ITALY YOGA RETREAT • PUGLIA
SEPT 25 — OCT 1, 2014
CULTURE & YOGA
Practice yoga on the white sandy beach, under olive trees and in the beautiful stone yoga sala at the award-winning Masseria Le Fabriche, in Puglia. Discover the exquisite cuisine, culture, and beauty of Puglia in this South Italy yoga retreat—a vacation that blends good health with good living.
FLOW OF THE DAY . . .
MORNINGS begin with a silent walk through the olive grove for you to savor the tranquility and feel the rejuvenating power of nature. Our yoga practice will start here, in communion with the ancient olive trees, and move into the beautiful arched yoga sala for a more focused Hatha-Vinyasa practice. Following yoga we will enjoy a healthy breakfast/brunch with local ingredients and fresh Italian coffee on the villa’s terrace with splendid views of the vineyard and valley beyond.
AFTERNOONS can be spent soaking in the sun on the Ionian sea, exploring the beautiful nature of Puglia, or discovering Puglia’s fascinating seaside towns and country villages. There will be three organized excursions to explore the romantic medieval white cities of Puglia, and two Unesco World Sites of Matera and Alberobello, with the “Trulli” stone houses, unique only to this small region in Puglia. Before dinner we will meet on the beach or in the yoga sala for a sunset practice of relaxing flow or Yin Yoga.
EVENINGS are pure magic, as our talented chef and winemakers serve you a healthy and traditional gourmet dinner paired with the organic Primitivo grown in the villa’s vinyard (wine is optional of course!) Savor the sumptuous tastes and simple pleasures of good food, good wine and great company!
ITALY YOGA RETREAT INCLUDES
- Six nights, luxury accommodation in the stunning award-winning Masseria Le Fabriche!
- Delicious Pugliese food & organic wine from Le Fabriche’s vineyard (brunch & dinners)
- Two yoga classes daily, with the exception on days with organized tours
- Morning serenity walk through vinyeards and olive orchards
- Sight-seeing excursions to Unesco World Heritage Site Alberobello, the round city of Locorotondo, historic city of Lecce, and the colorful seaside port of Gallipoli.
- Several meals in local restaurants to taste the exqusite variety of Pugliese cuisine
- Several afternoons free for relaxing on the beach, hiking, biking or relaxing at the villa
- Access to horse-riding, golf and biking
YOGA CLASSES WITH GAYLE OLSON
Join international yoga teacher, Gayle Olson, for sunrise and sunset yoga in communion with the inspiration of nature. . . sun, sea, waves and fresh air. Morning sessions will begin in the olive grove to warm up our bodies and spirit — then move into beautiful arched yoga sala for a more focused practice of Hatha-Vinyasa. Sunset practices will have a more Yin flavor, on the beach or on the the scenic terrace overlooking the vinyards.
Gayle Olson is founder of Exotic Yoga Retreats and author of The Yoga & Fitness Guide for Women, has taught and practiced Vinyasa, Iyengar and Hatha yoga around the world for over 20 years. Gayle has developed a unique method of giving students intensive hands-on Vinyasa ~ Adjustment ~ Massage — like receiving a full-body massage during a vinyasa practice! Whether a practice is fiery and energetic, or soft and receptive, Gayle guides students to maintain a strong meditative focus on breath — and on the joy of yoga!
OUR AWARD-WINNING BOUTIQUE VILLA-VINEYARD
Featured in “The Best Masseria’s of Puglia”, Masseria Le Fabriche is a 17th century farmhouse built into the native white rocks that gently slope toward the Ionian sea; a natural refuge where olive trees and vineyards form the landscape, and the scent of sea and the soil merge. The villa has been restored to the highest creative and aesthetic quality. The suites, located between the grapevines and olive trees, have been designed to provide a sensory experience of peace and relaxation, with large windows and terrace that merge the natural beauty of the outdoors with the elegant luxury of the interior.
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend the Puglia retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
SEPT 25 — OCT 1, 2014
Brindisi Airport (1.5 hour)
Bari International (2 hour)
“This Puglia Yoga retreat was truly magical. A perfect blend of gourmet Italian food, organic wine grown at the villa, yoga, meditation and adventure—all in a breathtakingly beautiful setting! Gayle's commitment to a healthy, balanced lifestyle is mirrored in her hands-on approach to teaching yoga. Strength, serenity and smiles…a perfect balance.” —Cindy McKay, Canada
Gayle's philosophy of "healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Our setting, Le Fabriche, oozed with rustic charm and elegance. Quite simply the perfect place to unwind and let imaginations run free. Every meal was a feast for the senses - and let's just say we never went hungry! Nor were we deprived of the finer things like gorgeous wines and luxury shower fittings! But what I especially loved was the collective journey shared in our daily yoga practice. The yoga sala, framed by beautiful stone arches, overlooked the vines and olive groves. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
The Puglia retreat was amazing! Gayle is a true inspiration to me. I learned so much about breathing, postures, abdominal toning, and loving oneself and beauty. Gayle was a true inspiration to me... through her strength, passion, love and courage, I know that life is full of endless possibilities! —Samantha Brennan, USA
When I embarked on this yoga journey, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had planned to have some time for myself, meditate and to do lots of yoga. Well, I did that and much more. I found a connection with 6 amazing women from around the world that felt closer than I have had in years and helped me realize just how small and connected we all are in the world. As for the accommodations, the owner and the local staff at Le Fabriche were incredibly hospitable and the food (and wine) was nothing short of amazing. The grounds, the rooms and the main house were gorgeous. I felt like we were treated like family and were immersed in the local culture both on and off the grounds, which enabled us to experience Italy as a local. Let’s not forget the amazing women who put all of this together - Gayle Olson - thank you so much for creating this beautiful experience for us. Your spirit and teaching skills are unmatched. I will never forget it. — Laura Brodtman, USA