want people to know how awesome and life changing your Manifestation
Yoga retreat in Italy (Manifesting Under the Tuscan Sun) really is!
It was so great to be around like-minded people who were there to be open and
share. At the same time, we wanted to share because we felt like we were in a
safe space. There was yoga, there was laughing, there was crying, there was
dancing. There were times of discomfort, but in an illuminating way. I
experienced several epiphanies about myself and my life. I made life-long
friends...it's not something I believe, it's something I know! I'm an only child,
but now I have sisters! There are so many benefits to your retreat, it's
something one would have to experience to truly understand. You are an
awesome lady, and I'm so happy you are in my life!
Karaoke Yoga Dance Party
Day Trip Florence
Florence Day Trip
The Ponte Vecchio, The Arno River,
A Copy Of The David Outside &
The Stick Shop