Unforgettable week-long Italian getaways designed specifically for your Health and Well-Being

These trips are for small groups of no more than ten guests who are looking to invest quality time on themselves and their future in Tuscany and Puglia. Chauffeured through magical countryside's and relaxing with all the comforts of our villa. Experience a fully customized and intimate luxury Italian vacation warmly welcomed as a personal guest by myself and my caring staff.

These retreats will fully relax and regenerate you. Breathtaking landscapes and new experiences will stimulate your spirit and creativity.


The Journey

  • Connect to your higher self to de-stress with a four-step breath meditation session every morning.​

  • Be pampered with fresh locally sourced produce, lovingly cooked by our chef.

  • Enjoy fabulous home made breads and cakes. 

  • Meals served with local wines and beverages. 

  • Visiting centuries old renowned towns and villages.

  • Experience life as a local with fabulous lunches in charming villages with wine included.

  • Visit wineries, secret gardens, historic Pugliese sites, churches and museums.

  • Participate in a fun cooking class with our chef.

  • Take home recipes of the dishes you had during your stay.

  • Leave with a complimentary bottle of our 100% Extra Virgin olive oil.

The Beginning

I was teaching in Los Angeles when in 2020 the world was hit with the devastation of the COVID 19 Pandemic, and the fear and instability it awakened in all of us. The isolation that everyone felt, created many problems we are still dealing with today.

This new reality inspired me to write my new book “Joy” Awakening to the joy of life. In this little book I am offering a safe harbor from the stresses and uncertainties of living. As a counter to the Pandemic and heavy news cycle we are bombarded with daily.

Which has led me to offer a concrete solution to address these issues in a simple inspired way with my new “Awakening to the joy of life retreats”. The first week- long retreat I will be offering this year will be from September 16 to 23, 2022 in beautiful Puglia.

Traveling away from home is a good way to begin to decompress and start the healing process in peaceful surroundings. As the itinerary shows you will be guided in my method first thing in the morning, so that you can start the day fresh and receptive to all the wonders you will be seeing. The delicious food you will be eating and the unforgettable experiences you will be living with kindred spirits. Everyday we will end with joyful celebrations of life and the magic that can be found there. This is a unique retreat that you will return from refreshed hopeful and ready to engage with life in a new positive way.

Mind Relaxation

Mind and Body Connection

These retreats are hosted by Susana Hayman-Chaffey, who has had a remarkable career as a dancer, teacher, and educator.

Your week is designed to be free of worry.  When you come you enter into a very special way of living.
As your host and teacher Susana devotes her time to conveying her knowledge and passion for the retreats and this land…… so that you have the rare privilege of experiencing Italy on an intimate level.

Their focus is to relax, rejuvenate and energize the mind, body, and soul.

Be inspired come live unforgettable moments. Whether your dream in 2022 is getting into your best shape ever, cultivating more joy and love, exploring your creativity, it all begins with your commitment to yourself. We are here to gently guide you to achieve what you wish for yourself.

A Typical Day in Italy

Each day will start with an hour of wellness exercises (Elan Vita Method) before breakfast.

Breakfast will be served around 9 a.m. after which we will gather to go sightseeing to some of the most historic and fascinating sights that Puglia is justly famous for. We will pause for lunch and a glass of vino in one of the chosen villages we will visit.

To name a few, the Unesco World Heritage site of Alberobello, the white town of Ostuni, Lecce the Florence of the south, Martina Franca and Polignano a Mare. 

We will also visit a winery, and ecological garden and the caves of Castellana Grotte and visit Noci the town famous for Ghiotti di mozzarelle, burrate and stracciatelle.

One day we will dedicate to the beach to explore the coastline and the fresh seafood restaurants.

A cooking class is also on the menu for those that would like to participate.

In short you will be kept busy and entertained during this lovely week in Puglia.

A detailed daily itinerary will be provided upon your booking reservation being confirmed. 


All You Need to Know


Special introductory price for the first “ Awakening to joy retreat for 2022" is $3,950 per person if reserved prior to March 31st, 2022. After which the price will return to the normal price of $4,450.

A 30% Deposit is requested at time of booking to secure your place for the week. Final balance will be due 1 month before arrival.

Your 30% deposit is refundable if you cancel the trip 60 or more days in advance of the trip start. After the 60 days, the deposit is non-refundable. 

In the exceptional event that travel is restricted to Italy at the time of the retreat due to COVID-19 and National travel restrictions being put in place, then your deposit and any payments made will be fully refundable.

Deposits and Payments can be made via Wire Transfer or via PayPal (Additional 2.9% processing fee is added). Please contact us for wire info or pay via PayPal through this link:



Please note that Travel Insurance is recommended for any trip cancellation or interruption during these uncertain times. We recommend insuremytrip.com but you are welcome to find the most suitable option based on your individual needs. 

What's Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation

  • Transfers to/from Brindisi Airport

  • Daily One Hour Wellness Class (Elan Vita Method)

  • 3 Meals per day: Breakfast and Dinner at the Villa, and Lunch at a restaurant when we are out sightseeing

  • Sightseeing every day with chauffeured transportation 

  • Evening Aperitif with delicious local delicacies

  • Delicious hand chosen local wine served with dinner

  • Pool and all Villa amenities are at your disposal

  • Internet and Wi-Fi all included

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Travel Insurance

  • All other travel related expenses

Check-In and Check-Out

We will pickup at Brindisi Airport (BDS - Papola Casale) only, so please arrange travel accordingly.

Please e-mail your arrival details as soon as they are available so we can coordinate your arrival. 

Check-In will be at 4PM on the day of arrival for those who do not wish to be picked up at the airport.

Check-Out at the Villa will be the same for all, at 11AM to return to Brindisi Airport or to continue your travels onto your next destination. Please plan your departure flights accordingly. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Italy!