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Meditation and Yoga Retreat Italy

Join this wonderful yoga retreat surrounded by nature and contemporary art in Italy! Enjoy asanas that will make your spine more supple and your body less stiff but stronger, while learning breathing techniques that will help you to calm your mind and appreciate a deep relaxation. Take the chance for transformation and spiritual growth and harmonize your body and mind to be happier with yourself! The art made by Cornelis will automatically change your way of looking to things.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Sightseeing tour to Ravenna
  • Trekking at the Gypsum Regional Park
  • Visit to the cozy village of Brisighella
  • See the mural paintings at Dozza
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. Porcaticcio Holiday Home is a beautiful old stone mansion in the forest that was found by Cornelis in very bad conditions back in 2006. Cornelis was determined to give it new life and, with will and skill, he worked constantly for nine years to renovate it. The property includes La Casa Torre and La Casetta and as an artist residence, there are works of art, paintings and sculptures, inside and outside the property.

La Casa Torre

La Casa Torre, with its 300 square meters, boast four double rooms, two bathrooms, two living rooms, one studio, and two kitchens. This house has a gas-powered central for heating and hot water, a washing machine, a dining room with a sofa, and satellite television. The kitchen is well equipped with a stove with five burners and a 90-centimeter electric oven, a fridge with a freezer, a kettle, a toaster, and an Italian and American coffee machine.

Program

During this retreat, you will experience three and a half daily hours of wonderful classes. The practices will be divided each day in two 90-minute yoga classes and one 30-minute meditation practice. You will enjoy one yoga class in the early morning, one yoga class in the late afternoon, and an evening meditation session at night. Extra personal training will also be available depending on the needs of the group.

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy some trekking at the Gypsum Regional Park, a sightseeing tour to Ravenna to see the Bizantine mosaics and visit the center to taste the piadina romagnola in Ca’de Ven, an excursion to Dozza in Imola to see the mural paintings and the castle with its precious regional winery and take a look to Imola center, and a visit to Brisighella in Faenza to visit the medieval and cozy village and the market in Faenza.

Even if this is a yoga vacation, you can feel free to join or not to any activities. It is suggested to practice yoga at least every morning to get the benefits of it and to encourage a relaxed atmosphere but with no obligations. Any partner with different interests than yoga who wishes to share this vacation is also welcome.

Yoga classes

The yoga practices will be for beginners and intermediate practitioners. This retreat target any person looking for a calm and precise approach to built up a steady base for further practice.

Chakras are those energy centers through which the cosmic energy flows into the human body and the practice of yoga can awaken these centers, which are manifest in each person. Each daily practice will be focused on one chakra:

  • Day 1: Grounding and security
  • Day 2: Flexibility and pleasure
  • Day 3: Core and will
  • Day 4: Opening and giving
  • Day 5: Purification and discrimination
  • Day 6: Control and intuition

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 07:30 Yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Scheduled activities or free time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Scheduled activities or free time
  • 17:30 Yoga class
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 22:00 Evening meditation

Included excursions

  • Excursion to Dozza an Imola center
  • Sightseeing tour to Ravenna
  • Trekking at the Gypsum Regional Park
  • Visit to Brisighella and Faenza center

Instructors

Gabriela Morini Rijken
Gabriela is a yoga teacher and a freelance communication consultant. She is giving weekly classes in Casola Valsenio, Faenza and Imola based on Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga. She attended the Yoga Teachers Training of Françoise Berlette (EFOA) on Asana and Kundalini and workshops of Swami Santhiprasad (School of Santhi). Her studies include works of BKS Iyengar, TKV Desikachar, Yogananda, Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, J. Krishnamurti, Satyananda Saraswati and their commentaries on classical Yoga texts.

Location

This retreat will be held at the Porcaticcio Holiday Home at the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. Porcaticcio Holiday Home is situated on the Apennines in the Senio Valley between Romagna and Tuscany. The house is surrounded by two hectares of forest with paths to explore the surroundings. The property is secluded enough to escape the haste and close enough to reach Bologna and Ravenna in 90 minutes and Florence in two hours.

Nearby places

  • Bologna - 90 minutes
  • Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), 80 kilometers
  • Castelbolognese train station, 25 kilometers
  • Florence - 2 hours
  • Marradi-Palazzuolo Sul Senio train station, 20 kilometers
  • Ravenna - 90 minutes
  • Santerno River - 40 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental nearby
  • Tour assistance nearby

Food

During this holiday, you will be served three daily locally sourced meals including a dinner in a local pizzeria with the best pizza of the area. The menu will be Mediterranean and vegetarian, prepared with local selected grocery and accompanied with local wines, beer, and drinks. A special home-made pasta workshop with Adele, Gabry's mother, will also be available on request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Cycling
  • Home-made pasta worskshop
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Painting and sculpturing
  • Practice golf at the Riolo Terme
  • Reading, sunbathing, or listening to music
  • Take a swim at Santerno River

Spa treatments

During this retreat, Ayurvedic massage treatments and other spa services may be available on request for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 daily evening meditation practice
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals plus drinks and wine
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Excursion to Dozza an Imola center
  • Personalized training experience
  • Sightseeing tour to Ravenna
  • Transfers from and to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)
  • Trekking at the Gypsum Regional Park
  • Visit to Brisighella and Faenza center

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional drinks
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Driving directions from Bologna

  • Take the Motorway A14 with direction to Ancona and Imola exit.
  • After 35 kilometers, take Provincial road with direction to Rimini.
  • In Castelbolognese, turn right direction to Riolo Terme. There starts the Senio Valley.
  • Continue until Casola Valsenio and Porcaticcio di Sopra will be on your left exactly five bridges, or six kilometers, after Casola Valsenio.

Driving directions from Florence

  • Take the Motorway A1 with direction to Bologna and Barberino del Mugello exit.
  • Take the Provincial road Barberino del Mugello with direction to Borgo San Lorenzo.
  • At Borgo San Lorenzo, take direction to Faenza and at Colla Pass, turn left with direction to Palazzuolo Sul Senio.
  • From Palazzuolo Sul Senio, continue for 10 kilometers with direction to Casola Valsenio.
  • The house is on the right side, one kilometer after a little village called Mercatale.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. GABRYOGA will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

You may arrive by train at the Castelbolognese station by taking the Bologna to Ancona line. Transfer from and to this train station is included. GABRYOGA will pick you up from the train station. Other option would be to arrive at the Marradi-Palazzuolo Sul Senio train station by taking the Faenza to Florence line.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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