We're so happy to have you join us for the EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreat.
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Come away with us for a week in the magical part of Italy known as Venezia! Venice is a place unlike any other in the world and to see it is to transport yourself back to the days of Casanova, masked balls, and Carnevale. Oh, but there is so much more to Venice than what the usual tourist visit can offer. Our yoga retreat will allow for a deeper knowledge of Venice, its canals, and neighboring islands.
The retreat will be hosted at the beautiful Villa Ines on the island of Lido - just next to Venice, and within view of the famous St. Mark's Square. The villa is situated in the center of the island known for its Liberty style architecture, its famous beaches and its way of life on this tranquil island just ten minutes from the suggestive magic of Venice. In fact, the Lido offers the possibility of enjoying the wonders of the Lagoon without the crowds of mass tourism - in other words, the perfect (quiet and relaxing) location to "retreat"!
Also, Lido is well-known for being the center of the International Film Festival, one of the most renowned European Golf Clubs, and the beaches of Excelsior and Des Bains with their "fin de siècle" elegance. Enjoy leisurely afternoons biking on the beach or through the quaint streets, kayaking, or taking the ferry for a few minutes to arrive back in St. Mark's in the city.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast and dinner daily, and select lunches, either hosted at the villa or out and about in town. Our host, Marika is a renowned Chef of international level and will wow us with delectable tastings throughout the week. She has turned her passion of food into an art, and will not only will comfort us with her special breakfasts, but she will also be hosting a cooking class for the group so we can learn some of the secrets of the kitchen. Ingredients are local and seasonal, and our meals will be inspired by the Venetian traditions.
Marika and her Acquolina catering company has been featured in publications like The New York Magazine, Food and Wine, and Bon Appetit, among others. And her distinguished clients include Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Martha Stewart Omnidia, HRH Princess Alexandra of Greece, and Dolce e Gabbana.
Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of Villa Ines with its relaxing gardens, but will also have plenty of time to explore Lido, the beaches, Venice, and other nearby islands - all with their own personality. An overview visit to Venice will allow guests to get their bearings in the maze of canals, to see the major sites, and even ride the famous gondolas. Another day will be spent seeing the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello - each with their own specialty - glass-blowing, lace-making, and historical ruins.
Want to really put your feet up and relax? Then take advantage of the free time day where you can lounge at the beach, bike along the shore, or even go back to Venice and do some shopping or more site-seeing. One could spend a year in Venice and still discover new mysterious alleyways and canals each day. It's here you can find your interest (art, music, food, history) and dive even deeper.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, meditative, and more vigorous ashtanga styles.* Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice. Classes will be held in gardens of the villa and/or in an indoor space
Certified yoga instructor, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. She's studied various types of yoga disciplines for over 12 years, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and now she combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core vinyasa flow in her personal practice and teaching style.
We can arrange to meet you at the ferry stop in Lido and guide you to the villa just a few minutes away. Full travel details will be given when you sign up. We can help with the details so you can find the best route for you!
Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.
Please note that because EPM Yoga Retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.
No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance (see below) and that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early. We recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. We encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you or your family have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the retreat. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation. We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreats will be refunded. Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date. EAT.PRAY.MOVE Retreats cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.