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Set in the tranquil Italian countryside of Salento and a 5-minute drive from the beach, the Indian summer retreat will give you the opportunity to take some invaluable time out and focus on a happier, healthier you. Co-taught by Julie and Kamal, certified teachers from India, the yoga classes will be a mix of Hatha and Vinyasa, including special beach sunrise and full moon sessions. Get in touch now to join this unique journey to recharge, restore, and dive deep!
Hotel Masseria Coccioli offers a large outdoor swimming pool, 20 en-suite bedrooms, and two suites. Free Wi-Fi access is included and each room will provide you with air conditioning, heating, and a patio or terrace. In close proximity to the Hotel Masseria Coccioli, stunning beaches populate the coastline including Lido Kalu Beach and restaurant. Rooms vary from single to double occupancy, all with private bathrooms.
Join Julie and Kamal for a daily guided meditation in the morning sunshine and activate your body and mind with an energizing yoga class. Enjoy a healthy balanced brunch including superfoods, spend the rest of your day relaxing by the pool or the beach, treat yourself to a complimentary massage, explore the baroque city of Lecce, “the Florence of Southern Italy”, and other historical towns in the Salento region.
Come home and wind down with a calming evening yoga class, followed by a delicious home restaurant style dinner. Classes will take place indoors, in the centennial nearby natural preserve, out by the pool or on the beach.
During your stay, enjoy several trips to the beach and a city tour of Lecce.
Julie Chereath Meo
After a lot of self-practice as a devoted yoga scholar, Julie trained with a vast variety of teachers in London, Los Angeles, and in South India where she completed her teacher training. Julie’s sessions are an all-round yoga experience as taught in the traditional Indian yoga culture. This includes pranayama (breathing exercises), a yoga asana work out, and meditation. Styles vary according to student’s level, but each class is designed to energize the body and nurture a spiritual awareness.
Kamal is a certified Hatha yoga teacher. Kamal was born in England and has Indian origins. With a physics and aerospace engineering background, Kamal left the rat race in 2013 after 10 years of working for an international aerospace company in England and North Italy to follow her instincts. In Kamal’s classes, you will explore different asanas, creative flows, and breathing techniques to help you ignite your inner (and outer) strength, find your balance, your focus, and teach you to accept where you are today.
This retreat will take place at Hotel Masseria Coccioli, Salento, Italy. Set in the southernmost part of Italy's heel, Salento offers many attractions including historical towns, fortified gems of Gallipoli and Otranto, the baroque, sophistication of its capital Lecce “the Florence of Southern Italy”, stunning beaches, a lively gastronomic scene, and much more. Lecce can be easily reached by landing at Brindisi Aiport (BDS) or Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI).
Set just four kilometers from the Adriatic Sea, Hotel Masseria Coccioli is a beautifully restored 15th century estate surrounded by ancient olive groves of the Salento countryside. This secluded haven is set in between the ancient and life-full city of Lecce and the peaceful natural preserve of Parco del Rauccio with the most beautiful beaches and villages of Salento in close proximity.
During the retreat, you will be provided with light breakfast, brunch, and dinner per day. Brunches and dinners will be prepared by local chefs.
A typical breakfast before class consists of fresh lemon and ginger tea, fruit, and yogurt. Brunches and dinners will be served as family-style, sometimes outdoors on the terrace, or by the pool. There will be a selection of fresh salads, vegetable dishes, grains, and delicious locally-caught fish or seafood, and sustainable meat.
Julie Meo Yoga Life wants to give you a real Salento culinary experience at this retreat. Every evening meal will be prepared by a different, selected Salento guest chef. There will be a young, up, and coming Salentino chefs who will dazzle you with their creativity and originality, Salentina mammas with years of experience cooking traditional Salentino food for the family, and a traditional Indian meal prepared by your yoga teachers.
If you have any dietary restrictions, just let Julie Meo Yoga Life know when you book and they will surely accommodate.
During your free time, you may enjoy authentic Ayurveda treatments and beauty treatments of the highest quality with Annalisa or treat yourself to a deep tissue massage with the local massage therapist, Sabrina. The massages perfectly compliment your yoga practice as you unblock and release your body and mind.
Please book your flight to arrive at Brindisi Airport (BDS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. You can also take the train or bus that goes directly to Lecce, from where Julie Meo Yoga Life can pick you up for free.
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