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Experience the good life in this inspiring yoga retreat set in Southern Italy! Under the Mediterranean blue sky, practice precise yoga adapted to your own level. Surrounded by olive gardens, fields of flowers and breathtaking scenery, you will be charmed by the hospitality of your hosts, and their elegantly restored traditional farmhouse. Delight your taste buds with the divine flavors of traditional Italian cuisine. Relax, have fun and just enjoy yoga in an inspiring environment.
During the retreat, you will be staying at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, one of the top 50 health vacation resorts worldwide according to the British Times and one of the best retreat centers in the world by Taschen Books. You may either stay in a shared room or a private room which are are all elegantly appointed and very comfortable.
During this retreat, you will be practicing yoga twice daily. Yoga classes will integrate various yoga styles such as Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga and Restorative yoga. Meditation and pranayama will also be incorporated. Apart from that, workshops will also be held.
Jackie entered her local yoga center in Montreal almost a decade ago. With that first step, what began as a one time experience quickly grew to a weekly “spiritual-fix”, eventually blooming into full immersion in the yoga community as one of the current owners of the Downtown (Toronto) studio. After completing her 500-hour yoga teacher training, Jackie continued her growth as a teacher with Schuyler Grant and Nikki Vilella (Kula Yoga NYC), Dina T. (MTL), Annie Carpenter (LA) and Maty Ezraty (LA) among others in traditions such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, alignment-based Vinyasa and Hatha. Her classes are grounded in alignment while being rich with movement as she uses the breath as guide to create a steady rhythmic flow.
At the Downtown studio, where she teaches full time, her classes offer students the opportunity to reflect and explore. Jackie is firm believer in the importance of community along side both the spiritual and physical practice of yoga. She has led numerous retreats around the world and continues to inspire connection at its rawest form. Her retreats mirror her passion for growth, love and connection. In a long term effort to commit seeing all sides of herself with acceptance and love, she inspires vulnerability and strength in her students.
Jackie’s passion for movement led her to the exploration of subtle energy through CranioSacral Therapy. An energy worker at heart, Jackie has found a balance for her scientific mind. She is certified in CranioSacral Therapy 1, CranioSacral Therapy 2 and SomatoEmotional Release with the Upledger Institute. She is naturally intuitive in this work, and creates a safe space to explore deeper levels of the body-mind-heart connection.
This retreat will take place in the splendid valley of Itria, famous for its whimsical trulli, small white huts with conical roofs.
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Vegetarian meals combining fresh local produce will be served daily. All meals will not contain any soy nor wheat but just fresh vegetables and olive oil. Herbal tea and snacks will also be offered during the day. Italian dishes will be served with a twist featuring some raw dishes and super foods.
Diet is extremely important as much as the yoga practice during this retreat. Each meal that will be served follows the PH Alkaline diet philosophy with the aim of bringing back balance through a healthy vegetarian diet composed of mainly raw, organic with low-gluten, dairy-free and wheat-free ingredients.
On your free time, you can try bicycling or swimming in the pool. You may also go on a contemplative walk in a private forest. You can also book an excursion to nearby beaches and medieval villages on-site.
Book a flight to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI). A shuttle can be arranged to pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is not included in the price. Please contact Jackie Szabo for more information.
Book a flight to Brindisi – Salento Airport (BDS). A shuttle can be arranged to pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is not included in the price. Please contact Jackie Szabo for more information.
"I was new to yoga and I needed an escape from my life over New Year's. Jackie's retreat did not only gave me that escape, but unexpectedly it became the turning point in my life to a new happiness. I am grateful every single day that I decided to travel by myself to a place where I opened my heart and mind to a new way of living: spiritually, mentally, and physically. I love all of you yogis- from beginners to experts. You saved my life. Cannot wait until Bali!"
Jackie Szabo website, edited
"I met Jackie at a Costa Rica yoga retreat she hosted and the experience was life changing. Not just due to the beautiful scenery or the amazing people I got to know but largely due to Jackie and her loveliness, openness, and ability to put you instantly at ease. She is a truly gifted teacher who simultaneously challenges you while also making you feel comfortable and secure. Her classes pushed me emotionally, mentally, and physically and that evolution continues to stay with me in my regular practice and daily life. Before the trip was over I was already planning my next retreat with her."
Jackie Szabo website, edited