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Luxury Yoga Holiday

Named a top wellness culinary retreat by Departures luxury travel magazine, this retreat is truly an unparalleled experience in Italian hospitality, gourmet food and Umbrian wine. Stay in a historic and stunning borgo turned luxury 10-room boutique villa set in the Italian countryside—and immerse yourself in an old-world appreciation of Italian cuisine, culture, wine, nature and yoga—all wrapped in classic Italian luxury!

Flow of the Day


Begin at a leisurely pace with an Italian cappuccino, then breathe in pure peace during a morning serenity walk through the green Umbrian countryside. Our group convenes in the borgo’s former chapel, our sacred space to practice yoga and meditation. Every day begins with a meditation and a gentle Vinyasa yoga flow that accommodates all levels, whether you are just building a practice or a teacher looking for new inspiration.


Lunch on our Luxury Umbria Holiday is a mouthwatering gourmet salad or other light dish—farm to table, with produce harvested straight from the borgo’s garden and paired with a delicate white Umbrian wine. Afternoons are free to enjoy the Mediterranean life: a massage, a swim, lounging with a book, or a good long siesta. And for those who would like to explore the region more, we invite you on two excursions: a wander through Gubbio, one of Italy’s most beautiful and intact medieval villages, and wine-tasting at a stunning 10th-century castle. And last but not least, step into a cooking presentation with our amazing Chef Lucca Mazza! 


At sunset each day, we reconvene for a rejuvenating and informative yoga workshop, this time focusing on alignment, pranayama and poses to restore your nervous system. Sylvia has a strong background in yoga nidra; with her guidance, you will reach a place of pure relaxation, in between sleeping and waking. Fully restored and reenergized, we then enjoy an aperitivo and an elegant, four-course wine-paired Italian dinner that will leave no question as to the precise meaning of la bella vita!

Borgo di Carpiano

The Best in Italian Hospitality!

Sleep in history and luxury!  Borgo di Carpiano is a former castle turned 10-room boutique villa set in the Italian countryside. Once its own tiny village, our private borgo is a cluster of 10th-century cut-stone buildings, set on a hillside of oak, olive and lime trees. Its classic Italian style includes a grand saltwater pool and rambling gardens, plus attention to all the details, from soft linen sheets to the scent of lavender on your pillow.

Yoga & Fitness

Exotic Yoga Retreats Program

All our Exotic Yoga programs are designed for mixed levels, offering modifications for beginners and greater levels of challenge for advanced students. All of our Exotic Yoga programs emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie de vivre of yoga! Your instructor for this Luxury Umbria Holiday is EYR teacher Sylvia Ferguson.

September 15—20, 2019

Perugia • Umbria • Italy

Umbria Retreat Features:

  • 6-day / 5-night luxury yoga retreat
  • Expand your practice: two yoga classes daily
  • Find serenity: mindfulness meditation and morning walks
  • Savor: gourmet, organic farm-to-table cuisine
  • Sleep: boutique villa with all modern luxuries
  • Tour: medieval village visit, wine tasting, cooking class
  • Relax: full-service spa and hot tub
  • Experience: the finest Italian hospitality!

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“An experience I will never forget! Perfection—the best hospitality I’ve ever received anywhere in the world. I would recommend an Exotic Yoga Retreat to anyone who asks! My heart is overflowing as a result of the warmth, connection and spirit of all the wonderful people involved!” — SIMON JARVIS, AUSTRALIA



September 25—30, 2018



Umbria, Italy — between Perugia and Assisi



Borgo di Carpiano
Localita Scritto
06024 Gubbio



Fly to Rome or Florence and take a 2-3 hour train, bus or rental car to Perugia. We offer a group pick-up at the Perugia train station at 2:30.



If you are traveling on an international flight, we strongly recommend you arrive in Italy at least one day prior to the start of the retreat, to ensure that travel delays and jet lag do not disrupt your retreat.



We will send your our beautiful Umbria Holiday Brochure!


Our mission is to Open Your World with culturally rich, life-changing holidays in exotic locations. We market worldwide to draw a diverse and interesting profile of clients. 



8 – 16 people






More than half of our guests are solo travelers – so you will never feel alone on an EYR retreat!  We also attract couples, friends, mother-daughter duos and even the occasional father and son!



EYR is delighted to welcome families with teen kids who are well behaved and mature enough to participate in adult conversation. 

Please inquire if you have further questions.

A $1,000 deposit will reserve your spot on this Umbria Yoga Holiday!
$2,495  SHARED ROOM  (pp)  
A Shared Room is for two friends, a couple, or solo travelers looking to share. You may request a room with (2) twin beds or (1) king bed. All rooms are en-suite with full amenities. 
$3,495  SINGLE ROOM  (pp)
Single rooms have (1) king bed and an en-suite bath. We have limited single rooms available.


  • All-inclusive 5-night/6-day luxury yoga retreat package
  • All meals, with farm-to-table gourmet Italian cuisine
  • Traditionally designed en-suite rooms with daily maid service, AC, hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers and toiletries
  • Transfer from Perugia train station
  • Welcome aperitivo 
  • Local Umbrian wines served with dinner
  • Wine-tasting at a 10th-century castle
  • Visit to the medieval village of Gubbio
  • Italian cooking class with Riccardo and Chef Lucca
  • Exotic Yoga Retreat program led by EYR Yoga teacher Sylvia Ferguson
  • Two yoga classes daily
  • Mindfulness meditation sessions daily
  • Yoga nidra


  • Transport to Perugia (2-3 hours from Rome)
  • Wine and alcoholic beverages outside dinner
  • Gratuities

DEPOSIT – $1,000

Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. The deposit is nonrefundable; however, should you cancel your reservation 90 days or more in advance of the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat occurring within 12 months of the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.

Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc.), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.


–90 days or more prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months.

–31-90 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder.

–0-30 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits.

To officially cancel, you must send an email to EYR stating that you wish to cancel.


We have never had to cancel a retreat; however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot, however, compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Exotic Yoga Retreats must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund; it will depend on EYR receiving a refund from the venue or tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Good coverage can protect you if:

–you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
–the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
–your luggage is lost or delayed
–you become ill or injured and need medical care or repatriation

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