4-Day Yoga, Horse Riding and Culinary Retreat in Italy

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Italy is famed for its rich culture, delicious food and breathtaking countryside that goes on for miles. On this 4-day yoga retreat in the peaceful village of Pescosolido, practitioners of all levels can indulge in all these delights and more. Choose from a variety of terracotta-tiled rooms and experience an authentic Italian farm stay complete with yoga sessions in the treetops and tasty home-made meals. Guests can also pick fresh plums, peaches and perfectly ripe figs from the farm’s flourishing fruit trees. 
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
3 yoga classes
Stunning location at the foot of a mountain
3 vegetarian breakfasts and dinners
A horseback riding tour
Unique farm style lodging and surroundings
Italy Farm Stay invites you to join in on this unique authentic farm life yoga holiday held in the beautiful Italian countryside. During your stay at the farm, you can relax in peaceful tranquillity, eat fresh fruit from the trees, ramble around in the beautiful forests, take part in rejuvenating yoga classes, enjoy a wide range of extra activities, immerse yourself in Italian culture, and enjoy delicious homemade Italian meals.

Accommodation

Caters for gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegetarian diets
Located in Pescosolido
Campground
The farm is located in the small village of Pescosolido, at the foot of the Abruzzi National Park. The area around the farm is one of the most beautiful places in Italy; mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, lakes, wildlife, and many interesting ruins, churches, and castles are easily accessible and the area is not filled with tourists like other parts of Italy.

The farm is close to the town of Sora (about 35,000 inhabitants) where you can eat at local restaurants, stroll along the lively main street, visit the numerous shops, cafes, and pubs, use the internet, or go to the open-air market on Thursday mornings.

The farm itself is a large property where guests can roam around, eat fresh fruit, spend time with the animals, relax in the shade of an olive tree, or hike around the trails in the beautiful forest.

The venue
At Italy Farm Stay, you can choose from different types of rooms to fit your budget and your vacation. All of the rooms have terracotta tiles, beautifully hand-painted trees, wildlife on the walls, and wood furniture with hand-carved details. The beds are new and comfortable, so you can be assured that you will have a pleasant night's sleep during your stay.

The rooms have been recently restored and are equipped with a fan in the summer and a heating unit in the colder months. Air-conditioning is also provided for an additional cost of 5 EUR per day in the en-suite rooms. However, all of the rooms are made of limestone walls which keep them quite cool in the summer and air-conditioning is not necessary for most guests.

The larger rooms can accommodate up to four or five people. There is a crib available for families travelling with young children. Camping on the farm is also available for guests who are looking for a more affordable stay but who want to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the farm. You can bring your own tent and equipment, or you can rent a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat for a small fee.

The campground is in a beautiful area of the farm, close to many fruit trees and vegetables which you can pick yourself and eat for free. You will wake up each morning to a beautiful view of the mountains and the surrounding area. Included in the camping fee is the use of a new shared indoor bathroom (the bathroom is equipped with a hot shower).

Food
During this retreat, you will be served daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner at the farm. Non-vegetarian dinners are also available but the staff must be notified in advance. The farm tries to be as self-sufficient as possible while creating nutritious and delectable meals for its guests.

Ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, potatoes, eggs, meat, olive oil, and wine come directly from the farm. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy-free meals are available upon request. All the ingredients coming from the farm a strictly organic and the ones that are bought from outside are not necessarily so but we always committed to offering healthy food.

Breakfast
Breakfast on the farm, which takes place between 8 am and 10 am, is a traditional Italian simple breakfast. It includes coffee, tea, homemade seasonal jam, bread, milk, and biscuits. Seasonal fruits and vegetables from the farm are often included in the breakfast.

Dinner
Dinner is a special time to sit together, which will give you the opportunity to eat a traditional Italian meal full of wholesome food from a wide variety of farm products.

Dinner includes two dishes which are usually pasta which is often homemade by hand that day, followed by seasonal vegetables, fresh salad, local handmade cheese, homegrown potatoes, eggs from the farm, lentils, or beans.

Non-vegetarian meals are available on request. Italy Farm Stay offers a dish with locally selected meat such as steak, chicken, or pork for an additional cost of three euros. The meal is also accompanied by local bread. Homemade wine is served with the meals for an additional cost of 2,50 Euro per half a litre.

Fresh organic fruit free for all guests
You are welcome to pick and eat from the abundance of fruits that comes from the farm. It is an indescribable pleasure to eat fresh organic fruit directly from the trees. On the farm, the fruit is handpicked when it is perfectly ripe so that you can enjoy the full flavour.

There is a wide variety of fruits available especially in late spring, summer, and fall. Among them are figs, plums, peaches, cherries, cherries, persimmons, apples, pears, grapes, apricots, berries, and nuts.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

Relax and unwind mind, body, and soul while participating in a yoga class along the creek in the woods. Classes are suitable for people with a wide range of yoga experiences, including beginners.

During your free time, you can also participate in a wide range of affordable activities such as horseback riding, a visit to the local cheese-making shepherd, guided hikes, paragliding, Italian cooking classes, and Italian language courses.

Excursions
The price of this holiday includes a horseback tour of the surrounding area. Explore one of the most beautiful valleys in the Abruzzi region from a horse! You will ride along a beautiful river, visit a 13th-century church ruin, and take in incredible views of an old castle and the surrounding area.

The horses are friendly and well kept and they can accommodate beginners or people with more experience. It is possible to do a different activity. You can choose any activity like a cooking class, a Reiki treatment, or visit the cheese-making shepherd.

Optional activities
Bike rentals
Experience the Italian countryside on a bike! You can ride the bike to the lake, into town, or you can explore the valley and surrounding forests. The price per person is 5 EUR for half-day and 8 EUR for a full day.

Day hike
Walk along the beautiful valley of San Piedro in the Abruzzi National Park with a local guide. On the hike, you will see the surrounding mountains, walk along a gorge, and visit a beautiful waterfall where you can swim in the refreshing water. Price is 16 EUR each for a group of two people, 14 EUR each for three, and 11 EUR each for a group of four or more.

Italian cooking class
Learn how to make homemade pasta with fresh ingredients from the farm. This traditional Italian meal will then be part of the dinner that all the guests can enjoy. Price including vegetarian dinner is 29 EUR for one person, 24 EUR each for a group of two, 22 EUR each for groups of three and up.

Italian language course
Learning Italian will help you get around Italy while you are travelling! Classes are offered for beginners or more advanced speakers. Spend a little bit of time learning the language of love. Price is 12 EUR for one person, 8 EUR each for a group of two people, and 7 EUR each for three or more.

Overnight hike
Hike along the mountainside to the top of a beautiful mountain and sleep among the stars. You will see beautiful views of the Abruzzi National Park, sleep in a traditional mountain hut, and cook food from the farm over an open fire. This is truly a magical experience! Price is 90 EUR for one person, 45 EUR each for a group of two people, and 38 EUR each for three or more.

Paragliding
Fly through the sky and touch a cloud with your finger! Float above the mountains and the surrounding area in the Cassino valley with an experienced paragliding instructor. Specific weather conditions are needed to fly. The price per person is 90 EUR.

Visit the Pecorino cheese factory
The Pecorino cheese factory is located in Picinisco, a 45-minute drive from the farm. Transportation is provided. The people are very welcoming and they will explain to you how cheese is made in a professional way. The cheese factory operates on a small scale and sells its delicious cheese in local markets and wine bars in Rome.

Visit the local shepherd
Take part in an old family tradition in the Italian countryside. The shepherd's family has been making cheese and herding sheep for generations. You can watch the local shepherd and learn how to make pecorino and fresh ricotta cheese. Price is 28 EUR for one person, 20 EUR each for a group of two people, and 15 EUR each for three or more.

Wine tour
Take a tour of a unique vineyard in the Valle di Comino of Atina, a small town a short drive south of the farm. This vineyard produces the Cabernet Atina Doc wine and in the last ten years it has gained its controlled origin denomination recognition and is increasingly becoming more appreciated both in Italy and abroad. The French Cabernet grape used to make this wine was first planted in Italy more than 150 years ago by the agronomist Pasquale Visocchi and there is a festival every year celebrating this unique wine. You will have the chance to visit this beautiful region, see how this special wine is made and taste for you self how delicious it is.

Instructor

Antonello Siragusa
Antonello
Antonello Siragusa is the founder and host of Yoga Farm Stay. He started travelling around the world in his mid-teen and discovered a passion for yoga after travelling to India. He completed his 500 hours of TTC in 2017, after several years of being a student of yoga. Since then he has been going back to Asia in the winter months to continue to study yoga, deepen his practice and teach asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy. He considers teaching yoga one of his most important spiritual practice. In the meanwhile, yoga became the central activity of his eco-farm stay.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 82% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
On Sale
Prices are based on a 4-day, 3-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Different lengths of stay are also available. The discount is available until 31/05/2022. Please enquire for more details
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