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Yoga Retreat - Puglia 2024

The Golden Hour 

Dates

10 - 15 November

Venue

Address:

SC 59, 74024 San Pietro In Bevagna

TA, Italia

Price

Starting at £950

The Retreat - The Golden Hour

Join me this autumn for an unforgettable journey of revival and self-discovery set against the backdrop of Puglia's stunning seaside. Embrace the enchanting golden light of autumn as we come together to nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits through the practice of yoga and incredible traditional food.

 

The reason this retreat is so special to me is that my wonderful grandmother, from my father's side, was born and raised in Puglia. She is one of the most important people and role model in my life, and the bond she shares with this land runs through my veins too. There is something so unique about this corner of Italy, where the sun, the sea and the food bring people together in the simplest of ways. 

Why "The Golden Hour"? Are you familiar with that feeling you get just after sunrise or before sunset - it's usually a brief moment - when everything feels so aligned and at peace? It's one of the most special times in the day, which I would love for you to experience for a whole week. Where we allow ourselves to align with the rhythms of nature and reconnect with our true selves. 

Are you ready to step into a magical experience? Keep reading...

The Venue - Masseria Specula

Specula is a run by a cause-drive family-owned business. The aim is to provide a relaxing experience for the guests while also having a positive impact on the environment and society.  
 

The retreat venue uses minimal plastic, serves vegetarian and vegan food only, uses only local and  seasonal ingredients, and sources products made from natural and regenerative materials. 

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Getting there

The most unique places are often hidden gems and require a bit of a journey to get to. But fear not, there are several options to get to our retreat venue and I will be here to support you with your travel arrangements. 

Traveling from London

a) fly directly from Stansted Airport to Brindisi - from Brindisi Airport, it's a 45 minutes drive. Cars / mini van will be arranged for you. 

b) fly from either Heathrow, City or Gatwick to Brindisi with 1 stop (Rome or Milan) - from Brindisi Airport, it's a 45 minutes drive. Cars / mini van will be arranged for you. 

c) fly directly from Stansted, Heathrow or Gatwick to Bari - from Bari Airport, it's a 2 hours drive. Cars / mini van will be arranged for you.

Traveling from other destinations

a) if you are traveling from anywhere in Italy, you will be able to easily fly from any major domestic airport. 

b) if you are traveling from Europe, these are the direct flights you can get. Click here for full list. 

The Schedule

Arrival - 10 November 2024

11 - 14 November 2024

Depending on where you will be traveling from, we will arrange a transfer to come and pick you up from the airport (either Bari or Brindisi). Please check before buying your flights so that we can minimise the number of transfers. 

Check in from 2pm. 

Opening circle. 

Dinner will be served at the venue. 

What a full day* on the retreat looks like: 

8am meditation & pranayama (breath work) 

9am breakfast 

11am energising yoga flow 

1pm lunch 

6pm slow flow / restorative yoga 

7.30pm dinner 

*the full schedule with additional activities will be disclosed closer to the start date.

**all activities are entirely optional, but you are invited to all of them.

Departure - 15 November 2024

8am breaksfast

9am closing circle 

10am check out 

Airport transfers will be arranged for you. Please note that we are flexible with organising different transfer, but we aim to group people together for environmental reasons. 

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Activities

Immerse yourself in mindful activities, including:

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Yoga

You will have the option to attend up to 3 yoga classes per day, ranging a variety of styles, from meditation, breath work, slow flow, energising vinyasa, restorative yoga and specific workshops (inversions, arm balances, flexibility). The classes are held indoors and outdoors. 

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Cooking

Ever wanted to learn how to cook authentic southern Italian food?   

Food is at the heart of this retreat. Every dish will be carefully prepared by local women, who have inherited these recipes from their mothers and grandmothers. 

We will learn from them how to make traditional meals. It's a wonderful mindful activity that will also allow us to bond as a group and share some memories. 

02

Relaxation 

This retreat is all about aligning with the natural rhythms surrounding us. There are plenty of opportunities for you to relax, both at the venue and at the beach, which is 15 minutes away walking distance or 5 if cycling. There is a private area on the beach reserved just for us. 

04

Pottery

Join us for a hands-on experience where you'll have the opportunity to unleash your creativity and connect with the earth through the timeless craft of pottery. Guided by skilled artisans, you'll learn the fundamentals of working with clay, from shaping and molding to glazing and firing. Your creation will serve as a reminder of the creativity and vitality that lies within you.

Other activities include: 

Tree planting ceremony with personal name tag

Hiking in the surrounding natural reserves

Wine tasting (optional - additional cost)

Mediterranean herbs & wild cocktail making class (optional - additional cost)

Natural soap making workshop (optional - additional cost)

Horse riding on the beach (optional - additional cost)

Bike riding (optional - additional cost)

Adam, Wales

"This was my first retreat so I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I was open to being involved with anything. I had left all my work behind and I was looking forward to switching off and not thinking about anything. The whole experience had been very positive. I felt I wanted to take bits of the retreat into my daily life. Maybe learning a routine I could do everyday, maybe join more classes or maybe to eat more slowly! Physically I felt a lot more energy and stronger. Happy to have met some really nice people who I will always have good memories of sharing the time with. Really happy that I had been!"

Accommodation Options

The venue offers a variety of rooms to suit everyone's needs and preferences.

Room 1 for 1 or 2 people | 2 single beds OR 1 double bed | private bathroom | 28m2
Room 2 for 1 or 2 people | 2 single beds OR 1 double bed | private bathroom | 24m2
Room 3 for 1 or 2 people | 2 single beds OR 1 double bed | private bathroom | 28m2
Room 4 for 1 or 2 people | 2 single beds OR 1 double bed | private bathroom | 26m2

Room 5 for 1, 2 or 3 people | 1 double bed & 1 single beds OR 3 single beds | private bathroom | 32m2
Room 6 for 1, 2 or 3 people | 1 double bed & 1 single beds OR 3 single beds | private bathroom | 34m2
Room 7 for 1, 2, 3 people | 2 double beds OR 3 single beds | private bathroom | 44m2

The retreat can host up to 12 people.

Pricing Options

01

Single accommodation - 1 room left

If you are coming alone and need some time for yourself throughout the day, then this type of accommodation is ideal for you. 

Price £2,125.00 

02

Double accommodation - 2 rooms available

This type of accommodation is perfect for couples or friends sharing. Please mention in your booking form if you would like to 2 single beds or 1 double bed. You may even decide to come alone - as most people do on my retreats - and share the room with someone you don't know. 

Price £1,350.00 per person

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Triple accommodation - 2 spaces for women

The perfect solution for anyone traveling with more than one friend or if you are looking for a budget friendly option. 

Please note that if you are planning on coming with more than 2 friends, this room can be made into a quadruple. 

Price £950 per person (based on triple accommodation)

Prices include: 

5 nights in luxury accommodation

3 vegetarian meals per day 

coffee / tea / water throughout the day

3 yoga classes per day

Yoga mats & props 

2 yoga workshops 

Pottery workshop

Cooking class 

Bikes to go to the beach 

Transfers to & from the venue 

Not included in the price: 

Flights 

Travel insurance 

Payment terms & plans

Deposit - To confirm your spot on the retreat, you will need to pay a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of £300. Once the deposit has been received, your spot will be automatically confirmed. 

Payment plans - You can decide to pay in full or in 3 instalments. Should you need to split your payment in more smaller instalments, please get in touch and we will work out a plan. 

Read the full terms and conditions by clicking HERE

FAQs

CAN I COME ALONE?

Yes! Most people book onto the retreat alone and make lifelong friendships.

You can choose to book a single room or you can choose to share with someone. I will make sure to pair you up with someone amazing!

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

I do. You can split the cost of your retreat in 3 instalments. Should you need more time to pay for your retreat, please get in touch and we will work out a plan that works for you. All payments must be settled by August 31st, 2024. 

DO I HAVE TO DO ALL THE YOGA CLASSES?

You are of course invited to all the classes and activities that are offered on the retreat. However, how much you actually decide to do is completely up to you. I want you to have an amazing time and feel recharged. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY FLIGHT IS DELAYED?

We simply cannot control delays or any other challenge that arises from traveling. However, I will try my best to support you in any circumstance. Should you miss the group transfer, the prices are:  €100 from Brindisi Airport, €150 from Bari Airport.

ARE THERE VEGAN OPTIONS?

Yes! The venue's chef prepares delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. So you will have plenty of options to choose from. 

DO I HAVE TO BRING MY YOGA MAT?

You can absolutely bring your yoga mat, but you don't need to. The venue provides mats, bolsters, blocks and straps for you to practice with.

IS THERE WI-FI AT THE VENUE?

Yes, there is great wi-fi connection and it's available for all the guests in both the common areas and the rooms. 

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?

No one books a retreat with the intention of canceling it, but unexpected events do

occur, so please read the terms & conditions here.

If you have any other question, please do not hesitate to contact me at hello@martadecarli.com

Hi, I am Marta

Your retreat host

I have been a yoga student since 2009 and have started teaching yoga in London in 2019. My journey into the practice has been quite a complicated one. I initially didn't understand what yoga was all about, until I hit rock bottom in my self-worth and relationship with my body. 

I then started practicing Iyengar Yoga which gave me the opportunity to reconnect with myself and find more peace in my life. From there, I explored many styles of yoga asana and meditations, and have specialised in Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Meditation. 

 

Since I started teaching, my aim has always been to offer inclusive and accessible practices for every body type and ability. 

My retreats are a bit less traditional, in the sense that there are no restrictions (yes, you can have wine and use your phone to capture and share the beautiful moments we spend together!) and the whole purpose behind them is connection. To one self and with others. 

This will be the fifth retreat I will be hosting and I cannot wait to welcome you!

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