Italy – Liguria – May 25 to 31, 2019
Seven day Vacation–Retreat in a quiet farm, north of Genoa, surrounded by vast forested mountains. The retreat component will be mainly based on nature and the healing power of the forest. Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Therapy) training and practice will be the main focus of this getaway, together with our mindfulness meditation sessions and introduction to Tibetan Dream Yoga.
Gli Orti di Bertin – Campo Ligure
A beautiful agritourism farm-house sitting atop a secluded hill with breathtaking panoramic views. The surroundings include an extensive mixed forest, open meadows, large vegetable garden, even a couple of rescued donkeys. Located just north of the picturesque and historical town of Campo Ligure, population 2900, 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 found in this park. 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.
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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 Gli Orti di Bertin:
Packages & Prices
A- Private double room, private bathroom: € 1,134
B- Shared double room, private bathroom in room: € 1,019
C- Private room, shared bathroom: € 995
D- Shared double room, shared bathroom: € 879
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.
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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:
Extended 3 day stay: 145€ per day per person (includes, accommodation at Gli Orti di Bertin, full board and full day tours to Cinque Terre and Pisa)