Italy – Liguria
We had such an amazing time!!!
Check out some photos from the week….
And the amazing feedback!
“A week’s retreat Forest Bathing with Carlos and Emma in Italy was a unique, enjoyable and memorable experience, one not to be missed”
“I was travelling alone, however I never felt alone as Carlos gave me step by step instructions and from the moment I enquired about the trip I felt connected, cared for and supported all the way through to arriving in the country, Carlos proved to be a very reliable and trustworthy person”
“It is evident that Carlos and Emma share their passion for forest bathing and have knowledge of the benefits and research. The simple sensory practices bring new awareness and insights to an experience in the forest and can be quite profound, I look forward to repeating these when I’m back home and enjoying a more sensory and connected relationship with nature”
“The programme was very well thought out with a variety of forests bathing trips to different forests, visits to local places of interest and mindfulness meditation”
“Carlos shared his interest of dream yoga, which I found inspiring and couldn’t wait to go to sleep to see what happens! Emma shared her passion for creative writing which was infectious and fun, her calm and gentle presence comes across at all times, particularly through her guided meditations”
“I found Carlos and Emma to be the warm, kind, caring and interesting to talk to. I feel forever grateful for their knowledge and well put together programme that gave me a memorable experience always to be remembered”
“I feel refreshed, renewed, relaxed and empowered to return to life after only one week away! I wish you all the best for the future and hope this one gave you a good start in many more successful retreats”
Seven day Mindfulness Holiday Retreat in an ecofriendly “agriturismo” farm near the Mediterranean. Vast forests and mountains surround this natural relaxing location.
The retreat component will be mainly focused on the healing power of forests. Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Therapy) training and practice will be the main theme together with stress reduction mindfulness meditation techniques and introduction to Tibetan Dream Yoga.
Gli Orti di Bertin – Campo Ligure
A beautiful farm-house sitting atop a secluded hill with breathtaking panoramic views. The surroundings include an extensive mixed forest, open meadows, large vegetable gardens, even a couple of rescued donkeys. Located just north of the picturesque and historical town of Campo Ligure, famous for the fine Filigrana (filigree) jewellery.
This entire area is at the heart of The Beigua UNESCO Global Geopark, the largest nature protected area in Liguria, and treasured for its exceptional geological heritage.
Less than 30-minute drive to Mediterranean and the natural coastal beauty of the area. We will visit the famous Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure southeast of Genoa which are seaside communities in the beautiful Tigullio area, with abundant natural and architectural splendor, typical of the Italian Riviera.
See for yourself, read the reviews of our Shinrin-yoku program in Europe here
May 25 to 31, 2019
1- Retreat component:
Mindfulness & Shinrin Yoku (Forest Therapy) Program
• Daily mindfulness meditation sessions
• Daily Forest Therapy sessions
• MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) basics training
• Introduction to Tibetan Dream Yoga philosophy and practice
• One on one coaching sessions (limited time slots available)
2- Vacation component:
Accommodation, Meals, Excursions & Airport Shuttle Service
• Prosecco and bonfire evenings
• Full day excursion to Portofino featuring the splendor of the Italian Riviera
• Half day outing to historical Campo Ligure and the Filigrana Museum
• Afternoon outing to the coast. Sunset appetizers and drinks right on the Mediterranean
• Tea/coffee breaks with snacks
• 6 nights’ accommodation
• Pick up and drop off to and from Genoa airport
• Use of surrounding forest and gardens for solitude walks
• Group activities, creative writing and outdoor games
- Meals & beverages:
Mediterranean recipes, freshly cooked on-site for breakfast, lunch and dinner, also snacks will be provided during morning and afternoon tea and coffee breaks. Selection of tea & coffee. Bottled water. Regional Italian wine will be included with dinner at no extra cost. Domestic non-alcoholic beverages also included.
- Shuttle to Genoa Airport or Main Train Station:
Arriving and departing guests will be provided with transportation services between Gli Orti di Bertin and Genoa’s Airport or main Train Station.
- Half and full day outings to Campo Ligure, the Mediterranean coast and Portofino.
Guided Tours to Campo Ligure, the Mediterranean coast, Genoa and Portofino during the retreat week.
- Accommodations at Agriturismo GliOrti di Bertin:
Packages & Prices
A- Private bedroom with private bathroom:
€1,034 Now € 965
B- Shared double room, private bathroom in room:
€995 Now € 879 * C- Private room, shared bathroom: €995 – Sold out D- Shared double room, shared bathroom: €879* – Sold out
* Double occupancy prices require a minimum of two people signing up for that particular package.
All prices are per person for the 7 day, 6 night vacation retreat
Items NOT included: Airfare to/from Genoa, additional activities at excursion destinations (Boat rides, bicycle rentals, third party guided tours, admission to Museums, food or drinks not part of our package.
You will not be charged anything yet
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Mindfulness Program Details:
The mindfulness seminar piece of this package offers guided meditation sessions and training on basic mindfulness techniques. Using as a base the Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn. Our lead trainer is MBSR certified and will provide guided meditation practices through each day focusing on a variety of profound relaxation methods. We will also include Shinrin Yoku (Forest Therapy) training and practice sessions, as well as contemplation and study of topics around mindful self-compassion. In our 2019 retreats we are also offering “Introduction to Tibetan Dream Yoga” philosophy and practice.
Morning and Afternoon sessions to be held outdoors, on a large terrace overlooking the valley and the surrounding forest. The farm-house also has a very spacious attic seminar room. In the evenings enjoy the spacious grounds; joining informal evening story telling sessions explaining the history of the area; sitting around a bonfire; poetic readings or any other bonding activities the group may be interested in. If you play a musical instrument or have any performing talents you’d like to share, this would be a great opportunity to do so. The surrounding area also offers a great space for solitude and contemplation. Immerse yourself in the very safe local natural beauty which could be enjoyed by a solitary walk or bike ride.
Vacation Component Details:
Full-day and half-day outings are planned to various nearby destinations during the seminar week, as well as an extra 3 day extension, offering full day visits to Cinque Terre or Pisa.
We will visit:
Campo Ligure: Walking tour through this historical town dating back to a 3rd century AD Roman fortified settlement. We will visit very ornate and historical churches built around the 10th century. Also, the famous Filigrana museum and filigree shops. We will also visit the unique castle built by a prominent family from Campo, the Spinola family.
Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure: A fashionable, well-known and prestigious seaside communities in the traditional Tigullio area. Lots to enjoy along the coast. Beautiful architecture, castles and palaces and picturesque shops.
Authentic Italian food
The week-long retreat, packed with amazing activities will be “fueled“ by, freshly made on site, exquisite Mediterranean style meals, from locally grown and regional fresh ingredients. Wines from local producers will be served at no extra cost during the evening meals.
Pure Vacation Extended Stay Option:
Ask us about our extended 3 day stay: starting at 145€ per day per person which includes, accommodation at Gli Orti di Bertin, full board and full day tours to Cinque Terre and/or Pisa.
(Some conditions apply, limited spaces available)