During these seven delightful days we’ll practice life “Italian style.” You’ll be guided on this adventure by two seasoned teachers who are both experts in their field as well as superb hosts:
Jurian Hughes – senior Kripalu faculty for over a decade, experienced retreat leader and movement master – will lead daily dives into yoga both enlivening and restorative, meditation, pranayama, and opportunities to dance.
David Wallace – interfaith minister, and senior teacher at One Spirit Seminary in NYC, well-known for his memorable lectures and spirited discussions – will offer nourishing “soul food” explorations into teachings from the ancient wisdom traditions, poetry and chant.
There will be time to swim, hike, and be in community; as well as quiet time for healing massage, private reflection and peaceful solitude. Dive into the restoring practices of yoga, dance, friendship and adventure – and rediscover the sweetness of life!
Very limited space available, please reserve early.
La Rosa dei 4 Venti is an ancient 18th century “Masseria” (farmhouse), beautifully restored and renovated. The 14-acre property includes a manor house, beautifully appointed en suite rooms, several large common areas, a small church with original wall paintings dating back to the 18th century, a large yoga shala, a wide glass gazebo room overlooking the open garden, a private forest with a meditation path, a swimming pool and several relaxation areas.
Your home for the week is located halfway between the Adriatic and Ionic Seas. You’ll find yourself totally surrounded with peace and tranquility.
Prepare to be nourished by these surroundings, delicious meals prepared with fresh local ingredients and classes and explorations juided by Jurian and David.
During our week, we’ll take time to visit the beautiful local market in Martina Franca; we’ll spend time hiking in the protected Pianelle Forest; and we’ll take a full adventure day exploring the Apulian villages of Polignano a Mare and Ostuni, including a visit to an ancient olive oil mill for a special tasting. Of course, our week would not be complete without a swim in the Adriatic Sea.
From Brindisi, the drive to the center is about 55 minutes, from Bari, the drive to the center is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
If your schedule allows, consider flying in a little early and/or staying on a few extra days. Flights into Rome/Venice are relatively inexpensive. From there you can rent a car or take a train. We’re happy to do our best to connect you to other retreatees who may want to do the same.
If you are flying into Bari or Brindisi (or arriving via train), our hosts are happy to arrange transport from either airport to the retreat center and will divide the costs between the number of people sharing each car. Assuming you are sharing with at least one other traveler, please budget €40 – €60pp ($50–$76 USD) each way (less with more riders).
Hughes is founder of the Yoga of Voice; co-founder of A Wild Life Sanctuary™; co-creator of The Yoga of Yes; a Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher trainer; voice coach; personal mentor; writer; speaker; and theatre performer known for her passionate, playful and eloquent teaching style. As a senior faculty member of the Kripalu School of Yoga for more than a decade, Hughes has led thousands of workshops and programs and trained more than 1,000 Kripalu yoga teachers since 2006. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Hughes has a long theatrical resume spanning Broadway, off-Broadway, Europe, film, television and the voice-over industry. Through her own study and decades of practice she has developed a deep understanding of the ways in which the tools of yoga, dance, voice, mindfulness and play can be used to cultivate greater self-knowledge, freedom and joy. She leads inspiring workshops, retreats and trainings at Kripalu and around the world that promote whole-being wellness, increased creativity, and the ability to thrive. She is the creator of the DVD, Gentle Kripalu Yoga with Jurian Hughes and the CD, Deep and Delicious Yoga with Jurian Hughes. Find out more at www.jurianhughes.com.
David has an active ministry as a ceremony officiant, served as a Spiritual Disaster Care Chaplain in NYC during 9/11, and has been active with the Alzheimer’s Association of New York, most recently lecturing to the National Chaplains’ Association. He has lectured at Integral Yoga (NYC), Kripalu Center (Stockbridge, MA), Esalen Institute (Big Sur, CA), the Rowe Center (Rowe, MA), All That Matters (South Kingstown, RI), Yoga for Everybody (Fairfield, CT), the Canossian Center (Albuquerque, NM) and the Interspiritueel Seminarie (Netherlands). David is a sought-after speaker on the sacred texts of both the Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.
This very special trip is limited to 16-18 participants.
You can reserve your space with a deposit and we will contact you to set up an easy payment plan for the balance.
(we have only 1 female roommate space remaining)
Cost: $2295 per person
- 7 nights accommodations
- All classes with Jurian
- Groups excursions to local markets, Pianelle forrest and village tour, olive oil tasting and swimming in the Adriatic sea
- Meals starting with Dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day (minus one lunch on the village tour day)
- Travel to Italy (arrivals in Brindisi or Bari)
- Lunch on out long excursion day
- Gratuities you might like to offer center staff
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended – see Travel Guard Link)
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through January, 2019, unless other arrangements are made.
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