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Join Laurel Attanasio for another unforgettable retreat in Italy.

This adventure will take place in the Italian Riviera where the Mountains/Montagna meet the Sea/Mare in the picturesque town of Sestri Levante.

Take a dip in the sea, hike through the mountains or simply sit and sip wine.



    What’s Included: 

  • Accommodations at the beautiful Grand Hotel dei Castelli located on the peninsula of Sestri Levante surrounded by two bays and a private natural park/garden.
  • Daily Yoga and Meditation in the Grand Hotel dei Castelli’s enchanting gardens overlooking the sea.
  • Welcome Dinner, including Aperitivo and Wine in the town of Sestri Levante at one of the locals’ favorites.
  • Sunset Aperitivo and Farewell Dinner with Wine at Ristorante ai Castelli with beautiful views of both the Bay of Fairy Tales and the Bay of Silence.
  • Daily Breakfast provided at Ristorante ai Castelli. Enjoy breakfast while being mesmerized by the sea views.
  • Beach Side Sunset Aperitivo with Light Fare at one of the locals’ favorite.
  • Pesto Cooking Class with Ligurian Wine Tasting, including a Pasta Trofie with Pesto lunch.
  • Guided Hike from Sestri Levante to Punta Manara.
  • Guided Hike or Seaside stroll from Santa Margherita to Portofino. (Option to skip the hike/walk and take the Ferry to Portofino.)
  • Train Ride from Sestri Levante to Santa Margherita.
  • Ferry Ride from Portofino to Sestri Levante.
  • Guided Seaside Kayak Excursion from Sestri Levante between the Bay of Fairy Tales and the Bay of Silence. Learn about the peculiarities of the area and the wonderful coast of Sestri Levante and the area of Punta Manara from a unique and unusual perspective


Please Note:

All outdoor activities are weather permitting. Everyone’s safety will remain the priority when arranging the daily agenda. Indoor yoga space is available, if required.



Testimonials from past retreat guests!


“The whole experience was magical. The location, the people, the food and most of Laurel’s approach to blending wellness and celebration together is the most exquisite way to experience Italy.” 



“This retreat beyond exceeded my expectations. I came in not knowing many people, but knowing the activities that Laurel had planned were things that I liked to do. By the end of the trip I had made great friends and the activities were an amazing way to experience a foreign country without having to do major research. I had been to Italy before, but not to this specific area. Laurel did a fantastic job. I will definitely be going on another retreat. It was exactly what my mental health needed.”



“This retreat rocked my world. I felt like a kid again, not having to worry about the details of an amazing vacation, and just being able to relax and enjoy the experience. I loved how athletic the activities were, and that the group reconvened frequently so that those who wanted to relax more met up with us for socializing. It was a blessing to meet and travel with every single person in our group and I can’t wait to see them again in the future!”



“Wonderful trip – I appreciate all the effort you put into scouting things out ahead of time and not relying on outside vendors. You do a great job!”



“The Sestri Levante trip was our second yoga trip with Laurel and she’s two-for two! The trip is a perfect combination of enjoying the beauty of the Italian Rivera, physical activity of hiking and kayaking, delicious food and wine, and yoga ! While my wife regularly does yoga, I do it rarely. Despite my novice level, Laurel and the group made me so very comfortable while they effortlessly showed me how it’s done. I would highly recommend the trip for friendly people looking for a great trip and yoga.”



Sample Itinerary


Thursday, August 29

2-4 Check In

4-6 Welcome Yoga

7:30 Sunset Aperitivo & Introductions

8:30 Welcome Dinner in Sestri Levante


Friday, August 30 

7:30-9:30 Breakfast/ Time to Explore Gardens

9:30-11:00 Yoga and Meditation

11:15 Walk to Kayaking Location

11:30 – 1:30 Kayak Adventure!!

Free Time to Explore Sestri Levante, Sit Beach Side, Enjoy the Hotel Grounds

6:30 – 7:30 Beachside Sunset Aperitivo at Pura Vida

Night on Your Own.


Saturday, August 31

7:30-9:30 Breakfast/ Time to Explore Gardens

9:30-10:30 Yoga and Meditation

11:00 Meet for Hike and Walk to Train Station

11:30 Train to Santa Margherita

Free Time in Santa Margherita

2:00 Meet to Depart for Hike or Walk to Portofino

2:00-3:30 Hike via Portofino National Park to Portofino or Walk along the Coast/ Option to Ferry Ride to Portofino from Sestri Levante

3:30-5:00 Free Time in Portofino to Explore

5:15 Ferry Ride to Sestri Levante

6:00 Arrive Back in Sestri Levante

Night on Your Own.


Sunday, September 1

7:30-9:00 Breakfast/ Time to Explore Gardens

9:00-10:15 Yoga and Meditation

10:45-11:00 Walk to Cooking Lesson and Wine Tasting

11:00-1:30 Cooking Lesson, Wine Tasting and Lunch

Free Time to Explore Sestri Levante, Sit Beach Side, Enjoy the Hotel Grounds

Night on Your Own.


Monday, September 2

7:30-9:30 Breakfast/ Time to Explore Gardens

9:30-11:00 Yoga and Meditation

11:30 Punta Manara Hike. Hike starts in Sestri Levante.

11:30-1:30 Punta Manara Hike

Free Time to Explore Sestri Levante, Sit Beach Side, Enjoy the Hotel Grounds

7:00 Aperitivo

8:30 Farewell Dinner


Tuesday, September 3

Breakfast/ Time to Explore Gardens




Everything is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather.


Italy Retreat Pesto Lesson Pic


Room Options and Per Person Rates

Classic Room

Single Occupancy Rate $3,680

*Double Occupancy $2,670






Junior Suite

Single Occupancy Rate $3,990

*Double Occupancy Rate $2,820






*When registering, please request if you would like two separate beds.

$500 Non-Refundable Deposit is Required Per Person. Remaining balance is due July 20, 2019.

If you would like to book additional nights before or after the retreat, please email


Booking Your Retreat

Complete the Registration Form.

Pay $500 Non-Refundable Deposit. Payment instructions provided after registration completion.

If interested in obtaining trip insurance, here are a few recommendations: Travel Guard or Travel Safe.

Email Laurel with any questions.

Please see below for information on getting to the Grand Hotel Castelli and to review the additional travel tips provided!



Getting to Grand Hotel dei Castelli

Transportation to and from the surrounding airports and trains can be arranged for an additional fee.

Closest airport is Genova, about 50 minutes.

Both Milan and Florence Airport are approximately 2 hours.

Pisa Airport is approximately 90 minutes.

By train, stop at Sestri Levante and the hotel can provide a pick up.

By car, click HERE for further details.

For further assistance with transportation to the hotel, please email

Italy Yoga Retreat Kayak Pic

Additional Travel Tips:

Most flights arriving to Italy from the United States will be red-eyes. Please plan to depart August 28 or earlier to arrive in Sestri Levante on August 29.

When planning departure flights from Italy to the United States, please consider the travel time on September 3 to the airport. Most guests plan to spend one evening in Milan or the surrounding area prior to departure reducing the very early departure required from Sestri Levante on the 3rd. Most flights from Milan will depart between 10:30-11:00AM.

If taking the train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Sestri Levante, please make sure to purchase a train to Milan Centrale and then to Sestri Levante. This would also apply to your return train ticket. From Milan Centrale there is a direct train to Sestri Levante. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, please click here.

If traveling by train, please provide arrival and departure details to Laurel. The Grand Hotel Castelli will pick up guests from the train station in Sestri Levante. It is 5 minute drive to/from the hotel.

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