THE ISLE OF PONZA, LAZIO | YOGA + PHOTOGRAPHY | JUNE 2019
Have you ever wondered if there is a still a pocket of Italy as yet undiscovered by travellers? A pocket, moreover, that encloses dramatic mountain scenery and miles of golden beaches? A protected place that has kept the coast pristine and the hills a reserve for rare plants and birds? And all an easy hour-and-a-half's drive from Rome? Well wonder no more —- Next June, La Vita in Equilibrio takes us to a place where legends are made!
Mythology meets nature in Ponza. Famed for its role in Homer’s Greek epic – The Odyssey, this mountainous Island is where Ulysses and his men, returning from Troy, are lured by the enchanting sorceress Circe into her palace for a year-long stay of luxury and leisure. Circe continues to cast her intoxicating spell drawing La Vita in Equilibrio to her opulent shores for an indulgent retreat of yoga, capturing the perfect image and mythology.
In the verdant heart of this national park - we find the shore town of Ponza and nearby up the winding road is our picturesque Boutique Hotel - Chiaia de Luna. Here we breath in the fresh sea air and soak up the sunshine whilst gazing over the jagged outlines of it's other volcanic Pontine islands. Nestled in a mountainous embrace, few hotels can better this magical setting —- the meditative sound of the sea lapping up the rocks and beach below.
The focus of this Escape is creative revival and reconnecting back to nature. As we delve into the ancient stories of our setting, gently wading through our own personal myths, we discover the potent metaphors that can reshape our lives. Expect a celestial awakening, as we create a constellation of being that welcomes the new experiences and revelations that come forth.
A floral outpouring, a poetry of bougainvillea, hibiscus and oleander create the idyllic setting for our mornings. We greet each day surrounded by the beauty of the terraces and begin with a guided meditation. An energising and intelligently sequenced yoga class follows. During each practice you’ll be taken on your own odyssey as we explore The Myths of the Asanas. As you move through the poses, these philosophical stories will inspire a shift in your creative source and personal well-being. After your morning yoga a grounding and delicious breakfast awaits on the terrace; followed by a moment of repose to ready yourself for the day’s events.
During our week together, as we commune with nature and her stories, the imagination is unleashed with three photography classes led by photographer, Jeremy Turner.
On one special day we take a gentle hike along the enchanting paths through this beguiling island. We meander through the tangle of holm oak and pine heading for the perfect spot to capture a sublime landscape image. After a feast of photo ops - here we rest up and bring to life the myths and flavours of the island over a delicious Italian picnic.
Our sojourn with nature continues on the magical Isle of Palmarola, named for its miniature palm trees that cover its craggy land. The famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau describes this secret uninhabited isle as being one of the most heavenly places in the world. Rounding past grottoes and its cathedral tall rocky stacks we dive into its healing crystal clear waters, mineral rich with marine life. We soak up the sun lounging on its pink coral shores and sample the freshest fish and vegetables at it’s only restaurant.
The region of Lazio is known for its exquisitely simple yet flavourful cuisine. On a curated culinary tour, you discover the region’s rare grape varietals, once sought after by the denizens of ancient Rome and feast on local gastronomic delights. Your palate will revel in the glory of seasonal fare. From dining al fresco in Ponza’s famed trattorie - the delectable taste of each experience will leave you in awe.
Our Escape culminates watching the setting sun on our last evening together. As we sip on our aperitivi we reminisce on all our shared experiences.
On our final morning we complete our time together with a light yoga practice followed by breakfast before we transfer you back to your life with a restored mind and body, a deep sense of friendship, self-discovery and transformation.
When: 8 - 15 June 2019
Where: Ponza, Lazio - Italy.
Hosts: Lisa Dunn and Jeremy Turner
For Who: This escape is open to singles & couples of all levels of yoga and from all walks of life that are interested in the mind-opening experiences that yoga, meditation and travel can inspire. A love of Italy and it’s food and culture will make it all the more divine!
How Much: All prices are given in EURO
€ 1995 for a Shared Room - only double beds available
€ 2495 for a Private Room
Can be paid in two payments using the code PONZAJUNE2019
30% Deposit to secure your place
The balance to be paid 42 days before the start of your Yoga Escape
· Welcome aperitivo upon arrival
· Daily morning meditation and yoga instruction
· Three Creative photography sessions
· All meals during your stay with us
· Your stay at Ponza Boutique Hotel
· Group transportation to and from airport
· All sightseeing and activities
Not Included: Airfares and any spa treatments
Arrival: Guests will be greeted upon arrival at the hotel for check-in commencing at 3pm.
Departure: A group airport transfer from 11AM on the final day.
A note on getting there: You can fly to any of Rome’s two airports (Fiumicino or Ciampino) and we will have a group transfer organized to be bring you to your hotel. Alternative personal transfers are available at an additional cost.
Suggested Packing - Apart from your usual luggage
Personal yoga props if preferred (mat, blocks, straps, blanket)
Smartphone with camera and/digital camera
Plug adaptors / converters
Cancellation Policy: Due to the bespoke nature of our Escapes, we offer no cancellations or refunds unless a replacement is found. We strongly encourage you to have travel insurance to cover the retreat in the event of strikes, natural disasters, health problems, and other unforeseen events.