SAN FELICE CIRCEO, LAZIO | YOGA + MYTHOLOGY | MAY 2018
Have you ever wondered if there is a still a pocket of Italy as yet undiscovered by travellers? A pocket, moreover, that encloses dramatic mountain scenery and miles of golden beaches? A protected place that has kept the coast pristine and the hills a reserve for rare plants and birds? And all an easy hour-and-a-half's drive from Rome? Well wonder no more —- This May, La Vita in Equilibrio takes us to a place where legends are made!
Mythology meets nature in San Felice Circeo. Famed for its role in Homer’s Greek epic – The Odyssey, this mountainous peninsula is where Ulysses and his men, returning from Troy, are lured by the enchanting sorceress Circe into her palace for a year-long stay of luxury and leisure. Circe continues to cast her intoxicating spell drawing La Vita in Equilibrio to her opulent shores for an indulgent retreat of yoga, nature and mythology.
In the verdant heart of this national park - Parco del Circeo - we find the medieval town of San Felice and nearby up the winding road is the picturesque Il Faro Boutique Hotel, settled under the watchful eye of Capo Circeo’s lighthouse. Here we breath in the fresh sea air and soak up the sunshine whilst gazing over the jagged outlines of the volcanic Pontine islands. Nestled in a mountainous embrace, few hotels can better this magical setting —- the meditative sound of the sea lapping up the rocks below.
The focus of this Escape is creative revival and reconnecting back to nature. As we delve into the ancient stories of our setting, gently wading through our own personal myths, we discover the potent metaphors that can reshape our lives. Expect a celestial awakening, as we create a constellation of being that welcomes the new experiences and revelations that come forth.
A floral outpouring, a poetry of bougainvillea, hibiscus and oleander create the idyllic setting for our mornings. We greet each day surrounded by the beauty of Il Faro’s terraces and begin with a guided meditation. An energising and intelligently sequenced yoga class follows. During each practice you’ll be taken on your own odyssey as we explore The Myths of the Asanas. As you move through the poses, these philosophical stories will inspire a shift in your creative source and personal well-being. After your morning yoga a grounding and delicious breakfast awaits on the terrace; followed by a moment of repose to ready yourself for the day’s events.
As we commune with nature and her stories, the imagination is unleashed. On one special day we take a guided hike along the enchanting paths through this national park. We find sanctuary as we meander through the gorgeous tangle of holm oak and pine to learn about the rare plants and birds that inhabit here. If we’re lucky to reach the peak of the mountain on a clear day we can catch the sun glinting off Rome’s St. Peter in one direction and follow the curve of the Bay of Naples in the other. Here we rest up within the ancient walls of an acropolis and bring to life the myths and flavors of the region over a delicious Italian picnic.
Our sojourn with nature continues as we visit the magical Giardino di Ninfa - one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens in the world. Here we explore the ‘quarto caldo’ —- the extraordinary microclimate that allows trees and shrubs to grow at three times their natural rate while learning about the power and passion of Ceres. This astrological workshop will focus on ‘the goddess of plenty’ in your chart as we evoke this ancient deity to bring fertile abundance into our lives.
On another day we ferry to the tiny volcanic island of Ponza – Italy’s best kept secret. The pretty pastel coloured waterfront greets us as we approach its shores and a private boat brings us to a secluded beach where we dive into its healing crystal clear waters, mineral rich with marine life. Rounding past grottoes and the rocky stacks of the Faraglioni della Madonna, we find the enchanting wind chiseled volcanic stone towers of La Punta di Capo Bianco, a wonder of the Tyrrhenian sea.
The region of Lazio is known for its exquisitely simple yet flavorful cuisine. On a curated culinary tour, you discover the region’s rare grape varietals, once sought after by the denizens of ancient Rome and feast on local gastronomic delights. Your palate will revel in the glory of seasonal fare. From dining al fresco in San Felice’s famed trattorie to taking lunch at a 12th Century abbey - Abbazia di Fossanova - the delectable taste of each experience will leave you in awe.
Between all this discovery there is still time to relax and enjoy the beauty of our hotel setting - either soaking in the natural rock pool or sunbathing on the many private terraces surrounded by nature. But no La Vita in Equilibrio Escape is complete without some pampering. And for this retreat, we are blessed to have Thai Yoga Massage Master, Fabrizio Sarracino, offering his therapeutic sessions. This heavenly practice is like having Yoga done to you! You will be left relaxed, re-energised and truly transformed.
Our Escape culminates watching the setting sun on our last evening together. As we sip on aperitivi we reminisce on all our shared experiences and invoke the spirit of the stars as they continue to storytell their way into our hearts. On this night, Mars the fiery planet enters the water bearing sign of Aquarius, and we explore the promise and the dynamic effects of this union upon us. This star studded transit will help us stay on course, encouraging us to keep carving out our own unique path.
On our final 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: 14 - 19 May 2018
Where: San Felice Circeo, Lazio - Italy.
Hosts: Lisa Dunn & Jacqueline Vukman
For Who: This escape is open to singles & couples of all levels of yoga and from all walks of life that are interested in the mind-opening experiences that yoga, meditation and travel can inspire. A love of Italy and it’s food and culture will make it all the more divine!
How Much: All prices are given in EURO
€ 2480 for a Shared Room - only double beds available
€ 2950 for a Private Room
Can be paid in two payments using the code SANFELICEMAY2018
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 stay with us
· Your stay at Il Faro Boutique Hotel
· Group transportation to and from airport
· All sightseeing and activities
· Thai yoga massage treatment
· Transformative astrology workshops
Not Included: Airfares and extra spa treatments
Arrival: Guests will be greeted upon arrival at the hotel for check-in commencing at 3pm.
Departure: A group airport transfer from 11AM on the final day.
A note on getting there: You can fly to any of Rome’s two airports (Fiumicino or Ciampino) and we will have a group transfer organized to be bring you to your hotel. Alternative personal transfers are available at an additional cost.
Suggested Packing - Apart from your usual luggage
Personal yoga props if preferred (mat, blocks, straps, blanket)
Smartphone 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.