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6 Days Idyllic Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Chez Raz, Via della Caranella 41, Velletri 00049, Italy

Overview

Italy Yoga Retreat

Celebrate spring by joining yoga-ahimsa for an unforgettable days practicing Hatha yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Italian countryside. You will learn to acquire an awareness of the body and breath and to work towards strengthening the body, calming the mind, opening the heart, and cultivating balance in the face of life’s challenges, and find deeper access to one’s joy and potential.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Relaxation and meditation sessions
  • Free use of the retreat center facilities
  • Plenty of free time to explore the surrounding areas
  • Day trip to Sabaudia beaches
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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During the retreat, you will stay in shared rooms with en suite bathroom that can sleep up to three persons. You can also choose to be accommodated in a large restored barn that sleeps up to four persons. For all accommodation, bed linen and towels are provided.

The retreat will include ten yoga classes. Meditation and relaxation form a large part of classes as well. Between classes you will be able to swim in the pool equipped with deck chairs or simply rest in the garden among olive and fruit trees.

Hatha yoga

The word Hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation. Hatha also translates as "ha" meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of feminine and masculine: moon being feminine - receptive and cool - and sun being masculine - active and hot. Everyone has these aspects within on the inside. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting these opposites.

Theresa's Hatha class is a mindful and nurturing practice working on the physical postures (asanas) to develop strength and correct alignment, with a strong focus on breathing exercises (pranayama) to help to induce clarity of thought, tranquility, and concentration and to be more present in the unfolding of each moment. Her classes also include meditation and relaxation to turn attention inward and help to calm the mind and reduce stress with a strong emphasis on awareness rather than just technique, and helps guide students to discover their inner teacher.

The classes are accessible to everyone.

There will be a day trip to Sabaudia, one of the most beautiful beaches of the Southern Lazio coastline.

  • Theresa Aldridge

    Theresa has been a student of yoga since 1999. Theresa’s main teaching is Hatha yoga, practicing the physical postures (asana) to develop strength and correct alignment, with a strong focus on breathing exercises (pranayama), emphasizing awareness of the breath, as well as technique. Meditation and relaxation also form a large part of her classes. She also teaches Restorative yoga and yoga for pregnancy. Theresa also completed the Yogacampus Pregnancy yoga teacher training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and the “Relax and Renew” teacher training in Restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.

Situated on top of a hill surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and vegetable plots and located just three kilometers from the center of Velletri and 40 kilometers from Rome, Chez Raz is an idyllic location for a yoga break.

The surrounding area offers many possibilities for those who enjoy the outdoors and nature. Characteristic villages and towns can be found perched on the nearby Lepini mountain range. Natural parkland and lakes are within ten to thirty minutes’ drive offering even sports lovers’ ample opportunities for nature treks on foot or by mountain bike.

For lovers of the sun, sand, and salt water, Chez Raz are situated a convenient distance from the best beaches of the central Lazio coastline. At not more than twenty minutes by car, you can find the lakes of Castel Gandolfo and Nemi. Otherwise, lose yourselves on an enogastronomic adventure from town to town in the Castelli Romani.

Nearby places

  • Castel Gandolfo and Nemi Lakes - 20 minutes
  • Center of Velltri, 3 kilometers
  • Rome, 40 kilometers - 50 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be served daily brunch and dinner. Brunch menu consists of fresh fruit juice, coffee, tea, milk (soya, rice, and cow’s milk also available), whole wheat pancakes with fresh fruit compote, bananas, homemade yoghurt, almonds, walnuts, homemade bread, honey, butter, and eggs. Dinner will be a different vegetarian meal. Snacks such as fresh and dried fruits, nuts, and breads are also available throughout the day.

The food provided to you is varied and wholesome, with the menu suiting the majority of dietary preferences. Although yoga-ahimsa do not specifically cater for vegans or people with food intolerances, the ingredients can be tailored to suit, and if yoga-ahimsa have sufficient advance notice, they will source alternative products.

Between classes, you will be able to swim in the pool equipped with deck chairs or simply rest in the garden amongst olive and fruit trees. Or you can join Italian cookery lessons, trips to local picturesque villages, and a guided walk. The costs of these additional activities are 25 EUR for each activity.

  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Daily brunch and vegetarian dinner
  • Day trip to the beautiful beach of Sabaudia
  • Relaxation and meditation sessions
  • Snacks
  • Use of yoga mats and bricks
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or at Ciampino-G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request. The transfer cost from Fiumicino is 70 EUR and 50 EUR from Ciampino for a maximum of four people per car.

For information about the booking conditions, please send yoga-ahimsa an inquiry.
  • Review by Archana
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga retreat at Chez Raz was a wonderful experience. Theresa is grest as a yoga teacher, her calm, soothing voice helps you to relax and de-stress. Every day my body felt the benefit of doing yoga twice a day. The location is beautiful, an ideal place to practice yoga. The host at Chez Raz was wonderful what with her vast knowledge of food and fantastic stories! I would go back without question"

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  • Review by Vitoria
    10 out of 10

    "Theresa, I like the way you manage the classes with simplicity and generosity. You are an inspired teacher. Naturally I am a physical person - it is one of the reasons I enjoy your classes, also for the calmness and relaxation. Yoga has been a new discovery and has helped to rebuild my balance and strength."

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  • Review by Sue
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for making some peaceful space in the midst of our busy lives, just the right balance of relaxation, breathing, and stretches."

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  • Review by Louise
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for another fabulous class last night - I think you strike a perfect balance between relaxation and more dynamic/stretching postures. I always feel so blissful afterwards and think I now see what people mean when they say they couldn't do without yoga in their lives!"

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  • Review by James
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga has been great for helping me improve my posture and as such vastly reduce previous back pain issues. Another benefit had been to use the techniques to help reduce stress levels. As a beginner Theresa's classes have helped me develop my yoga skills. She has a relaxed and supporting teaching style which has helped me grow in both yoga ability and confidence in my yoga."

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  • Review by Kam
    10 out of 10

    "Theresa, thank you for the peace you've planted in me. It helped me survive, literally."

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  • Review by Lucy
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for everything. Your calming weekly yoga sessions certainly aided me during labour. I am convinced it contributed towards the calm baby I have now. I will be recommending your class to anyone who will listen! "

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  • Review by Jo
    10 out of 10

    "Theresa has been teaching me yoga for nearly a year now. She cares about her students and has a very relaxed and calming teaching style, adapting poses where necessary to suit the individual person if required. I am now benefiting from her great pregnancy yoga teachings as well. Yoga helps reduce stress and general aches and pains. I look forward to and enjoy Theresa's classes and can't recommend her enough!​"

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  • Review by Viv
    10 out of 10

    "With her calm disposition and gentle manner, Theresa gives me the confidence to practice without feeling self-conscious while at the same time encouraging me to challenge myself in a drama-free way! Theresa teaches with gentle humour and kindness and I feel I have progressed so much under her subtle and successful tuition."

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  • Review by Andrew
    10 out of 10

    "Theresa is a warm and engaging yoga teacher. The class I attend contains a mixture of ages, levels of fitness and flexibility, but her exercises keep everybody focussed and involved without pushing those of us who are less flexible to go beyond our limits. She cleverly keeps some continuity with certain movements being repeated most weeks, whilst also regularly introducing something completely new in order to keep things fresh. I would recommend her yoga lessons to anybody."

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London, England, United Kingdom

Yoga-Ahimsa offers sessions of Hatha yoga, Restorative yoga, Pregnancy yoga, retreats, and workshops in London, United Kingdom.

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6 days / 5 nights

Availability

Arrival: Sunday May 21, 2017
Departure: Friday May 26, 2017

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