Workshops & Retreats
Italy Summer Retreat
August 8th – 14th 2020
YogaPulia Retreat Centre
This is a wonderful opportunity for both beginners and experienced students to deepen their practice of Ashtanga yoga with Gillian in the beautiful setting of the Itria valley, Puglia, Southern Italy. The day will begin with Mysore Style classes and there will also be three afternoon workshops focusing on the key elements of the Ashtanga Yoga system including an in-depth exploration of the traditional Vinyasa System and the key principles of Back Bending.
Guests can choose to explore the local beaches and historical towns or simply relax by the pool in their free time.
- 6 nights accommodation
- 5 mornings of Mysore Style Classes and 1 morning Led Primary Class
- 3 afternoon Asana Techniques Workshops
- 2 delicious vegetarian/vegan meals daily, to include breakfast/brunch
and evening dinner
- Light snacks and refreshments including, a selection of teas, coffee,
water & fruit
- Wi fi internet connection
What’s not included?
- Transport to/from the retreat centre (YogApulia can help organise local taxis, this will be an additional cost paid direct to the taxi driver)
- Travel/medical insurance
- Massages – available upon request at additional cost
Accommodation and Facilities
The retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves. Accommodation consists of seven twin bedrooms all with private en-suite bathrooms. All rooms have been renovated to a high standard using locally sourced materials, and are aiming to create a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard provides the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade. Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.
The international airport at Brindisi is approximately 40 minutes drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 55 minutes drive. Ryanair has direct flights from Dublin to both airports. Hiring a car in Puglia is relatively inexpensive and provides a great way to explore the surrounding countryside, local historical towns and beaches. Both Bari and Brindisi airports have a large selection of hire car companies including Avis and Hertz. It is recommended to book a car before your arrival. Alternatively, YogaPulia can arrange a taxi to collect you on your arrival.
Twin Room with en-suite bathroom and AC €895
50% non-refundable deposit required to secure your booking.
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Next dates TBC
These monthly workshops are suitable for all levels (including complete beginners) that would like to learn the traditional way to practice Ashtanga Yoga. You will be guided through the correct breathing technique and a series of the basic fundamental postures. You will develop a strong foundation and the confidence to transition into the Mysore classes.
Introductory workshop plus one month of unlimited classes - €100 or Introductory workshop only – €35.
Spaces are limited and advance booking is required.
You can use the button below to reserve your spot now.
Full Primary Series Workshops
Experience the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method with careful emphasis on the traditional vinyasa system. We will be moving through the Primary series to help you understand the dynamics and the breakdown of this system. There will be a strong focus on key alignment techniques, providing you with concrete information to flow through your practice from one posture to another more fluidly. There will also be a strong focus on how to apply the Tristana method of breath, posture and focal point to train the mind transforming your physical practice into a moving meditation. Previous experience of Ashtanga Yoga required. All Mysore practitioners are encouraged to attend.
€35 per workshop or €65 for 2 sessions
Pre-booking requested as spaces are limited