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OVERVIEW

Join River Yoga’s master teacher, Liz Price-Kellogg, in Puglia, Italy, to explore and celebrate the ancient practice and art of yoga. Immerse in yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy in the intimate and inspiring Italian countryside. Create meaningful, supportive connections and personal well-being. And play!

Awaken and open all of your senses as you listen to the true voice of your heart.

 
 

ITINERARY

Oct 31-Nov 7, 2020

 

Day 1 – Saturday

Arrivals 

Welcome dinner

(those with late arrivals need not worry as program will officially begin the following morning)


 Day 2 - Sunday 

7:30am - 9am Welcome Circle + Practice 

9am Breakfast 

Free Time/Optional Activities*

1-2pm Lunch 

2pm Orientation with Facilities Manager

Free Time/Optional Activities*

5:30 - 7pm Practice

7:30 Dinner


Day 3 - Monday 

7am Meditation 

7:30am - 9am Practice 

9am Breakfast 

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Ostuni Village (details below)

7:30 Dinner

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Day 4 - Tuesday

7am Meditation 

7:30am - 9am Practice  

9am Breakfast 

10am-5pm Free Time*, with lunch 1-2pm

5:30 - 7pm Practice

7:30 Dinner

Day 5 - Wednesday  

7am Meditation 

8am Breakfast 

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Martina Franca Market

Workshop/Practice or Free Time* in Afternoon

7:30 Dinner 


Day 6 - Thursday

7am Meditation 

7:30am - 9am Practice  

9am Breakfast 

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Matera (details below)

7:30 Dinner

 

Day 7 - Friday   

7am Meditation 

7:30am - 9am Practice

9am Breakfast

10am-5pm Free Time, with lunch 1-2pm

5:30-7pm Practice

7:30pm Dinner 


Day 8 – Saturday

Departure day

Check out by 8:30am

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THE HEART OF THE PRACTICE

Liz, owner of River Yoga, teacher of yoga for over 20 years, and co-author of the book, For the Love of Food and Yoga, will share her knowledge of yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy in the intimate and inspiring Italian countryside.  

Learn more about Liz


This retreat is set in a beautiful, finely renovated 17th century masseria (farmhouse), located a short distance from Martina Franca, a town halfway between the Adriatic and Ionic Sea. Immersed in the peaceful and tranquil Valle D’Itria countryside, the 14 acres property features: a manor house with several large common areas, a small church with original frescoes, an old stone barn that has been converted into a large and bright Yoga Shala, a private forest with meditation path, a swimming pool, and several areas to relax and meditate, including hammocks, poolside cabanas, outdoor lounges, and easy chairs under olive trees. 

Learn more about the venue


Throughout the retreat we will indulge in delicious vegetarian cuisine based on the pH alkaline diet prepared with locally-sourced products and organic ingredients. We’ll have the opportunity to explore Southern Italy through several optional excursions showcasing the beauty of the area, including visits to local markets, olive oil farms, the famous Ceramics District in Grottalie, Bauxite caves on the Ionic seaside, the ancient town of Matera, and the famous white town of Ostuni, as well as hiking in Pianelle Forest.

 

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS & FREE-TIME ACTIVITIES

(Note: All activities are at an additional cost ranging from free to 85 euros. Cost estimates below are based on 14-16 participants and are subject to change depending on actual number of participants)

Local Market in Martina Franca + visit to historic center & granita coffee experience (cost: ~30 Euros)
Get a taste of culture mixing with the locals at the weekday market in Martina Franca. See why Puglia supplies much of Italy with a wide array of fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meats, fish and just about anything else you can imagine.

Matera (cost: ~85 Euros)
Full-day tour around the interesting and unusual ancient town of Matera, an old cave-dwelling district where hundreds of families lived in cave-houses until the 1950s. Made a UNESCO World Heritage site for being "the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem."

Ostuni Village (the famous white town) + Beach Adriatic seaside + Olive Oil Tasting (cost: ~75 Euros)
Full-day tour to visit Ostuni, one of Puglia's most beautiful white-washed cities. Take in incredible architecture surrounded by olive trees and the glistening Adriatic Sea. The beach is just 5 minutes from the village with excellent swimming.


Olive Oil Tasting 
Stroll among age old olive trees, learn how olives become extra virgin olive oil, a centuries-old tradition for which Puglia is famous. Taste and learn to recognize a good quality olive oil as you explore many varieties available and purchase some of your favorites to take with you.

Hiking in the Natural Reserve of Pianelle Forest

(forest is roughly 35min away, cost of transportation not included)

Enjoy a 2-hr hike in the wild protected forest outside Martina Franca. 


Visit & Shopping to the famous District of Ceramics in Grottaglie 

(about 3 hours total, cost of transportation not included)

Ceramicists have set up their studios and kilns in natural caves in Grottaglie. Tour a factory and learn about the ceramic making process, then wander through the shops displaying different artists work. 


Lecce - Bauxite caves - Otranto on the Ionic seaside.

A full-day tour to visit Lecce "the Florence of the South", then to the wonderful Bauxite caves, followed by Otranto, one of the most famous towns in Salento.

 

COST

Triple Occupancy: early bird $1400 before Feb 15, 2020 / $1550 after Feb 15, 2020

Double Occupancy: early bird $1550 before Feb 15, 2020 / $1700 after Feb 15, 2020 

Single Occupancy: early bird $1850 before Feb 15, 2020 / $2000 after Feb 15, 2020   

To Reserve: 

A $500.00 US non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. 

Early bird prices ($150 discount) are available until Feb 15, 2020. 


Payment Schedule: 

A $700 US non-refundable second payment is due July 31, 2020. 

The remaining non-refundable balance is due Sept 15, 2020.

What's Included:

  • 7 nights/8 days in traditional Apulian dwellings (limestone structures with cone shaped roofs). All rooms include private bathroom and weekly room cleaning, and towel change on Tuesday morning. 

  • 3 meals per day (except lunch on excursion days): A vegetarian-based menu keeping with the Italian tradition and based on the pH alkaline diet. Each meal will feature healthy vegan, raw and gluten and dairy free dishes based on traditional Puglia recipes. All food is locally-sourced and organic, and many of the fruits and vegetables are picked fresh from the garden on-site. Bread, pastries and pasta are homemade using lighter and healthier ingredients, including buckwheat, spelt and kamut flour. 

  • Unlimited herbal teas, water bottles, fresh drinks, snacks, pool/beach towels, and special Italian espresso coffee pods. 

  • Daily yoga practice and guided meditation offered in a beautiful and inspiring atmosphere (all props available on-site) 

  • One set of therapeutic massage balls

  • Journal

  • Unlimited use of all common spaces, including swimming pool, meditation path and 14 acres of property to explore. 

  • Free wi-fi

Not-Included:

  • Flights

  • Ground transportation to/from airport in Italy (we can help coordinate). Airport options are: Bari (1.5hr away) and Brindisi (45 min away). Cost ranges from 35-100 Euros each way (depending on number of people per car). 

  • Travel Insurance (recommended)

  • On-site spa services

  • Optional Excursions and Free Time Activities listed below.

  • Lunch on excursion days

  • Tips for Staff & Guides

 

River Yoga Italy Deposit

$500.00Price
 
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