The 2019 Course Programme

Autumn Yoga Retreats in Rome at Villa il Cardinale with Marina
04 Oct - 10 Oct 2019

Just £760 for your own room in this beautiful historic villa, plus delicious meals and yoga sessions. Optional guided excursions to Rome centre, only 20 minutes from the villa.

Not included: flights; airport transfers; any excursions, museum tickets, gardens tickets, etc.; minivan for the excursions; lunch in the centre of Rome

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Villa il Cardinale is Marina’s family home. She loves to provide the right ambience and support for a retreat. As well as teaching yoga, she is also delighted to be your host, along with her wonderful assistant, Stefania, and the staff of Villa il Cardinale.

Villa il Cardinale is a unique and special family home only 8 km from the centre of Rome. It has a rich history dating back to the 1st Century AD with Roman remains in the garden (archived at the National Museum of Antiquity). The lofty ceilings, elegant furnishings and beautiful gardens combine grandeur and spacious luxury with a reassuringly homely feel. The travertine marble floors and hand painted ceramic tiles ensure coolness in Summer. There are seven fireplaces to keep you cozy in Winter. There is central heating throughout.

There will be a break from yoga to offer an optional guided visit to Rome with Marina wearing her other hat of art historian/curator. A native Roman, Marina is also an art curator, and author and editor of the tenth volume of La Cultura Italiana, among many other publications on art and culture. She graduated in Art History and Classics, so you couldn’t hope for a better-informed and more knowledgeable guide to Rome.

About Marina

Trained initially in contemporary dance, and working professionally as a teacher and art curator, Marina began to combine her dance with yoga practice. Iyengar yoga was her first love, together with Hatha Yoga. She practiced for several years at the Iyengar Institute in Maida Vale. She later trained as a yoga teacher at Yoga Campus, London. She teaches Hatha Yoga with a base of Iyengar and elements of other styles. A strong influence on her teaching has been Aki Omori, a yoga teacher and somatic movement therapist and educator, who studied for many years with Clive Sheridan, Donna Farhi and Erich Schiffmann. From Aki, Marina learned to take a deep approach to yoga in its physical expression, paying attention to posture, habitual movement and skeletal structure. Susanne Lahusen from Yoga Campus has also had a profound influence on Marina’s teaching, developing her interest in anatomy, physiology and sequencing. In Marina’s academic work she has also investigated the neurosciences and molecular biology, all of which has contributed to a further interest in the deeper structure of the body and mind.

Marina pays particular attention to her students’ needs and specificities, offering yoga at different levels, according to ability. She is very happy to work with beginners and advanced practitioners in the same group, calibrating the practice to ensure that poses are absorbed with greater intensity.

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