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Vedaguru Centre

Apulia, Italy

Vedaguru Centre organizes Ayurveda yoga retreats, training, and Panchakarma retreats in India and Italy.

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5 Days Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in Puglia, Italy

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Speaks English

from US$723

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Based on 24 reviews
from US$723
Price for:

5 days / 4 nights

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Based on 24 reviews

7 Days Italian Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Puglia, Italy

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Speaks English

from US$1,458

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Based on 24 reviews
from US$1,458
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

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Based on 24 reviews

Instructors 1

Carola Altea

After a trip to India in 2008, attracted by Ayurvedic medicine, by the powers of nature, and her passion for anthropology, Carola has known indigenous and ancient cultures present in Kerala. She has worked for years in Greece, learning the culture and the mysteries of the Cyclades. She has lived in Italy, in the Alps, where she rediscovered the ancient traditions and cults. She has studied Ayurveda, pranic healing, yoga, and meditation in India.

Reviews 24

  • Trudy Coe Great Britain

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I loved the mix of activities (yoga, cooking and excursions) and the warm welcome from Carola and all the staff and helpers at Montepaolo. Nothing was ever too much trouble and it felt like being at home in an extended family. Everything was provided and every wish was catered for.

    I personally found the food a little too much in the evening - but it's hard to complain about having too much lovely food!

  • Tina Chaodee Edvall Sweden

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The stay at this accomondation was like staying at an Italian dream. The food and the service was great and the yoga Teacher Carola was adorable. The morning yoga was really good and rewarding. Moreover, she provided us with a cooking class and took us to Conversano, Pogliamare and Aberobello and guided us well. The treatments was amazing!

  • Cait O'neill Ireland

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The welcome. The support and helpfulness. The calm tranquil environment. There was a real feeling of home. The food all day long was incredible. All staff were very hospitable and warm to speak with. Joseph so dependable and always there with help you needed, a friend to me now, I wish him all that is good in the world. Arianna so helpful young and full of vitality. José great sense of humour, very funny. Lucrezia so hard working ,providing food that I never experienced before. The taste. ...

    My teacher, Lucrezia , we spoke Italian and cooked. What an absolutely amazing experience. Lucrezia is an amazing cook and teaches so incredibly well.

    Maria Angela, the treatment was so good I had to have another one! I truly have not ever experienced such a complete level of relaxation of mind and body.

    Last but not least, Carola, it was a immense pleasure to meet and encounter a truly wonderful woman, with all the energy to ensure that my trip was a enjoyable one, on every level, mind, body and soul. Nothing was too difficult. All the activities, the yoga my first time and was an experience I shall carry forward with me. Trips were amazing with Carola giving us all the information. Carola ensured I felt safe travelling alone. What an asset to the Vedeguru Centre.

    I feel healed and relaxed on my return to my home, for this I thank all the staff ,I wish you all good health and the very best the world can give you.

    I tried to pack in too much into the itinerary, but I, as Carola knows, like my own space to relax.

  • Signe Marie Roelland Norway

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Everything was more than I could hope for. I will recommend it to everyone!

  • Claudia Rajlich Switzerland

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Super Lage, alles sauber und alles was man braucht, fabelhafter Ort, einzigartige Betreuung von Josef (eine Art Butler); auch Carola die den Retreat leitet ist sehr behilflich, hat alles toll organisiert, angenehmer Yogakurs für alle Niveaus am Morgen angeboten, fabelhaft Yoga und Ayurveda erklärt, sowie alle unsere Bedürfnisse abgeholt. Die Treatments waren top und der Kochkurs lustig und sehr lehrreich. Zumal waren die Ausflüge sehr interessant, und auch einen zuverlässiger Transfer wurde (für unsre Extra-Ausflüge) wurde immer sauber organisiert. Man kann durchaus als Frau alleine hinfahren - es da wirklich ungefährlich und man findet sofort Freunde unter den Veranstaltern, Einheimischen und last but not least eine sehr nette Teilnehmer-Truppe. Herzlichen Dank! Weitermachen so!

    Die Köchin des Montepaolo hatte trotz Bemühungen von Carola's Seite meistens etwas mühe, meine (zugegeben komplizierte) Diät mit einer Unmenge an Lebensmittelunverträglichkeiten zum Abendessen umzusetzen. Allerdings wird einem da soviel Essen angeboten, das sich immer was findet - und Josef ist sehr behilflich kurzfristig Lösungen zu finden.

  • Christine Sugg Belgium

    May 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    very Nice place ans perfect welcome. Je me suis sentie choyée. Lucrezia, Carola et Joseph prennent soin de vous et de vos envies. Bien être, cours de cuisine, visites ... Un chouette mix pour une semaine agréable. Encore merci à tous. Christine.

  • Hannele, Katarina, Sebastian, and Kristian Finland

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    We experienced a perfect wellness week for body and mind - yoga, delicious local food, great excursions and insight to ayurveda. The Ayurveda doctor available is skilled and we recommend everyone to have a consultation with him. The atmosphere and group was great and with Carola’s lead you get tools ans inspiration to make changes for your wellbeing in your everyday life. We loved the program because it was so comprehensive and Carola was open for our group’s wishes. A week with Vedaguru in Puglia leaves you with warm, centered and energized feelings. :)

  • Bibi Nabi Norway

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    I had a wonderful time at the yoga retreat. If I have to say anything about where you guys can improve is that I wish it was more yoga sessions. But Carola said it was because of the heat and the schedule. I also got good information about the doshas. And the Ayurvedic massages were heavenly. The farmhouse was a beautiful place and the food was delicious. I tasted fresh figs and almond milk for the first time in my life. The tours was also very nice. My favorite was Pulignano a mare. That was the reason for I chose this yoga retreat. I saw the picture from Pulignano a mare and I said to myself I want to go there! The beach in Pulignano a mare was beautiful. I went for a swim and it was everything I had imagined. So I will rate my stay 9 out of 10. I almost forgot the service was impeccable!

  • Emma Ganderton United Kingdom

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    From the moment I entered the gates at Monte Paolo I felt that I was coming home. I was greeted by the lovely Carola who walked me around the building and was immensely helpful, picking mulberry's and cherries from the trees for me to try. My room was beautiful and I slept the best sleep every night waking up to utter peace. It was an amazing week, up early for yoga followed by a wonderful breakfast served by the ever patient and polite Joseph then a treatment or a cookery class…and an afternoon excursion, with wonderful company. Such a delight to be looked after so well. Thank you so much for a truly wonderful week, I learned so much and will never forget my last days outdoor meditation. I’m already looking forward to returning as soon as I can…I found heaven on earth! Love and light.

  • Ruth Richman Canada

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    I am just back from three weeks in Italy. The last week was spent at Montepaolo for a retreat of yoga, cooking class, Ayurvedic massages, excursions to ancient places, and local foods in the dining room. Before booking the week with Carola I read reviews and they were all positive. I really looked for negative reviews and did not find any. I thought this was good news but also a little strange – as the saying goes you cannot please all the people all the time. After my week was over all I wanted to do was book another week! From beginning to end it was a magical time. All the positive reviews are correct. For months before the trip Carola and I emailed a lot, we had to keep changing our travel dates and arrival days and she did all the changes efficiently and without question. She is the best organizer I have ever worked with on anything! Once we met I felt like we were old friends. I slipped right into the magic of the place - the house’s thick stone walls keep the house lovely and cool on the hot days, and quiet always. I shared a room with a friend and it was easy to do, lots of space, windows, great bathroom. Lots of indoor spaces and outdoor “rooms” to be alone in or hang out with new and old friends. The buildings and grounds are meticulously taken care of and it was a joy to see bowls of fresh figs and other fruits harvested on site every breakfast. I used the pool area everyday for sunning and swimming. Carola is an excellent yoga teacher and her style is healing and available to everyone on the mat. Class in the morning was a great way to start the day. The massage therapy was some of the best I ever had. Thank you Marie-Angela!! Magical, intuitive hands. Ayurveda threads its way through the yoga and the massages. Cooking class with Lucretia was great fun! We spoke no Italian and she speaks no English but that didn’t stop anything. At the end we had a gorgeous multi-course meal and felt like we could understand the language! Generally, the food is over the top! I am a good eater but found even one main Italian meal was more than I could handle per day. The days we had lunch we were in trouble at the table at night! The food quality is excellent, quantities are large, and the blending of the textures, colors, flavors was perfect. The food prepared is based on what is ready and ripe in the fields, orchards, and garden. My food sensitivities were listened to and there was always plenty for me to enjoy. Joseph-the-Amazing is the main waiter and he was really such a bonus to the week. Attentive, funny, sincere. The excursions were always good too. A wide range from the Trulli buildings to Polignano’s amazing architecture to the shore at Cozze to swim and a local winery. The age and history of the area is very interesting. Carola gave us time to wander and to enjoy and our small group of 5 were easy to keep track of. All in all my first thought is that I want to return…I feel there is a lot more to see, a lot more time to spend relaxing. I will choose my return based on harvest times….the cherries are spectacular and I only saw the end of the season! And I would like more than two massages! Thank you everyone that I saw and those behind the scenes at Vedaguru and Montepaolo.

  • Debra B Canada

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    Ruth and I so looked forward to our time with you! You were so helpful in assisting us with our reservations and all the changes that we had to make along the way! I couldn't believe how understanding and accommodating you were! know that we changed our number of night stays at least three times to which you were fine with. Upon our arrival in Bari the Taxi that you had arranged for us, Franco, was so patient! Ruth's luggage had been lost and even though there was a language barrier, Franco was most helpful and understanding. He had to wait for at least an hour until Ruth manged to get all the documentation finalized in order for her luggage to make it to Montepaolo! My first impression was one of a very well organized trip! Our arrival was greeted by your smiling face and calm energy! I knew then that I was in for a most wonderful experience! Our room was lovely, clean and welcoming. I was overwhelmed with all the beauty of the gardens that I saw not only from the windows of my room but when I first arrived. Your first tour of the grounds and your ability to communicate in English was awesome. I felt immediately at home! The food was excellent and a lot was offered! From my experience I learned that one had to be very clear about what your food preferences were or else you would be constantly fed like a Queen or a King! The staff were so eager to make sure our stay was filled with the blessing of their energy, the food that they created. Joseph was so amazing and I was grateful for his kindness! He is to be commended in every job that he does there as he did it with love! I loved the table that was set up on the side with Ayurveda offerings, special teas, herbs and fruit that was offered to assist in balancing our doshas which you had instructed us in! Carola, the Yoga in the morning was so light and lively! I was very impressed with your teaching style as you did not lead the class as we say over here in Canada, which means the teacher participates, you taught the class! Giving us an example then verbally guiding us and keeping a watchful eye on each and everyone to make sure that we were safe. This is an important element of teaching that I honor and respect! You gave alternative poses to any student who required them due to physical limitations with the experience of a good Yoga teacher! The Ayurveda Massages that I had during the week were amazing! I have had Myofascial massages in the past and have certainly appreciated their stimulating effects! The massages that I had from Mariangela I would recommend to anyone! They were complete in every way! Mariangela is a very intuitive Therapist and was able to recognize where I needed work without any verbal communication! I left feeling a profound sense of having been blessed by her touch! The cooking class with Lucrezia was so much fun! She is such a talented Chef and so helpful! The fun lay in the language barrier, everyone trying to figure out what each of us was trying to communicate! Through the use of hand movements we all managed pretty well. I was able to make pasta from scratch such a thrilling opportunity to participate in this lively event! The food that we prepared was simply delicious! What amazed me the most was that not a lot of garlic was used. You would think that being in Italy that was a staple! I soon learned that using garlic is a regional thing! However, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are a staple all over Italy! Carola your guided tours were amazing and the timing was perfect! I wondered about why we were going later in the day but soon realized it had to do with the heat! Our trips were excellent, informative and full of fun things! Your attention to the tourist detail was amazing! You took care of us like we were a group of small children and sometimes we were, everyone dispersing here there and everywhere, trying to get it all in! I loved that you managed to balance the old with the new and explain how it all came about! I would recommend this retreat to anyone! It was enjoyable, affordable and full of enlightening information! In the midst of all this I came home relaxed and renewed! I look forward to returning if not to Montepaolo then to Vedaguru in India!

  • Mary Dublin

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    Everything about my week in Conversano was excellent. The 16th Century hotel was beautiful and a great location. Carola was very organized, and looked after our every need. It is an ideal location for solo traveler. There was only two of us completing the cookery and yoga the week I was there, which meant we got great attention. We had a great laugh with Lucrezia our chef who showed us beautiful dishes made with the best of local fresh produce. Lucrezia was also very flexible for any other dishes we wanted to try. Puglia has so much to offer. I have traveled all over Italy but have to say this was the best week I have had in Italy. I can't wait to try my new recipes!

  • Maddy Germany

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    I had a fantastic week in Conversano. Carola and Mariangela are passionate and excellent hosts. Upon arrival I was warmly welcomed at the farmhouse Masseria Montepaolo, which is surrounded by beautiful olive, cherry, almond and fig trees. The staff was extremely friendly and the restaurant very flexible in terms of dietary requirements. They were preparing gluten free bread and dishes just for me, which I highly appreciated! The food was always fresh prepared from organic, local products. Joseph was always welcoming us with a warm and lovely smile. Carola made sure that we had always fresh juices in the morning and Ayurvedic teas. I truly enjoyed the morning yoga classes.Through our daily Hatha Yoga routine, I felt energetic and found back to my center and inner peace. In the afternoons Carola guided us through the absolutely beautiful scenery of Puglia and it was a relief to walk around in such a quiet and peaceful environment and to learn more about the history. Thanks again Carola, it was fun and I hope I can join one of your retreats again next year. Namaste!

  • Barbara England

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    I so much enjoyed my week with you in Puglia and look forward to coming again :) I'm in the US now and working long hours, still feeling rested from my peaceful week. I loved being in the countryside, the gorgeous views, delicious meals and the daily morning yoga class. I have rarely felt so rested after only a week. It was the perfect holiday. I miss the treatments. They were heavenly. I highly recommend your retreat. You spoilt us with your homemade almond milk in the mornings and freshly squeezed juices and ice cream treats during our sightseeing outings. I look forward to returning.

    I look forward to returning.

    Thank you,

  • Caroline England

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    This retreat was a perfect mix of yoga, Ayurveda and sightseeing. Carola's morning yoga lessons were excellent as well as fun, and I now have a routine of Ayurveda and yoga that I practice daily. Carola is an excellent host, with great insider knowledge to the towns and villages visited on the tours. The Ayurveda treatments were amazing! Puglia is a stunning region in Italy, with rugged coastline, beautiful old towns and its own regional specialties. The farmhouse near Conversano is very comfortable and peaceful with wonderful food. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff there. There is wi-fi and use of a computer to book further travel, check email etc. There are plenty of ways to relax – a huge garden with decent sized pool for swimming and sunbathing, use of bikes to explore the local area, and gorgeous surroundings to walk in complete with cherry and almond orchards. The retreat group was small enough that I could get to know everybody there and make new yoga friends. I’m definitely considering returning in the future.

  • Jeanette and Kent Wakelin

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    What an amazing experience. This was, by far, one of the best vacations that my husband and I have ever taken. The resort is absolutely beautiful, the staff are amazing, the accommodations are wonderful and the excursions were delightful. This little gem truly creates an amazing paradise; one that everyone needs to experience. Getting up each morning and having a yoga class with Carola was the perfect way to start your day; she is a wealth of knowledge, very talented and absolutely delightful. And one has never truly had a massage, until experiencing one with Mariangela. Incredible! Love the mix of activity and relaxation. Each day was filled with activities or excursions, but there was also still plenty of time for relaxation and time at the pool. We will definitely return; absolutely loved it.

    Thank you Carola, Mariangela, Joseph and all of the other amazing staff for making our vacation truly a delightful holiday.

  • Christine Switzerland

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    We arrived safe and sound back home and we horribly miss you all and also the stunning beauty of the Masseria Montepaolo! As you know, I was absolutely happy with the whole week, the yoga, the massages, the Masseria Montepaolo, the food and everything. Keep on doing your wonderful work!

  • Janet England

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    Just the right mix of yoga, cooking and site seeing in wonderful countryside, companionship and learned ayuverdic treatments. No pressure. Lots of sun. Good food and a few laughs. What more could anyone ask. Perfect venue and location. Even went biking. Heaven

  • Cate Mackin Canada

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    Eat, pray, and love in Puglia, Italy I went for one week and I stayed for three! This was my first yoga retreat and it exceeded my expectations on every level. I was at a transitional period in my life and was feeling anxious about my future. Through the loving support of Carola and Marieangela I have obtained a sense of peace. I now have a yoga routine that I follow each day which includes asanas, pranayama, and I can now reach that deeply relaxing meditative state. I enjoyed many Ayurvedic treatments which left me feeling rejuvenated and physically relaxed. I feel better in my mind, body, and spirit and look forward to the new experiences that the changes in my life will bring. There is a loving kindness at the farm that extends from all members of the staff from the owner who encourages you to feel at home, to the chef whose food is flavorful and nourishing, to Joseph ,with his heartwarming smile, who caters to you. I look forward to returning one day.

  • Bernadette Porter

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    The week I spent in Puglia was one of the most relaxing and friendly holidays/retreat I have ever had. Carola and Marieangela really looked after each participant according to their own needs. I was beginner yoga and each morning Carola took me through gentle exercises so that by the end of the week I was really able to feel both more rested and more in harmony with myself. Marieangelas treatments from the Vedic tradition were a totally new experience for me and were like being in heaven!

    The countryside around Conversano is simply charming and the visits out were well worth the effort. There is everything here in this area, history, wonderful beaches, stunning churches and sweet towns with wonderful gelataria. I recommend it highly.

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  • Andres Israel

    Ayurveda Yoga Retreat website

    I had a great time during my stay in Vedaguru Center in Puglia. The charming country house is comfortable and very well conserved at the same time. Breakfast and dinner were delicious and the staff was really very kind and helpful with all my requests. Yoga practice and treatments were excellent and very profesional and also the tours we made were interesting and allowed us to know places that otherwise had been difficult to see. Special thanks for Carola and Mariangela for their great job and sincere dedication and for making me feel at home in the beautiful Puglia.

  • Alison United Kingdom

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    I had a great holiday at Vedaguru Ayurveda Yoga Retreats. Carola and her colleagues - Mariangela who does a great massage, and Lucrezia, who teaches the cookery and made us laugh a lot - were absolutely fantastic. As well as being the yoga instructor, Carola gave us tours of local places of interest, told us where to get the best ice creams and gave us great insight into the local culture - all done with charm and including her great sense of humour at no extra cost! The Montepaolo agriturismo farmhouse was charming, surrounded by cherry and almond trees and with bicycles to borrow to cycle along the country roads and a pool to cool off in. I came away feeling relaxed, refreshed, very well fed, and generally chilled out. Thoroughly recommend! Have a lovely rest of the summer.

  • Alison United Kingdom

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    I had a great holiday at Vedaguru Ayurveda Yoga Retreats. Carola and her colleagues - Mariangela who does a great massage, and Lucrezia, who teaches the cookery and made us laugh a lot - were absolutely fantastic. As well as being the yoga instructor, Carola gave us tours of local places of interest, told us where to get the best ice creams and gave us great insight into the local culture - all done with charm and including her great sense of humour at no extra cost! The Montepaolo agriturismo farmhouse was charming, surrounded by cherry and almond trees and with bicycles to borrow to cycle along the country roads and a pool to cool off in. I came away feeling relaxed, refreshed, very well fed, and generally chilled out. Thoroughly recommend! Have a lovely rest of the summer.

  • C Hoyle United Kingdom

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    A wonderful week in Puglia learning Hatha Yoga, Italian cooking and seeing the local sights. Carola set the pace for the entire week just right! She was an absolutely brilliant teacher, leader, tour guide, friend - she made the week for us with her humour, wit and fantastic knowledge of her subject. The farmhouse was beautiful; cherry trees as far as the eye could see; a beautiful pool area and we were looked after at breakfast and dinner by the wonderful Joseph. Lucreiza our cookery teacher was just fabulous, as was the food she helped us to prepare and dinner every night was a feast of local Puglian fare! I have certainly come back heavier, despite the daily yoga and cycling! We were also blessed to have two other people joining the week who were easygoing and fun!! I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday to anyone!

  • Victoria United Kingdom

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    I’m back in grey England now after warm sunny days in Puglia,I look back on my days at Montepaolo with great pleasure. The masseria is a beautiful environment with comfortable rooms and delicious food, The experience was excellent, thanks to everyone there who made me so welcome, and all the extra effort and kindnesses shown. I appreciated how adaptable, relaxed and well-organized you were, Carola, as well as an excellent teacher. The yoga was stimulating, enjoyable and fun, and it’s helpful to have the handbook to bring away. You were a knowledgeable guide to the local towns and it was a great privilege to explore them with you. Mariangela’s massages were utterly wonderful, truly relaxing and healing. The cooking was a fun activity too, a nice thing to do together.

    I hope to return next year. Enjoy the rest of the summer and thank you very much for such an enriching experience. All very warmest wishes and a big hug,

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