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Italy Wellness Retreat

What is truly alive inside of you? During this retreat, you will learn and explore ways to tap into the natural intelligence of your inner being. Yoga and mindfulness will be at the heart of your six days together. Next to diving into your practice, you will have time to enjoy the colorful Abruzzo spring in the heart of Italy, with a visit to the national park with its stunning nature and historic villages, a swim in the Adriatic Sea, and the swimming pool.

Meet the instructors

Marco & Ingrid
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Highlights

  • 6 days of practice
  • Daily mindfulness and yoga-related practices
  • Hatha yoga, relaxation, and meditation sessions
  • Stunning landscapes around the property
  • Enthusiastic instructors and hosts
  • Daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

6 days with instruction
Group size: 4-8 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Internet access
  • Library

Casa Amrita is a renewed colonial house on one and a half hectares of land in the beautiful flowing hills of northern Abruzzo. The property has a stunning panorama within the background of the Grand Sasso mountain peaks. The garden hosts a variety of abundant fruit trees. The house has four comfortable guest rooms with space for a maximum of 10 guests. The four comfortable guest rooms are situated on the first floor. Two of the rooms connect directly to a sunny balcony with breathtaking views.

There is a cozy communal living room with a wood stove, internet access, and a small spiritual library. Downstairs is a large reception area, a comfortable yoga hall with mats, pillows, and blankets, and a communal breakfast and dining room. The garden contains a saltwater swimming pool and has places for both sun and shade seekers. Casa Amrita likes to prepare their vegetarian meals with local, fresh products as much as possible and is setting up their own vegetable garden in order to provide more products directly from their own land.

During your stay at Casa Amrita, they recommend having a car to get around, as they are located in the hilly countryside, not within easy walking distance to proper public transport and shops. They have free parking on private property. All events take place in an intimate setting, with a small number of participants in order to have more personal, direct interaction and guidance. The bedrooms and beds are comfortable and bedding and towels are provided. The room is shared with one or a maximum of two.

Program

Ingrid will guide you to go deeper into your practice and yourself, through gentle and profound Hatha yoga and pranayama practices as well as meditation and mantras. She will make sure that all participants get the care and guidance needed. You will be offered tools to help you develop a personal practice that can be a great support in your day-to-day life. The teachings and main communication will take place in English. You will get into the practice of mindfulness in its different forms, combined with Hatha yoga and other relaxation and meditation practices.

Mindfulness practices create heightened alertness and focus, calming the mind, and allowing you to access a more peaceful, awake state of being which taps into your naturally inherent intelligence. You receive more and more scientific proof of the huge benefits of mindfulness, especially in the field of healing stress, anxiety, depression, and addictions. Even though this is wonderful news, mindfulness is fundamentally not only about healing but rather about well-being.

It is about learning to experience life with greater intensity, awareness, and clarity in each moment. The physical part of the practice will be gentle and accessible yet deep and profound, helping to strengthen, stretch, and purify your system as well as creating a great bridge between the mindfulness practices and your daily life. All events take place in an intimate setting, with a small number of participants in order to have more personal, direct interaction and guidance.

Included excursions

During your time in this retreat, you will get to visit the Gran Sasso national park, a stunning, versatile protected area with impressive mountains, forests, lakes, wildlife, and ancient ruins. As well as a visit to a historical mountain village and a trip to the Mediterranean coast for some time on the beach and a dip in the sea.

Instructors

Marco Bandera (Prem Sudeva)

Ingrid Goudsmit (Prem Svasti)

Location

The retreat will take place in Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy. Casa Amrita is a place for people to come and stay in a beautiful, peaceful, and regenerating environment in the heart of Italy, Abruzzo. They are situated in between the sea and the mountains, in the flowing hills near Teramo. The overall intention of Casa Amrita is to bring well-being to their guests. It is peaceful and quiet on the property while being only a 12-minute drive away from the lively old city of Teramo, with good restaurants and cafés, shops, a big Saturday market, and a shopping mall.

It is both near the Adriatic sea and the Gran Sasso e Monti Della Laga National Park. There are countless options for exploration of the natural beauty as well as many historical towns and villages. The Adriatic coastline is only a 25-minute drive away and offers good beaches for swimming, sunbathing, and walks as well as restaurants and shops along the promenade.

Abruzzo

The region of Abruzzo is known for its friendly inhabitants, fertile soil, and beautiful national parks. It stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea. Abruzzo is rich in history, traditions, and art. Hidden in its hills and mountains lay countless medieval and Renaissance towns, villages, and ruins, like Rocca Calascio and Pietracamela. Abruzzo is not yet very well know with the mainstream tourism which gives it a more authentic quality than some of the well-known regions.

Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park

Casa Amrita is bordering the Gran Sasso e Monti Della Laga National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Europe. It boasts a wide range of beautiful sights, scenic routes, and points of interest. The park is an ideal place to spend time in close contact with nature and to admire hugely diverse, uncontaminated landscapes with rich flora and varied fauna. There are countless trails that can be visited on foot, by mountain bike, or on horseback in order to completely immerse yourself in nature’s calm and beauty.

Distances

  • Teramo - 12 minutes drive
  • Autostrada A24 (L’Aquila-Teramo) - 12 minutes drive
  • Adriatic coastline - 25 minutes
  • Abruzzo Airport (PSR) - 50 minutes drive

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Internet access

Food

You will be served all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners included in the price. Your meals will be vegetarian and nutritious, aiding the practice and general health. In the morning, Casa Amrita serves a fulfilling vegetarian breakfast from 8:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. which will prepare you for a full day of visits and exploration or for a lazy day on the beach or in the garden. Coffee and tea-making facilities for guests are available throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Especially in the summer months, the authentic folklore and religious festivals, events, and markets are not to be missed. The people in Abruzzo do not miss an opportunity to celebrate and are proud of their authentic wines and food delicacies. There are many artisans offering their creations and locals selling their organically homegrown produce and products at countless markets all throughout the region. Casa Amrita Bed & Breakfast offers the option of booking professional yoga and meditation or massage sessions at additional costs.

What's included

  • Retreat fee
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Health insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) or Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

  • From these airports, it takes approximately two hours through beautiful natural sceneries.
  • Casa Amrita is located along the SP19, just a 12 minutes drive from the Autostrada A24 (L’Aquila-Teramo).

Arrival by bus

There are several bus companies offering regular services from both airports directly to Teramo city and back, as well as to the center of Rome. It is easy to book online or you can buy a ticket on the bus directly. The trip takes between two and three hours and the busses are comfortable. Casa Amrita particularly recommends the company Gaspari. They are happy to provide a pick-up service from and to Teramo city. Please mention this in your inquiry if required.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Availability

Arrival: Sunday June 19, 2022
Departure: Saturday June 25, 2022

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