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Join Casa Rosa in a special mindfulness retreat in the very heart of Itay. Casa Rosa mindfulness retreat is suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to deepen their practice of mindfulness and are interested in the wonderful technique of Voice Dialogue. During the week, there will be teachings and practices on mindfulness and compassion with Suryacitta and Gaynor. This holiday is a complete package to treat yourself. You will leave Italy feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated.
Your accommodation will be at Casa Rosa, a lovely restored farmhouse in the National Park of Mount Subasio. Casa Rosa is a special space: A traditional stone farmhouse set high in the hills of Umbria, it’s a space for peace; a space for beauty; a space for pilgrimage; and a space in which to get back to nature. It is, in short, a space for the mind. Set just ten kilometers (or six miles) from Assisi, it is surrounded by ancient churches, medieval hilltop towns, and some of the finest vineyards in Italy - and yet set as it is under the majestic gaze of Mount Subasio, you’d think you were very much further from civilization.
Each dwelling offers everything needed for self-catering and comes with its own kitchen, bathroom, and balcony or terrace. Shared by the apartments is a large swimming pool, set above Casa Rosa where it enjoys panoramic views of the countryside. Also amidst the estate lie outdoor dining areas, sun-beds and deck chairs for lounging, and extensive gardens of lavender, fruit trees, and flowers, designed by landscaper Robert Bryant in 1999.
Surrounding the immediate estate are some 100 acres of land, made up of olive orchards, woods, and pasture. There are a number of walks that can be taken through these groves and fields, and a small waterfall and natural pool (where bathing is bliss) lie just a short walk away. Whether at Casa Rosa or further afield, the beauty of these lands is breathtaking: the protected area is home to an explosion of life, from wild boar and buzzards to fireflies and butterflies that dance during the summer.
This room offers two single beds in an apartment with bathroom, kitchen, and private terrace.
This is a single room in a shared two or three bedroom apartment with kitchen, bathroom, and private terrace.
This one-bedroom apartment features a double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower, living room with kitchen, and private terrace.
The term ‘mindfulness’ can seem somewhat elusory, but it is a simple and powerful practice. Mindfulness is about being more mindful - or put more simply, about training ourselves to pay attention to the present. Being aware of the ‘here and now’ can be a very important tool, especially your sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Sometimes, of course, your thoughts and emotions seem to vie for your attention and lie outside of your control, interrupting your present and causing more stress than is really necessary. By actively and openly paying attention to what you feel in a non-judgemental way, you can help minimize getting lost in thought.
Thoughts about the future, and thoughts about the past; thoughts about what you have to do and thoughts about what you should have done: these thought processes often worry you more amidst the real pressures of everyday life. Mindfulness is simply about being in the moment. Over the last three decades or so, academic research - in fields including neuroscience, psychology, and physical medicine - have all documented the far-reaching benefits of mindfulness. With a little practice and patience, mindfulness can help to minimize the stresses that affect your emotional and physical health and awaken you to your experience.
Alongside proving beneficial to your relationships and quality of life, mindfulness can also work as an aid for bad habits, anxiety, depression, stress, creativity, and pain, and illness. At Casa Rosa mindfulness retreats, you will learn to be present without pressure or judgment. Under the direction of one of your experienced instructors, you will learn to meditate and practice Mindfulness exercises, bringing home more balance, calm and energy.
The retreat will be based on Suryacitta’s first book “Happiness and How it Happens - Finding contentment through mindfulness”. Suryacitta and Gaynor will cover themes from Suryacitta’s book such as:
There will be ample opportunity for question and answers and time for discussion. Walking meditation will also be taught and there will be an opportunity to practice it in the beautiful forest surrounding Casa Rosa. You will also be able to practice mindful swimming in the gorgeous pool. There will also be other (optional) activities taught on the retreat such as Voice Dialogue and Focusing.
Participants will arrive on Saturday from 15:00, before enjoying a welcome talk, aperitivo, and dinner by the pool at 18:00. Every day on the Casa Rosa mindfulness retreat will thereafter begin with a 30 minute guided meditation before a banquet style breakfast.
After a mid-morning workshop, the group can take a break, before further meditation and discussion until lunch. After lunch participants are free to enjoy the surroundings - a walk in the countryside or a dip in the pool, followed by meditation and teaching. Some days there will be the opportunity for a trip to the medieval town of Assisi - until late evening.
Note: Some evenings are free for visits to Assisi or other nearby towns
There will be the opportunity for a trip to the medieval town of Assisi until late evening.
This retreat will take place in Casa Rosa, located in Umbria, Italy. Casa Rosa’s immediate surroundings offer a near-unparalleled place for retreat. Days can easily be spent reading or painting in the garden or grove, walking amidst the hills in search of wildlife and plants, or taking a splash under the nearby waterfall and pool. With stunning gardens and a large swimming pool, delicious home-cooked meals, and a fine selection of local wines at hand, guests can spend their time simply unwinding in and around Casa Rosa.
That said, more beauty lies in wait for those who seek it. Assisi is just a short drive away, and within a 40-mile radius of the estate guests will find a number of hilltop towns: Gubbio, Cortona, Spello, Spoleto, Todi, and Orvieto all boast something special. From their medieval centers to celebrated works of art and architecture, there are numerous ancient churches and spectacular frescoes to discover. The university city of Perugia, and capital of Umbria, also houses Etruscan remains and major works of art just 15 miles away. The historical treasure troves of Rome, Florence, and Siena, meanwhile, are easily visited on day trips.
Of course, Assisi is the main draw for those visiting Casa Rosa. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the town is famed as the home of Saint Francis (or San Francesco), one of Italy’s two patron saints - as well as his female counterpart, Saint Clare (Santa Chiara). It has been an important place of pilgrimage for some seven centuries, and thankfully, the town has been very carefully preserved. Roman remains to lie alongside medieval churches (the ancient Temple of Minerva is now the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, for example) and Assisi’s steep, warren-like streets hide a wealth of wonderful details.
Of the nine churches in Assisi, the towering Basilica of San Francesco is the undoubted masterpiece. Completed in 1253 and built over his tomb, the church interior contains magnificent frescoes by Cimabue, Lorenzetti, Martini, and Giotto. Outside, the sun’s rays make its white, ornate exterior all the more striking. Much can be learned about San Francesco here, and he is widely thought of as one of the fascinating figures in Christianity. A lover of animals and the environment, he chose to live in poverty and preach on the streets for much of his life. He was - it is said - more dedicated to living and carry out the work of Christ, in Christ’s way, than any other saint before or after him in history. In 1223, he arranged the first ever nativity scene, and in 1224, he was said to receive the stigmata.
Italian food is a good reason to visit Italy, but Umbrian food proves the reason to keep going back. Casa Rosa produce is incredible, and simply treating the freshest food with care and without complication seems the key. From pork products like Prosciutto di Norcia IGP to the prestigious black and white truffles growing around Spoleto and Norci, there are several acclaimed products here that are simply part of everyday life.
Being in Mount Subasio National Park, it’s not a case of having restaurants lined up outside: Casa Rosa’s a world away from the bustle. That’s why each dwelling on the estate has the facilities to make your own meals, and there are several large supermarkets within driving distance.
But there are also, of course, the offerings of Casa Rosa, Mother Nature is kind here. Depending on when you visit, you may be lucky enough to enjoy bowls of cherries by the pool, picked from the trees behind your accommodation, homemade jams, or the olives we harvest from October, and then there are the meals made by Alessandro on site. Lasagne con salsicce e tartufo (lasagne with Umbrian sausage and truffle); cannelloni; melanzane alla parmigiana: you can truly take pleasure in eating honest, the home-cooked food here, made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients.
There are too many places to list when you’re eating out instead, but a few mentions won’t go amiss: classic margherita pizzas (again, sometimes the simplest dishes are best); crème-pâtissière-filled cornetti (mornings in Assisi are well-spent people-watching over an Italian croissant); fiori di zucca fritti (courgette flowers fried in breadcrumbs); tagliata alla rucola e parmigiana (strips of medium-rare steak with rocket, shavings of parmesan and a simple dressing). The beauty of Umbrian food is its rustic simplicity: it is one of the simplest, and yet greatest pleasures in the little part of the world.
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG). Transfers from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.