ITALY ~ WINE, DINE & YOGA!
Our yoga retreats Italy blend good health with good living! Stay in a historic and stunning Borgo turned luxury 10-room boutique villa set in the Italian countryside—and immerse yourself in an old-world appreciation of Italian cuisine, culture, wine, nature and yoga—all wrapped in classic Italian luxury! FLOW OF THE DAY
MORNINGS begin with a chorus of birds and a cappuccino or tea on the terrace enjoying quiet moments overlooking the Italian countryside. Since this is a Mediterranean-style retreat, we start yoga late morning, so you have a leisurely morning to have a lie-in, join for a silent meditation and mindfulness walk, enjoy a morning swim and experience an Italian farm-to-table breakfast on the veranda! Convening at 10:30 in the beautiful frescoed chapel that serves as our inspiring yoga studio, we share a deep, fun and explorative yoga practice.
AFTERNOONS begin with a mouth-watering gourmet salad, followed by free time to lounge by the pool, relax with a massage, read and siesta, try your hand at Italian cooking, or head off (on your own or with a local tour guide we recommend) to explore the nearby medieval towns of Assisi, Gubbio and Perugia—or experience wine-tasting at a local family vineyard! At sunset we re-convene for a relaxing and rejuvenating restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation session.
EVENINGS are pure magic, as we have a sunset aperativo and elegant Italian dinner style under the stars—appreciating la bella vita! STAY AT AN ANCIENT BORGO! The historic Borgo is located near the picturesque medieval town of Gubbio, the chapel of St Francis of Assisi, and the famous city of Perugia in Umbria. The property consists of different cut stone buildings leading down to a lovely pool, organic garden and spa overlooking a pristine valley of olive trees and lush woods. The former church, with historic architecture and original frescoes, is our sacred space to practice yoga and meditation!
The rooms are traditional and charming, set in a mood characteristic of Italian countryside, with all the amenities that make your stay perfectly comfortable! There is a lovely pool to lounge by, a warm jacuzzi and massages, an organic garden and endless countryside to wander and explore! EXOTIC YOGA CLASSES Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with intelligent and creative yoga classes blending Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Yin Yoga traditions. Morning hatha-vinyasa classes are led by Irish guest teacher, Sylvia Ferguson. Afternoon sessions, focusing on alignment, pranayama and restoratives, are led by Exotic Yoga Retreat founder, Gayle Olson. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the yoga sessions are designed for mixed levels, offering modifications for beginners, and greater levels of challenge for advanced students. Our yoga programs emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga! COOKING CLASS • WINE TASTING • EXCURSIONS On our mediterranean-style retreats we try for a good balance of retreat time, down-time and cultural excursions. Our experience on this retreat is that some people are perfectly delighted to stay at the villa to enjoy the peace and luxury of the countryside, pool, food and wine at Borgo. Others who may have traveled a great distance or are experiencing Italy for the first time, want to see an ancient medieval town or taste wine on a family vineyard. To give you full freedom to find just the right balance for you, we treat you to a few in-villa experiences—a cooking class with master chef Luca Mazza, and an in-villa wine tasting of Umbrian wines. For those who would like to explore the region we suggest either renting a car or adding on excursions with our recommended tour-guide Danillo. The great thing is you can decide once you’re there, see how you feel and be in the moment!
INCLUDED IN OUR YOGA RETREATS ITALY Five-nights at an award-winning luxurious 10-room ancient borgo in the Umbrian countryside Elegant and traditionally designed en-suite rooms with daily maid service, AC, hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers, phone, stereo and minibar Salt water infinity pool with spectacular views, warm jacuzzi, massages on-site Farm-to-table breakfast, lunch & dinners (veg and non-veg options available) Gourmet mediterranean cuisine with fresh organic vegetables and olive oil grown in the villa garden Slow-food Italian cooking class Wine-tasting at villa to experience Umbrian wines 2 yoga classes daily (Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar & Yin traditions) Morning meditation sessions (optional) Morning exercise walk (optional) Ample country roads to walk and experience Umbrian nature Transport to / from Perugia (25 minutes from villa)… or you can rent a car in Perugia or Rome (3 hours)
EXCLUDED: Airfare to Italy, spa services, bar drinks, add-on excursions TO RESERVE: www.exoticyogaretreats.com