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5 Days Intensive Yoga Retreat, Italy

Porcaticcio Holiday Home, Via San Lorenzo #5, Casola Valsenio, Emilia Romagna 48010, Italy

A short journey into awareness

Cornelis and Gabry are welcoming you for a short and intense journey into awareness, through yoga, nature and contemporary art. They will host you in their litlle paradise, where they will share their house and lifestyle with you.


A blend of Kundalini, Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga will be integrated to offer you an effective instrument to explore life and priorities, through discipline and a calm attention.


Cornelis' art will automatically change your way of looking to things. You will be invited to ask him questions and express your feelings and impressions. His works of art will open new windows of awareness.


Walking in the woods, swimming in the rivers, strolling in a cozy medieval village will calm your mind and reconnect you to nature.

Take the chance for transformation and spiritual growth and harmonize your body and mind to be happier with yourself!


You will be served two tasty and healthy vegetarian meals, prepared by our cook with local and fresh ingredients. You will learn new recipes and how to make pasta. You will experience a 17-hour fasting, as breakfast will consists of detox juices, aiming to purify your body and mind.

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  • 2 daily meditations
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 1 daily philosophic session
  • Vegetarian lunch and dinner and detox breakfast
  • Short walks, swimming, massage and rest
  • Personal attention to inner growth
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor shower

Porcaticcio Holiday Home is a beautiful old stone mansion in the forest that was found by Cornelis in very bad conditions back in 2006. Cornelis was determined to give it new life and, with will and skill, he worked constantly for ten years to renovate it. The property includes La Casa Torre and La Casetta and as an artist residence, there are works of art, paintings and sculptures, inside and outside the property.



Gabry will lead you through a journey of awareness, thanks to a blend of Kundalini, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. The practices will be divided each day into two 90-minute yoga classes and two 30-minute meditation.

The Chakras system will be a guideline for focused body/mind work and will be the leitmotiv of both yoga practices and philosophical sessions.

You will be invited to explore your current qualities of grounding, being flexible, determined, open to give and receive, communicate and observe in silence.

The retreat is meant to go deeper into yourself and look at life beyond your egoic tendencies.


According to your feelings and energies, each afternoon you will have the chance to discover the surroundings, by walking in the forest and visit the nearby villages. Relaxation, massages, and readings are also highly suggested

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 07:30 Meditation
  • 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:30 Detox juices
  • 10:30 Philosophical session
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Activities or free time
  • 17:00 Yoga class
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 22:00 Meditation

Included excursions

  • Walking to Badia di Susinana and Rio Cesari waterfalls
  • Visit to Palazzuolo village
  • Pasta workshop with our chef


Gabriela Morini Rijken

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at the Porcaticcio Holiday Home at the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. Porcaticcio Holiday Home is situated on the Apennines in the Senio Valley between Romagna and Tuscany. The house is surrounded by two hectares of forest with paths to explore the surroundings. The property is secluded enough to escape the haste and close enough to reach Bologna and Ravenna in 90 minutes and Florence in two hours.

Nearby places

  • Bologna - 90 minutes
  • Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), 80 kilometers
  • Castelbolognese train station, 25 kilometers
  • Florence - 2 hours
  • Marradi-Palazzuolo Sul Senio train station, 20 kilometers
  • Ravenna - 90 minutes



  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby
  • Yoga studio


  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental nearby
  • Tour assistance nearby

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this holiday, you will experiment a 17-hour fasting, which means you will be served 2 daily locally sourced meals (lunch and dinner), while breakfast will be based on detox juices. This program will allow your body to process food and regenerate cells. The menu will be Mediterranean and vegetarian, prepared with local selected grocery and accompanied with local organic wine (moderate in the evening).

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

Horse riding

Spa treatments

A massage can be booked here for 35 EUR per hour.

What's included

  • 1 cooking class
  • 2 daily meditations
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 daily vegetarian meals
  • 1 detox breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Transfer from and to Castelbolognese train station
  • Transfer from and to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Massage treatments
  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Transfer from and to this airport is included.

Arrival by train

You may arrive by train at the Castelbolognese station by taking the Bologna to Ancona line. Transfer from and to this train station is included.

Driving directions from Bologna

  • Take the Motorway A14 with direction to Ancona and Imola exit.
  • After 35 kilometers, take Provincial road with direction to Rimini.
  • In Castelbolognese, turn right direction to Riolo Terme. There starts the Senio Valley.
  • Continue until Casola Valsenio and Porcaticcio di Sopra will be on your left exactly five bridges, or six kilometers, after Casola Valsenio.

Driving directions from Florence

  • Take the Motorway A1 with direction to Bologna and Barberino del Mugello exit.
  • Take the Provincial road Barberino del Mugello with direction to Borgo San Lorenzo.
  • At Borgo San Lorenzo, take direction to Faenza and at Colla Pass, turn left with direction to Palazzuolo Sul Senio.
  • From Palazzuolo Sul Senio, continue for 10 kilometers with direction to Casola Valsenio.
  • The house is on the right side, one kilometer after a little village called Mercatale.
Airport: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi 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 5 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Wednesday July 1, 2020
Departure: Sunday July 5, 2020

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