Milan | Yoga + Design - La Vita in Equilibrio

Milan | Yoga + Design

" I think I deserve something beautiful. " Elizabeth Gilbert

Have you ever dreamed of following in the footsteps of Venus, traipsing nonchalantly over cobblestone streets and practicing the effortless stylish art of sprezzatura, while sipping a creamy cappuccino, sharing secrets with friends —- all this just after your Yoga class?

In October 2019, La Vita in Equilibrio takes us to the Italian capital of chic: Milan! Join us for this all-inclusive week of yoga + design, as we explore the runways and alleyways of this clandestine city. Known for its sunglasses, stilettos and of course aperitivo, Milan is a city behind closed doors. Here we find a labyrinth of secret passageways, verdant courtyards, and a network of lacy rooftop catwalks that form a filigree of vaulting views. The ‘Hidden Milan’ is a timeless goddess, suspended between the old and the new; a true fashion and design metropolis — where intentional beauty and extravagance sit alongside the sleek and the subtle.

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Experience the out-of-time atmosphere at our home for the week — The Yard. This prestigious travel inspired boutique hotel is appointed with salvaged finds the owner has collected, recounting arrivals and departures, each detail representing a treasured story. Luxuriate in the dapper lounge or indulge in the finest cocktails served in their aptly named bar: The Secret Society. Located alongside the canals in the trendy Navigli district — the ‘Left-Bank’ of Milan, this art and fashion enclave is brimming with activity and is host to lively locals, up and coming designers as well as some of the most innovative cuisine Milan has to offer.

We greet each morning immersed in the elegance of Milan’s soothing yoga studio City Zen, where we start with a guided meditation and a creatively sequenced yoga class. As we awaken the body’s energy centres you will feel restored, gently releasing any tensions we find along the way. Following this, a brief sojourn at our hotel will give us a moment of repose so we can ready ourselves for the day ahead. In Milan, breakfast is more than sustenance, it is an experience in taste and style. Cornetti and pasticcini await us at Milan’s famed pastry shops, such as Pasticceria Marchesi in the fashion district, where we will be surrounded by the vintage allure of coffered ceilings and liberty-style chandeliers. We also take our breakfast style downtown at Pave where their motto of ‘sex, love and panettone’ is the perfect way to fuel up for the day!

On this Escape, our focus is on personal expression! Our aim is to awaken curiosities as we pull back the curtain on the storied neighborhoods that make this city unique. With our personal shopper on hand, we scope out the future of fashion in the Tortona district, experiment with street style in Ticinese, find our bohemian spirit in the boutiques of Brera, and meet our most glamorous selves in the legendary Fashion District — the Quadrilatero. Prepare to be enchanted by vintage emporiums and concept stores like 10 Corso Como that fashionistas adore. Each step of the way, we reflect on the essence of Italian fashion, incorporating those elements that are both timeless as well as transitional to help build the perfect capsule collection for Autumn/Winter. We devote one afternoon to a stroll through the mythical gardens of Parco Sempione where we meet with fabled mermaids, and age-old sycamore trees. During this walking-workshop we explore the significance of your astrological chart, how your personal style is expressed through your ascendant and the wardrobe essentials for the season.

Of course no shopping meditation would be complete without a visit to the private world of the Atelier. Here we perceive the genuine meaning of ‘Made in Italy’ — starting from the sketches, through the raw materials and fabrics selected, to the pattern making and finally the garment production. You will admire archive items, learn how fashion has changed over the years and how sartorial creations remain true pieces of art despite the passing of time.

At La Vita in Equilibrio, we believe in slowing down and making time for the kind of magic that melts in your mouth. We have curated a culinary tour that takes us from the trendy to the trattoria. We’ll be dining in refurbished railway stations, hip new eateries in the Isola quartiere and at other legendary dining salons that elevated Milan’s iconic dishes to cult status. A city steeped in tradition, Milanese cuisine pursues innovation with elegance and precision. One evening, at flower bistro Potafiori we dine with a local jazz singer turned tastemaker who merged her passion for flowers and cooking into a whimsical, multi-sensory experience. And on another at Bar Basso, we discover the haute couture of cocktails as we learn how the ubiquitous Negroni Zbagliato found its place at the heart of the aperitivo revolution.

The rest of our days are an inspiring mélange of personal styling, elegant luxury, and street side charm. From sophisticated art nouveau decor at Poldi Pezzoli to the Renaissance Fashion Museum at Palazzo Morando to the underground treasures of the abandoned public baths at Albergo Diurno Venezia, we explore the connection between various beauty narratives and the meaning they hold for us. We also make time for some old-fashioned pampering! Inside the ancient roman walls of QC Terme we retreat into a private oasis where you may select from a number of irresistible spa treatments Following this, we visit the grand dame of Milan’s fashion scene — The Prada Fondazione, for a private tour of this iconic and innovative institution.

Our Escape culminates with a fun evening on the glittering canals of the Navigli neighborhood as we draw from our experiences and linger over a delicious meal and the lasting memories of our ‘Hidden Milan’. The next morning, we complete our time together with a light yoga practice followed by breakfast before we transfer you back to your life with a restored mind and body, a deep sense of friendship, self-discovery and transformation.

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Please note that because La Vita in Equilibrio Yoga Escapes and Retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike to work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.

Hold deposit is non-refundable.

Hold deposit (minus $200 Euros service fee) is transferable to another attendee.

Full balance due 42 days before start date of retreat.

No Cancellation requests other than transferring to another participate found by the original participant.

No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance (see below) and that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the escape/retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early.

We recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. We encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you or your family have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the escape/retreat. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation.

We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats will be refunded.

Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date. LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.


LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats and all persons involved in retreats (herein after referred to as “AGENTS”) act only in capacity as AGENTS for the participant in all matters connected with travel, sightseeing journeys and transportation, and as AGENTS hold themselves free of responsibility for any damage occasioned by any cause.

AGENTS will not be responsible for any damages or expenses or inconveniences caused by late departures or change of schedule, strikes or to their conditions, nor will be responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any of the participant’s belongings.

All prices quoted are correct at time of printing, include the cost of operation of the journeys, and are subject to currency changes. AGENTS shall not be responsible for personal injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage, irregularity or property damage as a result of force majeure or for any other losses or damages incurred by any person or journey participants caused by any delay or change of itinerary or arising out of any act, including, but not limited to, any act of negligence, any person acting for or on behalf of AGENTS for transportation, accommodation or sightseeing provider or any other person or entity rendering any of these services or accommodations being offered in connection with this journey.

This agreement supersedes all previous oral or written communications, representations, or agreements between the parties. Participants assume the risk involved when participating in yoga, foreign travel, and any and all activities and/or pursuits voluntarily undertaken while participating in the retreat.

Participants agree that any and all disputes between Participants and LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats shall be governed by UK law.

Participants agree to mediate any and all disputes prior to the institution of any litigation. In the event of any litigation between the Parties to this agreement involving their respective rights or obligations, such litigation shall take place in the United Kingdom and the prevailing party shall be entitled to recovery of reasonable solicitors fees and court costs of litigation.

In regard to the stay during the yoga escape/retreat, AGENTS will provide safe, careful instruction and safe premises, but ask that each participant to take personal responsibility for their own self-care and (in the unlikely case) for any injuries incurred during retreat.

Modifications are given to students with specific needs. If participants are unsure of their physical ability due to previous injuries, they should seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner beforehand.

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