Yoga & Adventures in Italy: 4 - 17th July, 2018
This exciting trip commences in Bari - please arrange to be in Bari on the evening of 4 July. On the 5 July we will meet and travel from Bari by local train to UNESCO listed Matera and enjoy exploring the unique sassi - a phenemona of historical poverty, restored into great beauty.
This beautiful heritage town has a fascinating history. A prosperous town at the end of the middle ages, it began to struggle when there was a change in the trade routes. In the 19th century it's peasant community plunged into a deep poverty; for a long time ignored by the fascist government. Carol Levi, in his book Christ stopped at Eboli (also a movie), brought attention to the state of this community and the government eventually rehoused the population in more sanitary conditions. The beauty of the 'sassi' (cave housing) was rediscovered in the following decades and it became a popular movie set (Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of Christ' being one of many). Hollywood and affluent investors have brought money to the old town resulting in it's restoration and it's small popularity as a tourist destination.
La Rosa dei Quattro Venti
From there we will travel by private shuttle bus to another fascinating location - to stay in the trulli of Puglia at our exclusive retreat venue La Rosa dei Quattro Venti. For 7 nights (7-14 July) will enjoy a daily routine of yoga and meditation supported by an organic pH alkaline diet to nourish all aspects of our being. The venue cuisine follows an alkaline diet philosophy whose goal is to bring our bodies back to balance through a healthy vegetarian diet of mainly raw, organic, low gluten, no dairy and wheat free. They serve fresh, organic and seasonal produce from their garden; they produce goat cheese and milk and make the bread, pastries and pastas with spelt flour or alternatives such as buckwheat. Their dishes are from the italian tradition but revised by their dietary philosophy... raw dishes at lunch and 'superfoods'. You won't miss the italian cuisine, you simply taste it in a healthier way.
Refreshed we will then travel by private shuttle again, south to Lecce (south Italy's Florence) and up the coast to stunning Polignana a Mare. I've chosen a selection of the most beautiful places in Italy.
La Rosa dei Quattro Venti - 700 Euro twin share / 1000 Euro single share
Yoga teaching and some travel expenses 410 Euro / ~$620AUD/ 370GBP
I will advise of bank details when your retreat place is confirmed.
min 4 hours of Yoga classes daily
Excursion, including admission to Grotte di Castellana
Transport – Matera to La Rosa, La Rosa to Lecce (or connection to train Martina Franca) by private shuttle bus or taxi
Costs of international transfer of money to organise trip, fluctuations in exchange rate and associated taxes
Accomodation and expenses either side of La Rosa – ie. Rome, Matera, Bari, Lecce etc.. hotel recommendations will be provided.
Travel insurance (compusory) – also that covers in the event of travel delays and cancellations
Email or PM me for further details firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB: Flights, accommodation and meals outside of La Rosa retreat at your own expense
4th July: Arrive in Bari – Recommend B&B Zuppetto 16 (booked out now) or nearby (Bari is walkable)
5th July: Meet outside main Bari train station to travel to Matera. The FAL (local train) is 2 mins walk from the main station.
5 & 6th July: Matera adventures
Some of you will already have reserved shared rooms via me in B & B Solosud and Le Dodici Lune for 5 & 6 July – I will co-ordinate this closer to the time. Recommend hotels in Sassi Caveoso.
7th July: Matera to Martina Franca
After a final day exploring Matera we will meet at 4pm to travel to our retreat centre, La Rosa dei 4 Venti, near Martina Franca. On arriving we will have some time to settle in before the first of our super healthy meals. The retreat cuisine follows a ph alkaline philosophy. Food is a very important part of the retreat – a change that might be a challenge – but I encourage to embrace as part of the yoga practice.
8th - 13th July: Yoga Program (see below)
14th July: Depart to Lecce or return to Bari
After breakfast we will depart to our onward destination. A shuttle bus to the south of Puglia to another historic gem Lecce will be available if you wish to travel for a few more days. There is a local train up to Bari, where there will be swift connections back to Rome or to other cities in the north – Florence, Venice, Milan or a shuttle/taxi direct to airport can be arranged (additional cost).
Some of you will have your hotels arranged via me for Lecce and Polignano a Mare; otherwise please book through bookings.com
15 - 16th July: Poliganano a Mare
17th July: Onward travel
NB: Flights, accommodation and meal outside of La Rosa retreat at your own expense
La Rosa dei Quattro Venti Program
Our daily retreat program from 8th- 13th inclusive will be as follows:
10.30– 12.30 Asana
12.30 Free Time and Lunch
3.30 Spiritual talk with tea
4.30– 5.30 Self Practice
5.30 – 6.30 Lead Meditation and instruction
Free time can be spent reading, wandering around the beautiful countryside, meditating, working on your Eurotan poolside.... or you can hire a car and drive to nearby villages **additional expense
Grotte di Castellana
Rome or Milan are good arrival and departure airports if coming from Australia, depending on your plans either side of retreat. I recommend you spend a few days in the 'eternal' city before we meet – maybe arrive 2nd July.
Phone Anna 3844 2088 at Target Tours and Travel who will co-ordinate our flights. If you have another travel agent I will advise of our flight details.
In Rome there is a direct train from the airport to Stazione Termini – the express train is more expensive; but I think there is a regular train for 12 Euro. There are budget hotels/ youth hostels around termini station or more expensive hotels in the historic centre. These are all fairly accessible by metro.