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OUR YOGA RETREATS IN CASPERIA, ITALY

The picture-perfect Italian village of Casperia, our base since 1998, is situated in the heart of the Sabina mountains just north of Rome. It is totally car-free, with fewer than 350 inhabitants. The fortified medieval village has amazing panoramic views of the Sabina hills and mountain landscape from every angle.

Travel with low-cost flights to either of Rome's airports and you'll reach Casperia in a little over an hour on public transport or, for a fee, we can collect you.

Special Offer

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Book a yoga retreat in May or June by 28th December and get 10% off the price.

 
 

Each of the houses in which Sunflower Retreats' guests stay is within a couple of minutes walk from the others and from our yoga studios, breakfast lounge and treatment rooms. Your walk will take you through the winding cobbled streets of Casperia.

The unspoilt structure and atmosphere of the village gives you a unique feeling of being in a historic place in time-gone-by: A place of natural beauty surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and forest-covered mountains where you can watch the changing scenery from every angle.

It was a great holiday, held in the most beautiful village in Italy. Lovely yoga classes - everyone was friendly. Had a great time.
— M.S., Reykjavík, Iceland - Jul 2017
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Our Yoga Lessons

Sunflower Retreats Holidays yoga classes are suitable for beginners as well as more practiced yogis and are held in English. Your six night retreat includes five morning and three afternoon classes and a Yoga and Meditation workshop.

Our 90-minute morning classes take place before breakfast Friday, through Tuesday, from 8am (or 8.30 early or later in the season).

There are also one-hour yoga and meditation classes in the afternoons, on Friday, Monday and Tuesday and a two-hour yoga and meditation workshop each Saturday, in which we cover subjects such as Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Kundalini and Chakra meditation and balancing.

We practice in a stunning location on a hilltop surrounded by nature, provided the weather is fine, or in our studio at other times.

Our yoga style is non-competitive with a down-to-earth approach, created by Sunflower Retreats' founders and followed by all our guest yoga instructors.

 

Our teachers teach a variety of yoga methods such as Iyengar, Kundalini, Satyananda, Sivananda, Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Astanga, Yin Yoga and Divine Feminine Yoga.

Our Yoga Teaching Team

Each of our teachers is required to have undertaken no less than two years training so that we do not rely on 'fast-track' yoga certification. We also take particular care to engage teachers who are humble, genuine and spiritual in their approach to their teaching, as all true yogis should be.

You can find profiles for each of our teachers on the Yoga Teachers page and each week's Booking & Dates page, as they become available.


Best yoga classes ever. I learned so much!
— Claire, 2006

Our Yoga Deck And Studios

Outdoor yoga classes take place on our platform which is located in an oasis of green inside the village walls. It's a beautiful and serene environment, with dappled sunlight and the sound of birdsong all around.

The yoga room was lovely and so was the platform outside in the garden. Truly a magic environment for yoga. I didn’t want to leave!
— A. Jordan, Ireland, 2012

When we choose to practise yoga indoors, we use our own professionally-designed and restored 40 square-metre studio which has a wooden floor, a freshwater spring and an ancient cave as a bathroom.

For larger groups, we also have a 50 square-metre professional yoga studio which has panoramic views, coconut carpeting and central heating for the winter months.

Our yoga classes are attended only by our guests; we don't include visitors.

I cannot recommend Sunflower Retreats or Casperia highly enough. …it was a brilliant place to unwind and focus on my wellbeing. Our little group of five strangers became friends and I really hope I can return one day soon.
— Dreid, Glasgow 2016

What Our Yoga Holidays Cover

The classes taught cover the physical teachings of Hatha yoga and different Hatha Yoga methods with emphasis on the spiritual aspects of the yoga tradition. We emphasise that yoga is not a sport and that it's important to not be competitive with yourself or others. Each yoga class is a holistic practice - a time to connect to your body, mind and inner self.

Your yoga class includes:

■  Asanas (physical movements) Flow sequences and traditional asana

■  Pranayama (breathing practices)

■ Meditation (stilling and calming of the mind and inner self)

■  Relaxation (complete mind, body relaxation)

Individual Yoga Lessons

Individual tuition is available, with one-to-one yoga lessons in Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Relaxation.

These private classes, with the yoga teacher of the week, are great for people who would like to deepen their yoga practice or work on a yoga routine for their individual requirements.


Ayurvedic and Holistic Therapies

Holistic treatments are a major feature of Sunflower Retreats' path to wellness and complement the yoga we practice. We have a wide range of treatments, as in a spa, but we differ in that we use only natural, organic products and take a holistic approach in our sessions.

 

A brochure describing these relaxing, healing and rejuvenating therapies will be given to you when you arrive and you can book them with our holistic practitioner each day at breakfast-time. They are available to discuss each treatment and help you to choose the perfect one for your own requirements.

Our Therapies

Our range of holistic therapies includes:

  • Ayurvedic Marma Massage 

  • Ayuvedic Pada Abhyanga Leg Massage

  • Ayurvedic facials using flower remedies and herbs
  • Holistic Massage

  • Aromatherapy using organic essential oils

  • Indian and Tibetan Head Massage

  • Bamboo Massage

  • Reiki

  • Reflexology

  • Bars Treatment by Access Consciousness

  • La Stone treatments

  • Chakra Balancing including Crystal therapy

  • Sunflower's original freshly picked organic Aloe Vera skin treatment 

  • Hopi Ear Candles

  • Sunflower's Ultimate Healing Treatment

  • Smudging sessions

Most of these treatments are available each week throughout the season. Treatment prices range from €30 to €100 per session, depending on your choice of treatment and duration.

Our Treatment Rooms in Casperia

Treatments are conducted in a warm, safe, healing environment within the historic village. The rooms are cleansed by “saging” regularly, invoking the four major elements of earth, air, fire and water, to create a warm, safe, healing environment with a special energy - earthy, rustic, and bohemian with a touch of chic.

The treatment area has a very grounding energy amplified by crystals, aromatherapy oils, eagle, buzzard and peacock feathers, books on healing and spiritual knowledge, and jewellery from India and Asia. Other healing objects complement the energy flow of light and healing.

Over the 18 years that we have used our treatment rooms they've acquired a tangible healing energy, deeply connected to Sunflower Retreats’ philosophy of mind, body and soul wellness .

The yoga and treatments were so good.
Your holiday has been a real rejuvenation to me.
— David

Sauna

Adjoining the accommodation in Casa Latini is an original Finnish 'sweat room' sauna, where you can body-brush, warm and relax your muscles and cleanse and revitalise your body and self.
Sauna sessions cost €10

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Accommodation

We offer you the choice of three types of accommodation in Casperia, a two minute walk from one another and from our yoga, breakfast and treatment facilities:

'A' Village House: a traditionally furnished medieval guest house.
'B' Casa Latini: a lovingly renovated 13th-century house furnished in a boutique Latin style.
'C' Forani Palace: a 15th century palazzo, available when 'A' and 'B' are fully booked.

All of our accommodation is in comfortable twin rooms, with a single option; you won't find yourself crowded into bunks, triple rooms or yurts!

Prices

All prices are for a 6-night holiday and include....

  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Five 90-minute yoga classes yoga classes, Friday through Tuesday. (Three classes on 4-night retreats)
  • Three one-hour afternoon yoga classes. (One on 4-night retreats)
  • A 2-hour Saturday yoga and meditation workshop
  • A welcome dinner with drinks
  • Use of our private swimming pool
  • A guided walk in the Sabina mountains
  • All-week use of bicycles
  • Fresh linen and towels with mid week change of towels and room clean
  • Transport to local restaurants some evenings.
  • A shuttle bus to Poggio Mirteto station at 09.00 on departure day (Wed).

Prices do not include:

  • Flights or transfers.
  • Insurance: all participants must be covered by their own travel insurance.

All guests on our yoga retreats stay in our accommodation. We don't offer participation in yoga classes or activities for people staying elsewhere.

The village shops, which include an organic health food store, stock a large range of food and drinks if you would like to cook at home.

If required, an extra maid service comprised of a linen change and full room clean and can be provided at a cost of €15 per-room, per-day. Please contact the booking office, or ask our staff during your stay.

Most of our twin rooms can be made into doubles if required and hairdryers are provided.

Fans are available to cool bedrooms in the warmer months.


Four-night holidays, including three morning yoga classes (Friday through Sunday and one afternoon yoga class and workshop ) are available at 30% less than the price of the 6-night holiday.

13-night holidays are available, for twice the price of a 6-night holiday. Accommodation for the middle Wednesday is included at no extra charge. Breakfast on Wednesday is not included though.


Village Houses

Accommodation in a characteristic, traditionally-furnished,medieval village house, used exclusively by Sunflower Retreats Holidays' guests.

The houses have breathtaking panoramic views and are in delightful locations within Casperia's medieval walls. Each house has a small terrace where you can have your meals, read or sunbathe.

Kitchens are shared, with facilities that are characteristic of a traditional Italian village house,rather than a modernised house.

Twin rooms with shared bathrooms cost £585 per-person for 6 night holidays. This is our most economical accommodation option .

We also have two village house rooms with en-suite bathrooms which cost £625 per person.

Single travellers will have sole occupancy of a room for £700 (shared bathroom) or £740 (en-suite bathroom).


Casa Latini

Casa Latini is a lovingly renovated 13th century building for the exclusive use of Sunflower Retreats Holidays' guests and is elegantly furnished in boutique style with Latin and Eastern influence. One level boasts a thousand-year-old cave which we have converted into an unusual bathroom.

A spiral staircase on each level leads to the terrace area, where you can enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the rolling valleys and mountains of Sabina, and experience the wonderful sunset each evening over Casperia. There is a communal lounge, kitchen and dining area which opens onto a terrace with fab views.

Casa Latini Suites

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There are two private floors in Casa Latini, each with a suite comprising a twin-bedroom, private lounge and en-suite bathroom.

Suites cost  £785 per-person.

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Single occupancy is available for £900.


Thanks for the yoga, Casa Latini and the inspiration.
— Jackie & Peter, 2005
The accommodation at Casa Latini was beautiful, with that amazing view.
— Amanda, 2008

Casa Latini Twin And Single Loft Rooms

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A small Twin Loft Room  with en-suite bathroom, skylights and panoramic views costs £635 per-person or £750 for single occupancy. Please note that the Twin Loft Room has limited headroom for tall people.

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There is also a small Single Loft Room en-suite with skylights, costing £720.


Forani Palace

This beautiful historic property, the original home of the Count and Countess of Casperia, is a restored Italian palazzo set in its own grounds and gardens. It is furnished in the classic 'Italianate' style with the antiques and decor of a noble family home.

Rooms in The Forani Palace become available only when Village House and Casa Latini rooms are fully booked.

The accommodation has a kitchen for self-catering.

There are six twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms costing £755 per-person.

Rooms can also may be booked for single occupancy for  £870.

Forani Palace is also available as a venue for teachers organising holiday groups and courses: See our Group Hire page.


Our Welcome Dinner

A delicious dinner, with locally sourced & organic food including gluten-free and vegetarian options, is provided for guests on Thursday evening - arrival day.

Breakfast/Brunch

A vegetarian breakfast/brunch using local organic products including eggs and fresh fruit and vegetable juices from our juicing machine is served each morning. Our staff will be there each morning to help you plan your day and book activities.

Lunch

Guests usually prepare their own meals at home, or can take lunch in one of Casperia's restaurants.
Each of our accommodation options has a kitchen and a terrace or balcony and the village shops have a range of local food and drinks so you can enjoy a delicious lunch of Italian food in the sunshine and fresh air.

Evening Meals

Full meals, snacks and pizza are available in local cafés, bars and restaurants.

A wonderful holiday and a harmonious and beautiful environment in which to practice yoga. Delicious food to eat and lovely walks.
— Leila, 2008

We also organise transport to authentic local Italian restaurants and folklore festivals in neighbouring hill-top villages or the countryside, where delicious traditional specialities of vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes can be enjoyed. Private Transport to local restaurants some evenings is included in the holiday price. 

The walnut and ricotta ravioli sent a jolt of pleasure straight to the brain.

Special diets

We may be able to help cater for special diets with advance notice, but please bear in mind that in a small Italian village some specialist ingredients are not readily available.


So well thought out and planned… all trips were perfect
— Paula, 2001

Yoga and holistic treatments are at the heart of what we do, but if you're into yoga, the chances are that you like the active life too. We offer a range of activities on our holidays to suit all budgets from free cycling and trekking to low-cost visits to hot springs and a wide range of other sport and learning opportunities. In this way, you can add to your experience or stick to your budget and still have a fantastic holiday.

Activities and trips can be booked at breakfast time each day, when our staff are present to help plan your holiday and day.

Most of what guests pay goes direct to the local providers, with Sunflower Retreats taking a percentage for booking, advertising and promoting the service or activity for them.


Thermal baths and wild hot springs

Each week we organise a visit to the open-air pool at Viterbo and the nearby wild springs, where you can bathe in sulphur-rich mud. Combining sulphur-water bathing with yoga practice is extremely healing to the whole body and mind.

The Terme Dei Papi Centre

Viterbo's hot sulphurous spring water has been used since Roman times to draw impurities out of the skin, to stimulate skin cells to secrete natural oils and to reduce blood pressure and rheumatism. The huge pool has sun-loungers, palm trees and a bar and the water has different depths and temperature zones.

 

The wild springs

We also visit the local wild hot springs, situated in open fields. Here you can bathe in the sulphur-rich organic mud used in rehabilitative treatments, beauty masks and wraps.

Both 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. 

A very enjoyable week spent in Casperia. Met some seriously inspiring people. I would recommend it to anyone, especially single people!
— Thomas, Athens, 2012


The all-day excursion to the thermal baths and wild hot sulphur springs costs €45 per-person (minimum 3 people) including the entrance fee to spa, visit to the springs, and transport.

Please remember to pack flip-flops and a towel, or towelling dressing gown, for this excursion.


Swim in our countryside pool and in wild streams

Our holidays include free use of a countryside swimming pool surrounded by olive groves and rolling hills. It is exclusive to our guests and is open from late May to the end of our season, subject to the weather.

Guests can walk to the pool, cycle or use our free shuttle service.

You may also use the swimming pool at the tennis club, for which a charge is made.

It is also possible to visit wild streams which run through mountains and valleys, where you can immerse yourself in the nature of the Sabina area.


Cycling

We highly recommend doing some cycling during your holiday in Sabina. We offer free use of bikes, modern and classic, including racers, explorers, mountain bikes and even a tandem! - It's a great way to see the location; it gives you time to take in the views and discover the countryside, breathe in the fresh air and taste the scents.

There is no hurry on a bicycle; you can just go at your own pace enjoying the views and feeling free to stop, say, at a beautiful field full of poppies, wild flowers and ancient olive trees in the springtime. Take a picnic, or maybe cycle your way to a hilltop village and have a wonderful traditional Italian lunch, eating delicious local organic ingredients such as fresh hand-picked tomatoes, freshly-picked basil, mozzarella and more.

It's a great way of meeting the local people too. Even in high summer when it tends to get hotter, you can cycle to wild streams and waterfalls and reward your effort by diving into in the fresh, cool, clean water of these beautiful natural sites.

We provide detailed maps of the area, as well as advice on interesting natural and historic sites to visit. There is a choice of routes, across quiet and low-traffic, hilly or mountain roads with spectacular scenery.

 


Walking

Highly recommended; the guided walk… a refreshing, tranquil forest trail.
— Maira, 2008

Every Sunday we have free guided walk. The Sabina mountains (1200 meters) surrounding Casperia, rich in flora and fauna, are rarely visited by walkers and offer astonishing trekking and scenery.

If you'd like to organise trips of your own, we can give you recommended walking routes and maps.

Climbing is very popular in the Sabina mountains too, but you'll need to bring your own equipment.


Cooking lessons

Lessons take place at the Terebinto cooking school close to the village - an agriturismo with its own home-grown organic produce. The location, in the beautiful Casperia countryside, has a grounding affect, connecting you to mother nature.

You'll experience cooking with the finest ingredients; freshly picked organic vegetables, herbs and fruits straight form the farm. The menu of mouthwatering Italian vegetarian cooking blends perfectly with the yoga and holistic treatments we offer at Sunflower Retreats. You'll come away feeling energised and with knowledge of delicious Italian organic cuisine as well as enjoying a dinner with wine and water after the lesson.

The cost is €75 per person and includes cooking class and dinner. Courses are for a minimum of 3 people.


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Watercolour Painting

Enjoy an art class with us and tap into your creative self in Italy.

Watercolour painting lessons are with Giovanna Somai - a local artist and interior decorator who speaks English. Casperia is rich in history and the beauty of nature, the Sabina area being an ideal setting to learn about water colour painting.

The classes are held outdoors, in Casperia's streets or the beautiful countryside surrounding the village.

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Olive picking

Join in with olive-picking in late October and November when you can pick olives with small organic producers and watch the milling process right through to getting your very own fresh extra virgin oil. No fancy labels; just the real, genuine product.

On request we can arrange evening apperitivi and olive oil tasting experiences with local producers in the Sabina countryside. Local organic extra virgin olive oil can be also bought all-year-round for about €8 - €10 per litre.

Italian classes

We offer grammar and conversational Italian classes with a fully bilingual mother-tongue Italian teacher.

Prices are from €15-per-student for 1-hour group lessons for two or more people, or €35/hour for private lessons.


Horse riding

Horse riding is available at several stables near Casperia with a selection of horses, rides and treks in the surrounding Sabina hills and countryside.

The riding is suitable for beginners and advanced riders and costs from €40.

Excursions

Trips with a private driver to historic sites such as Saint Francis' hermitage, Orvieto, Assisi and to thermal baths and other nature sites can be organised. Prices range from €6 to €100 per person, depending on the destination and the number of people travelling. Guests can also reach these towns by public transport: Bus and train times will given when you arrive.

Independent day trips to Rome

Our location makes it easy to travel to Rome and back by public transport for an exciting day at the shops and monuments... amonst them, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, St Peter's - the spiritual heart of Rome - and the Vatican Museums.

Wine tasting

If you'd like to sample local wine, we can arrange tastings , run by local winery Tenuta Santa Lucia, with appertivi from €25 per person for 3 or more people. We drink in moderation at these events, as you would expect.

You can also experience olive oil and wine tasting at the enoteca Osteria La Vigna in the village and olive oil tours are run by Johnny Madge. For more details, see www.johnnymadge.com.


Creative Writing

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Take some time during your retreat in beautiful, tranquil Casperia to get in touch with your inner writer. You know, that fiction writer/memoirist/poet who’s been lurking inside, just waiting for the right opportunity to emerge into the light of day! Through stimulating prompts and gentle workshop conversations, you will learn to express yourself in an ever more clear, specific, and evocative way.

Creative writing classes are available some weeks from June to August .

Sessions last two hours and cost €60 per person for a minimum of two people.


Bed & Breakfast at Casa Latini

Our  season of yoga retreats has finished now, but visitors can enjoy the ambience of Casperia, book one-to-one yoga lessons and holistic treatments and participate in many of the outdoor activities.
For more information, please visit  www.casalatini.com


Dates And Booking For Our 2018 Season in Italy

Please read our Terms & Conditions before you book then fill-out our our booking enquiry form and our office will get back to you with further information.

May 2018, Casperia, Italy

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Special Offer: 10% discount on each week this this month if you book before 28th December.

 

June 2018, Casperia, Italy

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Special Offer: 10% discount on each week this this month if you book before 28th December

 

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August 2018, Casperia, Italy


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After the close of our 2018 season, Casa Latini is open for Bed & Breakfast throughout autumn and winter to the start of our 2019 season. Casa Latini is also open in weeks when we don't have yoga holidays.