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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.
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, 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.
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.
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:
Gabriela Morini Rijken
Gabriela is a yoga teacher and a freelance communication consultant. Her yoga practice started a dozen years ago. She began with Power yoga lessons and then discovered a different approach to movement, balance, stretching, and strength. She lives with her husband Cornelis, a dutch sculptor, in Casola Valsenio on the Apennines.
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.
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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.
During this retreat, Ayurvedic massage treatments and other spa services may be available on request for an additional cost.
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.
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.
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