Looking to spend a week relaxing in the south of Italy, doing yoga, eating amazing food, and enjoying the “Bella Vita” (the beautiful life) that the Mediterranean is so known for? The pace of life is slower in Italy, so it’s the perfect place to slow down and savor this incredible yoga retreat. Join Nicki Doane in Puglia Italia for a week of relaxing, inspiring, and fun yoga classes. The schedule of the retreat will be relaxed with classes in the morning and late afternoon. The rest of the day can be spent as you like; eating, napping, exploring, bike-riding, relaxing by the pool, hiking, or just lying around and reading a great book. Maybe you want to take a technology break and use this time to connect with real people doing real things. There is something special about living together as a group for a week, practicing yoga, sharing food, talking, and drinking wine together. This yoga retreat is a way to reconnect not only with yourself but with your practice again. Sometimes life gets so busy that we don’t make time for the important things in life. Use this retreat to get back into your practice and be inspired to continue once you get back home.
Nicki has spent many years traveling and teaching throughout Italy and is excited to be heading back to this magical country. Nicki’s style of Maya Yoga Vinyasa Fusion blends the clear alignment of the body with conscious breath awareness while creating an environment to drop deeper into your own experience and nourish yourself. It is so important to take care of ourselves and make the time and space to just be and not always do. A retreat is a perfect opportunity to slow down and remember what is important in life; things like connecting with other people, ourselves, and a higher spirit. All levels are welcome and the only prerequisite is being able to open your mind to something new and being willing to try things a little differently. Nicki will teach Maya Yoga style asana based classes in the morning (just like she does on Maui) incorporating pranayama and chanting as well. The afternoons will be more reflective in nature; including hip openers, restorative yoga, and deep relaxation.
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
This retreat center is located in Puglia, in the southern Italy. The NY Post calls this region magical and Lonely Planet put it in its 2014 must-see places list. This area is full of historic and cultural sites. Beautiful beaches are easily accessible. Martina Franca, the closest town, has a particularly beautiful old town surrounded by stone walls with prominent Baroque gates leading to piazzas and narrow, winding streets.
The retreat will be held at an intimate yoga center located in Martina Franca. This is a must-see and experience center- the architecture and decor are exquisite. There are ten rooms with occupancy varying from singles to triples and all are consciously decorated. The location is imbued with deeply spiritual, friendly, and calm energy that will be felt throughout your visit. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish. The food is local and organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients. This center has a focus on their food philosophy, which features a cleansing element. The grounds contain lovely gardens, a swimming pool, a wild forest and fields, and a tiny church. There is plenty of space to walk and be free.
Devotion to yoga and the desire to share with and give back to the world are what motivate the teaching of Maya Yoga with Nicki Doane. Yoga is spirit in action, and as Nicki teaches, she inspires people to find a place of spirit inside themselves, recognizing the profound connection between the self and spirit.
Nicki has been studying yoga in India for years and has been deeply influenced by the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. Her unique approach to Vinyasa yoga strengthens all aspects of your being through dynamic structural alignment, conscious breathing, and practical yogic philosophy; helping students find the deeper life of yoga. Nicki strives to teach each student that yoga is about being fully present in the moment and discovering that we are truly all One: One Love, One People, One Heart, One Destination – Our Higher Self.
Nicki Doane had a wanderlust that led her to India in 1991 to study yoga. She went to Mysore to meet Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and immediately realized she had found her teacher. Nicki started teaching in 1992. She cites Pattabhi Jois, along with Eddie Modestini, Gabriella Giubilaro, and Tim Miller among her most influential teachers. She is an authorized teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. Although rooted in Ashtanga, Nicki’s teaching goes beyond the traditional. Her Vinyasa classes combine asana, pranayama, philosophy, and poetry. Nicki’s emphasis is on awareness: creating integrity within each pose that can be carried beyond the mat into daily life. Nicki teaches at yoga studios and conferences across the globe. She is featured in two Ashtanga Yoga DVD’s from Gaiam Inc. and recently produced her own series of Maya Yoga DVD’s in collaboration with Eddie Modestini. Nicki lives in Maui, HI, where she runs the Maya Yoga Studio.
While on your retreat you will have the opportunity to take part in the following excursions:
- Local Market in Martina Franca: Just a short trip from the center, you will be delighted to visit this quaint and historic village on their market day. The old quarter of this town is a picturesque scene of winding alleys, blinding white houses, and blood-red geraniums. There are graceful baroque and rococo buildings here too, plus airy piazzas and curlicue iron-work balconies that almost touch above the narrow streets. This town is the highest in the Murgia, and was founded in the 10th century by refugees fleeing the Arab invasion of Taranto. You will have the chance to walk the cobblestone streets and see old churches, amazing architecture, and shop at the open air market. This trip is 3-4 hours and the cost is 12€.
- Day Trip to Ostuni Village & Beach Ostuni: Known as the “white town,” Ostuni Village is located near the sea. Ostuni shines like a pearly white tiara, extending across three hills with the magnificent gem of a cathedral as its sparkling centerpiece. It’s the end of the Trulli region and the beginning of the hot, dry Salento. The city boasts its nearby pristine beaches, historical architecture, and its surroundings, as well as a vibrant olive and grape agribusiness. You will have the chance to roam through this enchanting village and also have time to visit a nearby beach. This is a full day excursion and is 38€.
*Price of Activities are not included in tuition
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
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There are a few different flight options, please the read following considerations: Rome is about 5 hours drive from the center and Naples is 4 hours, if you are planning to extend your trip. There are 2 nearby airports: Bari (BRI) 1h30min and Brindisi (BDS) 45/50min from the center. The group shuttle for this retreat will be provided from the Bari (BRI) airport on the arrival day. We will book the shuttle to accommodate the last arriving passenger. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
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