The centre is set in a peaceful spot inamongst olive groves and the site is also home to an organic farm, where much of the food you will eat is produced. The decor is charming and the shala boasts a beautiful wood floor and lots of natural light. The food provided is delicious, nutritious and plant-based. Chefs from different countries prepare foods from a variety of different world cuisines. Morning juice, brunch and and an evening meal are served daily. There are both outdoor and indoor eating areas (both in the shade), gardens to explore, as well as the pool where you can relax, soaking up the sun or resting in the shade.
In the local vicinity are many beaches and swimming spots (around 30 minutes to one hour away, depending where you choose to go) and the centre will arrange taxis, car hire or you can hop on the train. Nearby towns also provide the chance to explore, buy gifts, soak up the friendliness of the South.
(For much more detailed information about the centre, the area and all areas of your stay and travel, I recommend you visit Yoga In Salento, which has loads of useful information, as well as photos.)
Our arrival day is Saturday 4th July. There will be a welcome session from 4pm-6pm.
During the week there will be three afternoon workshops from 4pm-6:30pm, these will be on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
7:30am – guided meditation
8am – mysore-style self-practice
10-10:30 brunch is served
4 – 6:30pm – afternoon workshop (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)
7-7:30 – evening meal is served
On Friday 10th July, there will be closing session after brunch from 11:30-1pm.
Leaving day is Saturday 11th July, there will no classes on leaving day. You will be expected to vacate your room by 11am, although reception can look after your luggage and you will still have access the pool and showers after this time.
As there is no beginners class on this retreat, all students must be confident practicing in a mysore-style class, able to practice independently for around half primary series. (We don’t expect poses to be perfect, modification is fine, but we expect you to know the order of the poses and be reasonably confident of the transitions between poses. This is to allow us to spend plenty of time with each student).
Single, double and triple rooms are available with some with shared bathrooms, others with private bathrooms. Please note, spaces are limited so it’s a good idea to book early.
Double with private bathroom €719
Double with shared bathroom €579
Triple with shared bathroom €559
Single room supplement with single bed €179
Single room supplement with double bed €279
Teaching fee: £300.
Bookings are taken by Yoga in Salento; they will ask for a deposit of 30% of your accomodation fee. The teaching fee is to be paid directly to Joey and Rachel by bank transfer, at least one month prior to the retreat. You can, of course, choose to pay as early as you like, if you prefer to get settled up in advance. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request the payment details.
If you’re travelling from the UK and choosing to fly, there are direct flights from Manchester, Liverpool and London airports to Brindisi or flights from elsewhere with a short stopover.
If you are wishing to travel to Salento with a smaller carbon footprint, there are several options for travelling via other means, and we find this award-winning travel website very helpful: The Man in Seat 61.
If you are wanting to travel from the airport or train station to the centre by taxi, Yoga in Salento are happy to arrange transfers. Alternatively, they will provide information about local bus and train travel from airports. Zollino train station is only 5 minutes walk from Yoga in Salento.
Bedding and towels are provided, you can rent an additional towel for using around the pool. Do bring your own toiletries and also a notebook and a pen.