Evolve - A yoga retreat in Puglia, IT

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Yogando Retreats
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May 13 - 18, 2023
Group size: 1 - 25
Evolve - A yoga retreat in Puglia, IT
martina franca

Yogando Retreats
  • Facebook verified
11 reviews

May 13 - 18, 2023
Group size: 1 - 25

Your teacher - Jenny

Jenny brings thousands of hours of teaching experience to her classes and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) since 2008.  Jenny's goal is to give her students a yoga practice that is both challenging and calming. Through her intelligent, creative sequencing, she strives to pair the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga while adjusting instruction to the level of each student. In each class, expect a creative, breath-led class that emphasizes functional movement with a strong focus on anatomy and structural strengthening.

Her intention is that students leave her class feeling uplifted, peaceful, and empowered so they can carry those feelings into every aspect of their lives.

Jenny asserts that her yoga practice has brought countless positive changes to her life. She believes that yoga offers a path of self-discovery and the opportunity to continually transform ourselves while strengthening our connections to what is truly important. 

 In 2012, Jenny started a yoga retreat company, Yoga Within You, teaching yogis from all over the world and traveling to many international countries. 

Fun fact: Jenny was a contestant on 2006's CBS reality competition Survivor: Cook Islands!

About this trip

This is a unique experience to complete a new mind set, intention and awareness. 

You are presented with two choices: evolve or repeat. It's time to evolve. It's time for self-love & compassion. It's time to unify and rise together. To remember your unique essence. To live fully. 

To commit to your heart. To honor your body, inside and out, as a temple. Claim your power and your beauty, trust and surrender in authenticity and innate wisdom.

Your teacher - Tiziana

Tiziana Trovati provides a full-body wellness journey that empowers growth, transformation, and wellness through an authentic understanding of the body. As a wellness specialist, Tiziana supports the movement, maintenance, repair, and recovery of our bodies. 

Combining classical Pilates, yoga, orthopedic massage, and myofascial release, Tiziana shares her knowledge to help people become the best they can be.

The curriculum

What You Will Go Home With: 

This retreat offers nourishing food, yoga classes, breath work, guided meditation, and inspirational talks. This will be a total immersion into wellness. Even if yoga isn't your thing, it doesn't matter. Beginner level to the highly-experienced—there will be no judgment and something for everyBODY.  

At any level, you will leave having a greater understanding of the functionality of your body as we explore different modalities of movement that still honors the tradition of Yoga. 

Expect morning yoga sessions to be more challenging and invigorating, yet approachable for any level of yogi. Led by Jenny Guzon-Bae, whose 15 years of teaching experience will take you on a journey into your mind and body. Each class begins with thought-provoking dharma talks steeped in Yoga philosophy, then takes you along a physical journey of yoga asanas that combine Jenny's knowledge of Functional Range Conditioning that benefit in mobility and functionality of the body.  

Evening sessions will be restorative and myofascial release classes led by yoga/pilates instructor and recent Physical Therapist graduate, Tiziana Trovati—perfect classes to end each day after immersing local activities around Puglia.  

Our meditation practices will invite us within ourselves to contemplate, explore, listen deeply. We will share space and feel supported by like-minded yogis who come in as strangers and leave as family.  

By the end of the retreat, your whole being will be rejuvenated and centered. 

La Dolce Vita

Immerse yourself in La Dolce Vita, "the sweet life" in the Italian dreamscape of Puglia, Italy in this 5-day/6-night retreat of yoga, delicious farm to table food, vineyard hikes, excursions to the quaint towns of ...., olive oil tastings, and authentic Italian cooking.

Led by Arizona yoga instructor Jenny Guzon-Bae and guest yoga instructor, Italian-born Tiziana Trovati, this yoga retreat, will take place at LaRosa, a renovated 17th century Masseria (farmhouse) tucked in the beautiful Mediterranean olive groves and vineyards of Itria Valley.  

Twice daily yoga practices will be held in an ancient barn that has been converted into a bright and spacious, fully-equipped yoga studio that features a vaulted ceiling of local stone. Expect both energizing and restorative yoga practices to reawaken and connect to a healthier, nourished-self as well as guided meditation and pranayama to calm the mind. Some yoga experience is preferred.

You can further deepen your relaxation with a massage, a swim in the private pool, a gorgeous hike through nature, or simply by enjoying your free time with a good book. 

The retreat center

La Rosa is an ancient Masseria (farmhouse) dating from the year 1689 renovated with the aim of bringing it back to its timeless beauty.

The property is located in the heart of the Itria Valley, about 10km from Martina Franca, 450 meters above sea level and midway between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.

It was carefully designed with the purpose of hosting yoga disciplines, philosophies and activities from all over the world.

The retreat is totally immersed in the quiet countryside of the Murgese, a gently undulating area of alternating troughs and hills, hillocks and karst lariat, between oak forests and Mediterranean scrub, orchards, olive groves and vineyards.

The countryside of Martina Franca, dotted with characteristic trulli, the typical peasant houses with the cone-shaped dome, is a riot of colors ranging from green oak woods, olive trees and vineyards, to the white of trulli and farms to the red soil of  the countryside, framed within the dense network of characteristic dry-stone walls.

Here is where La Rosa hosts guests from all over the world.

Our values

People at La Rosa carefully work in creating and offering the best environment to welcome retreats, workshops, trainings, events and all the disciplines related to psychophysical, spiritual and moral well-being.

The aim is to create a healthy, positive and regenerating environment, safeguarding the exceptional energy and tranquility of the surroundings.

We promote a careful and sensitive approach, from our food philosophy to the attention for details, and we ensure that all these meaningful values are met into an unique experience.

The activities of La Rosa dei 4 Venti assists to spread and apply a humanist and social vision of tourism based on social cohesion, unity and sharing, meeting and communication and improvement of human relations.

Through the form of retreats and holistic holidays we develop social connections, opportunities for cultural enrichment, promotion and exploitation of local resources.

The yoga studio

The old stone barn has been converted into a large and impressive yoga studio

Inside, the natural wood flooring is surmounted by a barrel-vaulted ceiling of local stone, and the original troughs that contained the food for the animals now used for storage of mats, etc. It is a bright and spacious environment in which to find silence and inspiration, and to practice yoga and meditation.

100 square meters, hard wood floor, convection heating system.
Suitable for every yoga style and activity.

Equipped with Ashtanga yoga mats, bricks and blocks, belts and straps, anti-burst Swiss Balls, meditation pillows and blankets.

PA system with Analog Mixer (Ipod, Iphone connection), video projector
with Pc & Mac connection, microphone headset.

Whiteboard and Flipchart.

Guitar, harmonium, Kirtan instruments.

Lounge areas

La Rosa Dei Venti 4 is surrounded by silence and tranquility, nestled amongst the vibrant colors of the countryside. To appreciate its beauty there are various indoor and outdoor areas where you can spend time in peaceful solitude, rest and reflection.

There is also a large glass room that maximizes natural light and allows you to appreciate the views of your surroundings from the comfort of an armchair.

All the individual outdoor areas are designed to allow guests to relax and connect with the harmonious charm that this unspoilt environment offers.

You can laze in the sunshine under one of the poolside cabanas, linger in the outdoor lounge, doze on the hammock or easy chairs found under the olive trees, listen to the sounds of nature or in relaxed contemplation under the shade of oak trees in an island of green, surrounded by wheat fields.

The surroundings

The private wood covers about 13 acres, is populated by a variety of ancient oaks and following the sinuous path you can breathe in the scents of Mediterranean shrubs and discover the colours and fragrances of other flowers and plants.

The vastness, silence and intimacy of the wood make it perfect for walks amongst the foliage and for moments of meditation. Discrete recesses are equipped with natural stone seating where you can relax and contemplate under the shade of the oaks.

The forest is also home to our beloved donkeys, Elma and Elinara, who take care of it and keep it tidy and clean.

The rooms

The Retreat has 10 guest rooms in total: five trulli-rooms (traditional Apulian dwellings with cone shaped roofs), three spacious rooms in the main building and two comfortable rooms next to the Yoga Shala.

Each guest room is unique, full of character and furnished to reflect different styles consistent with the building to create a relaxed, calming and laidback atmosphere.

Options include single or twin bedrooms.

Max Capacity 20 people (Teacher/Staff included).

Rooms are all equipped with:

– Underfloor heating system
– En-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin
– Towels
– Hairdryer
– Welcoming gift

Discover PUGLIA

Trulli (traditional drystone huts) enclosed by vineyards and olive groves, this is the authentic side of the Itria Valley. The panorama is filled with a timeless magic, in the heart of which lie fascinating villages like Alberobello, Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Cisternino.

Leave the trulli, olive trees and drystone walls of the Itria Valley, and follow the way to the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic or Ionian coast.

Take a journey at the marinas of Fasano and Ostuni, with their beaches and small coves in the low rocky coast.

Further south, search out an untamed corner of the marine nature reserve and enjoy sea breezes and the perfume of Mediterranean scrub, a natural paradise of inlets and high dunes overlooking the Ionian sea.

Traditional food of Puglia

For millennia Puglia has been predominantly an agricultural region, producing around 40% of Italy's olive oil and a large proportion of its wine. Vast tracts of the region's territory are given over to farming, whether it be crops or livestock, and many inhabitants continue to grow their own produce.

This essentially agricultural nature means that Puglia cuisine's is home-country inspired, predominantly using the abundant local produce such as durum wheat, tomatoes, artichokes, fava beans, rocket, courgettes, beans, fennel, peppers, onions, beef and lamb.

In terms of pasta, Puglians pride themselves on their orecchiette, little ear-shaped shells that are still produced by hand on a daily basis by many signore. It is usually served with tasty sauces such as meat ragu, broccoli and lard, mushrooms or turnip tops. 

The pasta itself is made rigorously from durum wheat flour, water and salt. Eggs once considered a luxury, are not used in traditional Puglian pasta-making.


Trulli, trulli everywhere... It must be Alberobello, Puglia's picture-postcard town famous for its conical-roofed houses - trulli!

It's not just a pretty picture, though, but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protected thanks to its "outstanding universal value... an   exceptional example of a form of building construction deriving from prehistoric construction techniques that have survived intact and functioning into the modern world."

With its narrow pedestrianised streets, little shops selling local produce and a few nice cafes and trattorie offering al fresco dining, Alberobello is a great day out for families with young children, who, in our experience, love the trulli and remember them as one of the highlights of their holiday!

Polignano a mare

Polignano offers all the right ingredients for a perfect day out. The tiny old town, reached through the Porta Vecchia gate, combines charming, white-washed streets with beautiful old churches such as the Chiesa Matrice. 

You may find yourself getting lost in the winding streets, but you won’t mind at all. Before you know it, you will have reached one of three panoramic terraces offering breathtaking views of the beautiful Adriatic Sea and coastline.

After a stroll through the town and a coffee in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, why not pop down to the Blue Flag beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the old centre? A firm favorite with the locals, the beach has crystal clear waters and is flanked on two sides by cliffs from which children and teenagers dive all through the day until sunset.

Polignano is famous throughout the world for three things. First of all is, as hinted at above, cliff diving. In recent years the town has hosted the Red Bull diving competition, attracting crowds of 45,000 people in 2010! 

Second is its outstanding ice cream, which you really cannot afford to miss on a hot summer’s evening. The third and possibly most famous export of Polignano a Mare, however, is the great Domenico Modugno, who wrote and sang numerous classic songs, including the massive international hit, Volare (originally entitled Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu)! 

The locals are incredibly proud of their favourite son and rightly so. As you wander through the streets that inspired such a wonderful song, you might well find yourself involuntarily singing or whistling, “Volare, oh,oh… Cantare, oh,oh,oh,oh… Nel blu dipinto di blu… felice di stare lassù…”.


Rising high above the vast olive-carpeted plateau of the lower Murgia, Ostuni has long been an awe-inspiring sight for those travelling across Puglia. Strong defensive walls and tumbling clusters of white-washed houses wind around the hillside, at the top of which, proudly surveying the surrounding land, sits the magnificent Gothic cathedral.

First founded by an indigenous tribe some 600 years before Christ, Ostuni’s long and varied history saw it pass from the Romans to the Ostrogoths, from the Lombards to the Saracens, from the Byzantines to the Normans, from the Hohenstaufen to the Angevins and from the Aragonese to the Bourbons. Traces remain from each domination but most of what visitors can see today dates from between the 1400s and the 1700s.

The most distinguishing characteristic of Ostuni and the reason for its taking the epithet La Città Bianca, is its uniformly white buildings. Originally the practice of lime-washing the town's served as a means of lightening up the dark, labyrinthine medieval streets but in the 17th century it became a matter of life and death and was used to limit the depredations of the plague.

Wandering through the streets today, visitors are charmed by Ostuni's medieval layout. The narrow back streets, little passages and flights of steps make it delightfully easy to lose one's bearings! Suitably, however, the climax of any visit arrives when you reach the highest part of town, home to the imposing Archbishop’s palace and the 15th-century Concattedrale with its curvaceous, symmetrical façade and rose window.

The views from Ostuni are, by themselves, reason enough to make a trip there. Wonderful vistas abound from all angles, the best of which offer 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic Sea.

The coastline near Ostuni (just 8km away) boasts some of Puglia's loveliest beaches whose cleanliness and quality of amenities are testified to by the 5 Blue Flags won in recent years.

North of Puglia's loveliest beaches

Heading south down the Adriatic, the coast between Manfredonia and the bustling, historic capital, Bari, is formed by a series of sandy and pebble beaches, the salt pans of the Margherita di Savoia Nature Reserve, and some lovely towns such as Trani with its fabulous seafront cathedral. 

From Bari, the mostly rocky coast is punctured by occasional spots of sandy beach, such as those at the lovely towns of Polignano a Mare and Monopoli, both well worth a visit.

What’s included

  • Hotel Room
    single Rooms or Shared Rooms Available for 5 nights of the retreat
  • Daily brunch & dinner
    delicious cuisine, based on PH alkaline diet with a wide variety of locally sourced products and organic ingredients, carefully selected among the freshest food of this great agricultural region.
  • Morning yoga
    each morning meet us at the yoga studio for an amazing invigorating workout first thing - Nothing starts the day better!
  • Afternoon workshops
    workshop with Tiziana and Jenny focused on our retreat theme, GROW. Your mindset is a key component to finding success in your health and in life.
  • Airfare / Transportation
    Closest airport is Bari, a 1hr flight from Rome. The resort is 2hr from Bari airport, a shuttle bus will be sent to pick you up, and one or two pick ups will be done to maximize the driver's time
  • Ancillary Expenses
    Room charges, spa services, etc. are up to you to purchase
  • Excursions
    Since we do not know how many people will attend, we are leaving off excursions, and they will be managed as add-ons

Available Packages

Standard Room - Shared Occupancy
Available until March 1, 2023

Rooms link - please click here to see the photos of the rooms.

Deposit: $500
Big room - Double Occupancy
Available until March 1, 2023

Rooms link - please click here to see the photos of the rooms.

Deposit: $500
Standard room - Single occupancy
Available until March 1, 2023

Rooms link - please click here to see the photos of the rooms.

Deposit: $500
Big room - Single occupancy
Available until March 1, 2023

Rooms link - please click here to see the photos of the rooms.

Deposit: $500


Day 1
May 13 - Arrival day

4pm Check in

We cannot wait to meet you! 

When you arrive, go get checked into your room then make your way down to our Welcome Dinner at the designated spot.  We will take the opportunity to toast to our gratitude for your making this important trip to spend the week with us. 


Following the dinner you will be ushered into a private dining event with some of the best food found in the region. The impeccably presented culinary creations will feature locally farmed ingredients.

We will spend the evening making introductions and laying the foundation to what will be one of the most memorable moments of your lives.

Who’s Going

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What a fantastic experience! An inspirational yoga teacher in Rebecca Hannah who led amazing classes & workshops, an incredible group of yogis who brought with them such positive energy, well organised activities in paddle boarding & hiking, delicious Italian food and beautiful accommodation at Casa di Sale, Carloforte in the most incredible island of San Pietro. Thank you Elisa & Yogando for organising such a beautiful retreat. When's the next one?
By Francesca J for Level up your PRACTICE on 22 Sep, 2022
Yogando Retreats review Yogando Retreats organised this trip very well, as it was almost an all forms of transport to get to the location (plane, ferry, shuttle, car), they gave us all the information we needed to get there. Communication was clear but perhaps all the transfers and petrol should have been included in the price so the only thing we had to worry about was the airfare and extra excursions. In terms of the extra excusions it would have been nice to know about them before we actually got to the retreat but luckily the spontaneous organisation of these excursions worked out. I was disappointed that we never got to do the breath work or meditation that was mentioned in the itinerary, as I was really looking forward to that part of the evening. Paola Pilates review Paola is a lovely young woman and I was a little concerned at first as she is a little introvert and it took her awhile to open up and talk with the guests, but in the end she opened up, and made people feel welcomed and amazing, especially after her morning lessons. I thought Paola's lessons were very good and I'm happy that she only used her music in the first lesson, because with the ambience of nature surrounding us she really didn't need music at all and her voice is particularly soft, so it was better to hear her cues as well without music drowing out her voice. Paola's abdominal workshop was a nice touch especially for those guests who didn't have an understanding of how to be aware and connect with their abdominals during a Pilates lesson. Casa di Sale review I absolutely loved this little rustic and raw Villa, it felt like home and Nadia makes you feel so welcomed into her home. I stayed in the big tent and slept comfortably but sleeping 4 days in a tent is enough for me. If the retreat was any longer I would have liked a room. I think the tent accommodation could do with some little bean bags outside the tent on the deck to sit on so you can read a book, or just have a little snooze, but swaying in the hammock outside the tent was very relaxing. If you are sharing a tent and the hammock is occupied, the other person has no chill out space other than the common area which is a beautiful space to hang out but sometimes people like to have their space so maybe the common area doesn't give people that space they need. Mosquitoes were only a problem the first night and once I understood to fumigate the tent before sundown I had no problems. LOVED LOVED LOVED the outdoor shower!! Oh and a pool would have been nice to have a dip in during the day and in the evening under the stars. Food review OMG the food was delicious, I wanted to take Nadia and Rossella home with me. It was so healthy, nutritious and flavoursome and I liked that it was more plant based and that there was no alcohol offered. A little suggestion for after the Pilates or a Yoga class that a nice glass or shot of some healthy juice concoction was ready for drinking right after the lesson would have been nice to give you a little boost and to rehydrate you. Excursions review Sound healing was a great experience, language barrier was a little off as I don't think they knew how to express themselves and their method as they were not fluent in English. I loved how it was performed under the stars. SUP was fun, 30-45mins would have been enough and may I suggest not to organise dinner in the town afterwards as it would have been nice to have a shower to wash the salt off but in saying that we were all ready to pay the 1 euro for the 20 second shower if they had not changed the SUP location point. Other comments Having Paola and Elisa joining us for the lessons, brunch/dinner, participating in the excursions and generally hanging out and also having them and Nadia driving us around the island was a real personal touch that you can't get with big group retreats so it felt more special, intimate and connected. We were also very lucky to have a great bunch of girls who all got along nicely. A truly special experience, and exactly what I needed. Thank you, Yvette
By Yvette O for Pilates in Sardinia on 25 Jul, 2022
We had a wonderful trip! AMAZING properties and really well organized. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. THANK YOU :)
By Carol L for Tuscany and Positano on 18 May, 2022
We would like to say thank you because I enjoyed the classes, the resort and the environment of the retreat. I would like to thank Yogando and Irene for organising it.
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