7 Days Italian Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Montepaolo Dimora Di Charme, Masseria Montepaolo, Conversano, Puglia, Italy


Italian Cooking Class and Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • 5 days with instruction
  • This Italian cooking class and yoga retreat is immersed in the nature at few kilometers from the sea in the south of Italy in the hearth of Apulia. During your cooking holiday in Italy, you will become competent in many other dishes made with vegetables and Mediterranean spices. This Italian cooking class in South Italy in Apulia is done with expert village women who will reveal the secrets of delicious Mediterranean cuisine!


    • Italian cooking classes
    • Round trip airport transfers
    • Daily morning Hatha yoga lessons
    • Culinary tour, and cultural and nature tour
    • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • 7 nights of accommodation


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: Italian, English
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    There are ten rooms in the main farmhouse 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. The farmhouse also has two junior suites, which are 1-bedroom lofts with a kitchen, as well as, two 2-bedroom apartments in the 14th century tower called La Torre del Brigante.

    At the Italian cooking class, we will make together a wide range of Mediterranean appetizers and typical Apulian including stuffed meatballs, rolls, tomatoes under oil, bruschetta, pancakes with sauces and plenty of others. In this Italian cookery course, you will prepare different type of fresh pasta like Cavatelli, Orecchiette in the authentic way with typical sauces. You will acquire knowledge of how to make pizza and focaccia barese with different stone ground flour.

    All participants of the Italian cooking classes will receive a cookbook including recipes of all the dishes made during their stay, an exclusive apron and a certificate on completion of the Italian cooking course. Vedaguru Centre has chosen dishes that can easily be made at home, using ingredients that you can find in the market wherever you live.

    You will experience Italian cooking lessons every day during this retreat. Before each day, you will have daily morning Hatha yoga lessons before breakfast from Sunday to Friday. Tour will be done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Day 1

    • Starters, fresh pasta like Orecchiette and Tagliatelle
    • Visit the farmhouse and walk through the fields of almonds, cherries and olives
    • Visit the historical center of Conversano
    • Visit the historical town of San Vito
    • Visit the historical village of Polignano a Mare

    Day 2

    • Pizza and Focaccia barese
    • Taste the famous biological ice-cream

    Day 3

    • Panzerotti and Frittelle
    • Visit the ancient of Monopoli

    Day 4

    • Fresh marmalade, cakes and biscuits
    • Visit the fish market

    Day 5

    • Second dishes like filled melanzane, vegetables cake
    • Visit to an olive mill and visit artisan dairy
    • Visit wine museum at Alberobello
    • Visit the center and the famous trulli of Alberobello
    • Homemade preserves and homemade liquors

    The masseria sits on top of a hill overlooking a valley that used to be a lake and is now filled with local flora and fauna. In the front, there is an enclosed large yard with colorful plants and flowers within high dry stonewalls giving a welcoming feeling of intimacy and protection. The farmhouse was built in the 15th century and was used as a hunting mansion by the Acquaviva dAragona Counts. In 1857, the judge Cataldo Ramunni purchased it and has been since passed down through the generations up to his descendant and current owner Mrs. Nin Bassi Metta.

    On the side garden, there is a rural chapel with 17th Century frescos, deemed to be Saint Antonio hermitage. Behind the main structure, there is a wide green lawn, a lovely swimming pool reserved for room guests only, a playground and a four-season gazebo for events such as weddings and business meetings. It is nice to take walks or bike rides on the surrounding countryside paths and roads, with a view of fruit trees, especially almond trees, olive trees and cherry trees.

    Two hundred meters from the main structure is the Bandits Tower, a 14th century stone tower rising out of the typical Mediterranean vegetation. The tower has been recognized for its historic architectural significance and is protected by the Italian Artistic and Cultural Society.

    In the stone courtyard, along the dry stonewall that encloses the site is the pigeon-house, a charming medieval cylindrical dry stone structure, which was used for housing the homing pigeons. Constructed and renovated entirely with local stone, the property has retained its medieval charm and is a rare find in Puglia. The tower sits on top of a hill with a 360 breathtaking view of Mediterranean vegetation protected by the World Wildlife Fund. The closest town is Conversano, which is a historic and artistic site with a medieval castle.


    • Conversano - 3 kilometers
    • 7 nights of accommodation
    • 6 Italian cooking classes
    • Culinary tour, and cultural and nature tour
    • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Daily Hatha yoga lessons (from Sunday to Friday)
    • Round trip airport transfers
    • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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      Review by Belinda Barrie from United Kingdom
      7.5 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      7.5 Location
      7.5 Quality of activity
      7.5 Overall impression

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    • Review by Hannele, Katarina, Sebastian, and Kristian from Helsinki, Finland

      "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 Bibi Nabi from Oslo, Norway

      "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!"

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    • Review by Emma Ganderton from London, United Kingdom

      "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

      "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."

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    • Review by Debra B from Canada

      "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

      "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

      "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 Barbara from England

      "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."



      "I look forward to returning."


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    • Review by Caroline from England

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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 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 Danny from London, UK

      "I had a most relaxing week with Vedaguru. The team at Montepaolo made every effort to make my stay comfortable and rewarding. Carola is an excellent and patient Yoga teacher, who is passionate about everything Ayurvedic. She took me to visit the local sights and introduced me to 'the best ice-cream in the world!' Lucrezia helped me to create a huge range of Puglian culinary delights. Joseph made sure that my stay was comfortable and served every meal with a smile. The chef Lucrezia created varied and delicious 4 course meals every evening. Montepaolo is a beautiful paradise where I was able to unwind and felt totally looked after. Thank you!"

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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 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 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."

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    • 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."

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    • Review by Sossi

      "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

      "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 Marian from Dublin

      "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

      "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 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."

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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 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"

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    • 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!!"

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    • 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!"

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    • 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!!!"

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    Puglia, Italy

    Vedaguru Centre organizes Ayurveda yoga retreats, training, and panchakarma in India and Italy.

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