AWAKENING IN NATURE

Alignment Vinyasa Yoga & A Taste Into The Imaginary
 

 

LE MARCHE  – ITALY

 

 

June 23 – June 30, 2018

 Join Raphael Melo for 7 days of Yoga in a charming villa set among rolling hills and lush fields in central Italy
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AWAKENING IN NATURE

Alignment Vinyasa Yoga & A Taste Into The Imaginary
 

 

LE MARCHE – ITALY

 

 

June 23 – June 30, 2018

Join Raphael Melo for 7 days of Yoga in a charming villa set among rolling hills and lush fields in central Italy
LEARN MORE

RETREAT INFORMATION

ABOUT THE RETREAT

The purpose of this retreat is to “awaken” – to awake from the mental patterns that trap us because of the way society, work, family, media and culture pressure and influence us – to better live and co-exist with others.
In this beautiful villa among rolling hills, you will have an opportunity to enjoy silence, breath fresh air and deepen your expedience in yoga and meditation in an integrative format, not to mention eat delicious vegetarian Italian meals.
Throughout the week, Raphael will lead daily yoga practices, meditation, pranayama, study of eastern and western philosophy and kirtan.
The Asana practice, rooted in alignment vinyasa, will be usually led in the mornings, while in the afternoons or (and) evenings, a slower paced breakdown of a hatha, yin or restorative class will be led. In addition to that, Thai massage classes will be also included in the program.
This retreat is suited to anyone with an open mind and interested in a rounded experience.
Students will have an opportunity to:
– disconnect from the chaos of daily commitments
– Reconnect with the essences of a conscious mindful lifestyle
– Refine their practice in a holistic way
– build friendships
– be still and appreciate silence
– enjoy nature
– listen to the heart, smile, and soften

The attendance is limited to 10 people.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

In addition to yoga practice, students will have the opportunity to get in touch with the life of the region. We will visit beautiful beaches, hike through lush landscapes, sample delicious cusine and wine and visit charming villages.

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ABOUT RAPHAEL

Raphael Melo, originally from Brazil, grew up in a house of devotion learning concepts of the philosophy in his daily life since childhood, gently introduced by his mother Rosana Melo. At the age of 7 he started to attend kids yoga classes along with his brother, beginning to sprout the seed of practice into his heart. 

While undertaking his university degree in Social Communications back in 2006, he concurrently took his first Yoga Teacher Training with the well-known Brazilian teacher Anderson Allegro and since then began to teach.

In 2010, Raphael had the opportunity to move to Shanghai, where he continued to teach yoga for over four years at Y+ Yoga Center, one of the most respected yoga studios in China. He used that time to travel and teach more broadly across China, as well as Asia.

Raphael’s approach to teaching centers largely on the idea of “integration” and through this, he helps students finding balance in their lives and cultivate mindfulness. He blends proper Alignament and Vinyasa, predominantly integrating the traditions of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga, along with pranayama, meditation, kirtan and Indian philosopies – watered with sense of humor and love.

Over the years, Raphael has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to further his studies with some very well-respected teachers: Dharma Mittra, Doug Keller, Michael Stone and Carlos Pomeda among others. In 2013 he had a chance to meet the incomparable Richard Freeman, who has most significantly influenced his approach to yoga and ever since, has annually studied with him. Complimentary to yoga, Raphael also studies the teaching of the Buddha and Sanskrit. 

After leaving China and spending some time in NYC, Raphael currently travels and teaches internationally, leading classes, workshops, immersions, retreats and teacher trainings.

For more information of Raphael, please visit  www.raphael-melo.com/

ABOUT THE HOSTS

The villa owners, Rossana & Henri, will personally oversee and accompany you on your week retreat and guarantee that you get a curated and authentic introduction to Italian culture and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. 

 

ACCOMMODATION

The 450 sq.m villa features plentiful common areas and 4 expansive bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms including soaking tub and rain shower, air-conditioning, and their own private outdoor sitting areas.  The rooms have been designed around the ideas of comfort and relaxation, closeness to nature and rejuvenation and they all feature super comfortable mattresses, natural linens and a choice of pillows.

 

LOCATION

Our villa is located a short walk from the small charming village of Montottone, in the gorgeous region of Le Marche, in the center of Italy. The village, originally dating back to the 9th century, sits on the top of a hill and offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, including a myriad of other hill-top towns.

The Adriatic Sea is only a 20 minutes drive away and the Sibillini National Park, with its 2000mt+ peaks is less than one hour drive from our door.

HOW TO GET THERE

The closest airport is ANCONA AIRPORT, only 1 hour away, however the international connections are limited.

Rome (FCO)  has a more connections, and it’s a 3 hours drive away. (or longer, depending on traffic)

We will arranged a group pick up and drop-off from/to Rome airport at the following times:

PICK-UP:  Saturday June 23rd , 1:00 pm.   Please choose flights that arrive before that time. 

DROP OFF:  Saturday  June 30th, around  2:00 pm.   Please allow enough time for your flight out.

If you want to stay longer in Rome, or combine the retreat with some more days in other italian destinations, we are happy to give you our recommendations.

 

PRICES

EURO
CNY
USD
FULL PRICE
1900
15000
2300
EARLY BIRD (by April 6th)
1800
14200
2200

 

 

INCLUDES

Package includes:
  • Daily Yoga classes with Raphael Melo
  • Manduka yoga props, including pro mats, blocks, bolsters, belts, and additional yoga mats for outdoor use.
  • Six nights accommodation in Private Villa (double room with private bathroom) Linens and towels included.
  • Private swimming pool for retreat guests
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners. Vegetarian.
  • Unlimited water and herbal tea throughout the day.
  • Local wine at dinner and occasional drinks as aperitivo.
  • A day trip to the coast, within Conero Regional Park, with group private van.
  • A day trip to Frasassi Caves with private tour of the caves, with group private van.
  • One hands-on cooking class
  • Visit of local winery and wine tasting
  • Visit to a local pottery artisan
  • A pizza making night in our outdoor oven
  • Guided hikes in the hills surrounding our property.
  • Group pick up and drop off from Rome airport   (One scheduled pick-up and drop-off only)
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Small group, limited to 10 people.

Package DOES NOT include:

  • International flights
  • International travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra drinks

 

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING

 

Payment Terms:

EURO
CNY
USD
FIRST DEPOSIT  (to secure your spot)
500
3900
650
SECOND DEPOSIT*
1000
7900
1200
BALANCE (cash on arrival)
400
400  euros
400 euros
*Early birds will benefit a reduction of 100 EUROS the second deposit.
Cancellation policy
If you cancel before 22/04:  Non-refundable deposit only
If you cancel from 23/04 to 22/05: Non-refundable deposit + 500 EUR will be deducted (300 EUR will be refunded)
If you cancel from 23/05 to arrival: Non-refundable deposit + 1000 EUR will be deducted.

 

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DAILY PROGRAM *

DAY 1

23/06/2018 – Saturday

  • Meet your hosts at Rome Airport at 13:00 (re reccomend to choose flight arriving ar

  • Transfer by private van to Ruyi Retreat, in the region of Le Marche

  • Welcome to Ruyi! Time to settle in your suite and explore the property.

  • Meet with the group and learn about the program of awesome activities that are awating for you.

  • Welcome dinner

  • Time to rest

DAY 2

24/06/2018 – Sunday

  • Morning meditation & Yoga

  • Healthy Breakfast

  • Workshop?

  • Lunch in the garden

  • Time to relax

  • Hike to the village (45 min walk)

  • Visit the local pottery producer.

  • Pizza in the Piazza! 

DAY 3

 25/06/2018 – Monday

  • Morning meditation & Yoga

  • Healthy Breakfast

  • Depart to visit the Grotte di Frasassi, an amazing series of underground caves.

  • On the way back, we will stop in the city of Matelica, for a wine tasting of its delicious Verdicchio wine.

  • Return to the villa for a home cooked dinner.

  • Evening meditation session.

DAY 4

  26/06/2018 – Tuesday

  • Morning meditation & Yoga

  • Healthy Breakfast

  • Italian Cooking class

  • Lunch in the garden

  • Time to relax

  • Choice between a guided hike or a visit to local shoe makers.

  • Dinner in local gourmet restaurant

DAY 5

   27/06/2018 – Wednesday

  • Morning meditation & Yoga

  • Healthy Breakfast

  • Depart to the coast. A day at the sea.

  • Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on the beach (vegetarian options available).

  • Pranayama & meditation by the sea

  • Return to the villa for Ruyi Farewell home cooked dinner.

DAY 6

    28/06/2018 – Thursday

  • Morning meditation & Yoga

  • Healthy Breakfast

  • Depart to Ascoli Piceno, for visit and free time 

  • Continue towards Rome, crossing the Appenines Mountains.

  • Check-in to QC Terme: a wellness spa with thermal baths just outside of Rome.

  • Wellness Path and “Aperiterme” dinner.

  • Overnight in hotel 

DAY 7

     29/06/2018 – Friday

  • Morning Yoga session

  • Healthy breakfast.

  • Farewell dinner Time to leave the house and drive back to Rome Airport. 

    (we reccomend to choose only afternoon flights or to spend the night in Rome and fly out the next morning)

DAY 8

     05/05/2018 – Saturday 

  • Buffet breakfast

  • Transfer to airport for flight back to China.

We offer the possibility to stay in Italy longer, with tailor made travel itineraries and activities. Please contact us for more information and a customized proposal 

* The daily program might be subject to changes, due to weather conditions and other unforseeble reasons.