We're so happy to have you join us for the EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreat.
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Ischia is a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples on the mid-southeastern coast of Italy. Located 30km from Naples mainland, it measures just 34km in diameter and is profiled by Mount Epomeo peaking at 788 meters above the sea. Historically, the island has been inhabited by the Greeks, Syrausansa, Romans, Heruli, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Normans, Saracens, Turks, and Aragonese, and plenty of ruins remain to suggest the lineages of these colonies. With its wonderful climate, nice location from the mainland, and richness of therapeutic hot-springs, it's not hard to see why it was a landscape worth fighting over!
Nicknamed the "Green Island", Ischia was one of the world's first health spa destinations. For centuries people have flocked to Ischia to indulge in its volcanic muds and waters rich with healthful minerals. Doctors even prescribe stays here to reap the benefits of bathing in the healing springs. In addition to all its natural wonders, one of the most appealing things about Ischia is the hospitality of the people themselves. You're sure to enjoy the island's welcome and relaxed way of life while during your stay.
This yoga retreat will be hosted at the beautiful Villa Lina. An "agriturismo", Villa Lina is a country villa situated perfectly on a plantation of olive grove and citrus overlooking the Mediterranean. The property boasts two pools, one of which is filled with the famous thermal waters of the island, and the other with sea water. Enjoy time on the panoramic sun decks, relaxing, meditating, or just taking in the breathtaking views.
A private location, the Villa is nestled in gardens of flowers, olives, palms, and lemon trees. Rooms are nicely furnished with balcony or terrace with sea view. Positioned between the beautiful villages of Forio and Sant' Angelo, this location is perfect for a hike to Mount Epomeo, the Baia di Sorgeto, and one of the island's most famous thermal spas.
Lovingly run by the owners, brothers Benedetto and Nicola, one can easily see the care and passion put into the villa and the respect of the land of the estate. They consider their property as a piece of paradise and an oasis of pure nature.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including daily breakfast, some lunches, and dinner daily either hosted at Villa Lina or out in carefully chosen restaurants around the island. While eating at Villa Lina you'll enjoy typical cuisine of Ischia prepared by Chef Benedetto, all with the freshest of produce and ingredients. Vegetables come from the on-site gardens or other farmers on the island, and of course you'll enjoy some of the best local wines. Selection is seasonal, and you can guarantee to love and appreciate each bite. Unlike most of our retreats, fresh seafood may be included in some of the dishes as it's the island's specialty. Special diets can be accommodated as well.
Not only will you enjoy the grounds of Villa Lina with the sundecks, terraces, gardens, thermal pools, and yoga space, but the retreat also includes carefully-planned day-trips to offer guests a full experience of Ischia. The island is full of various natural wonders, from a dormant volcano, lush gardens, and rich agriculture, to thermal spas, clear beaches, ancient ruins, and endless views across the Bay of Naples.
We will visit the village of Ischia Ponte for a visit to the picturesque Castello Aragonese and artisanal shopping in Ischia Porto. Look for the famous thermal mud bath treatments, rucolino liquors, lemon candies, or the handmade sandals. A day will be spent hiking to Monte Epomeo for unparalleled views across the island, as well as a hike to the natural thermal seaside cave of Baia di Sorgeto. We'll also visit the lovely gardens of Mortella and spend a day at one of Ischia's popular thermal spa parks where you can hop from pool to thermal pool experiencing various temperatures, ancient therapy techniques, and opt for some treatments like a massage or facial.
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 deeply explore their practice in a comfortable space and receive personal attention. Classes will be held in an amazing yoga space overlooking the sea.
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. Studying various forms of yoga for over a decade, Erin currently teaches in the ashtanga discipline. Learning under numerous teachers, she studied extensively with the "It's Yoga" school in Florence, Italy and also leads the "Rocket" sequence.**
We can arrange to meet you at the port in Ischia and assist you to the villa. The port is an easy ferry ride from the port at Naples, and 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.