4 Days Hiking and Yoga Retreat in South Tyrol, Italy

Relaxing Italy Yoga Retreat

You are welcome to join Elena from Sparkling Yoga for a retreat that combines just the right amount of yoga and relaxation in South Tyrol. Italy is an amazingly diverse country, but the Südtirol or South Tyrol region continues to amaze with its diversity and beauty. You will find endless apple gardens, vineyards towards the sides of the valley, and breathtaking nature everywhere you look; the perfect complement to a yoga holiday!

Retreat highlights

  • Guided meditation practices
  • Daily morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Breathing techniques and myofascial release sessions
  • Use of spa facilities, yoga room, and pool
  • Hike in the mountains with a local guide
  • Daily vegetarian meals served
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

The group is staying at a beautiful family-run spa hotel in Südtirol, which has a spacious yoga room, a spa with cozy treatment rooms, three types of sauna, and relaxation rooms opening into a private garden. There is also an outdoor pool to be enjoyed. The standard of accommodation is extremely comfortable, the spacious rooms feature natural wood decor and quality designer furniture.

The extensive and spotless spa facilities include a beautiful garden to cool off after enjoying a visit to the sauna. The relaxation rooms also provide a great place to unwind. The restaurant is a heaven for any eater, offering lots of delicious choices.

Sparkling Yoga Retreat Italy Program

The Südtirol yoga retreat has a versatile program with morning and evening sessions featuring both invigorating and Restorative yoga, breathing techniques, myofascial release, and meditation.This yoga retreat is lead by Elena Mironov, the founder of Sparkling Yoga Retreats and assisted by Maria Matkowska.

Elena is a very experienced yoga and meditation teacher, with a strong background in both technical, therapeutic and energetics aspects of yoga and meditation, over 13 years of teaching experience and a background in psychology.

Maria will assist in all sessions with skillful hands-on adjustments. Maria will be contributing with her physiotherapy based hands-on assists, understanding of the human body and the asana practice as well as her compassionate and down-to-the-point one-on-one work that is challenging and fun. Maria aims to help you understand the action of the pose as well as anatomic and energetic alignment and experience a truly transformational yoga practice.

This small group yoga retreat is open to all ages and levels of fitness and experience. During this Hatha yoga retreat, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of approaches to Hatha yoga, from elemental Vinyasa Flow to peaceful Hatha with a therapeutic quality. Some of the sessions may include the elements of Yin yoga, myofascial release, pranayama, and meditation.

A part of the program is yoga Nidra meditation, known as yoga sleep, which has an extremely restful and restorative effect. All sessions will be adapted to the group and modifications of the poses will be offered to cater for all participants and to ensure that everyone is receiving the benefits of the practice and individualized attention.

This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners from beginner to experienced, however it is essential that in the months leading up to the retreat, you have a regular yoga (asana) and meditation practice at least 2x per week to be able to follow the classes and get the most out of the retreat.

Sample schedule

  • 07:30 Morning yoga class led by Elena and assisted by Maria
  • 09:00 Breakfast buffet
  • 10:00 Free time for spa treatments and massages, alternatively cycling or hiking in the nature
  • 15:00 Afternoon snack
  • 17:30 Evening yoga class led by Elena and assisted by Maria
  • 19:30 Dinner at the restaurant
  • 20:00 Optional spa pleasures

Included excursions

The region where you will be staying is a rare find for a nature lover. There are many hiking trails that start from the valley where the retreat center is located, as well as powerful places for meditation and contemplation. On one of the days, you will be taken to a beautiful hiking track by an experienced local guide and get to know the local mountains close up and personal.

Instructors

Elena Mironov
Elena Mironov is a Zürich-based international yoga and meditation teacher, author, and composer. Over the past 16 years, she has led over 60 yoga and meditation retreats in Europe, Africa, Asia, Iceland, and Central America. She released a yoga DVD that has received brilliant reviews by leading yoga publications like Yoga Journal Deutschland, OM Yoga Magazine UK, Wellbeing, and Australian Yoga Life. Her classes are characterized by playfulness, uplifting, and warmth and are focused on safe alignment, breath initiated movement, and the experience of flow.

Retreat location

The location of the cozy, family-run center in Südtirol is set on the edge of a charming village and offers stunning views of the gardens and vineyards, as well as hills and mountains in the distance. The valley expanding in all directions is perfect for hikes and nature explorations for any level of experience, a true wilderness in the middle of Europe.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Your daily meals during this retreat will be vegetarian. A rich breakfast buffet is included, with many options to choose from and freshly squeezed juices. An afternoon late lunch buffet and a three-course dinner at a restaurant are also included. The meals offer lots of variety and are fresh, healthy, delicious, as well as locally sourced whenever possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Things to do (optional)

You can make the most of your free time by visiting the spa for treatments and massages. You can also practice cycling or hiking in nature.

Spa treatments

The spa at the retreat center features three types of saunas, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two relaxation rooms, an outdoor garden area to cool down after the sauna, and many lovely treatment rooms for massages. The use of spa facilities is included in the price of this retreat, but the spa treatments are available at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 hike in the mountains with a local guide
  • 2 yoga sessions per day
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian breakfasts
  • 3 vegetarian buffet-style late lunches
  • 3 vegetarian dinners with three courses each
  • Gift bag
  • Use of the spa facilities
  • Use of the swimming pools
  • Use of the yoga room

What's not included

  • Additional hikes
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Cycling
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Munich Airport (MUC), Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN), or Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY).

Arrival by shuttle

You can take the bus shuttle from Verona, which takes two hours. From Munich, the bus shuttle takes between three and three hours and 30 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Monday July 2, 2018
Departure: Thursday July 5, 2018

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