Three of our favourite things in life – food, wine and yoga (in divine spaces), all combined with a culture packed trip to Italy! These Italian retreats bring you that magical balance of a healthy holiday where you are still allowed to indulge in good food and wine.
26 September – 1st October 2021
On this “MINDFUL MOVEMENT” themed itinerary, you will enjoy daily yoga, movement and meditation classes and use self-care elements (such as the quiet private beach, thermal waters, and beautiful sea view) to help you to reconnect in the beautiful healing island of Ischia.
Ischia was one of the world’s first health spa destinations. For centuries people have flocked to Ischia to indulge in its volcanic muds and waters, rich with healthful minerals. Doctors even prescribe stays here to reap the benefits of bathing in the healing springs.
Your stay will be at the acclaimed 5-star hotel, Regina Isabella, one of Italy’s most desirable and glamorous resorts, named “Best Hotels in Italy” by Forbes.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfasts and dinners daily, as well as dining experiences in the hotel’s award-winning restaurants (including a Michelin-starred meal on the final evening) and in amazing restaurants in nearby towns.
The cuisine is simple, delicious and Italian, using fresh ingredients from the local markets and on-site gardens. Selection is seasonal, and you can guarantee to love and appreciate each bite. Not only will you enjoy savour the delicious Italian cuisine, but you will also get to learn more about the region’s vineyards on a wine-tasting experience overlooking the Aragonese Castle and Ischia Porto, at the most ancient cantina on the island, dating back to 1017.
13th – 19th June 2021
This Wine & Wellness retreat in Verona happens only once a year! You’ll enjoy yoga and curated cultural and culinary experiences in this amazing region.
The history and natural beauty make it a perfect site for a fabulous wellness-infused adventure. Endless excursion possibilities exist, including a trip to the incomparably beautiful city of Venice; a spa experience at Terme di Sirmione Thermal Spa; a day of culture and history in Verona (Romeo & Juliet’s hometown!); and, of course, fantastic wining and dining.
Each day will begin with a beautiful morning yoga practice (90 minutes) in the panoramic sun room facing the park. The grand estate, recognised as a Heritage Site, spreads out over 28 hectares including vineyards, olive groves and gardens with Villa dei Cipressi centred as the crown jewel.
Just outside the villa are ancient coniferous and cypress trees, a rose garden, lily pond with fountain, bamboo grove with an outdoor pizza oven, expansive lawn, swimming pool, and several cozy seating areas to relax, contemplate and enjoy the breathless views of the Verona Valley with a delicious glass of wine cultivated right on the property.
6th – 12th June 2021
This 7-Day Yoga Retreat features excursions that include several vegetarian tasting menus with delicious wines from this infamous wine producing region. Chef Naga and Gaia Gourmet have designed a culinary and wine extravaganza for you featuring the best of everything available locally.
Highlights include a gourmet welcome dinner featuring local specialties and wines, a cooking class followed by a decadent dinner celebration, in-house massage therapy and healing body work, and exclusive enjoyment of a beautiful 12 acre private park just outside of beautiful Cortona!
Each weekday you’ll sweat and flow with a morning hatha vinyasa class. You’ll have a single or double room in the Brolioquinto farmhouse, and enjoy curated cultural and culinary experiences in this famous wine-producing region, until your departure on Saturday, June 12, after breakfast.
Tuscany’s unparalleled fusion of history, nature, and food offers the ideal location for a serene immersion into yoga—with some fabulous adventures to boot!
Optional excursions include a visit to a boutique biodynamic vineyard and winery featuring a vegetarian lunch and wine pairing; a day trip to Cortona including a special visit to the Molesini & Sons Wine Market; an outing to Terme San Giovanni thermal spa; truffle hunting; in-house massage therapy and healing body work; and much more.
18th – 24th April 2021
Join celebrated author Sarah Selecky for a week of deep writing in the heart of Tuscany. Spring is Sarah’s favourite time to go on retreat, because equal hours of daylight and darkness make the daily routine feel balanced and whole, without effort. Italy is perfect in late April: the wisteria is in bloom, the sun is warm without being too hot, and the trees are alive with songbirds.
Sarah Selecky, author of Radiant Shimmering Light and the prized short story collection The Cake Is for the Party will be your guide in this master class for writers of all genres, in partnership with Radiant Jane, who will be teaching Loving Kindness and leading guided meditations.
Fattoria Del Colle where you will be staying, is a gorgeous, remote hilltop estate in Tuscany where time stands still. It is located amid the only all-female owned winery in Italy. Each meal is made just for our retreat group by an award winning chef, and served on white linen table cloths. All views from the retreat campus are of vineyards and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. It is truly an opportunity to slow down, breathe deeply, and savour life.
The slow food movement began in Italy, and this philosophy has a lot in common with the way Sarah teaches. Slow writing, like slow food, should feel good, clean and fair. Our writing should be nourishing. It should connect us — to ourselves, to the earth, and to each other.
12th – 17th September 2021
Join this seven day retreat combining daily yoga classes (and on this Amalfi retreat, it will be a class overlooking the sea!), walks and hikes around the breathtaking scenery on the Amalfi Coast, as well as a day walking one of Italy’s most renowned scenic hikes, the “Sentiero degli Dei” and several other lesser known paths in the area.
Each day you’ll be able to enjoy mouth-watering cuisine, as well as take part in tastings from wine and olive oil, to cheeses, pastries, and lemons. From award-winning restaurants to family farms and kitchens, learning and enjoying the food will be an added bonus to working up an appetite during the yoga classes and walks!
Your home for the week will be an amazing hotel in the beautiful town of Praiano. The hotel boasts a wonderful terrace with a panoramic view and swimming pool. From the dining tables you will be able to taste the delicacies of the cuisine surrounded by the intense colours of the hills and the sea.
5th – 10th September 2021
On this Luxury Yoga Retreat in Puglia you will discover the “it list” region of Italy’s rural heel. This wonderful retreat will enable you to experience the landscapes and activities of this incredible rising star of Italy
You will spend a week amongst fertile red earth, gnarled olives, turquoise seas, tour through Puglia’s famous trulli; cone shaped houses in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Besides daily yoga classes there will be a series of mindful workshops that will guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life.
One day is spent in the neighbouring region of Bascilicata in the town of Matera where you will see the sites and unwind in a beautiful spa with treatments. The next day will be spent learning about the flavours of Puglia, starting off with a cheese tasting and a visit to the town of Martina Franca.
You will then move on to a winery for a tour and tasting, followed by lunch. You will also take in the gorgeous hilltop town of Ostuni, known as the White City and explore some of Italy’s oldest olive farms and enjoy a meal at an award-winning restaurant with a tasting menu + wine pairing.
One day will include a winery visit with a tour and tasting, and yet another day with a visit to one of the area’s most picturesque towns with plenty of photo-worthy vistas and blue waters, followed by an amazing unique meal in a “grotto” overlooking the cliffs by the sea in Polignano al Mare.
The week will be rounded off with massage treatments and plenty of time to relax at our home-away-from-home with its beautiful pool, walking trails, and more.
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