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.

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

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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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 ; )