WHAT

An All-Inclusive Experience in an Italian Paradise for 5 days with:


❉   Opportunity to Deepen Your Meditaton Practice

❉   3 Healthy, Farm-to-Table, Delicious Meals a Day

❉   Relaxation for the Body and Mind

❉   Ancient Greek Myths

❉   Daily Heart-Opening and Self-Compassion

❉   Italian Poetry and Introduction to Italian History and Culture

❉   Quality Time with Elizabeth Pyjov


WHERE

Southern Italy is paradise in the summer.


Everyone knows the famous island of Capri. Lesser known is the next island over called Ischia. It is as beautiful if not more so, and tourists haven't discovered it (yet).


On the island of Ischia you can get the authentic Italian experience.


Ischia is amazing because it combines a deep history– it's the first place where Ancient Greeks landed when they moved to Italy– lovely towns, beautiful vegetation and nature, the sparkling Mediterranean sea, friendly people, and natural thermal hot springs that are healing for the mind and body. 

WHY ELIZABETH PYJOV

I'm fluent in Italian and spent a part of my life living in Italy, including a significant amount of time in Ischia.


My academic background is Ancient Greek, Latin, and a Romance Language and Literatures undergraduate degree from Harvard.


I can't wait to share my love of Italian poetry and knowledge of Italian culture with you!

HEALING AND CHANGING PATTERNS

In a new environment, it is easier to release our patterns.


When trying new foods, experiencing beauty with the senses, and connecting to the warmth and friendliness of others– we gather energy and heal.


Ischia is a place that feels healing to me, so I want to share it with you.

FOOD

All the food for the duration of your stay is included. We will eat fresh fruits, vegetables, pasta, and salads plus meat, seafood, and fish, with vegan and vegetarian options available.


Special dietary requests can be accommodated.


A lot of the food we will be eating is grown at the garden at the villa.

WHERE WE'LL BE STAYING

We'll be staying at a beautiful Italian villa with pools of healing mineral hot springs right there on the ground floor, as well as a sauna, Turkish bath, and spa, with the most beautiful view of the island on the rooftop terrace, which will be all ours.


You can lounge in the jacuzzi on the terrace, enjoy an Aperol spritz in the courtyard, and have traditional Italian multi-course meals in the dining room.

WHAT'S UNIQUE

❉   Non-tourist Italian experience.


❉   Like living in a warm Italian family.


❉   Daily meditation will help you feel alive, connected, and relaxed.


❉   Culture will meet contemplative practices here, as we'll be using Greek mythology and Italian poetry as a way of reaching understanding and opening the heart.


❉   It will be a mind-body experience.


❉   We'll connect to pleasure and the senses.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

❉   Swimming in the Mediterranean

❉   Walking through charming Italian downtowns

❉   The most beautiful gardens you’ll ever see

❉   Farm-to-table meals and traditional multi-course dinners

❉   Thermal springs each morning and night that will relax your whole body and soften your skin

MEDITATION

We'll do a morning meditation and an evening meditation each day, and our practice will span mindfulness, compassion, self-compassion, connecting to the senses, and finding joy.

GREEK GODS AND GODDESSES

The culture of Ischia is interconnected with an Ancient Greek influence.


The Greek gods and goddesses have a lot ot teach us, and we'll explore that mythology and its meaning together.

ITINERARY


DAY 1



  • Arrive on the island of Ischia on a one-hour boat ride from Naples
  • Aperol spritz or mineral water to refresh you
  • Welcome Lunch
  • Soak in the jacuzzi on the rooftop, enjoying the view of the volcano
  • Italian Poetry Series
  • Mindfulness Meditation Practice
  • Introduction to the History and Mythology of the Island of Ischia
  • 5-course dinner with wine
  • Night soak in the thermal hot springs for relaxation

DAY 2



  • Morning soak in the thermal pools
  • Buffet breakfast with omelettes, fresh fruit, homemade jams, and breads baked that morning
  • Morning cappuccino
  • Morning Yoga Practice
  • Morning Mindfulness Practice
  • Trip to the beautiful San Montano beach
  • Lunch on the beach
  • Visit to the famous Negombo Park
  • Return to the villa, free time
  • Ancient Greek Myths Introduction and Italian Poetry Series
  • Evening Self-Compassion Meditation Practice
  • 5-course Dinner with wine
  • Option to take an evening walk through the city of Lacco Ameno and get some local gelato

DAY 3



  • Morning soak in the thermal pools
  • Buffet Breakfast with omelettes, fresh fruit, homemade jams and breads baked that morning
  • Morning cappuccino
  • Morning Walking Meditation and Sitting Meditation Practice
  • Self-guided visit to the Giardini La Mortella, the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen
  • Lunch in the gardens
  • Self-guided visit to the Forio Spiaggia di San Francesco beach nearby
  • Free time back at the villa to siesta or sunbathe on the rooftop, soak in the thermal waters, or sip an Aperol spritz on the terrace
  • Mindful Turkish Bath Ritual
  • Italian Poetry Series and Ancient Greek Myths Immersion
  • Evening Compassion Practice
  • 5-course dinner with wine
  • After dinner option to explore the beautiful town of Forio at night


DAY 4



  • Morning soak in the thermal pools
  • Buffet Breakfast with omelettes, fresh fruit, homemade jams and breads baked that morning
  • Morning cappuccino
  • Morning Walking Meditation and Sitting Meditation Practice
  • Morning Yoga Practice 
  • Morning Self-Compassion Practice "My Endless Value"
  • Visit to the Castello Arogonese (Castle Arogonese) built 500 BC; a former abbey of Basilian monks with Eastern Orthodox art
  • Free time back at the villa
  • Optional time to go shopping in the town Lacco Ameno
  • Italian Poetry Series
  • 5-course dinner with wine and special desserts
  • Night of live music at the villa to celebrate our last evening together

DAY 5


  • Morning soak in the thermal pools 
  • Buffet Breakfast with omelettes, fresh fruit, homemade jams and breads baked that morning
  • Morning cappuccino
  • Morning Mindfulness and Stretching Practice 
  • Italian Poetry Series
  • Self-Compassion Meditation
  • Soaking in thermal hot springs at the villa one more time
  • Lunch to take with you
  • Boat to Naples
  • Transfer to Airport or Train Station

VALUE



  • 5-Day Meditation Retreat - $1,380
  • Italian Poetry Immersion Series - $300
  • Ancient Greek Myths Psychologically Explained - $300
  • Restorative Yoga on the Roof and Mindful Movement - $200
  • Excursions around the Island Organized by Elizabeth - $500
  • Short and enjoyable daily Italian lessons with Elizabeth - $100
  • Opportunity to ask Elizabeth questions informally for 5 days - $300
  • Pick up from the airport and drop off at the airport - $100
  • Boat from Naples to Ischia two ways - $120
  • Transportation all over the island during your stay - $150
  • Room - $800
  • Lunch Each Day - $150
  • Night of Music - $50
  • Not thinking about anything and not planning - $500

Total: $4,950

$4,950

the whole experience for you will be $3,700

YOUR CONTRIBUTION



$3,700 for the entire trip.


Everything in the "Value" section above is included from the time we pick you up at the airport, to the time you leave Ischia. Plus 5-course dinner each day, a sumptuous breakfast buffet, lunch daily, wine at dinner, Aperol spritz upon arrival, opportunity to deepen your meditation practice, daily mindful movement and ability to not plan or think about anything for your entire stay.


* To do this trip, you'll need to be able to climb stairs.


HOW TO REGISTER


$1,850 due January 31

$1,850 due June 1


The payment includes everything except the flight to Naples, Italy.


You can Zelle (650) 922-4262, Venmo Elizabeth-Pyjov, or use this link (includes 3% platform fee).

DETAILS



Dates: 5 days in July, text Elizabeth at 650-922-4262 for the details


Place: Ischia in Italy, one of the most beautiful, radiant places you'll ever visit


Directions: Fly into the airport in Naples, Italy. There is a direct flight New York - Naples, for example.


Why: Health, Happiness, Connection, Relaxing, Shift in Patterns, Strengthening of Meditation Practice, Opening the Senses


Facilitator: Elizabeth Pyjov

YES TO ITALY THIS SUMMER