Villa delle Rose, Lombardy, Italy
Give yourself the opportunity to disconnect from the fast pace of modern life and experience a physical and spiritual transformation on the Jivamukti and Ayurveda Detox Retreat at Villa delle Rose this Summer. Located in Lombardy North Italy, sharing borders with Switzerland, the sweeping views of the surrounding landscape will bring guests into a trance of tranquillity. This retreat will incorporate the method of Jivamukti yoga, a system of Yoga designed to help individuals to connect deeply with their highest self and live liberated. Through this practice, you will develop strength and flexibility, steadiness of breath and mind, and release tension and stress with Yoga teachers Benjamin Beirs and Jennifer Schmidt.
Jivamukti Yoga’s history extends back to 1984, established as a physical, ethical and spiritual practice. Jivamukti Yoga, as its name suggests in Sanskrit, ‘jiva’ meaning living soul and ‘mukta’ meaning liberation, means living liberated. Though Jivamukti yoga offers a rigorous practice to increase strength, flexibility and confidence, it can also become a method to help improve relationships with other beings leading to a sense of interconnectedness, the realisation of the oneness of being and the discovery of contentment and spontaneous joy. Across the past decades, Jivamukti has gained a reputation for being a favourable style of yoga amongst celebrities, yet although known worldwide, Jivamukti is lesser known across Europe. Ben is happy to be sharing what he has learned through the method in Europe.
Jivamukti classes will be led by Benjamin, held each morning following a revitalising drink of lemon and ginger water to rehydrate and detox the body after a smooth night’s sleep. Guided by traditional Italian design, the garden will provide a serene space for daily sessions of yoga and activities. Measuring a total of 25,000sqm, no details go unnoticed in the splendid spread of land. Distinctively clean with manicured lawns and beech, magnolia, fir, pine and cypress trees standing upright in rigour to form partitions, this symbol of welcome gestures guests to feel at home.
Indulge in the afternoons spent with an Ayurveda specialist receiving an Ayurvedic treatment with locally sourced ingredients. A face and beauty treatment is also available and included as part of this programme if guests prefer to experience something different.
Get the legs and arms moving and capture the splendour of the great outdoors by enjoying a power-walk trek up the mountain at Capanna Mara or take a tour of an archaeological park, Piramidi di Montevecchia followed with guided mental beta meditation. Evenings will be dedicated to restorative Yin yoga and other calming practices taught by Ben and Jennifer to connect to the centre of being before retreating to rooms for a peaceful night of rest.
Feed the body with nutritious plant-based foods cooked by a qualified Health Coach, Maria Angela Ruberti. Eating healthy can also be delicious and effective for improving personal happiness. Each day, each meal will be prepared fresh in the kitchen with organic ingredients and nutritious culinary concepts aimed at targeting detoxification to purify the body, balance the body’s PH level and rid inflammations. The chef will also explain her choice of ingredients, why the choices of ingredients have been applied together and the benefits for the body. A low-calorie diet serving the same purpose is also an available option.
Let the healing powers of nature cleanse the mind and soothe the body on the 4-day long Jivamukti and Ayurveda Detox Retreat. Surrounded by green forestry, with the echoes of lashing water belonging to the lakes, you will be able to connect deeply with yourself and those around you. This retreat is designed exclusively by Balance Holidays, ideal for those looking to detach from the day-to-day life to gain inner-clarity and renewed zeal.
*In case of bad weather, Chakras cleaning themed workshop will be held indoors.
This retreat is run by Ben & Jennifer and Maria Angela Ruberti.
Being exposed to yoga at a young age through his father who owned a yoga studio in Philadelphia, Benjamin Beirs is now a qualified Yoga teacher living with his girlfriend in Berlin. He completed his 200-hour teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Centre in North Carolina, July 2014 and his 300-hour Jivamukti teacher training at the Omega Institute in May 2016. Benjamin has taught in various studios worldwide, bringing a candid, joyful yet clear approach to his teaching with special influences through his spiritual beliefs and musical studies background, to encourage other individuals to combine yoga, meditation and creativity into their daily lives for the benefit of one and all. For more about Ben, you can visit @Yogitarist on IG, FB and Twitter.
Born and raised in Berlin, Jennifer decided to leave the corporate world in 2012 to travel the world. On this trip, Jennifer discovered yoga in Paris 2015, which proved transformational for her as she felt an instant shift in her perspectives. She then decided to complete her 200-hour RYT at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre in February 2018 and has since been happily sharing and teaching yoga to help individuals discover balance and healing in their personal lives. She now lives in Berlin and teaches Yin and Restorative Yoga at Jivmukti Yoga in Berlin with her boyfriend, Benjamin where she also works as an Assistant Studio Manager. Follow Jennifer’s plant-based adventures on Instagram or Facebook: @the_vegan_traveller_
Maria Angela Ruberti is based in Salento and Mexico and is a qualified Health Coach, certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Her primary aim is to educate individuals on their journey of seeking greater physical and mental peace. She areas of specialty include holistic nutrition, healthy cooking and preventative health. Maria works personally with individuals to help them achieve a lifestyle changes that produce lasting results. On this retreat, Maria will be delivering nourishing meals to fuel the body with food to help individuals feel fitter, lighter and healthier.
Each room at Villa delle Rose carries a characteristic charm owed to its pastime, furnished with the comforts of modern day living. Glass windows surround the rooms to pull in maximum light, offering a warm ambience. In a nod to the beautiful gardens, the windows provide guests with an additional opportunity to admire the green landscapes while the generous sized beds will offer a restful night’s sleep.
One of our key philosophies at Balance Holidays is to bring likeminded individuals together. To no surprise, communal spaces are a point of great consideration when choosing the destination of each retreat. At Villa delle Rose, this villa emerges from the beautiful landscapes and is generous with space, consisting of four floors in total. Get to know one another in either of the two large living rooms located on the ground floor or in one of the dining rooms. Alternatively, the noble floor grants access to the terrace, leading to the garden through a set of double-panelled doors. The yoga room and massage room are also accessible through the ground floor.
Designed to let food become a source of redefined happiness by cleansing, nourishing and strengthening the mind and body, our Health Coach Maria Angela Ruberti will be preparing plates of delicious and healthy foods throughout the course of this retreat. Careful consideration will be placed into the choice of ingredients in combination with healthy cooking principles to activate the purification process, strengthen the immune system, enrich the gut flora, lower inflammation and increase energy in your body to benefit weight loss. Simple carbohydrates, sugars, gluten and dairy products will be cut out from Maria Angela’s meal plans. All ingredients will be locally sourced and organic. Please inform us of any dietary requirements or intolerances.
Settled into the hushed surrounds of the countryside, feel removed from the daily routine at home throughout your stay at Villa delle Rose. The villa adds appeal to the surrounding setting yet the elaborative garden with tall fragrant trees carries its own charm, providing an impressive background for daily outdoor activities. Each day, wake up to the whispers of nature rising from a night of rest in a room complete with the comforts of modern living. Each breath will be a satisfying welcome, creating the calm and space to allow yourself to just be. Abundance of calm in the absence of the extreme, take charge of your personal wellbeing on a retreat in Lombardy at Ville delle Rose.
Located North of Italy sharing borders with Switzerland, Villa delle Rose sits humbly in the Costa Masnaga fraction of Lombardy. Lake Como with all its famed beauty is only a short drive from the villa but those looking for the local social scene, Milan is only 40km away.
To access the villa, if local traffic conditions permit, Villa delle Rose is an approximately one-hour drive away from Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy. Taxis are available at the front of the airport to bring you directly to the property. Simply quote the below address as follows:
Villa delle Rose,
via Cadorna 24
We also recommend bringing some loose-fitting and comfortable workout clothes with you to be able to enjoy the most of each activity.
Our Detox Jivamukti and Ayurveda Retreat begins on 17th May 2019. An arrival and initiation ceremony will take place at 5 pm, therefore, we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport/train station to the estate. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check-in from 2 pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, this programme includes activities scheduled until 4 pm however an earlier departure is also possible to suit your personal agenda. Please contact us if you have any enquiries regarding check-in and check-out.
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