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8 Days Iyengar Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • La Locanda Quercia Calante - Contrada della Torraccia, 3/9, 05013 Castel Giorgio TR, Italy.

Overview

Iyengar Yoga Retreat in Italy

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!

Highlights

  • Morning active yoga clasess
  • Evening recuperative sessions
  • Full course of Iyengar Yoga for students with 12 months yoga experience or longer
  • Breakfast or lunched on departure day
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and, dinner
  • All yoga equipment provided
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Program example

14:00: Saturday arrival

19:00: Welcome dinner

07:00-08:00 (Sunday to Friday): Breakfast

09:00 - 11:30: Morning yoga

12:30: Lunch

16:00 - 17:00: Yoga philosophy (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

18:00: Evening yoga

19:30: Supper

Wednesday

07:00 - 08:00: Breakfast

09:00 - 11:30: Morning yoga

12:30 Lunch

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.

  • Rachel Lovegrove

    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

Activities
  • Golf course nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

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.

Massage treatments

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.

  • 7 nights en suite accommodation with private terrace
  • All yoga equipment during your stay
  • Breakfast or packed lunch on departure day
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Full course of yoga with Rachel
  • Welcome dinner upon arrival
  • Massage treatments
  • Nearby excursions such as wine tasting, Fonteverde Thermal baths and spa, etc
  • Other drinks and personal expenses
  • Transfers cost

Driving directions from Orvieto

La Locanda is situated 20 minutes from the beautiful town of Orvieto and 15 minutes from the cleanest lake in Italy, "Lago di Bolsena.

Arrival by airplane

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Orange Tree Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Cherry

    "Thank you so much for a fantastic week of yoga. It was challenging and exhilarating. It was all that I needed in such a great atmosphere as usual. I feel that I have learned so much and hopefully have improved my practice so that I am moving forward."

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  • Review by Rebecca

    "I think the thing is that you are such an excellent teacher, it makes other yoga classes seem bit rubbish! You really do have an amazing gift for teaching. What was most striking was how you managed to teach such a range of ability and make it look easy. Your thoughtful planning, sensitivity to peoples needs, experience and expertise all make for the best yoga and teaching anyone could ever have."

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  • Review by Angela

    "Rachel, you are an inspiration and a great motivator. Thank you so much for sharing your gift. Im returning to my life a better person for the experience."

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  • Review by Justine

    "Thank you for awakening my sleeping inner yogi. I've had a wonderful week."

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  • Review by Ciara
    10 out of 10

    "What a wonderful oasis of calm. Everything was so lovely, lovely people, fabulous food, sunshine and great yoga. Im hooked! Have to come back again! And I forgot, amazing massage! Thank you so much, it was just what I needed."

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  • Review by Ruth
    10 out of 10

    "My yoga practice will be so much better after this week of Rachel's excellent tuition! The beautiful weather, good food and lovely company made it a relaxing, restorative week."

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  • Review by Maria
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you to all at Quinta Mimosa for a truly lovely week. A wonderful mix of stretching and eating and swimming! Rachel, your words of encouragement and guidance will stay with me for a long, long time. Hope to see you again."

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  • Review by Rose Marie
    10 out of 10

    "This week has been a restoration of health and wellbeing for me. I came expecting to do only some of the classes because of health issues. However, Rachels firm but sensitive guidance has enabled me to complete the weeks classes and end with a feeling of achievement and wellbeing. The food is outstanding and Quinta Mimosa the perfect backdrop. Thanks to all involved in this process, including my classmates who have been great fun to hang out with. Extra special thanks to Rachel. "

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  • Review by Sean
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing week, wonderful weather, beautiful surroundings and a lovely group but most important of all the teacher was amazing. Clear instructions, concise demos and lots of individual attention. I really felt that I got to grips not just with the asanas but also gained more understanding of the philosophy behind yoga. Having a proper studio made a big difference, except for having to explain the rope burn afterwards!! I loved the balance of the sessions, tougher in the morning and then more relaxed in the afternoon, especially welcome after a hard day at the beach! My big fear before I went was that I would be sick of yoga after a few days, but the opposite was true, I actually wanted more. Keep up the great work and I`m looking forward to the next time."

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Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 9, 2017
Departure: Saturday September 16, 2017

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