“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”

Anna Akhmatova

Our Retreat to Italy 2015

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On August 8-14 2015, we travelled to the southern tip of Italy to switch off and slow down. The Italians have a concept called la dolce far niente which means “the sweetness of doing nothing”. For those of us conditioned to the fast-paced vibe of city life, this concept seemed fanciful. But there is an importance to doing nothing: down-time gives us the quietness of mind to recharge, make connections and tap into our creative, spiritual selves. More importantly, it is the spaces in between the busy-ness that allow us to enjoy life, rather than just cope.

Our retreat to Italy was designed to celebrate all things slow. Our aim was to rediscover the luxuriousness of life – with restorative yoga classes, long meals filled with good conversation, trips around the region and to the seaside. We ended the week feeling fully rested, with an awakened sense of ourselves as well as some new friendships.

The Destination

Dubbed Italy’s “new Tuscany”, Puglia is the heel of Italy’s infamous boot. Surrounded by five hundred miles of coastline and hugged by the Adriatic and Ionian seas, Puglia is home to a stark, unspoiled beauty. Whitewashed villages and landscape dotted with traditional Trulli, a conical architecture designed to keep cool in summer, are more reminiscent of Turkey and Greece than the central and northern parts of Italy.

With a layered history influenced by North Africa to the south and Europe to the north, Puglia boasts delicious food, sparkling seas, and an unspoiled landscape. It is truly a place to get away, slow down and reconnect. There are many ways to travel to Puglia and we offer some suggestions below.

The nearest cities to the retreat center are Bari and Brindisi. From Bari or Brindisi, the retreat center offers transport for a small fee. Once you have booked your flights, please email us with your details and we will organize the transfer with the retreat center. From the US, you can take a connecting flight from a major European city or a high speed train train/rental car from Rome. From Europe, you can fly to Bari or Brindisi via most major European cities. Some suggested low-cost routes include:

London Stanstead > Bari or Brindisi via Ryanair
London Gatwick > Bari via EasyJet
Paris CDG > Bari via EasyJet
Milan > Bari via EasyJet

If you choose to fly directly into Rome, you can either take a high speed train to Bari or Brindisi or get a connecting flight via Alitalia to Brindisi. If you have any questions concerning travel arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us at

“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

The Venue

La Rosa dei 4 Venti, “The Rose of the Four Winds”, is an award-winning yoga retreat in the Itria Valley. The 15-hectare property is located on a hill which gives it the breezes for which the retreat is named and the farm house is surrounded by gardens, a swimming pool, wild forests and fields.

Vegetarian meals with a traditional Pugliese flair are cooked on-site with fresh local produce. The retreat maintains a strong food philosophy which is designed to promote health and strength, while at the same time creating delicious experiences for guests.
You can choose single, double or triple room accommodation. All rooms are beautifully decorated and have en-suite bathroom facilities.

Schedule & Prices

Sample Day

7:00am – 8:30am

Breakfast 10:00am – 11:00am
Intention setting & guided meditation

Free time
Take a trip to the seaside, Book a massage, Hike the wild forest, or simply be…

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Free time

5:00pm – 6:30pm
Restorative yoga


Prices ***Early bird discount of 10% when booked before April 1st 2015.

• $1350 per person, triple room
• $1650 per person, double room
• $2150 per person, single room

Registration and deposit of $450 are required to secure your spot. Payment can be made via credit or debit card on our secure website.

Check in on 8 August starting from 6pm. Check out on 14 August at 8:30am (rooms) and 10am (post-breakfast).

Included in the retreat
• 6 x nights La Rosa dei 4 Venti
• All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
• 2 x yoga classes per day
• Meditation and journaling exercises
• Olive oil tasting
• Yogi tea and snacks throughout
• Use of pool area, indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, reading library and a private forest for hikes

• Airfare and transfers
• Travel insurance
• Additional outings and activities
• Massage treatments
• Extras on-site

In case of cancellation, the following applies:

• Before May 15 2015, only the deposit is forfeited
• Between May 16-June 15 2015, 50% of the full amount is due
• Between June 16-July 15 2015, 75% of the full amount is due
• From July 16 2015, the full amount is due

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