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8 Day Yoga, Art & Nature Vacation on the Apennines, Italy


Regenerating Yoga Retreat Italy

  • 6 days with instruction
  • GABRYOGA invites you to experience a wonderful yoga and meditation retreat surrounded by tranquility and contemporary art in Italy! Take the chance of developing an inner transformation along with spiritual growth and body harmonization to be happier with yourself! The art made by Cornelis will change automatically your way of looking to things as you delve in asanas that will make your spine more supple and your body less stiff but stronger.

    Minimum number of participants: 2


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily meditation practices
    • Trekking at the Gypsum Regional Park
    • Visit to the cozy village of Brisighella
    • See the mural paintings at Dozza
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Daily vegetarian meals

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 8.


    • Instruction language: English
    • Spoken languages: English
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    During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. 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 nine 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.

    La Casa Torre

    La Casa Torre, with its 300 square meters, boast four double rooms, two bathrooms, two living rooms, one studio, and two kitchens. This house has a gas-powered central for heating and hot water, a washing machine, a dining room with a sofa, and satellite television. The kitchen is well equipped with a stove with five burners and a 90-centimeter electric oven, a fridge with a freezer, a kettle, a toaster, and an Italian and American coffee machine.

    During this retreat, you will experience three and a half daily hours of classes focused on each chakra. The practices will be divided each day in two 90-minute yoga classes and one 30-minute meditation practice. You will enjoy one yoga class in the early morning, one yoga class in the late afternoon, and an evening meditation session at night.

    Extra personal training will also be available on demand. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy one trekking at the Gypsum Regional Park, an excursion to Dozza to see the mural paintings and the castle with its precious regional winery and a visit to Brisighella, the nicest medieval village in the area. Even if this is a yoga vacation, you can feel free to join or not to any activities. It is suggested to practice yoga at least every morning to get the benefits of it and to encourage a relaxed atmosphere with no obligations. Any partner with different interests than yoga who wishes to share this vacation is also welcome. Vinyasa yoga classes: the yoga practices will be for beginners and intermediate practitioners.

    This retreat target any person looking for a calm and precise approach to built up a steady base for further practice. The word Vinyasa can be translated as “arranging something in a special way” and is used to describe a specific sequence of poses like chaturanga to upward-facing dog to downward-facing dog. Vinyasa yoga is a form of dynamic yoga that links asanas and breath in a stream. The transitions of Vinyasa movements close and open the asanas in an appropriate manner and with extreme care.

    Each daily practice will be focused on one chakra relating to a specific psycho-physical aspect:

    • Day 1: Grounding and security
    • Day 2: Flexibility and pleasure
    • Day 3: Core and will
    • Day 4: Opening and giving
    • Day 5: Listening and expressing
    • Day 6: All in one

    Sample daily schedule

    • 07:00 Wake up
    • 07:30 Yoga class
    • 09:00 Feed-back
    • 09:30 Breakfast
    • 10:30 Scheduled activities or free time
    • 13:00 Lunch
    • 14:30 Scheduled activities or free time
    • 17:30 Yoga class
    • 20:00 Dinner
    • 22:00 Evening meditation
    • Excursion to Dozza
    • Trekking at the Gypsum Regional Park
    • Visit to Brisighella
    • Gabriela Morini Rijken

      Gabriela is a yoga teacher and a freelance communication consultant. Her yoga practice started a dozen years ago. She began with Power yoga lessons and then discovered a different approach to movement, balance, stretching, and strength. She lives with her husband Cornelis, a dutch sculptor, in Casola Valsenio on the Apennines.

    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
    • Santerno River - 40 minutes
    • Art classes
    • Cooking classes
    • Horse riding
    • Massage
    • Shopping
    • Stargazing
    • Swimming pool (outdoor)
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • Hammock
    • Meditation garden
    • Restaurant
    • River
    • Yoga deck
    • Pet friendly
    • Free parking
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Hair dryer
    • Ironing / ironing board
    • Local market

    This listing is vegetarian-friendly Click to see more vegetarian-friendly listings

    During this holiday, you will be served three daily locally sourced meals including a dinner in a local pizzeria with the best pizza of the area. The menu will be Mediterranean and Vegetarian, prepared with local selected grocery and accompanied with local wines, beer, and drinks. A special home-made pasta workshop with Adele, Gabry's mother, will be included in the package.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Drinks

    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)
    • Cycling
    • Home-made pasta worskshop
    • Horse riding
    • Mountain biking
    • Painting and sculpturing
    • Reading, sunbathing, or listening to music
    • Take a swim at Senio waterfall

    During this retreat, Ayurvedic massage treatments and other spa services may be available on request for an additional cost.

    • 1 cooking class
    • 1 daily evening meditation practice
    • 2 daily yoga classes
    • 3 daily vegetarian meals plus drinks and wine
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Excursion to Dozza
    • Personalized training experience on demand
    • Transfers from and to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)
    • Trekking at the Gypsum Regional Park
    • Visit to Brisighella
    • Additional activities
    • Additional drinks
    • Additional transportation
    • Airfare
    • Personal expenses
    • Spa treatments

    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.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. GABRYOGA will pick you up from the airport.

    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.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 10 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

    Casola Valsenio, Italy

    GABRYOGA offyoga holidays in the Appenine Mountains in Italy where the sculptor Cornelis and his wife Gabriela share their old stone mansion in the forest.

    Speaks English

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    8 days / 7 nights

    Saturday June 16, 2018
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