Soft Italy Week: 8 Days Yoga Retreat in Ostuni, Puglia, Italy

About us

Relaxing break in the spirit of yoga! Ideal for those who need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city even for a short period of time, mixing the time dedicated to the discovery of the city with the practice of yoga. Early in the morning and during the afternoon you will dedicate yourself to spiritual and physical relaxation thanks to yoga, while you will take part in authentic experiences with local people during the central hours of the day. Dinners will be a moment of sharing with other participants, while light or packed lunches will leave you time for exploring the surroundings, in complete freedom.

Unforgettable experiences that will allow you to be much more than just a tourist. You'll be local! Alessandro Micheletti Parigi

Event Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • 2 exciting cooking classes
  • Relax and explore the area like a local
  • 8-course meal accompanied with wines from Puglia
  • Indulge in the passion behind the artisan ice cream
  • Ape car through the medieval town of Ostuni
  • Discover the coastal dunes: trekking in the Dune Costiere
  • Daily delicious lunch and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Venue Highlights

Practice yoga in the studios close to you as well as in some of the most unique places around the city.
You will live in a characteristic apartment or house, where you can go down to the market and buy local products to prepare new recipes. Together with our instructors, guides and the people you meet, you will be able to live like those who are from here, trying to enjoy the positive energy that comes when we expand our horizons.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Schedule

DAY 1
Wonderful Italy will welcome you to the house you have selected upon booking. The houses are traditional houses, all in the vicinity of the studios where you will practice yoga, and of some of the most unique places around the city.

These are immersed in the social fabric of this land so that you will feel part of it from the get-go. After your yoga session in the afternoon, you will have a welcome dinner in a typical popular restaurant, you'll mingle with locals, and they'll help you choose the most characteristic and tastiest recipes of Puglia.

DAY 2
Your first morning in Puglia will start with a yoga session, to gain the energy and inspiration for the day. This will get you ready for a life-changing experience, personally chosen and approved by locals: cooking class and lunch, a journey in search of the culinary symbol of Puglia, the orecchiette pasta.

You will step in the shoes of a true inhabitant of this region, discovering which grains to use to make fresh homemade pasta and producing that particular shape with your own hands. Finally, you will, of course, eat what you have made.

After the yoga afternoon session, you'll relax and enjoy another typical dinner, where you can discover the centenary traditions and the most authentic techniques of the regional cuisine, the characteristic flavors, and the inebriating perfumes. Get ready to live an overwhelming sensory experience.

DAY 3
Another bright morning starts with a yoga class to refresh and get you thrilled for a new adventure! We will open the doors to one of the most important artisans' ice cream parlours of the White City, where the passion behind the product of ice cream will be told, as well as every step needed for choosing ingredients.

Ending with a tasting of five fresh products is a must. After you sate your craving for ice-cream, you'll hop on the Piaggio Ape car, another Italian icon, to go through the narrow streets and the open fields with the breeze in your hair and smile on your face.

That is what Wonderful Italy calls having fun! A wonderful day like this cannot end differently than with a delicious dinner at one of the most popular restaurants in the city, chosen by locals, for you to see and live the territory like a local.

DAY 4
Cooking class and lunch: you will mix the perfect quantity of water and flour, handling the dough with care, and you will taste your creations. You will embody the spirit of the true Puglia grandmother to gift you one of the most precious abilities: making the crunchiest and best panzerotto around!

These deep-fried delicious goods have been exported all over Italy. Did you know that the most popular baker in Milan (the fashion capital) is from Puglia? In the afternoon you'll practice yoga and meditation to regain energy and get refreshed for the next activity.

In the night, you'll follow Wonderful Italy for a wine tasting to get to know the taste but also the history of the area. And you will learn to discover and understand a land "sip after sip".

DAY 5
The fifth day is dedicated to discovering the coastal dunes: trekking in the Dune Costiere park accompanied by a guide who will tell you all the natural wonders of the coast of Puglia, as well as interesting information about some of the animals who live there, smelling and sometimes tasting what nature provides. After your afternoon yoga session, you'll enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the typical restaurants of the city.

DAY 6
A good morning starts with practicing yoga and connecting with your surroundings. You can use this day to get to know the city a little better, to explore it freely and sate your craving for adventure. Later in the evening, we have selected for you a one-of-a-kind experience.

A surprise eight-course meal accompanied by three carefully-selected wines from Puglia - it will be a journey through the flavors and colors of this wonderful land, all made from local produce, respecting the ancient arts of the mothers who live there.

DAY 7
Time to say goodbye. Take your time to inhale and feel the energy that you have discovered. Pack your bag full of freshly-made memories and smiles and don't forget about this wonderful land.

*The itinerary might change according to the availability of our local guides and instructors.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic

Menu/Cuisine

Wonderful Italy's team will help you select the best ingredients from the territory and the most authentic experiences, customized to your preferences and needs. You can taste seafood, as well as organic and vegetarian. However, the attention will be stolen by amazing pasta dishes, which play a big role in the daily life of Italians. What better way to live like a local?

Accommodations

The houses are managed by the Wonderful Italy team. Cozy and traditional, equipped with every comfort for relaxation, exploration, and meditation. Great for singles, families, or groups of friends. In every house, there is Wi-Fi and a kitchen. The houses are strategically located close to where dinners and yoga sessions are organized. You can book a complete house or share one with another participant.

Directions

Ostuni, also known as the "White City", is a gem cast between Brindisi and Bari, Puglia, Italy. With a population of around 30,000 people, her sea is noted as the most beautiful in Italy. Not far from the popular Alberobello, Ostuni is home of traditions and flavors. With a population of around 30,000 people, her sea is noted as the most beautiful in Italy.

DISTANCES
Polignano a Mare, 46 kilometers
Alberobello, 35 kilometers
Bari, 83 kilometers

ARRIVAL BY AIRPLANE
This beautiful location can be reached easily from Bari Airport (BRI) or Brindisi Airport (BDS). Wonderful Italy can arrange a transfer for you if needed, for an additional cost of 120 EUR for four people from Bari, and 70 EUR for four people from Brindisi.

Tags: authentic destinationyoga experiences immersion local meditation mindfulness unique wellness yoga

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