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6 Days Nature, Relaxation, Spa, and Yoga Retreat in Como Lake, Italy

Cascina Borgofrancone, Località Pian di Spagna, 1 Gera Lario, Como, Italy

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat Italy

Do you desire to discover the authentic way of practicing yoga? Based on knowledge and respect, adapted to your individual needs and in a safe way? With the right balance between activity and relaxation? Then this is the retreat for you! Come back to yourself in the middle of a calming and beautiful natural reserve at Como Lake. Discover the romantic atmosphere of the lake and its beautiful surroundings, enjoy the "lightness" of the Italian "Dolce Vita" lifestyle with the sun, spa, delicious homemade cuisine and safely practicing yoga in a small group.

Meet the instructors

Margaretha
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Highlights

  • Daily 2 yoga sessions
  • Daily delicious homemade breakfast buffet and dinner
  • Panoramic hike on an easy mountain trail above the lake
  • Experienced, cheerful, and passionate teacher with a yoga therapy background
  • Gentle walk to Como Lake with a meditation on the shore of a secluded beach
  • Immerse in the beautiful and calming environment of the natural reserve
  • Discover Como Lake and its beautiful romantic surroundings
  • Relax and enjoy the spa of the resort
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Within the Natural Reserve Pian di Spagna and Novate Mezzola, you will find Organic Farm Cascina Borgofrancone. It is a 19th-century farmhouse, surrounded by the green countryside and lies at 2,5 km walking distance of Como Lake. Choose from the following accommodations:

25 square meters studio (most of them with fully- equipped kitchenette and fridge. Please request)

  • 2 single beds or 1 double bed (on request and upon availability)
  • Ground floor or first floor with balcony
  • All rooms have a private entrance directly from the surrounding garden
  • Including bed linen, towels, toiletries, hair-dryer, television, air-conditioning/heating, Wi-Fi

Junior suite

  • 30 square meters apartment with direct garden access
  • Double bed
  • Private garden terrace
  • Including bed linen, towels, bathrobe, toiletries, Kit SPA (bathrobe/slippers/swimming cap) hair-dryer, television, Air conditioning/heating, Wi-Fi
  • All rooms have a private entrance directly from the surrounding garden

Program

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Hatha yoga
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 17:15 - 18:45 Hatha yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner

Two excursions included during the week. Every yoga session is based on different yoga styles and technics such as asana's, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation and includes Yoga Nidra and Restorative yoga as well.

Instructors

Margaretha Van den Broek

Location

Eco Resort Cascina Borgofrancone lies within the Natural Reserve Pian di Spagna and Novate Mezzola. The property covers an area of 27 hectares used for organic farming and agriculture, reaching the far tip of Lake Como.

The biggest river in this region, called Adda, flows steadily towards the lake and invites for beautiful walks along its final stretch before arriving into the lake. Within the Natural Reserve people enjoy the surroundings by various activities like trekking, jogging, horse riding, water sports and bird watching.

At close distance, you can visit the main lakeside towns of Colico, Bellano, Varenna and Bellagio for some typical Italian romantic lake atmosphere. For those who like to enjoy the mountains can go to the Valtellina and Valchiavenna mountain areas.

Cascina Borgofrancone operates towards eco-sustainability with a particular focus on the concepts of energy efficiency, respect for the environment, and the use of renewable energy sources. It is equipped with wooden-boilers, PV system on the roofs and owns and cultivates BIO certified lands.

Food

The restaurant, Il Ristorante del Borgo, is nestled in three hectares of garden with an indoor section and a large outdoor terrace. Here you can discover delightful Italian cuisine using only the finest, freshest ingredients, straight from the land.

Enjoy healthy, seasonal, delicious Italian cuisine and some typical local dishes based on self-produced organic certified fruits, vegetables, eggs and berries, and other high-quality local farmer products.

A rich breakfast buffet and dinner à la carte (starter, main course and dessert, coffee/tea and water) are included.

  • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free options are also available
  • The restaurant is closed on Monday all day (for lunch open from Wednesday till Sunday).
  • Lunch possibility (optional)
  • Picnic lunch packages available (not included)
  • Almost all apartments have a fully equipped kitchenette to prepare food and drinks independently. (Shopping centre at 5 minutes drive)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • 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

What's included

  • 1 excursion to the abbey of Piona
  • 1 gentle hike in the beautiful mountains above the lake
  • 1 welcome drink upon arrival
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 rich international breakfast buffet including local products
  • 5 three-course dinner à la carte (starter, main course, dessert)
  • Mineral water during dinner
  • Tea or coffee after dinner
  • Daily Spa entrance (Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, indoor pool, sensory showers)
  • Mountain bike use
  • Tennis court use plus equipment
  • WiFi internet
  • Parking
  • Tourist tax fee and VAT

What's not included

  • Travel costs to and from Cascina Borgofrancone
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra excursions and activities
  • Snacks and all drinks (except water, coffee/tea during dinner)
  • Massages

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Milan:

  • Follow the SS 36 towards Lecco/Sondrio, take the exit Colico/Chiavenna and continue towards Chiavenna.
  • Directly after crossing the river Adda, turn left following the indication Pian di Spagna and Cascina Borgofrancone, pass the train railway crossing and turn immediately right.
  • This private road will lead to Cascina Borgofrancone.

Driving directions from Switzerland

  • Follow the SS 340 up to Menaggio.
  • Turn in the direction of Gera Lario, cross the Ponte del Passo and continue until the intersection with the SS 36.
  • Turn right and continue on the SS 36 southbound.
  • Just before crossing the river Adda, turn right following the indication Pian di Spagna and Cascina Brogofrancone, pass the train railway crossing and turn immediately right.
  • This private road will lead to Cascina Borgofrancone.

Arrival by airplane

Flying to Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport. Take the shuttle bus (ATB) directly from the airport to the central train station of Bergamo (duration 15 minutes). Take the train to Colico (1 hour and 40 minutes). Margaretha van den Broek will come to pick you up at the train station by car (10 minutes).

Flying to Milan Malpensa Airport. Take the train directly from the airport to Colico (2 hours and 40 minutes). Margaretha van den Broek will come to pick you up at the train station by car (10 minutes)

Flying to Milan Linate Airport. Take the airport shuttle bus directly from the airport to Milan central station (25 minutes) Take the train to Colico (1 hour and 30 minutes). Margaretha van den Broek will come to pick you up at the train station by car (10 minutes).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 28 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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