Saturday April 29th through May 6th
Get yourself prepared for the warmer weather this Spring down on the gorgeous Almafi Coast in southern Italy! With amazing views of the Mediterranean, Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the entire rocky coast of Almafi, we'll sweat, dine, relax and enjoy all the local flavors that this incredible locale has to offer. Enjoy the unique Southern Italian seafood, homemade Limoncello, strolls through gardens of lemon trees and giant Bougainvilleas, the quaint village shops and restaurants of Sorrento, hike the cliffs, explore Ancient Pompeii, take a trip to the incomparable Isles of Capri or Ischia, or rent a scooter to peruse the coastline of the famous Almafi Coast and relax in the company of some amazing fellow travelers. There will be plenty of time every day to explore including two days with no evening class to plan extended day trips around the area.
The retreat itself takes place a short shuttle ride, train or hike from central Sorrento in a converted monastery, the Saint Frances Convent. You'll fly into Naples International airport, and then either take a quick local train past Ancient Pompeii to Sorrento, or a beautiful ferry ride across the Bay of Naples. From Sorrento we'll arrange a shuttle over to the retreat center. Once at the center, it's a nice hike back to Sorrento, there's vans and busses to arrange local transport to activities, or you can rent scooters for more freedom to explore this magnificent area. There are many posted hikes along ancient roads and paths throughout the foothills above Sorrento past ancient ruins along the sea.
Planning your flights/transport: the retreat will officially begin at 4pm on Saturday April 29th. Since most flights from the US are overnight, I recommend flying overnight Friday to arrive in Naples Saturday morning. From Naples Moro Beverello pier you can take the Alilauro Hydrofoil fast ferry to Sorrento (leaving Naples at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3:05pm ~45min ride, cost: 11 Euro plus 2 Euro per large luggage). You can purchase ferry tickets online here. It is generally not difficult to buy tickets at the pier itself. We will arrange for transport from Sorrento to the Convent between 11am and 3pm. We will have more details as we get closer to the event and we have everyone's itinerary.
A truly unique location for yoga retreats and teacher trainings, Saint Frances Convent immerses you in the heart of Italian culture, while providing you with a beautiful and peaceful place to practice. A renovated sixteenth-century Franciscan convent, St Frances sits just above the sea in an ancient fishing village in the Monti Lattari Natural Reserve, on the outskirts of Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. As a renovated convent, Saint Frances offers simple, clean and very comfortable accommodation. Each room opens to a spacious corridor, and all rooms have a view of the sea.
Saint Frances Convent sits just above the sea. A stroll through the small village below puts you right into the marina, strewn with colorful fishing boats and cafes. Venture further along the rocks protecting the port, and dive into the ocean for a refreshing swim. Walking on ancient paths you can reach Sorrento town center, Massa Lubrense and some of its hamlets. You can also reach some areas that cannot be visited from the sea, as they are part of the marine reserve: Ieranto bay and the Punta Campanella, dominated by beautiful view of Capri, are two such spots. In the convent, stroll among the typical Sorrento lemon garden or curl up on a cozy couch in any of the many corridors for a contemplative rest. From most everywhere in the convent, one can enjoy a view of the Naples gulf, Mount Vesuvio, Capri, Ischia and Procida. Excursions to Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Capri and many other famous Amalfi coast locales can be easily organized.
The retreat cost is between $1200 and $1450 depending on your choice of accomodation. Pricing includes:
Practice will be twice daily: one morning yoga or pilates class and one early evening class. Two of the days will have no evening classes and an earlier scheduled morning class and breakfast so you can plan extended day trips to explore this incredible area (of course there will be plenty of time every day to explore the area, it is very easy to get around):
We will be arranging a couple optional group activities including a local dinner out and a wine/limoncello tasting.
Todd: From a host of various athletic activites and movement modalities, including various martial arts, calisthenics, gymnastics and acrobatics, I fell in love with the practice of yoga for its ability to ground me in the present moment, uniting my internal world with external experience.
Todd co-owns South Boston Yoga, where he teaches all levels classes, advanced asana and co-directs teacher trainings. Todd also teaches classes at Equinox Clubs in Boston and workshops around the US and abroad.
Antonio is mat Pilates certified through the Equinox Training Institute in Boston. His Pilates journey began in college when he was looking for ways to gain a competitive edge and realign the damage done to his body on the tennis court. After a short stint playing APT satellite tournaments he transitioned from the grind on the court to the grind in the office. With Pilates always being in his heart, and with the support of Jennifer Phelan, he decided to follow his Pilates passion and pursue a formal certification.
Antonio loves to layer strength-building movements with classical Pilates principles to strengthen his students’ bodies and minds and to give them an enhanced physical awareness and confidence.