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Italy Yoga Retreat in Ashram

Take a week to immerse fully into your practice, relax, and enjoy the beauty of rural Italy. With senior yoga teacher, Jac Godfrey. The Sacred Fire Summer retreat also includes bonus content for yoga teachers. This is a unique yoga retreat, in a sacred, peaceful ashram setting where you will immerse in traditional yoga practices to deepen your understanding of the true purpose and goal of yoga and connect you to your inner fire which ignites and inspires.

Meet the instructors

Jacqueline
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Highlights

  • Kirtan on 2 evenings
  • Highly experienced teacher
  • Early morning peace chants in the Shala
  • Morning and evening asana (physical yoga) practice for 6 days of the retreat
  • Bonus content for yoga teaches
  • Enough relaxing and downtime
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious healthy food

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (US$56 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
08:30

La Rosa Dei 4 Venti is a magical sanctuary, in Puglia, Italy. Translated as ’The Gods speak through the voice of the winds’. Every tiny detail here is mindfully crafted to support your journey of health and wellbeing, from the exquisitely curated bedrooms, each one unique, to the pure and serene, fully equipped yoga shala. This place is not a hotel but a unique place of beauty, run by a family who upholds the principles of “Ashram”, a sacred place to go deep within.

The accommodation is comfortable as well as beautiful. Rooms are all uniquely and beautifully presented with twin or double rooms options available. A small number of single occupancy is available upon request (subject to availability).

Each bedroom has its own unique features and is presided over by its own sacred statue, be it the Buddha, Green Tara, or another Boddhisattva adding unique energy and tranquility to your stay, beyond the yoga practices. This is not a hotel but a precious and bespoke environment giving sanctuary from all the noise of life to enable profound rejuvenation to mind, body, and soul.

Each room is equipped with:

  • Underfloor heating system
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet, and basin
  • Towels
  • Hairdryer

Program

The Week at a Glance

Saturday: July 16, 2022

  • 18:00 Arrivals
  • Welcome meeting
  • Yoga and Satsang
  • Dinner

Sunday, July 17, 2022, to Friday, July 22, 2022: A Typical Day’s Schedule:

  • 07:00 Early meditation and peace chants
  • 07:30 Early morning tea and fruits
  • 08:00-10:00 Yoga practice - asana, pranayama, kriya
  • Brunch - exact time to be advised
  • Free time to relax, take massages/treatments, go for walks
  • 17:30-19:00 Yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner

The final Saturday: Morning departures

  • Check out of rooms before 08:30

Other activities

  • On two of the evenings there will be kirtan and Satsang after dinner in addition to the introductory Satsang on day 1.
  • On one day your schedule will be rescheduled slightly to shift the morning practice a little earlier, miss the afternoon yoga practice to allow bodily recuperation, and take any excursions to explore the magic of Italy.

Bonus Content (included free of charge)

It is included in this retreat for yoga teachers and any interested practitioners - in that there will be optional enrichment sessions in Sanskrit, Philosophy, and complex asana at 15:30 on 4 dates.

Instructors

Jacqueline Godfrey

Retreat location

The retreat venue, La Rosa is an ancient Masseria (farmhouse) dating from the year 1689 renovated with the aim of bringing it back to its timeless beauty.

This retreat is located in the heart of the Itria Valley, about 10 km from Martina Franca, 450 meters above sea level, and midway between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The venue was carefully designed with the purpose of hosting yoga disciplines, philosophies, and activities from all over the world. The retreat is totally immersed in the quiet countryside of the Murgese, a gently undulating area of alternating troughs and hills, hillocks and karst lariat, between oak forests and Mediterranean scrub, orchards, olive groves, and vineyards.

The countryside of Martina Franca, dotted with characteristic trulli, the typical Italian peasant houses with the cone-shaped dome, is a riot of colors ranging from green oak woods, olive trees, and vineyards, to the white trulli and farms to the red soil of the countryside, framed within the dense network of characteristic dry-stone walls.

Food

Food Philosophy on the Retreat

  • Based on PH alkaline diet
  • Wide variety of locally sourced products and organic ingredients
  • Freshest food from this great agricultural region
  • Healthy food journey through the Italian culinary culture and heritage
  • Traditional recipes and contemporary cuisine
  • Lots of vegan, raw, and gluten and dairy-free dishes
  • Fesh fruits and vegetables from the kitchen garden and the menu changes according to the seasonality of products, bringing different tasteful delights to the table
  • Lighter, healthier versions of bread, pastries, and pasta all home-made using buckwheat, spelt, or kamut flour
  • Experienced in accommodating dietary needs

You will be provided with brunch and dinner on a full-day retreat. Tea, water, and fruits are also available throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Day trip to the coast
  • Trips to local towns or further afield
  • Massages, treatments

Spa treatments

These spa treatments are available at extra cost.

  • Cupping
  • Thai Foot Reflexology
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Kobido facial massage (ancient Japanese technique)
  • Stress-relieving oil massage

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in the room type of your choosing
  • Brunch and dinner each full day of the retreat
  • Teas, water, fruit are available throughout
  • All yoga tuition and meditation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers/transport to and from the venue
  • Any excursions
  • Any treatments, massages
  • Any drinks beyond what is available all day as part of the package (if you request juices or coffees during the day, for example, these will be additional)
  • Covid testing
  • Insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You may either fly to Bari Airport (BRi) Karol Wojtyla or Brindisi Airport (BDS) as both are within a 60 to 90 min transfer from the retreat. The retreat venue caters for airport transfers (at extra cost, as above) and the host, Marco, gives his personal cell phone number to guests to ensure that a smooth transfer is facilitated between drivers and clients.

As the check-in time for the arrival of the retreat is 6 p.m. on Saturday 16th July, if you are arriving earlier, the venue can arrange for you to be brought to a beautiful nearby town, Martina Franca to shop, eat, etc, and will take your main luggage on to the venue so that you do not need to carry it around. You can then be collected in time for the retreat check-in at 6 p.m. Or if you're traveling in Italy beforehand, you can either make your way directly to the retreat or meet at the airport on the 16th to join an airport transfer.

Flights from the UK to Bari are frequent. Best to book in advance to ensure a good deal. Flights will be released shortly and Jac Godfrey Yoga will advise you when they are available. Airport transfers are paid for separately from the retreat and you will receive information about these once Jac Godfrey Yoga has been notified by the venue.

Please note that the cost of your airport transfer will depend on how many of you are traveling together, for example, a car for 3 people will be around 100 EUR split between 3 people.

Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport Airport transfer available: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (US$56 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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Arrival: Saturday July 16, 2022
Departure: Saturday July 23, 2022

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