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Sunflower Retreats is now offering to make your yoga holiday an unforgettable and joyful experience. Our team of qualified yoga teachers from all over the world is guaranteed to provide the best yoga classes, usually on our sun-drenched yoga deck. All guests will get enough of attention from our teachers and build great bonds with other fellow guests.
Sunflower Retreats is known for their highly praised yoga holidays for the mind, body and soul for fourteen years based in the picturesque hilltop village of Casperia, just an hour from Rome. Sunflower Retreats Holidays yoga classes are suitable for all levels from beginners to more practiced yogis.
Sunflower Retreats offered yoga holliday will cover the physical teachings of Hatha yoga with emphasis on the spiritual and holistic aspects of the yoga tradition in general. Each yoga class will include: Asanas (Physical Movements), Pranayama (Breathing practices), Meditation (Stilling and calming of the mind & inner self), Relaxation (Complete mind, body relaxation).
Village House with the characteristic of a traditionally-furnished medieval village house is used exclusively by Sunflower Retreats Holidays' guests. The houses have breathtaking panoramic views and are in delightful locations within Casperia's medieval walls. Each house has a small terrace where you can have your meals, read or sunbathe. Kitchens are shared, with facilities that are characteristic of a traditional Italian village house. The village shops, which include an organic health food store, stock a large range of food and drinks if you would like to cook at home.
Bathrooms are normally shared but we also have two village house rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Single travelers choosing this option will be accommodated in twin rooms with another guest of the same gender. They may also opt to pay a supplement to have a twin or double room to themselves.
In Sunflower Retreats, your inclusive program is one yoga class daily. In the morning, we will have a yoga session before breakfast. If you wish to have another yoga session in the afternoon, you may do so at additional cost. However, on the arrival and departure days, there will be no yoga classes.
Our teachers teach a variety of Hatha yoga methods such as Iyengar, Satyananda, Sivananda, Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Astanga and Yin Yoga. They also teach a range of optional afternoon meditation classes throughout the week or weekend.
Besides the yoga classes, we also offer various activities in and around the center. You may easily arrange that as you like.
We highly recommend doing some cycling during your holiday in Sabina. We offer free use of bikes, including a mixture of racers, explorers, mountain bikes and even a tandem. We provide detailed maps of the area, as well as advice on interesting natural and historic sites to visit. There is a choice of routes, across quiet and low-traffic, hilly or mountain roads with spectacular scenery.
The picture-perfect village of Casperia, situated in the heart of the Sabina mountains, is totally pedestrianised. With fewer than 350 inhabitants, and Casperia is one of the last villages of Italy untouched by mass tourism.
The medieval structure and atmosphere of the village give you a unique feeling of being in a historic place in time-gone-by. A place of natural beauty surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and forest-covered mountains, Casperia is a hilltop village where you can watch the changing scenery from every angle. The night sky is a star-covered phenomenon not to be missed.
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A buffet breakfast/brunch using local organic products and fresh fruit and vegetable juices from our juicing machine is served each morning. Our staff will be there each morning to help you plan your day and book activities.
Guests usually prepare their own meals at home, or can take lunch in one of Casperia's restaurants. Each of our accommodation options has a terrace or balcony, so you can enjoy a delicious lunch of Italian food in the sunshine and fresh air.
Full meals, snacks and pizza are available in local cafs, bars and restaurants. The village shops have a range of local food and drinks for guests who wish to prepare meals at home.
We also organize transport to authentic local Italian restaurants and folklore festivals in neighboring hill-top villages. Another excursion is to go to the countryside, where delicious traditional specialties of vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes can be enjoyed. A small fee (per person) is charged for transport to and from these venues and remember, all our accommodations have fully equipped kitchens for those who want to sample some home cooking at any time.
A optional delicious buffet dinner is provided for all guests on the first evening and last evening of each holiday week. The cost is 25 EUR and including, wine, water and dessert and it is for a minimum of five people.
Horse riding is available at several stables near Casperia with a selection of horses, rides and treks in the surrounding Sabina hills and countryside. The riding is suitable for beginners and advanced riders and costs from 40 EUR.
There is a private swimming pool in the wonderful Casperia countryside, surrounded by olive groves and rolling hills, usually open from May to October (subject to the weather). The swimming pools use is included in the package price. You can also walk to the pool, use the pool at the local tennis club, cycle or use our free shuttle service, available upon request.
Cooking lessons can be booked on arrival for groups of three or more people and will include lunch or dinner.
Salsa classes with a professional instructor are for those who would like to learn to dance, or who are already familiar with Salsa. The classes take place in the evenings and can be booked during your holiday.
Join in with olive-picking in late October and November and experience the unique taste of freshly-pressed biological extra virgin olive oil.
Sunflower Retreats can introduce you to local producers with whom you can pick olives and watch the milling process right through to getting your very own fresh extra virgin oil. No fancy labels; just real, genuine, honest produce by small local producers.
Upon request, we can arrange evening apperitivi and Sabina olive oil tasting experiences with local olive producers in the Sabina countryside
Enjoy an art class with us and tap into your creative self in Italy. Watercolor painting lessons are with Giovanna Somai - a local artist and interior decorator who speaks English. Casperia is rich in history and the beauty of nature, the Sabina area being an ideal setting to learn about water color painting. The classes are held outdoors, in Casperia's streets or the beautiful countryside surrounding the village.
We offer grammar and conversional Italian classes with a fully bilingual mother-tongue Italian teacher. Prices are from 15 EUR-per-student for 1-hour group lessons for two or more people or 35 EUR/hour for private lessons.
The instructor is Moira Egan, a widely published and award-winning poet, essayist, and translator. She has been teaching for more than twenty years, and many of her students have gone on to publish and to win various prizes.
Treatments are conducted in a warm, safe, healing environment in the historic village and natural location of Casperia. The rooms are cleansed by saging regularly, invoking the four major elements of earth, air, fire and water.
Our treatment rooms have a special energy - earthy, rustic, and bohemian with a touch of chic. The treatment area has a very grounding energy amplified by crystals, aromatherapy oils, eagle, buzzard and peacock feathers, books on healing and spiritual knowledge, and jewellery from India and Asia. Other healing objects complement the energy flow of purity, light and healing.
Sports & Deep Tissue Massage
Indian Head Massage
La Stone treatments
Sunflower's original freshly picked organic Aloe Vera skin treatments
Hopi Ear Candles
Sunflower's Ultimate Healing Treatment
Take the Grande Raccordo Annulare ring-road (also known as the 'GRA') following signs for Firenze A1.
Take the A1 motorway north for 40 km.
Exit at the Ponzano Romano junction - a small toll is payable.
Follow the signs to Cantalupo in Sabina (12 km), then to Casperia (5 km)
Our guests prefer to book their own flights; usually to either of Rome's two airports. Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (sometimes known as 'Fiumicino') is used by the 'flag-carriers' and by EasyJet. Ciampino Airport is used by low cost carriers, including Ryanair, which offer some great deals. For more information please contact Sunflower Retreats Holiday.
Trains run frequently from Fiumicino Airport to Orte. Alight at Poggio Mirteto Scalo and take the bus to Casperia. If you fly to Ciampino airport (used by the low-cost airlines), take a bus to Termini station in the centre of Rome and connect to Tiburtina station by Metro, then take the Orte train, getting off at Poggio Mirteto Scalo, as before.
Casperia is located about 90 minutes from Rome's airports. The cheapest and easiest way to reach us from Fiumicino Airport is by the frequent train service to Poggio Mirteto Scalo station.
You can take trains which terminate at either Poggio Mirteto Scalo or Orte.
The train fare is 11 EUR. Your ticket entitles you to use the local bus service from Poggio Mirteto Scalo station to Casperia.
Please be quick as you leave the train, to avoid missing the bus
The last train from Fiumicino airport to Orte via Poggio Mirteto station is around 10 p.m.