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Join Rachel for a week of immersion in Iyengar yoga in a beautiful retreat center in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. An inspiring course in Iyengar yoga in the Italian countryside under the autumn sun, surrounded by tranquility and natural beauty of the old farmhouse which was restored according to the principles of ecological design. Locanda della Quercia Calante is located in the heart of Umbrian countryside, in Castelo Giorgio, 18 kilometers from Orvieto, in the province of Terni. It is the perfect place for those who want to improve their yoga practice in a retreat setting, in an environment respectful of nature and natural rhythms of life. A vitalizing swimming pool, fully equipped yoga studio, restaurant serving traditional and vegetarian food and 14 ensuite bedrooms. An unforgettable yoga experience!
An old stone farmhouse renovated in natural architectural style, nestled in the verdant hills of Orvieto, is a home to the Locanda della Quercia Calante, a charming natural holiday farm in Castel Giorgio, in the heart of Umbria. Completely environmentally-friendly, the holiday farm was built to satisfy those who want to regain energy and wellbeing on an authentic holistic vacation. For this reason, the Locanda della Quercia Calante uses solar energy for all holiday farm needs including an advanced climate control system and comfortable rooms clear of magnetic fields to ensure guests the utmost relaxation.
There are 14 cozy rooms with en suite, 12 on the ground floor of the holiday farm, were renovated with the most innovative natural architectural criteria: only natural mortar, paint and wax, no electromagnetic fields to ensure true relaxation; water is heated by a solar panel system and electricity is generated by photovoltaic panels. Each room offers an outdoor porch overlooking the gardens of the Locanda della Quercia Calante and is decorated in typical Umbrian style, with terracotta floors, wooden ceiling beams and brick walls while furnishings include a creative combination of classic and ethnic influences to grace every room with charm and elegance.
The sitting room with a beautiful hearth delightful outdoor bower preserves the typical farm house atmosphere. The green gardens, surrounded by oaks and century-old plants, includes a spring water pool, a true privilege for Locanda della Quercia Calante guests. The only one of its kind at a holiday farm in Castel Giorgio, Orvieto and all of Umbria, the natural lake-shaped pool is salt filtered, free of chlorine, surrounded by volcanic rock and divided into three pools on different levels connected by a system of rocky waterfalls.
The Italy Orange Tree Iyengar Yoga retreat is a life enhancing experience and a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice. Your week with Rachel Lovegrove is suitable for those with at least 12 months regular practice of Iyengar yoga and will be progressive in nature to help students to develop their understanding of asana, pranayama and philosophy. There will be 2 Iyengar yoga classes daily except on Wednesday when you will have the afternoon off to either relax or explore the area - wine tasting, a trip to Orvieto or an afternoon at the nearby Fonteverde Thermal baths and spa. The yoga will be taught in the fully equipped studio. There will also be some yoga philosophy discussions during the week and a Q&A session on Friday.
14:00: Saturday arrival
19:00: Welcome dinner
07:00-08:00 (Sunday to Friday): Breakfast
09:00 - 11:30: Morning yoga
16:00 - 17:00: Yoga philosophy (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
18:00: Evening yoga
07:00 - 08:00: Breakfast
09:00 - 11:30: Morning yoga
19:30 Supper in Orvietto
On Thursday, you will have free time after breakfast, evening yoga session, and dinner. On Friday, there will be an intensive morning yoga class, free time for leisure and farewell dinner at local restaurant. On day 8, you will only have breakfast as it is the departure day.
Iyengar Yoga Association UK Introductory I and II (Iyengar Yoga)
Iyengar Yoga Association UK Junior Intermediate I and II (Iyengar Yoga)
Iyengar Yoga Association UK Junior Intermediate III (Iyengar Yoga)
Rachel Lovegrove is an internationally renowned, certified Iyengar yoga teacher with over 25 years experience. Her teaching style is pragmatic, open and supportive and she is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential through the practice of yoga.
La Locanda della Quercia Calante is located in the countryside of Castello Giorgio (near Terni), a small village 18 kilometers from Orvieto, in Umbria, on the border with Tuscany. In a countryside setting, the estate is surrounded only by the quiet hills of dense woods and grassy clearings. It is the ideal place to immerse into your yoga and enhance your energy and well-being. You can also visit the historic city of Orvieto, and explore the Umbrian countryside with its unspoiled landscapes dotted with historic towns and cities. The centre is open all year round offering the experience of atmospheres, fragrances, colors and original flavors of each season.
9 holes PAR 3 golf course - 5 minutes drive
Bagno Vignoni - 1 kilometers, 20 minutes drive
Castello di Montalfina - 71.3 kilometers, 1 hour 10 minutes drive
Lake Bolsena - 1 kilometers, 20 minutes drive
Medici San Casciano Bagni - 1 kilometers, 20 minutes drive
Medieval ancient villages - 1 kilometers, 20 minutes drive
Orvieto - 1 kilometers, 20 minutes drive
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Light breakfast, lunch and evening meals are provided daily beginning with welcome meal on Saturday evening and breakfast or a packed lunch is served on departure. Special diets can be catered for to the best of Locanda's abilities. Many of the ingredients come from Locanda's own organic garden or are locally sourced. The bar at Quercia is well stocked with wines and beer as well as homemade elderflower fizz and juices.
There are countless tour itineraries from the holiday farm and Castel Giorgio (1 kilometer away), from the discovery of traditional wines and flavors in Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany, revealing genuine local products (wine, mushrooms, truffles, cheese, extra virgin olive oil, etc); to the numerous holy sites of the mysterious Etruscan civilization, the majestic city of Orvieto, the crystal clear Lake Bolsena; to the ancient Medieval villages like Civita di Bagnoregio, Sovana, Sorano, Pitigliano, etc; to the numerous nearby spas such as the Medici San Casciano Bagni, or romantic Bagno Vignoni.
Co-owners, Enrico and Laura offer a range of excellent massage treatments. They use their own blends of aromatherapy oils, made by Laura and both are skilled therapists offering relaxing, gentle, deep tissue massages, Thai massage and other treatments.
La Locanda is situated 20 minutes from the beautiful town of Orvieto and 15 minutes from the cleanest lake in Italy, "Lago di Bolsena.
From Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO) by car is about 2 hours drive to La Locanda. You can catch a train to Orvieto or you can opt to be included in the mini-bus transfer which takes around 2 hours and costs 40 EUR per person.
Or fly to Perugia airport. Quercia Calante is around a 90 minutes drive from airport.
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