Yoga Holiday in Calabria, Italy with Jill

June 2018

The venue was the beautiful Grand Hotel San Michele. Ornella, the hotel proprietor, welcomed us so warmly at the station. She soon felt like family or a dear friend. Some of us made firm friends with Sailor, Ornella’s affable, good-natured rescue dog.

On arrival we learnt a little of the history of this friendly, family run hotel. Ornella took us all on a guided tour of the fragrant Mediterranean gardens, olive groves, abundant orchards and vegetable gardens. All the food served was organic and home-grown. Wine, honey and preserves were all produced locally. The food (vegetarian if required) was delicious.

Our rooms were spacious and the beds comfortable.

The yoga studio was very well equipped. All the equipment required was to hand including comfy bolsters and brand new mats. The space was light and airy. In the mornings we enjoyed our practice in a dedicated outdoor space accompanied by birdsong and the occasional lizard. Sailor was eager to join us to demonstrate his downward dog but sadly for him he was banned!

After morning yoga we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of fresh picked strawberries, fruits, pastries, cheese, preserves, etc., on the bougainvillea-clad terrace whilst soaking up the morning sun.

In between the yoga sessions we relaxed by the pool or made our way to the hotel’s private beach via a cliff-side elevator. It was very restful reading, sun-bathing, swimming in the ocean or just sitting. The beachside restaurant served a varied menu including a refreshing beer, Calabrian-style salads or more substantial fare.

Ornella took some of us to visit the local village of Cetraro and a spa renowned for therapeutic hot springs. Other trips were offered but we felt happy to simply enjoy the hotel and its peaceful fragrant gardens and the beach.

Following our evening practice of gentle yoga and deep restorative relaxation we met on a terrace (there were lots of terraces!) and enjoyed the wonderful sea views, good company and an aperitif. The three course dinner (home grown produce) was served in the restaurant or on the terrace so that we could enjoy the sun setting over the ocean. All of the waiters and other staff were so helpful and friendly. Their English was good and some of us felt embarrassed by our lack of Italian!

We enjoyed the warm evening air on the short walk back to our yoga apartment via a pathway bordered with sweet smelling herbs and shrubs. We were very happy to climb into our comfy beds and anticipate the promise of happy yoga days to follow. 🙏😎🌻

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