Vedaguru Centre

Vedaguru Centre organizes Ayurveda yoga retreats, training, and Panchakarma retreats in India and Italy.

Instructors 3

Carola Altea

After a trip to India in 2008, attracted by Ayurvedic medicine, by the powers of nature, and her passion for anthropology, Carola has known indigenous and ancient cultures present in Kerala. She has worked for years in Greece, learning the culture and the mysteries of the Cyclades. She has lived in Italy, in the Alps, where she rediscovered the ancient traditions and cults. She has studied Ayurveda, pranic healing, yoga, and meditation in India.

Mariangela Pascale

A masseuse and therapist since 2000, Mariangela is always open and looking for an improvement in the studies. She uses multiple techniques in her work, like hot stone therapy massage, watsu, Ayurvedic massage, deep tissue, slimming, anti-stress, and energetic. She is the president of Vedaguru Association.

Fabio Basalisco

Fabio is a specialist in neurology, with refinement in Ayurvedic medicine and psychosomatic, having been trained in India, as a student of Doctor Raju. After years of general practice, he decides to resign and devote himself to Ayurvedic medicine. He followed a three-year course to become an Ayurvedic therapist and received his diploma in Ayurvedic medicine from Maharishi Vedic University. For more than 20 years, he has been dealing with Ayurveda, combining the study of the basic principles with an interest for massage, nutrition, yoga, meditation, philosophy, and psychology.

Reviews 25

Jane Bousfield

from United Kingdom, June 2018

"Montepaolo relaxation"

Thank you everyone at Masseria Montepaolo for making me so welcome and relaxed. Carola's well structured yoga and lovely trips out and Mariangela's healing hands were just what I needed and the incomparable Joseph topped it off perfectly.

Luke Fry

from United States, June 2018

"Amazing experience, very relaxing"

I originally booked a different retreat which unfortugot cancelled. Looking into other options I found Verdaguru Centre and the price was only marginally more for half board instead of the B&B option of the one I had booked, so I booked it. Carola was great from her messages before I went, right through to the end. She picked me up from a different station due to train issues, took us out to different places almost everyday and made sure we as a group were well looked after and had everything we needed. The place we stayed was wonderful, Joseph was always on hand at meal times to fill any request and the food was delicious. Most days the pool was extremely quiet and peaceful and on the two days where events were being held it was still possible to relax by the pool even though music was being played. I ended up having 3 treatments which helped to further add to what was one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever had. Yoga every day could have been a bit more challenging, but it did provide a great foundation of yoga that can be easily run through on a daily basis. For me, I was hoping to stretch deeper and have a more intense experience learning further balance postures, but on a few days I either got up earlier and stretched before the class or had a session in the afternoon in the space with one of the other guests. For some reason it says I am American, but I am actually from London and thoroughly enjoy my trip to Puglia and the Verdaguru Centre.

Patsy Heatley

from United Kingdom, June 2018

"Wonderul time in Puliga Yog retreat"

Everything from the moment we arrived. Carola is a warm friendly person, as is Marieangela. Yoga, massages, food, wine, weather, all excellent. I am still feeling the benefits of my relaxing week in Italy, even now! Other guests were also a pleasure to be with - shall definitely be back. Missing everything and everyone. Also must mention the enjoyable cookery classes with the lovely Anna and the friendly smile from Joseph who was always on hand to help.

Susan Lamb

from United Kingdom, May 2018

The whole experience at Montepaolo was excellent, the teaching by Carola, treatments from Mariangela, friendship, accommodation, food and programme were super and very good value for money. Would love to return.

Preeti Mistry

from United Kingdom, May 2018

Just had a lovely week at montepaolo yoga retreat! Great week to unwind and recharge.The yoga was excellent. Carola and team were just amazing and ever so accommodating. The farmhouse was beautiful and Joseph is an absolute star! The food was delicious!I would have liked two yoga classes a day but still had a great time. Would highly recommend it and hopefully I look forward to visiting again ! Thank you! :)

Cinzia Tanfani

from Italy, May 2018

"puglia mon amour"

carola è veramente una grande insegnante,eravamo solo in tre a fare yoga, in pratica lezioni private!! per nn parlare di mariangela, esperta in massaggi ayurveda , avrei voluto portarle entrambe con me a Milano!

e che dire di conversano, raffinata cittadina, e di Monopoli, bellissima..e poi Matera..

insomma, ne è valsa la pena, grazie di tutto! cucinare poi le orecchiette con la dolce Anna poi è stato davvero divertente..

May Anderson

from United Kingdom, April 2018

"Superb way to recharge"

Great food, lovely setting and genuine and kind hosts. I'd highly recommend for someone who needs a break from stressful city life. Conversano is beautiful and if you're looking to re-charge this Vedaguru holiday is the perfect way to do it.

Paula Dukehart

from Greece, March 2018

"Yoga week"

I was the only person for my week as there were some cancellations. I was so fortunate as I am a beginner yoga student & Carola spent so much time teaching me & going over everything. The cooking class was also the same & was such fun to do everything from scratch. Joseph is a joy, always so attentive to absolutely everything that I might need & my massages were wonderful. A perfect week. Actually I am from California, (not Greece) but gad come from 6 months living in Jordan.

Trudy Coe

from United Kingdom, October 2017

"A perfect week all round! "

I loved the mix of activities (yoga, cooking and excursions) and the warm welcome from Carola and all the staff and helpers at Montepaolo. Nothing was ever too much trouble and it felt like being at home in an extended family. Everything was provided and every wish was catered for.

Tina Chaodee Edvall

from Sweden, July 2017

The stay at this accomondation was like staying at an Italian dream. The food and the service was great and the yoga Teacher Carola was adorable. The morning yoga was really good and rewarding. Moreover, she provided us with a cooking class and took us to Conversano, Pogliamare and Aberobello and guided us well. The treatments was amazing!

Cait O'neill

from Ireland, July 2017

"A oasis of calm in nature's surroundings"

The welcome. The support and helpfulness. The calm tranquil environment. There was a real feeling of home. The food all day long was incredible. All staff were very hospitable and warm to speak with. Joseph so dependable and always there with help you needed, a friend to me now, I wish him all that is good in the world. Arianna so helpful young and full of vitality. José great sense of humour, very funny. Lucrezia so hard working ,providing food that I never experienced before. The taste. ...

My teacher, Lucrezia , we spoke Italian and cooked. What an absolutely amazing experience. Lucrezia is an amazing cook and teaches so incredibly well.

Maria Angela, the treatment was so good I had to have another one! I truly have not ever experienced such a complete level of relaxation of mind and body.

Last but not least, Carola, it was a immense pleasure to meet and encounter a truly wonderful woman, with all the energy to ensure that my trip was a enjoyable one, on every level, mind, body and soul. Nothing was too difficult. All the activities, the yoga my first time and was an experience I shall carry forward with me. Trips were amazing with Carola giving us all the information. Carola ensured I felt safe travelling alone. What an asset to the Vedeguru Centre.

I feel healed and relaxed on my return to my home, for this I thank all the staff ,I wish you all good health and the very best the world can give you.

Signe Marie Rølland

from Norway, July 2017

"Amazing!"

Everything was more than I could hope for. I will recommend it to everyone!

Patricia Saleten

from United States, June 2018

"très bon rapport qualité -prix"

Tout ; le logement confortable et bien équipé ; la nourriture délicieuse ; les massages fabuleux , le cours de cuisine ; la région des Pouilles (excursions incluses).

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Elisa Stieglmeier

from Germany, May 2018

"Perfect mixture of yoga, massages, adventures and relaxing"

- Communication in advance was always great, which made me feel prepared and looking forward to my yoga retreat even more

- Pick-up service from Conversano was perfectly coordinated and in general the

possibility to be able to do trips to Conversano, Polignano a Mare and

Alberobello was great! Overall, it was a perfect mixture of yoga &

ayurvedic massages, exploring new cities and having time to relax in the sun by the pool

- The accommodation was wonderful and Montepaolo was the perfect place for the retreat! Back home, I really miss the quietness at night and waking up to singing birds.

- Everybody at Montepaolo was super friendly and Joseph was so

incredibly helpful and kind!!

- The food was amazing, although it was waaay too much

- I was really impressed by the ayurvedic treatments and I felt so much better afterwards!

=> I would come back anytime again!!

Carla Ferilli

from United States, April 2018

"100% in orde!"

Fanstische mensen

Fantastisch eten

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Marguerite Berreklouw

from Netherlands, April 2018

"Flexibiliteit"

Carola Altea is deskundig. Ook van de kok heb ik veel geleerd. De hele staf maakt het je helemaal naar de zin. Dat voelt niet als een gunst, maar iedereen vindt dat vanzelfsprekend

Claudia Rajlich

from Switzerland, October 2017

"YogaRetreat in Apulien"

Super Lage, alles sauber und alles was man braucht, fabelhafter Ort, einzigartige Betreuung von Josef (eine Art Butler); auch Carola die den Retreat leitet ist sehr behilflich, hat alles toll organisiert, angenehmer Yogakurs für alle Niveaus am Morgen angeboten, fabelhaft Yoga und Ayurveda erklärt, sowie alle unsere Bedürfnisse abgeholt. Die Treatments waren top und der Kochkurs lustig und sehr lehrreich. Zumal waren die Ausflüge sehr interessant, und auch einen zuverlässiger Transfer wurde (für unsre Extra-Ausflüge) wurde immer sauber organisiert. Man kann durchaus als Frau alleine hinfahren - es da wirklich ungefährlich und man findet sofort Freunde unter den Veranstaltern, Einheimischen und last but not least eine sehr nette Teilnehmer-Truppe. Herzlichen Dank! Weitermachen so!

Christine Sugg

from Belgium, May 2017

"Un vrai bonheur"

very Nice place ans perfect welcome. Je me suis sentie choyée. Lucrezia, Carola et Joseph prennent soin de vous et de vos envies. Bien être, cours de cuisine, visites ... Un chouette mix pour une semaine agréable. Encore merci à tous. Christine.

Testimonials 5

Andres Israel

Ayurveda Yoga Retreat website

I had a great time during my stay in Vedaguru Center in Puglia. The charming country house is comfortable and very well conserved at the same time. Breakfast and dinner were delicious and the staff was really very kind and helpful with all my requests. Yoga practice and treatments were excellent and very profesional and also the tours we made were interesting and allowed us to know places that otherwise had been difficult to see. Special thanks for Carola and Mariangela for their great job and sincere dedication and for making me feel at home in the beautiful Puglia.

Alison United Kingdom

Vedaguru Centre website

I had a great holiday at Vedaguru Ayurveda Yoga Retreats. Carola and her colleagues - Mariangela who does a great massage, and Lucrezia, who teaches the cookery and made us laugh a lot - were absolutely fantastic. As well as being the yoga instructor, Carola gave us tours of local places of interest, told us where to get the best ice creams and gave us great insight into the local culture - all done with charm and including her great sense of humour at no extra cost! The Montepaolo agriturismo farmhouse was charming, surrounded by cherry and almond trees and with bicycles to borrow to cycle along the country roads and a pool to cool off in. I came away feeling relaxed, refreshed, very well fed, and generally chilled out. Thoroughly recommend! Have a lovely rest of the summer.

Alison United Kingdom

Vedaguru Centre website

I had a great holiday at Vedaguru Ayurveda Yoga Retreats. Carola and her colleagues - Mariangela who does a great massage, and Lucrezia, who teaches the cookery and made us laugh a lot - were absolutely fantastic. As well as being the yoga instructor, Carola gave us tours of local places of interest, told us where to get the best ice creams and gave us great insight into the local culture - all done with charm and including her great sense of humour at no extra cost! The Montepaolo agriturismo farmhouse was charming, surrounded by cherry and almond trees and with bicycles to borrow to cycle along the country roads and a pool to cool off in. I came away feeling relaxed, refreshed, very well fed, and generally chilled out. Thoroughly recommend! Have a lovely rest of the summer.

C Hoyle United Kingdom

Vedaguru Centre website

A wonderful week in Puglia learning Hatha Yoga, Italian cooking and seeing the local sights. Carola set the pace for the entire week just right! She was an absolutely brilliant teacher, leader, tour guide, friend - she made the week for us with her humour, wit and fantastic knowledge of her subject. The farmhouse was beautiful; cherry trees as far as the eye could see; a beautiful pool area and we were looked after at breakfast and dinner by the wonderful Joseph. Lucreiza our cookery teacher was just fabulous, as was the food she helped us to prepare and dinner every night was a feast of local Puglian fare! I have certainly come back heavier, despite the daily yoga and cycling! We were also blessed to have two other people joining the week who were easygoing and fun!! I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday to anyone!

Victoria United Kingdom

Vedaguru Centre website

I’m back in grey England now after warm sunny days in Puglia,I look back on my days at Montepaolo with great pleasure. The masseria is a beautiful environment with comfortable rooms and delicious food, The experience was excellent, thanks to everyone there who made me so welcome, and all the extra effort and kindnesses shown. I appreciated how adaptable, relaxed and well-organized you were, Carola, as well as an excellent teacher. The yoga was stimulating, enjoyable and fun, and it’s helpful to have the handbook to bring away. You were a knowledgeable guide to the local towns and it was a great privilege to explore them with you. Mariangela’s massages were utterly wonderful, truly relaxing and healing. The cooking was a fun activity too, a nice thing to do together.

I hope to return next year. Enjoy the rest of the summer and thank you very much for such an enriching experience. All very warmest wishes and a big hug,

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