Pilates Retreat – Abruzzo, Italy
Agriturismo Madonna degli Angeli, Tocco da Casauria (Pescara)
Thu 6th – Mon 10th June 2019
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In 2019 we will run two retreats. Please keep reading below for ITALY IN JUNE, or click here for CYPRUS IN SEPTEMBER.
Join us in the beautiful and historic region of Abruzzo located centrally in Italy for our incredible 4-day retreat. 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 retreat base will be just out of the small village of Tocco da Casauria in Central Italy. 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, bathroom and some with their own garden/terrace
- 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 communal swimming pool
The retreat will begin on Thursday 6th June 2019 with a welcome drink and snacks on your arrival, followed by our first session in the early evening, to help stretch out after the flight. It will come to a close on Monday 10th June 2019 after our morning exercise and breakfast. On the way back to the airport we will stop at a local seaside restaurant for lunch.
- 2 Pilates classes per day, morning and early evening
- Breakfast every day
- 2 Lunches (out of 5)
- 3 Dinners (out of 4)
- Airport transfers to and from Pescara Airport at designated times***
- Transport to and from the excursions (2 days)
What is not included in the price?
- Flights and Insurance
- Transport to and from UK airports
- Lunch on the 2 excursion days + one dinner at a local restaurant (optional)
- Lunch at the seaside restaurant on the last day before the return flight (set price €40)
- Nature trail excursion (€23)
- Private Pilates session (optional)
Mike and Mara will be there and are proud 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.
Upon landing we will be heading to a local bar for our first meal in the form of the famous Italian aperitivo (beverage accompanied by varying nibbles). Two lunches will be in restaurants or trattorie near our excursion locations. On our relaxation day lunch will be prepared on site by the team. On departure day, on our way to the airport, we will be stopping for lunch at a trabocco – a wonderfully peculiar type of restaurant, very typical of the region – the hint is: uninterrupted views of the sea.
3 in-house dinners which will be prepared by a local nonna ensuring you’re tasting delicious local food every day. 1 dinner in a local restaurant.
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 2 excursion days 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 or jogging. 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.
Visit and tour of a local winery with refreshments and wine tasting at the end, followed by lunch at a nearby trattoria.
A guided walk in the Majella National Park along a nature trail passing by historic locations surrounded by breathtaking views. We will pass a 9th century abbey linked to Charlemagne, the Sant’Onofrio al Marrone hermitage and finally the stunning rock-cut tombs of San Liberatore, will finish crossing a beautiful beech-tree woods. The guided walk is 7km and will take 4-5 hours with a stop at a local trattoria for lunch.
*All activities are optional and it will be up to you how much or little you decide to do on the retreat. Please let us know which excursions you would like to participate in at least 2 months prior to the retreat as we need to confirm numbers.
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, 6 June from London Stansted 7:05 arriving Pescara 10:40am
- Monday, 10 June from Pescara 17:30 arriving at London Stansted 19:05
Flights are NOT included in the overall price.
*** Airport transfers will be arranged based on the above flight times.
PRICES PER PERSON
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 and 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 £150 non-refundable deposit.
For Option A the full balance payment is due by the 15th March 2019.
For Option B the balance payment will be split in three monthly instalments with the first payment coming out on 3 December, or 3 January.
CANCELLATIONS and REFUNDS
Please note that the deposit of £150 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 the 15th March: full refund
- from the 16th March until the 4th April : 50% refund
- from the 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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to book your place.If you would like to talk to us directly, please call us on:
07857151434 – Mike
07552472776 – Mara
07419849428 – Melanie
We hope you can join us in this very special experience!