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8 Days Heart and Soul Alchemy Tours Yoga Holiday on Ischia Island, Italy

Italy Ischia Island Yoga Holiday

If you are looking for paradise, Alchemy of Yoga has found it and wants to share it with you! Come experience a retreat like none other on the famous “Green Island”! Right next to the more famous Isle of Capri, the greener sister island of Ischia (pronounced iss-key-ah) has a more natural, untouched feel. With visits to ancient port villages, shopping trips, a hike and boat ride, this retreat offers you so much more than just yoga!

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Snorkeling, life coaching, and wine tasting
  • Terme Cavascura mud treatment and visit to Baia di Sorgeto
  • Visit to thermal spa, boating tour to Capri, and visit to Castello Aragonese
  • Entrance fees to all group events and activities
  • All delicious organic meals
  • 7 nights accommodation

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8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

This yoga holiday will be hosted at the beautiful Il Giardino del Nonno in Sant Angelo. It’s an agriturismo situated perfectly on a plantation of olive grove and citrus overlooking the Mediterranean. The property boasts two pools, one of which is filled with the famous thermal waters of the island, and the other with sea water. There’s a grotto with three thermal pools and a thermally heated sauna.

A private location, the hotel is nestled in gardens of flowers, olives, palms, and lemon trees. Rooms are nicely furnished with balcony or terrace with sea view. Positioned next to the beautiful village of Sant Angelo, this location is perfect for a hike to Cavascura, the Baia di Sorgeto, and one of the island’s most famous thermal spas. This property is a piece of paradise and an oasis of pure nature.

Program

Alchemy of Yoga will hold twice daily yoga classes in one of two amazing yoga spaces (one indoor and one outdoor), both overlooking the sea and lush vegetation. The morning and evening yoga classes will be held either on the outdoor platform overlooking the thermal pool, beach and island of Capri, or in the spacious and comfortable “sala di yoga” (yoga studio).

Aside from practicing yoga, you will also visit ancient port villages (such as the picturesque Castello Aragonese). Enjoy artisanal shopping. Look for the famous thermal mud bath treatments, rucolino liquors, lemon candies, or the handmade designer clothing.

You will watch the sun rise from your private balconies, and enjoy a hike through the mountainside to have a full body mud treatment under an ancient Roman Aqueduct and have a playful boat ride to the natural thermal seaside caves of Baia di Sorgeto.

Live in the lovely town of Sant’Angelo and spend a day at one of Ischia’s popular thermal spa parks where you can hop from pool to thermal pool experiencing various temperatures, ancient therapy techniques, and opt for some treatments like a massage or facial.

The week will end with an exciting boat ride around Ischia, where you will see the hidden beaches and grottos where you will swim where the romans did and enjoy snorkeling adventures.

This is for you if

  • You’re invested in your own happiness
  • You are ready to embrace the deepest authentic you!
  • You enjoy the finer things in life and welcome a week of pampering
  • You want lots of time to rest and play
  • Your taste buds are ready to delight in culinary magnificence
  • You are curious about elemental heart medicine: earth, water, fire, air, ether
  • You seek to jump-start your life to align with your heart’s desires
  • You are ready be more calm, by taking your meditation practice deeper
  • You love water, pools, thermal baths, hot springs, boat roads, snorkeling

Included excursions

Castello Aragonese

The Castello Aragonese stands on an islet of trachytic rock linked to the east side of the island of Ischia by a bridge of 220 meters long. The rocky base is geologically defined as “a dome of stagnation” and is equivalent to a bubble of magna which solidified throughout past eruptions. It is 113 meters high under the sea level and stretches on 56.000 square meters.

It’s reachable by trekking along a mule path dug into the rock (by Alfonso I of Aragon in the middle of the XV century) or a modern elevator built at the end of 1970s.

From this main path, there are other smaller ones linking gardens to the fortress. The elevator is 60 meters under the sea level and is dug into the rock.

Sorgeto

Sorgeto is an islet situated in the municipality of Forio, and home to a truly natural thermal park in the open air. Mineral springs, sauna and therapeutical vapors, are one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts to the island of Ischia.

Reachable via sea by taxi boat or by going down 200 stairs from the suburb of Panza, it’s a delight to immerse oneself into that mix of warm-cool water with the most amazing sunsets you can image.

One of the most charming characteristics of Sorgeto is having a bath here at the night, in the warm waters beneath a starry sky. You can relax and spend unforgettable moments.

Parco Castiglione Resort and Spa - Park and Pools

The thermal park has 10 swimming pools with temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees, several hydro-massage jets, sauna, Turkish bath, 2 Kneipp pools, and private sun bathing pier on the sea with dedicated swimming area.

Also available to customers, wardrobe, chairs, sun loungers and parasols as well as several terraces with full exposure to the sun or shade set in a lively and colorful vegetation.

Retreat location

Ischia is a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples on the mid-southeastern coast of Italy. Located 30 kilometers from Naples mainland, it measures just 34 kilometers in diameter and is profiled by Mount Epomeo peaking at 788 meters above the sea.

Historically, the island has been inhabited by the Greeks, Syrausansa, Romans, Heruli, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Normans, Saracens, Turks, and Aragonese, and plenty of ruins remain to suggest the lineages of these colonies.

With its wonderful climate, nice location from the mainland, and richness of therapeutic hot-springs, it’s not hard to see why it was a landscape worth fighting over.

Island of Ischia is one of the world’s first health spa destinations. Italians (and Romans, before that) in the know would flock to Ischia to indulge in its mineral-rich volcanic mud and waters. Today, Italian Doctors literally prescribe time here to reap the benefits of bathing in the healing springs. Just off the Amalfi Coast, Ischia boasts natural wonders such a dormant volcano, lush gardens, thermal spas, clear beaches, ancient ruins, and endless views across the Bay of Naples.

In addition to all its natural wonders, one of the most appealing things about Ischia is the hospitality of the people themselves. You’re sure to enjoy the island’s welcome and relaxed way of life during your stay.

Yoga space

The indoor yoga room is a large studio (about 90 square meters) with tile floor and natural light. It has a beautiful view of the ocean. The outdoor yoga space is about the same size and also boosts a tremendous ocean view.

Surrounding areas

Not only will you enjoy the grounds with the sundecks, terraces, gardens, thermal pools, and yoga space, but the retreat also includes carefully-planned day-trips to offer guests a full experience of Ischia. The island is full of various natural wonders, from a dormant volcano, lush gardens, and rich agriculture, to thermal spas, clear beaches, ancient ruins, and endless views across the Bay of Naples.

Ischia beaches

Ischia’s beaches are famous: long stretches of sand between blue sea and the green hills of the interior.

As elsewhere in Italy, beaches are generally divided up into stabilimenti, private businesses who charge an admission price for use of their patch of beach. Some facilities may be included in the basic entrance fee; others will cost extra. Services available generally include deckchairs, sun loungers, towels and changing rooms. There is often a bar or restaurant, meaning you can pass your whole day on the beach, should you wish.

However, there are also stretches of spiaggia libera, free beach, which is a more familiar set-up for overseas visitors. Here you can bring your own towels and make yourself comfortable at no charge.

There are about 37 kilometers of coastline so you are never very far from a beach. The coastal towns all have local stretches of seafront where you can sunbathe or swim. Ischia’s most renowned beach is the Spiaggia dei Maronti, on the southern shore between Sant’Angelo and Barano. Once, the story goes, it was a favored landing-spot for pirates who would dig pits in which to bury their loot.

As well as good swimming, the 3-kilometer-long beach offers the unusual treat of a natural thermal spring at Cava Scura. Open-air pools dug in the rock give visitors the opportunity to bathe in the therapeutic waters.

Another popular beach is Spiaggia Citara, south of Forio, where the much-photographed Giardini Poseidon are the beach-front gardens of a thermal spa, complete with pools and sunbeds. Between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte lie two beaches, Spiaggia Mandra and Spiaggia dei Pescatori. Other favorites include the Spiaggia degli Inglesi (‘Beach of the English’), the other side of Ischia Porto.

Distances

  • Maronti Beach - 5 minutes
  • Sant’Angelo - 10 minutes
  • Naples mainland, 30 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Sauna
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

You will be served organic meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Organic
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)

Mount Epomeo

Monte Epomeo, as locals would call it, is the highest mountain on the volcanic island of Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. Reaching a height of 789 meters (2,589 feet), it towers above the rest of Ischia. Much of Epomeo is covered in lush greenery, with a few vineyards also occupying its slopes. Approximately 75 meters (246 feet) from the peak the mountain is covered in white lava. A path leads to the summit of the mountain from Fontana, a quiet traditional village.

Ischia Ponte

The ancient village of Ischia Ponte, also called Village of Celsa for the presence of mulberries, is an ancient village of sailors and fishermen, dating back to the 18th century. Since then, Ischia Ponte has been considered the richest and most prosperous municipality of the island. For sure you will visit the famous via Roma and Corso Vittoria Colonna and the beautiful Cathedral of Assunta, built in 1301 and remodeled in 1700. The crypt, decorated with frescoes of Giotto’s school, still preserves the remains of the noble families of the island.

Spa treatments

Enjoy Terme Cavascura mud (fango) treatment.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • All delicious organic meals
  • Use of estate premises (terraces, pools, thermal sauna, 3 thermal baths in grotto, beach access, etc.)
  • All day trips
  • Terme Cavascura mud (fango) treatment
  • Wine tasting
  • Soaking in the healing waters of Baia di Sorgeto
  • Boating tour to Capri
  • Visits to thermal spa
  • Visit to Castello Aragonese
  • Snorkeling fun
  • Entrance fees to all group events and activities
  • Life coaching
  • Comprehensive trip literature

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Extra spa treatments
  • Extra activities
  • Gratuities for your guides

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Naples Capodichino International Airport (NAP). Alternatively, you could fly into Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome and take the train to Naples. You will depart for Ischia from Naples meeting at the Port of Naples.

Arrival by ferry / boat

  • If you want to meet in Ischia, two options are to arrive in at either of these ferry docks: Ischia Porto (most frequent stops) or Forio (closer to villa).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

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