A relaxing week of yoga and sunshine
in the heart of magical Andalucia, Spain
A Jivamukti & Yin Yoga Retreat with Amy McDonald & YOASS
10 - 15 JUNE 2019
5 nights, 6 days
Starting from £675 or £475 camping
Come and join me for this special collaboration between myself and Yoga on a Shoestring. I cant wait and would love to have you with me!!
About Masseria della Zingara
Masseria della Zingara, the house of the gypsy, was built in 1710 and has been lovingly restored to suit all ages and tastes. The interior is stylish and comfortable and has been restored with the highest attention to detail.
Set in over 20 acres of land with olive, fig, cherry and almond trees, the views are stunning at all times of the year. The house has a swimming pool and wonderful sun terrace for soaking up the Italian sun and the calm of the countryside. You may choose to borrow the bicycles and explore the local region or just relax and unwind. Close to Polignano a Mare (also known as the ice cream capital of Italy) and Monopoli, this holiday offers not only yoga but the very best in Italian food.
Situated on a ridge of hills extending the length of Puglia, Masseria della Zingara, is close to a series of scattered white-walled medieval towns and villages each boasting their own culinary specialities. Heading down through the olive plains to the sea where there are many fabulous beaches to explore. This is the perfect place to restore and rejuvenate your soul.
Thank you so much for a truly wonderful holiday! I'm so grateful to you for creating and sharing such a wonderful space. The Masseria offers such a conducive atmosphere to slowing down, relaxing and having a totally gorgeous holiday! Big big thanks to you all at the Masseria.
There are no words big enough to describe the most incredible time I've had. Feeling re-energised, re-vitalised and re-juvenated! Made many great friends and am so so sad today. Missing you all (and the meditation & yoga!). I've never had such an amazing experience. I think your holidays should be on prescription really!
I had a wonderful holiday and I found everything perfectly organised! Not least the prompt and friendly email communication with you. The yoga, accommodation, food, pool, masseria, everything exceeded my expectations. I wouldn't hesitate to book another yoga holiday with you again in future.
We had a wonderful time in Puglia, thank you. The resort was stunning, the host Jan was so warm and welcoming, the food was divine and the yoga - well let's just say that I've now graduated from headstands to handstands!
What's included in the cost?
2 classes per day morning and evening
5 nights accommodation
3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
Daily meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises)
What's not included in the cost?
The cost does not include flights and airport transfers.
Please note: Any costs for excursions and day trips is not included in the cost.
The Daily Schedule
Join Amy for five days of revitalising yoga at the beautiful Masseria. A wonderful opportunity for you to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and reawaken your spirit in beautiful Puglia, Italy. You will enjoy two yoga classes daily which focus on movement, breath and relaxation.
The day will begin with a flowing and dynamic asana class in the light and airy yoga space. After the morning session breakfast will be served on the terrace. The group will meet again in the late afternoon for a more relaxing and restorative class.
Who will be teaching the yoga classes?
Classes will be taught by Amy McDonald
Amy is a born and bred Kiwi making London her home in 2002. Her yoga journey began 11 years ago and has led to an ever-evolving path through the practice. Previously working in Interior Architecture, she saw the benefits of her yoga practice on her incredibly fast paced lifestyle which led Amy to pursue teaching to be able to share this with others.
With over 1000 hours of training under her belt training with Yogahaven London and has since trained under the guidance of Sharron Gannon and David Life at the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York/London. Amy also has trained with teachers such as Shiva Rea (vinyasa flow) and Norman Blair (yin yoga). Amy teaches weekly at Sangye Yoga School London.
Amy's teaching focuses on alignment, breath and finding depth physically, mentally and emotionally through the practise. Attuning the classes in such a way that the students are in a space to find balance physically and energetically, whilst becoming holistically stronger and increasing flexibility. She aims to create a place where students feel uplifted and empowered and are able to take the practices off the mat with them to improve and inspire their everyday lives.
What type of yoga classes can I expect on the retreat?
Our morning yoga practices will be energising and dynamic Jivamukti style which is a flowy vinyasa based practice, whilst our evening practices will be a magical blend of gentle flowing Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, candle lit meditation and some blissful yoga nidra. All classes will be tailored to the students so all levels are welcome.
Do I have to be of a particular level with my yoga practise for the retreat?
No, all the classes will be geared for all levels...from modifications for beginners to challenging sequences for advanced students.
Do I have to attend all the yoga classes?
All classes are optional, so you can do as little or as much as you like. All classes will be accessible to all levels.
What will I be eating?
You will be eating delicious and healthy vegetarian meals that are made from only the freshest and natural local ingredients. With advance notice, special dietary requirements can be accommodated so please do let us know.
What should I bring?
We have found these items to be useful on most retreats:
All yoga equipment will be provided.
Refillable water bottle.
A few changes of yoga wear we will practice more than once a day
Sunscreen and insect repellent
What can I do in my free time?
Puglia is an enchanting part of Italy with many interesting historical towns to visit, fabulous walks and bike rides to go on and up to 50 miles of beautiful coastline to explore.
The region boasts spectacular Italian cuisine and some of the the most un-spolit environments in Italy so you are sure to find something to enjoy during this break.
Between classes there will be plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. Relax by the pool, explore the local area by bicycle or on foot. Take a trip to the beach or local towns. Boat trips and Ayurvedic massage can also be arranged for you. We guarantee you will go home feeling refreshed and re-energised.
Will I be sharing a room?
Rooms are double occupancy and price is per person. If you are bringing along a friend or partner please let us know and we make sure you share a room. If you plan to come on your own but would like to share and have any preferences on your ideal roomie. Let us know and we will match you with a suitable room mate. We also have limited sole occupancy rooms available.
Will I incur a cancellation cost if I have to cancel last minute?
Cancellations costs as follows:
- Prior to 8 weeks before retreat date: full refund
- 4 to 8 weeks before retreat date: 50% refund of the full amount
- Less than 5 weeks before retreat date: no refund possible
How much is the cost of the retreat?
£875 single occupancy room
£725 twin or double sharing (en-suite)
£675 twin or double sharing (shared bathroom)
£475 camping pitch - with tent supplied (use of communal shower, toilet and wash-basin facilities)
All prices are per person
There are many agents dealing with flights to Italy, it is a good idea to book a flight as soon as possible to get the best deals. Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways offer affordable flights to Bari and Brindisi, the closest airports.
A free airport transfer will offered for recommended flights to Bari.
10th June, BA departs Gatwick 07.20, arrives Bari 11.10
10th June, Ryanair departs Stansted 17.40, arrives Bari 21.20
15th June, BA departs Bari 11.15, arrives Gatwick 13.10
15th June, Ryanair departs Bari 21.00, arrives Stansted 22.55
If you take these flights or arrive at a similar time then the transfers are free. Other transfers can be arranged but at a cost.
Any Other Questions?
If you have further questions please get in touch we are happy to help.
Please contact Amy on email
I cannot wait to spend a beautiful week in the sun with you all.
Love & Light