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8 Days Qi Gong and Tai Chi Training with Matteo Pepe in Ginosa, Italy

Borgo Valle Rita, Contrada Girifalco, Ginosa, Taranto Province, Apulia, Italy

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Join VaWanda in this training and enjoy Qi Gong, Tai Chi, culture, blue sea, and organic food. In the morning, you'll practice Qi Gong before a lovely rich breakfast buffet served on the balcony, among the prickly pears, then excursions or free day. While in the evening, after Tai Chi, it becomes magical to dine on the restaurant’s porch with the soft light that is reflected on the walls, on the yellow and white stone of Lecce. In summer, the cinema theater with American style bar, jazz concerts, cooking classes, and wine tasting with visits to family wineries “Taverna di Nova Siri”, fills up the days of yours, who fall in love with the place and would never want to go away.

Meet the instructors

Matteo
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Highlights

  • Qi Gong with exercises
  • 2 training sessions in a day
  • Self-massage and meditation sessions
  • Tai Chi (Taoist Tai Chi from Wudang Mountains)
  • Breakfast and dinner included
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (US$56 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Brindisi – Salento Airport (US$78 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

You'll be staying at Borgo Valle Rita in Ginosa. At Borgo Valle Rita, it is always nature the main protagonist to wrap and protect you and to regulate the rhythm of your days, as evidenced the centuries-old palm trees, where you will enjoy sweet moments of relaxation, perhaps lulled by the movement of a hammock.

Then there are the olive trees, vineyards, citrus trees and narrow paths among the prickly pears, roses and jasmine. The farm of Borgo Valle Rita produces biological fruit and vegetables since 1992, in the full respect of its generous earth and natural balances that characterize it since centuries, ensuring the healthiness of the same products.

The extraordinary fertility of the land, rich of organic substances, the presence of natural essences that magnificently protect the entire product range, allow isolation that makes Borgo Valle Rita a real biological basis.

The green philosophy of the farm is the power that also marks the sustainable farm management: from solar panels to the water doser, from energy-saving to recycling, nothing in Borgo Valle Rita is left to case, to ensure maximum respect for the environment.

Citron, Mandarancio, Mandarine, Clementine, Orange, and Lemon are your rooms, which consist of two to three beds. Bright and spacious, all are equipped with various comforts: minibar, air conditioning, safe, Wi-Fi, and TV. A private veranda embellishes each of the rooms, giving a unique space and silence, surrounded only by the sounds and colors of nature.

Program

Qigong is a form of gentle exercise composed of movements that are repeated a number of times, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves through space.

You will practice also some "meditating" movements and self massages. Regarding Tai Chi, you will practice a form of Taoist Tai Chi which comes from Wudang Mountains. The Wudang Mountains are renowned for the practice of Tai Chi and Taoism as the Taoist counterpart to the Shaolin Monastery, which is affiliated with Chinese Chán Buddhism. The Wudang Mountains are one of the "Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism" in China, an important destination for Taoist pilgrimages.

Schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Qi Gong with exercises, self-massage, and meditation
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 17:00 Sea / beach visit or excursions
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Tai chi (Taoiste tai chi from Wudang mountains)
  • 20:00 Mediterranean dinner on the terrace with large menu choice

Instructors

Matteo Pepe

Location

Welcome to Borgo Valle Rita, a country resort surrounded by green surrounding, at 72 meters above sea level, inside a biological farm that stretches over 100 hectares of land. Inside the ancient Farmhouse Girifalco, where you can still breathe the past of the ancient fiefs of XIV century, you will discover with pleasure the warmth of the Lunati family that, with passion and dedication, has animated the restructuring of the rural buildings, in full respect of their authenticity and of this history, giving birth to Rita Valley, from the name of the torrent that crosses the property.

The crystalline sea, the architectural beauty, the culinary culture, the olive trees and vineyards, all here in Borgo Valle Rita give homage to the ancient tradition of Apulia, making this place a small corner of uncontaminated happiness in C.da Girifalco, on the hills of Ginosa, in a strategic position of the Taranto’s County to reach the most important location of the place. An uncontaminated place, between two regions “Apulia and Basilicata”, perhaps not really known, but deserving to be discovered in all its facets.

Features

Activities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Food

Restaurant divinely enhances the rural boundary of the Borgo and Apulia, combining with taste the intense scents of the countryside with strong flavors that recall the traditional Apulian spirit of good food.

The food is mainly based on seasonal products grown on site in the annexed farm, fresh ingredients that the chef is able to manage in simple but refined presentations and the staff is able to serve on the boards with kindness and cordiality.

In addition to vegetables, dairy products, local meat, and biologic olive oil, another that completes the gastronomic offer of the Borgo is the excellent wines produced by the family winery, “Taverna di Nova Siri”, from where prestigious labels and awarded prizes at national level come from, thanks to the cultivation and conversion of native Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) grapes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Ideal for cooling off and keep your shape up, the panoramic swimming pool at sunset is one of the most evocative moments that Villa Rita can boast. Before dinner, you can enjoy a moment on board swimming pool and you will be surprised by unique and unforgettable scenery.

The tennis court and the ping pong table guarantee your enjoyment on the company of friends and family, the handling allows long horse rides for both experienced riders and beginners and children, mountain biking and trekking ensure the exploration of an unknown territory from a singular perspective and the panoramic swimming pool at sunset offers one of the most evocative moments of the day.

In summer, the cinema theater with American style bar, jazz concerts, cooking classes and wine tasting with visits to family wineries “Taverna di Nova Siri”, fills up the days of guests, who fall in love with the place and would never want to go away.

What's included

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Qi gong in the morning from Friday, July 19 to Wednesday, July 24 (6 lessons)
  • Tai chi in the evening from Thursday, July 18 to Wednesday, July 24 (7 lessons)
  • Swimming pool, ping pong, tennis court facilities (if previously booked)

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Additional drinks not included in the dinner menu
  • Visits and excursions (organized according to participants preferences, with car sharing and minibus)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla (BRI) or Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS). Transfer from and to these airport is available upon request. Borgo Valle Rita is one hour from Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla (BRI) and one and a half hours from Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS).

If you don't plan to rent a car, VaWanda can organize car sharing according to your arrival time. Please inform VaWanda as soon as possible regarding your transportation choices.

Transfer from Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla (BRI) costs 50 EUR per person and 70 EUR per person for transfer from Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS).

Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport Airport transfer available: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (US$56 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Brindisi – Salento Airport Airport transfer available: Brindisi – Salento Airport (US$78 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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