Casola Valsenio, Italy
Vidovina is a remote location, on top of a hill in the middle of a nature park, around 2km from Casola Valsenio and around 70 km from Bologna.
The premises feature extensive, green grounds with hammocks and swings, a big farmhouse with 6 bedrooms and an 80m2 hayloft which has been turned into a stunning, open yoga space with views over the surrounding nature.
Due to its private location in nature, this place tends to bring out the primitive side in guests. This off-the-grid aspect, without the noise of smartphones, busy jobs or stress, allows you to (re)connect with yourself and others. Before you know it, you’ll start to get up when the sun rises, have siestas and forget about time altogether. There is no wifi at Vidovina for our guests, but the village has bars with wifi if needed.
The fresh air and absolute silence makes for deep sleeps at night and peaceful slumber during the day, and if you do this long enough, you’ll resurface relaxed and recharged, full of energy and ideas.
Vidovina lies on top of a hill that gives you great vistas over the valley and nearby ridges. You'll see that the park which the farmhouse lies is situated within the larger Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola (Gypsum Vein Park), which is perfect for hiking, mountain-biking and gypsum cave excursions. But even a short stroll through the woods or vineyards behind the house is great. There's probably a pheasant, deer or porcupine behind the next corner!
The house consists of 6 big bedrooms with terracotta floors, white walls and high ceilings. The bedrooms are shared between two, three or four people. The interior is really simple, somewhat monastery-like. Beds have comfortable mattresses, summer duvets and fluffy cushions, all covered in clean, white, cotton linen, and the tables and nightstands have been made from the wood of a huge pine tree that got blown over nearby. Comfortably, there are four bathrooms, each with a luxury hot shower and toilet, with the walls and floors all done in rustic Italian ceramics. Clean towels are provided as well as bio-degradable soaps, shampoos and laundry detergent.
During our yoga weeks in summer you’ll spend most of your time outside the house though.
The best way to travel to Vidovina, is by flying to Bologna Airport. Someone will be waiting for you at the airport to pick you up and bring you to the house. This transportation is included in the price. There won’t be any yoga classes on the traveling days. The first class will be the next morning. So arrival date should be the first date of the retreat. Arrival time doesn’t really matter.
In your free time you will have a chance to relax, wind down, lie in the hammock with a book as well as walk, hike, bike or visit nearby villages or sights. Two kilometres away lies Casola Valsenio, a small but nice farmer's village that doesn't see many tourists, despite its lively character, interesting culinary festivals and ancient herb garden. Main sites in the village are the Cardello house at the park entrance, the nearby Valsenio Church, both from the 11th century, and the cliff overlooking the Senio River on which the village is built. Casola's got some nice spots to walk/ swim near the river, a big public swimming pool during summer, and a couple of truly stunning natural ponds a short drive away.
That said, most people who planned to make all kinds of trips find these plans disappear once Vidovina's rhythm sets in! Every now and then we will surprise you by doing yoga at a different location. That way you will get to know the area. Marije knows all the perfect spots to do yoga outside!
Casa Cales is an old meditation center, on top of a hill in the middle of nature, 5 minutes drive from Loulé and 20 minute from Faro Airport.
The premises feature a big house with 9 bedrooms, a smaller house with two bedrooms, a swimming pool, a separate yoga shala with view over the surrounding nature.
Casa Cales lies on top of a hill that gives you great vistas over the region and nearby coastline. You can walk to the town of Loulé by following an old path for 25 minutes. It's worthwhile to visit the mercado on Saturday. Local farmers gather to sell their produce like vegetables, fruits, almonds, honey and olive soap. While you are there you can hop into one of the many coffee places and small shops.
Loulé was founded by the Moors. The fortress walls and old Moorish baths still present today, still show that heritage.
The house has 14 beds, over 8 rooms. There are 3 single rooms, 4 double rooms, and one room for 3 people; all with their own bathroom. All rooms have a terrace with a view. On the ground floor is the living rooms and the kitchen with a nearby terrace with ocean view where we eat together.
The yogashala is a separate building with a stunning wooden roof and a cork floor. It's open all day, so you can always go it to find some peace.
The best way to travel to Casa Cales, is by flying to Faro Airport. Someone will be waiting for you at the airport to pick you up and bring you to the house. This transportation is included in the price. There won’t be any yoga classes on the traveling days. The first class will be the next morning. So arrival date should be the first date of the retreat. Arrival time doesn’t really matter.
In your free time you will have a chance to relax, wind down, swim in the pool, read a book as well as walk, hike, or visit nearby villages or beaches. There is a slackfline if you want to challenge your balance. Loulé is a beautiful laid-back old town, in the middle of the Algarve. Driving down to the most beautiful beaches is only 25 minutes.
A beautiful location on top of the hill, a perfect place to unwind. Every day morning and evening classes and delicious, healthy and vegetarian food. Very professional and inspiring teachers! A yoga retreat with high standard lessons at a spacious, basic farm house.
— Wanda Hartog, The Netherlands