8 Days Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation Retreat Perugia Area, Italy

Meditation Retreat Italy with Malcolm Smith and Gaynor Quilter

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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.

Highlights

  • Meditation session
  • Mindfulness teaching
  • Trip to the medieval town of Assisi
  • Numerous walks through the woods
  • Access at all times to the private pool with beautiful views
  • Transfers to and from Assisi
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Meals and drink

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Child care
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

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.

Twin room

This room offers two single beds in an apartment with bathroom, kitchen, and private terrace.

Private single room (2-3 bedroom apartment)

This is a single room in a shared two or three bedroom apartment with kitchen, bathroom, and private terrace.

Private single room (1 bedroom apartment)

This one-bedroom apartment features a double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower, living room with kitchen, and private terrace.

Casa Rosa Meditation Retreat in Italy Program

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:

  • Opening to your natural goodness
  • It’s ok to be afraid
  • Compassion meditation
  • Stirring the porridge - waking up to each moment of your life
  • Worry - and how to stop it
  • The wisdom of loneliness
  • Living in the present

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.

Sample schedule

Saturday

  • 15:00 Arrival at Casa Rosa.
  • 18:00 Welcome talk, aperitivo, and dinner by the pool

Sunday to Friday

  • 07:15 Rise. Followed by Meditation, breakfast, free time and teaching
  • 13:00 Lunch. Followed by free time, teaching and meditation (walking meditation, mindful swimming, and eating)
  • 19:00 Dinner. Followed by evening activity

Note: Some evenings are free for visits to Assisi or other nearby towns

Included excursions

There will be the opportunity for a trip to the medieval town of Assisi until late evening.

Instructors

Suryacitta Malcolm Smith
Suryacitta Malcolm Smith, is one of the most experienced mindfulness teachers in the UK, starting his practice in 1989. He is the author of two books, ‘Finding Contentment through Mindfulness’ published in 2011 and Mindfulness and Compassion - Embracing life with Loving Kindness, 2015. Both published by Ivy Press. He has taught mindfulness and compassion meditation to 1000s or people in the UK, Italy, Spain, and Australia. From 2001 to 2005 he lived in a meditation retreat center, dedicated to intensive practice and teaching. He has co-designed the MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion at Coventry University in the UK where he also lectures. He is an expert practitioner and spends his time teaching others what he has learned. Suryacitta appears regularly on BBC Radio Leicester presenting the ‘Thought for the day’.
Gaynor Quilter
Gaynor Quilter, co-founder of Mindfulness CIC has worked in charities for over 30 years, principally with young people including homeless, parenting and mental health. She was CEO of Alone in London and Apex Works. Gaynor’s interests lie in the alignment between values, culture, and behaviors. Gaynor has been practicing mindfulness for over 10 years. She came to the practice after the death of her Mum and found that mindfulness allowed her to stay in her body rather than her head. She found it the most helpful way of experiencing pain and loss. She also uses focusing on a creative process to help her understand her emotional life. Gaynor has a degree from Bradford University and attended mindfulness teacher training at Bangor University.

Location

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.

Nearby places

  • Assisi, 10 kilometers
  • The university city of Perugia, capital of Umbria, and houses Etruscan, 15 miles

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

Services

  • Child care
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore the historical treasure troves of Rome, Florence, and Siena
  • Tour to the historical churches
  • Visit to medieval hilltop towns (Gubbio, Cortona, Spello, Spoleto, Todi, and Orvieto)

What's included

  • Mindfulness teaching
  • Access at all times to the private pool with beautiful views over the valleys
  • Numerous walks through the woods which are part of the national park of Mount Subasio
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers to and from Assisi
  • Meals and drink

How to get there

Driving direction from Florence

  • Follow the A1 until the Perugia exit, which is not far after the one for Arezzo.
  • From there one follow the E75 past Lake Trasimeno to Perugia, then the signs to Assisi.
  • In Assisi, take the road around the edge of the old town and follow signs for Gualdo Tadino.
  • This will take you through Piazza Matteotti, and you should leave Assisi by an arched stone gateway, Porta Perlici.
  • From Assisi continue on the road for Gualdo Tadino (SS 444).
  • Approximately 4.3 kilometers (or 2.7 miles) after leaving Assisi you should come to Ponte Grande.
  • From Ponte Grande, there are two bars: Giovannino’s on the left and Moro de Ronca on the right.
  • Continue for another 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) until you come to a small turning on the right signposted ‘Santuario Madonna dei Tre Fossi’.
  • Here you turn off and follow the small country road.
  • Follow this road for another 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) until you come to a fork.
  • Here you turn left up a steep hill.
  • Follow the road around three tight bends until you see a turning on the right marked Casa Rosa.
  • Turn right into this track, and it will take you directly to Casa Rosa.

Driving direction from Rome

  • If you are traveling from Rome, follow the A1 till Orte and then take the exit in direction of Perugia and Terni.
  • Follow the E45 towards Todi, and continue along the E45 until you reach the exit for Assisi.
  • In Assisi, take the road around the edge of the old town and follow signs for Gualdo Tadino.
  • This will take you through Piazza Matteotti, and you should leave Assisi by an arched stone gateway, Porta Perlici.
  • From Assisi continue on the road for Gualdo Tadino (SS 444).
  • Approximately 4.3 kilometers (or 2.7 miles) after leaving Assisi you should come to Ponte Grande.
  • From Ponte Grande, there are two bars: Giovannino’s on the left and Moro de Ronca on the right.
  • Continue for another 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) until you come to a small turning on the right signposted ‘Santuario Madonna dei Tre Fossi’.
  • Here you turn off and follow the small country road.
  • Follow this road for another 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) until you come to a fork.
  • Here you turn left up a steep hill.
  • Follow the road around three tight bends until you see a turning on the right marked Casa Rosa.
  • Turn right into this track, and it will take you directly to Casa Rosa.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Airport: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 15, 2018
Departure: Saturday September 22, 2018

Pricing information

You will get 10% off group rate per person if you register in a group of 3 or more registering at one time.

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