Janet from England
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Just the right mix of yoga , cooking and site seeing in wonderful countryside , companionship and learned ayuverdic treatments . No pressure . Lots of sun . Good food and a few laughs . What more could anyone ask . Perfect venue and location . Even went biking . Heaven
Cate Mackin from Canada,
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Eat, pray, and love in Puglia, Italy I went for one week and I stayed for three! This was my first yoga retreat and it exceeded my expectations on every level. I was at a transitional period in my life and was feeling anxious about my future. Through the loving support of Carola and Marieangela I have obtained a sense of peace. I now have a yoga routine that I follow each day which includes asanas, pranayama, and I can now reach that deeply relaxing meditative state. I enjoyed many Ayurvedic treatments which left me feeling rejuvenated and physically relaxed. I feel better in my mind, body, and spirit and look forward to the new experiences that the changes in my life will bring. There is a loving kindness at the farm that extends from all members of the staff from the owner who encourages you to feel at home, to the chef whose food is flavourful and nourishing, to Joseph ,with his heartwarming smile, who caters to you. I look forward to returning one day, Cate from Canada
“The week I spent in Puglia was one of the most relaxing and friendly holidays/retreat I have ever had. Carola and Marieangela really looked after each participant according to their own needs. I was beginner yoga and each morning Carola took me through gentle exercises so that by the end of the week I was really able to feel both more rested and more in harmony with myself. Marieangelas treatments from the Vedic tradition were a totally new experience for me and were like being in heaven!”
“The countryside around Conversano is simply charming and the visits out were well worth the effort. There is everything here in this area, history, wonderful beaches, stunning churches and sweet towns with wonderful gelataria. I recommend it highly.”
Review by Sophie from Frankfurt, German:
I just arrived back in Frankfurt yesterday evening. It has been an amazing time. Thanks again for your effort and the great time I spent in Conversano. It was so relaxing there.
Review by Leander from London, UK
Spent a really nice week in the beautiful Conversano farmhouse
Carola and Mariangela are excellent hosts and will go out of their way to ensure your stay is as adventurous/relaxing/comfortable as you and your small group of fellow students would ideally like it to be.
The yoga itself is more on the hatha/feminine/slow-energy side rather than the fitnessy/masculine/power yoga side that is also quite popular everywhere, and while this was maybe a bit of a surprise to me it proved very relaxing and fitting with what is predominantly a quiet and relaxing yoga retreat. Carola is a good teacher who is capable of both explaining underlying theory and adapting to what extent the group is interested in more spiritual elements.
The setting of the 16th century agriturismo farmhouse, with a small chapel and look-out tower, is magical and has a beautiful garden filled with fruit trees and a great swimming pool. The excursions to the nearby towns and beaches (some are very touristic, others very genuine and local) are also a welcome and well-organised addition to the retreat, while not taking away too much of your afternoon free time.
Review by Reg and Angela from Manchester, UK
In August this year we stayed at the farmhouse and had a wonderful week in the care of Carole and Marieangela. We were very fortunate to have a special programme arranged for us. Carole and Marieangela couldn’t have been more hospitable. They met us at the station, looked after our every need and included several tours of the beautiful towns and coastlines in the area.
Carole’s daily morning yoga classes were gentle and a perfect start to the day. She has a marvellous sense of humour and is lovely company. Marieangela has magic hands – the best massage and healing treatment I have ever had.
We also learned some great traditional Italian cooking skills and I can even make fresh pasta now. Our local cook was so sweet, great fun as well as occasionally bossy, which was all part of the experience – a true Puglian.
Carole and Marieangela are two very special people. They genuinely care and want everything right for you and I hope to vacation with them again soon.
Review by Selina Vlaanderen from Amsterdam, Netherlands:
“I just returned home after a fabulous yoga retreat week in Puglia.
In the beautiful countryside of Conversano I stayed at the Masseria which is a great place to stay.
A 10 bedroom charme hotel in a 16th century building surrounded by a large garden with a swimming pool and the smallest church I have ever seen, which is a great place to meditate.
In this garden, Carola my yoga teacher, gave me every morning yoga lessons while explaining the basics of the hatha yoga, without any haste and taking all the time I needed.
Feeling completely relaxed after the exercises she joined me for excursions to medieval villages such as Conversano, Monopoli, Polignano and of course to the beautiful beaches and sea sides which South Italy has to offer. Puglia is not yet discovered by mass tourism so no busy streets and a quite wild, savage countryside which makes it a region worthwhile visiting. We had twice a delicious Italian lunch at the beach house of Mariangela, who is the masseuse and gives you in this week two massages which you never want to end! Absolutely great! Carola and Mariangela are two women who give their utmost to make sure you enjoy your stay with them to the maximum possible.
The countryside in which the Masseria is located is quiet but close enough to visit Conversano if you are looking for a more vivid environment. The hotel has beautiful garden, serves every morning a great breakfast with croissants, juices, cakes, fruit and fresh coffee. In the evening the chefs make you a four course delicious Italian dinner. Everything is fresh made. The hotel offers large spacious rooms with private bathrooms and great views on the countryside. Because of the limited number of rooms and personal decorations in the hotel it feels like home. Bikes are available for a ride in the surroundings and otherwise you can take a walk through the olive or cherry tree fields. All together it was a week to remember and I enjoyed it so much thanks to Carola and Mariangela. I felt so good and relaxed during this period. The only downside was that I had to leave after a week….All together a holiday to remember and a great value for your money. Thanks so much!”