Surrounded by a Mediterranean forest Casale Pundarika is a typical Tuscan country house ideally set in a magical place 2km from the village of Riparbella on the Maritime Hills a few km from the Tyrrhenian coast.
A mixed landscape of woods, olive groves, vineyards and a skilfully-worked countryside reflect the agricultural origins of the town.
Opposite is an open view to the sea, the Tuscan Archipelago, with a peek of Elba and Capraia Islands on the horizon and when it's very clear “the finger” of Corsica. This striking panorama can be enjoyed through walks along the naturalist paths of the countryside or via excursions on horse back or mountain bikes.
Thanks to its secluded position, Casale Pundarika is an ideal place both for groups or travelers looking to reconnect with the purity of nature.
The Story of Casale Pundarika
A story only matters, I suspect, to the extent that the people in the story change.
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The foundation of Casale Pundarika was inspired by the Venerable Geshe Ciampa Gyatso, the resident teacher and abbot of the nearby Lama Tzong Khapa monastery in Pomaia. Even before the house was restructured, he inspected the site and confirmed that its position, the special quality of silence of the surroundings and the purity of the air made it particularly suited for meditation. Later, the Venerable Jhado Rinpoche, abbot of the Namghyal monastery in Dharamsala (His Highness the Dalai Lama's monastery), blessed the site and gave it its name, thus creating a special link to the Kalachakra Lineage, of which he is one of the holders. The idea at the basis of the foundation of Casale Pundarika was to create, in the West, a place suited for high-quality retreats.
When we moved in 2015 in the countryside of Riparbella, we soon felt in love with Casale Pundarika and its surroundings during our daily walks with our dog. Few months later we found out that the owners were looking for somebody to take care of this magic place. It didn't look like a coincidence to us and, in accordance to our philosophy that “nothing is by chance”, we decided to embark in this new adventure.
Our aim is to respect the story of this place by offering an opportunity for travelers and groups to spend an holiday in Tuscany in contact with nature and themselves.