Yoga Holiday in Calabria, Italy with Jill

September 21st to 28th 2019 (7 nights)

The Grand Hotel San Michele is a grand old hotel with its own private beach, ecological and organic grounds and two yoga shalas.

The yoga group are housed together. There are two rows of rooms. The upper row have a terrace and the lower row have small patios and overlook a private wooded area. All rooms are en-suite.

Yoga Holiday in Calabria, Italy £670 (plus flight) per week

Single room supplement £115

Non Yoga partners / friends are welcome to join you.

Included: Yoga, accommodation, half board (wonderful vegetarian or non vegetarian Calabrian menu (please let us know of any specific dietary requirement) with breakfast on the terrace, and dinner under the stars.

Full access to the hotel facilities (swimming pool, the estate, piano bar in the evening, private beach).

Not included: Insurance, travel, transfers, access to golf (20 euros p/d), all drinks, lunch, treatments and massages.

Our yoga will take place in the purpose built yoga space close to the swimming pool, or in the indoor yoga space. Yoga mats are provided.

Flights and transfers:

IMPORTANT: For some groups we will be arranging a transfer bus from Naples airport – please check with the Free Spirit office if this applies to your group as we will be specifying the time of the group transfer.

Group Transfers – for groups of three or more, cost to be divided amongst the passengers.

Naples Airport to Gran Michele – approx 2.5 to 3 hours
3 seater car – 150 euros each way
6 seater car – 185 euros each way
8 seater minibus – 210 euros each way

If this does not apply to your group then we have several choices:

Fly to Lamezia airport, (Ryan Air from Stansted, usually at 06.30) From here we can arrange taxis to the venue. 85 euros for a four person taxi and 115 euros for an eight person taxi. The transfer is one and half hours along the coast .

Or if flying to Naples, take a taxi to the train station and an intercity train to Paola Station (2.5 hours). From here we can arrange taxi transfers – about 20 minutes from the venue. A taxi from here is 40 euros for four persons and 72 euros for eight persons. If the venue has a car available they will transfer you free of charge.

NB We thought we should mention that this is the train line from Rome, just in case you are combining this holiday with an exploration of Italy.

To reserve your place, or for more information, please contact the Free Spirit Travel office:- 01273-564230 /

Flowing Hatha Yoga with Jill Hurley

Jill has been practicing yoga for forty plus years. She is a member of The British Wheel of Yoga and a qualified BWY teacher.

She teaches holistically, using movement, breath and awareness to bring about benefits for the body and mind: benefiting the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Additional information

The Grand Hotel San Michele has a magical old world charm combined with fun staff. This is an eco hotel with 47 acres of pesticide free land, containing a farm, vineyards, woods and countryside, its own golf course and its own beach – reached by a lift which goes down the face of the cliff.

The small private beach has sun terraces with loungers, there is also a beach bar where lunch can be served. At hotel level there is a swimming pool with sun loungers and sea views.

This hotel is also an organic farm and a vineyard. Fresh organic food: fruits, vegetables, olive oil, wine, eggs, homemade jams and preserves are all produced for the hotels own use. Overall they produce about 75% of the organic food served at the hotel. The vineyards produce an excellent red, white and rosé wine. Food here is delicious and we are on half board.

On sunny summer days we will enjoy a buffet breakfast and also dinner on one of the two beautiful terraces overlooking the sea, the indoor restaurant can be used if you prefer. Lunch can be purchased at the hotel, or at the beach bar/restaurant, for 15 euros.

Enjoy walks on the farm, or through the wood within the grounds surrounding the hotel, feel free to explore.

The hotel also has its own organic golf course (9 holes, par 70), nicely landscaped among vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees, with a small Club House.

There are breath-taking views.

Excursions can be arranged, Ornella will talk to you about the different options when she takes you on a tour of the venue on the first morning.


There will be one class prior to breakfast and another in the late afternoon.

The indoor yoga space is designated for the groups use and there is a kettle and herbal teas in this room. Use it to relax in and to make hot drinks before your yoga class.

Massages are available at 40 euros per hour.


A small village with shops and cafés is nearby and a taxi costs 5 euros. We can visit a market, an old town, thermal baths,
churches and museums or go on a boat trip.

Ornella will give you options when she shows you around the hotel on the first morning.

Lots of options – or just lay in the sunshine.

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Please look out or contact Jill for further info.