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Alchemy of Mind, Body and Spirit Retreat

8-21 October 2018

Alchemy of Mind, Body and Spirit Retreat, hosted by Robin Zeller, LMT, RYT 200, CZBP,​ Presenting Hatha Yoga, Zero Balancing, Creative Writing and Cultural Activities.

While immersing yourself in the enchanting beauty of the Puglia region of Italy, experience an area full of southern Italian soul - truly! Glittering, rocky grottos and beautiful sunbleached beaches are weathered and worn by the uniquely blue Adriatic sea. You’ll explore and learn to be the alchemist of your own personal journey in this magical region by connecting through the teachings of the Iyengar Way yoga. Robin will guide and assist you in a Restorative Asana practice daily, designed for the novice as well as the seasoned yogi and all those in-between. This practice will create space in the body through various poses and the yogic art of breathing will allow you to relax more fully into each pose on the mat and be more present off the mat. Robin will hold space and guide you through a yoga Nidra meditation where you will learn to release tension and experience even deeper relaxation. Creative writing techniques will allow awakening moments that express the alchemical process that is transpiring during this week’s transformation which will be bolstered with cultural activities and excursions planned resulting in achieving subtle alchemy.


As we shift into the second week of the retreat, our body, mind and spirit has been refreshed, invigorated and transformed and we are now ready to be infused by the charming, rustic flare of a more authentic southern Italy. We will be personally guided through some of southern Italy’s best kept secrets. Amore! Boutique accommodations include a private, authentic Italian chef dinners with several authentic Italian meals. We will also be exploring the dramatic, breathtaking Amalfi coastline. (A good thing we have learned and practiced pranayama the prior week) Let’s step back in time and discover some historical sites, immerse ourselves in local culture … and shopping, of course!


Alchemy of the Mind, Body and Spirit Retreat – Week 1 Restorative Yoga in Puglia

A full week of contained and amplified yoga practice balanced with excursions and fun experiences, ending the week with one night in the quaint town of Polignano a Mare. While in Polignano a Mare, we can visit the famous cave restaurant Grotto Palazzese, a photo op. Additionally we will  explore the town of Alberobello known for it’s trulli, whitewashed stone huts topped with a decorative pinnacle, the signature of the master trullaro who built it. The following morning we depart Polignano a Mare and begin traveling east through Italy’s southern countryside for a full week of exploring the Amalfi coast.

Alchemy of Mind, Body, Spirit Retreat – Week 2 Amalfi Coast – Indulgence

We will spend a full week of exploring the Amalfi coast, a truly spectacular stretch of coastline and arguably one of Italy’s most scenic areas. We will be enjoying every single moment by immersing in the beauty surrounding the coastal towns. Positano highlights a walk on the Senterio degli dei (Path of the Gods) for the breathtaking views. Be sure to bring your walking shoes. Ravello focuses on the iconic beauty of the Cliffside gardens. Pompei will take us back in time as we marvel at this archaeological showcase and ancient historical site, dating back to approximately 8th century BC. Included in this journey is the famed Isle of Capri, in Italy’s Bay of Naples, known for the magical Blue Grotto where the sea glows electric blue. “Possibly alchemically inspired?”

This concludes our magical trip across southern Italy with a lifetime of memories.



Visit to Capri, a jewel of an island with superb scenery and cliff walks

                              Full week restorative Yoga retreat                                

Explore Alberobello one of the most stunning towns in Southern Italy

Roam the exuberant city of Lecce, full of Baroque architecture and opulent churches

Winetasting ( where the Italians go )

Visit the local market, events and traditions

Stroll in Otranto, the lovely historic seaside town  and visit the twelfth-century mosaic in the town's Romanesque cathedral

Experience the authentic Italian kitchen 

Meet the locals

Dinner at the world famous Summer Cave Restaurant 

Breath taking views of the Amalfi Coast

Guided tour in Pompei

Intimate accommodation

Small group (max 8 participants) 

Shopping in Positano 

Ice cream (Gelato) anyone?

Daily Program

Daily Program
Day 2  | Puglia 
  • Arrivals and pick up Brindisi Airport

  • Group Transfer to Masseria                                                          

  • Welcome by retreat leader & Lunablu Team

  • Lecce visit (late afternoon 2-3 hours) optional                                                         

  • Dinner Masseria          

Day 1  | Puglia 
  • Morning Ritual

  • Light breakfast ( Fruits / coffee & tea)           

  • Amplified and contained Yoga practice                             

  • Creative writing

  • Brunch 

  • Relaxing

  • Dinner Masseria

  • Morning Ritual

  • Visit Local Market

  • Brunch

  • Visit Caves / short boat tour

  • Scenic drive

  • Stop at small beach                                                                        

  • Dinner Masseria

  • Morning Ritual

  • Light breakfast ( Fruits / coffee & tea)     

  • Amplified and contained Yoga practice                             

  • Creative writing

  • Brunch

  • Drive to Otranto

  • Guided tour Cathedrale  | City visit free 

  • City Beach

  • Dinner Masseria

Day 4  | Puglia 
Day 3  | Puglia 
  • Morning Ritual

  • Light breakfast ( Fruits / coffee & tea)

  • Amplified and contained Yoga practice

  • Brunch

  • Wine tasting experience                          

  • Dinner Masseria

Day 6  | Puglia 
Day 5  | Puglia 
  • Morning Ritual

  • Light breakfast ( Fruits / coffee & tea)  

  • Amplified and contained yoga practice

  • Brunch

  • Free afternoon (massages / coaching

  •  transformation game)

  • Aperitivo / Gourmet Pizza

Day 7  | Pollignano a Mare
  • Breakfast

  • Departures for Amalfi Coast

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner Summer Cave

  • Overnight in Pollignano a Mare

Day 8  | Sorrento
  • Breakfast & departure for Amalfi Coast

  • Arrival hotel

  • Relax

  • Dinner in hotel / closeby

  • Breakfast

  • Day visit Capri  (Duration: 7 to 8 hours)

  • Boat trip

  • Chairlift to vista point

  • Lunch (included)

  • Free time

  • Dinner free option (not included)

Day 9  | Sorrento
  • Breakfast

  • Morning Free time | relax

  • Lunch free option (not included)

  • Afternoon visit to Ravello, Guided Tour Villa Ruffolo,

  • Visit Tower Museum, roam the small city

  • Group Dinner Pizzeria (Included)

Day 10  | Sorrento
  • Breakfast

  • Guided mountain walk | 4 hours

  • Lunch  included

  • Free time

  • Dinner free option (not included)

Day 11  | Sorrento
  • Breakfast

  • Drive to Pompeii

  • Visit with guided tour

  • Lunch (included) in the area

  • followed by a winetasting experience

  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours

  • Dinner free (not included)

Day 12  | Sorrento
Day 13  | Sorrento
  • Breakfast

  • Amalfi coast – Drive

  • Enjoy scenic drive

  • Caves(optional), sightseeing,

  • Visit church Amalfi , shopping, relaxed day

  • Lunch free option (not included)

  • Farewell dinner (included)

Day 14  | Departures
  • Breakfast

  • Check out hotel

  • Departure and drive to Naples airport, end of trip


Agriturismo in Salento 08.10.2018 -14.10.2018

A short drive by car to the pristine beaches of Salento and you arrive in our Masseria, a fabulously charming farmhouse that offers visitors an authentic Italian experience. Surrounded by 30 hectares of cultivated land, the Masseria is surrounded by green nature where the silence of the countryside is only interrupted by the song of the cicadas, the noise of the wind and the caresses of the sun. The Masseria, with its outdoor pool, is located close to Lecce and Otranto, it offers accommodation in comfortable rooms facing the garden or located in the old farmhouse. All rooms have been recently renovated and provide our guests with all the amenities and tranquility during our retreats. The restaurant offers a combination of traditional and modern dishes, the products used are grown at the organic farm: olive oil, honey, fruits and garden vegetables, all cured with love and passion and guided by the indepth knowledge of the agronomist, who ensures that the land is cultivated according to the principles of organic farming.

Luxury B&B in Polignano a Mare  14.10.2018 - 15.10.2018

At the gates of Polignano a mare, you can discover the white houses' garden, a new concept of hospitality.  You can find independent white houses around a  Mediterranean garden with all the comfort you search. Prestigious suites and exclusive services, luxurious guesthouse located not far from the old town and the Adriatic beaches. The resort has bikes that guests can use (free), free Wi-Fi and television, parking and video surveillance. We thought of a relaxing and at the same time interesting space, the garden, which dampens outside noise.  Characterized by Mediterranean trees of various types the open pool allows you to cool off. It is all about comfortable relaxation, with showers, deckchairs, and a fitness area. All guest rooms in the bed and breakfast are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Each room includes a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Relais Hotel in Massa Lubrense  15.10.2018 - 21.10.2018

This Relais is truly unique: thanks to its linear style and selection of colors, it fits harmoniously in the surrounding environment. The modern interior design, the beautiful bathrooms decorated with typical Sorrento majolica tiles, the warmth and availability of the staff, make this accommodation comfortable and welcoming, your stay will be perfect and you surely will feel pampered. The rooms are fully equipped to make your holidays in Sorrento unforgettable.  Guest comfort comes first and you will be able to relax surrounded by soothing Mediterranean style both inside and out. Unwind with views of the Sorrentine Coast from each window, or sip a cocktail on your private terrace with a view while the sun sets over the water. Beach lovers can visit the Marina just 300 meters away from the hotel.