A Vinyasa Krama Retreat with Joanna Lancaster

2nd - 8th October 2021 


About the Retreat

This week is aimed at slowing down, understanding the mechanics of transitions, building strength as well a flexibility. 

Learn little tricks to refine your practice, sit in silence in the mornings and explore the Sutras of Patanjali as well as other texts to invite Peace in your daily life. 

More About Joanna

Joanna Louise were the names “given” to me for this life and I inherited Lancaster as a surname…lovingly teasing me, I have been nicknamed Ladyjo by friends, they say though I am a local here in Switzerland, my “Britishness” stands out.

My big love? Cycling through cities or on country roads, especially at the crack of dawn, before night has completely vanished, when lampposts switch off and announce a new day. Spending a lot time the kitchen creating dishes, for myself or loved ones, is an immense joy. Spooning freshly prepared almond milk froth out of the blender is a simple delight I relish.

At 17, I started hanging out with some Sadhus, on the Gats of Varanasi, with no idea who those Holy Men were. Time in their presence was just “cool” and uplifting to me. It took another few trips to the Mother and a lot of convincing before I dared lay a foot on a yoga mat……

Alignement based I practiced during my twenties, then Ashtanga and Jivamukti Yoga stole my heart…. my teachers, Sharath Jois, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Prem and Radha, I return to often. Between Switzerland, Bali, India and the US my life is mostly spent. To be at the feet of my mentors I admire and bow to, is simply vital to me. Also, to be in the presence of fellow students with whom love to share happy and blissful times. The best food for the soul, Give Thanks to all!

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

  • Yoga classes

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

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 six twin rooms  and one double room 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. 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.

For bookings please contact Joanna  on email holyleggings108@gmail.com