7 Day Abundance All Inclusive Yoga Retreat In Italy
Rediscover your equilibrium - unwind, energise and balance. Breathe in deeply our fresh mountain air.
Rediscover your equilibrium - unwind, energise and balance. Breathe in deeply our fresh mountain air.
Rediscover your equilibrium - unwind, energise and balance. Breathe in deeply our fresh mountain air. Discover a deep, cleansing and relaxing experience at our intimate retreat at San Flaviano, a 15th century monastery in Perugia, Italy. This natural and historical region is yours to explore - stunning landscapes, medieval perched villages, the infinite bounty of the food, energy and love that is found at one of Italy's most precious hidden gems. Treat yourself to an abundant YOU.
We teach you essential asanas, pranayamas and meditations to increase your focus, strength, flexibility and overall vitality.
2 Daily yoga classes
3 Guided Energy Healing Workshops
Ayurveda massage, Regression Therapy and Holistic Health Care
Inner Alchemy, Tantra Fertility and Mystic Breathwork
Wine, Prosecco and chocolate for dinner meals
6 nights accommodation within the monastery
Full board healthy vegetarian meals
2 excursions to historic towns
Hatha Yoga Programme
Includes elements of Traditional Hatha Yoga, Iyengar’s precise posturing (pre-props), and Vinyasa flowing sequences. The Asanas in this system develop core strength, focus, centering and personal empowerment.
Therapy Series: With gentle therapeutic movements this series is ideal for the elderly, improving health, and overcoming injuries.
Kaula Yoga Programme: The asana sequence in this system is meditative, relaxing and profound, gentle yet firm. It works deeply on the pranic system (not only the physical body), guiding students to let go of physical, mental and pranic inflexibilities to encounter a deep loving and respectful relationship with themselves.
Chakras Sadhana: In this practice we consciously connect with our Chakras through mudras and mantras, acknowledging ourselves as a vehicle for the Kundalini energy; This Sadhana is a way to Samadhi (the experience of unity with the Divine).
Active Meditations: Using the body to connect with and to awaken the inner vital energy through conscious movement, ecstatic dance and free expression. Cultivating self-awareness, self-empowerment and self-liberation.
Kundalini Meditation: An energizing meditation with shaking the body, dancing and silent meditation
Dynamic Meditation: A transformative active meditation comprising of intense pranayama, catharsis, jumping and dancing
Nadabrahma Meditation: Tibetan Humming Meditation for clarity and centering
Gurushankar Meditation: Includes gentle movements and candle gazing
Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion, as we sing, pray and chant together, with our hearts filled with gratitude to the divine in overflowing joy.
Pranayama classes: We use various breathing techniques to cultivate harmony and optimize the energetic functioning of the body system.
07:30 Freshly prepared smoothie and juices
08:00 Morning yoga : Wake-up your senses - physical exercise to start the day full of energy
09:30 Delicious breakfast of fruits, all homemade yogurts, fresh breads, preserves, honey,&
This is a truly unique centre that comprises the XV Century Parish of San Flaviano in Piaggia. The church is dedicated to the 4th century Archbishop of Constantinople San Flaviano and was used as a resting place for pilgrims on the route to Assisi. The frescoes over and around the alter area are from the 15th century and have been restored where possible. There are beautiful watercolors of San Flaviano and St. Francis of Assisi along with cherubs and angels.
Over the next 700 years, as the parishioners grew and funds became available, it was enlarged into the local Catholic parish church servicing the community until closing in 1972 when it was deconsecrated. It has reopened its doors in 2014 as a non-denominational spiritual centre, servicing those who also want to take the pilgrimage to their essential selves through a physical, emotional and spiritual pilgrimage.
The rest of the beautiful white stone building was most certainly a monastery and has been newly renovated. It includes a living room / dining room with fireplace, a professional chefs kitchen and 4 double bedrooms each with their own en suite private bathroom.
Another interesting element is that the 4 bedrooms are each off the stone portico. To go from the bedroom to the living room, one actually has to go outside under the portico. The portico in front of the bedrooms looks out onto the lush green hills.
The church has an oak beamed mezzanine added with luxury bathrooms, kitchen, open plan living and sleeping area for individuals or groups. The oldest section of the church, dating back to 10th century, is a small stone building. It later became used as the sacristy and is now a comfortable living room.
The surrounding plot on a hill top is approximately a hectare from which one enjoys peaceful views of the countryside. The property is located on a wonderfully panoramic highland with great views and a lovely wooded surround, the woods are primarily precious oak wood.
Thank you so much for your time, care and hospitality over the last week. You have something unique, warm and uplifting! Thank you, Grazie and Shukria!!!! I feel ready and light :) it would be great to receive any tips and the abundance meditation, if at all possible. I would like to grow from here... I hope our paths cross again sometime soon. Kajal Guille
"Just wanted to send you a little note with a huge thank you for opening up your amazing home. Your hospitality was spectacular in every sense of the word. Your generous nature towards our group, your fantastic cooking. your tour guide knowledge and Kevin’s fabulous coffee (and good taste!) made this one of the best holidays I have ever had. A privilege and delight to share your very special home in a most spectacular and relaxing setting. I hope to have the opportunity to visit you all again. ” Laurie From London
“A wonderful heartwarming experience with Tess, Kevin and Laura. Such a friendly, relaxed, generous and passionate group of people, they are what make the stay at San Flaviano so enjoyable and enriching. Delicious food in abundance, great company, yoga suited for all levels, and a beautiful location combine to make the experience incredibly special. Thank you so much! My Mum and I left relaxed, happier, and more ready to face life’s challenges.” Hanna and Lorna Jones UK
“Leading a busy and rather stressful London life (with two small kids and two small family businesses) I was craving and searching for a real escape, somewhere I could replenish my energy, nourish my body, and reconnect with myself. Abundance Yoga Retreats at San Flaviano Monastery provided all of that and much much more.” “Just the place it is located in could alone provide me with all the things I needed. The retreat is in the midst of spectacular lush serene mountains, I can’t imagine a better place to leave all your worries and breathe deeply, find your center and relax.. And when all of this is coupled with a superb food, amazing yoga and the best hospitality, you definitely wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.. It feels all of the aspects of the self, the body, the mind and the spirit are thoroughly looked after.” “The food is lovingly prepared by the hosts, always fresh, natural and locally sourced and inspired. Yoga is just at the pace you want it to be, with attentive, always smiling, supportive and very talented teacher. Yet what really stayed with me is the values, the whole beautiful ethos that the whole retreat is run according, and the hospitality! I felt at home, I felt welcome and looked after as if I was a good family friend. The Hunneybell family that run the retreat, don’t just ‘run the retreat’, they open the doors of their beloved home to you, and welcome you with their hearts open, with love and passion for what they do, for working with people, and enormous experience and professionalism in their trade, except that their ‘trade’ is not just their ‘trade’, it’s their life and their hearts, and I feel privileged to have met them and have been a part of their wonderful project! I still carry this renewed energy within me and can’t wait to go back!” - Margarita Videnskyte Netherlands
“I spent a lovely week in Italy with Abundance – Yoga Retreat Italy. I had an amazing time. It was so relaxing and just what I needed. From the start I had a lovely welcome. Tess and Kevin were amazing hosts, welcoming, warm, and kind. The food was delicious and filling, and all meals were outside on the veranda, with an amazing view. The beds and rooms were really comfy and clean and had a real old house charm to it. Laura was a great yoga teacher. We had an active yoga in the morning, which woke me up and freshened the body. In the evening we practiced Yin yoga, which was really relaxing and had a real theraputic feel to it. I felt like I came home with a new body. You could relax by the pool in the sun or go hiking. We went to visit a local town Spoletto one evening, and we went rafting another day. I had a lovely relaxing week, with some fun activity thrown in. I highly recommend Abundance – Yoga Retreat Italy. Thanks for a great time.”- Mary Ireland
“I had a lovely time at this retreat. The hosts were welcoming and treated us like we were family. It was an intimate group. The food was delicious, the rooms were comfy, the views breathtaking, the yoga was quite hard and advanced, but my level is low anyway. The girls who worked there are gorgeous in every sense. We had a lovely group of people.”- Mandy UK
“My week at Abundance Yoga Retreat was utterly amazing and I only hope that anyone reading this will be lucky enough to go and spend some time there too.I arrived stressed, tired and fed up. I was expecting to come away rested but actually I got so much more. I feel completely transformed. I couldnt tell you if it was the amazing location, the wonderful food, the energizing yoga or the energy work with Tess and Kevin.As a yoga teacher myself and having run retreats in the past all over the world I have fairly strong views as to what constitutes a good retreat and what constitutes a good teacher. Abundance yoga retreats have really got it right.The relaxed atmosphere means it feels like you are staying with old friends, Tess and Kevin are possibly the most generous people I have ever had the pleasure of staying with. Nothing was too much trouble and every day they went out of their way to make sure everybody had everything they needed and more.Yoga sessions with Laura were wonderful, varied and perfect for the mood of each day. Our group varied from me who has ten years experience as a teacher to my sister who had never taken a class before and we all felt the level was perfect for us. If you want a wonderful relaxed atmosphere, fun yoga, great food in a wonderful location then definitely visit San Flaviano.” - Vicky UK
“If you want to spend your holiday in a very popular and busy place, full of citys noise and fast food dont go there ! In San Flaviano you can only find birds singing, peace and quiet, real food, breath taking landscape, and you can spend time in an interesting and lovely company of the friendly hosts, who will treat you not only like guests but friends. This place became one of my very best places to be in the world!”- Dorota Switzerland
“After a year of hard work, this yoga retreat was the best break that could happen to me. I got the right balance between revitalizing yoga and real rest, far from the stress and pollution. We shared healthy meals in a warmful atmosphere. I really felt like at home rather than just a ‘number’. I came home full of energy and good souvenirs!” - Boi Ai Belgium
“We arrived in the afternoon after a lovely journey up the mountain passes, we did a great yoga session then ate a wonderful meal of organic food prepared with love by Tess, then the full moon rose above the mountains and the fireflies came out in the hundreds what a first day wow. I slept like a log for the first time after months of agitation over my new job and all that city stuff. It is a VERY special place. Laura was so nice giving me one on one sessions to really get to the core of my practise. Classes in the lovely old church were relaxing, a little challenging, but always enjoyable. I felt genuinely alive. Recommended.”- Kate Manchester, UK
“Having just finished an intense two-year masters degree in law, I was in need of some R & R. I have always enjoyed yoga, but my practice has been patchy, with my picking up classes in a peripatetic fashion. I had a week to kill this summer, so I decided to book myself into a yoga retreat abroad. The object of this exercise was to improve my yoga, through sustained practice, and to relax after a hectic few months. After some research, I booked my self into Abundance Yoga Retreat, in Umbria, Italy, drawn by the reasonable price and the opportunity to explore the green heart of Italy.I paid 580 for 6 nights accommodation, three meals a day, two yoga classes a day and two excursions to nearby Medieval towns, the world-famous Assisi and Visso (the latter being voted the prettiest town in Italy). My flights to Perugia Airport, from London Stanstead, were about 150. This price being so good I was apprehensive about what to expect, nervous that I was going to be rouging it in a modern villa with a hundred other wannabe yogis, while a militant vegan fed me nothing but lentils, in order to cleanse my system of toxins. I neednt have worried. San Flaviano Monastery, where the retreats are held, is in a pocket of pure Umbrian magic. It is nestled in a tiny Medieval village, 850 metres from sea level, with a stunning view of the Sibillini Mountains. The climate is cool and the gardens shady, with a forest which is a truffle reserve for the wild boars pressing up against the ancient buildings. And if you do need to cool down, you can jump in the swimming pool.Yoga took place in an eight century church, adorned with fourteenth century frescos. In the mornings the sun would drench across the stone flagging, as we gave our salutations to it. During the meditation-focused evening classes, candles would be lit, highlighting the spiritual element of the practice. The retreat is small. There were only nine of us, which gave an intimate feel, and ensured that our attentive yoga teacher, Laura Slavov, was able to give us enough individual attention to improve our practices. I was lucky enough to have some lovely people staying with me, ranging from an archaeologist, a refugee lawyer, an economist at the EU and a teacher. This varied and well-travelled group had me laughing the entire week.But the highlight for me was our hosts, Kevin and Tess. I could not have hoped for more warmth and kindness. They went out of their way to ensure that we were enjoying all that Umbria had to offer and also entertained us with stories from their incredible lives.Worth a special mention is the food. Tess has had an illustrious career in the restaurant industry, including managing The Belvedere (arguably one of Londons best restaurants), and has honed her natural talent at cooking phenomenal food. Each meal was a feast, full of locally-sourced, organic products. There was no meat and lactose (so, only sheep and goats cheese), so the good work of the yoga was not undone. Kevin sourced local wines the earthy, fruity types that the Italians wisely refuse to export to unappreciative foreigners and deserts were produced from local bakers, including tiramisu and profiteroles. Yet, despite these gastronomic excesses, I lost weight probably because Tess made us eat our weight in vegetables.For those seeking more of a holiday than a retreat, then Abundance Yoga is definitely for you!” - Emily UK
“Thank you for such a lovely experience at San Flaviano, it was amazing and transformative, and spending time with you & Kevin was magical. My life has taken a turn in a number of ways since Italy. Work has calmed down or I should say Ive calmed down! Ive been completely comfortable at carving out me time, letting go of fear of not meeting expectations or working hard enough, it feels like Ive dropped layers of stress. I feel lighter and more in touch with my buddha nature. So Im working intently but not with all the extra baggage. In fact, Monday my boss came into my office to tell me he was submitting an additional bonus for an extra project Ive taken on. I couldnt believe it. When he left my office I just stood up and raised my arms up, giggling and feeling full of joy!The bigger news is Ive met this incredibly interesting man! Its going on one month, its as though our conversation always continues, never ends, ” “date after date. Its easy with him, he has a great sense of humor, very ambitious, loves to travel and couldnt be more kind and honest.Ill keep you posted as it progress, but all in all its been loads of great things since Italy and being with you, Kevin, Laura, the gals and San Flaviano. A magical place it is!” - Catherine Seattle, USA
“Ahhhh on the Heathrow express on my way home… Where do I startI always find it hard to start these things… Having so much to say always makes it a little difficult to start. But I’m also thinking maybe everything I want to say doesn’t need to ALL be said in this instance. Maybe it’s better to express it over time. I feel really sure that this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of each other. And I hope I can give back just a little of everything you have given me with time.You’ve been such a great friend and more. I don’t think I could tell you (without sounding like a complete mushy sentimental sap) how grateful I am for everything… You don’t know the half of it…Thank you for welcoming me into your home and giving me the opportunity to get to know you and your family. That has been the best and most generous of the many, many gifts I’ve received these last 4 months travelling. All the little individual pearls of wisdom you’ve both given, often unintentionally… I often caught myself reflecting later and wishing that I had it all down. But again maybe it doesn’t need to be so complicated. I can forget the words and just look at you both and remember it all because you are living everything you say. And that’s probably the best example of your wisdom!You’re both really inspiring… All the more for being so human and imperfect about it. I am excited for all the amazing people you’re going to meet next season. You are doing such wonderful things at that place. And your San Flaviano family is going to grow with some really awesome people I’m sure. Please take care of yourself. If you need me for anything at all… I’ll try be there or help from the other side of the world. Love you both!I look forward to seeing you again soon!” - Alicia Australia
“Thank you so much for a fabulous time Tess! I adored every minute!We had the most amazing time at San Flaviano and made some amazing memories. You and Kevin have made it such very special place. The most fabulous time in Italy with beautiful old friends and new.” - Asha UK