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14 Days Ayurveda and Yoga Training Course in Kerala, India

  • Vedaguru Centre, Nelarchal P.O. Ambalamukku, Ambalavayal Via, Wayanad, Kerala, India

Overview

Ayurveda and Yoga Training Course in Kerala, India

Join Vedaguru Centre of Vedic science for your Ayurveda and yoga training course. Kerala has preserved the ancient culture of Bharath-Vedic culture; adhering to its solemn principle. During your stay, you will be provided the opportunity to experience and enjoy a few aspects of Ayurveda, astrology, yoga, tantra, vastu, and also the martial art of Kerala that is Kalaripayattu. Vedaguru Centre invites you to enjoy the bountiful nature of Kerala and its philosophy.

Highlights

  • 10 Hatha yoga lessons with Gobalakrishna
  • 45 hours of Ayurveda training with certification
  • 3 days tour around Wayanad and cultural program
  • Consultation with Ayurvedic doctor and Vedic astrologer
  • 3 daily meals with beverages
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 10 days with instruction
  • English, Malayalam
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The Vedaguru Centre is an ambience of virgin wilderness and homely hospitality. You will learn how to relax. The traditional Kerala home offers a peaceful environment for you to relieve your tensions and in itself teach you meditation training. Each room has an attached Western bathrooms (with hot shower). The center represents authentic, traditional ambiance of living in communion with all the elements of nature in the shape of its cottages. Perfect for someone who wants to escape to peace and solitude, all together, this place will tell you how to change your life.

Wayanad tour - Immerse in nature to discover the greenest region of the state of Kerala. During the tour we will alternate cultural and naturalistic routes because one of the deepest values of Vedaguru Centre is the respect of the traditions of tribal people, nature and conservation of places. The aim of the tour is to raise awareness of an ancient culture that mass tourism and globalization are increasingly defacing the flattening of the uses and customs.

Cultural programs - Tribal dances, performances of tabla, Indian classical dance as Mohini Attam and Bharata Natyam. The performances are led by local artists in order to promote culture and the preservation of ancient folk traditions. In this way, Vedaguru Centre enter supports economically art projects that would otherwise not receive any support from local authorities.

Vedaguru program tour in Wayanad (Eco-responsible tourism activities)

Spice tours

Craft shop - Managed by local womens self-help groups for selling local forest products, souvenirs, local handicrafts etc.

Uravu NGO - A non-government organization that strives for empowering the marginalized and economically disadvantaged social groups, especially the traditional artisans, women and indigenous people.

Kanavu community - Kanavu is an alternative school/commune in Cheengode in Nadavayal village, in Wayanad set up by writer, activist and film director K. J. Baby. The schools activities include performances of traditional plays and music, as well as martial arts (Kalarippayattu) training.

Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary - This sanctuary is a forest garden in the Western Ghat Mountains dedicated to conservation and education. It supports a unique and endangered flora, and has been identified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the 25 centers of biodiversity in the world.

Culture zone

Edakkal Caves - Two natural caves located 1,200 meters above sea level on Ambukutty Male 25 kilometers from Kalpetta. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to be dated to at least 5000 BC, from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from south India.

Thirunelli Temple - It is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the side of the Brahmagiri hill in Kerala. The temple is located at an altitude of about 900 meters in north Wayanad in a valley surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. It is situated 32 kilometers away from Manathavady.

Jain Temple - Located near Sulthan Bathery constructed in the thirteenth century.

Heritage museum - This is an archeological museum and has a grand collection of rare artifacts dating back to the 2nd century. These artifacts provide evidence the fact that ancient human civilization prevailed here in a structured form.

Wildlife safari - The two wildlife sanctuaries of Tholpetty and Muthanga in Wayanad offer excellent wildlife spotting. The animal population of the sanctuary ranges of Asiatic elephant, tiger, panther, jungle cat, civet, nilgiri langur, wild dog, wild gaur, spotted deer, sambar, malabar squirrel and bear. Reptiles like monitor lizard and a variety of snakes are seen. Peacock, babblers, cuckoos, owl, wood pecker and jungle fowl are only a few among the different types of birds seen in the area.

The teachers at Vedaguru Centre are local gurus who have received the knowledge preserved from generation to generation. They speak only their local language Malayalam and you will be provided an English translator that will accompany throughout the entire course.

Cheeru Soman

Oils and preparations. Cheeru Paniya belongs to the community and lives in the village where Shajeer grew up, one who prepares oils and remedies for the tribal community.

Gopal Krishnan

A teacher of Hatha yoga and pranayama. He studied at the Bihar School of Yoga founded in 1964 by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. In addition to collaborating with the center Vedaguru, he also teaches in middle and high schools in Wayanad.

Ibrahim Gurukkal

Kalari also teaches Kalaripayat at its center in Kalpetta for children aged 3 years and over. He has a studio where he prepares oils and herbal remedies for the treatment of Kalari injuries to his patients with fractures, joint pain and joint problems in general.

Maladhi Balakrishna

  • A therapist and teacher of Ayurveda. After graduating from Ayurvedic therapist, she worked several years at Ayurvedic hospitals in Kerala.

Padinjhathara Parameshwaran Vaidya

He started at the age of 11 years with his grandfather, Valeyudhan Vaidya is an expert in Panchakarma and Ayurvedic treatments. Practiced his profession of Vaidya in his medical practice and analyzes the patient through pulse diagnosis and personal consultation.

Shajeer Kizhakkekara

A native of Wayanad in Kerala, is an intermediary between the local culture and Vedaguru, he also worked as a cook in various parts of India, Dubai and Italy. He founded with Carola Altea, Vedaguru Educational and Charitable Trust in India and he is responsible for its management. In search of himself and of his essence and values, he is the bridge between the indigenous and Western culture and wants to open up from the mental point of view to create a connection between these two worlds. He built a tribal village for a tribe of the place with the use of natural materials and brings these techniques within the structure expansions Vedaguru Educational and Charitable Trust coordinates their work.

Vedaguru Centre is situated in the lap of Western Ghats pregnant with the virgin mothers of nature adorned by velvet hills and valleys and mist clad mountains, mysterious caves, jungle trails, architected by historical ruins and excavations that revealed the old rich culture.

Distances

  • Kalpetta - 20 kilometers

Vedaguru serves guests only organic and Ayurvedic diet. That is grown in the village. All dishes are vegetarian according to Ayurvedic principles. If you have any special dietary requirements or restrictions, please let Vedaguru know beforehand so that we can cater to your exact needs upon your arrival.

In Kerala, you will have the opportunity to dance under the starry sky with the beat of drums in a tribal village, take part in an Indian wedding, be invited into homes to taste different dishes, meet wonderful animals, and above all do things outside of any program.

All Ayurvedic treatments in the center are done in accordance with the treatment plan prescribed by Parameswara Vaydia after a consultation with him and under his close supervision.

  • 45 hours of Ayurveda training with certificate
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 10 Hatha yoga lessons with Gobalakrishna
  • 3 days tour around Wayanad
  • Consultation with Vaydia (Ayurvedic doctor)
  • Cultural programs
  • Food (3 meals per day) and beverages
  • Transfer to a Vedic astrologer
For information about the booking conditions, please send Vedaguru Centre an inquiry.
  • Review by Elisabeth from Los Angeles, USA

    "For the quintessential Italian yoga retreat, look no further than Puglia. Every aspect of this experience offered an enticing glimpse into Italian countryside living, from the delicious local cuisine to the relaxed daily schedule. The accommodations were charming and the surrounding areas were picturesque and virtually devoid of other tourists. Carola led a daily yoga and meditation practice that centered on the very essence of yoga. Mariangela is a true healer and her massage was transforming. I highly recommend this retreat for anyone who is seeking an introductory experience to Ayurveda in a beautiful and memorable setting. "

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  • Review by Hannele, Katarina, Sebastian & Kristian from Helsinki, Finland
    10 out of 10

    "We experienced a perfect wellness week for body and mind - yoga, delicious local food, great excursions and insight to ayurveda. The Ayurveda doctor available is skilled and we recommend everyone to have a consultation with him. The atmosphere and group was great and with Carola’s lead you get tools ans inspiration to make changes for your wellbeing in your everyday life. We loved the program because it was so comprehensive and Carola was open for our group’s wishes. A week with Vedaguru in Puglia leaves you with warm, centered and energized feelings. :)"

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  • Review by Sossi
    10 out of 10

    "This was an amazing retreat. The location was beautiful surrounded with nature. The food was very good, sometimes a bit too much :) Carola had a very positive and calming energy. She took us to various tours almost every day, every time to a different little town or a beach, all of them very beautiful. She was not charging us for any of it, driving us by her car, and even some drinks and sweats were complementary. I would say - it was a real demonstration of hospitality. My room was very comfortable. I liked yoga classes a lot - she would also explain the therapeutic impact of the exercises both during the classes and in the manual. Also, cooking classes were so much fun! My only suggestion would be to have a bit less food, and maybe excursion not every day but every other day and instead to have yoga classes not only in the morning but also afternoon every other day. But it is impossible to have it all at once in beautiful Puglia. I think I will want to go back to this place."

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  • Review by Peter
    9 out of 10

    "I have just spent the most magical week at Montecalvo Agriturismo. Our yoga instructor - Carola - was very communicative before I arrived and help me connect up with another yogi traveling from America so that we could share a cab. Arriving at the venue - we were welcomed with open arms like family. We settled into our rooms and were treated to an amazing four course meal in the evening. This feeling of welcome and great food continued for the rest of week. Yoga was fantastic, the pool was lovely and it was a nice balance between being looked after and having time for yourself. The cooking course and the excursions were also really interesting and fun. I would definitely recommend this course."

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  • Review by Bibi Nabi from Oslo, Norway
    9 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time at the yoga retreat. If I have to say anything about where you guys can improve is that I wish it was more yoga sessions. But Carola said it was because of the heat and the schedule. I also got good information about the doshas. And the Ayurvedic massages were heavenly. The farmhouse was a beautiful place and the food was delicious. I tasted fresh figs and almond milk for the first time in my life. The tours was also very nice. My favorite was Pulignano a mare. That was the reason for I chose this yoga retreat. I saw the picture from Pulignano a mare and I said to myself I want to go there! The beach in Pulignano a mare was beautiful. I went for a swim and it was everything I had imagined. So I will rate my stay 9 out of 10. I almost forgot the service was impeccable!"

    June 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Emma Ganderton from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment I entered the gates at Monte Paolo I felt that I was coming home. I was greeted by the lovely Carola who walked me around the building and was immensely helpful, picking mulberry's and cherries from the trees for me to try. My room was beautiful and I slept the best sleep every night waking up to utter peace. It was an amazing week, up early for yoga followed by a wonderful breakfast served by the ever patient and polite Joseph then a treatment or a cookery class…and an afternoon excursion, with wonderful company. Such a delight to be looked after so well. Thank you so much for a truly wonderful week, I learned so much and will never forget my last days outdoor meditation. I’m already looking forward to returning as soon as I can…I found heaven on earth! Love and light. "

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  • Review by Ruth Richman from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I am just back from three weeks in Italy. The last week was spent at Montepaolo for a retreat of yoga, cooking class, Ayurvedic massages, excursions to ancient places, and local foods in the dining room. Before booking the week with Carola I read reviews and they were all positive. I really looked for negative reviews and did not find any. I thought this was good news but also a little strange – as the saying goes you cannot please all the people all the time. After my week was over all I wanted to do was book another week! From beginning to end it was a magical time. All the positive reviews are correct. For months before the trip Carola and I emailed a lot, we had to keep changing our travel dates and arrival days and she did all the changes efficiently and without question. She is the best organizer I have ever worked with on anything! Once we met I felt like we were old friends. I slipped right into the magic of the place - the house’s thick stone walls keep the house lovely and cool on the hot days, and quiet always. I shared a room with a friend and it was easy to do, lots of space, windows, great bathroom. Lots of indoor spaces and outdoor “rooms” to be alone in or hang out with new and old friends. The buildings and grounds are meticulously taken care of and it was a joy to see bowls of fresh figs and other fruits harvested on site every breakfast. I used the pool area everyday for sunning and swimming. Carola is an excellent yoga teacher and her style is healing and available to everyone on the mat. Class in the morning was a great way to start the day. The massage therapy was some of the best I ever had. Thank you Marie-Angela!! Magical, intuitive hands. Ayurveda threads its way through the yoga and the massages. Cooking class with Lucretia was great fun! We spoke no Italian and she speaks no English but that didn’t stop anything. At the end we had a gorgeous multi-course meal and felt like we could understand the language! Generally, the food is over the top! I am a good eater but found even one main Italian meal was more than I could handle per day. The days we had lunch we were in trouble at the table at night! The food quality is excellent, quantities are large, and the blending of the textures, colors, flavors was perfect. The food prepared is based on what is ready and ripe in the fields, orchards, and garden. My food sensitivities were listened to and there was always plenty for me to enjoy. Joseph-the-Amazing is the main waiter and he was really such a bonus to the week. Attentive, funny, sincere. The excursions were always good too. A wide range from the Trulli buildings to Polignano’s amazing architecture to the shore at Cozze to swim and a local winery. The age and history of the area is very interesting. Carola gave us time to wander and to enjoy and our small group of 5 were easy to keep track of. All in all my first thought is that I want to return…I feel there is a lot more to see, a lot more time to spend relaxing. I will choose my return based on harvest times….the cherries are spectacular and I only saw the end of the season! And I would like more than two massages! Thank you everyone that I saw and those behind the scenes at Vedaguru and Montepaolo."

    June 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Debra B from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Ruth and I so looked forward to our time with you! You were so helpful in assisting us with our reservations and all the changes that we had to make along the way! I couldn't believe how understanding and accommodating you were! know that we changed our number of night stays at least three times to which you were fine with. Upon our arrival in Bari the Taxi that you had arranged for us, Franco, was so patient! Ruth's luggage had been lost and even though there was a language barrier, Franco was most helpful and understanding. He had to wait for at least an hour until Ruth manged to get all the documentation finalized in order for her luggage to make it to Montepaolo! My first impression was one of a very well organized trip! Our arrival was greeted by your smiling face and calm energy! I knew then that I was in for a most wonderful experience! Our room was lovely, clean and welcoming. I was overwhelmed with all the beauty of the gardens that I saw not only from the windows of my room but when I first arrived. Your first tour of the grounds and your ability to communicate in English was awesome. I felt immediately at home! The food was excellent and a lot was offered! From my experience I learned that one had to be very clear about what your food preferences were or else you would be constantly fed like a Queen or a King! The staff were so eager to make sure our stay was filled with the blessing of their energy, the food that they created. Joseph was so amazing and I was grateful for his kindness! He is to be commended in every job that he does there as he did it with love! I loved the table that was set up on the side with Ayurveda offerings, special teas, herbs and fruit that was offered to assist in balancing our doshas which you had instructed us in! Carola, the Yoga in the morning was so light and lively! I was very impressed with your teaching style as you did not lead the class as we say over here in Canada, which means the teacher participates, you taught the class! Giving us an example then verbally guiding us and keeping a watchful eye on each and everyone to make sure that we were safe. This is an important element of teaching that I honor and respect! You gave alternative poses to any student who required them due to physical limitations with the experience of a good Yoga teacher! The Ayurveda Massages that I had during the week were amazing! I have had Myofascial massages in the past and have certainly appreciated their stimulating effects! The massages that I had from Mariangela I would recommend to anyone! They were complete in every way! Mariangela is a very intuitive Therapist and was able to recognize where I needed work without any verbal communication! I left feeling a profound sense of having been blessed by her touch! The cooking class with Lucrezia was so much fun! She is such a talented Chef and so helpful! The fun lay in the language barrier, everyone trying to figure out what each of us was trying to communicate! Through the use of hand movements we all managed pretty well. I was able to make pasta from scratch such a thrilling opportunity to participate in this lively event! The food that we prepared was simply delicious! What amazed me the most was that not a lot of garlic was used. You would think that being in Italy that was a staple! I soon learned that using garlic is a regional thing! However, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are a staple all over Italy! Carola your guided tours were amazing and the timing was perfect! I wondered about why we were going later in the day but soon realized it had to do with the heat! Our trips were excellent, informative and full of fun things! Your attention to the tourist detail was amazing! You took care of us like we were a group of small children and sometimes we were, everyone dispersing here there and everywhere, trying to get it all in! I loved that you managed to balance the old with the new and explain how it all came about! I would recommend this retreat to anyone! It was enjoyable, affordable and full of enlightening information! In the midst of all this I came home relaxed and renewed! I look forward to returning if not to Montepaolo then to Vedaguru in India!"

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  • Review by Mary from Dublin
    10 out of 10

    "Everything about my week in Conversano was excellent. The 16th Century hotel was beautiful and a great location. Carola was very organized, and looked after our every need. It is an ideal location for solo traveler. There was only two of us completing the cookery and yoga the week I was there, which meant we got great attention. We had a great laugh with Lucrezia our chef who showed us beautiful dishes made with the best of local fresh produce. Lucrezia was also very flexible for any other dishes we wanted to try. Puglia has so much to offer. I have traveled all over Italy but have to say this was the best week I have had in Italy. I can't wait to try my new recipes!"

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  • Review by Maddy from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I had a fantastic week in Conversano. Carola and Mariangela are passionate and excellent hosts. Upon arrival I was warmly welcomed at the farmhouse Masseria Montepaolo, which is surrounded by beautiful olive, cherry, almond and fig trees. The staff was extremely friendly and the restaurant very flexible in terms of dietary requirements. They were preparing gluten free bread and dishes just for me, which I highly appreciated! The food was always fresh prepared from organic, local products. Joseph was always welcoming us with a warm and lovely smile. Carola made sure that we had always fresh juices in the morning and Ayurvedic teas. I truly enjoyed the morning yoga classes.Through our daily Hatha Yoga routine, I felt energetic and found back to my center and inner peace. In the afternoons Carola guided us through the absolutely beautiful scenery of Puglia and it was a relief to walk around in such a quiet and peaceful environment and to learn more about the history. Thanks again Carola, it was fun and I hope I can join one of your retreats again next year. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Marian from Dublin
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga retreat in Montepaolo,Puglia was amazing. I loved every minute of my visit and I highly recommend it.It had so much to offer-a perfect blend of Yoga,Ayurveda,body treatments,excursions in the beautiful surroundings and a cookery class. Everybody was so welcoming .Carola was very helpful when I was organizing my visit. Meeting her every morning for her yoga class was a perfect start to my day. Mariangela gave the most wonderful massages, I didn't want this experience to stop. We had such fun with Lucrezia doing our cookery class and succeeded in making our own pasta and cooking a delicious meal.Think I've used recipes more than five times and have really impressed friends and family. Joseph was a charming host, welcoming us, serving us beautiful food,always offering us second helpings and making sure the bikes were road worthy.As I love cycling I'm hoping that all the bikes will be serviced and ready for my next visit! Antonella and Rosalba were super, keeping our rooms perfect and helping me with a little Italian. Cinzia was charming, we had some laughs communicating through french. This was a memorable holiday. I enjoyed the great company of the other participants. I really appreciate the love and kindness I experienced. A special thanks to Carola who is a super organizer and host.I feel very confident to send my friends to Masseria Montepaolo"

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  • Review by Jackie from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Had a fabulous week in Puglia. Beautiful farmhouse with lovely pool, very peaceful. Carola was a perfect host, she took us out each afternoon and we visited towns, a vineyard, the beach, had ice-cream! My mornings were spent cooking with Lucrezia, a very passionate chef. I learnt so much from her and cooked lots of amazing dishes and enjoyed my time with her in the little kitchen! Thank you to the both of you, you really made it a special week. I also met 2 fabulous ladies who helped with the fun and laughter! Love to all!"

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  • Review by Barbara from England
    10 out of 10

    "I so much enjoyed my week with you in Puglia and look forward to coming again :) I'm in the US now and working long hours, still feeling rested from my peaceful week. I loved being in the countryside, the gorgeous views, delicious meals and the daily morning yoga class. I have rarely felt so rested after only a week. It was the perfect holiday. I miss the treatments. They were heavenly. I highly recommend your retreat. You spoilt us with your homemade almond milk in the mornings and freshly squeezed juices and ice cream treats during our sightseeing outings. I look forward to returning."

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  • Review by Caroline from England
    10 out of 10

    "This retreat was a perfect mix of yoga, Ayurveda and sightseeing. Carola's morning yoga lessons were excellent as well as fun, and I now have a routine of Ayurveda and yoga that I practice daily. Carola is an excellent host, with great insider knowledge to the towns and villages visited on the tours. The Ayurveda treatments were amazing! Puglia is a stunning region in Italy, with rugged coastline, beautiful old towns and its own regional specialties. The farmhouse near Conversano is very comfortable and peaceful with wonderful food. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff there. There is wi-fi and use of a computer to book further travel, check email etc. There are plenty of ways to relax – a huge garden with decent sized pool for swimming and sunbathing, use of bikes to explore the local area, and gorgeous surroundings to walk in complete with cherry and almond orchards. The retreat group was small enough that I could get to know everybody there and make new yoga friends. I’m definitely considering returning in the future. "

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  • Review by Jeanette and Kent Wakelin

    "What an amazing experience. This was, by far, one of the best vacations that my husband and I have ever taken. The resort is absolutely beautiful, the staff are amazing, the accommodations are wonderful and the excursions were delightful. This little gem truly creates an amazing paradise; one that everyone needs to experience. Getting up each morning and having a yoga class with Carola was the perfect way to start your day; she is a wealth of knowledge, very talented and absolutely delightful. And one has never truly had a massage, until experiencing one with Mariangela. Incredible! Love the mix of activity and relaxation. Each day was filled with activities or excursions, but there was also still plenty of time for relaxation and time at the pool. We will definitely return; absolutely loved it."

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    "Thank you Carola, Mariangela, Joseph and all of the other amazing staff for making our vacation truly a delightful holiday."

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  • Review by Christine from Switzerland

    "We arrived safe and sound back home and we horribly miss you all and also the stunning beauty of the Masseria Montepaolo! As you know, I was absolutely happy with the whole week, the yoga, the massages, the Masseria Montepaolo, the food and everything. Keep on doing your wonderful work! "

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  • Review by Janet from England
    10 out of 10

    "Just the right mix of yoga, cooking and site seeing in wonderful countryside, companionship and learned ayuverdic treatments. No pressure. Lots of sun. Good food and a few laughs. What more could anyone ask. Perfect venue and location. Even went biking. Heaven"

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  • Review by Cate Mackin from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Eat, pray, and love in Puglia, Italy I went for one week and I stayed for three! This was my first yoga retreat and it exceeded my expectations on every level. I was at a transitional period in my life and was feeling anxious about my future. Through the loving support of Carola and Marieangela I have obtained a sense of peace. I now have a yoga routine that I follow each day which includes asanas, pranayama, and I can now reach that deeply relaxing meditative state. I enjoyed many Ayurvedic treatments which left me feeling rejuvenated and physically relaxed. I feel better in my mind, body, and spirit and look forward to the new experiences that the changes in my life will bring. There is a loving kindness at the farm that extends from all members of the staff from the owner who encourages you to feel at home, to the chef whose food is flavorful and nourishing, to Joseph ,with his heartwarming smile, who caters to you. I look forward to returning one day."

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  • Review by Bernadette Porter
    10 out of 10

    "The week I spent in Puglia was one of the most relaxing and friendly holidays/retreat I have ever had. Carola and Marieangela really looked after each participant according to their own needs. I was beginner yoga and each morning Carola took me through gentle exercises so that by the end of the week I was really able to feel both more rested and more in harmony with myself. Marieangelas treatments from the Vedic tradition were a totally new experience for me and were like being in heaven!"

    "The countryside around Conversano is simply charming and the visits out were well worth the effort. There is everything here in this area, history, wonderful beaches, stunning churches and sweet towns with wonderful gelataria. I recommend it highly."

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  • Review by Selina Vlaanderen from Amsterdam, Netherlands

    "I just returned home after a fabulous yoga retreat week in Puglia.In the beautiful countryside of Conversano I stayed at the Masseria Montepaolo which is a great place to stay. A 10 bedroom charme hotel in a 16th century building surrounded by a large garden with a swimming pool and the smallest church I have ever seen, which is a great place to meditate. In this garden, Carola my yoga teacher, gave me every morning yoga lessons while explaining the basics of the hatha yoga, without any haste and taking all the time I needed.Feeling completely relaxed after the exercises she joined me for excursions to medieval villages such as Conversano, Monopoli, Polignano and of course to the beautiful beaches and sea sides which South Italy has to offer. Puglia is not yet discovered by mass tourism so no busy streets and a quite wild, savage countryside which makes it a region worthwhile visiting. We had twice a delicious Italian lunch at the beach house of Mariangela, who is the masseuse and gives you in this week two massages which you never want to end! Absolutely great! Carola and Mariangela are two women who give their utmost to make sure you enjoy your stay with them to the maximum possible.The countryside in which the Masseria is located is quiet but close enough to visit Conversano if you are looking for a more vivid environment. The hotel has beautiful garden, serves every morning a great breakfast with croissants, juices, cakes, fruit and fresh coffee. In the evening the chefs make you a four course delicious Italian dinner. Everything is fresh made. The hotel offers large spacious rooms with private bathrooms and great views on the countryside. Because of the limited number of rooms and personal decorations in the hotel it feels like home.Bikes are available for a ride in the surroundings and otherwise you can take a walk through the olive or cherry tree fields. All together it was a week to remember and I enjoyed it so much thanks to Carola and Mariangela. I felt so good and relaxed during this period. The only downside was that I had to leave after a week.All together a holiday to remember and a great value for your money. Thanks so much!"

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  • Review by Dijanna from Amsterdam

    "I can only say that I had a wonderfull relaxing week. I wasn't sure what to expect, but from the time I was picked up from the trainstation, I was taken very good care off. The morning yoga classes were great, adapted to my body and mind. I learned new moves and received good tips and reading material, in order to study and practice at home. The ayurveda treatments are super relaxing, Mariangela with her magic hands. You want to have them daily :)Thank you so much Carola and Mariangela, your hearts are in the right place."

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  • Review by Andres from Tel Aviv, Israel

    "I had a great time during my stay in Vedaguru Center in Puglia. The charming country house is comfortable and very well conserved at the same time. Breakfast and dinner were delicious and the staff was really very kind and helpful with all my requests. Yoga practice and treatments were excellent and very profesional and also the tours we made were interesting and allowed us to know places that otherwise had been difficult to see. Special thanks for Carola and Mariangela for their great job and sincere dedication and for making me feel at home in the beautiful Puglia."

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  • Review by Sophie from Frankfurt, German

    "I just arrived back in Frankfurt yesterday evening. It has been an amazing time. Thanks again for your effort and the great time I spent in Conversano. It was so relaxing there."

    October 22, edited

  • Review by Leander from London, UK

    "Spent a really nice week in the beautiful Conversano farmhouse in the beginning of September 2015.Carola and Mariangela are excellent hosts and will go out of their way to ensure your stay is as adventurous/relaxing/comfortable as you and your small group of fellow students would ideally like it to be.The yoga itself is more on the hatha/feminine/slow-energy side rather than the fitnessy/masculine/power yoga side that is also quite popular everywhere, and while this was maybe a bit of a surprise to me it proved very relaxing and fitting with what is predominantly a quiet and relaxing yoga retreat. Carola is a good teacher who is capable of both explaining underlying theory and adapting to what extent the group is interested in more spiritual elements.The setting of the 16th century agriturismo farmhouse, with a small chapel and look-out tower, is magical and has a beautiful garden filled with fruit trees and a great swimming pool. The excursions to the nearby towns and beaches (some are very touristic, others very genuine and local) are also a welcome and well-organised addition to the retreat, while not taking away too much of your afternoon free time."

    October 22, edited

  • Review by Reg and Angela from Manchester, UK

    "In August this year we stayed at the farmhouse and had a wonderful week in the care of Carole and Marieangela. We were very fortunate to have a special programme arranged for us. Carole and Marieangela couldn't have been more hospitable. They met us at the station, looked after our every need and included several tours of the beautiful towns and coastlines in the area.Carole's daily morning yoga classes were gentle and a perfect start to the day. She has a marvellous sense of humour and is lovely company. Marieangela has magic hands - the best massage and healing treatment I have ever had.We also learned some great traditional Italian cooking skills and I can even make fresh pasta now. Our local cook was so sweet, great fun as well as occasionally bossy, which was all part of the experience - a true Puglian.Carole and Marieangela are two very special people. They genuinely care and want everything right for you and I hope to vacation with them again soon."

    October 22, edited

  • Review by Renato from Rome, Italy

    "The place is amazing and we were really glad to have met this cross-section of India that reminds us so much of an ancient land of great knowledge, as in the film "Ayurveda" .This place is 'very special, with beautiful nature and really wonderful scenery. Shajeer is really good, enthusiastic and inspiring whilst Mr Roy is an angel and always available"

    February 2015. Vedaguru Centre website, edited

  • Review by Alessandra Aimonetto from Milan, Italy

    "It is truly a paradise here. I will forever remember the good and warm experience and it remains in my heart!! Even though I have returned to Italy (do not want to think of it), it is certainly not the last time that I'm there! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience, wonderful people and magical places... you'll always be in my heart! Thank you thanks a bunch!"

    November 2014. Vedaguru Centre website, edited

  • Review by Maria Luisa Peliti from Rome, Italy

    "The pain of leaving wonderful India has started immediately on our way back to Rome :) 999It was a wonderful experience as I found more than what I expected, even for the course. It was nice to know the wonderful people who have accompanied us on our journey. 9999Your center is a magical place. Now that I'm back here at home, one good lesson learnt is to change perspective. Experience the serenity and the profound spirituality that permeate life in Kerala - it helps one to see any problem in perspective and to go deeper into the things that really matter.Without Shajeers teachings, it would definitely not be possible. 99999Staying here for two weeks as part of a beautiful community, it was like being with family and I dont feel like a tourist at all. Malathi and Gopal, in addition to their teachings, convey the love, joy and serenity of yoga. Wonderful experience ... Am planning and looking forward to the next trip already!! :) Thanks a lot!!!"

    August 2014. Vedaguru Centre website, edited

  • Review by Barbara Brandi

    "After one month since my return to Italy I still live and cherish the memory ... the rich nature surrounding your place, the good massages by Malathi, the kitchen and the infinite availability of Shajeer! As well as the pleasure of being in contact with people of different nationalities. Beautiful and relaxing experience!!"

    March 2014. Vedaguru Centre website, edited

Puglia, Italy

Vedaguru Centre believe that the food is a medicine and if we can make it with our own hands with the use of fresh biological ingredients, well, this can really make the difference!

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