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Golden Yoga will return to Masseria della Zingara, 'House of the Gypsy' in Puglia, Italy for a third time this year. The name of the house beguiles the stunning 18th Century Masseria, renovated with loving care and exacting standards with the prime purpose of providing a wonderful and inspirational setting for specialist courses in yoga and textiles. Golden Yoga believes that extraordinary transformations happen when a group unites with common purpose in most conducive, even sublime a setting and company.
The main kitchen, dining-room and two vast sitting-rooms are located on the ground floor, the kitchen leading out onto a large, shaded terrace with a lovely view over the gardens to the pool and trulli. A perfect place for those delicious barbecues and, for cooler times of the year, guests can enjoy a huge open log fire in one of the sitting-rooms.
Upstairs accommodation comprises an elegant 4 bedroom apartment and a stylish 2 bedroom apartment, linked at the rear by a terrace with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside (part of the masseria estate).
The 4 bedroom apartment has its own sitting room and well-appointed kitchen; 2 double and 2 twin bedded rooms, two of which have en suite bathrooms whilst the other two share a fabulous bathroom with shower and bath. The 2 bedroom apartment has a double and a twin-bedded room, both with en suite bathrooms, a small communal sitting-room with table and chairs and coffee or tea making facilities. All the bedrooms are spacious.
The Casetta and Annexe studio apartment both provide charming additional accommodation; they are self-contained, each with a small, well equipped kitchen. To the rear of the Annexe apartment is another little terrace with shaded seating beneath a century-old olive tree.
The Trullo Apartment is located down by the pool area. It features a double bed as well as a settee and kitchen corner so that you can be a little independent. It has a very nice shower and bathroom and opens out onto the pool terrace area with outdoor seating. A wonderful opportunity to spend a night under the stars in a real authentic trullo.
Golden yoga is a playful approach that adapts the classical yoga poses into accessible, enjoyable and effective moves uniquely tailored to suit everybody. So the poses arent imposed, but rather emerge from within, unravelling habitual tension and bringing healing in their wake. Easing you into a dynamic alignment, Golden %Yoga strengthens and balances your entire musculature, nourishing your nervous system and boosting immunity.
While at the Masseria, there will be yoga in the beautifully converted stable studio and outside too, drawing inspiration from 'the garden of Italy' that is Puglia, from which youll be fed delicious local fare - along with an occasional glass of wine. There will be early morning moving meditation and yoga, with late afternoon yoga and evening meditation. You are free to explore the surrounding countryside on foot or bicycle, visit the coast or neighbouring towns and markets (there will be trips to local towns on two evenings after yoga) and a massage can be arranged for you.
The Masseria della Zingara retreat in Puglia will be a wonderful chance to immerse yourself in life sustaining practice with Sallyannes inspired approach, enabling you to access and readily absorb the healing and energy yoga can offer.
This yoga retreat will be held by Golden Yoga at Masseria della Zingara, 'House of the Gypsy' in Puglia, Italy for a third year. The Masseria della Zingara is a stunning and impressive example of a traditional Pugliese farmhouse, constructed in local limestone by wealthy landowners at the beginning of the 18th century.
Lovingly and respectfully restored by its British owners, wonderful original features abound, such as the fabulous vaulted communal rooms on the ground floor, whilst all rooms have been decorated, furnished and equipped to offer the guests every modern comfort in simple and elegant style.
The name of the house beguiles the stunning 18th Century Masseria, renovated with loving care and exacting standards with the prime purpose of providing a wonderful and inspirational setting for specialist courses in yoga and textiles. The Masseria sits in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves and has its own chapel. Despite its private location, the farmhouse is located close to a small village and the medieval white towns of the Valle dItrea in Southern Italy.
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Golden yoga's chefs Gianni and Cosimo offer a spectacular selection of all the wonderful food of the Puglia region. All really fresh and locally grown and including specialties of the region that you will never have tasted before! All accompanied, of course, by the wonderful local wine of the Puglia region.
For each course, Golden Yoga will designate a particular flight which they judge to be the most convenient for the majority of students. This is likely to be a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Bari Karol Wojtya Airport (BRI). These are normally a reasonable price and the flight time is just over 2 hours.
Bari is approximately 40 minutes drive from the Masseria. You can also fly to Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS) which is just slightly further away. Easyjet and BA also offer a service during certain months from Gatwick to Bari and these, too, will be considered. Golden Yoga will pick you up from the airports. The pick-up is included in the price, however, if pick up is done from a different flight, it will be charged.
Pick up will be done by Golden Yoga; however, you will be charged.
"I have so many wonderful memories from the weekend: skipping along in the freezing dew, spaces opening up inside and outside, lovely yoga practice, fabulous food and good company. You have a unique way of presiding over us all with such a light touch that we hardly realise what you are getting us to do."
Golden Yoga website, edited
"Thank you for the wonderful retreat - it was light, profound, nourishing in all ways and led with such vigour and finesse."
Golden Yoga website, edited