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8 Days Yoga and Free Diving Holiday on The Charming Volcanic Island of Ischia, Italy

Hotel Villa Antonio, Via San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce, Ischia Porto, 80077 Ischia, Italy

Italy Yoga Holiday

Ischia Yoga Retreats invite you to join them on this wonderful yoga escape in Ischia, Italy. Famed for its stunning beaches, thermal waters, landscapes, and warm climate, the island offers something more important for its visitors - wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Immerse yourself with daily yoga, breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation and nature on this retreat. Come, relax and reclaim your radiance as you reconnect with nature, yourself, and each other on this magical Island.

Meet the instructors

Brittany & Pietro
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Highlights

  • RAID freediver course and certification
  • Daily Hatha and/or Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Pranayama practices suited for all levels of practitioners
  • Free time to explore and discover the local area
  • Daily delicious Italian breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Naples International Airport (US$67 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi

In the very heart of Ischia, Hotel Villa Antonio is by the bridge leading to the Argonese Castle. Hotel Villa Antonio is a budget venue that comprises 20 rooms. It offers functional air-conditioned rooms overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, and free use of a private beach. The Villa Antonio Hotel also features a sun terrace, bar, and garden.

The private beach is equipped with parasols, sun loungers, and a snack bar. Wi-Fi is free in all public areas. You enjoy a sweet Italian breakfast every morning, served in a communal breakfast room. All guest rooms are ensuite, with a TV and tiled floors.

Program

This retreat is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the study of Yoga, whilst still enjoying outdoor life, Italian culture as well as meeting like-minded people and making new friends. The yoga classes are activating and energizing, each session includes meditative and pranayama elements.

The yoga sessions are adapted to the needs of the group and designed so that they are suitable for beginners and advanced students. To deepen your understanding of yoga and yoga practice, there will be a small theory workshop before each yoga session. The day will consist of freediving theory or practices in the pool or the ocean.

RAID freediving course and exploration of the Mediterranean Sea

Freediving is the purest form of diving. Learn the proper techniques to explore deep underwater on a single breath of air, familiarize yourself with the adventure of freediving and how to turn this into a life long love affair with the ocean and all the amazing creatures that call it home.

In the RAID freediver course, you acquire the proper skills and knowledge to partake in freediving to depths of 20 meters in the most relaxed and safest manner possible. You will develop skills necessary to train your body to be more efficient with oxygen, gain better respiration and muscle flexibility and learn new skills to explore your Freediving potential to the maximum.

Kindly note that if you're new to freediving - this level provides you with a WSF worldwide recognized diver certification to be able to free dive in a safe and concise way.

This program is broken into two sections

First section - theory

This is the theory or academic section, which any person may take and complete, followed, without obligation, the practical section which is the session where you can learn, with your Instructor, the underwater skills necessary for this level of training and complete your certification. When you purchase this program on-line you are effectively purchasing the access for six months to the theoretical content, knowledge reviews and exam for this level of diver training, which consists of downloadable PDF manuals with detailed information.

There is such a wealth of information in these comprehensive manuals and is well worth the cost alone! RAID provides you with more information and knowledge development than any Instructor led lectures only or short video can provide in a limited time period generally offered.

Purchase this course and you will receive the comprehensive academic training package, without the need to complete the practical session (no obligation). The on-line academic training package includes PDF manuals, quick quiz and exam (open book), and six months access to manuals (can be downloaded).

Second section - practical training

The second section will be done with your RAID freediving instructor. You will do training in confined water - a minimum of two freediving sessions. This is where the theory goes into practice, the core techniques for freediving that you will use for a lifetime are developed during the first sessions, proper breathing and relaxation, efficient fining techniques and correct body position for maximum hydrodynamics, the buddy system, and safety are all covered.

The confined water sessions are like an open water simulator, this gives you the chance to become comfortable with the freediving skills before taking them to open water. Open water training includes a minimum of two freediving sessions. The real magic happens in the open water where you can explore your own potential and the amazing underwater world, but all the confined water practice into play and further develop your freediving skills with equalization strategy to become comfortable and confident with freediving to depths safely.

Certification

Upon successfully passing the practical training you receive a world series freediving international recognized freediver certification, online logbook, freediver certification E or C-card, and unrestricted access to manuals.

Sample schedule

Day 1

  • 14:00 Arrival
  • Evening yoga and welcome

Day 2 to 7

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga and theory
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • Freediving theory, ocean session or pool session, pranayama
  • Free time to relax and explore the area
  • 18:30 Evening gentle yoga and meditation
  • Dinner

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • 11:00 Departure

This is only a sample schedule. Hours are subject to change due to seasons.

Instructors

Brittany Oliver

Pietro Sorvino

Retreat location

Ischia is an exquisite and peaceful island hideaway surrounded by the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. As your boat carries you across the Bay of Naples, you will enter a magical kingdom of glorious sunshine, fine food, and of health and wellness spas. The volcanic landscape of Ischia is truly magical, there are rocky coves, amazing spas, and beautiful gardens. Ischia is definitely a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

The main town of Ischia is divided into two parts, Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte. Hotel Villa Antonio is located in Ischia Ponte - home to one of Ischia's most iconic and intriguing sights, Castello Aragonese, which for many is the symbol of Ischia. Whilst ambling through the winding streets towards the dramatic sight of the medieval castle there are many small cafes, shops, and restaurants to explore.

The hotel is two and a half kilometers from the harbor on stunning Ischia Island, offering direct connections to Naples and Procida Island. The area surrounding the hotel is full of shops, restaurants, and cafés. Ischia Porto is a great choice for travelers interested in walking, food, and scenery.

Distances

  • Cartaromana Beach, 850 meters
  • Ischia Porto, 2 kilometers
  • Castello Aragonese, 200 meters
  • Gelateria, 200 meters
  • Museo Del Mare, 100 meters
  • Aenaria Beauty Center, 1.5 kilometers
  • Cioccolateria Atelier delle Dolcezze, 1.1 kilometers
  • Scogli di Sant'Anna, 400 meters
  • Antiche Terme Belliazzi, 4.5 kilometers
  • Ischia Diving, 2.3 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Hot spring
  • Scuba diving
  • Swimming

General

  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

All breakfasts are included in the price of this retreat on the sea-view terrace. These breakfasts are a traditional Italian style breakfast with fruit and Pastries. Dinner is not included, however, the area surrounding the hotel is full of shops, restaurants, and cafés. Ristorante Aglio Olio e Pomodoro and Coco Gelo serve a good range of Mediterranean and Italian food and lie 100 meters from the property. You could budget around 20 EUR for a good dinner with vino.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

This stunning Island is truly romantic with a lot to offer: cafes, restaurants, nature, exhibitions, and shops, all centers that can be accessed by foot, The idyllic green island of Ischia is very lush and the volcanic ground gives this little paradise amazing powerful energy.

The volcanic mud and thermal waters (which you will visit at Negombo Spa) is said to have healing properties. It was one of the first wellness and health areas in the world with a history of more than 2000 years.

The green island has so much to offer, botanical gardens, gorgeous thermal spas, beaches, ancient ruins, historical sites, endless views across the Bay of Naples, hikes or walks to and around Mount Epomeo, snorkel around the castle, and also yummy Italian food.

Boat trip

La Rondine is Ischia Yoga Retreats recommendation. You will have a full boat trip around the island (enjoy a delicious lunch on-board an old sailing boat) and then enjoy the private stop to enjoy the blue water to snorkel and have fun. You will also explore the nearby islands of Capri and Procida are an option during your trip. There are also boat tours with Oceanomare Delphis, on this excursion you will be able to join scientists in the search for dolphins and sperm whales that frequent the area.

Hikes and walks in nature

Go up the top of Monte Epomeo (789 meters high) to enjoy 360 degrees breath-taking views of the Ischia island and beyond. The hiking trails are well-marked and also free of charge. You can explore to your heart's content and be amazed by the beautiful scenery, fauna, and flora.

Hot springs

Ischia is famous for its natural hot springs, many of which bubble up right along the coast. In some areas, the seawater is hot, which is absolutely marvelous.

Shopping and sight-seeing

Shopping in the small Italian towns and taking a stroll down the idyllic streets is one way to enjoy your day. Sightseeing with a Vespa (Italian typical motorbike) around the Island or by taking the local bus transport (leaves every 20 minutes throughout the day and stops in all towns) allows you to discover all the small towns on the Island- stopping to explore the villages where and when you want.

Swimming in the sea

Ischia has many beautiful beaches, Ischia Yoga Retreat's personal favorite is Citara in Forio. It is a wonderful way to spend the day, relaxing, snorkeling, swimming, and of course, getting a well-rounded Italian tan. Snorkel equipment and bicycle hire are available for rent.

Thermal parks

Many thermal parks present on the island. Negombo is included in the price for the trip package.

Wine tasting

Wine tasting at Casa Dambra, the island's oldest vineyard.

Scuba-diving and snorkeling trips

Ischia Yoga Retreats recommends ANS diving Ischia, and they can help organize the excursion for you.The Island offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of divers. With is colorful reefs, Ischia offers a unique diving experience for all.

What's included

  • Daily yoga sessions (morning and evening)
  • Daily pranayama (beginner to advanced techniques)
  • Daily meditation
  • Yoga theory booklet
  • RAID freediving course with all equipment
  • Breakfasts
  • Use of estate premises (private beach, terrace sunbeds, etc.)
  • Use of yoga mats and props
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Transfers
  • Dinners
  • Any extras
  • Drinks
  • Other meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical clearance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Capodichino Airport (NAP), Naples. Alternatively, you could also fly into Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome, or Roma Ciampino (CIA) and take the train to Naples.

It is recommended you choose a flight option that arrives early in Naples and leaves from midday onwards, to leave you plenty of time each way to cross over with the ferry to Ischia. Airport transfers are not included but can be arranged by Ischia Yoga Retreats for an extra 60 EUR (includes a trip from the airport to the Island of Ischia).

Arrival by shuttle

From the airport to the Porto Molo Beverello, the Alibus shuttle is available at 5 EUR per person or a Taxi at 21 EUR. Alternatively, if you wish to explore Rome, there is a train from Rome to Naples which takes about one to one and a half hours. From the train station in Naples, there is an Alibus shuttle which takes about 10 minutes from the train station to the harbor in Napoli. The bus leaves every 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to Napoli Porto.

Arrival by ferry/boat

The quickest way to get to Forio is by hydrofoil (aliscafo) with the boat company, Alilauro. The ticket is around 18 EUR per person with an additional 2 EUR for luggage. You can board the boat from Porto Molo Beverello. The boat timetables can be requested after you have confirmed your booking with Ischia Yoga Retreats. Please let Ischia Yoga Retreats know your arrival time so they can arrange your transfer to the hotel from the port of Forio.

Airport: Naples International Airport Airport transfer available: Naples International Airport (US$67 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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