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7 Days Alexander Technique Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Assisi, Perugia, Italy

Fontemaggio, Via Eremo delle Carceri 24, Assisi 06081, Perugia, Italy

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat Italy

Join David Moore, Rossella Buono, and other teachers for a week of learning and rejuvenation in historic Assisi. The Fontemaggio Assisi Retreat has been specially developed for yoga instructors, Alexander Technique teachers, and those who are serious, curious and open-minded about their yoga practice.

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David & Rossella
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  • Daily yoga
  • Meditation practices
  • Alexander Technique group sessions
  • Visit to Assisi and Perugia and a guided tour of the artwork at the cathedral
  • Daily vegetarian breakfasts and lunches
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 2 private sessions

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
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The historic Fontemaggio is located within the Monte Subasio Park just 15 minutes walk away from the top of Assisi, at an altitude of 550 meters. Fontemmaggio is surrounded by hills and woodlands, offering an excellent opportunity for hiking and contemplation.

The accommodation building has the benefit of standing alone but is part of a larger complex that includes a traditional restaurant, a coffee shop (they have good coffee and delectable ice cream), and a camping ground.


Under David Moore's guidance, you will find much of interest in working in a new way with familiar or unfamiliar poses. With thirty years of teaching experience in the Alexander Technique and yoga, David brings fresh and practical insights into how the Alexander Technique can contribute to yoga practice.

David will invite enquiry from participants and draw on his highly regarded book 'Smart Yoga' during the retreat. David and Rossella, take into account the wide variability in participants' ability and range of movement, and use these differences as a springboard to examine how you might deal intelligently with personal variability.

During the week-long retreat, participants can expect insight into:

  • Applying the Alexander Technique for safe and effective yoga practice
  • Altering poses to suit a wide range of structural issues, body-types, and flexibility
  • Dealing with pain and injury
  • How Hatha Yoga, Patanjali, and Buddhist insight practices relate to the Alexander Technique
  • Bringing the practice into daily life
  • Balancing the autonomic nervous system
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Changing habits

For those interested, Smart Yoga book by David Moore: Apply the Alexander Technique to Enhance Your Practice, Prevent Injury, and Increase Body Awareness makes a great companion to yoga practice. More than an instruction manual, it is complete with visual examples and offers readers a critical approach to yoga practice.

As a guide, Smart Yoga accommodates the needs of people with a diverse range of movement, in terms of injuries, structure, strength and flexibility. It offers comprehensive advice in modifying one's yoga practice.

The program will be structured to allow for intensive yoga and Alexander Technique work plus two private lessons for each participant over the course of the retreat. In addition, it will allow for sufficient time for people to be able to visit and enjoy the surrounding towns and countryside. The program listed below is indicative and may be altered somewhat in consultation with the participants. The course will start with an afternoon introductory group followed by an evening meal, and will end in the morning on the last day.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:00 - 09:00 Yoga
  • 09.00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Alexander Technique Group
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

After 2 p.m., private lessons will be organized in the afternoon or evening. There will be free times for outings including visit to Assisi and Perugia and a guided tour of the artwork at the cathedral. Depending on timing and interest, participants may do a late afternoon session in either yoga or Alexander Technique.

Included excursions

  • Visit to Assisi and Perugia
  • Guided tour of the artwork at the cathedral


David Moore

Rossella Buono

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Assisi, Perugia, Italy.

Unique features


  • Kitchen

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The menu will be vegetarian. Note that only breakfast and lunch are included in the fee. You can make your own arrangements for the evening meal, to give you the flexibility to be out for the evenings. The La Stalla restaurant is next door if you don't want to venture into town.There is also a kitchen for self-catering.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Tuition
  • 2 private sessions
  • Vegetarian breakfast and lunch

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (PEG). The price includes transportation from the airport on the first day of the retreat. School for F.M. Alexander Studies can assist people to find transport if they are coming by train or bus to Perugia.

Airport: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 38% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 54 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Wednesday June 17, 2020
Departure: Tuesday June 23, 2020

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 10% of the full price. To benefit, book before March 1, 2020. Balance to be paid by April 24, 2020.

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