Yoga & Cycling – Italy
This retreat is 6-night getaway featuring two days of guided cycle touring, amazing food and good company. Inspirational yoga classes will free your muscles and mind every morning and evening, plus optional meditation for early risers.
“I admit I was a bit skeptical and a bit scared – but it’s been the best week imaginable. I have loved it all – the beautiful Masseria, wonderful food, caring and restorative massages – the cycling and yoga are completely inspirational. The whole team are stars!”
Summary of what’s included…
Accommodation: 6 nights, single or shared
Full board: delicious vegetarian food (vegan & coeliac friendly)
Mindful yoga classes with Tashi (2 hours morning, 1.5 hours evening)Two days of cycling on scenic routes with our knowledgeable guide
Saltwater swimming pool (outdoors)
Bicycles for exploring rural lanes (good map included)
Natural health treatments every afternoon with our team of holistic therapists
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We provide you with a quality touring bike and a cycle helmet. Please bring a small backpack to carry your picnic lunch and water. For your additional comfort, we recommend bringing a pair of padded cycle shorts. If cycling is not your thing, you can opt out and still enjoy the yoga program* - we've got maps of local walks for you and even a (very grateful) dog to walk.
*Please let us know at the time of booking if you’d prefer not to ride.
There are two days of cycling, each ride is about 30 km long – up to 5 hours in the saddle – with scheduled scenic stops en route for lunch, exploring, rest and real Italian ice-cream. One of the rides is quite hilly and both rides require a reasonable level of muscular and cardio fitness. Don't let a dodgy knee prevent you from riding, for a small fee we can arrange a electric-assisted bike. On route we see Puglia’s iconic Trullo houses, olive terraces, gentle rolling hills, historic Masserias and stone age caves. We also take you to the beautiful Torre Canne coastal dune park with its fascinating history and stunning views.
Yoga and Meditation
Under the expert guidance of our fabulous in-house teacher Tashidawa, our yoga and cycling retreat is about coming home to yourself. Here you will discover that your yoga practice can be a tool not only for improving health and fitness but also for deep rest and mindful relaxation.
During the week, Tashidawa gives you the confidence to build a self-practice that you can develop at home. Our yoga method can be applied to all styles of yoga because, rather than focusing solely on stretching and shape-making, our approach guides each student according to their ability, with detailed instruction, using a step-by-step method. Everyone is welcome, whether novice or experienced.
Gourmet Vegetarian Food
The food at Kaliyoga will delight and amaze you. Our gourmet vegetarian cuisine is light, gluten free, vegan/coeliac friendly and absolutely delicious. And with three generous meals per day, you will never go hungry. Our super talented nutritionists will happily work around most food allergy issues.
Arrivals from 14:00
17:30 Yoga session (1.5 hrs)
Mocktails & supper
Mon – Fri
Yoga session: 2 hours
Yoga session: 1.5 hours (not Weds)
Mocktails and supper
Tuesday & Thursday
Cycling tour with packed lunch – about 3 hours
free time. You can opt to dine out at a local restaurant or stay in for a light meal
Self-practice yoga session
11:00 Vacate rooms
12:00 Checkout and transfers.
Wednesday Free Time
After the Wednesday morning yoga class, we serve brunch which is a larger meal than the usual breakfast. Options for the rest of the day include a trip to a local beach (about 35 mins by car) where you can sunbathe & swim – depending on the weather, naturally.
On cloudy days, we can arrange a trip to the lovely old towns of Polignano A Mare and Alberobello where you can shop, wander, and explore the many delights of the local Trullo architecture. Alternatively, you may borrow one of our bicycles and explore the country lanes, or walk into one of the two local Baroque towns (approx 20 mins walking).In the evening, we arrange a taxi to take you into Martina Franca (10-minute taxi ride) where you may dine at a delicious local restaurant. But if you prefer to stay at home and rest, we will provide you with a light evening meal.
Evenings can be social during and after supper, or you can find a quiet spot and do your own thing. We have two sitting rooms for you to curl up and relax with a good book; or perhaps go for an evening stroll with - the sheep dogs who live in the field would be delighted to accompany you. On two evenings we offer optional chanting sessions in the Masseria’s vaulted living room - lovely acoustics.
Things to See and Do
Kaliyoga is located just 10 minutes away from the beautiful Baroque town of Martina Franca, which you can explore either on foot or by bicycle. Or for those who wish to simply lie in a hammock all week or swim in the pool, that’s fine too.
If you enjoy more exercise before or after your yoga class, you can go for a run along the country lanes or a bike ride up the steep hill to Locorotondo for some homemade stracciatella ice-cream.
One afternoon you have the opportunity to enjoy an inspiring cookery workshop on either ‘Raw Power Vegetarian Cuisine’ or Italian ‘Yogi-tarian’ Ayurvedic cuisine depending on the nutritionist’s availability.
The workshop is two hours in duration with a focus on the creation of a whole meal.
Meal examples include raw zucchini lasagna, veg stuffed gluten-free pastry, raw blueberry cheesecake.
Cost per person 25 EU (four person minimum).
Our location in Puglia
Kaliyoga's Puglia retreat is located in the gorgeous Itria Valley, one hour South of Bari airport in the garden province of Puglia. Puglia is voted by National Geographic as the most beautiful place in the world. The property is a grand 16th century farmhouse with spacious accommodation in the main building and in iconic trullo cottages (cone roof).
This place is so breathtakingly beautiful - it has to be seen to be believed