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LA CROCE RETREAT CENTRE FOR YOGA, HOLIDAYS, RETREATS AND SEMINARS IN THE CASENTINO NATIONAL PARK, TUSCANY

La Croce is a beautifully situated, South facing farmhouse in the Casentino National Park, in Tuscany. It stands at 650 metres up on a ridge between two valleys along which run two rivers, tributaries to the Arno. It nestles into the slopes of Mount Penna (1,259 mts.) , the Sacred Mountain at the summit of which lies the Verna monastery, and through which passed the ancient Via Roma, once connecting the people from North eastern Italy to Rome.

Being within a safe haven of the National park the area is rich with wild flowers and fauna and full of wild life: boar, deer, various birds of prey, porcupine and wolves which can often be heard calling at night.
There are two natural springs on the property
from which we collect all our completely unadulterated mountain water.
The house lies on the footpath , (the' 53') which joins up the two most important medieval monasteries, 'Camaldoli' and the 'Sanctuary of Chiusi della Verna' where San Francesco reportedly received his Stigmata. There is a 1 1\2 hour walk directly from the house to the Verna.
There are roughly 30 hectares of Oak , Beech and Chestnut forest
with some pasture land belonging to the property.
The house is traditionally built of local stone , with a large converted Barn used for running Retreats.
The upstairs Barn (60 sq metres) has plain wooden floors and is perfect
for yoga practice , dance , meditation or martial arts.
Downstairs has a large living space with a corner kitchen , a large dining area , two showers and two toilets .
During the good weather there is an 80 sq metre wooden platform covered from direct sunlight just below the house, which has a wonderful view into the mountains and is perfect
for yoga practice, dance, meditation or martial arts.

ACCOMODATION

The farmhouse itself can accomodate 14-16 people comfortably with four reasonable sized bedrooms (each room sleeping 2-3 people) and one large dormitory style bedroom (sleeping 6-8 people).
During the summer months there is a perfectly suitable camping area with water and electrical facilities just behind the house. The area is well shaded and a wonderfully quiet haven to retreat to.

There are two indoor showers and bathrooms within the main building
(plus the 2 showers and toilets in the barn itself).
There are also three sun heated outdoor showers and a fully functioning outdoor toilet.
There is a washing machine and internet facilities.

The interior is simple and, as much as possible, plastic free.
All cleaning materials and personal hygiene products are biodegradable so as not to contaminate the environment.

 

THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is convenient and spacious and can easily cater for up to 35-40 people full board. There is a large and smaller tables outside to eat from during the Summer months.