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This Italian detox and yoga retreat will be immersed in nature, only few kilometers away from the sea, in the Southern Italy. During this holiday in Puglia, let yourself experience natural healing in a beautiful Italian setting. Let go of your worries and immerse yourself in the yoga lessons, detox, and other activities that will let your spirit enjoy.
Montepaolo is a farmhouse built in the 15th century. The masseria sits on top of a hill, overlooking a valley that used to be a lake, and is now filled with local flora and fauna. In the front, there is an enclosed large yard with colorful plants and flowers within high dry stone walls, giving a welcoming feeling of intimacy and protection.
On the side garden, there is a rural chapel with 17th-century frescos, deemed to be Saint Antonio hermitage. Behind the main structure, there is a wide green lawn, a lovely swimming pool reserved for room guests only, a playground, and a four-season gazebo for events such as weddings and business meetings. Two hundred meters from the main structure, there is the "bandit's tower," a 14th-century stone tower rising out of the typical Mediterranean vegetation.
There are ten rooms in the main building, located on either the second or third floor, reached by stairs. The rooms are comprised of a variety of layouts, sleeping either two, three, or four guests. All rooms are very comfortable, providing tranquility and repose in a refined and welcoming environment.
Montepaolo also has two junior suites which are one-bedroom lofts with a kitchen, as well as two two-bedroom apartments in the "bandit's tower". Amenities include Wi-Fi, heating, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, ceiling fan, security box, and hair dryer.
Check in is anytime but room is available after 2 p.m. Check out of room is before 11 a.m. but it is possible to stay at the venue, the pool, etc. using external toilet.
Yoga mat and free bicycle are provided.
Companions who do not participate in the activities can come in a shared room and pay only the accommodation.
There will be an Ayurvedic consultation with the doctor on the first day, during the panchakarma, and on the last day. There will be daily yoga lessons as well, with asana and pranayama sessions according to Ayurveda and the three doshas.
Not only that, participants will also receive daily psychological support from the doctor, in addition to Ayurvedic medical prescription and food guideline. There will be three treatments per day for five days, which could be bolus bag or abhiangam, sauna, or nutritional clister.
During the free time, participants can rest, walk in nature, read light material, and practice gentle yoga and meditation. During the week, it is possible to visit Conversano, which is three kilometers away, and Polignano a Mare, which is 10 kilometers away.
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.
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 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.
This retreat will take place in Conversano, Puglia, south of Italy.
You will be served three meals per day, with the food prepared according to Ayurvedic food guidelines and the doctor's prescription.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI).
From Bari airport it's possible to take the metro to Bari central train station (15 minutes, 5 EUR) and from there train to Conversano (40 minutes, 2,10 EUR).
Vedaguru Centre can organize taxi transfer from Bari or Brindisi Airport.
If you want to reach Puglia by boat, the coast towns from Vieste to Taranto offer mooring facilities and hospitality to seafarers. The ports of Bari and Brindisi, popular stopovers for cruise ships, provide services for both watercrafts and crews.
From Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI), you can take the metro and reach the railroad station from which you can take train to Conversano. Free transfer from Conversano train station to the farmhouse is included in the retreat price. Please let Vedaguru Centre know before arrival time.
From Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI), you can book a taxi. One way to Masseria Montepaolo will cost 60 EUR.
You can take the Brindisi shuttle bus to the train station and from there to Polignano a mare. Vedaguru Centre can organize transfer from Polignano a mare.
For those who would like to rent a car, Vedaguru Centre recommends renting a car directly at the airport of Bari.
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