Pilates Retreat – Abruzzo, Italy
Agriturismo Madonna degli Angeli, Tocco da Casauria (Pescara)
Thu 4th – Mon 8th June 2020
Thank you to everyone who came to our previous retreats and helped to make them such special experiences!
In 2020 we will run two retreats. Please keep reading below for ITALY IN JUNE. The details for CYPRUS IN SEPTEMBER can be found here.
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Join us in the beautiful and historic region of Abruzzo, central Italy, for an incredible 4-day experience. A perfect way to combine a holiday in a location surrounded by nature whilst reconnecting with your mind and body through the practice of Pilates.
The combination of mindful practice, good food, breathtaking surroundings and stimulating excursions will leave you feeling rejuvenated and prove the perfect summer break.
- The Country: Italy
- The Region: Abruzzo, Pescara
- The Village: Tocco da Casauria
- The Retreat base: Agriturismo Madonna degli Angeli
Abruzzo is located in central Italy and stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, on a mostly mountainous and wild terrain. With well-equipped skiing resorts, high and steep peaks of the Gran Sasso and Mount Majella, and golden sandy beaches on the coast, Abruzzo attracts tourists all year round. The small villages, monasteries and castles in the interland make it a very charming region, which also holds the title of ‘greenest region of Italy’ with natural reserves like the National Park of Abruzzo and the Park of Gran Sasso.
Our Pilates retreat is located just out of the small village of Tocco da Casauria, in Abruzzo. It is approximately a 35 min drive from Pescara Airport.
THE FARMHOUSE MADONNA DEGLI ANGELI
Our base for the 4 days will be a family-run farmhouse steeped in history and tradition. Once a coach inn in the 17th century, it was transformed over the years to a farmhouse with iconic silos. Surrounded by lush greenery, pine and backed by the Majella mountains, the farm consists of:
- Six independent apartments with their own kitchen and bathroom
- Two of the apartments have a double and a twin room sharing a kitchen and bathroom
- The other four have a double room with their own kitchen and bathroom
- A small/communal swimming pool and plenty of green space to relax in
The Pilates retreat will begin on Thursday 4th June 2020 with a welcome drink and snacks on your arrival, followed by our first Pilates session in the early evening, to help stretch out after the flight. It will come to a close on Monday 8th June 2020 after our morning Pilates class and breakfast. On the way back to the airport we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch.
What is included in the price?
- 2 Pilates mat classes per day, morning and early evening
- Breakfast every day
- 3 Lunches (out of 5)
- 2 Dinners (out of 4)
- Airport transfers to and from Pescara Airport at designated times
- Transport to and from the excursions (1 day)
What is not included in the price?
- Flights and Insurance
- Transport to and from UK airports
- Lunch on the excursion day (optional)
- Lunch at the seaside restaurant on the last day before the return flight
- 2 Restaurant dinners
- Private Pilates session (optional)
Mara will be there and we are so happy to collaborate with Melanie Christou in this joint venture.
Melanie trained as a dancer but her career was cut short by the discovery of multiple issues with her spine. On retiring from dance at the age of 23, her back pain got progressively worse. She decided to take up Pilates as a way of managing her pain. Finding how effective Pilates was she felt compelled to learn more about it and share the benefits of it with others. That’s what motivated her to train as a Pilates teacher. Her aim is to help clients reconnect with their bodies and to encourage a healthier, more aligned moving body. With a background in movement education and with an interest in biomechanics, she enjoys teaching people from all backgrounds and levels of experience. She has a particular interest in working with people with low back pain and hypermobility.
We do encourage healthy eating, however we don’t want to limit you and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of the famous Italian delicacies. After all, it is your retreat. Special dietary needs can be catered for, upon request, so do let us know if you have any gluten, lactose, or other food intolerance and/or allergies.
A delicious healthy breakfast buffet of local produce will be prepared by the team each day.
On our two relaxation days, we will serve locally made and sourced lunch prepared by nonna Sofia. On departure day, on our way to the airport, we will be stopping for lunch at a seaside restaurant. On excursion day, we will stop and have lunch at a local restaurant.
We will serve two in-house dinners, which will be prepared by nonna Sofia ensuring you’re tasting delicious local food every day. We’ll also be having dinner two nights at a local restaurant. The food is so delicious and well-priced that it would be a shame not to explore the local cuisine of Abruzzo!
EXCURSIONS AND EXTRA ACTIVITIES
This retreat is yours to do with as you wish. Think of it as a holiday with extra Pilates practice. You may wish to join us on our excursion day to discover places of historic interest and explore the nearby area. Alternatively, some may find that the area around the farmhouse is perfect for walking and exploring. Or for some, it may be a time to simply recharge the batteries, to laze in the sun, take a dip in the pool, read or sleep…It’s your time to do with as you please.
Excursion activity to be confirmed. Past excursions included a visit to a local winery and a guided hike to San Onofrio hermitage.
All activities are optional and it will be up to you how much or little you decide to do on the retreat. We will ask you to opt-in, or out of the excursion at least 2 months before the retreat dates.
The nearest airport to our retreat base is Pescara and Ryanair offer cheap, direct flights from London Stansted to Pescara. Flight times are between 2.20 to 2.40 hours. We recommend that you choose the following flight options:
- Thursday 4th June from London Stansted 07:20 arriving at Pescara Airport 10:45
- Monday 8th June from Pescara 16:20 arriving at London Stansted 17:55
Flights are NOT included in the overall price.
Airport transfers will be arranged based on the above flight times.
Please note that between the apartments there is a mixture of twin and double rooms, depending on demand. Apart from couples and friends who will share a room, individuals will be allocated a room-mate randomly. All accommodation will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.
BOOKINGS & TIMELINES
Please note that numbers are strictly limited and rooms will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment!
All bookings must be secured with a £200 non-refundable deposit.
The full balance payment is due by 15th March 2020.
CANCELLATIONS and REFUNDS
Please note that the deposit of £200 will not be refunded at any time and is not included in the cancellation refund.
In cases where the full balance has been paid, cancellations made will be entitled to the following refunds on the following dates before the retreat:
- before 15th March: full refund
- from 16th March until the 4th April : 50% refund
- from 5th April until the 25th April : 25% refund
- after and including the 26th April : No refund
Please note that the cancellation policy will be strictly upheld regardless of the reason for cancellation.
WHAT THEY SAID
I increased my knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for Pilates. I understand so much more now about Pilates practice, and my technique has improved. I also got to relax in peaceful and sunny surroundings. I would say that if you want a retreat that incorporates fun, friendliness, relaxation, great food and Pilates, then this is definitely for you.