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Rest & Recharge
Yoga Retreat in Puglia 2024

and 2025

Join me for this Yoga & Mindfulness retreat among the olive trees in the serene countryside of Puglia, the astonishingly beautiful heel of Italy.

Welcome to this well-needed escape from the business of everyday life!

 

There will be two opportunities to join me here:

WHEN: 2-6th the of November (4 nights, 5 days) 2024 

or 19-25th of April 2025 (6 nights, 7 days) 2025

Last year one of my retreats was selected by IO Donna of Corriere Della Sera as one of 6 recommended wellness events in Italy in October 2023, read the article here (in Italian). For non-italians: IO Donna is the weekend magazine of one of the biggest newspapers in Italy.

Look forward to nourishing body and mind surrounded by beautiful nature and calm, in the mesmerizing nature of Puglia, a stone's throw from a cute village. The location is easily reachable from either Bari or Brindisi airport.

Welcome!

(This event is tought in both English and Italian if the participants asks me to.

Questo evento sara insegnato entrambi in inglese e italiano!)

Per leggere la descrizione del ritiro in ITALIANO, vai qui.

Join us!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Imagine this typical day:

You're waking up inside your beautiful truly with timeless design, so start your morning 08.00 with a dynamic yoga class on the rooftop overlooking the beautiful landscape and trullis, or by the poolside.

 

Then we head to be served the delicious, homemade and nourishing brunch, food prepared by our private, local chef, and most of the ingredients grown at the retreat centre, all biological, and vegetarian (where food allergies and special needs will be taken into account)

 

here you also get to explore what Mindful Eating is, and we'll do a practice of it before our Lunch.

We will start the day with yoga, a class of nourishing Mindful Hatha Yoga Flow with an open level, accessible to everyone! Followed by a yummy guided mindfulness meditation for deep relaxation and stress release.

 

Don't miss this rare occasion to practice in person with me, and the opportunity to get hands-on adjustments in a safe way in the yoga class (only if you wish of course) as we are outside.

The rest of the day you will get the freedom to choose how you want to spend your day - relaxing by the pool, or taking an excursion to the beach for example, and we'll meet back for the evening practice to wind down, and land together in a beautiful and calming restorative practice, before the yummy dinner is served!

 

A Yoga Retreat is a transformational experience, and you will end feeling a deeper sense of connection to yourself, and a profound sense of calm and of being recharged! We all would need more of this in our modern lives!

 

You find the full outline of a typical day below.

Save your spot as soon as possible as there are limited spots available.

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Mindfulness, Yoga & Nature

November 2024
& April 2025

Mindufl Hatha Yoga Flow,
Restorative Yoga,
Mindfulness Meditation
and Myofacial Release

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YogApulia

One of the best yoga retreat places in Puglia

About the place

YogApulia is a boutique retreat center exclusively for yoga and meditation practice.

 

They have renovated the center to create an intimate space in tune with the natural rhythm of nature, where guests can escape from the demands of the modern world to deepen their practice in the beautiful, peaceful setting of the Valle d’Itria in Apulia, Italy.

There is space for maximum 12 participants, a smaller group will give you the luxury of more personal follow-up and a more intimate atmosphere and pristine experience. There are six twin rooms and one double room all with private bathrooms, and all in Trulli.

I am so happy to collaborate with YogApulia for this retreat as I really like the people running this place, they care about what they do, down to every single detail. They will serve us plant-based food that they mainly produce. They not only put their heart and soul into what they produce, but into their customers too, and in the way they respect and connect to nature. You can expect to see a couple of cute and calm dogs they have adopted from rescue for example.

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YogApulia is a boutique retreat center exclusively for yoga and meditation practice.

 

They have renovated the center to create an intimate space in tune with the natural rhythm of nature, where guests can escape from the demands of the modern world to deepen their practice in the beautiful, peaceful setting of the Valle d’Itria in Apulia, Italy.

There is space for maximum 12 participants, a smaller group will give you the luxury of more personal follow-up and a more intimate atmosphere and pristine experience. There are six twin rooms and one double room all with private bathrooms, and all in Trulli.

I am so happy to collaborate with YogApulia for this retreat as I really like the people running this place, they care about what they do, down to every single detail. They will serve us plant-based food that they mainly produce. They not only put their heart and soul into what they produce, but into their customers too, and in the way they respect and connect to nature. You can expect to see a couple of cute and calm dogs they have adopted from rescue for example.

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About the Yoga classes

Our morning classes will be more dynamic, Vinyasa flow or Hatha flow, but always with some mindful elements, and always at an open level accessible for everyone. I focus on building classes around what is functionally the most beneficial for us based on our modern, often sedentary lifestyle, and there will be a focus on how the movements and positions feel, instead of performance. I will give individual adaptations and adjustments to every participant. We will not be exploring advanced asana (yoga positions), but instead find challenging other ways! The classes will be fun, and we will sweat and feel our strength as well, but mainly find the beauty in the flow between movements and breath in harmony, and how that brings us to the present moment. I always focus on non-judgment in my classes, we will practice this principle, often harder than it may seem in our achievement society, but a needed seed of awareness and pause of the critical mind.

 

We'll end with a guided relaxation & mindfulness meditation to let go of stress and tensions and connect to the beautiful nature and location around us.

The classes will be fun with challenges & adaptations for everyone.

Bonuses: strengthening core, legs, hip, getting mobility into the spine, back and releasing tension on the shoulders & neck.

The classes may be taught in both English and Italian if this is something some of the participants want (I am used to teaching in both languages for example my classes for FENDI so no matter what you speak you will be in good hands, and it may be a good practice for anyone wanting to learn the other language better). 


For who:
Open for anyone, beginners & advanced alike - I’ll give adaptations & variations.
Welcome!

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Mindful Yoga Flow

Accessible for everyone!
Learn how advancedness can lie in simplicity.

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Mindful Restorativ yoga

Learn what deep rest really is, and get help to prop yourself up in the best way to find comfort and ease.

Learn to rest

For our evening practices, we will do yummy and relaxing yoga. I'm specialized in Restorative Yoga, and most of our evening practices will be restorative. The retreat center has all the props we can dream of so it will be easy for me to help you explore different positioning of bolsters and pillows to find a deeper sense of rest. How beneficial you find restorative yoga is really a lot about how well you get help with finding the right adjustments and how to prop up the different positions, and I'm here for you to learn - and to enjoy this beautiful and regenerative practice! ​

 

Did you know scrolling on your phone or watching Netflix is actually NOT true rest for our brain and nervous system?

Want to learn how to teach your body and brain to efficiently access a deeper way of Rest?

This is the best tool to improve the quality of your sleep, reduce your stress level, and boost your immune system. I have studied both the traditional approach to Restorative Yoga from one of the developers of this lineage of practice


For who:
Open for anyone, beginners & advanced alike. If you have practiced a lot before this is a great possibility for you to get additional personal help from me to find even better prop placement, and if you have never done restorative yoga or heard of it this is a great opportunity to learn this fantastic and calming practice. 


Welcome!

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MFR

Release tension and rejuvenate the tissues in your body.
This is a delicious practice you'll fall in love with!

The Myofacial Release Workshop

What you'll learn:

  1. What is Facia and Myofacial Release, and what does research show on why is it so beneficial and important?

  2. Learn when it's best to do it, and when not to do it, the different techniques (cross fibering, pin and stretch ecc)

  3. How to do Myofacial Release with professional MFR balls from RAD (which you will get as gifts to take home by the end of the retreat) of the areas of the body we often tend to need it the most (shoulders, back, legs, arms, neck)

  4. How to do self Myofascial Release - using only your hands.

  5. Get personalized tips for a main area you often feel tense in that I can help you work with!


For who:
Open for anyone, beginners & advanced alike. If you have done myofacial release before or have no idea what it is! I've studied this practice with several in-depth teacher trainings with Yoga Medicine thought by for example researchers in the field of facia, and after discovering this practice I am in love! It is such an efficient way to release tension and have pain relief even if you have very little time, and it is very easy to do it alone at home once you've learned the techniques and principles.


Welcome!

Some photos of the place

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Dear Lovely Maria, it was a real pleasure for my human and soul to meet you, wonderful woman and teacher, and come to know your practice of yoga and mindfulness... it gave me precious moments of peace and closure to my everyday cahotic and stressfull life! I really look forward to meeting you again and also thank you for this amazing opportunity
— Laura
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I met Maria at a lake view yoga and mindfulness event, which was given to me last year. It was the first time I participated in a yoga class, but I must say that Maria immediately conquered me with her smile, her delicacy and extreme professionalism. I immediately liked her positive approach and the extreme sensitivity with which she follows all the participants. Her classes are a mix of relaxation, more intense exercise and knowledge of your own body. From the first lesson at the lake I then decided to continue following the online classes and I absolutely recommend her classes to dedicate quality time to yourself. If you have the chance to join one of her events in nature they are magic!

—  Laura
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A typical daily Program

Slow morning

8am - 10am: Morning, Vinyasa or Hatha flow Yoga - typically a more dynamic flow yoga class. and Mindfulness Meditation.

10am - 11am: delicious brunch (vegetarian)

11am - 5pm: free time / pool/ walk in nature / town visit / beach / One way we do a workshop in Myofacial Release (of approximately 3h). You have the possibility to take a dip in the pool, walk around to explore the surrounding nature or take a rest under the olive trees, read a book in the hammock or connect with your fellow retreat participants. Or go for excursions to the beach, nearby towns ecc.

5pm - 6.30pm: evening yoga practice (restorative yoga/yoga nidra and Mindfulness meditation). One day we will do a sunset meditation.

6.30pm - 7.30pm: dinner (plant-based)

08.00-09.30

FOOD:

All food is included in the retreat price, which includes an abundant, delicious brunch that keeps you full until the evening/dinner time. As much fresh fruit, nuts and tea you want is available throughout the day, and is included in the price. Then the dinner is also included in the price, and all meals are prepared by our private chef for the retreat centre, and most of the ingredients are grown there at the retreat centre. Everything ecological and plant passed. If you have any intolerances, allergies and special needs that will also be taken into account. If so please notify me when you sign up.

Food is a central component at YogApulia and we believe passionately in healthy, nourishing and sustainably sourced ingredients to support a yoga practice. Our food is all plant based with a focus on seasonal, local produce wherever possible.  
 

One day I will also introduce you to the exercise in Mindful Eating, so you can keep this in mind while you enjoy your meals at the retreat if you wish, and see how it may change how you appreciate the flavours, ecc.

On the arrival day we will have a welcome circle to get to know each other a bit and do a practice together.

On the leaving day...

 

The Program may be subject to change. 

This year as a new element I have my baby with me so there may be some changes in the program, and there will be some more open space for you to rest and enjoy the place, let practices sink in, or chat with each other (the group is always wonderful and inclusive!). I have my boyfriend with me to watch the baby but will breastfeed him and be with him sometime in between sessions etc.

 

Options not included in the price:

  • If you want to travel around more before/after your retreat, the retreat centre knows the area well and can give you lots of tips as well as tips for car rental ecc.

  • If you want to explore more in your free time during the retreat itself you can also rent a car either the whole stay or also only for one or more days, and if so, the retreat centre can arrange it so that your rental car is delivered to, and picked up from the retreat centre.

Investment:

Fot the retreat in November of 4 nights and 5 days the price is:

For the retreat in April of 6 nights and 7 days, the price is:

EARLY BIRD price of € 1450 until 1st of August, then

€ 1550 for the whole stay, including all the yoga class, workshops, all meals and fruit, nuts and tea through the day, and accommodation in the beautiful Trulli's, use of the property and pool, and an organised walk to the nearby village together.

 

Email me if you want to be sent info on how to make the payment and secure your spot.

Payment Policy: to secure your spot you ned to pay a deposit of 600€, which is non refundable (so make sure you have a travel insurance to cover this in case you have to cancel last minute) 

 

a high demand to participate in this retreat, so please note that once you have made your payment, you have made your final reservation for a spot in the retreat, and your payment is non-refundable no matter the reason for not being able to participate, as the payment for you is already made in terms of food, etc, and the total contribution of all participants is also what enables us able to offer such a good price to each and every individual participant of the retreat. 

In case of rain all day, the event will be moved to another weekend. If you cannot make it that weekend, then your payment will be refunded.

Welcome!

To book your spot send me an email: maria@mariawaag.com, and I'll send you the payment info.

Also, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Access to the private and exclusive property of Agriturismo di Castello di Vezio and use of their pool if it is open (which usually costs 30€ a person only this)

  • Special Lunch Buffet made only for us by the Agriturismo + two people working for us + being available all day at the Agriturismo.

  • 90min Yoga class (Mindful Yoga Flow)

  • 10 different practices of Mindfulness 

  • Ticket to visit the Castle: Castello di Vezio (usually 5€)

  • For those taking the train we will try to see if we can manage to organize a pick-up from the train station to go to the agriturismo. This will depend on how many people are arriving by train and what is practically feasible by volunteers stepping in with the use of their car. If this is not possible the transport from the train to the agriturismo will be additional to the cost and a sharing of taxies can be organized (the trip is not far/long, but by walk it is a very steep hike so it will take some time and is not feasible in relation to the time table unless you take an earlier train)

  • Parking of your car inside the property of the Agriturismo for free. Charging opportunities for electric cars are available too (for an additional fee).

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to arrive at the Agriturismo. (see below under practical for suggestions and tips)​

  • Other meals/aperitivo for those who want to stay longer at the lake after the event. 

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Practical Info

WHAT YOU NEED:

Bring your own yoga mat! And if you don't have one notify me upfront, I have a selected few you could borrow, but since they are not many you need to book upfront.

+ bring also a notebook or a sheet of paper and a pencil or pen for the writing exercise.

Remember a sweater/jacket for the afternoon and sunset meditation as it may get chilly.

If the pool is open (if the weather is still warm) this will be notified by email upfront so you know that you also could potentially bring a swimsuit and a towel)

Alternatives for your partner not interested in yoga/meditation:

If you want to bring your partner to this beautiful location and use the opportunity to also get a day here, and meals together, yet they do not want to participate in the yoga and meditation sessions, here are the options:

  • You can bring your partner/friend even if they do not want to do the practices they can still: 1) participate in the welcome+ get the welcome drink, participate in the lunch together, and join the visit of the castle together, and while we are doing the yoga and meditation practices they are free to use the private property of this luxurious and vast nature park and area of the 4 star Agriturismo, and their pool. They can walk around and explore, enjoy the poolside (if it is open), read a book in the shade of the many trees or find one of the many benches with astonishing views over the lake, or walk down to the city of Varenna (there is a staircase down, beautiful walk although a bit steep up again as you have the same stairs up) and more!

  • Luch is included for them + welcome drink 

  • Ticket to visit the castle will be included for them

  • The staff will be available for them too if they want to make separate orders (glass of wine, coffee on the terrace etc), we have two staff only there for us that day.

  • In case you are a couple where one wants to do the yoga+meditation and the other not, you will get a discount of 5 euros, so the total is  138euro (118euro with Early Bird) for both.

  • You could bring your pet, but this needs to be arranged upfront, you need to talk to Agriturismo first, and there may be extra fees. It is also important that if you do, your partner will be watching your pet so that it does not disturb the practices.

 

PRACTICAL:

  • Payment, contact Maria at maria@mariawaag.com, and she will send you more information.

  • To get there by car takes less time than train (1h from Milano)

  • For those who want to take the train, there is one that is leaving from Milano Centrale at 08.20 on Saturday the 7th (RE8), there is one change of train to the train (D21) that will arrive directly at the station in Varenna 09.48 (which is the best option and closest station). It could be possible we can manage to arrange pick-up for free from the station but only if participants who arrive by car offer to use their car for the pickup. Alternatively, expect to use a small sum on sharing a taxi van that will be booked and paid directly to the driver and split between the participants in the van, so remember to bring cash for this to make that easier for everyone, so no one has to pay for someone else. Sharing will make this cheaper, and easier, and once we know how people arrive, an email will be sent out with practical info on this + that additional cost. The drive is not far, but it is very steep from the train station to the agriturismo as it has a scenic position at the top of the hill, so walking there would take too much time, so if you prefer walking instead you need to take an earlier train. Pick-up from other stations cannot be arranged and the transfer would have to be arranged by you.

  • Bring with you: 1. your yoga mat (if you do not have any, write to Maria and she will see how we can arrange something), 2. a sweater/jacket/blanket as it may be cold at sunset. 3. a notebook/sheet of paper and a pen for the writing exercise.

 

NB: In case of rain the event will be moved to another weekend. If you cannot make that weekend, your payment will be refunded.

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Where?

1h drive from Milan, 2h by train to Varenna.

Agriturismo di Castello di Vezio, adress:

Via del Castellano 16
23828 Vezio di Perledo, Varenna (LC), Italia

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