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8 Days of Yoga and Sight Seeing Retreat in Italy

Villa Ernestina, Via Selva di Fasano, 29 70013 Castellana Grotte BA, Italy

Stunning Yoga Holiday in Puglia, Italy

An epic adventure to Puglia, Italy. Surrender in savasana under the olive trees. Sip wine from the vineyard next door. Lose yourself in old world charm. Culinary lessons from a spicy Italian. Fresh pastries, gelato, and the sea breeze on your skin along with new friendships!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Beach yoga practice at Monopoli Beach
  • Daily yoga class among the olive trees
  • Visit old town Alberobello and Poligiamo
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

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7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
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Accommodation

The villa has two triple rooms and three double rooms. Any room can also be booked as single room.

Program

Day 1

  • Welcome drink and aperitivo
  • Transfer from the airport of a scheduled shuttle the day the retreat starts after 2:00 PM but no later than 6:00 PM. (If you arrive early or leave late the cost will be 70 to 80 EUR on request).
  • 19:00 - 20:00 First dinner at the house in Castellana Grotte
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Welcome celebration enjoy the night among olive trees, under the stars while local singer will sweeten the evening with his guitar followed by celebratory limoncello and fresh fruit collected from the area.

Day 2

  • Morning yoga amongst the olive trees
  • Breakfast by the one and only Ernestina, who she makes from scratch the decadent croissants, by hand
  • After breakfast, you may enjoy an optional travel by van to a farm in Ostuni where you will cook and taste typical Apulian products, oil, orecchiette, mozzarella, and oil soaps. (70 EUR)
  • Lunch at the farm.
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Nearby to the farm, you will explore the photogenic city of Ostuni and look for photo opportunities in this beautifully whitewashed, ancient Italian city. (included on the 70 EUR price)
  • 16:30 You will return by van to the Villa in Castellana Grotte to enjoy an "aperitivo"
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Evening yoga among the olive trees
  • 19:30 Dinner. Ernestina will prepare Panzerotti, a dish that is traditional to the area and it is out of this world

Day 3

  • You will have an early start this morning in order to experience a beach yoga practice at Monopoli Beach
  • After, you will enjoy a delicious packed breakfast, carefully prepared by Ernestina
  • Suggested mid-morning activity: Boat tour in the Adriatic Ocean with Aperitivo (50 EUR)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at the Beach Club (additional cost about 30 EUR)
  • 13:30 You will explore a particularly photogenic beach and explore neighborhoods and other little shops along the way. You will be returning to Monopoli at night to walk through the narrow streets ancient buildings and rock churches.
  • 14:30 Van arrives to take you back to the Villa in Castellana Grotte
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Aperitivo
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Evening practice among the olive trees
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Van will pick you up to take you back to Monopoli to see the city at night.

Day 4

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning practice among the olive trees
  • 08:00 - 09:15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina
  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or enjoy optional activities:

Visit Nadir Fitness Center, the Yoga Sauna Pilates, and relax by the pool

Book your massage (4-5 slots available for the day)

Visit Bari’s to go shopping walk through their historic buildings and monuments (60 EUR)

  • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch prepared by Ernestina
  • 15:30 - 20:00 Van arrives and takes guest first to Alberobello to see the famous Trulli, a Unesco Heritage Site
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner in a traditional Apulian trullo enjoy the rest of the night at leisure. The streets are often filled with people, lively until 2:00 am with families, a very safe environment.

Day 5

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning practice among the olive trees
  • 08:00 - 09:15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina
  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or enjoy optional activities:

Visit Nadir Fitness Center, the Yoga Sauna Pilates, and relax by the pool

Book your massage (4-5 slots available for the day)

  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch prepared by Ernestina for those who decide to stay (packed lunch for those that go to Nadir)
  • Enjoy the afternoon at leisure
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Van will arrive to take us to Matera European Capital of Culture 2019
  • 17:00 Gelato time enjoy the city at leisure
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Return to Castellana Grote
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Karaoke

Day 6

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning practice among the olive trees
  • 08:00 - 09:15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina
  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or enjoy optional activities:

Visit Nadir Fitness Center, the Yoga Sauna Pilates, and relax by the pool

Book your massage (4-5 slots available for the day)

Visit Grottes, to go shopping in Monopoli walk through their historic buildings and monuments (20 EUR)

  • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch prepared by Ernestina
  • 15:30 - 18:00 Van arrives and takes guest to Poligiamo
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner at the villa

Day 7

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning practice among the olive trees
  • 08:00 - 09:15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Van will arrive to take everyone to Nadir sports and wellness centre to relaxed pilates fitness activities swim in the pool massage an sauna.
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at swimming pool (not included)
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Van arrives to take guest visit old town Locorotondo and Cisternino
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner at a traditional trattoria (not included)
  • 20:30 Return to Castellana Grotte

Day 8

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning practice among the olive trees
  • 08:00 - 09:15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Ciao Amici! Transportation to the airport

Retreat location

Food

During this retreat, you will enjoy delicious meals. The most amazing food you will ever eat! This retreat is vegan and vegetarian friendly.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily yoga class amongst the olive trees with Dani Manzur
  • Storytelling and travel photography workshop with Monique Pantel
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 lunches
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Hands-on Italian cooking class at a farm in Ostuni, tasting Apulian products, oil, orecchiette, mozzarella, and oil soaps
  • Beach yoga practice at Monopoli Beach
  • Visit old town Locorotondo and Cisternine
  • Photography workshops with Monique Pantel

What's not included

  • Flights
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Additional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by Airplane

You may fly to any major City Milan, Rome Florence, and take a direct flight to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI) where Copal Retreat will have a shuttle to pick you up between (2:00 PM and 6:00 PM). Departure time between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM the Villa is located 1 hour away from the airport. (If you arrive early or leave late the cost will be 70 to 80 EUR on request).

Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport Airport transfer included: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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Arrival: Sunday June 20, 2021
Departure: Sunday June 27, 2021

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