Ayurvedic Yoga & Cooking Holiday

from £676 pp

Italy , Puglia

7 days

Max 8 people

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, the ideal place to unwind and cook up a storm.

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

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Location Info

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..

  • 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)

Ayurvedic Yoga & Cooking Holiday