Umbria Wine, Dine & Yoga
Our luxury yoga retreats blend good health with good living! Stay in a historic and stunning Borgo turned luxury 10-room boutique villa set in the Italian countryside—and immerse yourself in an old-world appreciation of Italian cuisine, culture, wine, nature and yoga—all wrapped in classic Italian luxury!
Flow of a day
Begin at a leisurely pace with an Italian cappuccino, then breathe in pure peace during a morning serenity walk through the green Umbrian countryside. Our group convenes in the borgo’s former chapel, our sacred space to practice yoga and meditation. Our Irish guest teacher, Sylvia Ferguson, is known back in Dublin for her gentle, soothing guidance that calms and centers. We begin every day with a gentle flow that accommodates all levels, while emphasizing safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie de vivre of yoga!
Lunch is a mouthwatering gourmet salad or other light dish, using Umbrian produce, toothsome 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. But 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 the amazing Chef Lucca Mazza. Other add-on options include trips to the religious center of Assisi and Perugia, known for its sweets.
At sunset each day, we meet for another rejuvenating and informative yoga workshop, this time focusing on alignment, pranayama and restorative poses. Sylvia has a strong background in yoga nidra; with her guidance, you will reach a place of pure relaxation, in between sleeping and waking. Fully restored and reenergized, we then enjoy an aperitivo and an elegant, unhurried Italian dinner under the stars, full of appreciation for la bella vita!
Stay in an ancient castle
Sleep in history and luxury! Located near the picturesque medieval town of Gubbio, the chapel of St Francis of Assisi, and the famous city of Perugia in Umbria, our historic villa dates back to the beginning of the X century when it belonged to Rovaldo Baldassini, patron saint of the town of Gubbio. The 16th century chapel, with historic architecture and original frescoes, is our sacred space to practice yoga and meditation! Bedrooms are traditional and charming, set in a mood characteristic of Italian countryside, with all the amenities that make your stay perfectly comfortable! There is a lovely pool to lounge by, a warm jacuzzi and massages, an organic garden and endless countryside to wander and explore.
Food, Wine & Cooking
On our Mediterranean-style retreats we try for a good balance of retreat time, down-time and a taste of local culture. Our experience on this retreat is that most people are perfectly delighted to stay at the villa to enjoy the peace and luxury of the countryside, pool, exquisite food and wine. Others who may have traveled a great distance or are experiencing Italy for the first time, may want to see an ancient medieval town or taste wine on a family vineyard. To give you full freedom to find just the right balance for you, we offer you some wonderful local experience, that you can join as you like: an in-villa cooking class with master chef Luca Mazza, a wine-tasting at a beautiful 10th-century castle, and a visit to beautiful Gubbio, a nearby living and working medieval village.