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Join Jeff Phenix for an amazing week of transformative and inspirational yoga at La Locanda della Quercia Calante, a beautifully restored farmhouse, nestled in fertile Italian countryside close to the Tuscan border. People love this retreat and Jeff gets lots of returning students as the benefits of taking a week to immerse yourself in yoga last well beyond the end of the retreat and can help you to create the impetus for really positive change once you return to your regular life. Jeff's depth of experience as a teacher means he is able to accommodate a wide range of levels, abilities, and ages within the same class as he offers lots of options so everyone from the relative novice to seasoned practitioners and yoga teachers are able to work safely at their edge whatever that may be.
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La Locanda della Quercia Calante is a beautifully restored farmhouse, nestled in fertile Italian countryside close to the Tuscan border, just 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Rome. The farmhouse is perfectly situated within a verdant park, surrounded by wooded hills and grassy glades, close to the majestic city of Orvieto and makes the perfect venue to achieve true wellbeing and restoration.
The property has a spacious and fully equipped yoga studio, outdoor yoga deck, two swimming pools, a whirlpool, elegant rooms, and a restaurant serving local Umbrian cuisine. There is an organic farm on the property and local wineries that supply the restaurant.
Single, double, or triple rooms are available. All rooms are en-suite and have a wisteria clad terrace overlooking the gardens. Rooms are simple yet charming and furnished in typical Umbrian style, with individual thermostats, terracotta floors, wooden ceiling beams and brick walls. All rooms are renovated with the most innovative natural architectural criteria: only natural mortar, paint and wax; no electromagnetic fields thanks to electric circuit breakers; water is heated by a solar panel system and electricity is generated by photovoltaic panels.
Jeff is a very experienced and highly regarded yoga teacher, with over 20 years of personal practice and teaching for 15 years. He has a lot of loyal students who have been studying with him for years and regularly return on his retreats due to the quality of his teaching so you will be in really good hands and get excellent instruction on this retreat. Whatever level you maybe at right now, he will help you to progress and deepen your understanding of the practice.
Arrival day is Saturday, July 28, 2018 and will begin with a welcome session and short practice late afternoon. Morning sessions will be a dynamic mixture of stillness and movement incorporating pranayama and meditation and will be at 8 a.m. for approximately 2.5 hours.
You are then free for the day to relax by the pool, enjoy a massage, explore the countryside, visit a nearby lake or local historical villages, or thermal baths until the late afternoon session at 5 p.m. (there will be snacks!) for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours which will be a mellow, soothing, and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as Yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras and meditation.
There will be two yoga classes and three delicious meals each day, with lots of opportunity for relaxing by the pool, exploring the local countryside, reading, chatting with new friends, and napping between sessions. Departure day is Saturday, August 4, 2018.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Jeff is a leading UK teacher, teaching at Triyoga and the Life Centre, training teachers on Triyoga’s teacher training course and teaching the regular UK and international retreats. Jeff is very experienced at teaching students of all levels and the depth of his experience, playful approach, ability to challenge students to safely push their boundaries, and his love of meditation, will give you the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice both physically and internally.
This retreat will take place in Locanda della Quercia Calante in the Castel Giorgio countryside (in the province of Terni), a small village 18 kilometers from Orvieto, in Umbria, on the Tuscan border.
The food at La Locanda della Quercia Calante is fabulous, and being typical of Umbria and Tuscany, is based on local products, made fresh daily, and 90% organically grown on the Locanda della Quercia Calante farm. Meals can be both with meat or all vegetarian. For those who wish to partake the wine list is also carefully selected and includes quality wines from small local vineyards. Let Phenix Yoga know if you have any serious food allergies.
There will be optional activities and excursions to local attractions, including the historic walled city of Orvieto, the thermal baths at Fonteverde, and wine tasting and cookery lessons, which are available at La Locanda for 30 EUR per person.
There will be a couple of therapists at the retreat offering a variety of wonderful treatments; Ayurvedic oil massages, deep tissue massage, and other therapies are also available at La Locanda.
Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Phenix Yoga will offer a shuttle bus pick up and drop off to/from the airport on designated time. More details will be given on booking.
La Locanda can be reached by train from Rome’s Termini Station (accessible by train from Rome Fiumicino Airport) to Orvieto and taxi from Orvieto station to La Locanda.
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