MILAN | YOGA + FASHION | SEPTEMBER 2018
Have you ever dreamed of following in the footsteps of Venus, traipsing nonchalantly over cobblestone streets and practicing the effortless stylish art of sprezzatura, while sipping a creamy cappuccino, sharing secrets with friends - all this just after your Yoga class?
This September, La Vita in Equilibrio takes us to the Italian capital of chic: Milan! Join us for a week of yoga + fashion, as we explore the runways and alleyways of this clandestine city. Known for its sunglasses, stilettos and of course aperitivo, Milan is a city behind closed doors. Here we find a labyrinth of secret passageways, verdant courtyards, and a network of lacy rooftop catwalks that form a filigree of vaulting views. The ‘Hidden Milan’ is a timeless goddess, suspended between the old and the new; a true fashion and design metropolis — where intentional beauty and extravagance sit alongside the sleek and the subtile.
Experience the out-of-time atmosphere at our home for the week --- The Yard. This prestigious travel inspired boutique hotel is appointed with salvaged finds the owner has collected, recounting arrivals and departures, each detail representing a treasured story. Luxuriate in the dapper lounge or indulge in the finest cocktails served in their aptly named bar: The Secret Society. Located alongside the canals in the trendy Navigli district --- the ‘Left-Bank’ of Milan, this art and fashion enclave is brimming with activity and is host to lively locals, up and coming designers as well as some of the most innovative cuisine Milan has to offer.
We greet each morning immersed in the elegance of Milan’s soothing yoga studio City Zen, where we start with a guided meditation and a creatively sequenced yoga class. As we awaken the body’s energy centres you will feel restored, gently releasing any tensions we find along the way. Following this, a brief sojourn at our hotel will give us a moment of repose so we can ready ourselves for the day ahead. In Milan, breakfast is more than sustenance, it is an experience in taste and style. Cornetti and pasticcini await us at Milan’s famed pastry shops, such as Pasticceria Marchesi in the fashion district, where we will be surrounded by the vintage allure of coffered ceilings and liberty-style chandeliers. We also take our breakfast style downtown at Pave where their motto of ‘sex, love and panettone’ is the perfect way to fuel up for the day!
On this Escape, our focus is on personal expression! Our aim is to awaken curiosities as we pull back the curtain on the storied neighborhoods that make this city unique. With our personal shopper on hand, we scope out the future of fashion in the Tortona district, experiment with the street style of Ticinese, find our bohemian spirit in the boutiques of Brera, and meet our most glamorous selves in the legendary Fashion District — the Quadrilatero. Prepare to be enchanted by vintage emporiums and concept stores like 10 Corso Como that fashionistas adore. Each step of the way, we reflect on the essence of Italian fashion, incorporating those elements that are both timeless as well as transitional to help build the perfect capsule collection for Autumn/Winter. We devote one afternoon to a stroll through the mythical gardens of Parco Sempione where we meet with fabled mermaids, and age-old sycamore trees. During this walking-workshop we explore the significance of your astrological chart, how your personal style is expressed through your ascendant and the wardrobe essentials for the season.
Of course no shopping meditation would be complete without a visit to the private world of the Atelier. Here we perceive the genuine meaning of ‘Made in Italy’ --- starting from the sketches, through the raw materials and fabrics selected, to the pattern making and finally the garment production. You will admire archive items, learn how fashion has changed over the years and how sartorial creations remain true pieces of art despite the passing of time.
At La Vita in Equilibrio, we believe in slowing down and making time for the kind of magic that melts in your mouth. We have curated a culinary tour that takes us from the trendy to the trattoria. We’ll be dining in refurbished railway stations, hip new eateries in the Isola quartiere and at other legendary dining salons that elevated Milan’s iconic dishes to cult status. A city steeped in tradition, Milanese cuisine pursues innovation with elegance and precision. One evening, at flower bistro Potafiori we dine with a local jazz singer turned tastemaker who merged her passion for flowers and cooking into a whimsical, multi-sensory experience. And on another at Bar Basso, we discover the haute couture of cocktails as we learn how the ubiquitous Negroni Zbagliato found its place at the heart of the aperitivo revolution.
The rest of our days are an inspiring mélange of personal styling, elegant luxury, and street side charm. From sophisticated art nouveau decor at Poldi Pezzoli to the Renaissance Fashion Museum at Palazzo Morando to the underground treasures of the abandoned public baths at Albergo Diurno Venezia, we explore the connection between various beauty narratives and the meaning they hold for us. We also make time for some old-fashioned pampering. Inside the ancient roman walls of QC Terme we retreat into a private oasis where you may select from a number of irresistible spa treatments Following this, we visit the grand dame of Milan’s fashion scene --- The Prada Fondazione, for a private tour of this iconic and innovative institution.
Our Escape culminates with a fun evening on the glittering canals of the Navigli neighborhood as we draw from our experiences and linger over a delicious meal and the lasting memories of our ‘Hidden Milan’. The next morning, we complete our time together with a light yoga practice followed by breakfast before we transfer you back to your life with a restored mind and body, a deep sense of friendship, self-discovery and transformation.
When: 22nd - 27th September 2018
Where: Milan, Italy.
Hosts: Lisa Dunn & Jacqueline Vukman
For Who: This escape is open to singles and couples of all levels of yoga, and every walk of life. For anyone interested in the mind-opening experiences inspired by yoga, meditation and travel, as well as a love of Italy, it’s food, culture, and fashion, then this is the retreat for you!
How Much: All prices are given in EURO
€ 3190 for a Shared Room - twin or double bed available
€ 3950 for a Private Room
Can be paid in two payments using the code MILANOSEPT2018
25% Deposit to secure your place
The balance to be paid 42 days before the start of your Yoga Escape
· Welcome aperitivo upon arrival
· Daily morning meditation and yoga instruction
· All meals during your time with us
· Your accommodation in Milano
· Group transfer from and to airport
· All sightseeing and activities
· Transportation to and from activities
· A private tour of a designer’s Atelier
· A guided tour of Prada fondazione
· Daily shopping tours
· A personal star-style session
· Wardrobe building tips
· Spa day
· A tour of some of Milan’s famous palazzos and UNESCO heritage site Duomo
· Transformative astrology workshop
Not Included: Airfares and extra spa treatments
Arrival: Guests will be greeted upon arrival at the hotel for check-in commencing at 3pm.
Departure: Group airport transfer from 11AM on the final day.
A note on getting there: You can fly to any of Milan’s three airports and we will have a group transfer organized to bring you to your hotel.
Suggested Packing - Alongside your usual luggage
Bathing suit (spa day)
Personal yoga props if preferred (mat, blocks, straps, blanket)
Smart phone with camera and/or digital camera
Plug adaptors / converters
Cancellation Policy: Due to the bespoke nature of our Escapes, we offer no cancellations or refunds unless a replacement is found. We strongly encourage you to have travel insurance to cover the retreat in the event of strikes, natural disasters, health problems, and other unforeseen events.