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8 Days Food, Wine, and Yoga Retreat in Umbria, Italy

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Italy

The Sanctuary by Caimeli invites you to join this wonderful yoga retreat, specially designed for you to enjoy the combination of yoga, Italian food and wine, and the good life in Umbria, Italy. Cherryl will be teaching Dharma Kaya yoga classes which is a method that she developed herself and can be best described as slow, focused and challenging, slow enough for beginners, and intense enough for the more experienced.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation practices
  • Interactive Italian cooking class
  • Wonderful tour to the local market
  • Informative wine tasting seminar
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will stay in a shared twin room with orthopedic mattresses and en-suite or shared bathroom. The Sanctuary by Caimeli sits on a gentle hill cusp with 16 hectares of rolling landscape filled with olive, cherry, and nut trees surrounding the houses and a drop-dead infinity swimming pool. The olive plantation is in turn surrounded by pure wilderness on three sides and the fourth side is the access to reality which is only five kilometers down the hill to the town.

The inside is a mix between modern and authenticity with wooden beams, terracotta floors, and vernacular lines accentuating the modern kitchens, bathrooms, and other Italian designed furniture. Outside, there are three different terraces offering plenty of opportunity for dining and relaxing.

There is a barbecue and a fire pit for your outdoor pleasure. The sanctuary has fully equipped kitchens with dishwasher an LCD television with satellite, a digital video disc player a washing machine, hairdryers, central heating, and internet connection with Wi-Fi.

The Sanctuary by Caimeli Yoga Retreat Italy Program

During this retreat, you will learn the physical practice together with the philosophical elements of yoga. You will be taught to more effectively observe your own body, thoughts, and feelings. This teachings will lead you to a greater understanding, acceptance, and ultimately love of your own life and your place in all your personal relationships with yourself, with others, and also with the environment.

During the week, you will also have an organized wine tasting seminar in the evening, an Italian cooking class, and an organized tour to the local market. You will enjoy the best place to do some soul searching and nurturing right under the Italian sun, surrounded by tranquil green landscape, delicious food, intense wines, and great company.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 16:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Meditation on alternative days
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Yoga class
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

Included excursions

One excursion to the local market for a delicious cappuccino is included in this retreat.

Location

This holiday will be held at The Sanctuary by Caimeli in Umbria, Italy. The sanctuary is a charming olive plantation and yoga retreat nestled in the hills of Umbertide, Umbria with panoramic views across wide-open landscapes. The Sanctuary by Caimeli is an authentically restored 18th century manor house and guest house with plenty of modern comforts.

Majestically perched among the green Umbrian mountains and basking under beautiful blue skies, Caimeli is a 40-acre olive plantation situated in an environment of incomparable natural beauty. The region offers exquisite foods, delicious wines, and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.

Food

During the retreat, you will be served daily breakfast and dinner. The meals may include fish, but there is no meat. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy an Italian cooking class and an Italian wine seminar, tasting local wines from Umbria.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Pescatarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Cooking and cheese making classes

Why not spice up your holiday in Umbria by taking the opportunity to prepare some authentic, seasonal Italian dishes? The venue offers cooking and cheese making classes.

Cultural tours

Whether you prefer the churches, museums, or even Etruscan excavations, they have all of it in Umbria. They can arrange tours based on your interest or they can suggest and create specific tours for you with a private driver.

Cycling

Mountain and road racing bikes are on request or availability.

Hiking

There are many different walking paths and they all culminate back at Caimeli by the warmth of a lit fireplace and a bold glass of Montefalco red. Maps are available.

Horseback riding

A horseback riding center is located 20 minutes away for both English and Western style. They also organize excursions, trekking from one to three days, a riding school with certification, and pony games.

Shopping

You will have access to the prestigious luxury brands in the area, Prada in Montevarchi, Brunello Cucinelli in Solomeo, Unoaerre in Arezzo, and Vestri in Arezzo. If it is antiques, then they can suggest a trip to the antique market in Arezzo (first week of the month, Saturday, and Sunday).

Tennis

Indoor and outdoor tennis courts are located in Umbertide. Lessons are also available by appointment.

Wine tour and tasting

You can enjoy a wine tour to the famous cellars of Montefalco, Paolo Bea, Tabarrini, Scacciadiavoli, Montalcino, Avignonesi, Caparzo, Montepulciano, Poliziano, or Salcheto.

Spa treatments

During this holiday, massages, manicure, and pedicure services will be available for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 interactive Italian cooking class
  • 1 Italian wine tasting seminar
  • 1 tour to a local market
  • 2 daily buffet meals
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meditation on alternative days

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily lunch
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi-Umbria International Airport (PEG).

Arrival by train

  • You may take a train from Rome to Terontola or Cortona. A pick up service can be arranged with a transport company for an additional fee.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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