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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Italy.
Vedaguru believes in the enrichment of living standards of modern civilization through indigenous, traditional knowledge of the Vedas. In collaboration with Montepaolo, they offer the possibility to take yoga lessons, take part at the cultural and natural tour, and learn the benefit of Ayurveda in a marvelous place surrounded by nature. Explore the beauty of Puglia with yoga!
During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room at Masseria Montepaolo. There are ten rooms in Montepaolos main building, located on either the second or third floor, reached by stairs. The rooms are comprised of a variety of layouts, sleeping either two, three or four guests. Each room is named after a sign of the zodiac. All rooms are very comfortable, providing tranquility and repose in a refined and welcoming environment.
Montepaolo also has two Junior Suites which are one-bedroom lofts with a kitchen, as well as two two-bedroom apartments in the 14th century tower called La Torre del Brigante.
The second floor has three spacious, light-filled rooms, each with a balcony. These were the family bedrooms when the house was a private residence of the current owner and they still have the floors and antiques dating back to the 19th century. The amenities for these rooms are Wi-Fi, heating, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, ceiling fan, security box, and hair dryer.
The other seven rooms are located in the charming renovated attic on the third floor, each with windows overlooking the surrounding countryside or landscaped grounds and decorated in the Provencal style. The amenities for these rooms are Wi-Fi, heating / air conditioning, tv, telephone, mini-fridge, ceiling fan, security box, and hair dryer. For guests staying in the main building, included in the service is a fresh breakfast buffet provided on the first (ground) floor.
Check in is anytime but room is available after 2 p.m. Check out of room is before 11 a.m. but it is possible to stay at the venue, the pool, etc. using external toilet.
Yoga mat and free bicycle are provided.
Companions who do not participate in the activities can come in a shared room and pay only the accommodation.
Forget for a time your past and your origins, you are entering into a different world. Vedaguru Centre hopes that at the end of this experience you will have something invaluable to carry with you always. In the heart of Apulia, the retreat will be held, and it will definitely bring your thoughts to another place of relaxation and at the same time, you will fall in love with this place. It will bring you an experience of your five senses as well as discovering your true nature.
Yoga is not just "poses." It also includes what happens along the way (how you breathe, how you are listening to your body, and how your mind is focused on the present moment). Yoga is a personal activity that looks different with each of you. Yoga is not about how you "look" on the outside, it is about how you "feel" on the inside.
You will practice Hatha yoga with a balanced yoga approach. Every morning, there will be warm-up exercises, asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), mantras (positive affirmations), mindfulness (focuses attentions), Mudra, and relaxation (includes guided imagery) surrounded by nature.
This holiday includes a tour to experience Puglia.
Conversano is located on a pleasant hill of the Murgia, just six kilometers from Cozze village. Among its characteristics is a historic center that is divided into three parts (the medieval city, Casalvecchio and Casalnuovo). In addition, there are the Basilica and many churches which retain the signs of the religious power.
Located four kilometers from Cozze, Polignano a Mare is the pearl of the Adriatic, a sublime combination between the blue sea and the cliffs of the ancient polignano borgo. It is also an oasis to discover the rich province of Bari. Won the coveted Blue Flag award and four sails of Legambiente, Polignano a Mare has great hospitality of its people, its traditions, and folklore to accommodate tourists. In the historic center of Polignano a Mare, time has stopped to give way to the sound of the sea, its intense aroma, with its bright colors. Here, you can see balconies set in the cliff and narrow streets and corners of the old town to give authentic emotions.
Alberobello is located 24 kilometers from Conversano in the Valle d'Itria. "I wake up and I see a land of dreams, as setrulli asleep yet," wrote then enchanted Gabriele D'Annunzio in front of the trulli of Alberobello. Lamine resting on the shelf of one another, in circles ever closer to the final funnel, a masterpiece of statics with an air chamber that is formed between a chianca and the other to absorb the changes in temperature and to keep it constant.
"i trulli", cool in summer and warm in the winter, are the first example of natural insulation. And the so-called "passivity" of the structure is able to absorb even the most violent shocks of earthquake. The trulli are an unreal world and sweet as a caress, a symbol of the spirituality of time. The trullo was a self-sufficient dwelling for the life and work of men and animals. And those mysterious symbols on the cones are praise to the Lord or an invocation of protection facing the sun.
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 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.
Montepaolo is located to the south of Bari, within Parco dei Laghi, a protected natural area with interesting flora and fauna. The masseria is in a very convenient location just 40 minutes from the Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI) and 50 minutes from the Brindisi Airport (BDS).
The meals will be served based on the concept of kilometer 0. Meals are prepared using primarily Montepaolo produce, olive oil, fruit, vegetables and spices as per the Mediterranean diet and seasonal availability. Only local, traditional Puglia recipes are used, customized by the owners own creativity. For breakfast you can enjoy homemade jam, cookies, pies, fresh fruit from the grounds and harvested the same morning, traditional Italian coffee, cappuccino, tea,organic barley, yogurt, fresh fruit and veg juice, toast, organic cereal, and croissants.
A sample of lunch and dinner menu dishes are: the traditional black wheat focaccia, fried bites, broccoli rape pasta, black wheat pasta with dry ricotta cheese, bean and chicory cream (fave e cicorie), legumes soups, parmigiana, vegetable quiche, baked pasta. There are also fresh dairy specialties such as mozzarella, ricotta and caciocavallo cheese made locally each day by a Conversano creamery.
A free fruits basket during the day and free herbal teas and ayurvedic water is always available. Meat is served only upon request.
The nearest village is three kilometers so if you don't have a car, Vedaguru Centre suggests the half board option that it is possible to arrange on site. If you would like to have dinner on the arrival day, please send an advance inquiries to Vedaguru Centre. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Famous destinations close to the venue are Conversano, designated a Citt dArte (artistic town) with its medieval castle, numerous historic churches and winding alleys of shops and restaurants; Polignano, a breathtaking coastal town; Castellana Grotte with its marvelous caves, and Capitolo with its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. Putignano, a historical town with the annual world famous carnival festival held the seventh week prior to Easter, is 14 kilometers away.
Another famous place is Alberobello, a Unesco site famous for the amazing Trulli architecture. Also located not far from the venue is Bari, the capital of Puglia with a lovely medieval historic center where the Basilica of Saint Nicholas is located. Martina Franca is a fascinating Baroque architecture town which hosts the annual Opera Fest, Festival della Valle dItria in July and August. It is 45 kilometers from the venue.
Ostuni is a beautiful whitewashed historic town perched on a hill overlooking the sea 55 kilometers away. Sixty five kilometers from the venue is Matera, a Unesco site and designated European Capital of Culture for 2019. Other tourist hot spots include Torre Guaceto (a national marine reservation with beaches and wildlife), Trani (an elegant city with its unique 12th century cathedral overlooking the sea), Castel del Monte (a spectacular and imposing octagonal 13th century castle built for Frederik II), Lecce (known for its extraordinary baroque architecture), Melpignano with its annual folk dance Pizzica festival called Notte della Taranta, and Otranto (a historic seaside stronghold with a castle and a Duomo).
Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
Transfer not provided
Puglia is well connected with the rest of the Italian peninsula by an efficient road network. For those coming from the north, you can reach main Puglia cities driving along the Adriatic coastline (A14 motorway Bologna - Taranto), or if you are coming from Rome, taking the A1 motorway to Naples and A16 to Canosa di Puglia. From south you can reach Puglia through the A3 motorway Salerno Reggio-Calabria to Bari and the 106 Jonica to Taranto.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI). Transfer can be arranged by Vedaguru Centre. For more information, kindly send them an inquiry.
From Bari airport it's possible to take the metro to Bari central train station (15 minutes, 5 EUR) and from there train to Conversano (40 minutes, 2,10 EUR). Vedaguru Centre can organize taxi transfer from Bari or Brindisi Airport.
You can take the Brindisi shuttle bus to the train station and from there to Polignano a mare. Vedaguru Centre can organize transfer from Polignano a mare.
From Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI), you can take the metro and reach the railroad station from which you can take train to Conversano. Free transfer from Conversano train station to the farmhouse is included in the retreat price. Please let Vedaguru Centre know before arrival time.
If you want to reach Puglia by boat, the coast towns from Vieste to Taranto offer mooring facilities and hospitality to seafarers. The ports of Bari and Brindisi, popular stopovers for cruise ships, provide services for both watercrafts and crews.
From Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI), you can book a taxi. One way to Masseria Montepaolo will cost 60 EUR.
For those who would like to rent a car, Vedaguru Centre recommends renting a car directly at the airport of Bari.
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