Sorrento 2021

Relais Regina Giovanna, Italy

Saturday 2nd October - Saturday 16th October

with Tom Austin and Katharina Fengler

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Tom and Katharina

Tom has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga daily since 2007 and has been teaching since 2013. His main teachers have been John Scott and Matthew Vollmer. He runs a Mysore program in Berlin where he teaches 6 days per week with his partner Katharina. She has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2013 and has been assisting Tom in his regular Mysore classes since he opened the program in Berlin. They will be teaching 12 days of Mysore classes and hosting meditation sessions in the evenings. For more information about Tom and Katharina please take a look at the teachers section of the website.

The Resort

Relais Regina Giovanna is a 50 acre organic farm on the Amalfi coast of Italy, just one hour from Naples. The farmland is open for you to explore including visiting the many animals they keep around the farm. There are plenty of paths and areas to discover in and around the farm where you can find quite places to relax, either by the sea or amongst the olive and lemon groves. There is also a 24 hour reception with friendly staff that are happy to help you with anything you might need.

The Private Beach

The private beach which is open 24 hours a day is only accessible by guests of the relais. There is a fresh supply of beach towels down by the sea for you to use. We recommend bringing a snorkel mask or goggles with you because there is lots to see underwater. The beach also has an outdoor shower, toilets and sun beds for you to make yourself comfortable.

The Shala

The shala is located just a 5 minute walk from the camping and apartments and a 2 minute walk from the rooms. It has a wood burner to keep the room warm in the early mornings and outside you may find the occasional bunny rabbit hopping around. There are good quality black mats and blankets available to use.

Exploring the Area

The area around the farm is just as beautiful and easy to get to. It is only a short 15 minute walk to the natural pool “Bagni Regina Giovanna” and the ruins of its adjacent Roman villa. It is also possible to hike over to the neighbouring village by the sea, which takes only 20 minutes.

The Accommodation

The main villa is located in the centre of the farm. The luxury rooms all come with ensuite bathrooms and all the needed comforts. All rooms come with a large bedroom and separate living space. Free wifi is available in all rooms. There is also the option for a luxury apartment for a family and camping in the olive groves and gardens.

The Food

Most of the food is grown on the organic farm. Breakfast, lunch and a light dinner are included. Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and non-vegetarian options are available. The food is usually served as a buffet, so that you can choose what you want from the daily menu. Filtered tap water both still and sparkling is available at the retreat free of charge at any time.

Transport

The Relais provides free pick up and drop off service from and to Port of Sorrento or the Sorrento train station. So if you need collecting when you arrive or wish to pop into town you can just arrange it with the reception. Sorrento is around 10 minutes by car and from there it is easy to catch the train to the areas around. Sorrento also has many shops if you need something and restaurants if you would like to eat out.

Excursions

The kitchen is happy to prepare sandwiches for any day trips you might like to take. We definitely recommend visiting Pompeii, it takes only one hour by train from Sorrento. Another day trip could be to hike up Mount Vesuvius, which you see from the farm looking towards Naples. The town of Sorrento is also worth a visit.

The Typical Day

7am Mysore Practice

7.30am – 11am Breakfast

1.30pm Lunch

6pm – 6.30pm Meditation 

6.45pm Light Dinner

The Week

Arrival from 2pm on Saturday 2nd or Saturday 9th (dinner included)

Both Saturdays 6pm  welcome circle in the shala

Mysore 7am Sunday – Thursday

Guided class for everyone at 7am on Friday

Meditation 6 – 6.30pm Sunday – Friday

Departure before 11am on Saturday 9th or Saturday 16th (breakfast included)

Prices

 

Early Booking

Until 1st May 2021

limited spaces available

1 or 2 weeks

Late Booking

After 1st May 2021

limited spaces available

1 or 2 weeks

Camping 

(bring your own tent)

€617 or €1144

€720 or €1298

Shared Room 

(up to 3 adults)

€831 or €1528

€955 or €1722

Double Room 

(2 adults, 1-2 beds)

€954 or €1740

€1085 or €1946

Single Room 

(1 adult, 1 bed)

€1561 or €2800

€1730 or €3127

Family Apartment 

(up to 3 adults + 2 children)

Price on request

Price on request

All inclusive. 7 or 14 nights in a luxury room, an apartment or camping, 6 or 12 days of yoga and 6 or 12 meditation sessions. Access to the 50 acre organic farm, private beach and restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and a light dinner are all included.

All prices are per person with the exception of apartments, which must be booked as a family or group.

The apartments. Please fill in the booking form to request a quote for an apartment and specify the number of children and adults you wish to accommodate (up to 3 adults, 2 children).

Single and Double rooms all come with a large bed, private bathroom and separate living area.

The camping includes access to free drinking water, fresh towels, showers and toilets. 

Children aged 3 – 12 staying in a room with an adult cost an additional €350 per child for early booking or €420 if booking late (food included). A single bed is provided for sleeping. Childcare will also be available during the practice times and it is included in the price.

Children aged 3 – 12 camping with an adult costs an additional €280 per child for early booking or €350 if booking late (food included). Childcare will also be available during the practice times and is included in the price.

Children under 3 come for free (food not included). A cot is provided for sleeping in a single or double room.

Pets are welcome at Relais Regina Giovanna and can come for free.

All bookings must be paid in full to confirm the booking. Early reservations can be made by making an initial 50% deposit. The full payment for early bookings must be paid by the 1st of May 2021 to confirm the booking. All payments made are non-refundable.

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Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Classes

Tom and Katharina will be teaching together from 7am, Sunday to Thursday. On Fridays everyone will start at 7am for a Sanskrit counted led class with Tom.

The retreat is open to any level of practitioner including complete beginners.

The teaching will be predominantly held in English, although Katharina can also teach the Mysore classes in German.

Practitioners with Children 

Childcare will also be available during the practice times and it is included in the price for children.

Beginners

Absolute beginners are welcome to the retreat. Please visit the classes section on our website to find out more about how the Ashtanga Mysore Style practice works. We recommend that you visit our shala in Berlin beforehand if possible, but it is not mandatory.

Meditation

Meditation is open to everyone at the retreat and is free of charge. Some of the meditations will be guided whilst others will be silent. They will be held in the shala.

The Food

Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and non-vegetarian options are available.

Filtered tap water both still and sparkling is available at the retreat free of charge at any time of the day.

The area is well known for it’s delicious lemons and olive oils which are always available at the dining tables.

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 11am every day. Freshly squeezed organic orange and lemon juice is available which are grown from the farm. Plus of course your choice of hot beverages like tea, coffee and hot chocolate with milk (including vegan options). There are also organic eggs from the chickens on the farm can be prepared for you on the spot.

Lunch is served at 1.30pm and will normally be served as a buffet, so that you can choose what you want from the daily menu. Most of the vegetables are grown on the organic farm and are freshly picked for the meals. Where possible other food is locally sourced. 

A light dinner will be served after meditation.

Non-vegetarians will need to pay an additional amount if they would like to include meat with their lunch. Costs will vary depending on what’s available.

What you should bring

It’s recommended that you bring your own mat although there will be some there if you don’t have one. Please bring a small towel for adjustments as you are likely to sweat at this time of year. A cotton mat is also recommended as your mat may get slippery.

It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle for day trips, exploring the farm and area around, so that you can fill it up with the filtered tap water.

How to get there

Free pick up and drop off into town

The Relais provides free pick up and drop off service from Sorrento train station or the Port of Sorrento. Just contact their reception team to organise the pick up time.

By Train

From Naples Central Station the local Circumvesuviana train line takes you directly to Sorrento main train station.

By Airplane

Arriving at the airport of Naples, the bus to the Sorrento train station departs from the P1 parking area. The bus costs €10 per person each way which can be paid in cash to the bus driver or booked in advance online.

Alternatively it’s possible to book a private car through Relais Regina Giovanna to pick you up directly at the airport that costs around €120 each way (max. 3 people).

By Car

From the A3 Salerno / Reggio Calabria, exit at Castellammare di Stabia and, without entering the center, take the Sorrento Coast. Overcoming the town of Sorrento in the direction of Massa Lubrense following the SS 145. About 2 km after Sorrento you will be at the Cape of Sorrento, a few meters further, on the right, you are the entrance of the Relais.

By Ferry

If you are coming from the city of Naples, you can also catch the ferry to the Port of Sorrento.

Relais Regina Giovanna

Please note that you can’t book onto the yoga retreat through their website. All bookings and enquiries must be directed to Tom and Katharina using the booking and enquiry form below.

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Booking Information

Please note that you can’t book onto the yoga retreat through the Relais Regina Giovanna website. All bookings and enquiries must be directed to Tom and Katharina using the booking and enquiry form.

Single rooms, shared rooms and camping can be booked individually.

Double rooms and apartments must be booked as a group.

As spaces are limited you will need to fill out the booking form to request a place on the workshop. Once you have received a confirmation email saying that you have a place, you will need to make the full payment in advance in order to complete the booking. Early reservations can be made by making an initial 50% deposit. The full payment for early bookings must be paid by the 1st of May 2021 to confirm the booking.

An additional room tax of €1.50 per night will be charged on your departure from  the relais. This is a standard tax for the region and doesn’t apply to camping.

Refunds

Please note that all bookings are non-refundable.

If the retreat has to be cancelled due to travelling restrictions we will postpone the date to either Spring or Autumn 2022.

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