Yoga Retreats 2016 – 2017


Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Tuscany

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Yoga & Meditation Retreat

May 27 – June 3, 2017

w/Patricia & Surya
Tuscany, Italy

Amidst open expanses of organic olive groves, vineyards  and the pure, earthy, sensual aesthetic of rural Tuscany, we will spend 8 days deepening our yoga and meditation practice, renewing our spirit and remembering what truly matters in our lives. The Tuscany yoga retreat takes place at Le Pianore, an 800 year old villa and agriturismo cradled between the medieval hill towns of Montelaterone and Monticello. With its spectacular views, untouched landscape, swimming pool and with consciousness for sustainability, Le Pianore offers an experience of the ease amidst breathtaking countryside of rural Tuscany.

Each day there will be four yoga and meditation sessions. The focus of our sessions is to open energy pathways, quiet the mind and to remember and experience the stillness and ease of our True Nature, the timelessness of Pure Consciousness.

Yoga sessions invite the cultivation of deep listening, and fluid unwinding, while awakening sensation as guide back to body’s innate intelligence. This approach to practice, shifts the habit of doing asana to an unfolding, by feeling and sensing our way thru the practice. Sessions will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery.

Meditation and self inquiry sessions will focus on becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature in the midst of all activity. The meditation sessions offer mindfulness and breath awareness based on Vipassana meditation as well as non-dual, open awareness meditation and self inquiry.

The Madonna Spring and the Val di Prata Sanctuary is an easy walk from the retreat center. You can take this lovely walk thru the Tuscan hillside at any time during your stay at Le Pianore.

The ancient, rural beauty and the slow pace of life at Le Pianore,create a rare environment for refining awareness and deepening spiritual understanding in the process of retreat. To enhance the benefit of this retreat, silence periods will be observed.

The fee for this retreat is $995 – $2,295 depending on the accommodation.  For more information please see   and e-mail is

  • Instructor: Patricia Brown & Surya Chandra Das
  • Start: 5/27/17 6:00 pm
  • End: 6/4/17 9:00 am
  • Price: $995 - $2,295
  • Location: Monticello, Monticello Amiata, Province of Grosseto, Italy

Yoga with Bharti

July 8 – 15, 2017 (Limited spaces available, book now!) from €1,050


Join us at this unique and beautiful place amidst the Sabine Hills, an hour from Rome, in tranquil and pictoresque Italian countryside. ‘In Sabina’ is a magical venue and perfect spot for yoga retreats, surrounded by amazing outdoor space with a natural spring, a lily pond and a superb outdoor yoga platform in the middle of a beautiful green valley. No wonder this place is mentioned in the Taschen book ‘Great Retreats YOGA’!
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Daily schedule:

-Morning yoga class followed by pranayama and meditation
-Free time (excursions, treatments, exploring the nearby towns, relaxing etc)
-Evening yoga class and meditation

What is included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners (all meals are vegetarian), yoga, meditation and pranayama, accommodation in either double or single rooms or double or single yurtas.

What’s not included:

Flights, transport from and to the venue, treatments, dinner at a local restaurant on the Friday night.

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Situated on a hill surrounded by undulating farmland and forests, the rustic and peaceful property consists of two 17th century stone buildings on 4 acres of land. Beautifully restored to reflect the natural environment, In Sabina is a unique place to recharge and immerse yourself in nature as well as ideal for spiritual practice. The buildings and grounds are very private and easily accessible.

Guest rooms

Most accommodations are in the two 17th century stone buildings that have been restored offering an array of rooms for all budgets and requirements, from private en-suites to rooms with shared shower and bathroom facilities. There are also simple yurts for those on a tighter budget and larger groups.
Every guest room is unique and designed in a simple natural style with a combination of old and new. Furnishings and fabrics complement the buildings and their natural surroundings, creating a calm environment which is comfortable, practical and ideal for spiritual practice.

Yoga spaces

There are spaces indoors and out for yoga, meditation, music and the arts. A magnificent outdoor yoga platform lies in the valley surrounded by lush, unspoiled nature. Designed by architect Marco Antonini, its wooden platform measures 15 meters by 10 meters, with a graceful white cloth covering for shade.
The indoor yoga room, which measures 5 meters by 10 meters, has an atmosphere of serene tranquility with views over the hills and vales and is also used for meditation, chanting and treatments. Both spaces are equipped with yoga props and music systems.


The grounds are lush and abundant with a natural spring, a small lily pond, gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. The natural spring supplies the property with abundant fresh water, while the kitchen garden has a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs.
Around the buildings are three spacious terraces and a covered portico for meals. There are stunning views of the grounds, with its hillside olive groves and fruit trees and spectacular evening sunsets.
A stroll through the buildings and gardens reveals many original works by local and international artists who have been inspired by their stay at In Sabina. The extensive grounds are a joy to explore, with sheltered spaces for reading and meditation.


In Sabina is the perfect location for a tranquil and restful yoga retreat in Italy. In Sabina is located in the heart of Sabine Hills near the charming medieval town of Torri in Sabina. With its spectacular views and magical setting, In Sabina lies in the midst of the Italian countryside amidst olive groves, woodlands and a rolling landscape. In Sabina lies in the Italian countryside less than an hour from Rome.

Nearby places:

• Assisi – 2 hours
• Casperia – 10 minutes
• Rome – 45 minutes
• Spoleto – 1 hour
• Orvieto – 1 hour
• Siena – 2 hours
• Torri in Sabina, 3 kilometers
Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu–May All be Happy

For more info visit or email

  • Instructor: Bharti
  • Start: 7/8/17 12:00 am
  • End: 7/15/17 12:00 am
  • Price: €1,050
  • Location: Torri in Sabina, Province of Rieti, Italy

Maria Elena Blissful Yoga

Ischia Island, 5 star Relais & Chateaux Terme Manzime1
3 nights, 28-29-30 luglio 2017

Enjoy a few days in close contact with nature & its elements. Asana practice will be slow and invigorating and accompanied by blissful meditation both in the morning and late afternoon. Enjoy the mineral waters of the island, local fresh food, the vibrant colors of the sky and the sea, and a friendly atmosphere.

ABOUT THE TEACHER – Maria Elena Bernardi
Yoga is a mean to transformation. Body movements and conscious breath lead to a deeper awareness of the self. With awarenes, patterns can change and new habits can be established. Through yoga we realize that what seems ordinary may in fact be extraordinary. One does not have to be an expert in yoga to feel and realize wholeness. It happens at every stage of practice. Observe the bliss and rejoice.
Maria Elena studied Yoga at the University of California in San Diego with Arturo Galvez. Other teachers include Laxmi De Leo, Roberta Albert, me2Heather Stants, Shiva Rea, Laura Dasi, Jennie Olson, Jennifer You, Meghan Currie.

What’s included:
– 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at 5 star Relais & Chateaux Terme Manzi
– 2 dinners at the Relais Terme Manzi’s Ristorante-Pizzeria Gli Ulivi
– 1 dinner at a local restaurant
– 2 daily yoga practices early morning and late afternoon,
– shuttle service to and from Ischia’s port,
– entrance to the Day Spa at Manzi Spa Thermae (thermal pool, turkish bath, sauna, tiepidarium, emotional showers, open air swimming pool, gym)
– beach service (lounge chair & umbrella) in the Baia of San Montano with shuttle service.
– shuttle service to and from the center of Casamicciola, Lacco Ameno and Ischia Port (based on availability, shuttle is for up to 7 people at the time)
– wi-fi and business center
– private parking

Not included: Airfare, hydrofoil to and from the island, lunches, accommodation tax (Euro 2 per person per day to be paid locally)
Cost: $950 per person in double room or $1350 in single room

♥ ♥ ♥ Early Bird Special: sign up by May 30th and receive $100 off!! ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Instructor: Maria Elena Bernardi
  • Start: 7/28/17 9:00 am
  • End: 7/30/17 6:00 pm
  • Price:
  • Location: Ischia, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy