Sunflower Retreats Holidays
Via Tito Tazio, 11
Casperia (39) 3331 893092
Location: Casperia, situated in the heart of the Sabine Mountains in the region of Lazio, is a car-free hilltop medieval village, with fewer than 350 inhabitants who are largely involved in the running of Sunflower Retreats. The town is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and forest-covered mountains.
Philosophy: "Our yoga retreats and holidays are based around health and relaxation, good food, Italian culture, eco-tourism and nature, and we promote, acknowledge and transmit the intrinsic and endless values of nature to all our clients."
Retreats: Lucy Bremner and many guest teachers conduct classes in English -open to beginners and more experienced yogis-from March through October. Classes are primarily Hatha yoga with some teachers specializing in Iyengar and Ashtanga. Weather-permitting, classes are conducted on an outdoor platform. Other activities available are massages in a variety of styles, reiki, thermal baths and natural hot sulphur springs.
How to Get There: Casperia is located about 90 minutes from Rome. There is a train from Rome's Fiumicino Airport to Poggio Mirteto Scalo station. The train fare is around 5€ and includes the local bus service from Poggio Mirteto Scalo station to Casperia. Information on a 45€-per-person transfer from Fiumicino directly to Casperia (minimum two people) is on the Web site.
Rates: Basic prices are between 500 and 620€ (based on double occupancy) per person, per week and include accommodation, breakfast, daily 90-minute yoga class, guided mountain walk and all-week use of bicycle. (Single rooms are available for a supplemental fee.)