THE BEST OF ITALY: CUTURE, CUISINE, WINE & YOGA
Our yoga retreats Italy blend good health with good living. Stay in an ancient castle 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 birds and fresh air on the terrace as you enjoy a cappuccino and quiet moments overlooking the Italian countryside. Convening in the beautiful frescoed chapel, we share a deep yoga practice and meditation with Gayle Olson, followed by an Italian farm-to-table breakfast on the veranda.
AFTERNOONS can be spent lounging by the infinity salt water pool, relaxing with a massage, reading, swimming, hiking, an Italian cooking class, wine-tasting or enjoying excursions to the famous medieval town of Assisi. At sunset we re-convene for a relaxing and rejuvenating restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation session.
EVENINGS are pure magic, as we share our meal family style under the stars—appreciating the simple life of sumptuous tastes, good food and great company! There will be evening activities involving music, meditation and connection… but remember, everything on this retreat is optional! You may prefer to drink wine late into the night, or climb into bed early with a book—our Mediterranean-style retreats provide the the perfect setting for you to relax, rejuvenate and be inspired—in the way that fits for you!
STAY AT AN ANCIENT CASTLE!
The ancient castle of Carpiano dates back to the beginning of the X century, when it belonged to Rovaldo Baldassini, father of Sant'Ubaldo, patron saint of the town of Gubbio. In 2001, Riccardo & Marilisa Parisi discovered the old property and immediately fell in love with that "pile of rocks" dreaming to bring it back to life! The restoration took many years of devotion and was carried out using original materials and preserving the character of the place, with furniture, paintings, china and silver from the owners family collection.
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 the infinity salt water pool and organic garden overlooking a pristine valley of olive trees and lush woods. The former church has been restored and converted into a unique library and drawing room, respecting the historic architecture and preserving the original frescoes. We get to practice yoga in an ancient chapel!
The rooms are luxurious, set in a mood characteristic of Italian countryside, with all the amenities that make your stay perfectly comfortable! There is a salt water infinity pool to lounge by, spa and massages available, organic garden and endless countryside to hike and explore!
MEDITATE IN ASSISI • COOK ITALIAN • TASTE WINE!
We have arranged a good balance of down-time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside—and will also treat you to a handful of excursions and activities that will give you a sense of the deliciousness, character and culture of the region! We will make a morning visit to the famous church of St Francis of Assisi to meditate and practice yoga near the chapel, then have free time to hike, explore the monastery, shop and enjoy lunch (on your own) in the beautiful medieval town of Assisi. Another day we'll have a private cooking class learning some healthy mediterranean dish from the region. We'll also have the opportunity to experience one of a most picturesque and non-touristic medieval villages in Umbria, with wine tasting at a select family vineyard!
INCLUDED IN OUR YOGA RETREATS ITALY
Five-nights at an award-winning luxurious 10-room ancient borgo in the Umbrian countryside Transport to/from airport in Rome and train in Perugia 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 & spa Farm-to-table breakfast, lunch & dinners (veg and non-veg options available) Mediterranean cuisine with fresh organic vegetables and olive oil grown in the villa garden Slow-food Italian cooking class Two fabulous excursions included to give you a 'taste' of the region! Twice daily yoga classes with Gayle Olson (Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar & Yin traditions) Guided meditation sessions Ample untravelled country roads to walk and be in nature EXCLUDED: Airfare to Italy, lunch on Assisi excursion, spa services, bar drinks
YOGA CLASSES W/ GAYLE OLSON
Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson in her alignment-based yoga classes blending Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Yin Yoga. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the practice will include Gayle’s trademark hands-on massage adjustments and individual attention to each student. In her charismatic and playful style she encourages you to maintain a strong, meditative focus on your breath — and on the joy of yoga. Gayle has been teaching yoga for more than twenty years and is author of the Women’s Guide to Yoga & Fitness.
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