AWAKENING IN NATURE

Alignment Vinyasa Yoga & A Taste Into The Imaginary

 

 

LE MARCHE – ITALY

 

 May 31 – June 6, 2020

AWAKENING IN NATURE

Alignment Vinyasa Yoga & A Taste Into The Imaginary

 

 

 

 

LE MARCHE – ITALY 

 

  

 

May 31 – June 6, 2020

 

 

 

Join Raphael Melo for 7 days of Yoga in a charming villa set among rolling hills and lush fields in central Italy

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RETREAT INFORMATION

ABOUT THE RETREAT

The purpose of this retreat is to “awaken” – to awake from the mental patterns that trap us because of the way society, work, family, media and culture pressure and influence us – to better live and co-exist with others.
In this beautiful villa among rolling hills, you will have an opportunity to enjoy silence, breath fresh air and deepen your expedience in yoga and meditation in an integrative format, not to mention eat delicious vegetarian Italian meals.
Throughout the week, Raphael will lead daily yoga practices, meditation, pranayama, study of eastern and western philosophy and kirtan.
The Asana practice, rooted in alignment vinyasa, will be usually led in the mornings, while in the afternoons or (and) evenings, a slower paced breakdown of a hatha, yin or restorative class will be led. In addition to that, Thai massage classes will be also included in the program.
This retreat is suited to anyone with an open mind and interested in a rounded experience.
Students will have an opportunity to:
– disconnect from the chaos of daily commitments
– Reconnect with the essences of a conscious mindful lifestyle
– Refine their practice in a holistic way
– build friendships
– be still and appreciate silence
– enjoy nature
– listen to the heart, smile, and soften

 

The attendance is limited to 10 people.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

In addition to yoga practice, students will have the opportunity to get in touch with the life of the region. We will hike through lush landscapes, sample delicious cusine and visit charming villages. The hosts can help arranging optional excursions around Le Marche region.

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ABOUT RAPHAEL

Raphael Melo, originally from Brazil, grew up in a house of devotion learning concepts of the philosophy in his daily life since childhood, gently introduced by his mother Rosana Melo. At the age of 7 he started to attend kids yoga classes along with his brother, beginning to sprout the seed of practice into his heart. 

While undertaking his university degree in Social Communications back in 2006, he concurrently took his first Yoga Teacher Training with the well-known Brazilian teacher Anderson Allegro and since then began to teach.

In 2010, Raphael had the opportunity to move to Shanghai, where he continued to teach yoga for over four years at Y+ Yoga Center, one of the most respected yoga studios in China. He used that time to travel and teach more broadly across China, as well as Asia.

Raphael’s approach to teaching centers largely on the idea of “integration” and through this, he helps students finding balance in their lives and cultivate mindfulness. He blends proper Alignament and Vinyasa, predominantly integrating the traditions of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga, along with pranayama, meditation, kirtan and Indian philosopies – watered with sense of humor and love.

Over the years, Raphael has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to further his studies with some very well-respected teachers: Dharma Mittra, Doug Keller, Michael Stone and Carlos Pomeda among others. In 2013 he had a chance to meet the incomparable Richard Freeman, who has most significantly influenced his approach to yoga and ever since, has annually studied with him. Complimentary to yoga, Raphael also studies the teaching of the Buddha and Sanskrit. 

After leaving China and spending some time in NYC, Raphael currently travels and teaches internationally, leading classes, workshops, immersions, retreats and teacher trainings.

For more information of Raphael, please visit  www.raphael-melo.com/

ACCOMMODATION

The 450 sq.m villa features plentiful common areas and 4 expansive bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms including soaking tub and rain shower, air-conditioning, and their own private outdoor sitting areas.  The rooms have been designed around the ideas of comfort and relaxation, closeness to nature and rejuvenation and they all feature super comfortable mattresses, natural linens and a choice of pillows.

 

LOCATION

Our villa is located a short walk from the small charming village of Montottone, in the gorgeous region of Le Marche, in the center of Italy. The village, originally dating back to the 9th century, sits on the top of a hill and offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, including a myriad of other hill-top towns.

The Adriatic Sea is only a 20 minutes drive away and the Sibillini National Park, with its 2000mt+ peaks is less than one hour drive from our door.

HOW TO GET THERE

The closest airport is ANCONA (AOI), only 1 hour away, however, the international connections are limited.

Other airports with more international connections are:

ROMA (FCO) and BOLOGNA (BLQ), both around 3 hours drive away from the villa. 

If you don’t want to rent a car to reach us from the airport, we can give you suggestions on how to reach us with long distance buses or trains and we will arrange a free pick-up from the closest station.

If you want to visit other destinations in Italy, before or after the retreat, we are happy to give you our recommendations.

 

PRICES

EURO
FULL PRICE
1300
EARLY BIRD (April 1st)
1200

 

 

INCLUDES

Package includes:
  • Daily Yoga classes with Raphael Melo
  • Use of Manduka yoga props, including Pro Mats, blocks, bolsters, belts, and additional yoga mats for outdoor use.
  • Six nights accommodation in Private Villa (double room with private bathroom) Linens and towels included.
  • Private swimming pool for retreat guests
  • Fresh vegetarian meals (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners)
  • Unlimited water, herbal tea and fresh fruits throughout the day
  • One hands-on cooking class
  • Visit of local winery and wine tasting
  • Visit to a local pottery artisan
  • A pizza making night in our outdoor oven
  • Guided hikes in the hills surrounding our property
  • Visit to a lavender farm and natural cosmetic class
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Small group, limited to 10 people.

Package DOES NOT include:

  • International flights
  • International travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra drinks
  • 1 dinner
  • Anything not  listed in “Package Includes”

 

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING

 

Payment Terms:

EURO
FIRST DEPOSIT  (to secure your spot)
300
SECOND DEPOSIT*
500
BALANCE (cash on arrival)
500
*Early birds will benefit a reduction of 100 EUROS the second deposit. 
Cancellation policy
If you cancel before 01/04:  Non-refundable deposit only
If you cancel from 01/05 to 30/05: Non-refundable deposit + 500 EUR will be deducted

 

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

 

Write us to info@villarivo.com  or fill out the form below. We’ll get back to you soon.

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ACCOMMODATION

The 450 sq.m villa features plentiful common areas and 4 expansive bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms including soaking tub and rain shower, air-conditioning, and their own private outdoor sitting areas.  The rooms have been designed around the ideas of comfort and relaxation, closeness to nature and rejuvenation and they all feature super comfortable mattresses, natural linens and a choice of pillows.

 

LOCATION

Our villa is located a short walk from the small charming village of Montottone, in the gorgeous region of Le Marche, in the center of Italy. The village, originally dating back to the 9th century, sits on the top of a hill and offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, including a myriad of other hill-top towns.

The Adriatic Sea is only a 20 minutes drive away and the Sibillini National Park, with its 2000mt+ peaks is less than one hour drive from our door.

HOW TO GET THERE

The closest airport is ANCONA (AOI), only 1 hour away, however, the international connections are limited.

Other airports with more international connections are:

ROMA (FCO) and BOLOGNA (BLQ), both around 3 hours drive away from the villa. 

If you don’t want to rent a car to reach us from the airport, we can give you suggestions on how to reach us with long distance buses or trains and we will arrange a free pick-up from the closest station.

If you want to visit other destinations in Italy, before or after the retreat, we are happy to give you our recommendations.

 

PRICES

EURO
FULL PRICE
1300
EARLY BIRD (April 1st)
1200

 

 

INCLUDES

Package includes:
  • Daily Yoga classes with Raphael Melo
  • Use of Manduka yoga props, including Pro Mats, blocks, bolsters, belts, and additional yoga mats for outdoor use.
  • Six nights accommodation in Private Villa (double room with private bathroom) Linens and towels included.
  • Private swimming pool for retreat guests
  • Fresh vegetarian meals (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners)
  • Unlimited water, herbal tea and fresh fruits throughout the day
  • One hands-on cooking class
  • Visit of local winery and wine tasting
  • Visit to a local pottery artisan
  • A pizza making night in our outdoor oven
  • Guided hikes in the hills surrounding our property
  • Visit to a lavender farm and natural cosmetic class
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Small group, limited to 10 people.

Package DOES NOT include:

  • International flights
  • International travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra drinks
  • 1 dinner
  • Anything not  listed in “Package Includes”

 

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING

 

Payment Terms:

EURO
FIRST DEPOSIT  (to secure your spot)
300
SECOND DEPOSIT*
500
BALANCE (cash on arrival)
500
*Early birds will benefit a reduction of 100 EUROS the second deposit. 
Cancellation policy
If you cancel before 01/04:  Non-refundable deposit only
If you cancel from 01/05 to 30/05: Non-refundable deposit + 500 EUR will be deducted

 

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

 

Write us to info@villarivo.com  or fill out the form below. We’ll get back to you soon.

Contact me via

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