Vedaguru Centre organizes Ayurveda yoga retreats, training, and Panchakarma retreats in India and Italy.
Yoga Retreats (5)
After a trip to India in 2008, attracted by Ayurvedic medicine, by the powers of nature, and her passion for anthropology, Carola has known indigenous and ancient cultures present in Kerala. She has worked for years in Greece, learning the culture and the mysteries of the Cyclades. She has lived in Italy, in the Alps, where she rediscovered the ancient traditions and cults. She has studied Ayurveda, pranic healing, yoga, and meditation in India.
Elena is a yoga teacher and therapist, with a passion for business. She has traveled to places like Mexico, India, South America, Africa, and Australia, in search of knowledge and new life experiences. She has also worked as a yoga teacher in Morocco and Greece. In India, she has been able to learn more about Ayurveda, yoga, and the art of massage. The guidelines Elena follows are those from the yoga tradition of Hatha in India.
A masseuse and therapist since 2000, Mariangela is always open and looking for an improvement in the studies. She uses multiple techniques in her work, like hot stone therapy massage, watsu, Ayurvedic massage, deep tissue, slimming, anti-stress, and energetic. She is the president of Vedaguru Association.
Lucrezia D' Alessandro
Lucrezia is a local chef, whose passion for food and cooking has been her devotion for a number of years. Working with only the freshest and most authentic ingredients gives a delightful originality, as well as a superior flavor, to everything she makes or bakes. She will be teaching you some of the secrets of the famous Italian cuisine.
Fabio is a specialist in neurology, with refinement in Ayurvedic medicine and psychosomatic, having been trained in India, as a student of Doctor Raju. After years of general practice, he decides to resign and devote himself to Ayurvedic medicine. He followed a three-year course to become an Ayurvedic therapist and received his diploma in Ayurvedic medicine from Maharishi Vedic University. For more than 20 years, he has been dealing with Ayurveda, combining the study of the basic principles with an interest for massage, nutrition, yoga, meditation, philosophy, and psychology.
from United Kingdom, June 2019
"An unforgettable experience"
The hotel itself (Agriturismo Masseria) was lovely and the staff, particularly Joseph, made us feel very looked after and at home. The swimming pool was a definite plus in the hot weather.
Carola was an excellent host and we felt she couldn't do enough to make sure we had a pleasant stay. I enjoyed her yoga classes which she adjusted to match the ability of the group (my first time), building up day by day to more challenging poses. I loved the cooking classes with Anna and Angelo was very accomodating as our excursion driver. Very good value for money and I hope to definitely return in the future. Fully recommend this little gem in Puglia
from Canada, September 2018
"Will absolutely return!"
This experience with Carola did not disappoint in any way. The farmhouse setting was beautiful...a 16 th century building in the beautiful Conversano countryside. Early morning yoga with Carola, fabulous cooking lessons with Anna ( preparing local specialities in an oudoor kitchen), wonderful staff at the retreat centre, and daily excursions ( optional) in the afternoon/ or just laying by the pool! I felt truly pampered.
from Belgium, September 2020
"Beautiful place, great food, nice ayurveda yoga experience"
I had a really good experience! The place is absolutely beautiful with an amazing garden and fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere. It was really quiet so if you're looking for peace then this is the place to go to. We had yoga in the morning and in the afternoon there were excursions planned. The cooking workshop was great, the food in general -amazing- and the ayurvedic massage really good as well. Carola is a really nice person and a great teacher. If you have more questions about ayurveda and yoga, she's more than happy to tell you about it. Everyone at the centre/hotel was really nice as well, great service and very housy. :)
from Netherlands, September 2020
"Yoga retreat in an Italian farm"
The instructor and the therapist were excellent. They knew what they are doing and gave very useful information.
The tours to Conversano, Alberobello and Napoli were great.
from United States, November 2019
"Relaxing experience in Puglia"
The entire staff were wonderful. Very accommodating, helpful and genuine. Food was abundant and simple. The property was lovely, felt like being at someone’s country home. It was a short distance to nearby villages for exploration.
from United States, November 2019
"I can't say enough good stuff about Carola! and Monetepaolo"
How easy and accommodating the staff adjusted to our schedule and needs. Anna our chef was super nice, an amazing cook!!! and also very accommodating, It was a positive and wonderful experience!!!
from Germany, September 2019
First of all: Thank you for such a wonderful teacher and location. Carola is an amazing person: allways helpful, kind and enthusiastic and a super motivating yoga teacher. The Masseria Montepaolo and all their staff are super nice and friendly and it is a heavenly place and I felt part of a big family in an outstandingly lovely family home. Grazie ancora.
from United States, July 2019
"Wonderful experience at Vedaguru"
I appreciated our yoga instructor, Carola, who explained aspects of yoga that I was not aware of. Yoga not only helps the body but also the inner person. Carola was kindness itself, and was available in person or by phone should there be questions about yoga or about scheduled trips to surrounding areas. The enclosed resort, with beautifully manicured grounds, flowers, palm trees and fruit trees, added to the calmness and relaxation. The staff were the loveliest people one could wish for, from the cooks who came to chat with us during our sumptuous dinners, to Joseph our breakfast and dinner server, to Anna who taught the cooking class, to the ladies who kept our rooms tidy. As part of the package, our driver and tour guide, Angelo, took us on several trips to explore nearby villages, and to the seaside. Everyone made our stay warm and friendly. I could not have asked for a better location to enjoy my yoga week.
from United States, November 2018
"Brilliant hospitality in a relaxing, rural setting,"
My husband and I are Irish and were on our honeymoon in Italy when we attended the retreat. My favourite thing about the trip was the people we met and the people who looked after us. Carola gave us great care and attention and we had relaxing yet awakening yoga classes every morning. Anna was great fun and an unbelievable cook, she really does cook with 'care and love,' and humour. Pablo provided great entertainment and cuddles. The staff at the retreat were so good, Joseph was always on hand to help out and the Chef and Manuela were always keen to know if we were enjoying ourselves and if we were well fed which we certainly were! Thanks to all, we really enjoyed our honeymoon with you and we wish you all continued success.
from Canada, November 2018
"A taste of Italian countryside"
I really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to travel to the nearby towns everyday. Beautiful surrounding.
from Italy, October 2018
"Heaven on Earth "
From the moment I stepped off the train in Conversano Carola and her 'team' tended my every need!
The accommodation, the food, the wine, the yoga, the people, the treatment, the cooking lesson, the trips....all first class!
So relaxed and easy going, but equally professional. And follow up pdf advice...
from Bulgaria, October 2018
"Great time! Great yoga experience!"
Carola’s attitude- very clearly explained the poses, fixed everyone in the right position, being very sensitive about the state of the people every morning.
from Ireland, October 2018
"A truly relaxing holiday"
From the moment of arriving you felt the tranquil and relaxing surrounds start to work their magic. The yoga lessons in the morning were excellent and really set the tone for the day. Cooking classes and ayurvedic massage were also wonderful. All round perfect combination holiday
from United States, September 2018
The staff, food accomodations, yoga instruction and value of this retreat were 5 star all the way. We had day trips, pickup and drop off from conversano and the agritourismo! All were generous and went above and beyond to make sure our stay was excellent and enjoyable. We felt quite spoiled and would highly recommend this trip and location.
from United States, September 2018
"Authentic Experience "
I really enjoyed the Aruveydic therapies that were offered. Marie Angela is passionate about her work and has many years of experience.
Carola is an excellent teacher . It was a little slow in the beginning of the week , but I like how she built on the practice as the days progressed. It’s smart to start with yoga foundations as you don’t know which style of Yoga your students have had. Being a teacher myself , and an American sometimes it’s necessary to start at the beginning and move more slowly. Especially when you are on vacation! I also really enjoyed all the staff members. Everyone that works there , really makes you feel welcomed , and they will do anything for you to make your stay more comfortable.
from United Kingdom, September 2018
"The most amazing yoga retreat"
I loved everything about the trip. The farmhouse was beautiful, immaculately clean and all the staff were friendly and couldn't do enough to accommodate us. Carola was a brilliant guide, the tours were all well planned and showed us the best of the region, the choice of activities were great (we could have done more but we wanted time to relax by the pool) and Carola drove us everywhere and had lots of helpful hints and tips. And the cooking class was a brilliant addition, we were taught to make typical pasta of the region and focaccia.
The farmhouse is in a remote location but near all the main attractions of the region so you really get the best of both world's by staying here. We had a three course meal every-night made with freshly grown ingredients from the house and our waiter Joseph did everything he could to make our stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, in terms of taking special requests for meals and timings to eat. The surroundings are beautiful, with a lovely pool and manicured gardens. It really did exceed all expectations.
The yoga was fantastic. The yoga studio was beautiful, with lots of glass it was a perfect location for morning yoga and Carola was very helpful - she's an expert and gave us great direction and was able to adapt for us who are all beginners.
All in all it was a fantastic holiday.
from United Kingdom, June 2018
Thank you everyone at Masseria Montepaolo for making me so welcome and relaxed. Carola's well structured yoga and lovely trips out and Mariangela's healing hands were just what I needed and the incomparable Joseph topped it off perfectly.
from United States, June 2018
"Amazing experience, very relaxing"
I originally booked a different retreat which unfortugot cancelled. Looking into other options I found Verdaguru Centre and the price was only marginally more for half board instead of the B&B option of the one I had booked, so I booked it. Carola was great from her messages before I went, right through to the end. She picked me up from a different station due to train issues, took us out to different places almost everyday and made sure we as a group were well looked after and had everything we needed. The place we stayed was wonderful, Joseph was always on hand at meal times to fill any request and the food was delicious. Most days the pool was extremely quiet and peaceful and on the two days where events were being held it was still possible to relax by the pool even though music was being played. I ended up having 3 treatments which helped to further add to what was one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever had. Yoga every day could have been a bit more challenging, but it did provide a great foundation of yoga that can be easily run through on a daily basis. For me, I was hoping to stretch deeper and have a more intense experience learning further balance postures, but on a few days I either got up earlier and stretched before the class or had a session in the afternoon in the space with one of the other guests. For some reason it says I am American, but I am actually from London and thoroughly enjoy my trip to Puglia and the Verdaguru Centre.
from United Kingdom, June 2018
"Wonderul time in Puliga Yog retreat"
Everything from the moment we arrived. Carola is a warm friendly person, as is Marieangela. Yoga, massages, food, wine, weather, all excellent. I am still feeling the benefits of my relaxing week in Italy, even now! Other guests were also a pleasure to be with - shall definitely be back. Missing everything and everyone. Also must mention the enjoyable cookery classes with the lovely Anna and the friendly smile from Joseph who was always on hand to help.
from United Kingdom, May 2018
The whole experience at Montepaolo was excellent, the teaching by Carola, treatments from Mariangela, friendship, accommodation, food and programme were super and very good value for money. Would love to return.
from United Kingdom, May 2018
Just had a lovely week at montepaolo yoga retreat! Great week to unwind and recharge.The yoga was excellent. Carola and team were just amazing and ever so accommodating. The farmhouse was beautiful and Joseph is an absolute star! The food was delicious!I would have liked two yoga classes a day but still had a great time. Would highly recommend it and hopefully I look forward to visiting again ! Thank you! :)
from Italy, May 2018
"puglia mon amour"
carola è veramente una grande insegnante,eravamo solo in tre a fare yoga, in pratica lezioni private!! per nn parlare di mariangela, esperta in massaggi ayurveda , avrei voluto portarle entrambe con me a Milano!
e che dire di conversano, raffinata cittadina, e di Monopoli, bellissima..e poi Matera..
insomma, ne è valsa la pena, grazie di tutto! cucinare poi le orecchiette con la dolce Anna poi è stato davvero divertente..
from United Kingdom, April 2018
"Superb way to recharge"
Great food, lovely setting and genuine and kind hosts. I'd highly recommend for someone who needs a break from stressful city life. Conversano is beautiful and if you're looking to re-charge this Vedaguru holiday is the perfect way to do it.
from Greece, March 2018
I was the only person for my week as there were some cancellations. I was so fortunate as I am a beginner yoga student & Carola spent so much time teaching me & going over everything. The cooking class was also the same & was such fun to do everything from scratch. Joseph is a joy, always so attentive to absolutely everything that I might need & my massages were wonderful. A perfect week. Actually I am from California, (not Greece) but gad come from 6 months living in Jordan.
from United Kingdom, October 2017
"A perfect week all round! "
I loved the mix of activities (yoga, cooking and excursions) and the warm welcome from Carola and all the staff and helpers at Montepaolo. Nothing was ever too much trouble and it felt like being at home in an extended family. Everything was provided and every wish was catered for.
from Belgium, August 2019
"Melange ideal entre decouverte de la region et du yoga "
Carola est un excellent prof experimente qui s'adapte en fonction du groupe.
les soins de mariangela sont extraordinaires, faites le premier tres vite pour pouvoir apprecier et en rajouter sur la semaine. Ces soins meritent a eux seuls une semaine de cure. Nourriture exellente, fruits et legumes frais, repas prepares par un(e) vrai(e) chef qui m'a fait des repas vegan succulents , meme des biscuits et gateaux !!
Possibilite de rajouter des visites ou de passer la journee a la plage, de rester a la piscine (tres jolie, entourée d'arbres) , d'en apprendre plus sur le yoga ou la medecine ayurvédique, de profiter des soins... selon vos envies.
Toute L'equipe est tres chaleureuse, pro et a votre ecoute pour agementer votre sejour. l'endroit est tres propre. La semaine est passee trop vite !
Celine Van Aalst
from Netherlands, July 2019
I liked the combination of yoga, cooking, ayurveda massage and tours.
Eva-maria Dr Konnertz
from Germany, May 2019
"Zu teuer. Nett, aber außerhalb, Frühstück nur sehr dürftig"
Frühstück nicht gesund und auch nicht abwechslungsreich ;
Yoga war ok - der Raum und va Boden ist uneben und ungeeignet; im Zimmer zu kalt, Wasser auch nur lauwarm;
Essen mit 20 EUR viel zu teuer;
sehr freundliche Menschen - Anna, die Köchin ist toll und herzlich
Pool war leider noch zu kalt; es ist schön, dass man überall in den Garten gehen kann
from Germany, May 2019
"Very nice and helpfully stuff, Beautiful quiet place"
Die ruhige Lage und das schöne Haus.
from France, April 2019
"Un séjour parfait "
Un endroit paisible au milieu des cerisiers en fleurs, des oliviers, des amandiers, des figuiers de barbarie et des champs de coquelicot. Un personnel discret et aux petits soins. Des cours de yoga très doux mais précis, intéressants et variés donnés par une prof adorable. Des massages merveilleux. Un cours de cuisine formidable. Une cuisinière qui a su adapter avec coeur ses plats à mon régime sans gluten ni lactose. Plats servis avec le sourire et la gentillesse de Joseph. Des visites des villages magnifiques alentours. Un véritable moment de détente et de plaisir ! Merci à Carola, Maria Angela, Anna, Joseph, Angelo et à ceux dont je ne connais pas le prénom.
from Germany, March 2019
Man fühlt sich wie bei Freunden, wirklich alle sind supernett und unkompliziert; Yoga, Massagen und die Ausflüge waren ganz toll; man lernt viel über die Geschichte, Kultur und Küche der Region; a propos Küche: Die Köchin ist eine Wucht! Und der Wein zum darin baden.
Für mich waren es in jeder Hinsicht perfekte Tage, und ich werde definitiv wiederkommen!
from Netherlands, February 2019
"A nice mix"
Carola is a real good instructor and made you feel at ease. Joseph did everything to take care of my group and me. The whole week was a nice mix between yoga, food, visiting old cities and I had the best group to share this with!
Viviane Vidal De La Blache
from France, December 2018
Seuls au monde!l’accueil chaleureux,le yoga formidable,les massages divins,le prix pour toute ces choses!et la campagne !je reviendrai en mai!!!!
from Germany, November 2018
Tutti, only the rain in the beginning, but after 2 days the sun showed up. Lovley place with lovely people. Professional and helpful treatments. Thanks to Carola. She is doing a great Job. 🤗
from United States, June 2018
"très bon rapport qualité -prix"
Tout ; le logement confortable et bien équipé ; la nourriture délicieuse ; les massages fabuleux , le cours de cuisine ; la région des Pouilles (excursions incluses).
from Germany, May 2018
"Perfect mixture of yoga, massages, adventures and relaxing"
- Communication in advance was always great, which made me feel prepared and looking forward to my yoga retreat even more
- Pick-up service from Conversano was perfectly coordinated and in general the
possibility to be able to do trips to Conversano, Polignano a Mare and
Alberobello was great! Overall, it was a perfect mixture of yoga &
ayurvedic massages, exploring new cities and having time to relax in the sun by the pool
- The accommodation was wonderful and Montepaolo was the perfect place for the retreat! Back home, I really miss the quietness at night and waking up to singing birds.
- Everybody at Montepaolo was super friendly and Joseph was so
incredibly helpful and kind!!
- The food was amazing, although it was waaay too much
- I was really impressed by the ayurvedic treatments and I felt so much better afterwards!
=> I would come back anytime again!!
from United States, April 2018
"100% in orde!"
from Netherlands, April 2018
Carola Altea is deskundig. Ook van de kok heb ik veel geleerd. De hele staf maakt het je helemaal naar de zin. Dat voelt niet als een gunst, maar iedereen vindt dat vanzelfsprekend
from Switzerland, October 2017
"YogaRetreat in Apulien"
Super Lage, alles sauber und alles was man braucht, fabelhafter Ort, einzigartige Betreuung von Josef (eine Art Butler); auch Carola die den Retreat leitet ist sehr behilflich, hat alles toll organisiert, angenehmer Yogakurs für alle Niveaus am Morgen angeboten, fabelhaft Yoga und Ayurveda erklärt, sowie alle unsere Bedürfnisse abgeholt. Die Treatments waren top und der Kochkurs lustig und sehr lehrreich. Zumal waren die Ausflüge sehr interessant, und auch einen zuverlässiger Transfer wurde (für unsre Extra-Ausflüge) wurde immer sauber organisiert. Man kann durchaus als Frau alleine hinfahren - es da wirklich ungefährlich und man findet sofort Freunde unter den Veranstaltern, Einheimischen und last but not least eine sehr nette Teilnehmer-Truppe. Herzlichen Dank! Weitermachen so!