9 Days Yoga Retreat in The Dolomites, Italy

  • Cassera Caviazza, Dolomiti Bellunesi, Italy

Kalaripayattu and Yoga Holiday Italy

In a really calm and welcoming environment totally surrounded by green fields and cute cows, you are going to try to go back to the nature. A journey through the self-consciousness guided by yoga session, outdoor meditation, AcroYoga practices, Thai yoga massage, yoga Vinyasa, flow yoga, chanti, Ashtanga workshop, and Kalarippayattu introduction. You will try to invite your souls going back to their natural rhythm, to the essential state of your existence, finding a connection between your body, mind, and the environment.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • AcroYoga and Thai yoga massage classes
  • Enjoy refreshing morning walks in the nature
  • Obtain deep relaxation through singing in circle
  • Learn the ancient martial arts of Kalaripayattu
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa workshop
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying at Casera Caviazza (1887 meters a.s.l.), a part of Malga Caviazza which is still used for the summer grazing of bovines from the agri-touristic farm “Busa dei Sbrase”, located in the nearby Agordo.

Totally merged in the beauty of the green fields of Val Bios, it’s a building that was built in the first half of the last century. It is made of porphyry rock and larch wood that is marked by the years, the history of the Alpine architecture, and the life experiences of many families.

Recently renewed with passion by the De Toffol family, the house offers the necessary and minimal comfort for a really nice stay also during winter; there are a wood-heating system and also radiative panels. Upstairs, you find a big room with 10 single beds equipped with a warm duvet, and a bedroom with two beds, a living room with a big table able to host all the guests of the house, and a small fireplace. There are also a small kitchen and a bathroom with a shower.

Outside, you have to possibility to use a big and recently made larch wood terrace, with a wonderful view of the Dolomites (in particular Mount Civetta, Pale di San Martino, Focobon, and the most western one, the Mulaz Mountain).

The trees that were used to build this terrace come from the same place in which new trees have been planted. A sustainable use of the rough material that this place offers. There is also a covered space for meditation sessions in case of bad weather.

Flow yoga

Flow yoga follows the teaching of the Therapeutic Hatha yoga and the Awakening of the Vital Energy (based on the optimization of the health and on an all level body, mind, and spirit wellness, mixing the ancient science of yoga with the modern techniques body-mind).

The yoga Vinyasa (from the Sanscrit, it means “step by step”) method is characterized by the fusion between breath and movement, it's an energetic and creative practice which allows you in gaining strength and flow, combining asanas (positions), music, and spontaneous movement and it will help you reaching your targets.

Shiva flow (with Paula Medina)

Shiva flow is a contemporary style of yoga founded by Silvia Romani. The practice which is based on an uninterrupted flow of movement from asana to another, represents a myth or legend of the Vedic tradition.

The main feature of the sequences are:

  • Coherence of the sequence with the narrated myth
  • Asana progression to get to the main posture of the sequence
  • Flow of movements

Singing in circle (with Massimo Kyo Di Nocera)

The yoga of sound or Mantra yoga is a path that through songs and awareness techniques leads you to a deep relaxation and to the rediscovery of your harmony.

AcroYoga and Thai yoga massage (with Matteo Bagatella)

Let’s discover together the joy of contact and share through the trust. AcroYoga was born in California in the 90s by the fusion of elements of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai yoga massage. The practices that you will do together will have the aim to introduce the discipline to all the newbies in all her aspects: from the more acrobatic style to the more relaxing one, always searching for sintony and safety.

AcroYoga is good for everyone, it has no side effects, but it can cause strong addiction! And after the acrobatics, you will search for some relax with the Thai yoga massage, an ancient discipline that will help you in the de-tension through a massage that uses body weight and body lines, without any use of strength.

Ashtanga Vinyasa workshop

Ashtanga Vinyasa is an ancient yoga system codified by Maestro Pattabhi Jois. Vinyasa means breath synchronised with movement. Vinyasa produces heat, maintains the flow of energy in the spinal column, purifies the body, and supports blood flow, aiding in the elimination of toxins. The practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga increases the strength and flexibility of the body and leads to greater mental focus.

These are the four jewels of Ashtanga: Ujjayi (deep resonant breath), Bandha (control of the parts of the body), Dristhi (gaze), and Vinyasa (the awareness of being present in movement when the latter is united with the breath).

Intro to Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial arts from the south of India, and is considered to be the mother of all martial arts. On the one hand, it is a true defense and offense technique, and on the other it, works on the capacity to control aggressiveness, developing total coordination between the mind and body.

The practice is similar to yoga in many ways and is focused on the individual, with the aim of tuning into the needs and developing the resources of each person. The body is progressively liberated from tension, physical obstacles, and impurities, which stimulates the capacity for self-healing.

Typical day

Early in the morning, you will have walks and yoga lessons (Flow yoga or Ashtanga yoga). Halfway through the morning there are meditation, AcroYoga, and Ashtanga yoga classes. In the afternoon, you will have Shiva flow, introduction to Kalaripayattu, and Thai yoga massage.

  • Maria Paula Medina

    Yoga became part of Paula’s life at the age 18. She studied visual arts in Argentina and Milan and explored trails throughout Latin America with the art project Latin American Pilgrimage (sound therapy and body movements). At the age of 27, she became a yoga instructor. She has logged many hours of training in both Argentina and Europe, and specializes in therapeutic Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Paula lives in the Dolomites where she teaches yoga and accompanies hiking and climbing groups.

  • Massimo Kyo Di Nocera

    Musician and author, founder of the “Music is Love” project whose meditation root ends in the reality in various experiments, such as singing in circle, the production of CDs, and concerts.

  • Matteo Bagatella

    Matteo's addiction to AcroYoga starts in 2015 in Udine. Caught by the beauty of this discipline, he begins to take part in workshops and intensive retreats in order to reach a deeper level in the practice and learn better techniques. In 2016, he moves to Spain, in Valencia where he continues his formation with David Barreto and Eva Lopez, discovering a new approach to the discipline. He starts here also getting closer to Vinyasa yoga under the teachings of David Barreto. Coming back to Italy, he continues his formation in Udine with Marta De Fanti.

  • Tommaso Valentini

    Since 2005, Tommaso has spent long periods of time in India, first training in Hatha yoga and Kalaripayattu, then dedicating himself to training in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. He conducts seminars and courses in Italy and India.

This retreat will take place in Dolomites, Italy.

Nearby places

  • Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport (TSF), 133 kilometers
  • Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), 143 kilometers

Daily meals are included in this retreat. Meals will be vegetarians or vegans, with local products for the most. Particular diet-necessity, such as allergies or intolerance, if signalized before, will be satisfied. The cuisine is really good and tasty with traditional recipes and reformulations of local dishes with a particular attention on the equilibrium of the meals.

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals with local and bio products
  • Daily yoga lessons
  • Subscription fee to the Anima Yoga association
  • Walks in the nearby area
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Driving directions from Belluno-Agordo-Falcade

  • From Belluno-Agordo-Falcade, keep direction north for 48 kilometers.
  • The meeting point is the ski lifts parking at the latest by 4:30 p.m.

Driving directions from Bolzano

  • From Bolzano, drive in direction of Moena-San Pellegrino pass, then follow indications to Molino.
  • The meeting point is the ski lifts parking at the latest by 4:30 p.m.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) or Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport (TSF). Both are the nearest airports from the venue, 143 and 133 kilometers away, respectively. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a train to Belluno and then bus to Falcade. When you are in Falcad, you can take the ski lift (not included in the price), and reach the Casera in 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi until Valles Pass, and then walk on a very easy route to the Casera, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Arrival by train

You can take a train to Belluno's train station, where there is a bus station. You can take the bus to Falcade, where INdolomites Mountain & Yoga will come to get you.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Verified BookMartialArts.com reviews

  • Review by Anne from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I had the pleasure to have Maria Paula Medina as my yoga teacher throughout a yoga and Sound retreat in Spain. Paula has the ability to get every one to fit into the class. So I as a new beginner could also fit into the yoga class. She is a very passionate teacher and with her pleasant personality, she inspires everybody to perform their best. On top of this, she has a great knowledge of theory and chakra system."

    "I must say, that a retreat with yoga and Sound was a wonderful experience!"

    BookYogaRetreats website, edited

  • Review by Victoria from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I truly had the most amazing time and quite possibly one of the best weeks of my life. I came back a different person, with a sense of peace, calm and motivation to keep my lifestyle stress free! "

    "I have not felt this happy, ever!"

    BookYogaRetreats website, edited

  • Review by Donna and Niya from Australia and UK
    10 out of 10

    "Maria Paula is one of the most beautiful people I've ever met. Yoga was great! Paula is beautiful and has a gorgeous, joyous energy!"

    BookYogaRetreats website, edited

Testimonials

  • Review by Natalie Lees from England
    9 out of 10

    "The organisation of the program was really good. The retreat was run really well and extra activities were suggested to maximize our experience in Italy. For example a trip to Capri and lots of walking. We enjoyed two yoga classes a day on a beautiful platform overlooking the sea! Such a peaceful amazing place to practice. The classes were really well taught (in both Italian and English) the flow was a good pace and I feel I learnt a lot about Hatha yoga. We always enjoyed meditation classes and chanting sessions which were really fun as I have never tried this before! "

    "Paula is a great teacher! So friendly and welcoming making sure everyone was ok every step of the way (not just in the classes but during the entire retreat) She would push us further in poses if we needed it to enhance our classes which I really appreciated. Paula is a very skilled yoga instructor and you can see how much passion she has as you see her practice and teach! :)"

    "I have traveled a lot and stayed in some beautiful places around the world and La Selva is definitely one of the most stunning places I have been fortunate enough to visit. The views are so beautiful, the food was AMAZING - all freshly made at La Selva by a very talented chef who is obviously very passionate about his food! The accommodation is rustic, clan and unique, fairly basic but that's all you need during this stay as you don't want to spend time in your room but out enjoying the views!! La Selvas grounds were beautiful and seemingly untouched adding to its charm! I would love to visit here again - I couldn't get enough of the views of the sea - just stunning. The owners were very friendly and welcoming :)"

    "I loved the yoga classes. We practiced twice a day, once before breakfast at 7.30 am and again at 6 pm after a day out or a relax at La Selva. The classes were very well put together and very fun!! I really enjoyed the pace - not too slow and not too fast! I learnt a lot about Hatha yoga from an amazing teacher. Paula is clearly very passionate about yoga as she is very knowledgeable and skilled in her practice. The practices were invigorating and got your heart beating! I hope to practice yoga with Paula again in the future! :)"

    "I can't recommend this retreat enough - I would go back in a heartbeat. I had never done a retreat before this and was a little bit nervous about being solo but most people were travelling alone so we were all in the same boat! Everyone got on really well and we all had a great time together. Meeting different people from different backgrounds all experiencing this amazing retreat together was so lovely. I highly recommend this retreat with Paula and also La Selva :)"

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by Angela Pernal from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "It was a very well organised week, with the time table of our yoga classes and our meals. Everything was easy going and worked out well. having time throughout the day to explore was great and gave us a chance to relax as well."

    "Paul is such a great teacher! the lessons are a nice combination of strength and balance. Also great strength and breathing techniques. the place was very nice and always felt challenger but relaxed. every class was wonderfully."

    "If trying to decide to go a week of sound and flow yoga I highly recommend the simple get power full experience of yoga and meditation that you will achieve. I had the great opportunity of experience a spiritual and physically active week that involve music, breathing and yoga at every level. Great experience and truly a time to feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Thank you! "

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by Stefanie Klein from Austria
    9 out of 10

    "1) General organization of the week / program:"

    "It was perfectly organized, the program was beautiful, I loved it so much the practices of yoga and also meditation! And above all the music of Massimo and his brother! Very beautiful!!!"

    "2) La Selva (food, services, rooms, clean):"

    "La Selva is a wonderful place! The food was very good (very important for me!;) And also the room was very pretty. All clean, perfect."

    "3) Flow Hatha / Vinyasa Flow / teacher:"

    "I love Hatha Flow and Vinyasa Flow also !!!!!! The practice with you was really beautiful and I loved it !!! Especially the practice in the evening because I'm used to practice at this time;) You're amazing teacher and I envy all of which can have the practice with you regularly! What a pity that I do not live near Belluno ;-("

    "4) Comment to give to a person who wants to participate on in a Flow Yoga and Sound week:"

    "I can only recommend to do this important experience in life - it was a great week of Flow Yoga with Paula Medina !!! Yoga is good for the body, good, you meet new people around the world - in short: holidays and yoga - for me it's a perfect combination!"

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "The organisation of the program was really good. The retreat was run really well and extra activities were suggested to maximise our experience in Italy. For example a trip to Capri and lots of walking. We enjoyed two yoga classes a day on a beautiful platform overlooking the sea! Such a peaceful amazing place to practice. "

    "The classes were really well taught (in both Italian and English) the flow was a good pace and I feel I learnt a lot about hatha yoga. We always enjoyed meditation classes and chanting sessions which were really fun as I have never tried this before! "

    "Paula is a great teacher! So friendly and welcoming making sure everyone was ok every step of the way (not just in the classes but during the entire retreat)"

    "She would push us further in poses if we needed it to enhance our classes which I really appreciated. Paula is a very skilled yoga instructor and you can see how much passion she has as you see her practice and teach! :)"

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I have travelled a lot and stayed in some beautiful places around the world and La Selva is definitely one of the most stunning places I have been fortunate enough to visit."

    "The views are so beautiful, the food was AMAZING - all freshly made at La Selva by a very talented chef who is obviously very passionate about his food! The accommodation is rustic, clan and unique, fairly basic but that's all you need during this stay as you don't want to spend time in your room but out enjoying the views!! La Selvas grounds were beautiful and seemingly untouched adding to its charm! I would love to visit here again - I couldn't get enough of the views of the sea - just stunning. The owners were very friendly and welcoming :)"

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I loved the yoga classes. We practiced twice a day, once before breakfast at 7.30am and again at 6pm after a day out or a relax at LaSelva. The classes were very well put together and very fun!! I really enjoyed the pace - not too slow and not too fast! I learnt a lot about hatha yoga from an amazing teacher. Paula is clearly very passionate about yoga as she is very knowledgeable and skilled in her practice. The practices were invigorating and got your heart beating! I hope to practice yoga with Paula again in the future! :)"

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I can't recommend this retreat enough - I would go back in a heartbeat. I had never done a retreat before this and was a little bit nervous about being solo but most people were travelling alone so we were all in the same boat! Everyone got on really well and we all had a great time together. Meeting different people from different backgrounds all experiencing this amazing retreat together was so lovely. I highly recommend this retreat with Paula and also La Selva :)"

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by Nadia from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Antiparos wonderful , location of dreams . Paula professional and very prepared . For people who love the tranquility ,the simple things and nature. There must be love."

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by Deva from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "If you want to give yourself a holiday in a beautiful place , a paradise on earth , in company of wonderful people, between sea, sun and blue sky , silence , adventure , wilderness , smiles and hugs- Taking time to yourself, also through the practice of yoga , there is no reason to be investigated, the Greece is waiting for you . I sincerely thank paula for this fantastic experience."

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga, edited

  • Review by Sarah Monti from Europe

    "Perfect balance between practice, yoga, nature walks, amazing food, herbs and magic of a magician extraordinary and unique. I have loved it!"

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Paul from Europe

    "Thanks for the wonderful weekend and all the staff of the hut."

    INdolomites Mountain & Yoga website, edited

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Arrival: Saturday August 19, 2017
Departure: Sunday August 27, 2017

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