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This page helps us to keep you updated about what happens in Testalepre, in our minds, in the fields, in the garden and on our terrace. A blog for putting together images and thoughts speaking of soil and ecology, food self-determination and peasant life.
During March and April we prune our olive trees. Thanks to the teaching of the Peasants’ School of Mondeggi Bene Comune we quickly proceeds in this work which is fundamental to the well-being of olive trees and the good production of olives and extra virgin olive oil. We prune first of all in order to give light to all the branches of the tree and to keep the tree of the shape and the size we wish in order to facilitate the olives’ harvest. We use tools that allow us to prune always from the ground, without using stairs and without mounting on the tree. The principle we follow is that of “polyconic vase”, entailing a linear and gradual development of the branches, concentrating the productive part in the lower part of the plant, and leaving the higher part more light, with the duty of giving signals to the rest of the plant. The cut branches are then crushed on the ground using the tractor, in this way we give back to the soil some organic substance. During the last three years we gave the right shape and size to all our 1300 trees. It was long work, and Andrea has been doing it mostly alone, but now we are satisfied!
Heartfelt thanks go to the peasant school of Mondeggi and in particular to Giovanni and Irene.
Yoga Retreat with Stevan Gill
Testalepre is a versatile place, but certainly one of its characteristics is to be a perfect place to break away from everyday life and connect with the earth and the sky, take some time for yourself, be quiet, walk, not be in a hurry. This is why Testalepre is a perfect place for a Yoga Retreat.
Yoga Weekend in Tuscany with Go4Yoga
A yoga weekend in an amazing agriturismo in the heart of the Chianti region, where we’ll be able to relax, enjoy great food & wine and practice lots Yoga! Our yoga practice will involve Asthanga, Rocket yoga and Yin yoga, all properly modified and accessible to all level.
Accommodation is in shared apartments with amazing vegetarian brunch and dinner included. A visit to a local wine producer and a Chinese traditional auto-massage session are included in the price.