8 Days La Bella Vita Yoga Retreat in Umbria, Italy

  • Locanda del Gallo, Frazione Santa Cristina, 06020, Gubbio, Perugia, Umbria, Italy

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Italy

Jessica is thrilled to be returning to the Italian countryside to offer you an amazing retreat to Locanda del Gallo, located in the heart of Umbria. Co-taught with fellow KamaDeva Yoga teacher and beautiful soul Roey Ficaro, join them to indulge your senses through magnificent, home-grown organic food, delicious wine, spectacular scenery, hiking, exploring, and twice daily yoga to recharge, reboot, restore, and dive deep.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Italian pasta making class
  • Morning pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Use of swimming pool and spa facilities
  • Daily group hiking and mountain biking
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The Locanda del Gallo has 10 rooms all with private bathroom, each equally fresh and silent, and each unique from one another. The furnishings adorning every room were all hand-picked and brought back one by one from many distant journeys made by Paola and Irish, the owners.

During your stay, you can enjoy green hills, gardens, silence, and extreme relaxation in the wellness center with salt water swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa and massage facilities. There is no television, and nothing to disturb the peace and tranquility.

  • 07:30 Guided pranayama and meditation
  • 08:15 Light breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga
  • 11:30 Lunch
  • 12:00 Hike, free time, day trips, massage and spa time
  • 17:00 Yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner

Daily group hikes through the Italian countryside and mountain bikes to explore with the group or on your own are included in the holiday.

  • Jessica Bellofatto

    Jessica has been practicing yoga for 24 years. She started at the original Jivamukti Yoga Studio in East Village, New York. She completed her 500-hour training in 1997 at the Jivamukti Yoga School under the guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life. She spent many hours studying the Anusara, Iyengar, and Ashtanga styles and is currently pursuing certification in Ashaya yoga, which sprouted from Anusara, with Todd Norian. Jessica is also a triathlete, an avid surfer, and the owner of KamaDeva Yoga.

The venue for this retreat will be the stunning Locanda del Gallo, a country house bed and breakfast located in the peaceful Umbria hills between Gubbio and Perugia. Prominently situated on a ridge which stretches into the center of the valley, Locanda del Gallo commands fine views over its 28 hectares of gardens, terraced lawns and woodland, this luxury, boutique hotel accommodation is immersed in nature.

All meals, starting with dinner on the night of arrival, three meals daily, and breakfast on day of departure are included in price. The chef will spoil you with healthy and organic cuisine. The tomatoes, salad leaves, aromatic herbs, and vegetables come from the kitchen garden. There are also olive oil from the olive grove, yogurt, cakes and home-made breads. In the finest traditions of Mediterranean cuisine, everything is natural, and everything is genuine.

Stroll at leisure through the olive grove, inhale the scent of roses and herbs, or simply curl up with a book under the shade of the old elm tree. The gardens hold many hidden gems and secret corners for you to discover.

There is an ecological chlorine-free swimming pool, encircled by comfortable sun loungers and close by the sybaritic delight of an outdoor Jacuzzi whirlpool spa. Or descend a few steps to enter the small Moorish style spa, let your tensions slip away in the Turkish bath and then immerse yourself in a cloud of cool, refreshing, mint scented water, before heading for the peace of the salon overlooking the verdant landscape to sip a tisane, read a book, or revive yourself under the hands of JBYoga masseuse.

For those who wish to venture on a day excursion, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi and Cortona are all within easy reach of the Locanda del Gallo. Even Siena, Florence, and Rome are not too far.

Optional activities

  • Easy day trips to Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi and Cortona
  • Further day trips to Siena, Florence, and Rome
  • Hand weaving workshop - learn the art of hand looming and dyeing fabric with vegetable dyes, located down the road from the locanda!
  • Tennis (courts located 10 minutes away!)
  • Play golf on a championship golf course 30 minutes away
  • Massage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Daily group hikes through the Italian countryside
  • Early morning pranayama and meditation session
  • Daily cleaning
  • Free internet
  • Mountain bikes to explore with the group or on your own
  • Pasta-making class
  • Twice daily yoga taught by Jessica Bellofatto and Roey Ficaro
  • Use of the chlorine free swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Use of the underground Moorish style spa with Turkish bath
  • Airfares
  • Massage treatments
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG).

For information about the booking conditions, please send JBYoga an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Deborah Spera

    "A yoga practice exists to anchor you in the here and now while reminding you of your greatest potential spiritually. As a result of that reminder, the body gives way to incremental moments (inches really) that provide enormous pathways of possibility. When I met Jess I hadn’t done a handstand in 22 years, i hadn’t contemplated the splits in even more. I had given up what I thought my numerical age allowed. Jess reminded me that who we are and what we are are defined by practice and faith and belief in possibility. As I remembered what it was to do a backbend and a headstand, so I also remembered and discovered not only who I am, but who I am meant to be. Only a great teacher can provide a light to that path. And Jess is and has always been for me a great teacher. A reminder of my spiritual being and a true beacon of joy."

    Jessica Bellofatto Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Christy Turlington Burns

    "I have known Jessica Bellofatto since she became certified from Jivamukti many years ago. She has always been a gifted teacher and an inspiring spirit. She was always the epitome of a yogini, which is why I chose her to represent my Nuala yoga inspired clothing line for our first catalogue. She is a beautiful soul inside and out. I continue to learn from her every time I am in her presence and I am grateful for the opportunity always."

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  • Review by Giulio Martini

    "In a sky full of yoga stars, Jessica’s shines most brightly. She is a natural teacher of yoga in all its aspects and her classes are rare, perfectly formed gems. Afterwards, I always feel satisfied and I am always hungry for more."

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  • Review by Shira Barzilay

    "I had been going on a yearly yoga retreat with Jessica (and Lois the first year) for a few years. Each time, I emerged with a rising feeling of power, a clarity in my heart, and an unmistakable sense that I wished I didn’t have to wait until next year to experience this again. When an email arrived in August of 2012, announcing a teacher training in East Hampton with Jessica and Lois, my first reaction was, “I don’t want to be a teacher, but 10 weekends of instruction and hands-on practice, now that may be even better than a one week retreat!” I knew I wanted to invest in the deepening of my practice, because as anyone who commits to yoga can say—it is the answer. I cannot compare my time spent on my mat to anything else, and now with the knowledge I have gained—bringing it into my daily life—driving the kids around, washing the dishes, and dealing with people—has made all my interactions and life work so much better. If you are considering this teacher training, go with your gut, trust yourself, invest in yourself. Doing so will take you to new heights. Trust Jess and Lois. Don’t underestimate yourself."

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  • Review by Paula Didonato

    "Dear Jessica and Gina, I am so full of gratitude for this past weekend and for my relationship with each of you. This weekend was incredible. It was so powerful to be in the company of you both. You set an example of what it is possible. You are both such wonderful role models. The experience helped to rekindle my determination to work hard and nurture my practice. I have been on a journey to find my spiritual apex through yoga while creating a sustainable business. This goal often seems like an impossible dream. Watching you both gave me renewed hope and I am very grateful. I think the example that you set in working together is one that the women that attended your conference will benefit greatly from. I can’t imagine what my adult life would have been like if I had spent the weekend with the likes of you both when I was in my 20's and 30's. You should be very proud of yourselves and hopefully you recognize the impact you are having on many many women. I love you both. Thank you for your generosity and inclusivity."

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  • Review by Robbie Luitjen from Tulum, Mexico

    "I just spent a week at a yoga retreat lead by Jessica Bellofatto in Tulum, Mexico. Amazing almost sums it up. It was my first of hopefully many more. I went alone and was the oldest. Yet, I never felt it in the best possible ways. The staff at Amansala was spot on and the food was healthy and delicious."

    "Jessica and Iris are extremely experienced. The constant hands on attention was such a plus. Jessica is the best instructor I’ve ever experienced in my 20 years of yoga. Although, I just met them it was as though I’d known them for years."

    "The ocean being feet away and the additional excursions between yoga and eating was a win-win. Did I say I loved it!? What a wonderful way to meet new women of like mindedness of all ages. Thank you Jessica for your devotion and attention to detail. See you next year!"

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  • Review by Barbara Demetz from Tulum, Mexico

    "Jessica, You have no idea what kind of positive impact you made on me. I adored your personality and your amazing skills as a yoga teacher, we were very fortunate that we met you and your family and all the nice yogis we got to know in Tulum. My first yoga class here in Boise was almost a shock, I missed your voice and your energy. I will definitely always look into your schedule for your yoga retreats and make sure I will join you again. Thanks again for a fabulous week at Amansala."

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  • Review by Amanda Jesenof from Rincon, Puerto Rico

    "The only thing I didn’t like about this trip was that it had to end! Jessica is a fabulous teacher and I loved all of the personalized attention she’s able to give with a group of this size. In four days, I became more confident in my yoga skills than I have in the last few years. The location for the retreat is absolutely unbeatable and the food was delicious; this will definitely not be the last time I go on one of Jessica’s retreats!"

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  • Review by Megan Toufexis from Rincon, Puerto Rico

    "This trip gave me the opportunity to focus on myself, my yoga, and find an inner peace I needed. It was fun, full of adventure, sunsets, delicious food and a gifted yoga instructor with a wonderful laugh!"

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  • Review by Rita-Marie Murphy

    "Thank you so very much for such a wonderful Stand up paddle boarding yoga experience! I was so looking forward to the weekend course and it was greater than I anticipated. I was extremely impressed with the level of experience and professionalism that both you and Jessica demonstrated."

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New York, United States

Jessica Bellofatto is the founder and director of JBYoga Studio in East Hampton, New York, USA. Regularly, she offers yoga retreats in USA and abroad.

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday October 6, 2018
Departure: Saturday October 13, 2018

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 150 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before April 30, 2018.

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