Have you ever thought of learning Reiki but don't know where to start? You've come to the right page! Linda from Italy Farm Stay is a certified Usui Reiki master and you will learn about Reiki on her unique authentic farm in the beautiful Italian countryside. When not in the course, you can relax in peaceful tranquility, eat fresh fruit from the trees, ramble around in the beautiful forests, take part in yoga classes, immerse yourself in Italian culture, and enjoy delicious homemade Italian meals.
During this retreat, you will be accommodated at Italy Farm Stay where you can choose from different types of rooms to fit your budget and vacation. All rooms have terracotta tiles, beautifully hand-painted trees, wildlife on the walls, and wood furniture with hand-carved details. The beds are new and comfortable, so you can be assured that you will have a pleasant night's sleep during your stay.
The rooms, which have been recently restored, are equipped with a fan in the summer and a heating unit in the colder months. Rooms are made of limestone walls which keep them quite cool in the summer. The larger rooms can accommodate up to four or five people. Camping on the farm is also available for guests who are looking for a more affordable stay but who want to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the farm. You can bring your own tent and equipment, or you can rent a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat for a small fee.
The campground is in a beautiful area of the farm and close to many fruit trees and vegetables which you can pick yourself and eat for free. You will wake up each morning to a beautiful view of the mountains and the surrounding area. Included in the camping fee is the use of a new shared indoor bathroom. The bathroom is equipped with a hot shower.
Reiki, an ancient healing method, has been rediscovered by Doctor Mikao Usui from Japan. It is the universal life force energy which is always present and permeates the whole world and universe. After you receive level I attunement, you can channel this universal energy and use it for yourself and the people and situations around you. This is simply done by putting your hands in position and ask for the energy.
Reiki, which is always flowing, works for everybody. It is a very strong and simple way to change your life profoundly for the better. At the end of the retreat, you will get Reiki level I certificate and it is possible to continue your course to level II.
Arrive at the farm at any time you like. Dinner is served at 8:00 p.m.
In the morning, you will have your Hatha yoga class and the start of your Reiki course.
In the morning, you will have your Hatha yoga class and Reiki one initiation and practice.
You will have your last Hatha yoga class in the morning and you may depart from the farm at any time you like.
The farm is located in the small village of Pescosolido at the foot of the Abruzzi National Park. The area around the farm is one of the most beautiful places in Italy - mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, lakes, and wildlife. With many easily accessible interesting ruins, churches, and castles, the area is surprisingly not filled with tourists like other parts of Italy.
The farm is close to the town of Sora (about 35,000 inhabitants), where you can eat at local restaurants, stroll along the lively main street, visit the numerous shops, cafes, and pubs, use the internet, or go to the open air market on Thursday mornings. The farm itself is a large property where guests can roam around, eat fresh fruit, spend time with the animals, relax in the shade of an olive tree, or hike around the trails in the beautiful forest.
During this retreat, you will be served daily vegetarian and organic breakfast and dinner at the farm. Non-vegetarian dinners are also available but the staff must be notified in advance. The farm tries to be as self-sufficient as possible while creating nutritious and delectable meals for its guests. Ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, potatoes, eggs, meat, olive oil, and wine come directly from the farm. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy free meals are available upon request.
Breakfast on the farm, which takes place between the morning yoga class and the Reiki course, is a traditional Italian simple breakfast. It includes coffee, tea, homemade seasonal jam, bread, milk, and biscuits. Seasonal fruits and vegetables from the farm are often included in the breakfast.
Dinner is a special time to sit together, will give you the opportunity to eat a traditional Italian meal full of wholesome food from a wide variety of farm products. Dinner includes two dishes which are usually pasta which is often homemade by hand that day, followed by seasonal vegetables, fresh salad, local handmade cheese, home grown potatoes, eggs from the farm, lentils, or beans. Non-vegetarian meals are available on request. Italy Farm Stay offers a dish with locally selected meat such as steak, chicken, or pork for an additional cost of three Euro. The meal is also accompanied by local bread. Homemade wine is served with the meals for an additional cost of 2,50 Euro per half a liter.
You are welcome to pick and eat from the abundance of fruits that comes from the farm. It is an indescribable pleasure to eat fresh organic fruit directly from the trees. On the farm, fruit is handpicked when it is perfectly ripe so that you can enjoy the full flavor. There are a wide variety of fruits available especially in late spring, summer, and fall. Among them are figs, plums, peaches, cherries, cherries, persimmons, apples, pears, grapes, apricots, berries, and nuts.
Experience the Italian countryside on a bike! You can ride the bike to the lake and into town, or you can explore the valley and surrounding forests. The price per person is five Euro for half day and eight Euro for a full day.
Walk along the beautiful valley of San Pietro in the Abruzzi National Park with a local guide. On the hike, you will see the surrounding mountains, walk along a gorge, and visit a beautiful waterfall where you can swim in the refreshing water. You can do the day hike on your own or with other guests staying at the farm. Free maps will be provided.
There is also a beautiful short hike to the castle of the nearby town of Sora. The prices are 30 EUR each for a group of two people, 25 EUR each for three, and four and up for 15 EUR.
Ride along the valley through the river on horseback. Explore one of the most beautiful valleys in the Abruzzi region from a horse! You will ride along a beautiful river, visit a 13th-century church ruin, and have incredible views of an old castle and the surrounding area. The horses are friendly and well kept, and Italy Farm Stay can accommodate beginners or people with more experience. The prices are 38 EUR for one person, 32 EUR each for a group of two people, and 29 EUR each for three or more.
Learn how to make homemade pasta with fresh ingredients from the farm. This traditional Italian meal will be part of the dinner that you can enjoy. The prices are 18 EUR for one person, 13 EUR each for a group of two, and 11 EUR each for groups of three and up.
Learning Italian will help you get around Italy while you are traveling! Classes are offered for beginners or more advanced speakers. Spend a little bit of time learning the language of love. The prices are 12 EUR for one person, 8 EUR each for a group of two people, and 7 EUR each for three or more.
Hike along the mountainside to the top of a beautiful mountain and sleep under the stars. You will see beautiful views of the Abruzzi National Park, sleep in a traditional mountain hut, and cook food from the farm over an open fire. This is truly a magical experience! The prices are 90 EUR for a one person, 45 EUR each for a group of two people, and 38 EUR each for three or more.
Fly through the sky and touch a cloud with your finger! Float above the mountains and the surrounding area in the Cassino valley with an experienced paragliding instructor. Specific weather conditions are needed to fly. The price per person is 120 EUR.
Take part in an old family tradition in the Italian countryside. Shepherds' families have been making cheese and herding sheep for generations. You can watch the local shepherd and learn how to make pecorino and fresh ricotta cheese. The prices are 28 EUR for a one person, 20 EUR each for a group of two people, and 15 EUR each for three or more.
The Pecorino cheese factory is located in Picinisco, 45 minutes drive from the farm. Transportation is provided. The people, who are very welcoming, will explain to you how cheese is made in a professional way. The cheese factory operates on a small scale and sells its delicious cheese in a local market and wine bars in Rome.
The tradition of making this cheese in Picinisco is more than 1,000 years old. The family-operated factory has taken special care to preserve the traditional techniques and shapes of the cheese. The unique flavor of the cheese is attributed to the type of feed the animals consume, which is very distinct to this area. The owners of the factory, who are are very welcoming, are happy to show you how this unique cheese is made.
Take a tour of a unique vineyard in the Valle di Comino of Atina, a small town, and a short drive south of the farm. This vineyard produces the Cabernet Atina Doc wine, which for the last ten years, has gained its controlled origin denomination recognition and is increasingly becoming more appreciated both in Italy and abroad.
The French Cabernet grape used to make this wine was first planted in Italy more than 150 years ago by the agronomist Pasquale Visocchi. There is a festival every year celebrating this unique wine. You will have the chance to visit this beautiful region, see how this special wine is made, and taste how delicious it is.
Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Ciampino - G.B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), or Naples International Airport (NAP).
From Rome, the easiest way to get to the farm is by bus. The ticket costs 6,100 EUR. The bus leaves frequently throughout the day, even on Sundays and holidays. To catch the bus to Sora, you must go to the Anagnina Bus Station in Rome by taking the metro line A (the metro takes about 25 minutes from the Termini station, Anagnina is the last stop on line A). The bus to Sora leaves from platform 10.
The station in Sora is the last stop on the bus, so while you are on the bus, you can relax and not worry about missing your stop. From Naples, there is a bus that takes you to Sora that leaves every day except Sundays and holidays from Piazza Garibaldi. Piazza Garibaldi is in front of the main train station in Naples.
From Rome, you need to catch the train at Rome Termini station for Roccasecca, then shift for Sora. Make sure to check the train schedule for Sora before you leave Rome, so you do not get stuck in Roccasecca. If you plan to arrive in Sora in the late afternoon, it is recommended that you take the bus instead. From Naples, you need to catch a train to Cassino or Roccasecca, and then you can either catch a bus or a train to Sora, depending on the time.
Be sure to check the train schedule in Naples so you do not get stuck in Cassino or Roccasecca. From Pescara, you will need to catch a train to Avezzano (you may have to switch trains in Sulmona depending on the time schedule). From Avezzano, you can catch a train to Sora. Italy Farm Stay will provide you with more information on how to get there upon booking.
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