SALUTE TO THE SUN ITALIA 2018
Leave your struggles at the gate to the grounds of Villa Lina, surrender to the immersion in nature, yoga and massage which is SALUTE TO THE SUN ITALIA. Step away from daily life and back in time to reflect and dream. Lose yourself here only to find yourself
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SALUTE TO THE SUN returns to Italy, this time to the magical kingdom of Tuscia, where time has stood still at magnificent VILLA LINA. Just outside the walls of the authentic medieval town of Ronciglione, we retreat into another world where nature reigns wild and free, overgrowing, overflowing and celebrating her riotous lovemaking in the magnificent historical gardens of the estate. To the song of the fountains and birds, we will salute the sun from the roof of our bohemian 18th century villa or in the converted barn yoga shala, with our daily flowing yoga practise, lunch under the canopy of the centuries-old Linden trees in fragrant bloom or in one of our villa’s many dining spaces, and lose ourselves in this enchanted realm, only to find ourselves anew…
In the perfect setting for an Italian Midsummer Night’s Dream, our week coincides with the summer solstice (21 June) and we’ll be honouring the day when the power of the sun is at its strongest and nature at its fullest and most creative… We will also explore the surrounding area and visit the neighbouring beautiful Lake Vico. Food will be delicious, rustic and Italian, sourced largely from the estate’s organic farm and locally. While not on the mat, you can take a dip in the art deco olympic-size swimming pool which dates back to 1929, find your own secret spot in the garden to read, write or relax or take a stroll in the ancient narrow streets of picturesque
Your day will begin with meditation and pranayama, and include two sessions of yoga - a more dynamic class in the morning and a more gentle and restorative afternoon session. All levels are welcome and this is a great opportunity to kickstart your practise or take it to another level. Excellent Italian massage therapist, Claudia Tessarin will also be on hand to soothe away any aches and pains and one massage is included.
Leave your struggles at the gate to the grounds, surrender to this immersion in nature, yoga and massage, step away from daily life and back in time to reflect and dream as the healing energies of Villa Lina work their magic on mind, body and soul.
VILLA LINA ()
Villa Lina embraces three villas, each in its own beautiful grounds within its 80 acres of organic estate in the heart of Etruscan Tuscia, Italy’s best kept travel secret (see FT article: ).
Featuring one of the ‘Great Italian Gardens’ of the 18th Century which is home to many rare and ancient species of plants, Villa Lina is also an organic farm producing hazelnuts, kiwis, chestnuts, oil, wine and lavender.
Managed by writer/film-maker, Paola Igliori, it was bought in the early 20th century by her grandfather as a present for his beautiful young Roman bride, Lina. In her honour, it was then lovingly restored to its former glory and unveiled in 1929, becoming home and inspiration to many writers, artists and painters.
A 19th Century villa with a strong ‘30s feel, Casa Vostra (5n) with its peaceful verandah, vintage tables and swings, will be our home for the week.
About me: Yoga has been a constant in Judith's life for over 20 years and has helped to keep her calm and centred throughout her career in the hectic music Industry. Now an experienced yoga teacher, she’s thrilled to be sharing everything that it has taught her and encouraging people to join her on the mat. Her teaching style is creative and flowing, synchronising breath and movement (Vinyasa Flow) and the sun salutation is key to this. She loves nothing more than teaching where the sun shines and nature flourishes and helping her students to re-connect to themselves and open to life’s flow. Judith is very excited to be saluting the sun once again in beautiful Italy and will help you to explore yourself and your practise throughout this wonderful week at Villa Lina.
About Claudia: Highly experienced, Claudia is qualified in various massage techniques including Thai Yoga, Deep Tissue, Sports, Classic Swedish and Indian Head Massage. With a long-standing interest in health, fitness and the therapeutic power of massage, she continues to travel and train and fuses many different styles and will tailor your time with her to suit your specific needs and overall well-being. One session at her healing hands will have you relaxed, stress-free and floating on air.
- 2 sessions of yoga per day including meditation & pranayama
- 1 massage
- 3 meals per day apart from one lunch which will be outside*
- 6 nights accommodation, shared or single, at Villa Lina.
* We will organise a day excursion, which will include lunch outside. This is optional and will be at an additional cost.
Single - £1350 - with early bird discount £1295
Shared - £1150 - with early bird discount £1095
A £350 deposit is required to book. The balance will be due 6 weeks before the start date.
Flights & Travel
The retreat will begin with late lunch on Saturday 16th June, and end after breakfast on Friday 22nd June.
Depending on where you are flying in from, there are many flights to Rome (BA, Al Italia, Easyjet - for those in the UK). We will organise a group transfer at around 12.00 midday from Rome Fiumincino airport on Saturday 16 June and a return transfer at 10.00am on Friday 22 June. The timing of these transfers may change so that we can accommodate as many of you as possible.
If you are not able to make the transfer time, a car costs 100 euros. There is also a bus option direct to the door.
For any further information, or to make a booking, contact me:
What people say about Salute to the Sun Yoga Retreats:
"I’ve never felt so ‘well’ in my life!" - Amani, SALUTE 17 (Barbados)
"Salute to the Sun at Holders is a beautiful place for the heart, body and mind” - Julie, SALUTE 2016 (Barbados)
“The retreat was just perfect for me. The yoga, the food and the location. Everything. I can’t wait for the next one.” - Jasmin, SALUTE 2015 (Barbados)