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8 Days Dolce Vita Yoga Retreat Italy

  • S. Angelo, Ischia, Italy


Rejuvenating Italy Yoga Retreat

This retreat is set in a small quiet picturesque fishing village, a little oasis of peace by the sea, perfect setting for your yoga escape in southern Italy for a week full of charm and atmosphere. It is a perfect yoga retreat to breathe fresh Mediterranean air, re-centering, rejuvenating, and detox in the sauna, steam bath, and thermal pools, with plenty of yoga, Chi Gong, and meditation that will just add on to your relaxation. You will enjoy peaceful soothing surroundings to recharge your inner batteries while letting yourself be inspired by the dolce vita, the Italian way of life.


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and Chi Gong
  • Use of estate premises, yoga mats and props
  • Plenty of free time to explore the area
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The agriturismo Il Giardino del Nonno (grandfathers garden) is a place magical and simple at the same time, built around a beautiful villa on the sea, with large flowered terraces enriched by two hot thermal pools, sun terraces, hydro-massage, natural saunas, and steam bath dug in ancient tuff caves.

All the rooms are nicely and organically tucked in along the paths of pomegranate, fig, orange, lemon, and other trees, and have each separate entrance and either a terrace or a balcony. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and bright in color, all equipped with TV, air conditioning, and fan. Peace, silence, and the constant smells of nature are the ever enchanting components of this place. The views of mountains and sea intertwine.

This retreat is set in a farmhouse situated in St. Angelo, a small quiet picturesque fishing village, just above the Fumarole beach, on the Maronti Bay, where hot thermal vapors rise from the underground, creating a very special natural phenomenon. You will be staying just a five minutes costal path from the most beautiful three kilometer long beach on the island, the Maronti. And you will be at only 10 minutes walk from the pastel colored village St. Angelo, overlooking the bay.

Nearby places

  • Maronti Beach - 5 minutes
  • St. Angelo Village - 10 minutes
  • 2 daily yoga sessions for 6 days (over 22 hours in total)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All brunches and dinners
  • Use of estate premises (terraces, 2 thermal pools, yoga spaces, kneip baths, sauna, etc.)
  • Use of yoga mats and props

The morning and evening yoga classes will be held either on the outdoor platform overlooking the thermal pool, beach and island of Capri, or in the spacious and comfortable Sala di yoga just next door. It is a truly magical experience to re-connect with yourself on your yoga mat while simultaneously connecting to such an Idyllic landscape. Please note that on Wednesday afternoon there will be no yoga class.

Sample schedule

Day 1

  • Arrival from mid-day onwards
  • Evening dinner will be served at 19:30

Day 2-7

  • 07:30 - 08:30 Sunrise meditation and Chi Gong
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Morning yoga
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 - 16:30 Free time to relax, explore or one on one sessions (massages/bodywork with Massimo)
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Sunset yoga and meditation
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner

Day 8

  • Departure and check out after breakfast.

Arrival by airplane

Best is to fly into Naples, Capodichino Airport (NAP). Alternatively you could fly into Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome, or Roma Ciampino (CIA) and take the train to Naples.

It is recommended you choose a flight option that arrives early in Naples and leaves from midday onwards, to leave you plenty of time each way to cross over with the ferry to Ischia.


Pick-up from the airport or train station of Naples direct to St. Angelo can be arranged with a transfer, including taxi and boat, at a cost of 40 EUR, if shared, and 70 EUR for single person non-sharing.

Group size

Minimum 10 persons.

What to bring

Please bring convenient yoga clothing, warm woolen cloth or blanket for the final relaxation, a sweater for any cooler evenings, bathing suit, a private meditation cushion if necessary, sturdy shoes and a reusable water bottle.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Yoga Laila, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

Laila Sell

Laila has discovered her passion for yoga in 1998 and has been studying it ever since, researching and exploring the yogic way of life. A journey of finding balance between movement and stillness, stability and fluidity, being and doing. Her journey brought her to spend over 8 years of her life in India where she was fortunate to develop her teaching and gain experience and education under an Indian master in the Iyengar yoga tradition for 4 years.

Since then, she has continued to study different forms of yoga with many great teachers from various backgrounds like Hatha, Vini yoga, Vinyasa flow, Yin, Restorative, Scaravelli, Tai-Chi, Chi Gong and Vipassana meditation as well as being self-taught and explorative in her own daily practice. She is also qualified in various bodyworks and healing techniques as well as a trained dancer. Since 2006 Laila has been teaching yoga full time around the world between India, Morocco, Malta, Turkey, Germany, United Kingdom, and Italy.

  • Airfares
  • Any extras (such as one on one session, massage / bodyworks or excursions)
  • Other meals, snacks and drinks
  • Transfer to and from hotel
  • Travel insurance

All brunches and buffet-style dinners are included in the price of this retreat. The restaurant of Il Giardino del Nonno is one of the highlights of the retreat. Enjoy tasting the real traditional Ischian recipes, passed down in a family tradition to Anna and Pietro, and their children. They will spoil your senses and tastes with the freshest biological ingredients coming straight from the gardens and for those who like can also savor the catch of the day at dinner time and enjoy some of the great local wine. All is being served on the large flowery terrace overlooking the sea and pool. Life is being celebrated here and it just feels wonderful.

Massages or bodywork sessions with Massimo are available during the day for an extra-fee.

This stunning little place is truly romantic with a lot to offer the intrepid traveler: cafs, restaurants, exhibitions, and shops, all within the historical center that can only be accessed by foot, as the entire village is traffic-free, making it a tranquil place to explore.

Bella Ischia, with its lush vegetation and dramatic landscapes make this blooming island a paradise so close. The volcanic ground gives this little gem off the coast of Naples a truly amazing powerful energy. Explore Castello Aragonese, a medieval castle built on a rock near the island in 474 BC.

It is one of the worlds first health and spa destinations, and has drawn people to its thermal hot springs and volcanic muds for over 2000 years for its healing properties. The green island has so much to offer, botanical gardens, numerous thermal spas, beaches, ancient ruins, historical sites, and endless views across the Bay of Naples.

Youll enjoy the warm hospitality of its inhabitants and the enchanting atmosphere of this place that has so much to offer. Take advantage of the rich-in-mineral thermal sources, explore the hidden beaches and fascinating walks to Mount Epomeo the mystic mountain of Ischia. Dive deep into this culture and be inspired by its joy.

Boat trips

Boat trips and visits to the nearby islands of Capri and Procida.

Castello Aragonese

Explore Castello Aragonese, a medieval castle built on a rock near the island in 474 BC.

Hikes and walks in nature

Go up the top of Monte Epomeo (789 metres high) to enjoy 360 degrees breath-taking views of the island and beyond.

Hot Springs

Ischia is famous for its natural hot springs, many of which bubble up right along the coast. In some areas the seawater is hot, which is absolutely marvelous.

Pana Village

The village of Panza is at a stones throw from the property - only 20 minutes walk in case you need to buy something.

Shopping and sight-seeing

Shopping, sight-seeing with a Vespa (Italian typical motorbike) around the island.

Swimming in the sea

Il Giardino del Nonno is at walking distance to the sea.

Thermal parks

Many thermal parks present on the island.

Wine tasting

Wine tasting at Casa DAmbra, the islands oldest vineyard.

  • Hiking nearby
  • Hotspring
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Sauna nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Steam room
  • Steam room nearby
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Laila an inquiry.
  • Review by Brigitte from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "The week in Italy was superb , it was an absolutely fantastic holiday and a big thank you goes to Laila – Her teaching and guiding us through the various poses not only shows that she has a very deep knowledge about yoga - I found it extremely useful and valuable how she patiently and skillfully guided us into doing various asanas properly, without harming ourselves and how she pointed out the importance of various asanas, what effect they had and what the impact could be if not held correctly - hence a very professional approach which to me shows Laila’s expertise and caring. Apart from her ‘ hard skills set’ she also proved to be a wonderful guide, took great care of us and came across as a gentle, warm person who can handle every situation and individual needs really well. She made this week very very special - both in a professional as well as in a personal way."

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  • Review by Susan D. from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "It was an inspiration doing yoga with you and I feel so different to a week ago! More peacefully grounded in the body and expansive in the heart, mind, and soul."

    "Thank you also for including those stretches for the liver and gall bladder which are going to be very useful."

    "I want to keep working with a safer approach for the back and moving more gracefully in the practice and between the asanas. Also I really loved the moon salutation you showed us."

    "Your guidance in meditation was wonderfully clear, and to remember that all internal and external events are arising out of an infinitely wider, more expansive space is going to be so helpful in the busyness of the daily routines."

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  • Review by Monique D. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I had a fabulous time in Italy, I feel really healthy and strong more so then when I arrived. Lailas way of teaching is different from any other teacher I have experienced. I love Lailas art of teaching because she encompasses the mind, the body and the spirit within her movements. Plus she really takes the time to make sure we are doing the poses correctly and I really gained from that. I can get quite really lazy or get into my comfort zone with the poses. So it is great to come on a retreat because you really get to challenge yourself."

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  • Review by Eva M. from London, Uk
    10 out of 10

    "This was my second retreat with laila and I booked a second time because I enjoyed the first retreat so much and I felt really confident about booking the retreat with Laila again. And because I knew that I would feel great at the end of it. In the yoga class Laila always gives you options. So depending on where you are with your yoga and your journey there is always an option on whatever you need on that particular day. The yoga is really amazing. She understands the body and she understands how it works, how it is going to make you feel afterwards and explains it.The restorative yoga is what I really enjoyed because, I do Viniyasa yoga most of the time at home. And I find the restorative part of yoga really amazing. It really opens your mind, helps you relax, ease out all the tensions you have in specified areas. And because you do it every day you sleep amazingly well, it is just fantastic. When you come on a retreat with Laila you feel like you are rested afterwards. It is almost like you downloaded everything and walk away lighter and that you have achieved something for yourself that will help everybody else in your life.Everything is been care for from taxis to specific diet to working on specific areas of your body during yoga or working with certain things you want to achieve. And then Laila will always follow up on it and answer all the questions you have and spends her own time. During the week she is always available so you feel like you are being looked after. I will definitely be coming back on another retreat as I think most of us will"

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  • Review by Harnake H. from London, Uk
    10 out of 10

    "This is my third retreat with Laila and the reason why I like going on a retreat with her is because I know I am in safe hands. She basically teaches you so much every single class. There is some Viniyasa which is standard, which is nice to do because you know you go through the regular flow which actually sort of gets you going, and then we do so many other moves that I have never actually done before. And every single muscle and part of your body is touched during these classes and it is a real privilege and you will feel better for it. I had work wise quite a few bad weeks before and emotionally I had a really bad week before coming here, but I just found after only two days I looked completely different, it was almost like a veil was lifted. I feel I have really benefited from this experience and I will be coming back again."

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  • Review by Sandra P. from Vancouver, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "When I came here Ive been travelling for the past three months through Europe for professional and personal reasons and my mind was buzzing with a lot of projects, also very busy and restless. So after a few days of Lailas mix of yang yoga in the morning and then really restorative in the evening, I settled into myself again and my busy mind calmed down. And what I will take from here is the peace and calm and the connectedness with myself and I am actually ready to put all these ideas and plans into action now."

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  • Review by Nicola C. from Belfast, Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I feel I was really in need of a break before I came to Lailas retreat and I got a wonderful break. I feel really refreshed, recharged. Laila is an amazing yoga teacher, she has a very wide knowledge and techniques and skills, and she is very generous with that knowledge and you feel like a new person leaving. It has been a beautiful setting. Laila and Massimo are both amazing hosts, made us feel very comfortable, and showed us around. I just couldnt recommend enough coming on one of these retreats."

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  • Review by Francesca G. from UK
    10 out of 10

    "During the retreat you were a great host and excellent teacher, helping us a lot during our stay, booking things and taking us to places, plus I really enjoyed your classes."

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  • Review by Ray from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Just wanted to thank you for sharing your wonderful yoga and the treatment and all the help you gave during the yoga week. You have a beautiful energy and to be around you feels very easy and comfortable. Thank you also for all the good advice on my yoga practice and how to work with physical challenges."

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  • Review by Ladan S. from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to drop you a line to mention that you really made my yoga holiday. Being a yoga teacher myself, I have to say that you were very professional, authentic, not forgetting an amazingly outstanding teacher."

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