Retreats Created with LoveFor YOU who want to be empowered.
- wishing you could be yourself in every situation?
- tired of saying yes when you mean no?
- sick of hiding parts of yourself from others?
- returning to a bad relationship, job or situation because you aren’t being honest with how it makes you feel?
These retreats are for those of you that are looking for a place to express your authentic selves. Which means being able speak up about your feelings, thoughts of who you want to be.
We’re all a work in progress.
You want to be seen and heard. You want to belong.
I know how this feels.
I want to share with you what I have learned by stepping up and being myself. I want to help you expand your light, yourself, so you can share it with the world.
The world needs you!
Join the tribe of spirit junkies (like you) who believe that the universe is always conspiring to support you.
This is your time to shine!
Take the leap, I’ll be there to guide you and support you.
Ci vediamo in Italia! (See you in Italy)
“Travel Light, Live Light, Spread the Light, Be the Light” – Yogi Bhajan
My name is Katie Portanova. I was raised in an Italian-American family.
My grandma was born in Emilia Romagna and grew up in Italy during World War II. Even though my Nana never spoke Italian or taught us any phrases, I always wanted to experience Italy and the culture.
From a young age I went against the grain. I followed my own path. I knew to trust my gut over outside opinion. And this is why I created this business.
Facts about me:
I’m a yoga and fitness instructor
I LOVE flowers
I’m a certified mindfulness meditation teacher
I’m an empath
I’ve been teaching Les Mills Bodyflow for 12 years
I LOVE animals
I’m a student of spiritual teachings.
I’m a great listener
I’m a hopeful, caring and supportive teacher who wants to show you exactly how powerful you are and how you can change your life for the better.
I enjoy learning about people, culture and language
I’ve had a HUGE love of Italy for over 20 years.
I’ve lived in Italy on and off from 2002-2013.
My love for Italy, its people, and my ancestors are ingrained deep down into my being.
My goals for your experience with us are:
To support you
To be your “self-love” accountability buddy
To hold space for you
To show you how powerful you actually are
To share with you all the tools I’ve learned to improve your well-being
Yoga practices that empower you to practice in a way that honors your body’s needs in the moment.
An Italian Mindset
When I first arrived in Italy I thrived on my own motivation. All I wanted to do was get lost.
I found myself exploring a city where I didn’t speak the language, listening to the church bells, dodging cyclists and tourists, I physically and mentally wanted to be lost.
I left my map at home on purpose so I had to find my way back home.
My passion was and still is wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets of Florence. It was the only way I got to know the city.
When I got lost, I found myself exactly where I needed to be; in the present moment. I always found the right street at the right time.
Honestly, I was never really lost. I always found my way to a big piazza or saw the Duomo peak out around the corner from behind a palazzo. I had faith.
Getting lost was my life lesson. Keep going because you never know what’s around the next corner.
Looking back those first months in Italy in 2002 was exactly how I spent the next stage of my life.
Like Robert Frost famously wrote (my most favorite words!):
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
So what do you think?
Do you want to dive deeper?
Do you want to explore hidden aspects of yourself while redefining what well-being looks like for you?
Sounds like a plan?
“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.”
-The Course of Miracles
Italy, my Love
Have you ever dreamt of visiting Italy?
Well of course you have, you are at my website aren’t ya?
Did you not know where to start?
I know it is very overwhelming researching the right place to stay, eat and visit. Especially if this is going to be your first visit. I got your back!
There are many gorgeous places in Italy, Tuscany especially.
I speak Italian fluently. I’ve been living on and off in Italy since 2002.
I know many amazing places to stay, eat and visit. I love the culture, language, food and wine. Oh, and I love to talk about ’em.
Did I mention I used to be the Local Expert of Florence?
My goal in creating these amazing yoga retreats is to show you authentic Italy which means the small borghi where the tour buses don’t go.
Because when you see the real thing, you’ll cherish it even more. There’ll be no tourist buses, no waiting in lines and no tourist menu while you are with me. Guarantee it.
Since 2002, I’ve been traveling to Italy. Living in 9 different apartments in 11 years when I was a resident of Florence, I had the pleasure of living in almost every neighborhood there.
Fast forward, I met my husband in 2011 and by 2013 we’d decided to leave my (his) beloved country.
Times got hard and we couldn’t make ends meet any longer. And like myself, my husband loves a challenge.
America was calling us and we made the leap over the big blue ocean.
One of the hardest decisions for me was leaving. My heart still dreams I am walking the streets of Florence.
I miss it every.
My idea was born from the love of a country that became my home.
Italy had to become a (big) part of my life.
What do I love to do?
I love to teach.
I love to connect.
I love to listen.
I love to inspire.
I love to support.
I love to be around like-minded people speaking their truth.
What is my favorite place in the world?
Click on the button below to read about my experiences in Italy on my blog.
“I think life’s like a game of tennis.You have no choice over how that ball comes to you but it’s how you hit it back that counts.”
-Margaret Gipsy Moth, Photojournalist
Yoga, your practice
Creating yoga retreats was always in the back of mind. Knowing that, I’ve been researching the best places to host a Yoga retreat since I left Italy.
I wanted to create a space where people are safe when practicing yoga. Safe meaning free to be their authentic self, no judgment.
Needless to say, my yoga training was not a safe space. The path to this endeavor has been long. I obtained a lot of knowledge along the way.
The educational activities I did in training did not come from a place of love nor empowerment. Being treated less than yourself and told you are doing something wrong takes a toll on you. Especially when you are putting yourself out there.
It’s hard to be vulnerable. But we can do hard things.
Finally, I’ve found peace in knowing that one person’s opinion does not make mine wrong.
I place my focus on how I wanted people to feel when practicing yoga. I focus on making people feel good.
Teaching awareness of the body has become my focus. I’m conscious of the pose and check-in to see how each pose is either helping or hurting my students bodies.
I’m happy that I am able to share what I know with my students.
I love to see how they thrive with the help of positive words, motivation, and support.
“I think the royal road to achieving genuine satisfaction in life is going the Bloody hard way.”
– J. Poling