THE 2017 ITALY YOGA RETREAT

A magical yoga week. A celebration of Life.

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La Vita e Bella Jivamukti Yoga Retreat

Join us for a week in paradise!

Dive deeply into the practices of Yoga in this unforgettable Jivamukti experience on the beautiful island of Ischia in Southern Italy.

This yoga retreat is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with yourself and to deepen your yoga practice.

La Vita è Bella means “Life is beautiful” and this is exactly what you will be introduced to as you join our retreat. A whole week of yoga, meditation and relaxation at a stunning location, spoiled with delicious italian food. This is a unique opportunity to reconnect and treat yourself with an unforgettable experience to nurture your soul and inspire to live a life full of happiness and health.

We will be staying at Villa Lina, one of the Earth’s most beautiful locations, which is literally situated between heaven and sea. This magical place invites for daydreaming, meditation, relaxation and enjoying the spectacular sun sets.

Located right by the sea on the beautiful island Ischia, it is a perfect place to connect to nature and fully recharge the inner batteries.

On a retreat you can go much deeper in the practice and start noticing the effects of daily yoga for the rest of the day. The stunning location with the most inspiring nature makes it the ideal setting to make the retreat a truly fulfilling experience for body, mind and soul as well as meeting like-minded people and making new friends.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PROGRAMME

Our Italy  Yoga Retreat will be an immersive and invaluable experience taking place over seven days. Each day has an inspiring program and all classes are taught on a beautiful terrace with a ocean view at the Vila Lina property on Ischia.

On the day of arrival we will start with a dynamic practice in the late afternoon.  The following days will have both morning and afternoon/evening sessions. The morning practice will include, meditation, chanting and a vigorous Jivamukti Yoga asana sequence. You will be guided in a heartening, dynamic yoga practice full of presence and grounding. The classes will consist of warming sun salutations as well as vigorous flows, deep stretches and relaxation. Chanting and meditation are integral parts of the practice, which is supported by loving intentions, carefully selected music and elements of yoga philosophy.  The second class of the day is two hours long and will be a quieter session with breathing techniques and gentle, grounding hatha or restorative yoga, which is followed by a delicious, healthy Italian dinner. At night time there will be Satsang including kirtan and mantra chanting as well as meditation. On the final day we will conclude with a morning meditation session.

The programme especially addresses the curious yogi, who wishes to deepen her/his yoga practice. Everybody, no matter experience, is very much welcome to join the retreat. We will work with a holistic aspect of body, mind and spirit as well as the underlying philosophy and mindset of yoga, in alignment with the Jivamukti method and traditional Hatha Yoga philosophy. Prepare yourself and look forward to a potential deep and heart opening experience. If you are completely new to Jivamukti Yoga we are inviting you to come and participate in a free trial session at Sangha Yoga Studio first.

In the middle of the day, there will be time for a break, to digest, relax and explore the island. Meet the other participants in the beautiful lush green garden, for a cosy chat and social gathering, enjoy sun bathing and a dip in the salt water pool, find a quiet space where you can read a book, sit in quiet reflection, watch the ocean and sunsets. Our intention is to create a retreat for personal growth and joyful connection, to discover life’s beauty within and around and for all participants to find relaxation and meaningful inspiration.

LOCATION

Ischia is a beautiful volcanic island off the coast of Naples. It is one of the world’s first health and spa destinations and has drawn people to its thermal hot springs and volcanic mud for over 2000 years for its healing properties. The green island has so much to offer, lush gardens, thermal spas, beaches, ancient ruins, and endless views across the Bay of Naples. You will enjoy the warm hospitality of its inhabitants and the relaxed atmosphere of the place.

You will be guests at beautiful Villa Lina, a secluded place situated on a quiet nestle of olive trees overlooking the Mediterranean. Soaking in the incredible thermal water pool, relax on the panoramic sun decks with breathtaking views or go for a walk down Villa Lina’s private trail to the beach. A small paradise nestled in the mountains above the endless sea, between fabulous sunsets and extensive gardens. Nature, sea and rocky landscape meet here.

Island of Ischia – Timelapse on Youtube.

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ACCOMMODATION AT VILLA LINA

This yoga retreat will be hosted at the beautiful Villa Lina. An “agriturismo”, Villa Lina is a country villa and as you enter the gateway you are transported into another time a place of organic living, lush vegetation, olive groves and earthy paths lined with rosemary bushes perched above the Mediterranean. Family owned and operated, the villa is run by Nicola, a kind soul who affectionately cares for the property and his guests with love. Nicola is committed to sustainable and environmentally-sound practices and he picks fresh herbs and vegetables from his garden to prepare the daily meals. He is an amazing chef and he will delight you with typical dishes and you will have a chance to discover the authentic Ischia cuisine.  Breakfast and dinner are served outdoors, on the terrace near the pool.  Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, all with the freshest of produce and ingredients. Vegetables come from the on-site gardens or other farmers on the island,

The property boasts two pools, one of which filled with the famous thermal waters of the island, and the other with sea water. A private location, the Villa is surrounded by gardens of flowers, olives, palms, and lemon trees. A piece of paradise and an oasis of pure nature. The rooms are spacious and nicely furnished, have their own private bathroom and a balcony or terrace, all with the stunning sea view. The property is a piece of paradise and an oasis of pure nature making the perfect place for such a yoga retreat.

There are two yoga spaces: The indoor yoga room is a large studio (about 90 square meters) with tile floor and natural light. It has a beautiful view of the ocean. The outdoor yoga terrace is about the same size and also boosts a tremendous ocean view.

Take a look at this beautiful video of a previous yoga retreat at Villa Lina on Ischia made by EAT.PRAY.MOVE.

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YOUR TEACHER

This yoga retreat is lead by Tanja Ottesen, the founder and director of Sangha Yoga Studio in Copenhagen.

Tanja Ottesen Sangha Yoga StudioTanja is a very experienced yoga teacher and has been facilitating retreats in Denmark and internationally for many years. She is qualified as an 800+ Hour Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher as well as a 200+ Hour ERYT Yoga Alliance Hatha Yoga Teacher.

The love of life, of all beings, and this world as a whole serves as a daily motivator for Tanja to share the practice of yoga. She speaks from the heart, and her teaching is filled with devotional love and passion for life. Her classes are spiced up with vibrant, depth felt music and friendly appeals to look inwards to find the answers. The aim of her teaching is to create a space for the students to feel nourished, inspired and elevated as she combines her own personal experiences with yoga wisdom and integrate breathing techniques, intelligently put asana sequences and high intentions to discover a deep-felt calm and sense of wellbeing. Read more about Tanja.

Tanja is teaching weekly classes at Sangha Yoga Studio and is looking so much forward to offer this harmonious retreat with a program full of various classes to complete the experience of immersion.

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PRICE

COURSE:

1.800 DKK / 245 EUR – Normal price

1.500 DKK / 205 EUR – Early Bird price – SAVE 300 DKK / 40 EUR – expires 30.05. 2017

What is included: 7 days of yoga and meditation taught by Tanja Ottesen. The programme is carefully planned and alternates between Jivamukti Yoga, grounding Hatha Yoga, satsang, chanting, yoga philosophy, Asana Lab, mindful immersion and meditation. It will be possible to work with an individual focus, and we will be happy to assist and support you in your work.

ACCOMMODATION AT VILLA LINA:

Shared room: 3.650 kr. / 490 euros.

What is included: 7 nights accommodation (16.09 – 23.09 2017) in a 2 bed room with balcony or terrace with sea view at Villa Lina. Wholesome delicious breakfast buffet, evening dinner and fruits during the day. Use of estate premises (terraces, 2 pools, yoga spaces, beach access, etc.). Bed linen, towels. Yoga mats, meditation cushions and blankets for your disposal.

Single room: 4.725 kr. / 630 euros.

Own expenses: Air fare to and from Villa Lina, Transfers, ExcursionsAirport pickup will be arranged for 300 kr/40 euros. Lunch during the day.

We have a limited number of places, which are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

You book by sending an e-mail to info@sanghayoga.dk with name of participant, address, phone number and e-mail address. At the same time, you transfer the course fee to our bank account: 8401 0001545252 or MobilePay: 27 24 37 79. Write “Name+ItalyRetreat” in the comment field. This amount serves as a non-refundable deposit and will secure your reservation.

Accommodation is payed directly to Villa Lina upon arrival 16.09 2017. Bring cash.

Your booking is valid only when the full amount has been transferred and payed.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

You are welcome to bring your own yoga gear, but Villa Lina is also fully equipped with yoga mats, blankets, blocks, bolsters etc. As we are getting closer to the retreat we will be sending out a more detailed packing list.

This is a smoking and alcohol free yoga retreat and all the food and drinks included in the price, served at Villa Lina are vegan.  Please leave your cell phone at your room, do not bring it to the classes or any group gatherings.

If you are joining the retreat together with a friend we will do our very best to accommodate you into the same room.

Sign up for this retreat event on Facebook and keep yourself updated with the latest news. Here you can also “meet” the other retreat participants and arrange transport together etc.

If you have any questions to the program of the retreat, to the teachers or you want to let us know if you have signed up together with a friend and want to stay together in a room, then you are always more than welcome to get in contact at info@sanghayoga.dk.

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TRANSPORT AND ADDRESS

Transport expenses are not included in the price above and you need to organise and purchase your own transport tickets to Ischia and Vila Lina.

HOW TO GET THERE ON YOUR OWN:

1) Arrival to Naples by airplane / (and train)

You will fly into Capodochino Airport (NAP – Naples). Alternatively you could fly into Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO – Rome) and take the train to Naples.

2) Transfer to Ischia by ferry

You will depart for Ischia from Naples through the Port of Naples ‘Molo Beverello’. You take a fast hydrofoil (40 minute) or slower ferry (1 hour) to Ischia. You can buy tickets directly from the harbour. The nearest port to Villa Lina is called ‘Forio’ where all the hydrofoils arrive. The Villa Lina is located in the countryside of Panza in the area of Forio, Ischia.

PICK-UP FROM AIRPORT OR TRAIN STATION:

Pick up from the airport or train station of Naples direct to Villa Lina can be arranged with a transfer including taxi and boat at a cost of 40 EUR if shared and 70 EUR for single person non sharing.

Villa Lina Address

3 Via Telegrafo, Forio, NA 80075, Ischia, Italy

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