Close to Montalcino, famous for it’s Brunello wine, we find this stunning medieval castle. Surrounded with a vineyard, owned and run by the lovely Greene family. This is the perfect setting for a yoga retreat. Beautifully restored back to it’s former glory, Castello Di Potentino offers their guests both comfort and charm.
In the environment, we find the onyx romanesque abbey of Sant Antimo, the Renaissance City jewel of Pienza and, the famous gardens of La Foce created by Iris Origo. The impressive medieval towns of Pitigliano, Sorano and Siena are also nearby. The hot springs and spas of Saturnia, Bagno Vignoni and Bagni San Fillippo are easy day trips.
In addition to yogasessions twice a day, there will be al fresco meals overlooking the rolling hills of Seggiano, breathtaking walks and excursions around the valley. Alternatively, we can highly recommend doing absolutely nothing by the pool.
In our home away from home, we find several sitting rooms to relax and there’s also a wonderful library to explore.
All 10 rooms are different but have the superb ambiance in common. Several single rooms are available, at additional cost.
The region has long been famous for its quality food and wine. And, some yogic wine tasting is on the retreat schedule for sure as our hosts make their own award winning wines!
Yoga retreat in Italy: Your Daily Programme
Below you can see what a ‘typical’ day could look like on our yoga retreat in Italy. 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 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
08:00 Dynamic Flow Yoga
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.
What a great idea to have a rejuvenating massage, to really relax and take care of your body. Price is 80 Euros for an hour.
17:00 Restorative yoga – 1,5 hour
The restorative yoga classes are gentle yoga classes to rejuvenate your body.
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, Gunn Haglund
London based, Gunn Haglund has been practising Asthanga since 1998. She completed her Triyoga teacher training in 2009 in addition to a range of yoga philosophy, anatomy, Thai yoga massage, and in-debt Ashtanga and Yin yoga courses.
Her teaching involves a flow of dynamic Hatha yoga postures, combined with various relaxation techniques such as pranayama, Qi Gong and guided meditation. Gunn studies neuroscience and positive thinking with Dr Jo Dispenza, zooming in on the mind body connection and Making your Mind Matter.
She is the founder of wellbeing company Planet Energize, a yoga instructor and event manager at Oslo Yoga and a motivational speaker within the fields of Mindfullness, Nutrition to Heal Dis-ease and Positive Thinking & Neuroscience.
It’s her pleasure to invite all levels of yoga on this amazing yoga retreat in Italy!
This holiday is so much more than just a getaway.
This retreat can be truly life changing and empower you to become a more healthy and happy person.
Revealing Vajra Yoga Holidays and Retreats was founded in 2011 by Rachel Bonkink.
In the past 5 years, she has organised over 45 yoga holidays and over 400 guests have joined her on her retreats.
1 in 4 guests come back for a second, third, fourth and even a seventh retreat!
What she offers is truly unique. Perfect organisation, combined with high level teachings. Rachel continues to follow retreats and trainings herself and rejuvenates in the little town where she lives in Essaouira, Morocco. You can read more about Rachel’s story here.
Rachel loves co creating awesome and memorable experiences and therefor only works with the best in the field. Therefor, working with Gunn to organise a retreat in Italy was a no brainer. Combining a perfect organisation with a high level yoga experience. Rachel is not joining this retreat but wishing you a beautiful experience!
Revealing Vajra retreats are exceptional.
Once again, a very relaxing experience with really nice yoga classes and delicious food! Suitable for all levels!
Marie Louise Kok, the Netherlands
Transfers from and to our castle are NOT included in the price of the retreat.
The nearest airports are Rome, Florence and Pisa. Shared rental cars can be arranged.
Alternatively, we can arrange a pick up for you.
Ideally, you arrive on Monday May 15th in time for dinner at 7pm and leave after yoga and breakfast on Sunday the 21st.
Depending on your country of departure, there will be different airlines available to fly into Italy. Alitalia, Ryanair and Transavia usually offer very competitive rates, so please check on their website for fares from your country of departure.
Italy and food… a match made in heaven! We will enjoy delicious meals this week. Pasta, salads, typical Toscan dishes: all prepared with a lot of love for you.
The diet during this week is vegetarian. Breakfast is super worth while with all kinds of home made goodies.
If you have an allergy to a particular ingredient, or you do not eat this or that, let us know, and a separate dish will be made for you.
WHAT TO DO NEXT? BOOKING THIS “YOGA RETREAT IN ITALY”
Prices include full board accommodation and all yoga lessons
1195€ per person for shared accommodation for one week
1495€ per person for private accommodation for one week
If you are a single traveler, no worries, most people are, so we can set you up with a roommate to share the room.
Ideally, you arrive on Monday evening, before dinner so before 7PM. We start our lessons on Tuesday.
On the departure day, we leave our castle around 10AM.
The 350 Euro deposit is non refundable.
There are no partial refunds for late arrivals or if you need to leave the retreat early.
Balance refunds depend on the timing of your cancellation:
A 90% refund will be provided on cancellations, up to 60 days prior to the start date of the booked retreat.
A 50% refund will be provided on cancellations between 30-59 days prior to the start date of the booked retreat.
No refunds will be provided on cancellation between 29-0 days prior to the start date of the booked retreat.
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
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
Why join this retreat?
A yoga retreat in Italy!
Medieval Magic in a real castello, over a 1000 (!) years old.
Imagine Yoga, great Food, Wine, an international crowd and lots of Relaxation…
Indulge in local wine, cheese and olive oil.
Awaken your creativity.
Deepen your practise with an awesome and knowledgeable teacher.
This almost sounds too good to be true, but it’s not 🙂
This is your time, your time to Enjoy.
We want you to feel more happy, free and have a great yoga retreat in Italy!