Ayurvedic Yoga & Cooking Holiday

Highlights

  • Accommodation includes a lovely natural swimming pool and beautiful gardens
  • An Ayurvedic treatment along with cultural excursions
  • Authentic Italian cuisine and a hands-on cooking lesson
£719 pp
  1. Select the starting date on the calendar ( Saturdays between May and October, or Mondays for the other months) )
  2. Select the number of people
  3. Choose the room and occupancy
  4. Check availability
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What you'll do

Overview

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 starting day is SATURDAY between May and October and MONDAY during the rest of the year.

The charming region of Puglia in southern Italy, renowned for its rich cuisine and tranquil scenery, will be the s...Read All

Arrival

The starting day is Saturday between May and October and Monday during the rest of the year.

 

– 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 dinn...Read All

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, a...Read All

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
– Follow up this savoury meal with an afternoon of exploring or relaxing
– 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 c...Read All

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 such as  cavatelli and orecchiette complete with the best sauces ...Read All

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
– Evening meal served at the country house

 

<...Read All

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 energizing breakfast
– 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 for a delicious dinner

 

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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.

 

What's included

Included

  • 6 nights accommodation 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
  • 2 Ayurvedic treatments
  • Transfer from Conversano train station (airport transfers can be arranged at an extra cost)
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 Mariangela, a trained therapist and guide, who has worked as a masseuse and therapist since 2000. Born in Conversano, Italy, Mariangela is always looking to improve her studies and uses multiple techniques in her work, which she loves to share with all of her guests during their ayurvedic treatments.

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 Mariangela, a trained therapist and guide, who has worked as a masseuse and therapist since 2000. Born in Conversano, Italy, Mariangela is always looking to improve her studies and uses multiple techniques in her work, which she loves to share with all of her guests during their ayurvedic treatments.

Location

Stay in beautifully refurbished traditional Puglian buildings, where there is plenty to keep you occupied – take a dip in the natural bio lake or travel through the olive and cherry tree groves by bike or on foot. Encircled by  gorgeous gardens, enjoy plenty of relaxing privacy while still being only 40 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 – see transfer details in FAQ’s below for transport options to accommodation)

 Brindisi (50 minutes away – a taxi or hire car would be required to the accommodation as there is no direct public transport)

 

FAQs

Who is it suitable for?

- 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

When can I start?

- Arrivals are every Monday starting at the end of October until the end of May and then on Saturday from June to September
- Cooking and yoga holidays are for 6 nights / 7 days

What can I do in my free time?

- 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

Features

- 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 and sprawling countryside
- Luxurious large bio pool for guest use
- Rooms equipped with WiFi, heating/air conditioning, television, telephone, mini fridge, ceiling fan, security box, and hair dryer
- English and Italian speaking hosts with plenty of knowledge about the area
- Ensuite bathrooms in each room
- Dinner each evening is Mediterranean-style, using locally-sourced fresh produce and traditional Puglian recipes

How can I get there from the airports?

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 £75 one way or £115 return per car, please request this on booking.

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.

Hire Car:
If you wish to see more of the area during your stay you may wish to hire a car and to arrive at the retreat by car.

Please note that shops and restaurants in towns in rural Italy are usually closed on Sundays - so on your departure day please anticipate this if you have an evening flight or train booked.

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