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Rediscover your equilibrium - unwind, energize, and balance. Breathe in deeply the fresh mountain air. Discover a deep, cleansing and relaxing experience at this intimate retreat at San Flaviano, a 15th-century monastery in Perugia, Italy. This natural and historical region is yours to explore - stunning landscapes, medieval perched villages, the infinite bounty of the food, energy, and love that is found at one of Italy's most precious hidden gems. Treat yourself to an abundant you. You will be taught essential asanas, pranayamas, and meditations to increase your focus, strength, flexibility, and overall vitality.
San Flaviano, The Land of Light where the Doves Meet is one of Italy's oldest buildings. It is estimated that the original Etruscan Temple on this site was built around 750 BC. The present church was built from the ruins in the 8th century and grew with the community until the 15th century.
The church is dedicated to the 4th century Archbishop of Constantinople San Flaviano and was used as a resting place for pilgrims on the route to Assisi. The frescoes over and around the altar area are from the 14th century and have been restored where possible. There are beautiful watercolors of San Flaviano, St. Thomas, and St. Anthony along with cherubs and angels playing music and singing. San Flaviano serviced the community until closing in 1972 when it was deconsecrated. It has reopened its doors in 2014 as a non-denominational spiritual center, taking care of those who also want to take the pilgrimage to their essential selves through a physical, emotional and spiritual pilgrimage. The rest of the beautiful white stone building was most certainly a monastery and has been newly renovated. It includes a living room / dining room with fireplace, a professional chef's kitchen, and four double bedrooms, each with their own en suite private bathroom.
Another interesting element is that the four bedrooms are each off the stone portico. The portico in front of the bedrooms looks out onto the lush green hills. The church has an oak beamed mezzanine added with luxury bathrooms, kitchen, open plan living and sleeping area for individuals or groups. The oldest section of the church, dating back to 10th century, is a small stone building. It later became used as the sacristy and is now a comfortable living room. The surrounding plot on a hilltop is approximately a hectare from which one enjoys peaceful views of the countryside. The property is located on a wonderfully panoramic highland with great views and a lovely wooden surround, the woods are primarily precious oak wood.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Pranayama, Vipassana meditation, and partner yoga
Our classes are designed for participants who are beginner to intermediate and alternative poses are taught so all abilities can be in flow. Our teachers will be creating classes daily to fit the needs of each group and individuals. There will be a maximum of 8 guests ensuring you get lots of personal attention. We teach all classes in English.
Assisi: Trip to UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Assisi Famed as the birthplace of Italy’s Catholic patron saint, St Francis of Assisi, the sleepy little town documents all the highs and lows of his life. On a walking tour includes The Basilica di San Francesco, Piazza del Comune, with its turreted ‘palace’ Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and admire the Roman Temple of Minerva, and then return to San Flaviano for dinner on the terrace.
Spoleto: A wonderful mix of remnants from its Roman and medieval pasts Spoleto’s history actually goes back further to Bronze Age Umbria. Today, it’s best known for its annual summer Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds or Spoleto Festival), honoring music, opera, theater and dance. Among the city’s many excellent historic sights are its first-century Roman amphitheater, the 12th-century Duomo, 13th-century Ponte delle Torri aqueduct, and the 14th-century hilltop fortress, Rocca Albornoziana.
Triponzo: Wellness spa and thermal springs
Newly revamped medieval baths with wellness center which is located at only 15 minutes' drive away. You will spend a half day here enjoying the outdoor warm sulfur pool, indoor thermal spring, wet and dry rooms.
Anna Ryczek M.A
Anna is a registered yoga teacher with specialties in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Aerialyoga and Pilates. She is deeply interested in the mind – body and breath connection. She had been drawn to many therapies and healing techniques in the past to finally discover vipassana meditation, which she now practices every day. While teaching she tries to awaken the awareness of the breath and the felt-sense in her student, sharing her own insights with them. Anna holds a masters degree in Psychology Thai Yoga Masseuse.
Bronwen is a yoga teacher, dance artist, choreographer, and teacher from British Columbia, Canada. Her passion for yoga began with SOYA's 500-hour training in 2005 under Carla Wainwright and Mugs McConnell, and developed further by taking advantage of studies both in South America and Europe while living in Buenos Aires and Oslo. Both Alexander Medin and Basia Lipska were primary influences during that time, and Bronwen was grateful for the opportunity to assist Basia at both her school in Oslo and at Purple Valley Yoga Centre in Goa, India.
The retreat takes place in 15 Century San Flaviano Monastery, The Land of Light where the Doves Meet, Perugia, Italy.
The traditional Vegetarian Umbrian cuisine is about good flavor, freshness, and simplicity. Umbria's rich local soil provides its residents an unlimited number of amazing seasonal ingredients which are simply prepared to highlight the true flavor of each dish. The traditional methods still used in the production of such typical ingredients as Norcias regional artisan cheeses, regional wines, and the famous treasured black truffle that grows on the grounds at San Flaviano Retreat.
The cuisine is unique to the region and authentic to its origins. The cuisine of Umbria is healthy, hearty, and born from cucina povera. Umbrians have always relied on the natural resources harvested from their fields and forests. It is honest, Italian home cooking at its very finest.
Abundance - Yoga Retreat Italy, will be happy to offer you a full delicious week of enthusiastically created vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, and other dietary requirements.
Indian Head Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Thai Yoga Massage
Rome Airport with connecting Train to Assisi or Spoleto Train Stations
Transfers available from Perugia Airport, Assisi or Spoleto Train Stations cost 60 EUR return.
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