A retreat for deepening your connection with your inner wisdom.
with Ashira Lavine
Join Ashira as she guides you to experience the palpable connection with nature in Umbria, Italy, known for its powerful sacred energy. Umbria, the green heart of Italy was also the crossroads for ancient medieval and Roman culture and art. Enjoy your retreat savoring the practice of mindfulness and yoga, tasting nature, and drinking in the sacred energy of Umbria.
This retreat is about coming home to yourself and the core of who you are.
Remembering yourself and getting back in touch with your inner wisdom
Expand or redevelop your connection to your higher self
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Umbrian people, expertly guided in your transformational yoga practice with Certified Teacher, Ashira Lavine. This all-inclusive 8-day yoga vacation is, more than just a yoga retreat, it’s also than a tour exploration of the green heart of Italy. The Spoleto valley is in Umbria is about two hours by train north of Rome, in the center of Italy’s spiritual heart and birthplace of the slow food movement. June is the most magical time in Umbria. The golden light, rich golden fields and many other bountiful elements conspire to deepen a very transformative experience. Visiting sacred forests and monasteries, amazing Assisi and Gubbio, one of the most beautiful hill towns, then bring it all back to the mat to deepen your personal transformation. We will transport you into the heart of Italian hospitality, oil, food and wine, immersed in the sacred and ancient spiritual pulsation of place. Your accommodations are a luxuriously renovated medieval village, right in the center of one of the most beautiful places in central Italy!
Join us for a magical experience, delighting in magical reflective light of summer and the abundance of gratitude in the Italian countryside. This retreat in Umbria will be a unique and deepening experience, surrounded by the sacred energy of the ancient landscape. In the summer season, the reflective light on the pink stones of ancient walls, the morning air, freshly harvested home cooked food, and some of the best wine in Italy all conspire to create an unforgettable and profound experience. The retreat includes, all levels yoga classes, meditation, pranayama, seasonal local meals, guided trips through the surrounding region and much more. The retreat will be held at the Borgo della Marmotta, a small village and mill that flourished from the 14th to 17th centuries. The venue is just over 2 hours north of Rome, near the town of Spoleto, in the medieval village of Poreta. At Borgo della Marmotta participants will discover the pleasures and treasures of Umbria in an authentic, slow food and slow living Italian environment.
Umbria is known as the spiritual green heart of Italy from both Christian and pagan times. Known as the seat of medieval culture, Umbria was the foundation of art and architectural movements that inspired the renaissance. It was the land that inspired historical spiritual figures such as Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi. We will visit the sacred forest of Monteluco where Saint Francis spent time in meditation and contemplation. Also, the Abbey of Saint Peter in the Valley where pagan temples evolved into a church and monastery with restored frescoes that inspired Giotto and his work in the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, followed by lunch at a local family restaurant. We will visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli where the first church of the Franciscan Order still stands and the city of Assisi, with its beautiful frescoed Basilicas, followed by an amazing wine pairing lunch at the finest winery in Umbria. The pilgrimage trail of Saint Francis passes through the area, directly through Poreta in fact, so you can take personal walks near the retreat center during free time. A third excursion will take us to the most beautiful medieval city in central Italy, Gubbio, walking through the alleys and piazza, visiting historic shops and artists, and savoring it all with an amazing and elegant Italian family style lunch. Today Umbria is naturally by tradition the center of the slow food and slow living movement in Italy.
What makes this retreat special:
We have designed the itinerary of your retreat to best take advantage or local experience and time on the mat. You will have a full day of practice on arrival, to acclimate and learn a little about Umbria, the you will be prepared for a day of excursion in the sacred nature of Umbria. We will bring that experience back to the mat for another full day of practice at the beautiful resort, followed by another day of excursion in Assisi, filled with art and spiritual history. Another full day of practice followed by a day excursion to the beautiful hill town of Gubbio, all culminating in a full day of practice to truly savor what you have experienced and share with the group an experience to bring home to your practice.
Umbria is traditionally known for its food. Freshness, seasonal and zero kilometer, Umbria was slow food in its philosophy long before it was fad. The summer is the best season for freshly harvested fruits and vegetables but also traditional Umbrian foods such as truffles, olive oil, wine, breads, lentils and chickpeas, as well as many traditional sausages and meats for those who eat meat. At the resort, we have a talented local chef who prepares every meal with care, freshness and quality are his traditional way of preparation. For anyone with special dietary needs, or simply vegetarian, there are not just substitutes, but amazing choice that are prepared especially for you!
While on excursions outside the resort, we will eat in local family run establishments, and have a wine pairing lunch in one of the finest wineries in Umbria. We will visit an olive oil mill run by the same family for five generations and taste the passion they place in their products.
After facing a traumatic injury as a Special Agent for the US Government, Ashira Lavine now teaches the practices that helped her heal and thrive. She is a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga teacher and meditation instructor with a long-standing interest in how the mind and body work together. As a facial coder, body language expert, and interviewer, Ashira now uses her skills in reading people to support them in living optimally. Following her own successful healing journey, Ashira was certified by Peggy Huddleston and now offers her own signature Prepare for Surgery, Heal FasterTM programs. Ashira coaches, leads international group retreats and teaches mind-body techniques to corporate and private clients. She offers a combination of insight, guidance, support, and kindness that encourages people of any age or health condition to be their best selves.
The Borgo della Marmotta is built from a farming village and mill dating from the 14th-17th centuries. Its one-of-a-kind charm has remained constant for centuries. A very attentive restoration was recently completed and the architectural details revealed the ancient rural function of this tiny village. The square, the stables, the sheepfold, the mill, the granary and the great outdoor courts were once essentials tools for life in the countryside and are all on display. In addition to elegance and comfort, the Borgo della Marmotta offers hospitality based on the principle of feeling at home. The gentle landscape, the elegance and comfort of the interiors, and the hospitality derived from an ancient tradition all make the Borgo della Marmotta the ideal location to discover Umbria.
The elegant rooms at the Borgo della Marmotta are ‘shared’ between two people, unless opting for a private room or a premium room. All rooms have a private bathroom and most are equipped with a shower and some with a bathtub. All room have hair dryers. All bedrooms are spacious, lit and decorated in a charming elegant style. Only natural pigments and material were used for the walls, while the colors of the linens vary in each room giving each one its own style. Some rooms have canopy beds; others have beds in pastel linens that reflect the colors of curtains and armchairs. Architectural elements retained in the restoration merge with elements of modern design, giving a result of extreme comfort and refinement. Each room provides air conditioning, heating, Internet access, a tray with tea and coffee, and a mini-bar.
As if you’ve stepped back in time into an Italian countryside dream, you will enjoy lounging in the cobblestone courtyards, delighting in the beautifully maintained grassy garden underneath ancient trees, soaking your body in the modern pool, and dining family-style outdoors surrounded by the beautiful fall foliage. This unique setting gives us an opportunity to move slowly, rest deeply, and breathe in the spiritual energy of the Spoleto Valley. Other offerings include a communal living room space and a dining room with fireplace, two yoga practice spaces, and a shop with local, organic goods produced in the valley.
Single regular room: $3300
Double regular: $2900
Premium single: $3800
Double premium: $3600
Typical Schedule: Alternating practice and excursion days…
Practice Day at the Resort:
9:00 a.m. breakfast
10:30-12:00 p.m. practice
1:00 p.m. lunch at resort
5:00-6:30 p.m. practice
8:00 p.m. dinner at resort
9:30 p.m. evening meditation/discussion
8:00 a.m. morning practice
8:30 a.m. breakfast
9:00 a.m. excursion
1:00 p.m. lunch
4:00 p.m. walk/free time
8:30 p.m. dinner at resort
October 11-17, 2020 Retreat Includes:
• 8 nights accommodations with linens and towels provided
• 3 delicious, regional and seasonal meals prepared by a local chef each day (on travel days meals at restaurants are included).
• Transport from the Spoleto train station for those arriving by train. All ground transportation for outings in Italy. Optional transport from the Rome airport can be arranged but is not included in package.
• All levels yoga classes with asana, meditation, lectures, pranayama, and deep rest.
• Introductory talk about Umbrian Spiritual and Mystical history.
• A visit to the sacred woods at Monteluco, the grotto and Sanctuary of Saint Francis.
• Guided tour of Assisi, Santa Maria degli Angeli.
• Wine tasting and lunch in the hill town of Montefalco at the famous vineyard restaurant of Antonelli San Marco Winery. Walk through the medieval town of Bevagna, shopping and artisanal cashmere store, Tasselli.
• Excursion to the most beautiful city in Umbria, Gubbio, including lunch.
• Time for personal reflection and free time. Also time for shopping.
• This retreat does not include airfare. Plan to book flights to the Fiumicino-Leaonardo Da Vinci airport in Rome.
• It is important to have a moderate amount of mobility for this retreat, walking in the Umbrian hill towns, managing your luggage and some stairs.
• Retreat Organizer in Umbria, Lex Ulibarri, with access to local sites, olive oil mill, winery, local stores, and resident artists.