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Food and Yoga have been my twin passions and practices for a long time now. And for good reason! Both Food and Yoga help us connect our outer world to our inner environment, and both can feed our bodies and our souls. For one week, we’ll indulge in an in-depth practice, gathering on our mats and around the table to uncover all of the ways we crave to be nourished.
Nourish /ˈnəriSH/ Definition: providing the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.
Nourishment comes in many forms, and hunger comes from many sources. Through daily yoga practice, meditation, reflection and journaling exercises, we’ll ask ourselves the question, “what am I really hungry for?” Connecting to ourselves, each other, the natural world, and the food we’re eating (and making!), an array of answers will be revealed. I can promise you this, this retreat will be a feast for the mind, body and heart. So, come hungry, and get fed.
We’re combining all things delicious and truly Italian for you as we escape to a special Umbrian farm, Monestevole, for the week. Join us around the community table as we savor beautiful seasonal meals together, get our hands dirty on the farm (if you want) and soak up as much fresh air as we can as we flow. This one’s about keeping it real for yogis and foodies, who want to get their yoga and nature on at the same time.
This retreat embraces the true rustic, connected nature of Italy without sacrificing comfort. While there are endless activities available including horseback riding, bread or pasta making, feeding the animals, hiking, hot springs, soap making, and excursions, you’re also entirely welcome to just get lost, slow down and relax into the serenity of the surroundings.
Please plan to arrive at the Perugia train station or airport by 3pm on October 2nd and please plan to depart on your train or plane from Perugia after 12pm on the 8th. More info about travel in the Venue section below.
A lifelong food enthusiast, and a student of the body for the past twelve years, Dana offers a range of practices that nourish the body, mind and heart.
Dana has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and assisting, and is a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga respectively. After twelve years in the wilds of NYC, she now teaches alignment-based flow and Yin Yoga classes in her home base of Los Angeles.
For the past five years, Dana has also been on the faculty of the Nosara Yoga Institute. She now co-teaches their 200-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training under founders, Don and Amba Stapleton. Because a body in motion needs to be fed, Dana completed a Master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and a 617-hour chef certification through The Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts. She believe as much in the healing power of a good meal shared in good company as in the practice of a well-aligned downward facing dog: each expands consciousness, increases interconnection, and has the power to open the heart.
Dana’s intention is to bring the essence of yoga into practical, daily living through the cultivation of community, awareness in action, holistic, whole-foods education and sensational cuisine.
Yoga Teacher, Food Educator, Chef
A beautiful 15th century farm hamlet, surrounded by 40 hectares of olive groves, sunflowers, oak forests and a vineyard. Their vision is to build a model sustainable community sharing beautiful accommodations, homegrown food and the warmest of Italian welcomes to guests from around the world. The perfect place to eat, live and breathe sustainable, off-grid living.
All guest rooms and communal spaces have been lovingly restored at Monestevole, ensuring your stay is a comfortable as can be. They offer a range of rooms, from 4-guest dormitory to private rooms with en suite bathrooms.
Umbria is the greenest region of Italy, full of woodlands because of sustainable forestry laws in the area. Local crops include olive oil, wine (Umbria is famous for its Sagrantino di Montefalco), sunflowers, legumes, and the region is famous for its truffles, pork meat and wild boar. They are training Tribu’, the newly born colt, and visitors can pet pig Matilda and the pet goat Tiramisu’.
Monestevole is a place to make yourself at home and is not a daily room-service type hotel. Monestevole cares deeply about sustainability practices and the goal is to show that it is possible to live sustainably, not just in remote locations and developing countries, but also in our own back yard.
Monestevole is located near the town of Umbertide, Umbria, 40 minutes away from Perugia, and 2 hours from Florence and Rome. The shared shuttle will pick up from Perugia San Giovanni between 2-3 pm. Please inquire with alternative requests.
Perugia airport is 30 minutes away from Monestevole. Flights from London Stansted (RyanAir) are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at £20GBP each way. Flights also available from Milan.
We can arrange a transfer to Monestevole from the airport for €60 each way (up to 4 people).
The closest trains stations are Perugia San Giovanni, (if you are coming from Rome), or Terontola-Cortona sul Trasimeno (if you are coming from Florence). Both are 30 minutes away and connect to the fast speed trains in Rome and Florence. If you arrive outside of the provided transfer window, we can arrange a transfer to Monestevole from the train station for €60 each way (up to 4 people).
We offer three payment options based when you sign up! We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans. We can split up your payments however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.