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Bella Isola Ischia - enjoy the beautiful idyllic island of Ischia with yoga, relaxation and meditation by the ocean, hiking along the coast of Ischia with a beautiful view over the gulf of Naples, delicious Mediterranean food with ocean view, watching the sunrise and sunset and enjoying the thermal water pool. What more do we need to harmonize body and soul, leave our worries and stress at home, indulge and rejuvenate? Enjoying interesting conversations with fellow retreat participants or some quiet alone time by the beach or on the terrace. Come join us on this unforgettable journey and return with renewed energy and strength!
The yoga instructions be offered in German from October 8 - October 15, 2017 and in English as well as German from October 15 - October 22, 2017.
The rooms are decorated in a simple Mediterranean way. Some of them have sea view, most of them have air conditioning or at least a fan, balcony or terrace, a small shower and a heater. Additionally every room has a TV and wifi is available, which we might not need during our week of disconnecting, being offline and relaxing. We offer ample possibilities for you to enjoy your free time. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a massage room. Just above the hotel you can hike through the wine hills and enjoy the beautiful view over the ocean or just chill at the beach.
The yoga classes are activating and energizing, but also include meditative elements where we move with the breath. Flowing sequences are combined with relaxing deep and slow elements. The yoga sessions are adapted to the needs of the group and designed so that they are suitable for beginner and advanced students. Breath work, sound and relaxation are included in the program. The body and nervous system can relax, stress and tension can be released and you will gain new strength and energy. We will practice yoga on the terrace or at the beach with a stunning view over the ocean. Otherwise we also have a space available in the hotel where we can deepen our practice. There will be enough free time for you to enjoy some quiet time, exercise or read a good book.
Just like in the outer world, there is so much to discover in our inner world. Yoga is thereby a life long journey to experience our true essence and to get to know ourselves better. I completed my ‚Danyasa Yoga Arts’ teacher training with Sofiah Thom and Ashleigh Sergeant in Costa Rica. This type of yoga combines yoga asanas with flowing dance movements. In addition, I like to integrate different elements in my yoga classes such as pranayama and relaxation techniques. I am convinced that yoga carries an enormous healing potential.
The small family run Hotel da Maria in Ischia Ponte/ Cartoromana, which is reserved for our group during the retreat, has 15 rooms, a lot of them with sea view. The hotel is in a quiet area surrounded by beautiful nature and away from the tourist areas. Ischia Porto is a 20 minute walk away or you can take the taxi boat (5mins), which is also a lovely little trip in itself. There are hot springs at the hotel’s private beach – something that the island of Ischia is known for. The thermal hot springs are said to have regenerating and healing effects, could help with back pain and detoxing of the skin. It is wonderful to enjoy a bath in the morning while watching the sunrise.
Additionally it might be good to mention that protecting the environment and especially the ocean is important to family Napolione. The hotel was one of the first to install a private environmentally friendly water filtering system, based on the principal of oxidation. Since 2010 the family also owns a very modern evaporation area, the first one on the island. This is a natural cleaning system in which the plants absorb the sewage water, clean it and then release it back into the atmosphere by evaporation. Thereby you can be sure that you are staying at a hotel that does not release any harmful substances into the ocean or the soil.
Fresh meals will be prepared for us every day with a lot of vegetables that they partly grow in their garden. Perfect for enjoying the local cuisine of Ischia. The restaurant is well known with and frequented by locals. Mama Maria and Uncle Aldo prepare the local delicacies with a lot of love, in which you find the local culinary tradition reflected. The special location, the ocean, the quality of the ingredients and the passion of the two chefs make for a unique culinary experience. Mama Maria and Uncle Aldo are happy to accommodate special wishes, diets or allergies.
Ponte and Ischia town are beautiful and have a lot to offer: a small port, cafes and bars, restaurants, exhibitions and shops. Everything is easy to reach by foot, so you can enjoy a stroll down the streets. The idyllic green island of Ischia is very lush despite the volcanic soil. It is exactly this very fertile volcanic soil that makes Ischia so special with its diverse species. The volcanic mud is said to have healing properties. It was one of the first wellness and health areas in the world with a history of more than 2000 years.
On the east side you find the Castello Aragonese, which is a medieval castle from the year 474 BC. It is located on a small island off the coast of Ischia, but is nowadays reachable via a bridge. You will find a museum, restaurant and historic park area.
The island has a lot to offer, including thermal pools, botanic gardens, beaches, old ruins, historic sites and a stunning view over the bay of Naples.
Enjoy the friendly hospitality and the beautiful feel of this town, that has so much to offer. Use the mineral rich thermal springs, discover the hidden beaches and do a fascinating hike to the top of the highest mountain of the island, the Epomeo, the mythical mountain of Ischia. Let this fascinating island inspire you and make you fall in love with it.
You can explore hidden bays and creeks or the islands of ‚Procida’ and ‚Capri’ by boat. With a glass boat you can discover the sunken town or do a day trip to the Amalfi coast.
Flight to Napoli (NAP), from the airport in Napoli it isn’t far to Porto. If you wish you can arrive earlier to stay a few days in Napoli and Rome and explore. The train from Napoli to Rome
takes about one and a half hour. With the Alibus it takes about 20 minutes from the airport to the harbor in Napoli. The bus leaves every 15 minutes. Alternatively you can take a taxi to Napoli Porto. The ferry to Ischia leaves every hour and you can buy a ticket at the counter at the harbor or online www.portanapoli.de
The ferry takes about an hour to Ischia Porto and costs around 15 €
We are happy to help you find your flight and can organize a transfer from the airport to the hotel and back.
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