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17/10/2019 23/10/2019

Yoga holiday in beautiful Italian village

Italy

Highlights

Yoga classes Outdoor activities Peace and quiet

Overview

Sunflower Retreats yoga holidays have been delighting our visitors since 1998. Set in a beautiful, unspoilt, natural mountain location in Casperia.

Our team of qualified yoga teachers from all over the world teach in a variety of yoga styles and provide the very best in yoga classes. There are Ayurvedic holistic treatments and lots of social activities too. Our guests get personal attention from our teachers and build great bonds with other guests.

Our yoga retreat in the picturesque village of Casperia, just north of Rome run all summer long.

Enjoy daily yoga classes, Ayurvedic holistic treatments, delicious locally-sourced organic cuisine and have your own room.

Casperia is within the famous Blue Zones where people live longer than the average.

The secret seems as simple as - connection with community and family, purpose, a positive outlook locomotion as in gentle regular movement like gardening, dancing, walking and of course a natural local diet.

With the help of our local and international staff, we also offer a choice of holistic therapies, massage treatments and days visiting our local hot springs.

There's also a wide range of activities including cycling on our free bikes, mountain treks, horse riding and more. Or if you'd just like to chill, there's plenty of time to relax, swim and soak-up the atmosphere of each of our hand picked beautiful locations in Italy and Costa Rica. Either way, it will be a chance to immerse yourself in the way of life and admire the spectacular panoramic views of the countryside and nature surrounding you.

Location

Our location

The picture-perfect Italian village of Casperia, our base since 1998, is situated in the heart of the Sabina mountains just north of Rome. It is car-free, with fewer than 350 inhabitants. The fortified medieval village has impressive panoramic views of the Sabina hills and mountain landscape from every angle.

Travel with low-cost flights to either of Rome's airports, and you'll reach Casperia in a little over an hour on public transport or, for a fee, we can collect you.

Each of the houses in which Sunflower Retreats' guests stay is within a couple of minutes walk from the others and our yoga studios, breakfast lounge and treatment rooms. Your walk will take you through the winding cobbled streets of Casperia.

The unspoilt structure and atmosphere of the village gives you a unique feeling of being in a historic place in time-gone-by, a place of natural beauty surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and forest-covered mountains where you can watch the changing scenery from every angle.

Accommodation

We offer you the choice of three types of accommodation in Casperia, a two-minute walk from one another and our yoga, breakfast and treatment facilities:

  1. Village House - a traditionally furnished medieval guest house.
  2. Casa Latini - a lovingly renovated 13th-century house furnished in a boutique Latin style.
  3. Forani Palace - a 15th-century palazzo, available when both of the above are fully booked.

All of our accommodation is in comfortable twin rooms, with a single option; you won't find yourself crowded into bunks, triple rooms or yurts!

Village house
€640 Per person per stay
€765 for single occupancy
A traditionally furnished medieval guest house.
Village house with ensuite
€685 Per person per stay
€810 for single occupancy
A traditionally furnished medieval guest house.
Casa Latini suite
€860 Per person per stay
€985 for single occupancy
A lovingly renovated 13th-century house furnished in a boutique Latin style
Casa Latini loft
€695 Per person per stay
€820 for single occupancy
A lovingly renovated 13th-century house furnished in a boutique Latin style
Forani Palace
€825 Per person per stay
€950 for single occupancy
A 15th century palazzo, available when Casa Latini and Village House are both fully booked

Activities

Yoga and holistic treatments are at the heart of what we do, but if you're into yoga, the chances are that you like the active life too. We offer a range of activities on our holidays to suit all budgets - from cycling and trekking to low-cost visits to hot springs and a wide range of other sport and learning opportunities. In this way, you can add to your experience or stick to your budget and still have a fantastic holiday.

Activities and trips can be booked at breakfast time each day when our staff are present to help plan your holiday and day.

Yoga

Sunflower Retreats Holidays yoga classes are suitable for beginners as well as more practised yogis and are held in English. Your six-night retreat includes five morning and three afternoon classes and a Yoga and Meditation workshop.

Our 90-minute morning classes take place before breakfast Friday, through Tuesday, from 8 am (or 8.30 early or later in the season).

There are also one-hour yoga and meditation classes in the afternoons (Friday, Monday and Tuesday) and a two-hour yoga and meditation workshop each Saturday, in which we cover subjects such as Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Kundalini and Chakra meditation and balancing.

We practice in a stunning location on a hilltop surrounded by nature, provided the weather is beautiful, or in our studio at other times.

Our yoga style is non-competitive with a down-to-earth approach, created by Sunflower Retreats' founders and followed by all our guest yoga instructors.

Our teachers teach a variety of yoga methods such as Iyengar, Kundalini, Satyananda, Sivananda, Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Astanga, Yin Yoga and Divine Feminine Yoga.

Cooking lessons
- €90
Experience cooking with the finest ingredients - freshly picked organic vegetables, herbs and fruits straight from the farm. The menu of mouth watering Italian vegetarian or non vegetarian cooking blends perfectly with the yoga and holistic treatments we offer at Sunflower Retreats. You'll come away feeling energised and with knowledge of delicious Italian organic cuisine as well as enjoying a delicious dinner with wine and water and dessert after the lesson. The class is two to three hours with dinner, wine and desert.
Guided walk
- Free
Every Sunday we have free guided walk. The Sabina mountains (1200 meters) surrounding Casperia, rich in flora and fauna, are rarely visited by walkers and offer astonishing trekking and scenery.
Cycling
- Free
We highly recommend doing some cycling during your holiday in Sabina. We offer free use of bikes, modern and classic, including racers, explorers, mountain bikes and even a tandem! - It's a great way to see the location; it gives you time to take in the views and discover the countryside, breathe in the fresh air and taste the scents.
Wine tasting
- €25
If you'd like to sample local wine, we can arrange tastings , run by local winery Tenuta Santa Lucia, with aperitivi from €25 per person for three or more people. We drink in moderation at these events, as you would expect.
Excursions
- €6
Trips with a private driver to historic sites such as Saint Francis' hermitage, Orvieto, Assisi and to thermal baths and other nature sites can be organised. Prices range from €6 to €100 per person, depending on the destination and the number of people travelling. Guests can also reach these towns by public transport: Bus and train times will given when you arrive.
Horse riding
- €40
Horse riding is available at several stables near Casperia with a selection of horses, rides and treks in the surrounding Sabina hills and countryside.
Italian classes
- €15
We offer grammar and conversational Italian classes with a fully bilingual mother-tongue Italian teacher.
Olive picking
- Free
Join in with olive-picking in late October and November when you can pick olives with small organic producers and watch the milling process right through to getting your very own fresh extra virgin oil. No fancy labels; just the real, genuine product.
Watercolour painting
- €75
Enjoy a two hour art class with us and tap into your creative self in Italy. Watercolour painting lessons are with Giovanna Somai - a professional local artist and interior decorator who speaks English. Casperia is rich in history and the beauty of nature, the Sabina area being an ideal setting to learn about water colour painting. The classes are held outdoors, in Casperia's streets or the beautiful countryside surrounding the village.
Thermal baths & wild hot springs
- €45
An all-day visit to the open-air pool at Viterbo and the nearby wild springs, where you can bathe in sulphur-rich mud. Combining sulphur-water bathing with yoga practice is extremely healing to the whole body and mind. Viterbo's hot sulphurous spring water has been used since Roman times to draw impurities out of the skin, to stimulate skin cells to secrete natural oils and to reduce blood pressure and rheumatism. The huge pool has sun-loungers, palm trees and a bar and the water has different depths and temperature zones. We also visit the local wild hot springs, situated in open fields. Here you can bathe in the sulphur-rich organic mud used in rehabilitative treatments, beauty masks and wraps. Both the thermal baths and the hot springs are quiet, perfect places to relax, unwind and feel the tension, toxins, aches and pains being released from your body.

Menu

Welcome dinner

A delicious dinner, with locally sourced & organic food, including gluten-free and vegetarian options, is provided for guests on Thursday evening - arrival day.

Breakfast/brunch

A vegetarian breakfast/brunch using local organic products, including eggs and fresh fruit and vegetable juices from our juicing machine is served each morning. Our staff will be there each morning to help you plan your day and book activities.

Lunch

Guests usually prepare their meals at home or can take lunch in one of Casperia's restaurants. Each of our accommodation options has a kitchen, a terrace or balcony. The village shops have a range of local food and drinks, so you can enjoy a delicious lunch of Italian food in the sunshine and fresh air.

Evening meals

Full meals, snacks and pizza are available in local cafés, bars and restaurants.

We also organise transport to authentic local Italian restaurants and folklore festivals in the neighbouring hill-top villages where delicious traditional dishes are enjoyed. Private Transport to local restaurants some evenings is included in the holiday price.

Instructors

Lucy Bremner

Lucy is the co-founder of Sunflower Retreats. and has been a holistic practitioner in the UK and worldwide since 1988. She specialises in a wide range of body work, therapies and energy and spiritual balancing treatments such as Chakra Balancing and Reiki.

Jessie Jeanne Stinnett

Jessie began practising yoga as a supplement to her career as a professional dancer. Jessie is a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor through Frog Lotus International. She teaches classes and workshops regularly in London and the US and is also pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Practice.

Sandra Galindoma

I started my spiritual journey around 20 years ago, learning and practising meditation and Yoga in different Ashrams in India. My daily practice has shown me how to approach my life with full awareness, accepting and embracing each moment as it comes, how to be present and available for the natural flow of life. Choosing to walk down this path has changed my life completely and left me more accepting of myself and others, and the nature of reality.

Rosi Robertazzi

Rosi specializes in promoting wellness through yoga, art and nature. She has studied and practised traditional Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi gong for twelve years and has been a trainer facilitating a range of classes such as yoga and bodywork, movement and voice improvisation, and themed art classes.

Cesare Dipiaggi

After making several trips to Asia, he started the discipline of Hatha yoga through a method created by Supreme Master Gabriella Cella; the first woman to bring the ancient teachings the Sivananda to Italy. After studying for more than forty years in various ashrams scattered across India, she developed the Yoga Ratna method where 'Ratna' means 'the jewel' through which we uncover our real being.

Languages

English Italian

Facilities

Use of bicycles all week Private swimming pool

Included

Accommodation & breakfast 90-minute yoga classes 1 hour afternoon yoga classes Two-hour yoga & meditation workshop Welcome dinner & drinks Fresh linen and towels Transport to local restaurants

Not included

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