Would you like to get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life to find peace, inspiration and new energy? Then you are more than welcome on this estate in North Italy. This is a vacation with the focus on yoga and everything which makes this country so special. A week with many extras, especially for you. Because you value a healthy life, quality and personal attention. All this in an environment where you feel comfortable and where you are more than welcome.
IMPORTANT: this retreat will be taught in English or in Dutch, depending on the nationality of the participants.
Verona Villafranca Airport (US$61 per person)
The beautiful estate Maso Michei, home to LaContessa and your stay during the vacation, is situated between the vast vineyards. Here you stay in the 8-room country house which offers all the comfort that you can wish. With an eye for detail and sense of hospitality.
All rooms from the country house are attractively furnished, all have a (shared) bathroom with shower and toilet and a beautiful view of the vineyards against the impressive backdrop of the Lessini Mountains and the Piccole Dolomiti. An estate where the quality of life is preserved and where it can still be real (breathtakingly) silent.
The estate with an area of 10,000 m ² offers all the opportunity to laze and relax. Within the country house there is a small sauna where you can relax. In the living room you can find a charming seating area for a moment for yourself or with your fellow travelers. Here you can read a book, play a game or catch up on the experiences of that day or the things you like.
Outside you can enjoy the Italian sun in the afternoon. With a beautiful terrace with lounge sofas, loungers and hammocks. Or you might want a moment for yourself? No problem. Relax on a lounge chair between the vineyards and enjoy the moment.
LaContessa is housed in the left part of the Maso. Giuseppe Tognotti and his wife Michela Bruni with their two children live on the right side. Michela is a designer and creates jewelry and bags in her own Studio in Ala. Giuseppe is a winemaker and owner of cantina Maso Michei since 2001, an independent winery with ten hectares of land and an average production of about 25,000 bottles of wine per year.
During your vacation, every morning you can enjoy a yoga class under the guidance of a teacher from the Netherlands, where you’ll learn the unique value of yoga. An offer that is all about relaxation, effort, concentration and having fun together.
All lessons take place in a beautiful studio in the outdoor air, where all the windows can be fully open. That's combining fun with fun. You practice yoga with views over the mountains and at the same time feel the clean air around you and the sun on your skin. A beneficial combination.
In the lessons, you work with elements from various active and vibrant yoga styles that are combined to form a balanced program for the guests. A varied offering that is accessible for both beginners and advanced. Every meeting is concluded with relaxation, beautiful music and/or depending on the teacher, singing together. On Fridays there is a singing bowl concert.
With a pleasant and satisfied feeling you leave the lesson and it's time to lunch. In the kitchen of the mansion is the cook meanwhile busy with the preparations of the midday meal and a beautifully laid table is already waiting for you. You just need to fall in line, wonderful right?
The language of instruction is English and/or Dutch, depending on the nationality of the participants.
The estate Maso Michei which was built in 1893, is right at the center between the city of Verona and Lake Garda. Ideal for a day in, at or on the water or to visit to the world famous opera in the arena of Verona.
Also this year, you can enjoy food from the Italian chef Vito Lordi He guarantees 2 times per day a vegetarian 3-course meal of top-level. The dishes of the restaurant are from the Italian regional cuisine combined with delicious vegetarian variations and prepared with local products such as olive oil, cheese, polenta, honey and, among other things, the wines from the private estate. Five days you can enjoy complete care.
On Wednesday, you have the option to choose where you want to go have dinner. So you can get acquainted with traditional recipes from Trentino such as carne salada, canederli in brodo or strangolapreti. Throughout the week you can enjoy fresh fruit. In other words a week to taste and discover culinary delights.
In addition to the daily yoga program in the morning, you can also participate in other activities, like a nice and easy walk with a guide, a boat trip on Lake Garda, shopping in Riva del Garda or a visit to the famous opera city of Verona. You have total freedom this week. The choice is yours!
Maybe you prefer a massage or an hour in the sauna, or you’d like to surrender to the haven of peace on the sunny terrace where you can relax. Enjoy with a book under a parasol, swinging in a hammock and sipping a cool glass of white wine. That is the Italian "dolce far niente ' at its best, that is pure enjoyment of 'doing nothing' and life as it presents itself. A visit to the opera of Verona is also an option.
These massages are available at an additional cost on Thursday and Saturday:
This massage works on the energy lines of your body using a technique in which with hands, thumbs, feet, elbows, forearms and knees pressure is applied. Your body is as it were manipulated and stretched on a deep, soft and friendly way that you could compare with the passive practicing yoga. It restores the general well-being and promotes relaxation by the unblocking of possible tensions in the body. It increases your dexterity and elasticity. This massage lasts 85 minutes and costs 70 EUR.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system focused on the health of body, mind and soul. Ayurvedic massage uses essential oils which are specifically tailored to each individual. Also the style and movement of the massage is determined by who you are and what your body needs at that time for an optimal balance and well-being. This massage lasts 55 minutes and costs 60 EUR.
This is an anti-stress massage working with organic, essential massage oils made from citrus fruits and olives from the region around Lake Garda. The treatment involves long and slow movements for a strong relaxing effect. It harmonizes body and mind and promotes balance in the attitude of your body. This massage takes 45 minutes and costs 55 EUR.
The nearest airport is the airport of Verona (VRN). For 49.50 EUR per person (roundtrip) a transfer can be arranged at a simultaneous time of arrival and departure with other guests on the flying times of Transavia. If you are travelling in a different way or on a different time and/or in another place, regardless of the number of accompanying people, the local taxi rate will be applied:
The fastest route from Amsterdam is around 1200 kilometers and takes about 11 hours and 30 minutes. For a detailed route itinerary, you can check the website of the ANWB. Depending on the starting point, you can choose between two routes to Lake Garda; via Germany or via Switzerland. Through Switzerland is slightly shorter and goes through the Gotthard. If you cross Switzerland, you will pass by Chiasso to the Italian border. When you reach Milan you can expect traffic during rush hour. Via Germany you head to Munich, Innsbruck and Brenner pass. From there follow the A22 direction Modena, Trento, Bolzano and Verona. Then you see the Ala/Avio exit and then the signs Ala and valle dei Ronchi. At the first roundabout you go straight ahead in Ala and then turn right at the second roundabout (at sign SPAR) and follow the signs to Ronchi.
If you will continue to follow the signs Ronchi you will drive by localita' Mas and then Ronchi di Ala. This road is narrow in some sections and not everywhere well paved. After 15 minutes you’ll see Maso Michei at the right side, where you can find a place to park.