JOURNEY INTO PUGLIAN PARADISE
APRIL 29th to MAY 6th, 2017
ROME & TUSCANY
MAY 6th to MAY 13th, 2017
Join me in Paradise in the Spring of 2016 for a week-long retreat dedicated to nurturing and expressing the divine feminine within YOU!
Together we will gather in sacred community to learn how to nourish, express, heal and cultivate our innate feminine radiance into our daily lives. Through breath, movement and awareness we will cultivate deep presence and empower ourselves to live wildly with a fully open heart.
And for those of you wanting to continue your Italian adventure, join me for a customized second week exploration of Rome and Tuscany.
What to Expect At This Retreat
YOGA: When people ask what style of yoga I teach, I often say ‘Carla Yoga!’ This is because I integrate the many styles and learnings I have accumulated over the years into my own, personal offering to you. We will explore many different styles – vinyasa (flow), hatha and Yin postures during the retreat depending on the theme, time of day and what serves the participants best in the moment.
TANTRIC FEMININE ARTS: Have you ever wanted to enter a deep journey into the mysteries of your own sexual energy? Together we will uncover the mysteries of our feminine sexual essence through subtle movement, tantric meditation, sexual Qi Gong and visualization. Our work will happen in a safe and sacred way that supports your own honoured inner body.
MEDITATION & BREATH WORK: Daily meditation practice helps to cultivate mindfulness and creates the space within to receive other practices at deeper and deeper levels. We will also explore Breath of Bliss, which is a breath work practice that connects you to your heart and helps you to align with your truth. My hope is that you will fall in love with these practices and make them a part of your daily life.
SACRED FEMININE RITUALS: Sacred ceremony is an essential gathering of community to support each woman to be a whole, healthy and fully embodied version of herself. The gift of ritual allows us to connect with our feminine nature, the Earth in her abundance and into the many gifts that the group shares together.
A Typical Day At This Yoga Retreat
Close your eyes and imagine yourself glowing and trouble free, laughing and enjoying stories with new friends, playing in the beautiful Italian countryside. You’ve already enjoyed a meditation and yoga class earlier in the day along with a delightful home cooked Italian breakfast and lunch and you are feeling relaxed and radiant.
The mid day stretches out before you to enjoy as you choose between reading a book in a lounger, sampling wonderful local foods, shopping in the village, taking a swim in the pool or just taking a walk on the beautiful grounds at La Rosa.
Later in the day there will be another yoga or breath work class to enjoy in a stunning studio recreated from a 17th century Barn House. Once the stars are out, you will join your retreat sisters again for another exquisitely prepared meal with abundant stories and laughter.
As you drift off to sleep listening to the crickets outside, you feel completely connected to nature and full of ease and peace in both body and mind. Your cup, now full, is brimming with possibility.
Puglia borders the Adriatic Sea and The Ionian Sea and in the south it kisses The Gulf of Toranto and The Strait of Otranto. It has a population of just over 4 million within an area of 19,345 square kilometres.
From the Lonely Planet: “Puglia is Italy’s ascendant region, a place where savvy travellers bored or worn down by the crowds of Campania and Tuscany escape for something a bit less frenetic and manicured. Top of the list for prospective newcomers is the food. Puglia’s cucina povera is about as earthy as Italian cuisine gets without eating it straight out of the soil. Then there’s the exuberant architecture, best summarised by the word ‘baroque’ and exhibited in all its finery in the glittering ‘Florence of the South’, Lecce, and its smaller sibling, Gallipoli.
With the longest coastline of any region in mainland Italy, Puglia is larger than many people realize. In the north, the spur of land sticking out into the Adriatic is occupied by the balmy microclimates of the Gargano peninsula, a kind of miniature Amalfi with fewer poseurs. The Italian boot’s ‘stiletto’ hosts the land of Salento, a dry scrubby region famous for its wines, and bloodthirsty Greek and Turkish history. In between lies the Valle d’Itria, a karstic depression populated by vastly contrasting medieval towns that have little in common apart from their haunting beauty.”
La Rosa dei 4 Venti is a 14 acre property located between the Adriatic and Ionic Sea and is surrounded by the splendid nature of Valle d’Itria. It is a charming, family-run yoga venue – the perfect location for a week of yoga, sun, natural beauty and relaxation. La Rosa situated on a small hillock in the heart of the Itria Valley in the heel of Italy’s boot. (The nearest international airport is Brindisi). The landscape is rural and dotted with beautiful olive trees and vineyards, divided by pretty dry-stone walls.
The main building is a 16th century masseria (farmhouse) that has been elegantly restored in typical, old apulian style with many of the authentic features still in place. All rooms are en suite with shower, toilet and basin. Each room is a different shape and unique is its own way as many of the rooms are traditional trullos, each unique and gorgeously decorated.
The grounds contain lovely gardens, a swimming pool, a wild forest and fields, and a tiny church. There is plenty of space to walk and be free.
Our cook, the luminous Puglian-born Ilaria, believes that food cooked in a bad temper and without love will make people sick! Our food will be lovingly prepared, strictly organic, vegetarian and wheat-free. (And there will even be wine with supper!). Here is a little more from their website:
The diet for the community of people of La Rosa dei 4 Venti is extremely important, as much as the yoga practice. Our cuisine follows the ph alkaline diet philosophy whose goal is to bring back to balance our organism through a healthy vegetarian diet mainly raw, organic, with low gluten, no dairies and wheat free. We serve our fresh, organic and seasonal products from our garden; we produce our own goat cheese and milk and we make our bread, pastries and pastas with spelt flour or no gluten flour like buckwheat. Our dishes are from the italian tradition but revisited by us following this diet by introducing some raw dishes at lunch and superfoods in our recipes. You won’t miss the Italian cuisine, simply you will taste it in a healthier way!!!!!
- Blissful classes led in a stunningly restored 17th century farmhouse
- Accommodation in beautiful and uniquely furnished traditional Southern Italian buildings
- Three gourmet meals each full day at La Rosa
- A private Homeopathic consultation with Carla
- A full day’s excursion to the villages Ostuni, Polignano a Mare and Trani on the Adriatic Coast
- Local market tour in Marina Franca
- Private olive oil tasting
- Luxurious massage
- Celebration dinner & Party to commemorate the joy filled experience you shared with your sisters.
- €50 voucher towards transportation to and from the airport.
- Additional meals offsite
- Travel and personal insurance
- Taxis outside of scheduled pick ups
- Personal tours and any related expenses
BEFORE JANUARY 15th: from $2,050 USD
If you pay in full before January 15th, the investment for the first week of this amazing getaway is:
- 2,870 USD for single accommodation
- $2,375 USD for double accommodation
- $2,050 USD for triple accommodation
After January 15th:
- 3,270 USD for single accommodation
- $2,775 USD for double accommodation
- $2,450 USD for triple accommodation
Customized payment plans are available, please contact me for details.
TOURING ITALY: ROME & TUSCANY
Let the adventure continue for a second incredible week as we travel from southern Italy to Rome and Tuscany.
First we will spend 3 glorious days in Rome! We will have VIP guided tours of the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican City and the Colosseum along with plenty of free time to enjoy one of the most magnificent cities in the world.
From there we will travel to Tuscany for four nights, enjoying the best of what the region has to offer: walking tour of Florence, excursions to visit some of the loveliest Tuscan towns, a trip to the natural hot springs at Terme de Rapolano for a spa day and of course wine tasting!
This custom tour includes:
- Beautiful and comfortable accommodation in both Rome and Tuscany
- All private transfers in our itinerary
- Train tickets (Taranto-Rome & Rome-Florence)
- Private VIP tours with English speaking guides throughout our trip
- All private transfers in our itinerary & entrance fees for all planned tours
- Daily full breakfasts
- Three dinners featuring local traditional recipes
- Gratuities and taxes on accommodation and all included meals.
Husbands, partners and friends welcome to join this spectacular second week!
Investment: Before Jan 15th from $2,995 USD, after $3,295 USD. Single room rates are also available.
To see full details of this incredible week, download the 2017 Tour Brochure HERE.
Heal, Transform and Awaken.
Who Should Attend This Yoga Retreat?
This women’s retreat is designed to create an unforgettable experience with your sisters, but it also makes sure that you are able to have enough time to nurture yourself on a personal level and be able to explore the practices in your own way.
There is no minimum or maximum level that needs to be met in order to attend this retreat. Everyone will move at their own pace and I will provide different variations in order to accommodate every body. There are no expectations during this retreat; as long as you commit yourself to the practice, the rest will follow.
- find new meaning in my life as I get older
- begin to recognize my indwelling power
- embrace my sexuality in a confident, whole hearted way
- find consciousness and discover the true self within
- live with wholehearted abandon
I want to:
- get our of roles that no longer serve me
- discover what I want, I am no longer happy with the status quo
- nourish and support myself
I am worth it!
I have also put together a full brochure of the Yoga Retreat in Puglia, Italy for you to read for more information.