Yoga Retreats 2018


Santa Margherita June 16-22 2018

DawnAfter years of working in the advertising industry in New York City and all the stress it brought, Dawn found yoga in 2000. It was the first time that she felt stillness in her mind and openness in her body.  Dawn continued with a dedicated yoga practice to bring more peace into her life.  After practicing under a master teach for eight years, Dawn discovered the depth of yoga and the 8 Limb Path. She decided that she wanted to share the gifts of yoga with as many people as possible. In 2014 Dawn received her RYT200 teaching degree in Sivananda Hatha Yoga from Lee Ann Louis Prescott E-RYT500, PhD. Dawn also enjoyed the benefits of Pilates, so much so that she became certified by Power Pilates in 2015.

Over the years, Dawn has also studied meditation and mindfulness and hosts workshops to educate students on the benefits of meditation and how to establish a daily practice. She is Reiki 2 certified and has attended numerous workshops on alignment, anatomy, Ayurveda, Ashtanga, and more.

Dawn loves to weave the spiritual messages of yoga throughout each class to help guide students deeper into their practice and into themselves. Honoring each students’ space and place, she works to meet each student where they are, on the mat. Dawn teaches a variety of classes from Pilates to Hatha and Vinyasa Flow or Restorative Yoga. Her goal is to share the gift of yoga with as many people as possible, so they too can find more peace both on and off the mat.

Cost includes:

  • ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Regina Elena: Standard room
  • TRANSPORTATIONS: Private transfer from/to Florence airport to your hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure
  • SERVICES: Tours as described
  • MEALS: Breakfast and Dinners included – vegetarian and vegan options available

Not included:

  • Airfare Tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals
  • Beverage
  • Tips
  • City tax on hotel – Payable at hotels directly


A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to hold your space within November 30th, 2017.  Final payment must be received by April 16, 2018

  • Instructor: Dawn Thie
  • Start: 6/16/18 12:00 am
  • End: 6/22/18 12:00 am
  • Price: USD 2,310 per person in double occupancy / USD2,980 per person in single occupancy
  • Location: Santa Margherita Ligure, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy

Samacitta Yoga Retreat at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, PUGLIA, Italy – June 23-30, 2018

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La Rosa dei 4 Venti is one of the word’s best yoga retreat venues as featured in the book GREAT YOGA RETREATS published by Taschen Books.

Samacitta is delighted to be offering a yoga retreat week from JUNE 23 to 30 with Monica Marini and Katrina Johnston – June is the best month to come to Puglia – as the land and sea are still fresh and the verdant landscape is in full blossom.

The venue has been exquisitely converted from a traditional Puglian ‘masseria’ into what is now a unique and dedicated yoga holiday and retreat venue that is solely for yoga practice and meditation and holistic therapies, which comes complete with a tiny chapel, a wooden floored yoga shala and extensive grounds and beautiful accommodation in white-washed stone buildings and trulli-style white conical buildings typical to the Apulia region of Southern Italy with surrounding green views and hand-made dry-stone walls.

This 15-hectare property is situated on a small hillock in the heart of the Itria Valley in the heel of Italy’s boot with nearest international airports Brindisi and Bari.

Each bedroom is unique, full of character and comes with en suite bathroom.

The masseria comfortably accommodates 10 people with their own room or up to 16 with some sharing and some single occupancy rooms. Some bedrooms are in the main house and some in the trullis. Freedom and simplicity are at the heart of this yoga retreat space.

The landscape is scenic and rural and is dotted with beautiful olive trees and vineyards, divided by the pretty dry-stone walls. Between the lovely gardens, swimming pool, 15 hectares of grounds, including home-grown vegetables and gardens of wild woods and fields, there are iconic stone statues and sitting out places to relax and contemplate, ancient and sacred olive trees and a tiny chapel with frescoes and much sacred history, together with many places in the grounds in which to explore and to have time to be free and at one with Nature and with yourself.

There is delicious chef-cooked vegetarian food, with local produce staying true to season and to the surroundings, including traditional recipes of Puglia, served straight from farm-to-table.

The retreat chef can cater to any reasonable special dietary requirements, but she does need prior notice at the time of booking.

For booking enquires please email or go to to see more about yoga teacher Monica Marini and bodyworker Katrina Johnston – including more about the yoga teaching style, influences and the retreat schedule. Prices from £1,175 per person.


  • Instructor: Monica Marini
  • Start: 6/23/18 12:00 am
  • End: 6/30/18 12:00 am
  • Price: Shared £1,175 p/p single occupancy £1,475
  • Location: La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Strada Monti del Duca Zona, Martina Franca, Province of Taranto, Puglia, Italy

Elena Ecstatic Yoga

Ischia Island, 5 star Relais & Chateaux Terme Manzime1
3 nights, 3-4-5 August 2018

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: $1150 per person in double room or $1550 in single room

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

  • Instructor: Maria Elena Bernardi
  • Start: 8/3/18 9:00 am
  • End: 8/5/18 9:00 am
  • Price: $1150 per person in double room or $1550 in single room
  • Location: Ischia, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

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

Samacitta Circle of Life Yoga Retreat at Prato di Sotto, Umbria, Italy with teaching by Eve Pettitt

Circle of Life Yoga retreat is about surrender to our natural selves – surrender to the circle of life within each of us, in every living moment. Surrender to breath, to our true self, to peace, to the divine within, whatever our concept of the divine is, we can actually live and breathe it in each moment.

umbria-holidays-monte-corona-45 Katrina is founder of Samacitta Retreats and is a yogi, coach, bodyworker and mentor and has worked on retreat in Sri Lanka at Ulpotha and given bodywork and mentoring sessions in Bali, Hong Kong and India – you can read reviews of her bodywork on . Eve Pettitt is a yoga teacher and professional figurative artist and she is familiar also with the innate circle of life through both her teaching and her figurative art. Her practice and teaching style is essentially traditional hatha yoga with Iyengar nuances and influence. Eve is assistant teacher on a current yoga teacher training at TriYoga Chelsea, London and she worked on retreat in Italy last year and she gives regular weekly classes to her students in London.

Our chef Jeanine Gasser is a Mexican Swiss nomad of Sufi parents. She is passionate about food, nutrition and health. Her specialty is in Ayurvedic and macrobiotic cooking, and she serves up fresh, farm-to-table, healthy organic food which not only tastes amazing but is really really nutritious, beneficial and supportive when on retreat. Penny Radford is the venue – Prato di Sotto – owner. She has a special touch with guests who describe Prato di Sotto as “a total sanctuary which they never want to leave”. She has lived in Italy for over 20 years and knows how to give an experience at her home in the holy Umbrian hills which is unparalleled elsewhere.


On retreat we invite you to relax, restore and release with twice daily yoga practice, healthy food, rest, bodywork and generally soaking up the landscape, feeling and exquisite Nature that surrounds the venue. The silence is golden, the asana deep and intuitive without being over-dynamic – suitable for all levels – and the food and bodywork nourishing and nutritious. Come and join us.


25 August to 1st September

Retreat includes

• twice daily yoga
• meditation
• all food – brunch and supper daily
• tea and coffee, hot drinks and water
• accommodation in luxury venue
• transfer from airport to venue and venue to airport on arrival/departure days (airport is Perugia, Umbria) at a designated time
• fresh fruit in each room
• yoga mats are provided – we only use ECOyoga mats made from non-toxic natural rubber – great for grip and comfort
• blocks & straps provided

Arialview1Doesn’t include:

• massage/bodywork (additional cost)
• flights or travel to/from the venue outside of designated time


£925 pp (couples early bird until 25 July) – sharing large room with double bed and bathroom, shared kitchen and sitting room in a house which has four bedrooms and 3 bathrooms

£1275 pp (twin room – two single beds or single occupancy double bed with own bathroom, shared kitchen in the house above or other similar house)

£1475 pp (large cottage with private terrace, views over courtyard or pool, kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and large kingsize bed) – ideal for couples wanting total privacy

Pricing is in Pounds Sterling.

Contact and Booking

Organizer: Samacitta

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  • Retreat Host: Samacitta Retreats
  • Yoga Teacher: Eve Pettitt
  • Start: 25 August 2017 at 15:00 pm
  • End: 1 September 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Price: £925 pp (couples early bird until 25 July) / £1275 pp (twin room) / £1475 pp (cottage for two or single occupancy double bedroom)
  • Venue: Prato di Sotto, near Umbertide, Province of Perugia, Umbria, Italy Nearest airport is Perugia airport – with flights from London Stansted on RyanAir
  • Instructor: Eve Pettitt
  • Start: 8/25/17 12:00 am
  • End: 9/1/17 12:00 am
  • Price: £925 pp (couples early bird until 25 July) / £1275 pp (twin room) / £1475 pp (large cottage)
  • Location: Prato di Sotto, Umbertide, Province of Perugia, Umbria, Italy