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Join this unforgettable yoga holiday in one of the world's most magical destinations: Italy. The retreat offers you a chance to deepen your yoga practice, and explore all of the attractions that the Amalfi Coast is famous for. During this unique week, you will experience the profound connection with the Mediterranean sea life, and learn the secrets of this ancient culture that in the last centuries has attracted many intellectuals from around the world.
You will spend six nights in Villa Aragona in a single, twin, or double room. The villa also features a Mediterranean garden which is simply beautiful, encircling and protecting the house as it has done for centuries. Each season, the garden offers something to admire, from the flowers of the magnolia tree in spring to the scent of jasmine and ripening fruits in summer, from the falling leaves of the oak trees in autumn to the structured boughs of the cypress and pine trees in winter.
Italy's oldest maritime republic, symbol of the Amalfi Coast, the town continues to enchant visitors just like it did in the days of the Grand Tour. Just over three square kilometers of devastatingly beautiful scenery at the mouth of the Valle dei Mulini: this is Amalfi, this town opens like a fan towards the sea, sheltered from behind by the steep slopes of the Monti Lattari.
Amalfi's ancient Roman origins are evident from a number of ruins, including those of a nymphaeum dating back to the reign of Emperor Tiberius. Amalfi is the oldest of Italy's four major Maritime Republics and prospered for a full three centuries under the Normans, Longobards, and even the Saracens. Its decline began in 1137 when it was defeated and pillaged by the rival republic of Pisa. Today, traveling to Amalfi over land or sea is still an unforgettable experience.
Quintessentially Mediterranean, Amalfi's townscape is comprised of a cluster of little white houses, interspersed with narrow alleyways and shady porticoes, and watch towers such as the Torre Saracena, close to the Convent of San Francesco.
Capri is a Mediterranean island of calcareous origin that has been visited over the centuries by intellectuals, artists, and writers, all enthralled by its magical beauty. A mix of history, nature, worldliness, culture, and events that daily blend together and bring the legend of Capri to life - a legend that bears no comparison anywhere in the world.
The Island of Capri is one of the most picturesque and visited locations in Campania. Its unique beauties were celebrated in ancient times and later published for the world in Homer's works: Odysseus (known in Latin as Ulysses) sailing past the island and narrowly escaping the fate of those who hear the voices of the Sirens.
Thus, through the writings and legends of Ancient Greece, the island has a mythical charm, in addition to its natural treasures.
Its breath-taking landscapes stretch from the rocky caves around the island to the edge of the horizon, and have been an inspiration to poets, lovers, and travelers throughout the centuries. Geologically speaking, the island is karst, underlaid with limestone which has been eroded by dissolution over the years, forming fantastical ridges, towers, and sinkholes in the rock. This process over time separated Capri from the mainland.
The Island of Capri is composed of two municipalities: Capri and Anacapri, each with their own administration and touch of regional rivalry. The latter is built on a high plateau, affording staggering views of sheer cliffs from dizzying vantage points.
Positano is a vertical town where instead of roads visitors walk along steep flights of stairs. Seen from the sea, Positano is set in a dramatic vertical panorama of colors: the green of the Monti Lattari, the white, pink, and yellow of the Mediterranean houses, the silvery grey of its pebble beaches, and the blue of the sea.
The ancient Romans built a number of sumptuous villas on the coast of Positano, whose ruins can still be seen in the vicinity of the Church dell'Assunta. It is believed that the town, whose original core developed around a Benedictine abbey, was founded in the ninth century.
Beauty comes naturally to Ravello, just like its love of art and music.
For centuries, the irresistible allure of Ravello's stately villas and cliff-edge gardens has been attracting the world's greatest artists to the tiny town perched high above the bay of Maiori: musicians such as Wagner, Grieg, Rostropovich, Toscanini, Bernstein, painters like Escher, Turner, and Mirò, and writers the caliber of D. H. Lawrence, Forster, and Virginia Wolf - all spent time here.
Now a well-established cultural hotspot, Ravello hosts high profile events such as the Ravello Festival and the Chamber Music Festival, which is organized by the Ravello Concert Society.
Ravello is the chosen destination of inspiration-seeking intellectuals, artists, and celebrities from every corner of the globe like Greta Garbo, D. H. Lawrence, Richard Wagner, Winston Churchill, and Virginia Woolf.
Francesca Lo Cascio
Over the years, Francesca progressively refined her studies in Vinyasa yoga in India at Richikesh's Tattvaa Centre and in Paris with Mika de Brito and Gerard Arnauld, focusing her practice in a very strong Yang approach. During her travel to Bali, she followed a training on chakra balancing techniques with Jana Johnson. Moved to the US, she deepened her practice and teaching on Yin with Paulie Zing. Happy to follow yoga path, she currently focuses her attention and studies around psychology, bioenergy, and meditation.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Carolina, also known as "the global yogini" is a multi-faceted artist and globe trotter. She completed her Yoga Alliance 500-hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training in Paris with Gérald Disse and Linda Munro at Ashtanga Yoga Paris and has been leading retreats for numerous years. Her teachers of pranayama, Ayurveda, and yoga philosophy are Sri OP Tiwari, Suddhir Tiwari of Kaivalyadhama Institute, and Smta Hansayi Jayadeva from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai.
This retreat will take place in Villa Aragona on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. Deemed by Unesco to be an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast is a beguiling combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea in a stunning vertical scene of precipitous crags, picturesque towns, and lush forests.
Standing proudly on the hillside, midway between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, Villa Aragona has occupied this glorious landscape since 1600, when it began life as a manor farm. It is still surrounded by around two acres of land, rich with fruit and citrus trees, and a large olive grove, still yielding a crop of extra virgin oil to this day.
Although the building itself has undergone several transformations through the ages, the atmosphere of peace and the sense of belonging to the land remain. The original farming tools lie on display as a reminder of the rural history of the families who have made Villa Aragona their home in years gone by.
During your stay, you will enjoy daily local vegetarian organic meals prepared by chef Camilla Malvestiti. You will also get to enjoy the organically grown produce of the garden, including many fresh herbs. The huge variety of fruit trees within the gardens include passion fruit, kiwi, apple, pear, cherry, apricots, plums, mulberries, cherries, elderberries, pomegranates, oranges, tangerines, lemons, and figs.
Please book your flight to arrive at Naples International Airport (NAP).
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