An hour from Rome we find the In Sabina estate. Two beautifully restored 17th-century stone buildings overlook an incredible panorama of olive groves and fruit trees. There are three terraces with beautiful views for relaxing and watching the amazing sunsets.
Torri, a medieval village with barely 1000 residents, is about 3km away.
At In Sabina you will find a lovely arrangement of beautiful rooms set in acres of lush groves of olive trees, fresh fruit trees, flowers, and all the beauty the Italian landscape has to offer.
Rooms are spacious and well equipped. Several rooms have shared bathrooms.
Several single rooms are available, at additional cost.
The region has long been famous for its quality food and drink; the olive oil is even considered to be one of the best in the world.
In Sabina is featured in the Taschen publication Great Yoga Retreats!
More information and pictures on: www.insabina.com.
Your Daily Programme
Below you can see what a ‘typical’ day could look like. We will give you the full program of the week once you arrive. We’ll also leave enough space for adjustments in the schedule, just to be open for the unexpected and for you, to find enough room to simply relax. We might add a workshop or go for a guided walk, all depending on the weather conditions and overall group interest. Being open and ready to explore is what most participants have in common and what makes our weeks so incredibly special.
This is your time, your holiday, so if you want to skip a class or a workshop that is absolutely fine. Although we believe you will find the program stimulating and fun, primarily we want you to relax and enjoy yourself.
Three and a half hours of yoga a day may sound way too much, especially when you have never done yoga before or when you’re a beginner. Not to worry, this is not a boot camp and we’ll make sure you stay within your limits.
Typical day example
07:00 Wake up “call”, no need to bring alarm clocks: we’ll make sure you wake up on time.
07:30 Pranayama, Yoga and Meditation program
The meditation and yoga programs are a soft approach to what may become part of your daily life. Through meditation and yoga, people from around the world and of all level of society have reached incredible results in balancing body, mind and spirit.
Every class will be different, in style but also in the way you experience it. The different styles will depend if there is a guest teacher, for sure included are: Hatha, Yin, Yin/Yang and Kundalini. Towards the end of the week we usually fit in a more Ashtanga inspired class, all depending on the group.
1 massage per person is offered during this week. You can check the schedule to see when it’s your turn. If you would like more pampering, you can add more massages.
17:00 Restorative yoga – 1,5 hour
The restorative yoga classes are gentle yoga classes to rejuvenate your body.
There is also a Silent Day in our program.
A day to experience silence and to simply contemplate. Breakfast and lunch are served in silence.
An ideal opportunity to explore how it is not to have any real communication.
Most guests do not look forward to this day but afterwards, many refer to this day as being one of their favorite moments!
This retreat is now over for this year..
Please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about dates next year or other Revaling Vajra retreats.
Your host, Rachel Bonkink
Ciao! I’m Rachel Bonkink, your personal yoga and meditation teacher and travel guide on this journey.
When you go home after this week, with a mental back pack, filled with practical tools to help you maintain and cultivate Balance in your daily life, my heart will sing!
I have been teaching for several years now and I do what I do because it is who I am – it is what I love to do. Traveling the world and inspiring people in anyway I can.
THESE YOGA HOLIDAYS ARE DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER HOLIDAY OUT THERE!
That’s quite a statement … I know… But, what I bring across is so much more than bending forwards and backwards. As I have a worked both as a COO and consultant before founding Revealing Vajra, I know what stress is. I know what deadlines are, real deadlines, handling huge budgets-with a lot of zeros, pleasing your C-level customers, keeping your corporate tribe happy- our tribe had 100+ people on the payroll, … the works….
Combine this with many years as a personal life coach, my shiatsu practises and ongoing yoga teacher trainings and personal retreats….
And you get someone in front of you who is able to organise retreats that are quite different than most yoga holidays.
It is this unique combination – a deep understanding of corporate life and the corporate ladder, alongside a vast experience of mind-body trainings and many personal retreats, plus the expertise of organising over 35 of my own yoga retreats – that gives my yoga holidays and retreats a very POWERFUL edge.
I will help you to focus on enjoying your practice and gaining new insights into your body, mind and the yoga philosophy.
To me, these holidays are so much more than just a getaway. These retreats can be truly life changing and empower you to become a more healthy and happy person.
Rachel’s retreat is exceptional.
She has taken time to choose the perfect location and put together a week that is restful, rejuvenating and results in a very complete and satisfying week.
Really enjoyed experiencing various yoga styles and learning from her. She is a very kind and giving soul. We had a great time and would highly recommend one of her retreats. I plan to come again!
Maria, Seattle, USA
Different Yoga Styles
I will teach different styles of yoga, and offer several guidelines /techniques for meditation during this week.
Starting slowly with Hatha, Yin, Yin/Yang and Restorative. Building it up towards a more Vinyasa inspired class. At least one class will focus on alignment and one class is Kundalini yoga.
All levels are welcome, I know how to adjust all poses.
On one yoga retreat, I had a beautiful 70 year old yogini, and a cool überfit ashtangi practising side by side, in one class, so it is possible. Not being fit or flexible is not an excuse to not do yoga! Oh, and they both came back already 🙂
For me, it’s important that you (learn how to) FEEL in class. That you know WHAT you are actually doing in a pose.
That you can find focus and stillness in a posture.
This means some classes will be very tough (and very inspiring 🙂 ) if you are used to fast paced Vinyasa classes.
I don’t take life all too seriously, nor do I see yoga as the most serious thing in the world. It’s very possible that I even make a joke here or there during our classes together…
Pranayama (breathing), meditation and yoga philosophy are part of all my lessons.
Asana wise, I started my own journey about 10 years ago with Ashtanga, got very inspired by Iyengar trained teachers and currently enjoy receiving guidance from and being very inspired by Sarah Powers.
I am happy to discuss your expectations and see if this holiday is right for you. I welcome any and all questions or concerns you may have and invite you to email me at: email@example.com or just give me a call on +32 476 204 121.
Transfer from and to In Sabina retreat centre are included in the price of the retreat, if you arrive and depart around the indicated hours, so you just need to arrange your flights from and to Rome.
Rome has two airports: Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) and Ciampino. From there, transfers will be arranged for you.
Depending on your country of departure, there will be different airlines available to fly into Rome. Alitalia, Ryanair and Transavia usually offer very competitive rates, so please check on their website for fares from your country of departure.
Important to know is that the earliest arrival at In Sabina is 16:00 on Saturday. The optimum flight arrival time for all, is as close to 15:30 as possible. This enables us to organize a group transfer in a minibus.
Same for the return flight on Saturday, we would suggest a shared minibus leaving from the retreat centre around 09:30, to reach Fiumicino/ Ciampino / Roma Termini around 11:00. So, any flight in the afternoon is therefore a good choice. Check out for all is at 10:00 on Saturday.
If your arrival and/or departure times are very different from the indicated ones (e.g. when flying in from the US), we will help you in finding the best solution. Either via train or (a shared) taxi. Transfers are quite expensive in Italy. A taxi from the airport to In Sabina is 120€.
We would like to encourage you to book your flights as early as possible as flight prices rise steeply over time. Unless you’re driving to Italy yourself, in that case, happy travels in the Italian traffic…
In Sabina is located only 50 minutes from the centre of Rome.
We are happy to share some nice tips on B&B’s and restaurants should you wish to stay in Rome for a day or two to explore this magical city before or after the retreat.
What to bring
Part of the anticipation and enjoyment of the trip is considering what you are going to be doing and planning and packing. This includes happy anticipation and mindful preparation for the nice retreat you are going to participate in.
Main thing is not to worry, simply enjoy the preparations.
Don’t worry about wearing the same outfit more than once. This is a retreat where you do not need to dress to impress. Wear whatever feels comfortable. Don’t worry about forgetting an important item either, you’re going to Italy, so practically anything can be bought for you, should this be necessary.
Quick List of what to bring:
- Airplane tickets, boarding pass or electronic versions
- Travel insurance is not included so, as for any other travel abroad, highly recommended
- Travel documents: itineraries, phone numbers
- Basics like socks, underwear, sleepwear, swimsuit, hat
- Pool towel
- Toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush, comb, feminine hygiene supplies, shower gel, sunscreen, mosquito repellent
- Medications, prescriptions, eyeglasses, contact lenses supplies
- Yoga outfit(s)
- White trousers and/or a white T-shirt for our Kundalini class
- Sneakers or walking shoes, our hike is on easy grounds so no need for real walking boots, shoes that won’t hurt your feet whilst walking for 2 hours are fine
- Sweater and long trousers, it can be chilly in the morning and evening
- Tech stuff like power cords, chargers, camera, cell, mobile device
- A notebook for when you feel inspired
What you don’t need:
- Yoga mat, yoga props
- Fancy clothes
- Shoes with heels
- Flatirons, hair dryers, jewelry
- Alarm clock
Laptop, smart phones: it’s ok to bring them but maybe you could gently inform the home front that you might not be very responsive this week?
For all the right reasons there’s no Wifi at In Sabina, there is a bar in Torri (30 minute walk) with Wifi though.
The diet during this week is vegetarian.
If you have an allergy to a particular ingredient, let us know, and a separate dish will be made for you.
No alcohol is served during the week and we would appreciate if you do not bring your own wine to consume at the dinner table. On Friday evening, during the evening out at a typical Italian restaurant, there is the possibility to taste amazing Italian wine!
This is my third retreat with Rachel. As usual, she delivered!!!!
Better each time and providing each participant with the best retreat experience. Distance for someone travelling from another continent becomes irrelevant. Thanks Rachel.
Nenita Torres, TX, USA
Once again, a very relaxing holiday with really nice yoga classes and delicious food!
Suitable for all levels!
Marie Louise Kok, the Netherlands
Rachel took care of us in all senses and I admire her genuine humbleness.
I loved the yoga classes, ALL of them, but also the rest of the program.
In Sabina itself is located in a beautiful area, just perfect for a yoga retreat. It’s cozy and decorated with very good taste, full of details and the yoga platform is wonderful!
I came back for a second time on a Revealing Vajra Yoga Retreat so that should say enough!
Everyone takes care of you and that is a wonderful feeling to have!
Pati Nunez, Spain
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
We know that too often, you go on a retreat but then have to pay for all the nice “extras”… things like massages, transfers, workshops, excursions… sound familiar?
Not with us though!
We promise that everything will be included in the price.
We believe that the nice extras aren’t “optional”.
They help turn a good retreat into an amazing one.
We want you to feel more happy, free and have a great yoga retreat in Italy!