Italy Retreat

Mystics and Saints, Yoga and Meditation in Todi, Italy! $2700.

Uttara Yoga Studio brings asana and meditation to Italy for a 10-day travel experience exploring sacred sites dedicated to saints and pre-Christian deities.

When: May 12 to 23, 2015
Where: Todi, Italy
Living: Student-shared apartments within the ancient walls of Todi
Study: Morning meditations, daily yoga practice, tours to sacred sites of the saints and mystics.
Travel: Day trip to Assisi, and surrounding areas. Two nights in Rome.
Cultural activities: Italian history, the olive harvest, the grape harvest
Program Fees: $2,700 includes tuition, supplemental activities, accommodations in student-shared apartments, day trips to Assisi, two overnight accommodations in Rome, welcome dinner and departure dinner. It does not include round-trip airfare, museum entrance fees, most meals, cell phones, and personal independent excursions.

The extracurricular activities combine social and cultural activities. These activities allow participants to gain insight into Italian culture, history, and art. Travel to the sacred sites of Saints and Pre-Christian Deities include: Saint Erasmus, The Temple of Gemini, Assisi, The Church of Saint Francis, The Vatican, The Hot Baths of Saturn, The Mountains of Mars, as well as historical tours of Todi.

Todi, Italy is a gracious medieval city with antique origins in the heart of the Umbrian valley halfway between Rome and Florence. It stands upon a hilltop, overlooking the Tiber River. The bustling piazza, where residents do their daily shopping and take their morning coffee, is the hub of the city’s civil, economic, and social life. Filled with open-air cafés and art, antique, and clothing stores, the piazza is a great meeting place for residents and tourists alike. Todi offers the values of family, peace, and comfort. Its society is one of slow rhythms, which allow for reflection and the development of sincere and profound relationships. Todi is the perfect place to study yoga, Italian art and culture and to practice speaking Italian every day. For more information, visit

We will explore ideas of cultural history and see masterpieces of art and cathedrals as we travel for two day trip to Rome, and day trip to Assisi. We will travel via public transportation and private car service. Transportation fees are included in the cost of the program. Participant fees cover private transportation, as well as public transportation once we are in Italy. The program director will coordinate all travel in Italy.

Housing is located within the medieval walls of Todi. Participants live in shared apartments that are a short walk from the piazza and supermarket. Apartments are fully equipped with kitchens and linens. Students may request roommates.
Applications and Student Qualifications
Minimum enrollment: 8 participants
Maximum enrollment: 15 participants

Application Information and Dates to Remember
Immediately: Apply for passport, if you do not have one.

February 9
Application Form to Jill Loftis ( — A $1000 non refundable deposit to hold place in program. Checks made payable to Uttara Yoga Studio/Italy

February 10
Notification that trip is a go, with minimum participants necessary, via e-mail.

Required Forms (listed below) emailed to participants once the trip is confirmed with minimum participants on February 10. Additional Forms (Contact Information Form, Housing Form Health Report and Release Form ) must be returned and completed by February 10. All forms should be sent in one email, email subject: YOGA ITALY to Jill.

February 10
Purchase Flights ASAP (after trip confirmation)
Recommended travel sites:, us,, and booking flights on Tuesdays!
You will arrive in Rome; airport code FCO. Please be aware that your flight should leave the states on MAY 11, to arrive in Rome on MAY 12, no later than 11.30am. Departure Date is MAY 11.

April 1 Final Payment, $1700, made payable to Uttara Yoga Studio/Italy
May 11 Flights to Italy
May 12 ITALY!
May 21 Departure