Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

with Gillian Mooney

8th -  14th August  2020

About the Retreat

This is a wonderful opportunity for both beginners and experienced students to deepen their practice of Ashtanga yoga with KPJAYI Level II Authorised teacher, Gillian Mooney in the beautiful setting of the Itria valley, Puglia, Southern Italy. The day will begin with Mysore Style classes and there will also be three afternoon workshops focusing on the key elements of the Ashtanga Yoga system including an in-depth exploration of the traditional Vinyasa System and the key principles of Back Bending. 

Guests can choose to explore the local beaches and historical towns or simply relax by the pool in their free time.

What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation

  • 2 delicious vegetarian/vegan meals daily, to include breakfast/brunch and evening dinner

  • Light snacks and refreshments including, a selection of teas, coffee, water & fruit

  • Wi fi internet connection

  • 5 mornings of Mysore Style Classes and 1 morning Led Primary Class

  • 3 afternoon Asana Techniques Workshops

What's not included?

  • Flights

  • Transport to/from the retreat centre ( YogApulia can help organise local taxis, this will be an additional cost paid direct to the taxi driver)

  • Travel/medical insurance

  • Massages - available upon request at additional cost

More about Gillian

Gillian started studying at the source of Ashtanga Yoga, the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India in 2005 . She is dedicated to her ongoing studies and she has recently returned from her 14th trip studying under the guidance of her teacher, R. Sharath Jois. She is passionate about bringing authentic yoga teachings to practitioners of all levels, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners. Her vast knowledge of the Ashtanga Yoga system ensures that every student is cared for on an individual and nurturing level.


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Accommodation and Facilities

Our retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves.  


Accommodation consists of seven twin rooms  all with private ensuite bathroom. All rooms have been renovated to a high standard using locally sourced materials, to create a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard provides the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade.


Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.

Food plays a central role in both our yoga practice and life. We believe food should be varied, unprocessed and nourishing to promote energy and wellbeing. The food we serve is predominantly plant based with some vegetarian options. All produce we source and grow at YogApulia is local, seasonal and organic wherever possible. 

Refreshments are also available throughout the day and include tea, coffee, water & fruit.

The international airport at Brindisi is approximately 40 minutes drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 55 minutes drive. Ryanair has direct flights from Dublin to both airports. Hiring a car in Puglia is relatively inexpensive and provides a great way to explore the surrounding countryside, local historical towns and beaches. Both Bari and Brindisi airports have a large selection of hire car companies including Avis and Hertz. It is recommended to book a car before your arrival. Alternatively, we can arrange a taxi to collect you on your arrival.


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YogApulia Retreat Centre

Contrada Zaccano 5b,


72014 Cisternino 

BR, Italy


Tel: + 39 39131 35668

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