Yoga holiday in Italy

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Yoga holiday in Italy

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We are a 'low profit eco tourism organisation', a large part of the profits on each booking go towards the rental of rooms of the village houses and accommodation options we use which include our treatment rooms and breakfast lounge, this is part of our eco tourism policy as our guests live within the village of Casperia ( not in a privately owned retreat ) and we work along side and employ local people therefore contributing to the local businesses and economy of the medieval hilltop village of Casperia and the Sabina area of Italy as a whole.Local businesses benefit from our visitors from local craft shops to local farmers as our visitors live alongside local people in the village and buy from the local community. We use many local houses for our accommodations renting from locals, employ local people and work with the villagers in order to enhance the local economy and integrate the concept of eco-tourism into the culture of Sabina. From our profits we also support festivals and local functions yearly.
We aim to continue to promote eco tourism and protection of nature. To promote eco tourism and traditional organic methods of farming we work along side anti bird hunting organizations in protecting the Sabina mountains fauna and Flora and in the rest of Italy and worldwide as a whole.
We work alongside local people as our groups are small and have a theme of relaxation and eco tourism and promote recycling within the village and energy saving concepts.

Community

We continue to bring work and economy balance to the village of casperia by bringing our international guests to our centre who in return live along side the local people and blend into the village community and village life .We sustain the concept of eco tourism and responsible tourism and do not dominate the village but rather blend into the beauty and harmony of the location. We continue to grow and change so to continue to make this possible.

7 Reviews of Yoga holiday in Italy

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Reviewed on 02 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Yoga outside on the terrace and use of the beautiful private pool

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


When going on the guided walk walking boots or trainers and long trousers are needes.
the pool wasn't always available.
Balcony on casa latini is incredible.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Probably brought business to local bars, restaurants etc

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very relaxing break

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I enjoyed all the week. We loved meeting all the people on our course and the parallel one. It was great having a breakfast waiting for us but the coffee was awful. Alan needs to sort that out. We loved our accommodation and the people we shared with. The village was fascinating and the fact that there was no traffic made it very special and quiet.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Think about the time you will get into Poggio Mirteto if you go by train. You can get a bus up to the middle of the village.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We tried to ensure that it did by using the local shops, bars and cafes. We arrived by train and used our feet or bikes during the holiday.

We left by taxi which we shared with two other people. We continued our holiday for another 9 days and used trains to get everywhere.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great. As I am a complimentary therapist I didn't use any of the extra therapies but everyone enjoyed them.

Read the operator's response here:

As we had such a large group the week you attended the holiday, we used a new large filtered coffee machine as there were over 20 people , however we did have other coffee options, fresh filtered coffee in glass cafeteria, espresso ( mocha ) and latte machatto ( ground coffee with milk or without ) we apologise if you were not informed of this by the staff at breakfast.

All staff now offer alternative coffee options for when the large coffee machine is used for those people preferring a more refined Italian coffee experience :)

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Casperia is very beautiful and so are the people. I can't say one thing in particular was exciting. I just find Casperia enchanting. The staff were more like friends. They were very lovely happy to help people. X

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The only tip I would give is to be aware that you will be totally relaxed and serene x

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes I felt very much back to nature as Casperia had no roads, vehicles, tv's which made you walk and appreciate the loveliness of Casperia x

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic.

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


1. the setting, the village, the landscapes - picture post-card Italy, it exists
2. the people. The hosts, the helpers and the wonderful characters that my retreat brought together in our group.
3. the yoga. Beautiful. Light, unpretentious, and in a way deeply inspiring.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1. pack light - though the boys offer to carry your luggage through the little streets and up all the stairs, I like to know that I would be able to handle it myself.

2. go with it - the way Sunflower Retreats are set up is that they give you the base, the accessories and all necessary assistance for your holiday, but they leave you to make it your own. You will live the local life, shop in the local shops
and order your own meals in the restaurants... in Italian ;-) It isn't always clear what is going on, but this is exactly what makes it unique.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


YES. All the optional excursions and activities were organized with local businesses, families and farmers, and we were recommended restaurants in the village and neighboring communities.

I did not see any particular grand efforts on environment-impact reductions, and I did not notice any unnecessary environment-harming extravagances, either. On reducing environmental impact I guess we all need ask ourselves how many changes of sheets and towels we need, how long our shower needs to be and how much energy and waste we consume.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Soothing, uplifting and long-lasting, I am still feeding from the energy - three weeks later!
My retreat was one of the nicest gifts I gave myself lately. Thank you.

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We really enjoyed the cookery class by Paolo in Gusto al Borgo. We ate what we cooked and it was fab! There was home made wine and lemoncello to go with it. Views fab in Casperia.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel light lots of steps and bring light cotton/linen clothes. It was really hot when we were there early July. Got some bites so worth trying their natural anti-mosquito repellant. Try the local organic icecream its delic!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we went to local restaurants and had local organic food for breakfast.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The weather was so hot felt sheets on bed should have being changed mid-week.
Also we didnt get ensuite which we booked and had to share bathroom so they should be more careful with bookings.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Mary and Tony for the review, we appreciate all feedback from guests visiting our centre. We also hope that Mary and Tony enjoyed the Yoga classes daily and the other activities and treatments available on the holiday.

On their arrival Mary and Tony were given a twin ensuite in our village house accommodation option which they originally booked, however on arrival they said that they wanted a double bed, so they were shown a room with a double bed which shared a bathroom with another room. Mary and Tony were also told immediately from our PR manager that we had another room available that was a double bedroom with a private ensuite bathroom which is what they requested and this room would be available for them to view asap if they wanted to see it. However Mary and Tony decided they wanted to stay in the double room with shared bathroom, they were also therefore refunded some monies as they decided to stay in the double / shared bathroom which is a cheaper room option in the village house.

Concerning cleaning and linen change, there are 2 morning cleans per week on Saturday and Monday where our cleaners enter rooms and bring clean towels and clean where necessary. Concerning a full daily cleaning service including change of sheets & towels, or mid week full clean or change of sheets, this service is most certainly available daily or upon request as stated on our website, this information is also stated on our program of the week which is given to all guests on arrival.

The cost of this service is 15 euro per linen change and clean, we have spoken to our staff working the week Mary and Tony attended the yoga holiday and they do not remember being asked for this for this service at any point while Mary and Tony were on the holiday, and if we had of been asked for a change of sheets we would have organised this right away as the comfort of our guests is of up-most importance.

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I loved every part of it!! From the breathtakingly beautiful scenery to the feeling that you were living simply among an Italian community who acknowledged your presence but did not change themselves because you were there. All in all a non-touristy and fabulous setting to do daily yoga classes that made me challenge and improve my existing yoga practice. The classes were tailored for all abilities and what a joy it is to do them outside in a beautiful sheltered setting!! I have named this holiday a down to earth yoga holiday which is exactly what I wanted!!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you are after late nights, parties and alcohol this is not the holiday for you! Although I drank plenty of Proscecco and met some amazing and interesting people. Yoga starts at 8am daily so a little bit of making myself go to bed was in order!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, the houses are slotted into everyday Italian living. Locals are employed to serve and make breakfast. There are trips to local restaurants. A local Italian couple cooked us all a gastronomic many courses meal. Yoga happened out of the way down in a beautiful garden.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fabulous!

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The lovely people it attracted - both those who work there and the other guests

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


There are mosquitos but the local spray 'Off' does work

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. The operator were great at offering ideas and tours to local businesses and locations

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an amazing holiday. The location is beautiful set in the Sabine hills, the locals are friendly and welcoming, the yoga was as good as promised and it attracts wonderful people.

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