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3 Days Mandali Experience Meditation and Yoga Weekend in Quarna Sopra, Italy

Mandali Retreat Center, Via Belvedere 2, 28898 Quarna Sopra, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont, Italy

Spiritual Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Italy

Mandali Retreat Center offers an ongoing program for anyone who wishes to spend some quality time, to learn and relax. New spiritual travelers or well travelled practitioners are welcome to drop-in and join one of the 3-, 5- or 8-days Mandali Experiences.

The Mandali Experience is designed to support participants to disconnect from the daily stress and routine and help to immerse themselves into their own natural flow of being. During the Mandali Experience you will be provided guided meditation, yoga classes and individual session throughout the entire day. Furthermore you can enjoy our Body Care Center facilities, have a lovely stroll on the mountain, walk the labyrinth or book a session with one of our body care healers.


  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga, Tai chi or Chi Kung workshops
  • Open meetings with Mandali's wisdom teachers
  • Free use of Body Care Center facilities like sauna and jacuzzi
  • Daily vegetarian meals, fruits, teas and filtered water
  • Peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, Italian, English
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio
  • Library

Mandali is situated in a quiet environment, yet it is still easily reachable by plane, train and car. It is a 1 hour and 10 minutes drive from Malpensa, Milano International Airport. It is also reachable by trains and shuttle buses from the main cities of Milano, Torino and from the Swiss border.

The retreat center is facilitated with a restaurant overlooking Lake Orta, a Body Care Center with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and indoor heated swimming pool, and 3 group rooms designed for yoga and meditation sessions. The center has 8 different types of guest rooms and hermitages.

Shared room

They are built more in a dormitory style, with two sets of bunk beds. This is the most economical choice to enjoy Mandali and your course. There are additional toilets and showers in the hallway, as well as the bathroom ensuite.

Single room (garden/village view)

They are built more in a dormitory style, with two sets of bunk beds. This is the most economical choice to enjoy Mandali and your course. There are additional toilets and showers in the hallway, as well as the bathroom ensuite.

Single room (lake view, 20 EUR p.p. extra)

Big bed, big view, luxury and privacy. Take a cup of tea to your verandah over looking the lake and sit for as long as you want to. This is your time. Clouds come and go, but it is all one big sky.

Twin room (garden/village view)

Share a twin room with a friend. Two single beds, with view and quiet verandah looking onto the garden, and Temple. One can walk out the back door and walk slowly along the path that leads directly to the kitchen, or make a 90 degree turn to go back to your retreat.

Twin room (lake view, 20 EUR p.p. extra)

Share a twin room with a friend. Two single beds with view and verandah that overlook the mountains and Lake Orta far below. Spacious, open, a great place to rest between sessions, or to meditate on your own.

Premium single room

You want the ultimate experience: Italy, top of the mountain, a spacious room. All of Mandali's rooms are interesting, but in their premium rooms you may also find a bathtub on your verandah. The premium rooms are positioned for the very best view. Even the locals envy this view.

Premium twin room

Enjoy. Your back door will lead you to the village, for refreshment, and a little further on to the retreat activity rooms. But your front door will lead you to wide open spaces, an inviting chair, and delicious solitude.


The hermitages are built with a small kitchen and has table with chairs to share a coffee or a snack with friends. They are built on two levels, so two can sleep upstairs, and one down. There is a possibility of a fourth downstairs bed if you are traveling with a fourth friend you would like to share with. The hermitages are like small apartments.


On arrival, you will be given a schedule of events from which you can choose to participate, as well as information about special walks and points of interest. From there, you can choose the rhythm throughout your stay by attending one or all of the activities offered, or simply sit quietly, overlooking the mountains and the lake below.

Arrival Day

  • 15:00 - 15:45 An introduction to Stillness
  • 15:45 - 16:00 Free Time - To enjoy your own rhythm
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Open Session
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Free Time - To enjoy your own rhythm
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:15 Evening Meditation

Daily Schedule

  • 07:45 - 08:30 Morning Meditation
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Free Time - To enjoy your own rhythm
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Yoga Practice
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Free Time - To enjoy your own rhythm
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Open Session
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga Practice
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:15 Evening Meditation

Departure Day

  • 07:45 - 08:30 Morning Meditation
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Free Time - To enjoy your own rhythm
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Yoga Practice
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - Departure

Retreat location

Set 850 meters above sea level, overlooking lago d’ Orta in Italy, the site faces southeast, enjoying the morning sun rising over the Mottarone mountain range across the lake. The classic feng shui dream of enjoying the inspiration of the sun, lake and valley in front of you, whilst being supported and protected by the buildings, trees and gardens behind is a functioning reality at Mandali.

If one decides to go off of the retreat centre, to feel into the local villages and cuisine, there is much to take in and to taste.

Lake Orta - Lago d'Orta di San Giulio

Enclosed by wooded mountainside and encircled by shores rich in history and art, Lake Orta is actually one of the most evocative areas in Italy. The most famous place in the whole area is Orta San Giulio, a small charming medieval town, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the whole of Italy. Built on the slopes of the ridge overhead, Sacro Monte and its twenty chapels tell the life story of Saint Francis of Assisi; a gem of architecture, culture and spirituality, it has been declared a Unesco heritage site.

The Island of San Giulio with its splendid Romanesque basilica and the monastery of the Benedictine order of nuns lies in the middle of the lake, directly off the shore of Orta San Guillo. One can take a boat to the small island and walk its quiet streets. There are no cars on the island.

Quarna Sopra and Casa Calderara

The village nearest Mandali is Quarna Sopra, famous for making Saxophones. They like to be thought of as the village of Music and a walk to the village and its treasures is well worth while. Of particular interest is Casa Calderara, which houses a precious collection of Contemporary Art and the beautiful Franciscan convent dating back to the 1600s, built on Monte Mesma.

Pella, Ameno and Vacciago

The romantic little town Pella is on the other side of the lake, dominated by the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, built on the rocky granite promontory sitting high over the lake. Ameno and Vacciago have been renowned tourist destinations since the 1800s; their numerous stately mansions and noble villas are a characteristic feature and may be visted on the occasion of the annual exhibition "Studi Aperti".

Lake Maggiore

Just a few kilometres further on, you can visit Lake Maggiore, an area rich in history and artistic achievements. It includes the noble and beautiful islands Isole Borromee, sumptious Stresa and magnificient villas with their gardens.

Mottarone and Monte Rosa massif

Mottarone rises up between the two lakes; the view from the top is of incomparable beauty as it stretches across the Maritime Alps and Monte Rosa, and spans the territory incorporating the seven lakes. For mountain lovers, there are several famous destinations, all easily reached: Val Formazza and the Toce Waterfalls, Val Grande and Val d'Ossola, Premia Hot Springs and many nature walks.

The Monte Rosa massif, which can be accessed from Alagna in nearby Valsesia, offers exquisite destinations with snow capped peaks and hair-raising climbs on the eastern face of Punta Dufour, the second-highest peak in Europe.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The restaurant overlooks Lake Orta. You have the option of eating inside or out on the open terrace. There are spaces to eat on your own, enjoying the satisfying food and incredible views, and there are communal tables where you can make new friends and share your experiences. The menu is carefully designed by our vegetarian chef, Kes Lilani, and prepared together with Viramo, our very own Italian food wizard.

Mandali's Food Philosophy

Colourful, delicious, natural foods are carefully prepared to help you feel healthy while staying at Mandali. The team carefully selects foods for their healing qualities and some are grown in private gardens. Everyday there are three meals available for all the guests, made with love. Each meal is served in a buffet style. Upon request, Mandali can provide balanced alternative menus such as vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. Filtered water, healthy herbal teas and fresh fruit are available, all day, every day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Enjoy your own rhythm and choose what suits you best. Relax in your room, take a forest walk, enjoy the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi or take a swim in the heated indoor swimming pool.

Body Care Center Treatments

There are various types of massages available at Mandali’s Body Care Center, such as Lomi Lomi (Traditional Hawaiian), Deep Tissue massage, Cranial Sacral and Intuitive Bodywork.

Massage sessions can be booked online along with your retreat, or after your arrival. Full information on the massage type and therapist of your choice can be obtained at the reception. A good massage can feel wonderful, help integrate all level of experience, and liberates our body from the tightness and holdings that keep pulling us backward.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 Body Flow or meditation classes per day
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Fruits, teas and filtered water
  • Access to Body Care Center facilities: sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, indoor heated swimming pool
  • Open meetings with Mandali's wisdom teachers
  • Orientation meeting at arrival

What's not included

  • Flights to and from Malpensa International Airport (MXP)
  • Massages and Therapies at the Body Care Center
  • Transfers to and from Mandali Retreat Center
  • Travel and cancellation insurances

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Milan-Malpensa International Airport (MXP).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Wednesday September 25, 2019
Departure: Friday September 27, 2019

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