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OPEN UP TO A NEW LIFE It's time to take care of yourself

We know the world is changed ..

Dear Friends

We hope difficult times will soon be over. We have tried to immagine a way that will help you take the first steps out to new life. We are offering the possibility to enjoy the beauty of Italian countriside in a secure a protected setting : a cosy farmhouse lost in the peaceful Umbrian hills where you will be able to recenter yourself through yoga sessions, ayurvedic and thai massage and great healthy food.

We had scheduled this tour for October and if you are able to come we will be happy to offer you a special price. However, if it is too early for you we have fixed 2 new dates

Umbria - May 6 - 13, 2021

AND: September 4 - 11, 2021

What you'll do

This 7-day yoga retreat is a chance for you to detox your body, de-stress your mind, & develop your practice in a peaceful farmhouse in the Italian countryside. We will develop daily rituals to help us restore our bodies & souls, incorporating Ayurvedic Massage, Shiatsu treatment, Thai massage, meditation, & nutritional plant-based foods along with two sessions of yoga every day.

This is your journey. We will give you the tools you need to explore your mind & body in a nurturing environment – how you choose to apply those tools is completely your choice

You can commit more intensively to yoga, participate in meditative walks in the woods, or focus on journaling to record your experience. There are many paths to a higher self-awareness.

To help you unplug from the outside world, the farmhouse has no phones or televisions (WiFi can be accessed if you need to get in touch with your loved ones once a day). By disconnecting from the chaos of modern life, you can better immerse yourself in the beauty of the Italian hillsides & reconnect with your inner conscious.

Mornings begin with yoga of both asana & pranayama (poses & breathing) to awaken the mind & energize the body.

Then late afternoons close with yoga designed to calm the mind, regenerate the body, & recover mental clarity. These sessions will use a combination of gentle Asanas, internalizing Pranayama, Dharana & Yoga Nidra (conscious guided relaxation).

We will also awaken the physiological functions of the body through an integrated "detox" diet, combining herbal teas & centrifuge juices to help your body feel rejuvenated & refreshed.

Your home in the Italian hills

Based in Umbria (between Perugia & Gubbio) near the Tuscan border, you will stay in Equilibrio Bio, a farmhouse from 1800 that has been revitalized into a yoga retreat center.

The farmhouse is in the hills surrounded by trees, with dining both inside the main hall & outside under the stars. There's plenty of space to wander or lay in the sun, as well as a saltwater pool to swim. The garden features a wide variety of organically grown fruits & vegetables, which will become the ingredients for our daily meals.

The rooms are simple yet refined, with attention to details. By using natural materials (wood & terracotta) & repurposing artisan crafts & antiques, the owners of the Equilibrio Bio designed the rooms to reflect the principles & practice of a balanced life: natural, ethical, creative & loving.

Your teacher

Ilaria Perni began practicing yoga at an early age. She initially trained at the Joytinat Yoga Centre in Genoa under Swami Joythimayananda from Tamil, South India, then continued her studies with a diploma from the Yoga Satyananda Ashram School in Italy. She continued her education with Gitananda Ashram at the Italian Hindu Union near Savona, before going on to study Ayurveda, traditional Ayurvedic massage and Pancha Karma. She received a diploma as an Ayurvedic Massage Professional from the Joytinat Yoga Centre, and from the Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine in Florence, training under Dr Bhagwan Dash and Dr Lalitesh Kashyap from New Delhi, India. Between teaching, she currently studies at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

She has taught yoga since 1996 and practiced Ayurvedic massage since 1998. She's managed the Kashi Kriya Yoga Centre since 2007, and continues to manage hotel and resort spas since 2009. She's a professional trainer for yoga teachers and massage therapists around the world and also works as a private instructor for notable clients.

Her greatest blessing has been to encounter her Guru Prakash Shankar Vyas (Guruji), Kriya Yoga Master, and begin her own spiritual journey under his guidance.

Ilaria has been teaching yoga since 1996. She has directed the Kashi Kriya Yoga Centre, managed several resort yoga programs, & worked as a private instructor for clientele around the world.

Your meals

Following your morning yoga, you will enjoy a nutritious breakfast with vegan & vegetarian options made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. Lunches will be richer & more indulgent, while dinners will be light & nourishing. Ingredients will come primarily from the farm on-site, or from neighboring farmers in the area.

Day-by-day

DAY 1

Arrive at Equilibrio Bio. meet the Viadelsole team and your yoga teacher Ilaria. Light dinner before bed.

The pure saltwater pool at Equilibrio Bio in Umbria

DAY 2

MORNING: Yoga for your Body. First lesson of yoga, followed by 10:30 brunch at the guesthouse. Then optional meditation walk & writing exercise with a Viadelsole guide. Those who choose to stay at the farmhouse can relax by the pool or practice Ayurvedic massages, Shiatsu treatments & Thai massages, designed to relax body tension, rebalance emotional states & reduce fatigue

AFTERNOON: Yoga for your Mind with Ilaria

EVENING: Light dinner at the Villa.

FIRST YOGA LESSON WITH YOUR COACH ILARIA PERNI

Day 3

MORNING: Yoga for your Body. Wake-up yoga lesson, followed by 10:30 brunch at the guesthouse.

AFTERNOON: Visit the 13th-century La Verna monastery in the Appennini mountains. After exploring the Franciscan sanctuary, take a breathtaking hike to the Tevere river valley (about 3 hours). ON REQUEST: Ayurvedic massages, Shiatsu treatments and Thai massages

EVENING: Yoga for your mind with Ilaria, followed by dinner.

Visit a 13th century monastery nestled in the mountains of Tuscany

Day 4

MORNING: Yoga for your Body. Wake-up yoga lesson, followed by 10:30 brunch at the guesthouse. Optional meditative walk, exploring the surrounding areas, & autobiographical writing exercise with a Viadelsole guide. Those who prefer to stay at Equilibrio Bio can relax, swim or practicing massages. ON REQUEST: Ayurvedic massages, Shiatsu treatments and Thai massages

AFTERNOON: Yoga for your Mind with Ilaria

EVENING: Light dinner & time to relax

Challenge your body and mind with a daily practice

Day 5

MORNING: Yoga for your Body.  Wake-up yoga lesson, followed by 10:30 brunch at the guesthouse. Optional meditative walk, exploring the surrounding areas, & autobiographical writing exercise with a Viadelsole guide. Those who prefer to stay at Equilibrio Bio can relax, swim or practicing massages. ON REQUEST: Ayurvedic massages, Shiatsu treatments and Thai massages

AFTERNOON: Hike from the Saint Francis Hermitage up to the medieval hilltop town of Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its medieval architecture & fundamental masterpieces of Western art. Visit Assisi with guide.

EVENING:Yoga for your Mind with Ilaria, followed by a light dinner.

Assisi, a medieval city built on a hill, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for representing "an ensemble of masterpieces of human creative genius"

Day 6

MORNING: Yoga for your Body. Wake-up yoga lesson, followed by 10:30 brunch at the guesthouse. Hike & autobiographical writing exercise with Viadelsole guide, or time to relax at Equilibrio Bio, or time to practice massages. ON REQUEST: Ayurvedic massages, Shiatsu treatments and Thai massages

AFTERNOON: Yoga for your Mind with Ilaria

EVENING: Light dinner & time to relax

Take walking meditations through the peaceful hillsides

Day 7

MORNING: Yoga for your Body. Wake-up yoga lesson, followed by 10:30 brunch at the guesthouse. Then a vegan cooking class with the Equilibrio Bio staff, or time to relax at the guesthouse or the pool, or time to practice massages. ON REQUEST: Ayurvedic massages, Shiatsu treatments and Thai massages

AFTERNOON: Yoga for your Mind with Ilaria

EVENING: Light dinner & time to relax

Day 8

Head out onto your next journey!

Additional private Ayurvedic massages or Shiatsu treatments during the week, which you can book on demand

Price: 1850 euros

INCLUDED

  • 7 nights at Equilibrio bio with vegetarian/vegan organic brunches & dinners
  • Yoga
  • Trips to Assisi & the La Verna Sanctuary with transportation & guides
  • 1 Private Ayurvedic massage with Ilaria
  • Guided walks & writing exercises
  • Transportation from/to the train station or Assisi/Perugia airport

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Additional private Ayurvedic massages, Shiatsu treatments or Thai massage, during the week, which you can book on demand
  • Vegan cooking class on the farm
  • Single room ( 200 euros for the week). The base price is for double rooms.

Take a deep breath . . . and join us in Italy

UMBRIA ITALY YOGA RETREAT - May 6 - 13, 2021 AND: September 4 - 11, 2021