Yoga at Peralta, Tuscany…NEW!

May 24 – 31, 2022, with Monica Voss
in association with Merit Travel

The secluded hamlet of Peralta was originally restored as an artistic retreat by the late international sculptor Fiore de Henriquez. It has an indefinable beauty that beguiles and inspires its visitors.

The hamlet is woven together with paved paths and steps that seem to emerge organically from the olive groves that cover the hills rising high above the valley of Camaiore, behind the coast in northern Tuscany. 

The idyllic setting has spectacular views over the valley to the hills and sea beyond. The stone walls are covered with purple bougainvillaeas, lemon trees and sweet-scented jasmine – a small paradise. It offers comfort and tranquillity in an unusual and welcoming atmosphere.

The nearest international airport is Pisa and the charming Etruscan, Roman and medieval city of Lucca, which boasts the best olives in the world, is a short drive away.

*Please note, some walking/climbing is required to reach Peralta from the parking lot and to move amongst the houses – if you have ambulatory issues, please enquire before booking.

Also note, the retreat begins in Italy at 5:00pm on May 24 and concludes after breakfast on May 31. Travellers from North America must depart May 23 or earlier  and can return May 31 or later.

Monica Voss has been a student and teacher of yoga for over 40 years. In addition to co-owning and teaching at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, Canada, Monica conducts workshops, retreats and teacher training internationally.

Your payment is separated into two parts. The fee for twice daily yoga instruction of $700 is made directly to Esther Myers Yoga Studio. EMYS accepts cash, cheques, debit, Mastercard, and Visa. For room assignments and more information contact Monica Voss,

Our accommodation is in the old stone buildings of Peralta. There is a homely feel to the rooms, apartments and houses. They have all been thoughtfully furnished. There are single rooms available, rooms for couples, and shared rooms with two beds. Most houses have 2 or 3 bedrooms and some only one and each room is unique.

***NB There are rooms available on this retreat for 13 participants ONLY – if you are interested and able to commit, please do so quickly.

Fiore’s work, both abstract & figurative, can be found all over Peralta, inside and also on the terraces and in the courtyards. 

There’s space both indoors and out for our yoga practice – please bring your own yoga equipment – and breakfast and two suppers will be provided. 

Following registration with the Studio, contact Joseph Machado at Merit Travel (, 416 345-9726 x5319, 111 Peter Street, Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1, TICO-registered #T781396) to pay for your assigned accommodations at Peralta. The following prices include 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts and 2 suppers.
Shared room (pp)…$1895
Single room…$2495

Prices listed are in Canadian Dollars and include taxes and agent’s fees. 

Meals other than breakfast and two suppers will be organized during our stay and paid for individually in euros.
Transportation to and from the airport will be arranged by our Peralta hosts closer to arrival. A rental car or two will be useful for shopping and excursions. If anyone is willing to take that on, please say, and I’m sure others will agree to share the cost.

Flights can be booked with Joseph Machado at Merit Travel, through your own travel agent or on the web.

If you must cancel your trip or the Studio does, because of Covid, 90% of the yoga portion will be refunded by EMYS upon receipt of written notice or a full credit will be held for another retreat, classes, workshops or Teacher Training.

Cancellation policies for transportation, accommodation and meals are at the discretion of Merit Travel. The Studio is not responsible for any refunds for transportation, accommodation or meals.

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