Where is La Selva Positano?
Often called The Jewel of the Amalfi Coast, Positano is just 30 minutes walking from La Selva.
“Positano is the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town, with steeply-stacked houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta colours. No less colourful are its steep streets and steps lined with wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants and fashionable boutiques.” – Lonely Planet
“Positano is located in the Southern part of Italy, in the heart of the Sorrento Peninsula dividing two of Italy’s most beautiful bays: the Bay of Naples and the bay of Salerno. The village itself is built around a small curving bay on a steep hill overlooking the island of the Sirens.
It takes just over one hour to drive from Naples Airport to Positano, and by the time you are half way, past the archaeological site of Pompeii, and by the bay of Sorrento, you know that you have chosen the right destination. The coastline is rugged and rocky, every now and again allowing small sandy coves and tiny harbours to be animated by colourful fishing boats. You must stop a couple of times to take in the beauty of the scenery, the smell of the sea air, the jasmine and the sweet fragrance coming from the little bakery down below in the village. Small stores selling lemons, tresses of red and green pimentos, sweet small round tomatoes and bouquets of fresh basil welcome the newly arrived visitor to a world where beauty and goodness are as old as the volcano Vesuvio.” – Italia
La Selva is an oasis of tranquility and wellbeing amidst the beautiful landscapes of the Amalfi Coast, where people exist immersed in nature beneath the olive trees. On this uncontaminated hill facing the ocean between Montepertuso and Positano, nature reigns. La Selva is reachable on foot from Positano (30 minutes uphill) and Montepertuso (20 minutes downhill) by means of footpaths that wind amidst the olive and lemon trees, green terraces, and rocky slopes. At La Selva you will be able to walk along stunning paths to Positano’s beautiful beaches, practice rock climbing, or visit the surrounding areas including Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. During the summer a swimming pool is available, and for indoor entertainment there is a wi-fi connection and a movie projector.
– Meals at La selva
– All Yoga Classes
– Scheduled group transfer
– Day trips to local towns and islands
– Local excursions
– 1 rock climbing excursion
What’s not included?
– Transfer/transportation outside scheduled time
– Meals away from Positano
– Extra Rock Climbing/ Other Activities
– Visit to Naples/Pompei/Sorrento/Capri
What are the optional excursions?
At La Selva you will be able to walk along stunning paths to Positano’s beautiful beaches, practice rock climbing, or visit the surrounding areas, which include Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri,and the Amalfi Coast. During the summer a swimming pool is available, and for indoor entertainment there is a wi-fi connection and a movie projector.
What are the rooms like?
This sounds like heaven, how do we get there and when?
There are several ways to get to La Selva Positano. We will be offering a shuttle service at 12:30 pm from the Napoli International Airport (information station outside exit of int’l terminal past baggage and customs) and 1 pm from the Napoli Train Station (just outside by Gran Bar D’Ago) on May 14th.
If you want to arrive on your own, you will be responsible for payment, although we can help make the arrangement. If your flight is delayed or you can’t make the shuttle time frame then you will have to take a taxi.
If coming on your own, please try to arrive by early afternoon. La Selva is a hidden gem and difficult to find if it is your first time. Allow yourself plenty of daylight for arriving and wear comfy walking shoes with sturdy bottoms.
We will leave La Selva by am on May 21st to return to airport & train stations in Napoli by 10 am. (if you need different arrangements, we are happy to help. Times outside our pick-ups are not included)
Our location is in Positano, but only reachable by foot. We will help arrange a group shuttle service from either Napoli train station or Napoli airport the morning of the retreat, May 14th, 2017 to get you to as close to the facility as possible (15 minute hike down). We will arrange for your luggage to be carried up to La Selva so you will not need to carry it up or down the mountain! Our arranged shuttle back to Napoli will leave the morning of May 21st, 2017 between 9.00 – 10.00 a.m.
-Napoli airport to La Selva: 1 hour, 30 min
-Napoli train station to La Selva: 1 hour, 30 min
-Rome airport to Napoli train station: 1st take the train at the airport to the main train station in Rome (Termini). Then, a train from Termini to Napoli Centrale: 1 hour, 10 min
-Milan airport to Napoli train station There are several options (shuttle, train, metro) from either airport to main train station in Milan (Centrale). From there, take the train to Napoli Centrale: 4 hours, 50 mins
-Florence or Pisa airport to Napoli train station: 1st take either Airport Shuttle bus (Terravision is a good one) or taxi to Florenceʼs main station (S. Maria Novella). From there, take the train to Napoli Centrale: 2 hours, 56 mins Here are a couple of sites to review train schedules: Trenitalia: trenitalia.com Rail Europe: raileurope.com
If you do not take the shared shuttle…
We highly recommend taking the shared (and included) shuttle to the retreat because it is a special place that is not very obvious to find. It is easier to take private transfers from the retreat. If you need a private transfer, we can help confirm it. Typical taxi rates from Naples (Napoli) are 105 € (or $113) one way. Rates will depend on transfer timing and availability of drivers.
What level yoga will there be and how often?
Yoga classes will be 1-2 times daily and all levels. Our teachers are amazing at creating classes that are both suitable for beginners and challenging for the more experienced!
What is the food like at La Selva?
All food production at La Selva is organic, including the various jams produced by Marta. On Saturday, a great day to rest, fresh bread and pizza are baked in the wood stove. You will be able to relax and enjoy tasteful dishes prepared with ingredients freshly cultivated from the land, including olive oil, jams, vegetables, and fruit. There is a great variety of plants in the garden, including cucumbers, zucchinis, cluster beans, and a whole section dedicated to Indian spices. In the three hectares around the property there are many fruit trees, such as lemons, oranges, figs, and others. In the springtime the land is rich in medicinal and wild plants like verbena, myrtle, and others, which are used to prepare skin lotions and herbal teas.
How much free time will we have?
YOGASCAPES yoga retreats honor giving participants plenty of free time to explore on their own or relax back at the retreat. We pride ourselves on putting together an itinerary that allows you to dive deep into the sense of place and also dive deep into your well being and relaxation.
What is the weather like?
Weather in May is beautiful, warm days, cool nights, so bring some summer cloths and also some warm sweaters and things for the night! Bugs aren’t bad but you should bring some bug spray just in case.
What are the rooms like?
– 1 large room with 3 single beds on a loft, a double bed, 2 single beds downstair and private bathroom (total 6 or 7 people)
– 1 family room with one double bed, one bunk bed, one single bed and private bathroom (total 4 or 5 people)
– room with 2 double beds, usually used as double, can host up to 4 people, shared bath (total 2 to 4 people)
– room with a double and a single bed, usually used as double, can have up to 3 people, shared bath (total 2 to 3 people)
– 1 large tent with one single mattress, sheets and towels like a room (for 1 person)
– 1 very large tent (4 x 3 meters, quite tall) with two single beds, table and chairs, veranda, electric power (total 2 people)
– tent camping space available at no additional cost in one of the many beautiful terraces shadowed by the olive trees
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.