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4 Day Restorative Retreat with Yoga and Pranayama Sessions on the Como Lake, Lombardy

Maggiana, Mandello del Lario, Lecco, Lombardy, Italy

Italy Yoga Retreat in Nature

Maggiana is a charming Medieval village that stands on the slopes of the Grigne. A tiny hamlet of the famous Mandello del Lario, home of the Moto Guzzi, overlooking Lake Como. This is where this retreat will take place, away from cars and city traffic, where life flows slowly and calmly like the waters of the Como lake. Here you can forget about stress and busy city because everything is within walking distance. For a complete holistic experience, your days will begin with the practice of Pranayama, the breathing technique followed by Ashtanga Vinyasa, an energetic and solar discipline to detoxify and regenerate you. As the sun goes down you will say goodbye to the day with the practice of Yin, a relaxing and decontracting discipline to rest and completely relax your body mind and soul.

Meet the instructors

Alice
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Highlights

  • Daily guided pranayama class
  • Relaxing and meditation sessions
  • Daily Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin yoga classes
  • Daily locally-sourced brunch and dinner, as well as hot beverages
  • Free time to explore the surrounding areas
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$193 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$145 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Linate Airport (US$145 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Alla Torre del Barbarossa

Alla Torre del Barbarossa features three rooms that are available for guests, two with double beds and one with twin beds. Sober with wooden floors and ceilings which make them warm and hospitable. Each one with a private bathroom with a shower.

La Cà del Tuscan

The accommodation La Cà del Tuscan "par excellence" is a unique and authentic farmstead for small groups or long stay experience. It is a comfortable apartment with three rooms and a shared kitchen. It has 2 king-size and 1 double, 1 double couch bed and 2 single beds that can be moved according to your wishes.

The balance restoring this two-hundred-year-old dwelling to its former glory, compatible with modern comfort without neglecting the synergy with the environment. Exposed timber beams enhance the cozy character and appeal of the house.

Program

Yoga and relax in Agriturismo have identified two locations that embody the rustic and peaceful personality of the village. Places where peace and silence become sovereign. You will practice yoga in an outdoor patio of an old barn and in the stable, renovated locations with a refined taste that has managed to maintain the rural authenticity of the place.

You will eat the delicious meals prepared by the famous Osteria di Sale e Tabacchi belonging to the Slow Food circuit. And in your free time, you can take long walks or just rest and digest by breathing the fresh mountain air or enjoying the landscapes and all the activities offered by the lake.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1:

  • 15:00 Check in
  • 19:30 Dinner at the Osteria Sale e Tabacchi restaurant
  • 22:30 Silence

Day 2 and 3:

  • 07:30 Pranayama lesson (60 minutes)
  • 08:30 Tea break
  • 08:45 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga led class (90 minutes)
  • 11:00 Brunch at the Osteria Sale e Tabacchi restaurant with local and seasonal products
  • 12:00 Relax and free time to rest, hiking or enjoy the multiple activities a the Como Lake
  • 17:00 Sun salutation and led relaxing class (60 minutes)
  • 19:30 Dinner at the Osteria Sale e Tabacchi restaurant
  • 22:30 Silence

Day 4: Departure

  • 07:30 Pranayama lesson (60 minutes)
  • 08:30 Tea break
  • 08:45 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga led class (90 minutes)
  • 11:00 Brunch at the Osteria Sale e Tabacchi restaurant with local and seasonal products
  • 12:00 Check out and goodbye

Please note that the timetable may vary according to the seasons.

Instructors

Alice Micheli

Retreat location

There are many special reasons for a trip to the Como Lake is a destination with unique beauty, luxuriant nature, and breath-taking views, from where you can hike by discovering a countless trail of the territory, relax, experience nature, sway by the lake and enjoy the calm of a memorable holiday.

It offers you a chance to take a break and merge into "the clear and sweet water" of the lake or breath the wild spirit of the mountains.

It is inevitable for anyone searching for the historical flavors to walk in the village and stop at the Tower of Federico Barbarossa conceived in the middle ages as emperor's residence. Nowadays is a museum that you can visit.

From the top of the Tower of Barbarossa the view stretches from Mandello del Lario to Bellagio. The village of Maggiana has a hand-carved washtub, where the housewives can wash their clothes.

To fully appreciate the landscapes, views and picturesque villages of the lake you can take a boat trip and admire Como from a different perspective, visit Bellagio a small village, also known as the “Pearl of the Lake” for its elegant beauty or lake also means baths, sun, sports, and fun!

Taste the specialties in the Lake Como. Among the many dishes, certainly not to be missed are the missoltino, a fish to eat with polenta.

Food

The Osteria Sali e Tabacchi of the Slow Food circuit, in the village of Maggiana is located a few steps from the accommodations. The dishes offered are those typical of the Larian tradition based on fish from the lake and Mediterranean cuisine in general

Brunch includes a hot beverage between tea, coffee, milk, cappuccino, caffe latte, americano, yogurt, local honey and jam, bread, homemade cake or pie, local eggs, regional cheese, seasonal fruits, and homemade torta Salata.

Dinner includes first course or second course, seasonal vegetable side dish, dessert, and water.

Since this is a tiny hamlet, Yoga and relaxation in Agriturismo want to respect nature and its natural cycles. For this reason, most of the ingredients used are from local products or coming from the valley of Valsassina o Valtellina. So you can expect to have fresh and organic meals but not everything, every day.

Upon request, they will also prepare vegetarian and gluten-free meals or any food intolerance should kindly be communicated in advance. As an extra, the Yoga teacher is also a Biologist specialized in Nutrition available for nutrition assistance.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The retreat in the hamlet of Maggiana is not just a yoga retreat destination, it is primarily a holistic journey where you can get away from the usual hustle and bustle or even simply just taking the time to slow down and savor your life. You can forget to use the car and everything you need at your fingertips.

Lago di Como or Lake Como is definitely the most beautiful lake in Northern Italy. The lake is famous for the natural beauty of its setting and for the handsome villas on its shores. Among the many noted lakeside resorts are Como, Lecco, Bellagio, Tremezzo, Menaggio, and Varenna. Several towns are connected by steamer services.

Hiking fans can also find some suggestive tracks to follow all around. Upon the previous request, Yoga and relax in Agriturismo can organize enjoyable hikes with a local guide.

Spa treatments

Extra services not included in the package are:

Reflexology session

Reiki session

Ayurvedic massage two hands

Ayurvedic massage four hands

What's included

  • 3 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga led classes
  • 3 pranayama classes
  • 2 relaxing classes
  • 6 meals (3 brunches and 3 dinners)
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers from airport to Maggiana
  • Diet consulting
  • Wine

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by car

From Milan or Bergamo follow the signs for SS36 direction Sondrio. Exit at Abbadia Lariana, Mandello, Varenna-Ferry Boat SP72. After 4 kilometer you arrive at Mandello, tourn right at the first roundabout, and at the second, the 3rd roundabout continue straight on for 2 kilometers, until you arrive at Maggiana.

Arrival by train

From Milan catch a train towards Sondrio or Tirano. Stop at Mandello del Lario. From Bergamo trains to Lecco then change towards Mandello.

Arrival by airplane

We are located is 95 kilometers from Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP), 65 kilometers from Linate Airport (LIN), 50 kilometers from Il Caravaggio International Airport (BGY). A transfer is available at an additional cost. Please contact us for more information.

Airport: Milan–Malpensa Airport Airport transfer available: Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$193 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Il Caravaggio International Airport Airport transfer available: Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$145 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Linate Airport Airport transfer available: Linate Airport (US$145 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 3 days before arrival.

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