LUXURY YOGA RETREAT • SOUTH ITALY YOGA RETREAT
ITALY YOGA RETREAT
YOGA, CUISINE & CULTURE
Of all the spectacular retreats we offer, this is our personal favorite! Live la bella vita in a stunning villa near the sea, amongst olive trees and vineyards. Soak up the culture of the ancient Puglia region and balance phenomenal cuisine and organic boutique wine with a transformational yoga practice.
ALL–INCLUSIVE LUXURY YOGA RETREAT!
Everything is included in this life-changing holiday in the sundrenched “heel” of Italy’s boot. We’ll enjoy five-star level accommodations in the exquisite vineyard-villa, Masseria Le Fabriche, daily excursions to stunning World Heritage sites, the famous white hilltop cities of Puglia, colorful sea-side villages, romantic restaurants and slow-food, home-made meals with a wealth of local ingredients: Seafood, fruits, vegetables, olive oil and organic wine.
FLOW OF THE DAY
MORNINGS begin with a steaming cappuccino and a serenity walk though the ancient olive grove. Salute the sun in the estate’s open-air arched yoga shala (studio), flowing through a practice that weaves Hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa styles with music, pranayama and meditation. After a beautiful practice, enjoy a traditional Pugliese brunch with fresh fruit, homemade jams and cakes, cheeses, salamis, egg dishes and other local ingredients. We’ll eat on the terrace with splendid views of the vineyard below.
AFTERNOONS are for sunning on the beach of the Ionian Sea, exploring the region’s beautiful natural vistas or touring its fascinating and historic coastal towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Come along for as many excursions as you wish, or indulge in an afternoon siesta. Then join us for a sunset practice of restorative Yin yoga on the beach or terrace.
EVENINGS are pure magic, as our talented chef and winemakers serve a healthy and traditional gourmet dinner paired with the organic Primitivo grown in the villa’s vineyard. (Wine is always optional.) Savor the sumptuous tastes and simple pleasures of good food, good wine and wonderful company!
YOGA CLASSES WITH GAYLE OLSON
Join Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson for sunrise and sunset yoga inspired by and in communion with nature: sun, sea and fresh air. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the practice will include Gayle’s trademark hands-on massage adjustments and encourage you to maintain a strong, meditative focus on your breath — and on the joy of yoga.
OUR AWARD-WINNING BOUTIQUE VILLA-VINEYARD
Featured in “The Best Masseria’s of Puglia”, Masseria Le Fabriche is a 17th century stone farmhouse built into the native white rocks that gently slope toward the Ionian sea. Olive trees and vineyards form the landscape, and the mingled scents of sea and the soil fill the air. The villa has been restored to the highest aesthetic standards. Its peaceful suites have large windows and terraces that merge the natural beauty of the outdoors with the elegant luxury of the interior.
FLOW OF THE WEEK
Day 1 Opening dinner at Le Fabriche with homemade traditional Pugliese cuisine.
Day 2 Beach time, optional excursion to the historic town of Alberobello, romantic dinner in the famous round city of Locorotundo.
Day 3 Annual oven-baked pizza party with locals and neighbors of Le Fabriche.
Day 4 Beach time, optional visit to the colorful seaside village of Gallipoli.
Day 5 Optional trip to the astounding 12th Century cave city of Matera.
Day 6 Free day to rest, swim, shop and siesta, closing dinner at Le Fabriche.
Day 7 Our last morning cappuccino together…
OUR LUXURY YOGA RETREAT IN PUGLIA INCLUDES
- Transportation to and from Brindisi and Bari Airports.
- Six-nights, luxury accommodations in the award-winning Masseria Le Fabriche
- Brunch and dinners with delicious Pugliese food and organic wine from Le Fabriche’s vineyard
- 1 to 2 yoga classes daily with Gayle Olson (depending on days when we are on extended outings)
- Morning serenity walks through vineyards and olive orchards
- Sightseeing excursions to Matera, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Gallipoli
- Several meals in local restaurants to taste the exquisite variety of Pugliese cuisine
- Several afternoons free for relaxing on the beach, hiking, biking or relaxing at the villa
- Access to horse-riding, golf and biking
- Airfare to Puglia
- Lunches (brunches & dinners included)
- Optional gratuities for hotel staff & driver
I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!— Naseem Nikoo, Iran
Life changing, eye-opening and deeply inspiring! This retreat 'reset' my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week! —Saige Rutherford, USA
My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much...every day was perfect!—Jane Srivastava, Russia
This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.—Brent Vanlyke, Canada
This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect... and it blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!—Ale de Rienzo, Mexico
Absolutely amazing boat and crew, and food and cleanliness were excellent. I had so much fun! I will definitely do another retreat with you and your company. —Lana Ferguson, USA
This retreat was exactly what I needed... a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!—Alia Allison, Yoga Teacher
Thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.—Chinwe Nwazota
Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong and special!—Christine Costello, USA
Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor. Someone to push me try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life. I loved the program. I’d do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.—Kara Ellis, Canada
Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body! —Nicole Hernandez, USA
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to (and I have been to many)! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti
I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.—Chrissy Coleman, USA
The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week... a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!—Maria Paula, France
Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.—Ina Yeijnen, Yoga Teacher in Holland
Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.—Julie Cameron, Canada
Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!—Jerry, USA
I love Gayle’s loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.—Michael Neria, Israel