31st August to 7th September 2019
with Lauren Munday & Cathy Moran
For our 2019 retreat Cathy and I have chosen Yoga Apuglia in Italy’s Southern Region of Puglia. As always we have carefully selected a venue to perfectly suit our guests’ needs. This brand new boutique retreat centre has been set up exclusively for yoga and meditation practice. It’s an intimate space that has been created incorporating principles of permaculture, where guests can escape from the demands of the modern world in the beautiful, peaceful setting of the Valle d’Itria.
Our intention for this retreat, as always, is to create a space for students to deepen their understanding of Ashtanga yoga and cultivate a daily practice; whilst also having time to rest and restore in a beautiful and peaceful setting. Each day will begin with a morning mysore session, including a beginners intro for those new to yoga; and will be followed by a group brunch. There’ll be free time during the day to relax by the pool or explore the surrounding area, with an option to take group trips if desired. The group will come together for four afternoon workshops, allowing students to delve deeper into Ashtanga Yoga, as well as also experiencing the profoundly restorative practice of Yoga Nidra. Each evening dinner will be shared in the courtyard.
Accommodation & Facilities
The retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves. It’s located between the historic towns of Ostuni and Cisternino which are around a 10-20 minute drive away.
The accommodation is in trulli which are stone buildings with conical roofs unique to the region of Puglia. Accommodation consists of seven twin/double bedrooms all with private ensuite bathrooms and AC for the hottest summer months. All rooms are renovated to a high standard using locally sourced materials to create a luxurious yet simple and understated feel.
Meals will be served in the large outdoor courtyard and there’s a purpose built Yoga Shala where we’ll practice. Relaxation time can be spent at the swimming pool or on one of the several outdoor terraces that offer places to relax in both the sun and shade.
- 7 nights of accommodation
- Delicious vegetarian or vegan brunch, dinner and snacks. All cooked by an on-site chef using locally-sourced ingredients
- 6 morning Mysore Classes with a beginners’ intro for those new to yoga
- 4 afternoon workshops including practice technique, yoga philosophy, and Yoga Nidra
- Plenty of free time to kick back and relax by the pool; explore the surrounding area; or take a trip to the beach which is around a 25 minute drive away.
What’s not included
- Flights & transfers
- Twin room/Double Ensuite Room – £795 per person based on two sharing
The centre is located approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Brindisi airport or 55 minutes’ drive from Bari airport. Both have a good selection of international flights from British Airways, Easy Jet and Ryan Air. Transfers from the airport can be arranged on request (at an additional cost). It’s also possible to hire a car at the airport relatively cheaply should you wish to be more adventurous during your free time.
For Booking and Enquiries
Contact me to reserve your place. A deposit of £200 is payable to confirm your booking with the final balance due on 1st July 2019.
Still not sure if you should book?
Here’s what guests have said about our previous retreats….
“The yoga retreat in Italy with Lauren and Cathy exceeded my expectations. We had morning yoga sessions, divided into those with a regular Mysore practice and beginners. We had workshops in the afternoons, focusing on some yoga philosophy and specific areas of practice, such as back bends. We stayed at an organic farm with delicious healthy food and a lovely swimming pool for relaxation. We had free time to explore Lecce for dinner and a day at the beach in Otranto. It was an idyllic setting to deepen my yoga practice in a friendly and supportive environment, but above all, it was great fun. I am definitely booked on the next retreat in Morocco.” M, London
“This was such an amazing retreat! The week was full of yoga, sunshine, gorgeous scenery, lovely vegetarian food and the nicest people you could ever meet! Lauren and Cathy are both such wonderful teachers – their expert instruction, encouragement and good humour meant we were able to develop our practice while having a great time. The daily morning Mysore-style yoga classes were held in a stunning shala overlooking the sea, and we had a few evening workshops scattered throughout the week for more in-depth learning and some immensely relaxing yoga nidra sessions! The afternoons were free to explore the island, hike down to the beach, or relax by the pool with a good book. It was truly a fantastic week, full of yoga, friends and fun – I can’t wait to sign up for the next one!” Ryan, London