Join us at our Yoga Eco Farm Orto Dell'Idro for an all-inclusive intimate retreat, an Italian adventure around Otranto, a magical place where time stands still. Nestled in a gorgeous Mediterranean bay, and grounded in beautiful ancient countryside, you'll dive into a truly authentic Apulian experience, rich in history and traditions, delicious organic food, the most stunning views, and crystal clear waters.
Silvia Neri, founder of The Yoga Trail and co-founder of the Yoga Eco Farm, will guide custom energizing asana classes to re-connect with Mother Earth, while enhancing all our senses, nurturing our souls, and feeling truly alive, present and grounded.
7:30am. Our days will begin with revitalizing locally grown herbal teas, coffee, and a light breakfast followed by a meditation session. 8:30am. An energizing yoga session in nature will follow to nurture our mind and body, and set the mood for an exciting day ahead. 10am. After yoga we'll enjoy a delicious farm-to-table brunch in our garden prepared by our experienced chefs. 11am. We may embark in experiences and adventures, both in Otranto and in the surrounding areas. We could go for a boat ride along the coast, stroll to the local beach to relax and swim in its transparent water, or explore the historical old town, shopping among the numerous local craftsman stores or at the weekly local market. Extra activities could also be appealing to you, such as kayak excursions, snorkeling through the rocks and fascinating caves, hiking or biking in the country side, and horseback riding. We'll be happy to help you book. There will be opportunities to learn how to make home made pasta with old local recipes, to dance the ancestral grounding rhythm of Pizzica, the local folk dance, to get to know about regenerative agriculture, permaculture, and wild foraging. Massage therapists will be available as well on demand. 5pm. Before dinner we will wind down with relaxing yoga sessions to reconnect within and settle the enriching experiences of the day in this amazing and still quite unknown part of Italy. 7pm. Delight Italian farm-to-table vegetarian dinner, with veggies grown organically in our garden and locally produced: maybe you could even help us harvesting the ingredients!
LOCATION: Otranto, Apulia, Italy COST: Contact us for details!
"We are honored to share this journey with you, to nurture the soul, embrace the present moment, and experience nature in most conscious and authentic ways."
ACCOMMODATION ~ Spend 7 nights at our unique Yoga Eco Farm in the countryside of Otranto. This hidden treasure is just few minutes walking distance from the sea and the historical center of town. YOGA ~ 2 daily yoga classes (one more active in the morning and one more gentle in the evening), morning meditation. MEALS ~ Delight 3 daily farm-to-table vegetarian meals (light breakfast, brunch, dinner) prepared by our chefs with the organic food harvested in our farm or locally produced. WINE ~ Yes, it's included! Locally produced organic wine. MUSIC THERAPY SESSION ~ Nurture your soul, release energy and emotional blockages with the sound vibration of crystal bowls, and also your own voice. EXPLORE ~ A boat trip to discover the gorgeous beaches and coves surrounding Otranto. COOKING CLASS ~ Immersion in the local culture learning the authentic grandma recipes with a pro. RUSTIC TRATTORIA ~ Eat like a local! Enjoy a typical three-course vegetarian Italian dinner in a traditional farm and restaurant where they grown and produce their own food. BON FIRE PARTY ~ Let's celebrate with local folk live music and dancing! AIRPORT TRANSFERS ~ Transportation to and from Brindisi Airport.
What's not included
AIRFARE Round trip flight to Brindisi Airport. TREK ~ Additional activities such as Kayaking, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Horseback Riding, Bike Riding, but we can help you book! MASSAGES ~ Thai, Shiatsu and Tantra massages, and Reiki sessions can be booked with our local practitioners, and enjoyed in private corners of our garden.
If you love and crave Nature, and value sustainable living and tourism, you'll enjoy staying in the traditional stone structures at our yoga eco farm Orto Dell'Idro and at Casa Delle Api, a neighboring historical home. You'll be immersed in the countryside, surrounded by organic fruit orchards and vegetable gardens. A charming rural setting just 5 minutes walk from the beach and the historical center of Otranto. We offer accommodation for max 10 people, in private, semi-private and shared rooms. It's an intimate retreat!
ORTO DELL'IDRO is our Yoga Eco Farm, where we'll have most of our activities. This is a place for Nature lovers, who enjoy the outdoors and rural life, while being really close to the sea and the center of town. It is a farm designed following the principles of Permaculture to create natural ecosystems that are abundant and in harmony with all living creatures.We hope you appreciate and share these values! This is a natural setting so if you are not comfortable or familiar with the presence of insects or animals (e.g. geckos, snails, armadillo insects, etc) that are typical of the countryside, this may not be the place for you. We also have 5 cats that may sit on your chair and laps, or try to eat your food if left unattended. We don't use pesticides nor chemicals, and we try to reduce waste as much as possible: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Accommodation options at Orto Dell'Idro include *:
The Casetta: a charming stone house with private bathroom and fireplace. $2200 (single) or $1500 (double)
The Grotta: a stunning room carved in stone with vaulted ceiling, with shared bathroom. $1500 (single) or $1000 double
The Nido: a cozy room with stone walls, with shared bathroom. $1200 (single only).
None of these options offer AC, but temperatures in May and September are pretty comfortable, and case fans will be available.
CASA DELLE API, is a historic country house 2 min walk from our Yoga Eco Farm. It offers a nice living room with a charming fireplace, kitchen, terrace and a garden to relax during your downtime. The garden hosts the remaining of an ancient carved stone apiary structure where monks used to produce their honey.
Accommodation options at Casa Delle Api include *:
Master Bedroom #1, with private bathroom and AC. First Floor. $2200 (single) or $1500 (double)
Bedroom #2 with private bathroom. Ground Floor. $1700 (single) or $1200 (double)
Bedroom #3 with private bathroom. Lower Floor. $1700 (single) or $1200 (double)
* Prices are per person, based on Single or Double Occupancy. You can request double occupancy even if you travel alone and we may find you a roommate, otherwise it'll be single occupancy.
In order to make a reservation for a specific room we require a 20% non refundable deposit. The balance will be due no later than 2 weeks prior to departure. All participants will be required proof of a negative Covid Test taken within 48 hrs.
CANCELLATION POLICY. - In case of unforeseen international travel restrictions we may have to cancel the retreat. In that case we'll fully refund any amount that was paid up to that point. - If you can't attend the retreat for personal reasons, we won't offer any refunds, and the deposit will be lost.
We'll offer organic farm-to-table vegetarian food, harvested either at our farm or at local producers. Chef Vanessa is an expert in the art of Italian cooking, wild foraging and aromatic herbs. Her attention to details during preparation and the use of creatively reinterpreted local recipes make her meals absolutely memorable. We can accommodate gluten-free and vegan dietary restrictions, as well as allergies with advanced notice.