Yoga and watercolour painting holiday - Village House

Lazio, Rome, Italy

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Slow down to the pace of Italian village life on this unique yoga and watercolour painting holiday. Stay for 6 nights/7 days in the peaceful medieval walled village of Casperia, just 1 hour north of Rome surrounded by fields of sunflowers, distant mountains and tiny farm houses, and combine yoga and painting in watercolour for a holiday with a difference.

Practice yoga each morning in a fun and friendly environment and unwind, relax, and physically, mentally and spiritually recharge during your stay in this magical place.

During the week you and your group will head outdoors to Casperia’s streets, piazzas and beautiful scenic surroundings in and around the town walls, with your painting tutor Giovanna Somai. You’ll learn all about water colour painting from the basics of colour blending to the more complicated techniques of shading, by painting this town so steeped in history. Watercolour painting is taught in a small group to allow maximum attention.

Enjoy the flexibility of a yoga holiday that gives you plenty of free time to simply relax, enjoy a range of holistic therapies and spa treatments offered at the retreat or get more active and try cycling, walking, visits to the hot springs, sightseeing in Rome and much more.

Stay in a traditional medieval village house inside the walls of Casperia just a few minutes walk from the yoga retreat. You will have your own private room and each house has a full-equipped kitchen and terrace offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Relax and recharge mind, body and soul on this yoga holiday in Italy with a difference.

- Yoga holidays are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to advanced yogis
- Watercolour painting lessons are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to enthusiastic artists as lessons are in small groups
- Minimum age 16 (if you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult)
- Both yoga and water colouring lessons will be taken in English and Italian

Travelling solo?
- This yoga holiday makes a great singles holiday as you will meet like-minded friendly people during the group yoga lessons and the many other activities on offer
- The majority of guests are international solo travellers
- A compulsory single supplement applies for all those travelling solo for a private room as shared rooms aren't offered
- Please see the ‘Costing and Extras’ tab for prices

Yoga and watercolour painting holiday start days
- All arrivals are on Thursdays from May to October
- Most people stay 6 nights but 13 night stays are also possible, please email for more information

Yoga and watercolour painting holiday itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:
- You will have 1.5 hours of yoga practice each morning from Friday to Tuesday
- Yoga starts around 8.30am or 9am each morning depending on the time of year
- After your yoga practice, you’ll be served a healthy and delicious breakfast of fresh fruits, cheeses, hams, cereals, breads, yoghurt, fresh coffee, tea and juices and more
- Over breakfast you’ll be given information on what treatments, therapies and activities are planned for the day and have the chance to book these
- All activities and treatments are an extra cost and are paid for locally at the end of your stay
- On three afternoons during the week you will have an additional 60 minute yoga session
- You will also have a 2 hour yoga workshop on Saturday afternoon
- Twice during the week you’ll head off into the surrounding area of the glorious Sabina Hills to discover and immerse yourself into the idyllic countryside through watercolour
- Please note that the exact timings of your afternoon yoga and painting lessons will be confirmed on arrival and painting classes are taught in small groups
- Please note that in the unlikely event that the weather is not be suitable for painting outdoors, your lesson will be arranged or suitable arrangements will be arranged to hold the lessons inside

About the yoga retreat in Casperia
- Weather permitting, the majority of yoga lessons will take place in a stunning hilltop location surrounded by nature on an outdoor platform surrounded by an oasis of green inside the village walls
- The yoga retreat also has a purpose built indoor yoga studio with fresh spring water and a bathroom made from an underground cave
- All staff are highly qualified with a wealth of experience, teaching beginners to advanced yogis

About your Hatha yoga teachers
- All of the yoga teachers are required to have undertaken a minimum of 2 years teacher training, there are no teachers that have "fast track" yoga certification so you can rest assured you’ll be taught by professionals with plenty of experience and a passion for yoga
- The yoga classes cover the physical teachings of yoga with emphasis on the spiritual and holistic aspects of the yoga tradition in general
– All teachers base their classes on Hatha yoga, a gentle form of yoga that focuses on form and alignment to bring balance to the body and mind
- Some teachers also bring elements of Iyengar yoga, Chakra yoga, Hatha flow and Dhamma yoga

Lucy Bremner - host and yoga teacher
- Lucy will be your host during your stay, and if she happens to be away during your week, one of the other lovely staff members will take good care of you instead!
- She has travelled extensively and practiced make types of yoga and healing arts
- Lucy's yoga classes are holistic and grounding, combining elements of Ying and Yang and she is very supportive and encouraging
- Lucy will teach on all weeks where there are no guest teachers

Guest teachers
- The retreat often welcomes guest teachers from around the world
- All have extensive instructor training and experience and have taught at various yoga retreats all over the world
- Each teacher will bring their own style and offer various elements of yoga while helping you improve and guiding you through your yoga sessions

About your painting tutor
- Group watercolour painting lessons are with Giovanna Somai; a local artist and interior decorator who speaks English
- Giovanna teaches you in her own unique style and helps you to develop your watercolour paintings during the course of your stay
- Classes are suitable for all levels and Giovanna will adapt the lessons to match your level of experience so that you make the most progress with your painting during your group classes

What will I learn?
- Yoga practice will be adapted for all levels from complete beginners to advance yogis
- Your yoga classes will be based on Hatha yoga and will cover Asanas (physical movements), Pranayama (breathing practices), Meditation (stilling and calming of the mind & inner self) and relaxation (complete mind, body relaxation)

Watercolour painting
- You will have the opportunity to paint landscapes, buildings in and around Casperia and still life, either focusing on one or many different pieces
- You will learn the basics of perspective, colour mixing, light and shade and how light can affect your work along with other techniques
- The aim of the course is to encourage your creative technique by explaining the fundamentals of painting in watercolour to those who are novices, or for those more advanced artists, by improving your painting technique in watercolour
- You’ll achieve the confidence to continue and develop your skills whatever your level, and take this away with you with your paintbrush tucked behind your ear, hopefully inspired to carry on when you return home
- You'll meet other budding artists in your group who might teach you some next techniques too!

What to bring
- Please bring comfortable clothing which you can move easily in for your yoga practice
- It can be hot in the summer months so please bring clothing that will be suitable for practicing in hot weather, if you are travelling in the height of summer
- Also don't forget your mosquito spray for the hotter months
- Yoga mats are provided
- Please bring pool towels, otherwise there is a rental fee

Watercolour painting
- Sensible clothing that you do not mind getting paint on
- All painting material is provided
- Sun tan lotion for hot weather
- A sunhat is advised

Extra yoga and painting classes

- If you also would like to deepen your practice with more yoga classes, private one-to-one yoga classes can be booked (prices confirmed upon arrival)
- Additional painting sessions can also be booked and paid for locally

Treatments and holistic therapies
- Each morning after breakfast you can book a treatment or holistic therapy from the wide range on offer
- Choose from massages, facials, acupressure hopi candles, reiki, hot stone therapy, reflexology and more
- All treatments are paid for locally and prices range from 30 Euros to 100 Euros per session, depending on your choice of treatment and duration
- There is also a Finnish ‘sweat room’ sauna at the Casa Latini accommodation which guests can use where you can relax and revitalise; the cost of the sauna session is 10 Euros

Optional activities & excursions
- During your free time enjoy the hospitality of the picturesque town of Casperia, wander through its myriad of cobbled streets to discover local shops, cafes and stop for a cappuccino and drink in the view
- The retreat also offer a huge range of optional activates and excursions you can choose to join during your stay
- Please note you can only book these activities during your stay, activities are subject to availability and subject to minimum numbers, and prices are for guideline only:
- Horse riding – from 40 Euros
- Guided Sabina mountain walk offered every Sunday – free of charge
- Cooking - from 75 Euros
- Cycling – from 40 Euros
- Wine tasting - from 25 Euros
- Italian language classes – from 35 Euros per hour
- Excursions to Orvieto, Assisi, thermal baths, Saint Francis’ hermitage and nature sites can be organised upon arrival – prices range from 6 Euros - 60 Euros per person
- Full information and pricing for these activities will be provided to you upon arrival at the retreat

Off-site swimming pool
- An open-air private swimming pool is also available exclusively for guests just a 10 minute walk from the yoga retreat or a short cycle ride away
- The swimming pool is set in the Casperia countryside surrounded by olive groves and rolling hills
- The pool is open from May-October
- Please note the opening of pool depends on the weather before June, therefore it is not always open

Thermal baths and springs excursion
- Guests can enjoy swimming all year round in the thermal baths at Viterbo and also in the hot springs
- You can also visit the wild hot sulphur springs situated in their natural environment in open fields; here you can bathe in the sulphur-rich organic mud used in rehabilitative treatments, beauty masks and wraps
- The thermal baths and the hot springs are quiet, perfect places to relax, unwind and feel the tension, toxins, aches and pains being released from your body, please remember to pack flip-flops and a towel, or towelling dressing gown, for this excursion
- The yoga retreat run an excursion to the sulphur water baths and wild hot springs on Either Fridays or Mondays after your morning yoga and breakfast
- The excursion runs from 12pm to around 5pm
- The cost of the excursion is of 40 Euros per person
- Included in the 40 Euro price is return transport from the retreat, entrance fee to sulphur water pool and visit to the wild hot springs in the same area
- The journey takes about 50 minutes each way
- If you wish to book this excursion, you can book locally upon arrival to the retreat

About the accommodation
- Stay in your choice of rustic accommodation (subject to availability) within the walls of the village, all within a few minutes walk from each other and the retreat itself
- The houses have breath-taking panoramic views and are in supreme locations in the village of Casperia
- A compulsory single supplement applies for all those travelling solo for a private room as shared rooms aren't offered
- There is an off-site outdoor private swimming pool available exclusively for guests just a 10 minute walk from the yoga retreat or a short cycle ride away, set in the Casperia countryside surrounded by olive groves and rolling hills (the pool is open from May-October, weather permitting)

Village House: traditionally furnished medieval guest house
- Village Houses are used exclusively by the retreat's guests and are located with the town's medieval walls
- They offer panoramic views and each has a small terrace where you can eat, relax or sunbathe
- There are three Village Houses in total, which all have shared bathrooms; there are some rooms which have private ensuite bathrooms and carry a supplement
- They are traditional medieval village houses, decorated in a very traditional Italian style with fully equipped shared kitchens which you are welcome to use to prepare your own meals

Casa Latini: renovated 13th century house furnished in a boutique Latin style
- Casa Latini is a lovely 13th century building furnished in boutique-style with a Latin and Eastern influence
- A spiral staircase on each level leads to the terrace area, where you can enjoy the spectacular panoramic views over Casperia, and there is also a communal lounge and dining area with a fully-equipped kitchen if you wish to prepare your own meals
- There are two private floors in the house which each have a suite including a twin bedroom, ensuite luxury bathroom and private lounge area
- In the loft, there are two loft rooms, one twin and one single; both have skylights and ensuite bathrooms (please note the twin room has limited head room for taller people)

- Breakfast is included each morning and is taken at the lounge-café which is run by local Italians at the yoga retreat
- Breakfast is a buffet style which consists of fresh fruit and vegetable juices and organic produce
- Special diets will be considered with advance notice, but please bear in mind that in a small Italian village, specialist ingredients (dairy/wheat/vegetarian cheese replacements for example) are not readily available. Gluten-free options are served at breakfast, and the local shops and some local restaurants have gluten free options too

Lunch and dinner (extra cost)
- A delicious buffet dinner is provided for all guests on the first evening (Thursday) and includes wine, water and dessert
- All other meals are at your own expense and there are cafes and restaurants in Casperia in which to eat
- Guests usually prepare their own lunches at home, or can take lunch in one of Casperia's restaurants
- Each of accommodation type has a terrace or balcony, so you can enjoy a delicious lunch of Italian food in the sunshine and fresh air
- For dinner, full meals, snacks and pizza are available in local cafés, bars and restaurants and the village shops have a range of local food and drinks for guests who wish to prepare meals at home
- The retreat also organise transport to authentic local Italian restaurants and folklore festivals in neighbouring hilltop villages or the countryside, where delicious traditional specialities of vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes can be enjoyed
- A small fee (per person) is charged for transport to and from these venues and remember, all our accommodations have fully equipped kitchens for those who want to sample some home cooking at any time

An eco-tourism organisation
- This yoga retreat is a low profit eco tourism organisation
- They donate part of the cost of your bookings to the local owners who's village houses you'll stay in, as well as the treatment rooms and breakfast lounge
- You'll live within the village of Casperia rather than at a privately owned retreat and the policy helps to sustain the village of Casperia by providing income to the local families and businesses, including the craft shops to farmers the retreat we work with
- Over the past 15 years, the retreat have renovated and used village houses for the yoga holidays, created local employment and worked with the community in order to enhance the village's economy and integrate the concept of eco-tourism into the culture of Sabina
- They have also contributed parts of their profits to support local festivals and functions within the region

Practice yoga surrounded by fields of sunflowers, breathe the crisp mountain air and let your creative juices flow whilst being inspired by the glorious landscapes on this yoga and watercolour painting holiday with a difference.