Italy like you’ve NEVER experienced before!
“The Simple Life” Retreat
is everything but simple!
Yoga & Cultural Immersion Retreat Region of Lazio - Lenola, Italy July 21-28th, 2019
Join us for an Italian cultural immersion in the mountain top village of Lenola, Italy. Away from tourist traps, indulge in home-cooked meals prepared by the local family of Salvatore Macaro, while exploring local life. Affectionately known as Sal, and locally as Totore, Sal is an Italian citizen, and a native speaker with his family still residing throughout the town of Lenola. This retreat will put you in the seat of a local, not only with the planned events and day trips, but with the authentic Italian experiences you won’t find anywhere in tour books. Get into the nightlife, markets, pop-up festivals, regional food, local sites, private guided tours, and events that are “off the beaten path” and authentically Italian. Yoga and meditation will be offered to help you stay grounded and present in your experience. It’s time to disconnect from your phone, habits, and daily routine, and experience a simpler way of life built around love, food, and living in the moment.
No trip to Italy would be complete without delicious food. To make this retreat even more special, our main meals will be prepared by Sal’s very own family members still living in the village. Each meal will feature the freshest farm to table ingredients and regional signature dishes. Buffalo’s milk mozzarella, wild mushrooms, cheeses, olives, fresh seafood, and wines are just a few of the Italian food staples here. Meals will be eaten together as a community in the “host house” located in the center of the village.
To fully experience the essence of Italian culture, local village apartments will be your home for the week. You will have the freedom to explore, eat, sleep in, shop, and soak in the energy of this bustling town at your own pace. All apartments are slightly different in style and located in the historic district of town. Having access to the extremely friendly local cafes, bars, and shops will allow you to not only see the culture, but be completely immersed and a part in it.
July 21st - Arrival
Walking tour of the village to become acquainted with the local shops, pizzerias, bars, and scenery. We will settle into the evening with a meditation and welcome dinner.
July 22nd - Open Market/ Sperlonga Beach Day
Mercato-Village open market
Time to shop like a local. This open flea market offers everything from the freshest produce, local cheeses, olives, spices, honey, and bread. Snack on a panino and take in the energy of an ongoing village tradition. Located in the central piazza of Lenola, you will experience the bartering, trading, and food love that you cannot recreate.
What better way to get grounded in your new environment than head to beach! Sperlonga is a small beach town located on the Tyrrhenian Sea and visible from the hills of Lenola. Sperlonga beach is a local gem that offers crystal clear water, local castle, and shopping district all located steps from the beach. Spend the day lounging in beach bungalows indulging in local seafood, wine, and gelaterias.
July 23rd -Tempio di Giove Anxur/Terracina
Tempio di Giove-Temple of Jupiter
We are going up up up! Located 227 meters above the beautiful beach town of Terracina sits the Pagan Temple of Jupiter. These ruins offer a look back in time to when they were a series of temples built for the Roman god, Jupiter. These cliffside temples have panoramic views of the coastline and dozens of ruins to explore. Time to breathe in that fresh air and let your inner child out to play.
Italians love to eat well, live simply, and look stylish! Terracina beach is a local favorite for shopping and lazy beach days. Only steps from the beach in Terracina, you can find tons of shops to scratch that shopping itch. Boutique clothing, shoes, jewelry, and handbags are all available at your fingertips.
July 24th -Hiking
Quercia Del Monaco
A mountaintop trail leads us to the ruins of an ancient monastery that can only be reached by foot. A series of ruins that was once a four building monastery offers breathtaking views of towering mountains and low valleys that stretch for miles. Nature lovers can keep their eyes open for wildlife such as wild boar, falcons, pheasants, porcupines, and even hedgehogs. Wild edible plants and natural rock geodes can also be found along the paths leading to the ruins. Time to breathe deep, get clear, and ground yourself.
July 25th - Botanical Gardens of Nymph
Il Giardino Di Ninfa
This breathtaking garden is built on the ruins of the medieval town of Ninfa, which was destroyed in 1381. This nature lovers paradise, a 260 acre oasis that has been classified by the New York Times as one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens in the world. Take the day to explore the ruins, small waterfalls, ponds, and the over 1300 botanical species of plants, flowers, and trees.
July 26th- Benedictine Order Abbey
The Abbey of Montecassino is the first house of the Benedictine Order and is located in the nearby town of Cassino. Located 520m in altitude sits a stunning cathedral with courtyards, statues, private gardens, and a full museum to explore. On the grounds is also the Polish War Cemetery that holds the graves of over 1,000 Polish natives who died during the Battle of Monte Cassino. We will take the afternoon to explore the grounds before returning to Lenola.
July 27th- Free Day and last dinner
After such a busy week, we can choose to spend the day at the beach, shopping, or even another hike to a local panoramic view. This day can be taken at your own pace to soak in as much as you can.
July 28th -Departure Ciao Italia!
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation classes will be all levels with a focus on staying present and open to the daily experiences. One Yoga and meditation class will be offered daily and will be scheduled around the daily activities. *All classes are optional
Breakfast in Italy is simple, typically consisting of an espresso, fresh pastries, and biscotti. The piazza cafes offer coffee drinks, freshly baked pastries, and pies prepared fresh daily all within walking distance.
*Nearby small convenient stores offer snacks you can grab and take with you like fruit, yogurt, and sandwiches.
**These meals can be eaten at your own leisure and a re not included in the retreat cost. Apartments are equipped with kitchens and refrigeration for storage.
Home cooking is the main food culture in Italy, so our main meals will be prepared by the local family of Salvatore Macaro. Salvatore’s mamma, “Rosie,” along with his zia (aunt) Emma will be cooking our main meal for the day! As locals of Lenola, they are experts in regional delicacies, techniques, and seasonal ingredients. Lunches will be served family style and eaten together at the host house.
*These meals are included in the the retreat cost.
After such a big lunch, this meal is typically light and treated more like a nibble before you begin your night. Choose from a variety of local cafes, pizzerias, and restaurants all within walking distance of your apartments. Restaurant dining will be local farm to table style that typically produce their own cheeses, salumi, pastas, and wine.
*These meals are not included in your cost but will be organized through Sal for your convenience
**Friendly note: The majority of restaurants will have vegetarian options; however, vegan and gluten-free options are not as available.
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Paid in full by July 15th, 2019
Monthly installment payments available (Multiple booking discount available)
Site/ Tour Transportation Lunches/ Main Meal of day Accommodations
Due to varying arrival times, you will be taking the train directly from Rome Airport Train Terminal Station (Roma Termini) to Monte San Biagio Station (Stazione Monte San Biagio.) The terminal is located in the Rome Airport and is very easy to use with signs in english. Upon arrival in Monte San Biagio you will be picked up by Salvatore and driven to Lenola . This will be the same train station used for departure on the 28th.
Flights are not included in your price Arrive in Rome July 21,2019 Departing Rome July 28th, 2019
-$500 non refundable
-50% refund if cancelled before July 15th -NO refund if cancelled after July 15th
*Amenities of individual apartments may vary and depend on the owner. Air
conditioning is not available throughout the village including apartments. Wifi is also not available in the apartments but available in some public areas.
**ATM - There are two bank ATMs within the village that are accessible 24/7.