Nature & Nurture Yoga Retreat 2022

CISTERNINO, APULIA, ITALY

May 21 – 27, 2022

A yoga retreat is an occasion for resetting while starting or deepening your yoga practice, eating delicious food and appreciating rich human exchanges in lovely surroundings. It’s a way of drastically changing our perspective from our day-to-day life and nourishing and replenishing ourselves differently. A retreat is the choice of inner growth, in an environment that stimulates the return to your own Self.

NATURE & NURTURE

What makes us what we are?  Are we mere means of an organic manifestation or are we constantly being influenced by what surrounds us? What is our nature, what nurtures us?

 

Here’s an invitation to explore how our actions can change our perception of our own reality. To deepen the understanding of what we can cultivate and what we can transform.

AMILTON

Amilton Brandao is a Brazilian, Hatha Yoga teacher, certified by Yoga Alliance International and trained in Integral Sound Studies and Practices, by Svaram (Musical Instruments and Research Center) in India. Versed in Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas, Yoga Philosophy, and Chanting through Kirtans. He’s a practitioner of Buddhist meditations such as Anapanasati (Mindfulness with Breathing), Metta (Loving-kindness), and Vipassana. Capoeira (Brazilian martial art), Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Reiki are the ways he’s moving energy. Enthusiastic player of a shamanic flute, drifting into the realms of the primordial vibration and connection with mother nature. Curious about human arts as a whole. From literature to cinema, from mythology to philosophy, from old religions to technology. With those, he found in him the need to share and express the infinite knowledge that surrounds us all. Through shamanic experiences, traumas, and a continuous thirst for knowledge he understood his path: to absorb and to channel what connects us in the search for ourselves, to oneness.

CHARLOTTE

Charlotte is half French, half Belgian, enthralled by human nature and the magic of brains, she made it her job and became a Clinical Neuropsychologist. Her travels led her to live and volunteer with Buddhist Monks in Thailand, in permacultural Farms in Brazil, in integral schools in Auroville, India. At ease on Earth as a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and a trained sound therapist, she dives with joy in the Water to offer aquatic bodywork (Watsu, Waterdance). Serving from her heart, integrating body, mind, and spirit, she offers Ayurvedic Birenda massage through her hands and poetry through her voice. 

 

Find out more about Amilton and Charlotte – link bio https://www.agardenoflight.com/about

Amilton and Charlotte met in a monastery in Thailand, lived in India for the past two years and recently moved to France where they’ve welcomed their daughter Suan into this world.

YOGA CENTRE

YogApulia is a cozy retreat centre exclusively for yoga and meditation practice, set up and run by dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioners Mark & Nicola, their intention is to create an intimate space in tune with the natural rhythm of nature where guests can escape from the demands of the modern world to deepen their practice in the beautiful, peaceful setting of the Valle d’Itria in Apulia, Southern Italy. The retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves.

 

Accommodation consists of six twin rooms and one double room all with a private ensuite bathroom. All rooms have been renovated to a high standard using locally sourced materials, 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 colorful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.

DAILY SCHEDULE

You can arrive at YogApulia from 3pm on the May 21st on and the retreat will end on May 27th at 10h30 – we need to leave by 11am on our last day. Please find a sample schedule below and note this is to give you an indication only.

 

7h – Hot drinks

7h30 – 9h30 – Integral Yoga practice with asana, pranayama and meditation

10h30 – Brunch

11h – Free time / Optional Excursion / Journaling

17h30 – 18h30 – Integral Yoga practice

19h00 –Dinner

RETREAT PRICE

990 € per person in twin accommodation

Only 11 places available

 

If you are fully vaccinated, you can travel to Italy with your Green Pass. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need a PCR or antigenic Covid test to travel to Italy depending on your own country of residency. Please check this link before your departure for the latest updates.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

6 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

You will enjoy a 7 days 6 nights retreat at YogApulia, the beautifully renovated Yoga and Meditation centre that has been exclusively reserved for our guests. YogApulia consists of six twin bedrooms all with private ensuite bathrooms renovated to a high standard using locally sourced material to create a simple yet elegant atmosphere. You can book an amazing Ayurvedic Birenda massage with Charlotte (depending on the duration of the treatment prices vary. Please check with Olga to book your spot)

YOGA PROGRAM

6 Morning Practices
2h Integral Yoga practices including asana, pranayama and meditation to deeply connect with your whole body at all levels

6 Evening Practices
1h Hatha yoga practices including restorative yoga to unwind and relax and align with nature

1 Cacao Ceremony

1 Sound Healing Bath

Yoga mats and Meditation pillows will be provided

MEALS

We believe food should be varied, unprocessed and nourishing to promote energy and wellbeing. The food served at YogaApulia is prepared by different amazing chefs who will prepare vegetarian dishes using products grown locally. Refreshments are also available throughout the day and include tea, coffee, water & fruit.

6 daily breakfast/brunch
6 daily evening dinners included

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Transfers

Travel Insurance

Personal Expenses

How to get to YogApulia?

The international airport at Brindisi is approximately a 40-minute drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 60-minute drive. Both airports have a good selection of international flights including British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair.

 

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. Please get in touch with us to see if you can share a car with some other students.

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

Contrada Zaccano 5b, Casalini, 72014 Cisternino, BR, Italy

Whatsapp- +39 39 131 35668

Google maps plus code. PFG9+87 Fogliarella

OLGA

Olga is Italian and has travelled and lived in different countries around the world (Mexico, Spain, Holland & France). She had the privilege to attend a Hatha Yoga Certification in India and decided to create tailored Yoga Retreats in Italy and around the world. She organizes online Meditation and Vedic Teachings with her Indian Teachers and she is active in supporting Swami Dayananda’s Gurukulam in Haripad, Kerala. 

 

Olga will help you with the logistic and preparation of your trip and will support you once you arrive at the centre. She will propose some activities for your free time such visits to surrounding lovely towns, local markets and beautiful walks however if you just want to rest by the swimming pool or read a book you are very welcome to do so!