Island of Ponza | Yoga + Creative Writing - La Vita in Equilibrio

Island of Ponza | Yoga + Creative Writing

When

8 - 15 June 2019

Where

The Island of Ponza | Lazio

Hosts

Lisa Dunn

Price

From €1995.00

" Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others - unfold your own myth " Rumi

Have you ever wondered if there is a still a pocket of Italy as yet undiscovered by travellers? A pocket, moreover, that encloses dramatic mountain scenery and golden beaches? A protected place that has kept the coast pristine and the hills a reserve for rare plants and birds? And all an easy two hour train and boat ride from Rome? Well wonder no more —- next June, La Vita in Equilibrio takes us to a place where legends are made!

More about this escape

Mythology meets nature on the mythical island of Ponza. Famed for its role in Homer’s Greek epic – The Odyssey, this jagged gem is where Ulysses and his men, returning from Troy, are lured by the enchanting sorceress Circe to her palace for a year-long stay of luxury and leisure. Circe continues to cast her intoxicating spell drawing us to her opulent shores for an indulgent week of yoga and personal discovery.

In the verdant heart of the Ponte Islands we find the pretty pastel coloured waterfront town of Ponza. Up a winding road we find our picturesque Boutique Hotel where we nestle in for our relaxing week. Here we breath in the fresh sea air and soak up the sunshine while gazing over the volcanic sister islands. Nestled in a mountainous embrace, few hotels can better this magical setting —- the meditative sound of the sea lapping up the rocks below.

The focus of this all-inclusive Escape is creative revival and reconnecting back to nature. As we delve into the ancient stories of our setting, gently wading through our own personal myths, we discover the potent metaphors that can reshape our lives. Expect a celestial awakening, as we create a constellation of wellbeing to welcome the new experiences and revelations that come forth.

A floral outpouring — a poetry of bougainvillea, hibiscus and oleander create the idyllic setting for our mornings. We greet each day surrounded by the beauty of our hotel’s terraces and begin with a guided meditation. An energising and intelligently sequenced yoga class follows. You’ll be taken on your own odyssey as we explore The Myths of the Asanas – the yoga poses. As you move through the practice, these philosophical stories will inspire a shift in your creative source and personal well-being. After your morning yoga a grounding and delicious breakfast awaits on the terrace; followed by a moment of repose to ready yourself for the day’s events.

As well as being a beautiful place to exercise the body, Ponza also offers a myth-rich environment to inspire the imagination. In four two hour writing workshops we will explore the nature of the mythic imagination and the way it shapes our lives; we will explore the myths and legends of Aiaia (the ancient name of the island) as told by Homer in the Odyssey and Ovid in the Metamorphoses, and as reworked for our time byLindsay Clarke in The Return from Troy; and we will use features of these stories to prompt new creative writing which will relate images drawn from the past to aspects of our own lived experience in ways which enlarge our understanding of both. The work you take home will provide both a vivid record of the retreat and a lively stimulus to further active imagination as you pursue the wider adventure of your life.

On one special day we take a guided hike along the enchanting paths through this safeguarded parkland. We find sanctuary as we meander through the gorgeous tangle of holm oak and pine to learn about the rare plants and birds that inhabit here. If we’re lucky to reach the peak of the island on a clear day we can catch the sun glinting off Rome’s St. Peter in one direction and follow the curve of the Bay of Naples in the other. Here we rest up and bring to life the myths and flavours of the region over a delicious Italian picnic.

Our sojourn with nature continues on the magical Isle of Palmarola, named for its miniature palm trees that cover its craggy land. The famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau describes this secret uninhabited isle as being one of the most heavenly places in the world. Rounding past grottoes and its cathedral tall rocky stacks we dive into its healing crystal clear waters, mineral rich with marine life. We soak up the sun lounging on its pink coral shores and sample the freshest fish and vegetables at it’s only restaurant.

This island region of Lazio is known for its exquisitely simple yet flavorful cuisine. On a curated culinary tour, you discover the region’s rare grape varietals, once sought after by the denizens of ancient Rome and feast on local gastronomic delights. Your palate will rejoice in the glory of seasonal fare. From dining al fresco in Ponza’s famed trattorie to taking lunch on the terraces of restaurants hidden in its many coves only reachable by boat. The delectable taste of each experience will leave you in awe.

Between all this discovery there is still time to relax and enjoy the beauty of our setting – either sunbathing on quiet private beaches or lounging on our hotel’s blossom shaded terraces.

Our Escape culminates watching the setting sun on our last evening together. As we sip on aperitivi we reminisce on our shared experiences and invoke the spirit of the stars as they continue to storytell their way into our hearts. The next morning, we have 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 rejuvenation, self-discovery and transformation.

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ESCAPE HIGHLIGHTS

For Who?

This escape is open to singles & couples of all levels of yoga and from all walks of life that are interested in the mind-opening experiences that yoga, meditation and travel can inspire. A love of Italy and its food and culture will make it all the more divine! While our focus is on the wonder of a vegetarian diet — being on an island with a source of sustainable fish — this too is an option for you.

How Much?

• All prices are given in EURO
• €1995 for a Shared Room
• €2495 for a Private Room
• Can be paid in two payments using the code PONZAJUNE2019
• 30% Deposit to secure your place
• The balance to be paid 42 days before the start of your Yoga Escape

What's Included?

• Welcome aperitivo upon arrival
• Daily meditation and yoga instruction
• 4 2-hour creative writing sessions and one-to-one session with author Lindsay Clarke
• All meals during your stay with us
• Your accommodation
• Group transportation to and from airport and boat transfer from the mainland to Ponza
• All sightseeing and activities – including transportation

What's Not Included?

• Airline tickets
• Travel Insurance (which we highly advise)
• Room Service & minibar
• Any additional spa treatments & shopping
• Meals and activities when you’re not with the group

Travel Details

Arrival: Guests will be greeted upon arrival at the hotel for check-in commencing at 3pm.
Departure: Group airport transfer from 11am on the final day.
Transfers: You can fly to any of Rome’s two airports (Fiumicino or Ciampino) and we will have a group transfer organized to bring you to the boat port where you will be met by Lisa.

Suggested Packing

Alongside your usual luggage, you may wish to bring:
• Bathing suit (spa day)
• Yoga clothes
• Personal yoga props if preferred (mat, blocks, straps, blanket)
• Smart phone with camera and/or digital camera
• Plug adaptors / converters

Cancellation Policy:

Due to the bespoke nature of our Escapes, we offer no cancellations or refunds unless a replacement is found. We strongly encourage you to have travel insurance to cover the retreat in the event of strikes, natural disasters, health problems, and other unforeseen events.

What Happens Next:

Click the button above and pay with credit card, or PayPal. Once we receive your deposit, you’ll get a welcome email with details within 24 hours. As we get closer to the workshop, you’ll also get:
• A Italy-inspired reading and movie list to get you into the spirit of this beautiful region before your arrival.
• A suggested packing list to take the stress out of deciding what to bring. Besides, who doesn’t love creating a capsule travel collection!
• A full itinerary of our time together so you can plan any extra time or activities around the Escape.

Island of Ponza | Yoga + Creative Writing

8 - 15 June 2019 - with Lisa Dunn

Price

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Double Room
€1995.00 pp
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Private Room
€2495.00
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Shared Room
€1995.00

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CANCELLATION POLICY

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.

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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.

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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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