Soulshine italian escape with soulla demetriou
Rosa dei Venti – Puglia, Italy - 10-17 September 2016
Prices from £765
Join Soulla, Founder of Soulshine Retreats for this seven-night retreat deep in the beauty of the Italian countryside and find yourself relaxed, renewed and inspired in mind, body and spirit – ready to return to life strong, energised, rested and with a radiant smile upon your face. Our Soulshine Italian Escape truly provides an opportunity to pause from the crazy pace of modern day life. To rediscover and reconnect with your true nature and let your soul shine.
Set within the rustic comfort of the stunning Puglian countryside, your soul soothing week will feature daily uplifting yoga sessions to soothe and invigorate, a pampering included massage treatment, deliciously healthy organic and local vegetarian fare, transformative and empowering workshops and plenty of time for sunshine, lounging and deep relaxation by the pool or within the peaceful grounds. And if the plentiful yoga, massage and allure of simple relaxation by the pool isn’t quite enough for you, then there are plenty of opportunities to explore the area and all it’s Italian delights.
Relax, breathe, restore, move, heal, unwind, laugh, explore, stretch, workout, tone, rejuvenate, invigorate, refresh, revive, energise, live life and love life on this Italian Escape Soulshine Retreat with Soulla.
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In order to provide the perfect Soulshine Dive Deep Immersion for you, we've created a package that includes all of the following...
- 7 nights accommodation at the beautifully rustic Rosa dei Venti in the stunning Puglian countryside
- Daily morning and afternoon Meditation and Yoga session guided by Soulla Demetriou
- A series of transformative and empowering workshops throughout the week
- Daily organic, vegetarian and deliciously healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner (with one free lunch to explore the area and one free evening to enjoy an Italian feast in a local restaurant – not included)
- A 30 minute pampering massage treatment to ease the body and soothe the soul
- A complimentary group transfer from Bari Airport (travel between designated times)
- All Yoga Equipment
So the only extras you have to think about are:
- One free lunch & dinner
- Travel insurance
- Extra activities
Introducing Soulla Demetriou
Yogini, dream-chaser, explorer, meditator, eternal student, ocean-lover and founder of Soulshine Retreats, Soulla’s goal is to inspire people to embrace their full potential and find the happiness and freedom that exists within us all - to shine bright! She’ll be leading retreats at Can Sarana, our Ibiza Soulshine Retreats Centre and Italy this summer.
Since discovering yoga on a South American adventure, Soulla has been fascinated by the powerful physiological, psychological and spiritual effects a Yoga and Meditation practice can offer. It was the incredible impact that these practices had on her own life that lead her to give up a successful career in marketing and surrender fully to a beautiful journey of learning and self-discovery. This journey has taken her around the world on many a wild adventure, during which time she has clocked up over 800-hours in Yoga Teacher Trainings encompassing Mindfulness, Yin Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and Mood Management.
As someone who suffered from Anxiety in her twenties and went through the very bumpy terrain of a major life overhaul in her early-thirties, Soulla has journeyed deeply, and often through the 'shadow side' to explore, experience and discover practices that support us in our pursuit of happiness. It was through her own journey, the highs and the lows, that the desire for Soulshine Retreats and all that it encompasses was born. She is an ardent believer in cultivating a compassionate approach for taking our happiness and our destiny into our own hands in order to live life fully and joyfully and believes that we all hold the innate potential for healing.
Soulla holds a deep desire to share the skills that she has learnt on her journey in an utterly digestible way to hopefully help others in their pursuit of peace, fulfilment, joy and happiness. She hopes to provide the skills through her work and that of her dedicated and passionate Soulshine Team to bring positive transformation in the world so that each and every one of us can embrace our full potential and find the happiness and freedom that exists within us all. Quite simply, to shine bright!
What to expect
With over 800-hours of training, Soulla offers both dynamic and flowing Yang yoga and healing and restorative Yin yoga. Her classes fuse breathwork, meditation, dancing, poetry, intention setting, music, and lots of giggles. Her dynamic Yang flow classes bring together sequences of postures in a powerful practice, developing strength, flexibility and awareness, as well as detoxifying the system. Yin and Restorative classes focus on providing a pause in life to create a deeply healing and relaxing space.
Sarah and Ty Powers of the Insight Institute, Pema Chödrön, Tara Judelle, Leila Sadeghee, Katy Appleton, Bridget Woods Kramer, Judith Lasater, Amy Weintraub of Lifeforce Yoga, Jivamukti, Claire Missingham and all things Anusara.
Our Soulshine Venue - La Rosa Dei Venti
A 15-hectare property situated on a small hillock in the heart of the Itria Valley in the heel of Italy's boot, Rosa dei Venti is an utterly charming family-run yoga venue, built on oodles of love and respect for the practices that we offer.
Nestled gently into the natural beauty of the Italian countryside, our unique venue is surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and all round peacefulness. The main building is a 16th century Masseria (farmhouse) that has been elegantly restored in typical, old Puglian style with many of the authentic features still in place. The Masseria is surrounded by the striking form of traditional Trulli houses – small, white conical buildings that are one of the most magical aspects of the Puglian landscape.
The grounds contain lovely gardens, an outdoor and indoor yoga deck, a swimming pool, wild forest, fields, and a tiny church ensuring that there is plenty of space to find peace, walk and be free.
As with all Soulshine Retreats, our Italian venue Rosa dei 4 Venti has been chosen for it’s ability to provide a space in which utter relaxation can occur within a deeply nourishing environment.
Each of the simple yet charming ensuite rooms comes in a different shape and is unique in it’s own way. Furnishings and fabrics complement the building and have been chosen to create a calm and very comfortable environment.
The rooms are divided between the main building of the Masseria and then the conical Trulli houses.
Rooms will be allocated on a booking basis.
The food on the retreat is prepared with great experience and nutritional wisdom by the incredible Rosa dei Venti. The importance of food is very much at the heart of the Rosa dei Venti philosophy and they aim to bring balance back to our bodies through a ph alkaline diet philosophy and a healthy take on traditional Italian fare. All the meals are truly a delicious delight, prepared with exceptional produce, the highest healing attention and more love and attention than you can possibly imagine. You definitely won’t be going hungry!
Whilst meals will retain the essence of Italian fare, it will be offered with a mindfully healthy twist. Fresh, organic and seasonal products are served directly from the garden, bread, pastries and pastas are made on site using spelt or gluten free flour and even the goats cheese and milk is made by the Rosa dei Venti family.
To provide a truly nurturing, nourishing and healing experience, food will be vegetarian, low gluten, wheat-free, dairy-free and often raw. We believe that this really provides an opportunity for your body to heal and detox – especially in conjunction with all the other healthy practices that you’ll be enjoying. Never fear if you need a pizza and salami fix (we are in Italy after all), as there will be also be free time when you can venture out to sample the allure & delight of a local restaurant.
Where possible, we are of course very happy to accommodate any special dietary requirements.
Yoga and Wellness Experience
The Yoga (suitable for all levels)
Your morning practice to greet the day will incorporate Meditation, Pranayama (breathing techniques) and dynamic Soulshine Flow Yoga to awaken the body, mind and spirit. The evening practice will focus on incorporating healing Yin and Restorative poses and sessions of deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra guided meditation. Expect to be guided through poetry, music, readings and soul
Throughout the week Soulla will also be running extra workshops Workshops & Talks covering a range of topics carefully chosen by Soulla to provide experiences and skills to help us shine our brightest! You can expect topics such as:
- How to build a Meditation practice
- How to improve your Zzz-time – a Sleep Clinic
- Calming the storm – practices to support stress and anxious times
- Beginners Asana Clinic – breaking down key Yoga poses and Sun Salutations
- Seeking your Soul Vision – setting intentions for a deeply fulfilling future
The following is a guide to our schedule during the 7-night retreat. This schedule will ebb and flow to adjust to the needs of the group during the retreat. There will be one free day (after a deliciously long Yoga session and breakfast feast) to allow time for exploring further afield or simply lounging by the pool. There is also one free evening when we will enjoy a meal at a local Italian restaurant (not included).
- 7:30-9:30: Morning Meditation & Yoga practice
- 9:30-10:30: Healthy & hearty breakfast
- 11:30-12:30: Workshops
- 12:30-13:30: Free time to lie by the pool, wander the grounds, explore the beauty of the local area or enjoy your included body-soothing massage
- 13:30 – 14:30: Deliciously healthy lunch
- 14:30-17:00: More luxuriously relaxing free time
- 17:30-19:00: Evening soul-soothing Yoga practice
- 20:00: Wholesome dinner feast in the company of old and new friends
Your Soulshine Team
The perfect place to be utterly pampered
Our aim at Soulshine HQ is to spoil you absolutely rotten! That’s why you will have a dedicated Bookings Officer ensuring every stage from booking enquiry to travel is hassle free. During your retreat you can expect to be utterly cared for your Soulshine Host & Teacher Soulla, who will be on site to ensure the smoothest running of your retreat. That’s in addition to the Rosa dei Venti family who will be keeping your home for the week in tip-top condition and preparing a stream of delicious meals to keep bellies happy. We all share the same intention…to spoil you rotten!
About The Area
Rosa dei Venti is in a gorgeously rural location, about 9km from the closes town of Martina Franca. If you do fancy a little more than rest and relaxation on your retreat, then there is a wealth of options for adventuring that can be organised at additional cost during your stay. Below are some examples of activities that can be arranged during the retreat. Snoozing by the pool for the week with a great book also highly recommended.
- Visit the local town of Martina Franca for Wednesday market day and enjoy its stunning baroque architecture and twisting alleyways.
- Olive Oil Tasting and pottery shopping in Grottaglie
- Visit city of Lecce, the Florence of the south!
- Head to Matera, 2019 Capital of Culture with a wonderful ancient Palace and the location for the film ‘The Passion’!
- Explore the beauty of the Ionic coast and it’s stunning villages Polignano a Mare, Ostuni and Trani
We will be organising and optional group day out during the retreat to explore the stunning coastline. If you know that you love to explore when on holiday then we recommend hiring a car, although private transfers can also be arranged.
How To Book
- Twin ensuite shared room: £975 per person (based on shared room)
- Triple ensuite shared room: £865 per person (based on shared room)
- Sole occupancy ensuite room: £1,375
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Full Booking Details
Please confirm your interest in booking or any questions you may have by emailing the Soulshine Team at email@example.com or click 'Enquire Now'.
Once you’ve (hopefully) decided to book, you will receive information on how to pay a £250 non-refundable deposit and the Terms and Conditions on the ‘register an interest’ booking date. Once this deposit has been paid and you have returned your signed Terms & Conditions, your place will be guaranteed on the retreat (hurray!). Full payment will be required 8 weeks ahead of the retreat.
Once your place has been confirmed, we will provide all the information on when and where to travel so you’ll be able to book your flight. Exciting! We’ll also send all the information you need to get planning and to help us to support any needs that you might need (such as dietary requirements).
Holiday time! Pack your bikini & sun-cream and join us in beautiful Italy for a beautiful Soulshine Dive Deep Retreat.
You don’t need to travel with a friend to benefit from the room-sharing prices, as the vast majority of our guests are independent travellers and choose to share with a like-minded Soulshiner (same gender of course). We are very happy and proud to say that we attract the loveliest people and have seen many a friendship grow and flourish on the Soulshine Retreats.
Included in your retreat package is a group transfer from Bari. To benefit from this transfer you’ll need to ensure that your flight arrives at Bari airport between set times. Otherwise, private transfers can be arranged from either Bari or Brindisi airports and will cost as a guide price between 90-130 euros (we will try and arrange transfer sharing where possible to keep the costs down).
If travelling independently then directions to the venue will be provided and we will also provide any additional travel support required. Please note the property check-in/check-out times as follows:
Room Check-in: 6pm
Room Check-out: 8:30am (to leave the property by 10am)