Venice is a place unlike any other in the world, and to see it is to transport yourself back to the days of Casanova, masked balls, and Carnevale.
Oh, but there is so much more to Venice than what the usual tourist visit can offer. Our yoga retreat will allow for a deeper knowledge of Venice, its canals, and neighboring islands. We’re so excited to offer this retreat during a unique time to visit this amazing city – as it’s out of the main tourist season so you can get a deeper view into the local life.
This is one of our continued collaborations with Julian Hyzler from EASEL&LENS to combine a look at creative focus with art projects in sketching and “ifonography” (smartphone photography) throughout the week.
Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare our bodies and minds to find the calm in the magic that is Venice – and then these art projects will help us find news ways of seeing – both yoga and art working together to find focus in the many layers of history, water, and beauty of the Venetian landscape.
You will get to experience all the major forms of water transportation that the city offers, and there’s also plenty of time to explore on your own as well.
All levels are welcome, and participation is voluntary. Projects and classes will be offered as a completely exploratory, non-intimidating and personal experience.
The retreat will be hosted at the beautiful luxury boutique hotel, Palazzo Vitturi, a Byzantine / Gothic Venetian Palazzo built during late 1200’s and adorned by fine neo-classical original frescoes.
Feel a timeless atmosphere where you’re transported to the old days of glorious Venice, with the original beams, the Murano chandeliers, the typical venetian flooring, the capitals and decors: every detail will give you a flavour of romance and exclusivity to your time in Venice.
A daily meditation and yoga class will be offered at the start of the day in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles.
Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students’ needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice.
Guests will not only enjoy the hotel property with its traditional decor, but will also have plenty of time to explore the city, the lagoons, canals, and other nearby islands – all with their own personality.
An overview visit to Venice will allow guests to get their bearings in the maze of canals, to see the major sites, and even ride the famous gondolas. Another day will be spent seeing Burano, the island of colorful picturesque houses and lace-making, as well as a stop for a tour of one of Venice’s only wineries, complete with wine-pairing and chef tasting lunch at their award-winning restaurant, followed by a private boat trip return.
We’ll enjoy a visit to a historical mask-making workshop where we’ll be able to create original masks of our own, a special tour of the most famous site in the city, St. Mark’s Basilica, and other noteworthy sites. During our stay, guests will get to experience all the major forms of water transportation that the city offers, and there’s also plenty of time to explore on your own as well.
-Walking overview of Venice – (St. Mark’s Square, Bascilica/Doge Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge, Grande Canal, Frari, etc)
-Island boat tour – Burano + winery island
-Special tour of St Mark’s Basilica + adjoining sites
-Mask-making workshop visit and on-site class
-Luxury spa day with treatment
Certified yoga instructor Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. She’s studied various types of yoga disciplines since 1998, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008.
She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and has continued her education with various specialty certifications throughout the years. She now combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core vinyasa flow and restorative movement in her personal practice and teaching style.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast and dinner daily, and select lunches, either hosted at the villa or out and about in town. Ingredients are local and seasonal, and our meals will be inspired by the Venetian traditions.
We will be visiting some of Venice’s most historical cafes and restaurants, like Florian, during our visit, as well as smaller local in-the-know osterias and trattorias for more traditional experiences. We’ll visit gourmet restaurants around the city and enjoy chef tasting menus – one on a special island where Venice’s only winery is housed.
Prices are in US dollars
$200 off when you book before the 15th October
Inclusive Retreat Price = $2,995 (shared room*), +$650 (single room supplement)
Deposit to hold space = $950
Max # Guests = 12
* Guests traveling alone can choose the shared room and we match up based on guest profile. Rooms are spacious with separate beds and private bathrooms.
** Final balance due 45 days before retreat start date.
-Hotel accommodation (spacious bedrooms, luxury bathrooms, linens)
-Daily Breakfast and Dinner, selected lunches
-Aperitivo at famous Venetian cafe
-Transportation to/from day trips
-Daily yoga and art classes
-Venice sites + walking tour
-Evening gondola tour
-Boat tour to Burano
-Visit to private island with winery + restaurant with wine pairing and chef’s tasting menu
-Special tour of St Mark’s Basilica and surrounding sites
-Private group water taxi arrival and departure
-Spa day with treatments at Luxury Venetian Spa
* airfare not included