ITALIAN LUXURY YOGA HOLIDAY
BORGO DI CARPIANO, UMBRIA
SEPTEMBER 15 - 20, 2019
WINE, DINE & YOGA
Named a top wellness culinary retreat by Departures luxury travel magazine, this retreat is truly an unparalleled experience in Italian hospitality, gourmet food and Umbrian wine. Stay in a historic and stunning borgo turned luxury 10-room boutique villa set in the Italian countryside. Immerse yourself in an old-world appreciation of Italian cuisine, culture, wine, nature and yoga — all wrapped in classic Italian luxury!
BORGIO DI CARPIANO
Sleep in history and luxury! Borgo di Carpiano is a former castle turned 10-room boutique villa set in the Italian countryside. Once its own tiny village, our private borgo is a cluster of 10th-century cut-stone buildings, set on a hillside of oak, olive and lime trees. Its classic Italian style includes a grand saltwater pool and rambling gardens. Delight in the attention to all the details, from soft linen sheets to the scent of lavender on your pillow.
FOOD & WINE
The menu can be called the “zero-mile diet,” as the Borgo uses fresh organic vegetables and extra virgin olive oil from its own garden and orchards. Dishes are typical Umbrian specialties, including homemade bread and cakes, served with genuine countryside hospitality. Simplicity is the recipe. A glass of the local Sagrantino di Montefalco wine, a sprinkling of truffles from Norcia on a homemade tagliatella noodle and good company comprise a perfect evening.
FLOW OF THE DAY
Begin at a leisurely pace with an Italian cappuccino, then breathe in peace during a serenity walk through the Umbrian countryside. Our group convenes in the borgo’s former chapel, our sacred space to practice yoga and meditation. Our yoga teacher, Nina Butler, is known for her soothing guidance that grounds you in the present moment. We begin every day with a soulful Vinyasa flow that accommodates all levels, while emphasizing safety, awareness, intelligence.
Lunch is typically a mouthwatering gourmet salad or other light dish, using Umbrian produce, rare beans and other local ingredients. Afterward, you’re free to enjoy the borgo’s comforts: a massage, a swim, lounging with a book, a siesta. For those who would like to explore the region more, we invite you to an excursion to the dazzlingly scenic town of Gubbio, a wine-tasting event at another 10th-century castle nearby, and a cooking class with Chef Lucca Mazza.
At sunset each day, we meet for another rejuvenating yoga session, this time focusing on restorative postures, meditation and pranayama. Nina is a thoughtful storyteller and weaves insightful narratives into a yin yoga sequence. By the end of each session you will feel light, calm and relaxed. Fully restored and re-energized, we then enjoy an aperitivo and an elegant, unhurried Italian dinner under the stars, full of appreciation for la bella vita!
YOGA ON THIS RETREAT
Well-traveled nomad, Nina Butler, weaves breath, strength, flexibility and awareness into a moving meditation that accommodates beginners and advanced practitioners. While her practice is strong, her teaching is sensitive and heart-oriented, supporting students to move within their personal pace and rhythm. Nina also shares mindfulness practices, meditations, and soul-soothing yin sessions to cultivate the perfect balance on your retreat between uplifting flow, and introspective restoration.
RESERVE WITH A DEPOSIT
A $1,000 deposit will reserve your spot.
USD $3,800 - Single Room with king or queen bed, en-suite bath and full array of luxury amenities.
DOUBLE / SHARING ROOMS
USD $2,500 - Shared Room (2 twin beds or 1 king bed), en-suite bath and full array of luxury amenities (price per person).
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Round-trip group transport from Perugia
Five nights luxury en-suite accommodation with full amenities
Two yoga & meditation classes daily with Nina Butler
Breakfast, lunch and wine-paired dinners
Special cooking class with Riccardo and Chef Lucca
Wine tasting at a 10th century castle
Day-time excursion to medieval village of Gubbio
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
International flights and domestic travel to/from Perugia
Travel and Dates
Our delightful driver Leonardo will greet everyone at the train station in Perugia at 2:30 pm. Together, we will travel to our venue. The retreat begins at 5pm.
At the end of the retreat after breakfast, our group van will depart at 8 am, arriving in Perugia at 9 am. From there you can arrange transport to the airport for your return flight or continue your travels in Italy.
If you are coming from overseas, we highly recommend you arrive to Italy at least one day prior to the start of the retreat to avoid travel delays. There are likely other solo travelers you can meet up.
DEPOSIT – $1,000
Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, however should you cancel your reservation 90 days or more in advance of the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat occurring within 12 months from the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.
FULL PAYMENT DUE 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE
Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.
Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
IF YOU CANCEL YOUR RETREAT
90 days or more prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months.
31-90 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder.
0-30 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits will be given.
To officially cancel, you must send an email to EYR stating that you wish to cancel to.
IF WE CANCEL THE RETREAT
We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Exotic Yoga Retreats must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Depending on the type of Travel Insurance, it can protect you in case of:
you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured