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8 Days Spring Meditation and Yoga Retreat Italy

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


Restorative Meditation and Yoga Holiday Italy

Jessica Bellofatto 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 with beautiful soul, Roey Ficaro, you can enjoy twice daily yoga to recharge, reboot, restore, and dive deeper into your soul. You will also have the chance to learn how to make authentic Italian pasta, go hiking and cycling, as well as explore the Italian countryside. Join Jessica and Roey to indulge your senses through magnificent home-grown organic food, delicious wine, and spectacular scenery.


  • 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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Locanda del Gallo's accommodation is immersed in nature. Enjoy green hills, gardens, silence, and extreme relaxation in the wellness center with salt water swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, and massage facilities.

The Locanda del Gallo has 10 rooms all with private bathroom. Each bedroom is equally fresh, silent, and 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. There is no television and nothing to disturb the peace and tranquility. Free internet and daily cleaning are available.

The gardens hold many hidden gems and secret corners for you to discover. 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.

  • Daily group hikes through the Italian countryside
  • Mountain bikes to explore with the group or on your own

Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica Bellofatto, founder and director of KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton, New York, is best known for her easy laughter, radiant energy, and extensive knowledge of the body. As a mother of three, yogini, doula, home birth advocate, surfer, triathlete, avid stand up paddleboarder, SUP racer, and one of the pioneers of SUP yoga, Jessica has inspired thousands of students in their journey to better understand themselves and their world. She herself has been a dedicated student of Hatha yoga for the past twenty years.

Her interest in yoga was piqued at the age of 18, while she was majoring in Dance at New York University. She completed the intensive year-long teacher training program at the Jivamukti Yoga Center with beloved teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1996 and has been teaching ever since. In 2011, Jessica was chosen to be one of Athleta’s sponsored athletes, and writes regularly for the Athleta Chi Blog. In 2012, she was chosen to be an ambassador for the Boga yoga paddleboard - a board designed specifically for yoga.

First and foremost a student, Jessica has studied extensively with many notable and amazing teachers, and has been most deeply influenced by her Jivamukti roots, along with the intensity of the Ashtanga yoga system as taught by Sri K. Patabhi Jois, and the beauty, clarity, and intelligence of the Iyengar system. A former dancer, Jessica teaches from a deep understanding of movement as art, movement as play, movement as therapy, and especially, movement as a spiritual practice. She is also interested in the stillness within and between the movement; the spaciousness of silence. Jessica’s dream for herself and her students is that we may come to remember the love, the beauty, and the miracle of which we truly are, and that we may access this truth through the body.

Roey Ficaro

Roey Ficaro (LCSW and CYT) has been a practitioner of yoga for over twenty years. She is a certified yoga teacher and she is registered with the Yoga Alliance and an Anusara-Inspired level teacher. Roey met her teacher, John Friend, 10 years ago who introduced her to Anusara yoga. There was an instant recognition that her life path was taking a turn and decided to dive into this brilliant system which incorporates universal principles of alignment and the Tantric based philosophy of intrinsic goodness.

Roey's open-hearted, nurturing, and playful style of teaching is enriched by her studies of yoga therapy, Thai yoga bodywork, meditation, hypnotherapy, and somatic experience. In addition, Roey works as a body / mind / spirit psychotherapist. She was instrumental in creating a wellness center at SUNY Purchase offering substance abuse prevention, yoga, meditation, and holistic counseling to the student body. Classes are well attended and entitled “Yoga for a Natural High”.

Roey’s highest intention is to invite others to tap into a deeper place of the body’s inner wisdom and learn to move from within, with more freedom, physical comfort, and fullness. As your body opens and aligns, your heart opens as well to your true nature of unlimited joy. Roey holds so much gratitude in her heart for her teachers, John Friend, Todd Norian, Amy Ippoliti, Susan Rubin, Paul Muller-Ortega, Nevine Michaan, and other gifted teachers too numerous to mention.

The venue for this retreat will be the stunning Locanda del Gallo, a country house bed and breakfast which is 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. 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 and even Siena, Florence, and Rome are not too far.

Nearby places

  • Tennis court - 10 minutes
  • Golf course - 30 minutes

The chef will spoil you with healthy and organic cuisine. Pamper your taste buds with organic tomatoes, salad leaves, aromatic herbs, and vegetables that comes from the kitchen garden. Satisfy your belly with olive oil from the olive grove, yogurt, cakes, and home-made breads. You can also join the pasta making class. In the finest traditions of Mediterranean cuisine, everything is natural, and genuine.

  • Easy day trips to Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, and Cortona
  • Further day trips to Siena, Florence, and Rome
  • Golf
  • Hand weaving workshop. You can learn the art of hand looming and dyeing fabric with vegetable dyes. The workshop is located down the road from Locanda del Gallo.
  • Massage treatments
  • Tennis

Locanda del Gallo has an ecological chlorine-free swimming pool, encircled by comfortable sun loungers and close by the sybaritic delight of an outdoor Jacuzzi whirlpool spa. You can 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 the masseuse.

  • 2 daily yoga classes taught by Jessica Bellofatto and Roey Ficaro
  • 3 daily meals
  • 7 nights' accommodation in an en-suite bedroom
  • Daily group hikes through the Italian countryside
  • Early morning pranayama and meditation session
  • Mountain bikes to explore with the group or on your own
  • Pasta-making class
  • Use of the chlorine free swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Use of the underground Moorish style spa with Turkish bath
  • Massage treatments
  • Optional activities
For information about the booking conditions, please send Jessica Bellofatto Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Christy Turlington Burns
    10 out of 10

    "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."

    Jessica Bellofatto Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Giulio Martini
    10 out of 10

    "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."

    Jessica Bellofatto Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Shira Barzilay
    10 out of 10

    "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."

    Jessica Bellofatto Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Paula Didonato
    10 out of 10

    "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 20s and 30s. 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."

    Jessica Bellofatto Yoga website, edited

New York, United States

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

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Arrival: Saturday May 6, 2017
Departure: Saturday May 13, 2017

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