1 Week Epic Adventures Travel Photography & Yoga Retreat, Italy

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Overview

An epic adventure to Puglia, Italy. An opportunity to fill your creative cup. Daily photography lessons. Surrender in savasana under the olive trees. Sip wine from the vineyard next door. Lose yourself in old world charm. Culinary lessons from a spicy Italian. Fresh pastries. Gelato. The sea breeze on your skin. New friendships.

Copal Retreat is calling you.

Program Description

Copal retreat offers you Daily yoga practices along with the storytelling and travel photography workshop by Monique Pantel. Every day delicious healthy meals will be served. Food lovers can Experience hands-on Italian cooking class, if you want to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Italy then in your free time you can Visit to the nearest  old town Alberobello and Poligiamo.

Our Teachers

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DANI MANZUR

Core Subject: Yoga
Dani Manzur discovered yoga in 2002 and was instantly delighted to be able to combine concentration, physical effort and inner peace. From that moment Dani hasn’t stopped practicing and studying yoga and other techniques.she has explored and studied different types of yoga such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Anusara, Sivananda, Power Vinyasa. She has found and connected with the uniqueness of each of them. This has enabled her to transmit and guide people through different paths.
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MONIQUE PANTEL

Core Subject: Photography
Monique Pantel has dedicated her career to documenting heart felt weddings and teaching photography workshops. Following the path of her photographer father, she lends much of her extra time to her Heart Projects, involving visual storytelling for charities and NGOs worldwide. Pantel’s clients include lululemon, Mantra Magazine, Ariztia, Kit & Ace, Wanderlust Festival, Coqui Coqui Residences, Prairie Love Festival and more.

Location

Travel to the stunning Mediterranean coastline of Puglia, Italy. This special part of Italy has beautiful, unique architecture like the “Trullo”: a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. Their style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italy region of Apulia.

Summary

Types: Yoga Retreat Date: From 14-July-2019 To 20-July-2019 Duration: 1 Week Area: Puglia, Italy Food: Vegetarian Surrounding Area: Close To Nature

Curriculum

SUNDAY, JULY 14

  • Welcome Drink and Aperitivo 
  • Transfer from the Airport (if you arrive early or leave late $70-80 Euros on request). Otherwise we have a scheduled shuttle the day the retreat starts after 2:00 PM but no later than 6:00 PM.
  • 19h-20h First dinner at the house in Castellana Grotte
  • 20h-21h Welcome celebration enjoy the night among olive trees, under the stars while local singer will sweeten the evening with his guitar followed by celebratory limoncello and fresh fruit collected from the area.

MONDAY, JULY 15

  • Morning yoga amongst the olive trees.
  • Breakfast by the one and only Ernestina, who she makes from scratch the decadent croissants, by hand.
  • After breakfast, we will travel by van to a farm in Ostuni, where we will cook and taste typical Apulian products, oil, orecchiette, mozzarella and oil soaps.
  • Lunch at the farm.
  • 1:30-2:30 Photo workshop with Monique Pantel
  • 2:30-4:30 Nearby to the farm, we will explore the photogenic city of Ostuni and look for photo opportunities in this beautifully whitewashed, ancient Italian city.
  • 4:30 We will return by van to the Villa in Castellana Grotte.
  • Aperitivo
  • 6:00-7:00pm Evening Yoga amongst the olive trees
  • 7:30 Dinner
  • Ernestina will prepare Panzerotti, a dish that is traditional to the area and it is out of this world.

TUESDAY, JULY 16

We have an early start this morning in order to experience a beach yoga practice at Monopoli Beach.

After, we will enjoy a delicious packed breakfast, carefully prepared by Ernestina

Suggested mid-morning activity:

  • Boat tour in the Adriatic ocean with Aperitivo $50Euros.
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch at the Beach Club (not included). Except to spend estimated $30 Euros.
  • At 13:30 Photo workshop  #2 with Monique. We will explore a particularly photogenic beach. We will explore neighbourhoods and other little shops along the way.
  • We will be returning to Monopoli at night  to walk through the narrow streets ancient buildings and rock churches.
  • 14:30h Van arrives to take us back to the Villa in Castellana Grotte
  • 17h-18h Aperitivo
  • 18h-17h Evening practice among the olive trees
  • 16h-20h Van will pick us up to take us back to Monopoli to see the city at night.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

  • 7h-8h Morning practice among the olive trees
  • 8h15-9h15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina
  • 10h-11h Photo workshop

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Activity Options:

  • Visit Nadir Fitness Center - Yoga Sauna Pilates and relax by the pool
  • Book your massage (4-5 slots available for the day)
  • Visit Bari’s to go shopping walk through their historic buildings and monuments. $60 Euros
  • 12h-12h30 Lunch prepared by Ernestina
  • 15h30- 20h Van arrives and takes guest first to Poligiamo a Mare and then to Alberobello to see the famous Trulli, a Unesco Heritage Site
  • 20h-21h Dinner in a traditional Apulian trullo enjoy the rest of the night at leisure. The streets are often filled with people, lively until 2:00am with families, people young and old enjoying life!

THURSDAY, JULY 18

  • 7h-8h Morning yoga practice among the olive trees
  • 8h15-9h15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina 
  • 9h15-12h30 Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Options:

  • Visit Nadir Fitness Centre Yoga sauna Pilates and relax by the pool
  • Book your massage (4-5 slots available for the day)
  • 12h30-13:30 Lunch prepared by Ernestina for those who decide to stay  (packed lunch for those that go to Nadir)
  • Enjoy the afternoon at leisure
  • 16h-17h Van will arrive to take us to Matera European Capital of Culture 2019
  • 17h Gelato time enjoy the city at leisure
  • 18h Dinner
  • 19h-20h Return to Castellana Grote
  • 20h-22h Karaoke

FRIDAY, JULY 19

  • 7:00-8:00am Morning yoga practice among the olive trees
  • 8:15-9:15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina 
  • 9:30-12:30pm Van will arrive to take everyone to Nadir sports and wellness centre to relaxed pilates fitness activities swim in the pool massage an sauna.
  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch at swimming pool  (not included)
  • 4:00-7:00 pm Van arrives to take guest visit old town Locorotondo and Cisternino
  • 7:30-8:30pm Dinner at a traditional trattoria
  • 8:30 Return to Castellana Grotte

SATURDAY, JULY 20

  • 7:00-8:00am Morning yoga practice among the olive trees
  • 8h15-9h15 Breakfast prepared by Ernestina
  • 10h-13h Ciao Amici! Transportation to the airport.

Accommodation

Copal Villa has 10 separate units and can be booked as single or double occupancy. Each room has a private entrance, two double beds, air conditioning, WIFI private bathroom and of course a beautiful view of the ocean. Copal comfortably accommodate 10-20 guests.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included except one day lunch and dinner that will be away from the retreat. You will also be served with complimentary fresh fruit refreshments, tea. and coffee through-out the day!

Our on site chef will customized your meals according to your dietary restrictions and preferences.

What Makes This Program Special?

  • Daily yoga class amongst the olive trees with Daniela Manzur
  • Daily photography workshops with Monique Pantel
  • Hands-on Italian Cooking Class at a farm in Ostuni, tasting Apulian products, oil, orecchiette, mozzarella and oil soaps
  • Beach yoga practice at Monopoli Beach
  • Visit old town Locorotondo and Cisternine

Inclusion

  • Daily yoga class amongst the olive trees with Dani Manzur
  • Storytelling + Travel Photography workshop with Monique Pantel
  • 6 nights
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 lunches
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Hands-on Italian Cooking Class at a farm in Ostuni, tasting Apulian products, oil, orecchiette, mozzarella and oil soaps
  • Beach yoga practice at Monopoli Beach
  • Visit old town Locorotondo and Cisternine
  • Photography workshops with Monique Pantel

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Puglia

Take an exclusive, soul-soothing Copal retreat! Immerse yourself into your yoga or fitness practice every day for an entire week, with daily sunrise and sunset yoga or photography classes. We host different yoga and fitness instructors from all over the world that offer incredible spiritual philosophies and fitness routines that will make your week one to remember. 

Copal offers retreats filled with fun activities for those who are looking for a week to revitalize and renew the body and spirit, and also have an unforgettable gateway. We offer a much needed brake from hectic city life and modern life’s woes. Yet should you want to experience the lively, cultural side of the Puglia, Italy.

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Why choose Copal Retreat

 

Travel to the stunning Mediterranean coastline of Puglia, Italy for a yoga retreat and creative photography workshop with professional photographer Monique Pantel and yoga instructor Daniela Manzur and your trip host Janet Willis. When you arrive to copal it is important for us that all guests arrived to a home first and foremost where they are loved and cared for from the moment they walk in.

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