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Ayurvedic Yoga & Cooking Holiday

From £633 pp

Italy, Puglia , Puglia

7 days

Max 8 people

Ayurvedic Yoga & Cooking Holiday

What You'll Do

Unwind and rejuvenate your tastebuds and mind with this 6 night Italian cooking and yoga holiday in Conversano; discover the secrets behind delicious Italian cuisine while centering your mind with daily yoga sessions & special Ayurvedic treatments on this holiday with a difference.

The charming region of Puglia in southern Italy, renowned for its rich cuisine and tranquil scenery, will be the setting of this 6 night / 7 day Italian cooking and yoga holiday. High atop a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside you will find the Provencal 15th-century farmhouse encased in high dry stone walls where your courses will take place.

Every morning, wake up to fresh air, gorgeous countryside, and relaxing yoga sessions, to start your day rejuvenated. This serene location also sets the scene for a traditional Mediterranean-influenced cookery lesson with some of the expert village women from the region as your guides. Tucked away in the gorgeous on-site kitchen, you will create a wide range of appetizers as well as traditional Puglian dishes, passed on through generations of locals.

Then spend some time with Mariangela for some refreshing ayurvedic treatments to completely reset your body and mind before indulging in delicious meals. With a holiday this full of decadence and relaxation, it will be hard to leave this Italian paradise.

During your course, stay in a gorgeously renovated 15th-century farmhouse in any of its 10 guest rooms, complete with a wonderful view of the surrounding grounds or countryside. Each room has been named after a sign of the zodiac and decorated in a traditional Provencal style and has a mini fridge, private ensuite bathroom, WiFi, and various other modern amenities.

The grounds include a luxurious swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and a rural chapel with several 17th-century murals, making this Italian cooking holiday an ideal place to unwind and cook up a storm.

Experience
Highlights

Accommodation includes a luxurious swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and a rural chapel with several 17th-century murals

2 Ayurvedic treatments along with cultural excursions

Authentic Italian cuisine and hands-on cooking lessons

Your Local Host:

Carola

Italian-born host, Carola, has years of experience organising courses and projects, and has plenty of information to share with you about the region of Puglia and its ancient traditions. Carola has also studied the Ayurvedic techniques, Pranic healing, yoga and mediation in centres across Greece, India, and Italy.

She is joined by Mariang Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Check into your room anytime after 14.00 and take time to settle in
– Join a quick presentation covering everything included in the week’s programme
– Visit Conversano, one of the most ancient cities of Bari
– Enjoy dinner at the farmhouse restaurant
– Spend a free evening exploring the house, gardens, pool, and local area

Accommodation

– Your accommodation is just 4km from the coastal village of Conversano in the Puglia region of Italy
– You’ll stay in a renovated 15th-century farmhouse set high on a hill and surrounded by dry stone walls and lovely Italian countryside for plenty of peace and quiet during your stay
– There are a total of 10 twin/double guest rooms (sleeping up to 4) all with private bathrooms
– If you are travelling solo, stay in a twin/double room for sole occupancy for a small supplement or share a room with another solo traveller of the same sex (subject to availability)
– Some rooms have the original 17th-century furnishings and others are decorated in a provencal style
– Rooms all have private bathrooms
– The ground floor rooms have ceiling fans but remain pretty cool during the summer months and the upper floor rooms have air conditioning units
– There is a lovely secluded swimming pool in the grounds for guests’ use
– The house is surrounded by wonderful gardens where you can relax on the sun loungers or by the pool
– An on-site restaurant caters all of your meals throughout your stay
– Accommodation is included for 6 nights / 7 days
– Check in anytime after 2.00pm on day 1 and check out by 10.00am on day 7

Yoga and Ayurvedic treatment

– Start your morning with an awakening yoga session including a warm-up, breathing techniques, and meditation
– After a leisurely breakfast, head to the treatment room for an ayurvedic test and treatment
– Once you are completely relaxed, enjoy a free afternoon with plenty of time for a walk through the fields of almond, cherry, and olive trees or simply to lay by the pool
– Dine in the on-site restaurant for your evening meal

Yoga and cultural tour

– Spend a bit of your morning getting set for the day ahead with a morning yoga session including a warm-up, breathing techniques, and meditation
– After yoga, enjoy an energising breakfast in the farmhouse restaurant
– Follow up this savoury meal with a cultural excursion
– Depending the weather and the day, cultural excursions are as follows:
– Polignano a Mare and its sea caves
– Monopoli and the castle of Charles V, the Baroque Cathedral, and the Civic Tower
– Alberobello, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site
– Have the entire afternoon free and choose what you would like to do or ask your hosts, who would be happy to provide advice on the best things to do in the area
– Return to the farmhouse for a delicious dinner from the farm restaurant

Cooking

– Wake up for energising morning yoga with a warm-up, breathing techniques, & meditation to get centered for the big day ahead
– Breakfast at your leisure, then head to the kitchen for a day of authentic Italian cooking
– Prepare fresh pasta like cavatelli and orecchiette complete with the best sauces to suit the different styles then, learn how to make focaccia barese with stone ground flour
– During the cookery course, learn about Mediterranean food according to Ayurveda Medicine as well as the use of herbs & spices for body and mind
– For lunch, it is time to dine on your creations for a typical large Italian meal
– After lunch, unwind with a free afternoon to explore or lounge by the pool
– Enjoy a delicious dinner at the farmhouse and relax after a long day in the kitchen

Yoga and Ayurvedic treatment

– Start your morning with an awakening yoga session including a warm-up, breathing techniques, and meditation
– After a leisurely breakfast, head to the treatment room for an ayurvedic test and treatment
– Once you are completely relaxed, enjoy a free afternoon with plenty of time for a walk through the fields of almond, cherry, and olive trees or simply to lay by the pool
– Dine in the on-site restaurant for your evening meal

Yoga and cultural tour

– Spend a bit of your morning getting set for the day ahead with a morning yoga session including a warm-up, breathing techniques, and meditation
– After yoga, enjoy an energising breakfast in the farmhouse restaurant
– Follow up this savoury meal with a cultural excursion
– Have the entire afternoon free and choose what you would like to do or ask your hosts, who would be happy to provide advice on the best things to do in the area
– Return to the farmhouse for a delicious dinner from the farm restaurant

Departure

– After a leisurely breakfast guests are asked to check-out of their rooms by 10am ready for departure taking home with them new cooking skills, a refreshed body and mind, and an insight into authentic Italian culinary life that will stay with them long after the holiday is over

Location Information

Stay in an intimate 15th Century farmhouse, overlooking an ancient lake bed now covered in beautiful flowers. There is plenty to keep you occupied – take a dip in the luxurious swimming pool or travel through the olive and cherry tree groves by bike or on foot. Encircled by high stone walls and gorgeous gardens, enjoy plenty of relaxing privacy at the farmhouse while still being only 30 minutes from Bari airport and 3km from the coastal village of Conversano.

Getting there

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights.

Nearest airports:
Bari (40 minutes away) or Brindisi (50 minutes away)

 

  • 6 nights accommodation at the farmhouse in a twin/double room
  • You can check in any time after 2pm on Day 1 and check out by 10am on Day 7
  • One Italian cookery lesson followed by lunch
  • Daily Hatha yoga sessions
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Conversano village visit
  • Monopoli visit to the caves and various historic sites
  • A visit to Alberobello, the UNESCO World Heritage site
  • 2 Ayurvedic treatments
  • All transport to and from the various cultural sites plus entrance fees
  • Transfer from Conversano train station (airport transfers can be arranged at an extra cost)

FAQs

- Cookery courses are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced cooks
- Yoga courses are gentle and relaxed and suitable for all levels
- Minimum age is 18 for this cookery and yoga course
- Your hosts are Italian, and all cooking and yoga classes are taught in both Italian and English as required
- Vegetarian diets can be accommodated for the cookery portion of this course

- Arrivals are every Saturday starting at the end of February until the end of November, however, they are closed some weeks in July and August
- Cooking and yoga holidays are for 6 nights / 7 days

- This Italian cooking and yoga holiday is packed with culinary delights and historic and food tours to immerse you in the culture of the local area
- In your free evenings, you can explore Conversano (only 3km away) and wander to the harbour and through the quaint streets, or take a bike ride or walk through the surrounding countryside, and pop in for a visit to the 17th-century murals at the rural chapel
- Your hosts can give you lots of information on what activities are on offer in the local area as well

- 40 minutes from Bari International Airport and 50 minutes from Brindisi International Airport with optional transfer that can be scheduled at the time of booking
- Just 7km from the beach and 3km from the pretty coastal town of Conversano
- Traditional Italian farmhouse that has been renovated and converted into private rooms
- Surrounded by spacious gardens, high stone walls, and sprawling countryside
- Luxurious large swimming pool for guest use
- Rooms equipped with WiFi, heating/air conditioning, television, telephone, mini fridge, ceiling fan, security box, and hair dryer
- Balconies on all first floor rooms
- English and Italian speaking hosts with plenty of knowledge about the area
- Secure parking
- Ensuite bathrooms in each room
- On-site restaurant serving Mediterranean-style, locally-sourced meals using traditional Puglian recipes
- Nearby rural chapel with 17th Century murals

By taxi:
Taxis are readily available outside of the airports but can be very expensive. It is recommended you book a private car transfer in advance. Upon booking the host can help you to schedule one.

Transfers from Bari airport with the host cost €60 one way or €120 return per car.

By train:
Transfers from Conversano train station to the accommodation are included in the price.

From Bari International Airport, you can take the metro (15 minutes, €5) or shuttle bus (25 minutes, €5) to Bari Central train station and from there take the train to Conversano (40 minutes, €2.10). From there, you can arrange a free transfer to the house with the host after booking.