Yoga Holiday Italy 2017


AUGUST 11-15 2017

The Program

Join us in the gorgeous northern Italian mountains for 5 days of yoga, hikes, ayurveda, delicious organic vegetarian food and massages.

We’ll enjoy 2 Prana Vinyasa yoga classes by me & one hike a day led by Daniele (except on arrival & departure days).

Plus, this year you can book an optional 1-hour holistic massage with Massimo who is specialised in treatments in phycho-physical health, acupressure and manual lymphatic drainage.

See below for the full day-by-day program.

The Yoga

Practicing yoga during a retreat is something special! You’ll be able to dive much deeper into your practice without the distractions of daily life and all the beauty of nature around you.

We will enjoy an energising solar flow in the mornings and a soothing lunar flow in the evenings. My classes are based on Prana Vinyasa and are fluid, creative, following the rhythms of nature. Apart from planning the classes, I will always tune into the mood of the day and adjust the classes to what the group needs.

As I design the classes for the group that’s in front of me (with options to make a pose less or more challenging), all levels of experience are welcome on this Yoga Holiday. I do recommend having done at least 2-5 flow classes before coming to the holiday in order to enjoy the flow & not think too much about the poses.

The Location

Pian della Castagna is a sacred place: there have been 4 Yoga Holidays in this amazing agriturismo, run by laywer-turned-entrepreneur Adolfo, and Eliza & Daniele got married here :) Everything is in tune with nature: the pace, the food, the people.

It’s easy to get out of our fast city pace and into the relaxing rhythm of nature when you’re surrounded by beautiful mountains, breathe the fresh air, eat amazing nourishing food and feel a the sunshine & breeze on your skin while gazing into the distance.

Pian della Castagna has something magical that it will make most people leave this place with more clarity about their lives than when they came.

Each room has 3 beds and there are 3 shared bathrooms. If you prefer to have your own room, please contact me below and we’ll look at the availability.

Healthy Food

All our meals are prepared by Cristina, a wonderful Italian chef with a passion for healthy cooking.

The products are all organic, grown in the garden of Pian della Castagna or locally grown in nearby farms. It’s delicious mouth-watering Italian food with a healthy twist.


Daniele is Eliza’s husband, former scout, mountain goat : ) This renewable energy engineer has a passion for hiking and motivating people to discover the beauty of nature. He has a natural talent for making even the steepest hills feel like fun!

During our holiday he will lead 3 hikes of various intensity, so you can choose which one suits you best or join all of them.

Full Programme

Day 1 | Friday August 11
13:45 pick up from train station
14:15 arrival at Pian della Castagna
14:30 organic vegetarian lunch & welcome
15:30 free time to settle in
18:00 flow yoga
19:30 dinner

Day 2 | Saturday August 12
8:00 solar flow yoga
9:15 light breakfast
10:30 hike
13:00 lunch
15:00 Ayurvedic workshop
17:30 lunar flow yoga
19:00 dinner
20:30 bedtime meditation

Day 3 | Sunday August 13
8:00 solar flow yoga
9:15 light breakfast
10:30 hike
13:00 lunch
15:00 massages / siesta
17:30 lunar flow yoga
19:00 dinner
20:30 bedtime meditation

Day 4 | Monday August 14
8:00 solar flow yoga
9:15 light breakfast
10:30 hike & swim
13:00 lunch
15:00 free time / siesta
17:30 lunar flow yoga
19:00 dinner
20:30 celebration & goodbyes

Day 5 | Tuesday August 15
7:45 outdoor yoga
8:15 light breakfast
10:00 departure to train station


:: 8x 1-hour Prana Vinyasa yoga class by Eliza
:: 3x led hike by Daniele
:: 1x Ayurvedic workshop
:: 4x breakfast & dinner, 3x lunch, all vegetarian, local, home-cooked & organic
:: 4 nights in the rustic & cosy Pian della Castagna
:: free use of sauna & reading room
:: beds are made when you arrive & 1 set of towels is available (bring your own if you need more)
:: transfer from train station Arquata Scrivia to Pian della Castagna (retreat location) and back

Not included

:: flight
:: travel fare to train station Arquata Scrivia
:: optional massage of 1 hour
:: cancellation policy


669 euros Including all the above

Book your spot!


Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellation by the organizers, a full refund will be made.

In case of cancellation by attendee before June 1 2017, 100% refund will be made.
After June 1 2017, 50% of your fee will be charged as a cancellation fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations after July 11 2017.
No refunds will be made for not attending/completing the Yoga Holiday.


Experiences from former holiday yogis

Rosanne Hoeven ‘Thank you for the super nice yoga week in beautiful Italy! I really gained a lot of new, fresh energy and feel much more balanced. I got inspired by everything during those 5 days: the heart warming & uplifting yoga classes, the surroundings, the warm, open personalities of you & our hosts & the positive energy from the group. I’ll join next time for sure!’ holiday yogi 2013 & 2015



Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 15.11.26Ewa Chojecka ‘After some stressful months, the Yoga Holiday in Italy was exactly what I needed: it made me feel like I was me again, the ‘me’ I had lost for some time. A breathtaking location, heartwarming people and very professional and at the same time personal yoga classes. I liked that there was time for yoga but also for hiking, swimming or doing something else. Perfect combination. I will definitely consider going again.’ – holiday yogi 2013


‘What I loved most about the Yoga Holiday was that everyone was so nice and open to new connections. The location was surrounded by beautiful nature and the food was awesome!’ – holiday yogi 2014


Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 15.13.05Annamaria de Crescenzio ‘Please keep organising these yoga holidays! A big thank you for being such a beautiful teacher. You opened to us your world full of emotions, elements and images. Personally I have discovered a new way of doing yoga and I will bring your teachings in my practice. I think this is really what a teacher is: someone who shares new ways of seeing reality.’ – holiday yogi 2013




Meret GiuliaJust wanted to thank you again for this week. You have such a lovely energy and i loved your style of yoga.’ holiday yogi 2016



‘What did I love most? Everything! Doing yoga and meditation with such a nice group of people (and teacher!) inspired some wonderful ‘metta’ energy. The food was delicious and healthy. Nature was beautiful and I particularly like the fact that we were sort of isolated, quiet, not close to other houses. The program was excellent – with time to relax, read, socialise, meditate in solitude or go for a walk between yoga sessions. It was perfect to rest and get my minds and bodies away from work.’ – holiday yogi 2015



Whom This Is For

Everyone who loves to be in nature and would like to reconnect to their body after a busy time in the city. All yogis who enjoy good food, good company and going with the flow.

Whom This Is Not For

If you expect a luxury resort kind of thing, this is not your holiday. Pian della Castagna is rustic, romantic place in the middle of nature.

Personally, it makes me a 100 times more relaxed than a luxurious resort: the rhythm, surroundings and food are all so natural that your body gets out of its stressed city pace and into its natural flow.


Got any questions or special requests? Let me know below : )

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