Become Your Witness Samacitta Yoga Retreat for Couples, JUNE 2019, PUGLIA, Italy

About us


June 22 – 29,  2019    7 nights 

6 days of Vinyasa Flow Yoga Immersion including Meditation & Pranayama - teaching influenced by the wisdom of Rod Stryker - with focus on strength, alignment, flexibility, balance, subtle body, energy, transition postures, ease, sustaining the posture….

kriya’s in the morning

going from arms, torso, hips to legs

doing sun salutes

back bends

and vinyasa krama...

With a half day trip to the nearby azure Adriatic beach and beach meditation that evening before supper.   

3 vegetarian meals daily, chef-cooked, farm-to-table meals, much grown in the venue’s gardens and cooked with love.  

Yoga Level: all levels

Arrival: Saturday, 22 June, 2019 by 4pm (please do not arrive at the venue earlier than 4pm)

Check in: after 4pm

First class: Sunday, 23 June at 7:30am

Last class: Friday, 28 June at 5pm

Check out: by 11am latest

NB please clear rooms of luggage and vacate dining room by latest  9:30am. 

INVESTMENT & TIMING

Saturday 22 JUNE, 4pm – Saturday 29 JUNE, 2019, 11AM

Retreat includes: 6 day’s teaching with twice daily asana with Monica Marini and some meditation, 7 nights accommodation in either single occupancy/couple occupancy or twin en-suite rooms,  full board vegetarian/vegan food, indoor Yoga sessions in a beautiful yoga shala and outdoor meditation sessions in nature (if Monica/you so choose); one half day trip to the nearest beach for a swim in the ocean - and a quick visit to a typical Puglian town if you wish; use of the pool and exclusive use of all of the venue space and gardens.  

Retreat does not include:  airport transfers or bodywork or flights - NB we strongly suggest you take out travel insurance which covers for trip cancellation to avoid any disappointment with unforeseen circumstance or illness etc...  Please see our retreat cancellation policy at the footer of the page on this website and note that in booking you are accepting our T & C’s and cancellation policy automatically. 

Private room  £1595 pp

Twin/Couple share     from £1125 pp

Couple in Double Bed £1125 to £1295 pp depending upon bedroom of choice

ALL ROOMS ARE EN-SUITE some with bathtubs and showers

FULL PAYMENT REQUIRED at time of booking. Final deadline for all payment is 01 March, 2019.

Bodywork/massage (not included)

  • An energizing and deeply transformative Samacitta© session to purify your system and enhance your energy levels - with Katrina Johnston www.samacitta.com 
  • Bodywork can be booked upon arrival on 22 June.  Sessions last 60 minutes.  Price £75 for 60 minutes. 

We will have an Opening Circle on the first morning of practice on 23 June to introduce ourselves and to answer any questions about house-keeping or excursion or about the schedule for the week.  

Nearest airports are BRINDISI (closest) and BARI International Airport (a bit further away).  EasyJet and RyanAir and British Airways fly from London (Gatwick and Stansted and Heathrow) to both BARI & BRINDISI.  Please book early to avoid disappointment and to avoid flight prices going up and up.  If you let us know your flight times, we can help you to arrange an airport transfer/taxi to the venue (not included in retreat price).  Taxi costs depends upon how many travel together in one vehicle (approx 80 euro per person for single occupancy, private car). 

Monica is influenced by the teaching is Rod Stryker and believes yoga is a methodology for freeing life energy or prana so that we can live healthier and happier lives.  Yoga is an internal practice that reveals something fresh and new about ourselves.   More than to be watched or talked about, yoga is to be experienced thus allowing transformation to begin from within - and to begin to live from the inside out rather than from the outside in.   On this retreat we will have twice daily asana practice with time for meditation either at the end of the morning or evening classes - 6 full days teaching  -  home-grown, hand-cooked and chef-prepared delicious alkaline vegetarian food for breakfast lunch and supper - luxurious accommodation with all bedrooms having own en-suite bathrooms - time for relaxing, swimming in the pool, for bodywork with Katrina, playing tennis or croquet, reading, reflecting and fun - and a half day to spend at the beach and enjoy the turquoise blue and crystal clear adriatic ocean and to see either a typical Salento town or Lecce, the beautiful baroque city nearby.   



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I cannot thank you enough for organising such a beautifully curated week of spiritual yoga practice, sumptuous and healthy meals, a perfect venue and most importantly — sharing it all with such an exceptional group of people. I am looking forward to the next one next year! ~France B in Italy, August 2017 The drive here has allowed me to reflect on my time on retreat with you all. It really feels as though this came at the perfect time to wake me up. Thank you for taking such good care of me, and for infusing the retreat with your generous spirit. ~Tamara B

Event Highlights

  • June 22 – 29, 2019 7 nights
  • 6 days of Vinyasa Flow Yoga Immersion including Meditation & Pranayama - teaching influenced by the wisdom of Rod Stryker - with focus on strength, alignment, flexibility, balance, subtle body, energy, transition postures, ease, sustaining the posture….
  • kriya’s in the morning
  • going from arms, torso, hips to legs
  • doing sun salutes
  • back bends
  • and vinyasa krama...
  • One full silence day beginning on waking until supper that evening (suggested, not obligatory)
  • With a half day trip to the nearby azure Adriatic beach and a typical Puglian town and beach meditation that evening before supper.
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily, chef-cooked, farm-to-table meals, much grown in the venue’s gardens and cooked with love.
  • Yoga Level: all levels
  • Arrival: Saturday, 22 June, 2019 4pm (please do not arrive at the venue earlier than 4pm)
  • Check in: after 4pm
  • First class: Sunday, 23 June at 8am
  • Last class: Friday, 28 June at 5pm
  • Check out: by 11am latest
  • NB please clear rooms of luggage and vacate dining room by latest 09:30am.
  • INVESTMENT & TIMING
  • Saturday 22 JUNE, 4pm – Saturday 29 JUNE, 2019, 11AM
  • Retreat includes: 6 day’s teaching with twice daily asana with Monica Marini and some meditation, 7 nights accommodation in either single or twin en-suite rooms, full board vegetarian/vegan food, indoor Yoga sessions in a beautiful yoga shala and outdoor meditation sessions in nature (if Monica/you so choose); one half day trip to the nearest beach for a swim in the ocean - and a quick visit to a typical Salento town if you wish or to Lecce the baroque city of the south; use of the pool and exclusive use of all of the venue space and gardens, including tennis court and croquet lawn and outdoor cinema.
  • Retreat does not include: airport transfers or bodywork or flights - NB we strongly suggest you take out travel insurance which covers for trip cancellation to avoid any disappointment with unforeseen circumstance or illness etc... Please see our retreat cancellation policy at the footer of the page on this website and note that in booking you are accepting our T & C’s and cancellation policy automatically.
  • Private room £1595 pp
  • Twin share £1125 pp
  • ALL ROOMS ARE EN-SUITE
  • Payment in full required at time of booking. Deadline for full payment 15 March, 2019.
  • Bodywork/massage (not included)
  • An energizing and deeply transformative Samacitta© session to purify your system and enhance your energy levels - with Katrina Johnston www.samacitta.com
  • Bodywork with Katrina can be booked upon arrival on 22 June. Sessions last 60 minutes. Price £75 for 60 minutes.
  • We will have an Opening Circle on the first morning of practice on 23 June to introduce ourselves and to answer any questions about house-keeping or excursion or about the schedule for the week.
  • Nearest airports are BRINDISI (closest) and BARI (a bit further away). EasyJet and RyanAir and British Airways fly from London (Gatwick and Stansted and Heathrow) to both BARI & BRINDISI. Please book early to avoid disappointment and to avoid flight prices going up and up. If you let us know your flight times, we can help you to arrange an airport transfer/taxi to the venue (not included in retreat price). Taxi costs to the venue are approximately 80 euro per taxi. The more of you that travel together the cheaper the price...
  • Monica is influenced by the teaching is Rod Stryker and believes yoga is a methodology for freeing life energy or prana so that we can live healthier and happier lives. Yoga is an internal practice that reveals something fresh and new about ourselves. More than to be watched or talked about, yoga is to be experienced thus allowing transformation to begin from within - and to begin to live from the inside out rather than from the outside in. On this retreat we will have twice daily asana practice with time for meditation either at the end of the morning or evening classes - 6 full days teaching - home-grown, hand-cooked and chef-prepared delicious alkaline vegetarian food for breakfast lunch and supper - luxurious accommodation with all bedrooms having own en-suite bathrooms - time for relaxing, swimming in the pool, for bodywork with Katrina - a half day to spend at the beach and enjoy the turquoise blue and crystal clear adriatic and to see a typical Puglian town and/or the beautiful baroque city of Lecce - and time for gentle fun and for quiet reflection and walks and fun at the venue in the exquisite Salento region of Puglia.

Venue Highlights

La Conchiglia is not a hotel; it’s a unique luxury, family home or ‘masseria’ which denotes large home. This 15-hectare property is situated on a small hillock in the heart of the the Salento region of Puglia close to Lecce in the heel of Italy’s boot (nearest international airport is Brindisi). Each bedroom is unique, full of character and comes with an en suite bathroom toilet and basin. Rooms are furnished to reflect the building and the area, creating a relaxed, calming and laidback atmosphere.
The masseria comfortably accommodates 10 to 12 students.
Freedom and tranquility are at the heart of this yoga retreat. The landscape is scenic and rural and is dotted with beautiful olive trees and vineyards, divided by pretty dry-stone walls. Between the lovely gardens, swimming pool, tennis court, swimming pool and surrounding olive trees and open fields, there is plenty of space to explore, walk and be free.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Schedule

7:30am to 9:30 am morning asana practice
from 9:30am buffet breakfast
10:30 am bodywork time/integration time/free time/pool time/walking time/excursion time
1pm lunch
2pm to 5pm bodywork time/free time/excursion time - relaxation/integration
5:30pm to 7:00pm evening asana practice
8pm dinner by the pool
10pm bed at latest

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

The diet for Samacitta retreats is extremely important, as much so as the yoga practice. Our cuisine follows loosely a vegetarian and PH alkaline diet philosophy whose goal is to bring back to balance our organism through a healthy vegetarian diet i.e. mainly raw, organic, with low gluten, minimal dairy and wheat free and/or wholegrain - where possible. We serve fresh, organic and seasonal products from the garden and from local suppliers, cooked and prepared by our local chef. Our dishes are from the italian tradition but revisited by us following this diet by introducing some raw dishes at lunch and superfoods in our recipes. You will be eating typical Salento/Italian cuisine, simply tasting it in a healthier way!

Accommodations

Single or matrimonial (double) beds. Rooms are all ensuite and are all unique in style. Two rooms are trullis (typical Puglian architecture with round stone walls). Grounds with surrounding olive trees and walks on the property and nearby. Pool, tennis court and croquet lawn and organic gardens with home-grown farm-to-table food and chef serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Two yoga classes daily, morning and evening practice with Monica Marini. 7 rooms which can all be either single occupancy with a double bed or shared with one large double/kingsize bed for a couple, only one room can be for twin occupancy with two single beds. All bathrooms are attached to the rooms and are ensuite, some have bathtubs as well as showers. Beaches nearby (10 minutes drive away) and the venue is close to Lecce, the beautiful baroque capital city of south Italy. Massage/bodywork available with bodywork therapist Katrina Johnston. For more information go to www.samacitta.com

Directions

Ground transportation available 24h from/to any destination needed/required. Taxi cost to the venue approx 80 euro per taxi for private hire. If you are sharing the taxi obviously the cost is cheaper.

Please email us to arrange your transfer at life@samacitta.com

Main Airports/Stations:
Bari Airport (Karol Wojtyla) 2h30min from the venue

Brindisi (Salento Airport) 45min from the venue.

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