Join us in the beautiful and historic region of Abruzzo, in Central Italy for an incredible 4-day retreat. A perfect way to combine a holiday in a location surrounded by nature whilst reconnecting with your mind and body through the practice of Pilates.
The combination of mindful practice, good food, breathtaking surroundings & stimulating excursions will leave you feeling rejuvenated & prove the perfect summer break.
Abruzzo is located in central Italy and stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, on a mostly mountainous and wild terrain. With well-equipped skiing resorts, high and steep peaks of the Gran Sasso and Mount Majella, and golden sandy beaches on the coast, Abruzzo attracts tourists all year round. The small villages, monasteries and castles in the interland make it a very charming region, which also holds the title of ‘greenest region of Italy’ with natural reserves like the National Park of Abruzzo and the Park of Gran Sasso.
Our retreat base will be just out of the small village of Tocco da Casauria in Central Italy. It is approximately a 35 min drive from Pescara Airport.
The Farmhouse – Madonna degli Angeli
Our base for the 4 days will be a family-run farmhouse steeped in history and tradition. Once a coach inn in the 17th century, it was transformed over the years to a farmhouse with iconic silos. Surrounded by lush greenery, pine and backed by the Majella mountains, the farm consists of:
- Six independent apartments with their own kitchen, bathroom and some with their own garden/terrace
- Two of the apartments have a double and a twin room, sharing a kitchen and bathroom
- The other four have a double room with their own kitchen and bathroom
- A communal swimming pool
What to expect
The retreat will begin on Thursday, 6 June 2019 with a welcome drink and snacks on your arrival, followed by our first session in the early evening, to help stretch out after the flight. It will come to a close on Monday, 10 June 2019 after our morning exercise and breakfast. On the way back to the airport we will stop at a local seaside restaurant for lunch.
What is included?
- 2 Pilates classes per day, morning and early evening
- Breakfast every day
- 2 Lunches (out of 5)
- 3 Dinners (out of 4)
- Airport transfers to and from Pescara Airport at designated times***
- Transport to and from the excursions (2 days)
What is not included?
- Flights and Insurance
- Transport to and from UK airports
- Lunch on the 2 excursion days + one dinner at a local restaurant (optional)
- Lunch at the seaside restaurant on the last day before the return flight (set price €40)
- Nature trail excursion (€23)
- Private Pilates session (optional)
Melanie Christou Pilates is proud to collaborate with Pilates and Rehab in this joint venture.
Pilates and Rehab is a company run by life and business partners Mike and Mara with their Pilates studio based in Greenwich, London. Mike holds a BSc in Sports Science and an MSc in Sports Therapy, whilst Mara holds a BA in Dance Theatre. They met whilst undergoing their Pilates equipment training and decided to combine their knowledge of Pilates and injury rehabilitation to be able to work with people of all functional abilities. They have a similar approach to teaching where technique and precision are given the utmost importance and see Pilates as a skill to improve efficiency of daily movement.
We do encourage healthy eating, however we don’t want to limit you and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of the famous Italian delicacies. After all, it is your retreat. Special dietary needs can be catered for, upon request, so do let us know if you have any gluten, lactose, or other food intolerance and/or allergies.
A delicious healthy breakfast buffet of local produce will be prepared by the team each day.
Upon landing we will be heading to a local bar for our first meal in the form of the famous Italian aperitivo (beverage accompanied by varying nibbles). Two lunches will be in restaurants, or trattorie, near our excursion locations. On our relaxation day, lunch will be prepared on site, by the team. On departure day, on our way to the airport, we will be stopping for lunch at a trabocco – a wonderfully peculiar type of restaurant, very typical of the region – the hint is: uninterrupted views of the sea.
3 in-house dinners which will be prepared by a local nonna ensuring you’re tasting delicious local food every day. 1 dinner in a local restaurant.
Excursions and Extra Activities
This retreat is yours to do with as you wish. Think of it as a holiday with extra Pilates practice.
You may wish to join us on our 2 excursion days to discover places of historic interest and explore the nearby area. Alternatively, some may find that the area around the farmhouse is perfect for walking or jogging. Or for some, it may be a time to simply recharge the batteries, to laze in the sun, take a dip in the pool, read or sleep…It’s your time to do with as you please.
Visit and tour of a local winery with refreshments and wine tasting at the end, followed by lunch at a nearby trattoria.
A guided walk in the Majella National Park along a nature trail passing by historic locations surrounded by breath-taking views. We will pass a 9th century abbey linked to Charlemagne, the Sant Onofrio al Marrone hermitage and finally the stunning rock-cut tombs of San Liberatore, will finish crossing a beautiful beech-tree woods. The guided walk is 7km and will take 4-5 hours with a stop at a local trattoria for lunch.
*All activities are optional and it will be up to you how much or little you decide to do on the retreat. Please let us know which excursions you would like to participate in at least 2 months prior to the retreat as we need to confirm numbers.
The nearest airport to our retreat base is Pescara and Ryanair offer cheap, direct flights from London Stansted to Pescara. Flight times are between 2.20 to 2.40 hours. We recommend that you choose the following flight options:
- Thursday, 6 June from London Stansted 7:05 arriving Pescara 10:40am
- Monday, 10 June from Pescara 17:30 arriving at London Stansted 19:05
Flights are NOT included in the overall price.
*** Airport transfers will be arranged based on the above flight times.
Prices Per Person
|Description||Option A: Pay in full||Option B: Pay in 3 instalments|
|Single occupancy in a small apartment with a double bed (i.e. you’ll have the apartment to yourself).||£875||£930|
|Your own room (single occupancy) in a 2-bedroom apartment. 1 shared bathroom between the 2 rooms.||£725||£780 **SOLD OUT!**|
|Room share (double) in a 1-bedroom apartment (suitable for a couple, or two friends sharing a double bed who want their own apartment).||£675||£730|
|Room share (twin/double) in a 2-bedroom apartment (i.e. you’ll be sharing a room and sleeping in separate single beds, or sharing a double bed with a friend or partner). 1 shared bathroom between the 2 rooms.||£575||£630 **SOLD OUT**|
Please note that between the apartments there is a mixture of twin and double rooms, depending on demand. Apart from couples and friends who will share a room, individuals will be allocated a room-mate randomly.
All accommodation will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.
Bookings and Timelines
Please note that numbers are strictly limited and rooms will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment!
All bookings must be secured with a £150 non-refundable deposit.
For Option A the full balance payment is due by the 15th March 2019.
For Option B the balance payment will be split in three monthly instalments with the first payment coming out on 3 December, or 3 January.
Cancellations and Refunds
Please note that the deposit of £150 will not be refunded at any time and is not included in the cancellation refund.
In cases where the full balance has been paid, cancellations made will be entitled to the following refunds on the following dates before the retreat:
- before the 15th March: full refund
- from the 16th March until the 4th April : 50% refund
- from the 5th April until the 25th April : 25% refund
- after and including the 26th April : No refund
Please note that the cancellation policy will be strictly upheld regardless of the reason for cancellation.
Contacts and Bookings
If you would like to talk to us directly, please call us on:
07857151434 – Mike
07552472776 – Mara
07419849428 – Melanie
We hope you can join us in this very special experience!
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