Villa delle Rose, Lombardy, Italy
This summer, discover and explore new possibilities on the 5-day immersive Jivamukti and Ayurveda Retreat at Villa delle Rose. Give yourself this opportunity to disconnect from the speed and stress of daily life and join us in the lush scenery of Lombardy, North Italy, nurtured by our expert teachers, Benjamin Beirs, Jennifer Schmidt and certified Health Coach, Maria Angela Ruberti. This retreat will incorporate the method of Jivamukti yoga, a system of Yoga designed to help individuals realize their highest selves through compassion for all beings.
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, is liberation of living. 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 yoga will be led by Benjamin, taking place every morning in the wistfully beautiful gardens of the villa, after a refreshing drink of hot lemon and ginger water to hydrate and purify the body. This villa carries a history dating back to the 19th Century, enriched with a warm and homely intimacy, gracing guests in a welcoming embrace. Consisting of four floors, Villa delle Rose stands at the foothills of the pre-alps that lends a scenic backdrop for daily activities, yoga and meditation.
Let your shoulders drop and your mind relax with an Ayurvedic treatment in the afternoon spent with an Ayurvedic specialist. The specialist will choose the appropriate treatment after a thorough analysis of your body map but all treatments are designed to detox and slim the body. All Ayurvedic treatments will use a specially produced blend of products made from locally sourced ingredients. Satisfy your desire for rest and relaxation by letting the natural aromas awaken your senses. Clear your mind as the specialist navigates across your body, releasing tensions and eliminating physical or spiritual aches and pains. Face and beauty treatments and massage are also available and included as part of this programme.
Also part of this exclusive programme designed by Balance Holidays is a Partner yoga workshop, which will be led by both Benjamin and Jennifer. Partner Yoga is a great way to experience connection and support in one’s Yoga practice. For the active bodies looking to get the legs and arms moving, go on a power-walk trek up the mountain at Capanna Mara or take a tour of a local archaeological park, Piramidi di Montevecchia. Restorative yin yoga and other calming practices led by Jennifer and Ben will follow in the evenings before retreating for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Reenergise the body and feed the soul 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 meal will be prepared using organic ingredients, implementing healthy cooking concepts. These concepts aim to detoxify the body with foods that will help balance the body’s PH to 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. An additional calorie-restrictive menu is also available and will serve the same purposes.
Disconnect to reconnect and feel lighter, more confident, and more calm on the 5-day Immersive Jivamukti and Ayurveda Retreat at Villa delle Rose. Release stress and tension, rejuvenate your body, and soothe the mind with invigorating yoga practices and activities in the tranquil outdoors of North Italy.
*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 vegan 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 stress 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 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.
An arrival and initiation ceremony will take place at 5pm 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 2pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, this programme includes activities scheduled until 4pm 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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