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7 Days Ayurvedic Living Yoga Retreat in Quarna Sopra, Italy

Italy Yoga Retreat

This retreat will give you a deep plunge into Ayurvedic wisdom and experience on how to integrate this wisdom into your daily life and yoga practice. You will understand how as humans you are made up of the same ingredients, but with own unique blend to make you into one unique individual. Being a unique expression of nature, you will learn why you have certain behavior patterns, react differently emotionally in situations, and digest different foods easier than others.

Meet the instructors

Victoria
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Highlights

  • Group Restorative yoga sessions
  • Daily Ayurvedic lecture, meditation, and pranayama sessions
  • Daily free time and open meeting with the teacher Victoria Hyndman
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Access to Body Care Center facilities
  • Fruits, teas, and filtered water
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

This retreat is hosted at the Mandali Retreat Center. Mandali is a peaceful retreat center, established on a mountaintop, overlooking Lago d’Orta in Italy. It is an open space dedicated to spiritual practice and personal transformation. Mandali provides an optimal environment to exchange and receive teachings, wisdom and guidance from some of the world’s most inspiring teachers.

The location is a result of an extended search. When the founders saw the view from the mountain top, it accelerated their hearts. They realized they had found the perfect place. Building this place is their dream and heartfelt intention; to create a place of quiet beauty, to learn, and to relax.

They built the place from scratch. Its architecture is a faithful reflection of the ancient villages by which it is surrounded. The center breathes a soothing, serene atmosphere and offers its guests a guiding hand. You will fall in love with nature, find balance in the elements, and feel harmony with your true self.

Program

Ayurveda uses all methods to re-balance, such as the use of particular foods, herbs, colors, attitudes, yoga, pranayama, and meditation. You will discover your own unique nature, while also tapping into the awareness of oneness which you all are, beyond the physical and mental body. You will spend these days in the retreat learning hands-on tools for daily self-care according to your Ayurvedic type (dosha) and present balance as well as food tips for self-healing and for your family.

The retreat will give you daily group sessions of guided yoga and pranayama (working with the breath to experience the no-mind state or higher levels of consciousness), meditation, and noble silence to reflect along with Ayurvedic talks to give you a new way of understanding yourself and life. You will go home with a heightened sense of awareness, a new perspective, and inspiration for your daily life back home.

This retreat is recommended for:

  • Anyone who has experienced a burn-out and needs to recharge and gain insight on how to avoid future burn-outs
  • People who are starting on their path and want to incorporate yoga, meditation, and yogic philosophy into their new path
  • Yoga students who want to learn how to create a lifestyle that is right according to their own individual nature
  • Yoga teachers that would like to be able to offer deeper and more individual attention and advice to their students

When you learn the fundamental keys to your own personal mental and physical nature though Ayurveda, your life becomes a smoother ride as you learn to recognize through symptoms expressed physically and mentally, and you will have the knowledge of how to re-balance yourself.

Life is not something static and is not one straight line. It is a daily dance that gives you all sorts of unexpected changes and shifts. When you can stay open to the journey and have the wisdom of how to adjust to the flow as it comes, you can keep your inner scales balanced and experience life to the fullest potential.

Retreat schedule

Arrival

  • 17:30 - 18:30 Restorative yoga
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner to connect with each other. An opportunity to talk to Victoria if you have any injuries, concerns, or other personal things that you feel you would like her to know about before the retreat starts.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Morning practice and pranayama
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Ayurvedic lecture
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:30 Free time
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Evening Practice
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Dinner

Departure

  • 07:00 - 08:30 Morning practice and meditation
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Closing circle
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Departure

On day five, there will be a day of noble silence for entire day until bedtime to create a space to allow yourselves into a deeper space within.

Instructors

Victoria Hyndman
In a light-spirited manner yet sticking to the authentic teachings of yoga, Victoria uses the wisdom of Ayurveda in her yoga classes for students to experience spiritual access through physical practice. Canadian-born, Amsterdam raised and moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to discover the world of yoga and Ayurveda, Victoria moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2005 to study at The Ayurvedic Institute under the guidance of her primary teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad.

Retreat location

The retreat will be held in Quarna Sopra, Italy. Mandali is set 850 meters above sea level, overlooking Lago d’ Orta in Italy, the site faces southeast, enjoying the morning sun rising over the Mottarone mountain range across the lake. The classic feng shui dream of enjoying the inspiration of the sun, lake, and valley in front of you, whilst being supported and protected by the buildings, trees, and gardens behind is a functioning reality at Mandali.

Unique features

Activities

  • Health Club
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

To complete your retreat, you will be served with daily vegetarian light breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fruits, teas, and filtered water will also be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

During your free time, you can enjoy your own rhythm and choose what suits you best. Relax in your room, take a forest walk, enjoy the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, or take a swim in the heated indoor swimming pool.

Spa treatments

A good massage can feel wonderful, help integrate all level of experience, and liberate your body from the tightness and holdings that keep pulling you backwards. There are various types of massages available at Mandali’s Body Care Center, such as Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiian), deep tissue massage, cranial sacral, and intuitive bodywork.

Massage sessions can be booked at an additional cost. Full information on the massage type and therapist of your choice can be obtained at the reception.

What's included

  • 3 yogi meals daily
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily lecture on Ayurveda
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily group sessions of guided yoga and pranayama
  • Daily open meeting with Victoria Hyndman
  • Teas, fruits, and filtered water
  • Use of Body Care Center facilities

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Massages and therapies at the Body Care Center
  • Transfers to and from Mandali Retreat Center
  • Travel and cancellation insurances

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP).

From Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP), you can get a transfer to Mandali, which will only take about 60 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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