Le Marche, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round - Saturday to Saturday
Join us for a week of hands-on cooking classes and yoga in the hidden region of Le Marche, Italy. Le Marche is a province in east-central Italy with rolling vineyards surrounded by walled cities, castles, history and breathtaking scenery. Your accommodations will be in a totally renovated traditional country home, with five en-suite double rooms and three self catering apartments. The atmosphere is peaceful, tranquil and ideal for yoga. The property also boasts a wellness corner with jacuzzi and the opportunity for massages so you can totally relax during your holiday! You may also inquire about bringing your own yoga instructor from home and discussing alternate programs for your own group of friends!
The medieval village where you will be staying is surrounded by olive trees and golden wheat fields. In your free time, you may want to take a walk, go bird watching or simply breathe in the fresh air. It is in this region that two very typical Marche wines are produced, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, as well as olive oil, honey and many other fresh and seasonal products that make this area special.
You will enjoy two hands-on cooking classes with a local Italian in a professional, fully equipped kitchen. Learn the secrets of Marche cuisine using the freshest ingredients of the season, feasting on your creations after your lesson. A typical menu may consist of the following: Vincisgrassi (very soft lasagne), tagliatelle con sugo di papera (goose ragu) Coniglio in porchetta (rabbit with wild herbs) Arrosto misto (lamb, veal, rabbit), Gratin di verdure (roasted vegetables), tasting of typical cheeses and sausages such as Pecorino cheese and "Ciauscolo". Vegetarian cooking is also available. Please inquire.
Your instructor and host for the week is a certified Kundalini yoga instructor as taught by Yogi Bhajan Singh Siri Sahib Khalsa. A Kundalini Yoga class is composed of both dynamic and still asanas (the same as Hatha Yoga), relaxation, meditation and mantra chanting. The "mother" school is in Los Angeles, but since the early 70's it has spread all over Europe and in Italy as well. Teachers certified by KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) are acknowledged and accredited in Italy by CONI-UISP, the national authority for sport, with a special branch for eastern sports, martial arts and so called "sport per tutti" (sports for all). Your instructor has practiced Kundalini since 1990 and also teaches Shakti Dance, the Yoga dance inspired by the energy of Mother Earth.
Kundalini Yoga, the most powerful form of yoga available, is considered the mother of all the styles of yoga. It focuses on awakening the Kundalini, the energy of consciousness (serpent power or Shakti) which is found at the base of our spine. This type of yoga consists of ancient kriyas, or specially formulated sets of exercises which were secretly guarded and passed down through the centuries from yogi to yogi. It was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in 1969. Each kriya, or yoga set is designed to target specific issues, allowing practitioners to focus on exactly those aspects of their physical, mental or emotional state that need work at the current time. Any amount of time spent practicing - whether three minutes or an hour a day - produces significant benefits.
Day One - Saturday
Early afternoon arrival. You will be picked up at the airport or train station and transferred to your home for the week, a beautiful country home in a tranquil setting. You will be greeted by your host and yoga instructor and after getting settled in you will enjoy welcome drinks.
Welcome dinner with local wines at the country house and discussion about the activities for the week.
Day Two - Sunday
Early morning yoga class followed by a wonderful country breakfast of local marmalades, honey, yogurt orange juice, fruits, café, tea, milk, cereals.
Visit to Corinaldo, Mondavio, Pergola – ancient walled hamlets with historical buildings which are very popular in this medieval area. Lunch at a typical restaurant. Return to the country house. Relaxation before dinner. A wonderful dinner with local wines at the country house.
Day Three - Monday
Early morning yoga class followed by breakfast. Time to wander the grounds, go for a walk or just relax before your first hands-on cooking class with Fausto, a local chef from Morro d’Alba who has extensive experience in cooking, wine and olive oil (which he produces since he has more than 300 olive trees!).
Lunch on your creations followed by free time to visit the area or just relax.
Dinner with local wines at the country house.
Day Four - Tuesday
Breakfast followed by a day trip to the Urbino and Montefeltro area (about 70 kms): where Raffaello Sanzio was born. Raffaello Sanzio, Italian painter and architect of the Italian High Renaissance, is best known for his Madonnas and for his large figure compositions in the Vatican in Rome. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur.
Lunch in a local restaurant. Return home for an early evening yoga class with meditation and chanting.
Dinner with local wines at country house.
Day Five - Wednesday
Early morning yoga class followed by a breakfast. Full day trip to Ancona and the Conero Hill. You will see astonishing white rocks diving in the green-blue water. Sunset at the "Fortino Napoleonico" with Verdicchio wine and "stoccafisso" fish Grotte di Frasassi, Genga and Fabriano: from nature (parks and caves) to the historical centre town.
Lunch at a local restaurant in Fabriano and visit of the town.
Return to country house for dinner.
Day Six - Thursday
Breakfast followed by a morning visit to the local weekly food market in Senigallia with your cooking instructor to choose the freshest ingredients for your second hands-on cooking class. Second cooking class and lunch. Visit to local wine producers for wine tasting and education, as well as a visit to honey, cheese and/or olive oil producers to see the olive pressing process and the machinery which is used during olive harvest. This area boasts plenty of wine producers that are mainly of two qualities: Verdicchio and Lacrima.
Evening yoga class followed by dinner with local wines at the country house.
Day Seven - Friday
Early morning yoga class. Shopping the Italian way in Civitanova (about 50km) for the best shoes in Italy!
Lunch in local restaurant. Return to country house.
Relax before your farewell dinner.
Day Eight - Saturday
Breakfast followed by Buon Viaggio! and transfers to airport/train station.
*Groups of 20 people are easily accommodated for short breaks or weekly periods dedicated to studies or seminar compatible with the surrounding environment: yoga, cooking, relaxation and meditation and professional sports training. Please inquire.
*Small domestic animals welcome - please inquire.
*Attention Yoga Instructors: Interested in bringing a group to Italy? Please inquire about how to rent this yoga retreat and create a memorable yoga holiday, with or without cooking lessons, for a group of up to 20.
*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season
A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Nearest Airports/Train Stations: Ancona/Falconara Airport or Jesi or Senigallia train station. About a 20 minute drive to the farmhouse.
Flights: Suggestions: Fly from USA to London and purchase a two way ticket (Ryan Air) to Ancona-Falconara OR fly from USA to Rome and purchase a two way ticket (Alitalia) to Ancona-Falconara (50 min)
Trains: Suggestions: Best train to take from Rome: (all arrivals from the US come into Terminal 3; client must take shuttle from Fiumincino Airport to Roma Termini Station (there are info desks with English speaking people) – Eurostar trains run about every hour or so. (no changing trains at all): Take ES (Eurostar Train) from Roma Termini to Jesi Train Station (about 2:50 hours). The line is Roma-Ancona or Roma-Rimini that usually can be found at the first platform. The following stops are: Roma-Tiburtina/Orte/Spoleto/Foligno/Fossato di Vico/Fabriano/JESI (from Fabriano to Jesi it takes about 15 minutes)
(*Please inquire about special pricing for groups)
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a non-refundable 40% deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.
Available April to June, October to November. Dates are flexible. Please inquire.
*Seven (7) nights’ accommodation in double rooms with single beds or double rooms with queen size beds; all with private bath
*Six (6) yoga classes
*Two (2) hands-on cooking classes with corresponding meals and beverages
*One (1) market visit
*All excursions outlined in itinerary with English speaking guide
*All breakfasts and dinners with beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, tea, herbal tea, local wine and a reasonable amount of Italian liquors)
*Transfers to and from Ancona/Falconara Airport or Jesi or Senigallia train station
*Transportation for all excursions
*Four (4) lunches in restaurants
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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Maria L., Australia
"Dear Jo-Ann – The trip was absolutely wonderful and we couldn’t have had two greater hosts in Fabrizio and Anna. Fabrizio kept up the food and wine and Anna the laughs (she has a great sense of humor) and yoga which was fabulous. The chanting and meditation were so relaxing as were the rooms and the beautiful country house. The cooking was fun and eating it was even better. The chef, Fausto was an interesting character and I learnt lots. Jennifer was also great and we all got along famously, like a family, we ate together, laughed together and checked out the sights together. The local restaurants were yummy and we were made to feel completely at home. Thanks for offering such a wonderful experience."
Jennifer M., San Francisco, California
"Dear Jo-Ann – It was perfect. Anna and Fabrizio were great hosts and made sure that all aspects of our experience exceeded expectations. I definitely loved the variety of activities which included sightseeing, wine tasting, yoga, cooking and relaxation. This is a great excursion for someone who likes to experience a little bit of everything during their travels. The location is also beautiful and accommodations were perfect."
This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE.
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