Yoga Holiday Italy 2018


Summer retreat of yoga, Ayurveda, hikes & massages
August 1-6 2018
With Eliza, Daniele & Leo

The Program

Join us in the gorgeous northern Italian mountains for 6 days of yoga, hiking, Ayurveda, delicious organic vegetarian food and massages. This year we’ve got one extra day plus included in the price is either a massage or a Body Alignment Session.

We’ll enjoy 2 daily Vinyasa yoga classes and a bedtime meditation by me, Eliza, and there’ll be 3 different hikes led by my husband Daniele.

Plus this year I’ve got a special option for you: you can choose between a 1 hour massage by our wonderful massage therapist Emanuele or a 30 minute Body Alignment Session with me, where you’ll get a personalised plan with yoga & Ayurveda, based on any current imbalances or your health goals.

This is all included in the price : )

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 with all the beauty of nature around you and without the distractions of daily life.

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 and following the rhythms of nature. They’re infused with Ayurvedic elements, music & essential oils. 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 5 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 the sunshine on your skin while gazing into the distance.

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

Rooms are shared with one or two other yogis and there are 3 shared bathrooms. If you wish to have a room to yourself, please contact Eliza (eliza[dot]coolsma[at]gmail[dot]com) to ask for availability.

The Food

All our vegetarian 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.

The Hikes

Daniele is Eliza’s husband, former scout and quite likely mountain goat in a previous life : ) 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.


Want to know what going on this Yoga Holiday is like? Yogis that went on previous editions share their experiences.

Annamaria de Crescenzio ‘Dear Eliza, 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. Please keep organising these yoga holidays!’ Holida yogi 2013

Ewa 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


Meike Slagt & Rosa ‘My 4-month-old daughter and I went on the yoga holiday and we had such a great time! I loved the yoga classes that were relaxing and energizing at the same time, and couldn’t get enough of the wonderful food. My daughter was mesmerized by the “strange movements” all those people in the yoga room made, and liked being taken on hikes. The flexibility offered by Eliza meant it was easy to feed her and give her a comfortable place to sleep. The beautiful environment and the kind, accepting people put a permanent smile on our faces :)‘

‘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

Meret Giulia ‘Just 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

The Extras

The cool thing about this Yoga Holiday is that you can choose your activities: you can either just enjoy doing nothing or reading a book between meals and yoga, or you can go for a hike, follow an Ayurvedic workshop on how to transition from summer to autumn, get an extra massage or go to the sauna. It’s completely up to you.

Included in the price is this year a 1 hour massage by our in house massage therapist OR you can get a 30 minute Body Alignment Session.

If you choose the latter, you’ll receive a questionnaire before going the holiday, which will tell me your health wishes and any current imbalances or challenges. During our 30 minute session, we’ll discuss which Ayurvedic nutrition and yoga practices are suitable for you at this moment. Plus you’ll receive a personalised plan in pdf with the foods and rituals listed for you and a link to 2 yoga videos.

Full Programme

Day 1 | Wednesday August 1 

17:41 pick up from train station
18:15 arrival at Pian della Castagna & settling in
19:00 organic vegetarian dinner
20:30 welcome ceremony & meditation

Day 2 | Thursday August 2 

8:00 solar flow yoga
9:15 light breakfast
11:00 light hike
13:00 lunch
15:00 Ayurvedic workshop | Transitioning from Summer to Autumn
17:30 lunar flow yoga
19:00 dinner
20:30 bedtime meditation

Day 3 | Friday August 3 

8:00 solar flow yoga
9:15 light breakfast
10:30 massages / Body Alignment Session / siesta
13:00 lunch
15:00 massages / Body Alignment Session / siesta
17:30 lunar flow yoga
19:00 dinner
20:30 bedtime meditation

Day 4 | Saturday August 4

8:00 solar flow yoga
9:15 light breakfast
10:00 longer hike
13:30 lunch
15:00 free time / siesta
17:30 lunar flow yoga
19:00 dinner
20:30 celebration & goodbyes

Day 5 | Sunday August 5 

8:00 solar flow yoga
9:15 light breakfast
11:00 hike, swim & lunch at the lake
17:00 lunar flow yoga
19:00 dinner
20:30 celebration & goodbyes

Day 6 | Monday August 6 

8:00 solar flow yoga
9:15 light breakfast
10:30 transfer to train station

NB: the programme might change due to the weather : )



  • accommodation for 5 nights and 6 days
  • transfer from train station Arquata Scrivia to Pian della Castagna and back
  • 5x light breakfast, 4x vegetarian lunch & 5x vegetarian dinner (all local, organic and home made by our cook Cristina)
  • 5x solar yoga flow
  • 4x lunar yoga flow
  • 5x bedtime meditations
  • 1x 1 hour massage by our in house massage therapist OR 30 minute Body Alignment Session with therapeutic personal plan with yoga & ayurveda by Eliza (value €108!)
  • 1.5 hour Ayurvedic workshop on transitioning from summer to autumn with ease & flow
  • tea & water throughout the day as much as you love
  • your bed is made upon arrival & a set of freshly washed towels are waiting for you
  • free use of sauna & grounds

Not Included

  • air fare to Milan
  • train ticket to Arquata Scrivia
  • additional massage or Body Alignment Session (if you’d like to go for the full experience and enjoy both)
  • travel insurance

Payment in two installments available. Please click below on the Buy Now button if you like to use this option.
Exchange of energy: 
759 including all of the above

When you come together with a friend, €40 off the total price : )

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(upon payment, you will receive a confirmation email & pdf)

Payment in 3 installments available when you book before June 25. Click on the button below to make your first payment of only €290. When you choose this option you commit to all 3 payments.

Cancellation Policy

  • In case of cancellation by the organizers, a full refund will be made.
  • In case of cancellation by attendee before June 1 2018, 100% refund will be made.
  • In case of cancellation by attendee after June 1 2018, 50% of your fee will be charged as a cancellation fee.
  • No refunds will be made after July 1 2018, nor for not completing / joining the Yoga Holiday 2018.


Eliza – yoga teacher, ayurvedic health counsellor, organiser
Dani – hiking guide
Adolfo – host, owner of Pian della Castagna
Cristina & Francesca – cooks
My son Leo – entertainer ; )