THE TRAVEL YOGI

Italy Yoga Adventure

Trip in One Word: Eloquence

What You’ll Experience in Italy

Get ready to slow down and savor every moment of this slow food and wine yoga retreat in Italy. Nestled between the Alps and the coast, the Italian region of Piedmont is often overlooked by travelers, but boasts some of the nation’s richest culinary and winemaking traditions. From cheese and wine to hazelnuts and chocolate, you’ll learn from locals how much care and tradition goes into every Piedmontese delicacy – with plenty of chef and home-cooked meals to deepen your appreciation, of course! When you’re not practicing yoga in Italy, you’ll meander on foot through cobblestone streets, cycle down country lanes and explore rolling vineyards against a backdrop of mountains. Ease yourself into the birthplace of the slow food movement for a week of quintessential Italian adventure.

How You’ll Experience Italy

You’ll immerse yourself in Piedmontese culture in the best way possible: through your tastebuds (with plenty of expert local guidance). On this yoga retreat in Italy, your daily yoga practice will lay a mindful foundation to help you slow down and savor Italian culture. Settle in at a private villa overlooking vineyards and fruit groves, and get to know Piedmont’s fertile countryside. Here, warm sea breezes nurture Nebbiolo grapes, prized white truffles flourish beneath the soil and winemakers, farmers and cooks uphold generations-old traditions. Visit family-owned restaurants for plates of agnolotti di plin or truffle-scented tajarin – but save room for the best panna cotta you’ve ever tasted! You’ll also tour wineries, e-bike to medieval villages and have  leisure time to enjoy the villa’s infinity pool! Learn the Piedmontese secrets to selecting the best fresh vegetables as you try your hand at a cooking class and get a mixology lesson from a master bartender at Torino’s own Martini & Rossi. All along the way, you’ll watch past and present fuse before your eyes as you sip dark red glasses of Barolo wine and sample cuisine that’s both rustic and gourmet.

How You’ll Feel When You Return Home

You’ll return from your yoga retreat in Italy calm, satiated, and brimming with a renewed appreciation for the small moments of indulgence in your daily routine. You’ll peruse your local farmers market with zeal (and try your best not to compare it to the open-air markets of Canale). Every time you pull out your bottle of vermouth and mix a perfect aperitivo, you’ll stun dinner guests into silence. Whenever the pace of life quickens, you’ll pause and remember the traditions of Piedmontese cheesemakers, restaurateurs and hazelnut farmers. Like them, you have plenty of time to live intentionally… and plot your return to Piedmont to taste, learn, and practice yoga in Italy again.

Medieval town square on a yoga retreat in Italy

Yoga Retreat In Italy Details

Main View of San Carlo Square and Twin Churches, Torino, Italy

Turin

Buildings, narrow cobblestone street and cathedral on background in old town of Alba in evening in Piedmont, Northern Italy.

alba

Barbaresco village and vineyards, Unesco Site, Piedmont, Northern Italy

the langhe roero

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September 22 - 29, 2024

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October 6 - 13, 2024

Debbi Murphy

October 13 - 20, 2024

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May 4 - 11, 2025

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October 5 - 12, 2025

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What's Included

  • Morning vinyasa and/or evening chill-out yoga practice
  • One night in a four-star city center hotel in Turin
  • Six nights in a luxury private villa in the Langhe Roero
  • Private home-cooked family meal in Turin
  • Walking tour of Turin and the local markets with lunch in the central food market
  • Explore one of Turin’s famous chocolate factories and a delicious tasting
  • Private visit to Turin’s own Martini & Rossi factory and special mixology class 
  • E-bike afternoon ride to the village of Canale and their local market
  • Private chef cooking class at the villa with the produce from Canale’s outdoor food market
  • Visit and tasting in Italy’s Bank of Wine 
  • Explore Pollenzo’s University of Taste
  • Winery visit and tasting class
  • Hilltop goat herding and natural cheese making morning
  • Special family run winery dinner and wine tasting
  • Chef-cooked dinners at ‘home’ at our hilltop villa
  • Dinner at the villa with a special Pizzaiolo
  • Airport transfers (on arrival and departure days per ‘welcome’ email)

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Turin
  • Two lunches 
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities

Accommodations

Turin

Our hotel in Turin is in the heart of the city and directly across from the Porta Nuova Station; an easy across-the-street-stroll for those who train into town. A sweet and luxurious entry to Italy, our Turin hotel offers a city-center location, delectable dining and a lovely yoga space for de-planing.  Rooms feature either one or two beds, AC, and en suite bathroom facilities.  Explore Turin on foot and through your taste-buds as you begin your epicurious journey through Italy. 

the Roero

Our lux villa in the Roero allow for stunning hilltop views of the delectable vineyards of this unique region.  Each of the rooms within the villa has its own character (as well as its own AC controls) and en suite bathrooms.  A gourmet kitchen and wine cellar feature the best of Piedmontese cuisine in a villa, and outdoor yoga shala, surrounded by fruit and olive trees.  Each day at the villa is picture postcard worthy.  Rooms will have one or two beds, depending on your needs.

Itinerary

Our Italy yoga retreat schedules will vary slightly and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure. Our schedule below gives you an overall picture of what a weeklong wellness and yoga retreat in Italy  will look like:

1

DAY ONE

  • Arrive into Turin by 2pm. Benvenuto in Italia!
  • Transfer into town from the airport, or stroll across the street from the main train station, and drop your bags off at your Turin home
  • Rejuvenate with a late afternoon yoga class
  • Head to the rooftop for a local aperitivo  
  • Enjoy a proper welcome to Italy with a local and home-cooked meal
    • Discover a Piedmontese welcome in a local home and a delicious dinner (depending on group size)
  • Drive back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep and luxury welcome to your Italy yoga retreat adventure

2

DAY TWO

  • Morning yoga followed by a delicious buffet breakfast
  • Check out and explore Turin on foot before heading into the countryside
    • Discover Turin’s 2,000 year old history and beautiful architecture
    • End the morning stroll at an artisanal chocolatier’s workshop: learn the family traditions of chocolate making capped off by a scrumptious tasting
  • Satisfy your hunger with a local specialty of your choice at the Centrale food market
  • Depart Turin for the countryside and a special stop at Turin’s own Martini & Rossi
    • See the birthplace of a brand and explore Martini & Rossi’s history
    • Enjoy a private mixology class with apertivo experts at Martini’s Bar Academy
  • Head to the Roero  enjoying the gorgeous countryside along the way
  • Settle into your country home and relax among the vines
  • Tonight is night one of your private chef and villa deliciousness

3

DAY THREE

  • Morning yoga with breakfast to follow
  • Get to know the Roero under your own steam (sort of) as you e-bike the hills and vineyards
    • E-bike to Monteu Roero’s small village center for a refresher and a look at the  stunning medieval church of San Bernardino
    • Hop back on your bikes and pedal to a local vineyard for fruit and grape juice (not yet fermented) tasting
  • Enjoy a lunch at leisure, and strolling, through the charming streets of Canale
  • Head ‘home’ with time to relax 
  • Walk down to the outdoor yoga shala for this evening’s class
  • Enjoy a local specialty cooking class with our private chef at the villa and a night at home

4

DAY FOUR

  • Greet the morning with yoga and a delicious breakfast
  • Drive to the charming city of Bra for some free time strolling, shopping or simply people-watching
    • Bra has something for everyone, including a spice shop like you’ve never seen, and is the birthplace of the Slow Food movement
  • Enjoy lunch in town and a deeper understanding of a food system that is “good, clean and fair”
  • Head to Pollenzo for a deeper knowledge, and taste, of this worldwide movement
    • Meet up with a representative of the University of Taste (aka the University of Gastronomic Sciences)
    • Stroll through time and the vineyards of Italy as you explore the Bank of Wine in the cellars of the University
  • Head home to the Roero  
  • Freshen up and head out for a walk to a local family run restaurant with a history stretching back through the centuries

5

DAY FIVE

  • Enjoy a later morning yoga class among the olive trees followed by  breakfast in the villa
  • This morning will be yours to relax and enjoy at your leisure – swim, book a massage or relax your way
  • Lunch today at the villa
  • This afternoon you’ll head to a winery with delicious vintages and multiple generations of passion in the vines for a tour of the cellars and a guided tasting
  • Head back ‘home’ for a special treat – enjoy a pizza based dinner with a local Pizzaiolo

6

DAY SIX

  • Morning yoga and breakfast at the villa
  • Head to the ancient town of Alba for some free exploration and strolling
    • This beautiful town played home to history for centuries as a stopping point for the crusades
    • The ancient and the modern combine as you stroll the town that gave birth to Nutella (and still plays host to a Nutella factory)
    • During certain months in the fall you can experience the world-renowned truffle fair that takes place in Alba’s town square
  • Enjoy lunch on your own today and wherever you please within the town of Alba
  • Drive back to your villa and an afternoon yoga session
  • Freshen up and head down the road for a special dinner at a small family-run winery and restaurant with stunning views over the Langhe Roero’s hills and vineyards

7

DAY SEVEN

  • Slightly later morning yoga and breakfast this morning
  • Lace up a pair of old shoes and head out to the hills as you channel your inner shepherd
    • A wonderful goat shepherd will allow us to drive his goats (don’t worry, his trusting herding hounds will help) into their pen for milking
    • The goat’s milk will be used to create the delicious cheese that, after a bit of work, you’ll have a chance to taste and enjoy
  • Head home to wash up and enjoy a lunch of light sandwiches, snacks, hazelnuts from local trees and fresh honey
  • Come together after a rest for a final yoga session in the gorgeous Italian countryside
  • Tuck into a delicious final meal in the Roero and a special send off to the week

8

DAY EIGHT

  • Wake up to breakfast and pack for the transfer back to Turin for a flight home or train off to further European adventures
  • There will be two transfers back to the city and, depending on your flight time, you can take off or head back to explore a second visit to Turin
  • Grazie per aver visitato l’Italia!

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will be traveling Turin (TRN) airport.  You’ll want to be sure you arrive by 3pm on your first day and please do not schedule a departure flight any earlier than noon on your last day.  More specifics will be available after booking.
US citizens will need a passport to visit Italy, but no visa is required at this time.  All passports will need to be valid for at least 3 months after your date of departure and have at least one blank page for entry stamps.  Entry information can change so please visit the State Department’s website for current information. Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.
 
Italy uses the plug type “E” and 230v.  Anyone coming from a region with a different plug or voltage should pack their adaptor and/or converter.
 
Yes!  Wifi is readily available at all properties.
 
Nope!  Manduka mats, blocks and straps will be available for you at our villa in the countryside.  Please note, we do not have bolsters, but a rolled up towel usually does the trick  🙂
 
A good pair of walking shoes and layers for varying weather are always good packing ‘musts’.  Other than that, bring your yoga clothes, casual wear, a swim suit and plenty of charge on your camera!  A full packing list will be provided on your travel app after booking.
 
All trips are a big investment of time, energy, imagination and funds.  We highly recommend that you buy travel insurance in the event that an unforeseen situation arises.  
You will receive a quote at the time of booking and, while it is not required for Italy, it is strongly recommended.
 
 

Yes!  Of course.  Once you’re booked you’ll receive an email with important logistical information and a link to your invoice.  You can pay any amount at any time on the invoice; you can use it as a payment plan or leave it alone until the final due date. Remember that deposits are non-refundable so, on all trips, we recommend purchasing travel insurance.