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Join this immersive, dream-like yoga retreat and Apulian experience. December in the Itria Valley is the month of light healing sun, desert beaches, and cobalt blue sea. This is one of the worlds' most blissful destinations. Immerse yourself in history, meditation, mystery, and beauty. Make new friends, deepen your practice to reconnect to your heart's highest intentions. Enjoy plenty of rest and enter the New Year with grounded determination.
Home of this brand new yoga retreat is the private luxury villa of Trulli of Stars, a real Apulian paradise, an ancient Trulli cluster renovated with luxury and love to detail and tradition. Trulli of stats' interior design marries tailor-made artist-designed furniture with authentic rustic furnishings renovated with the greatest care by local craftsmen.
And the 11,000 meters of private outdoors of the Trulli of Stars offer a unique experience of the Apulian dream. Relax over stunning views, sun terraces, and art design stone sofas. Warm your heart in the warm water of the pool and by the bright flames of the cast-iron wood-burning stoves, or fill your day with food, wine, and exciting activities among WI-Fi connection, a full HD 43-inch smart TV with Netflix, a table tennis, barbecue, pizza oven and outside kitchen, a portable music station, multiple beautiful spots for al-fresco dining, and a lounge bar carved out in dry stone. Top bed linens, towels, and toiletries are also included in the stay.
Charge the upcoming New Year with unprecedented intention, relax, and self-awareness during this alchemical retreat, right in the heart of the Itria Valley - UNESCO world heritage cradle in the South of Italy. Set in a magnificent centuries-old Trulli cluster with an on-site inner heated ozone-filtered SPA tool, this retreat will soak you in multiple daily yoga sessions, sacred chants and dances, and deep relaxation in warm water and rituals with air, fire, and earth to deepen your practice and reconnect to your heart's highest intentions.
The day of renewal, the first day of winter, the shortest day, the prelude to the unconquered sun, celebrated since the origins of man through innumerable cultures and religious traditions, the winter solstice is the most sacred moment of change, renewal, alignment and new beginnings of the annual cycle. Welcome its transformational energy into your life through multiple daily yoga session, warm water yoga, pranayama, asana, rituals, contemplative meditation, Vedic group discussion and ancient philosophies.
This international gathering of fellow enthusiasts of all levels will be guided by Yoga-Alliance great grandmaster, Paolo Proietti and Yoga-Alliance master, yogini Lauran Nalin. They will take you on a safe journey to the depths of your power and beauty. And each day will be a mixture of practice, relax, sharing and discovery. Designed in harmony with this defining an auspicious time of the year.
As you prepare for the Day of Renewal, to awaken the energy of your inner sun, feast on excellent rustic Mediterranean-inspired meals with local wines and locally-grown and lovingly prepared ingredients. Inhale deeply in the daily yoga sessions. Replenish and let go in the warm water of the SPA pool -perfect for water aerobics or lazy chats toasting with local wines.
Exhale and enjoy some peaceful and full contemplation by the centenary olive groves. And finish with a ritual and group connection around the fire.
Laura has been teaching classic yoga since 2004, after being assigned the PACY (Pan American Commission for Yoga) diploma from the “Istituto de Yoga Clàssico, Cristina Lòpez” at Campo Grande-MS, Brasil. Since 2012, she dances Bharatanatyam (traditional dance original of the South of India), thanks to the precious teachings of mentor Armelle Choquard at Aix en Provence, France – following the tradition of Sucheta Chapekar (Pune, India). In partnership with the “Associazione Madreterra”, she currently collaborates with Paolo Proietti and Chiara Mancini as to the development, mentorship, and organ.
Paolo, recognised as great grand master by Yoga Alliance International, is an expert master CSEN, YANI registered, UNI norma Iinstructor, ASI DBN-DOS Olistic, and Oriental arts master. Since 1974, he has been practicing yoga and Chinese psychophysical techniques (Qi Gong e Taiji Quan). 1985 to 2011, he worked as a professional dancer, mime actor and acrobat for cinema, theater, and television. Among the many others, he worked for major productions of La Scala theatre of Milan, of the Opera theater of Rome, and of the New York “Bill T. Jones & Art Zane Company”.
Set on a hilltop dominating an intimate valley of oaks, Trulli tops, centenary olive groves and wholegrain fields near the charming town of Ostuni, this stunning, secluded hideaway is surrounded by inebriating essences of the Mediterranean tradition, red earth and whitewashed hilltop towns in the distance. Restaurant in caves, ancient towns, deserted beaches and charming small fishing ports are only a few of the highlights close-by.
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