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A-Yoga Retreat

A Yoga Retreat with Andrea Cook
Casa Benedetto, Ishia, Itlay. 1st – 11th June 2019

£580 Single Occupancy £480.00 Sharing ( Flights not Included )

Morning / Guided Meditation walk amongst nature
2 Daily Yoga sessions suitable for beginners and intermediate levels.
Enjoy my daily morning Hatha session, a balanced & holistic flow sequence will be introduced each morning to energize you for the day.
Evening zen sessions shall unwind with more restorative & relaxing Hatha Flow that focus on healing and letting go. Both classes are designed to help you develop your own personal practice once you leave the retreat.
Daily Mediation and Pranayama sessions, you will learn and practice pranayama and simple
meditation technique that will help to create a calm, creative and peaceful state of mind.
Evening Yoga Nidra and sleep preparation sessions.

Included: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner on 6 nights and Yoga sessions
Not Included : Flights, transfers, treatments, lunch, snaks, one dinner , bottled water, tea and coffee and excursions. 

Flights & Transfers 
You will need a fight to Naples, from there you will be met and transferred to the venue.
Group transfers are 40 euros per person each way ( including the ferry ) payable locally. The transfer, including the ferry will take between two and a half hours.

This is our new venue on the beautiful thermal island of Ischia; we have chosen this venue specifically for its location, to allow you the delights of this part of the island at an affordable price.
A small family run guest house – expect simple en-suite rooms and home cooked food – chosen especially as our budget option for this expensive part of the island.
Whilst there is no swimming pool it is less than a 10 minute downhill walk from a volcanic sand beach with crystal clear waters, sunbeds and a small beach cafe.

Yoga takes place in the breakfast room which is fully equipped with bolsters, yoga mats and yoga bricks.
We are the only guests
The venue will be for the exclusive use of the yoga group and will take a maximum of 12 participants in the yoga space.
This is true Italy and we know you will enjoy it.
Casa Benedetto is situated in a cobbled side street in charming Succhivo, a small village. It is close to famous St’Angelo with its picturesque narrow streets and lanes and high-fashion boutiques – you may either walk there or take the bus from the nearby bus stop..
It is also close to the Thermal Gardens (5 – 10 minutes walk) where you can relax in the hot thermal springs and have beauty treatments and massages.
Casa Benedetto has a small garden with kiwi vines, flowers and lemon trees. To one side is a small vineyard. The upstairs terrace looks out across the roof-tops to the sea
Five minutes walk downhill is the small beach ‘Cava Grado’. Like the majority of beaches on the island it is at the bottom of the cliff, with steps leading down. Please talk to us if you have mobility issues.
Close by is the famous Sorgeto Bay, with its thermal hot springs coming from the seabed at a temperature of 90c degrees.
A bus pass for the island is less than 15 euros per week and the buses are very frequent, circling the coast in both directions until late in the evening. Perfect for those of you who love to get out and about.

Please note that this is a family run guest house, not a purpose built yoga venue.

Here are a few benefits I experienced whilst attending a Yoga Retreat as a student:

You take your yoga practice onto the next level, on retreat you practice twice daily , which will ensure your progress and you can experience the daily positive effects, Experiencing the unknown is an amazing way to grow and learn, You will (actually) meditate on retreat as you have extended free time and it often feels more natural to breathe deeply and to be in the present moment. It is the perfect opportunity to un-plug and set yourself a challenge, one of my favourite things about retreat is turning off my phone! A retreat provides you with the time to relax completely and de-stress, listen to your body and rest. Delicious, healthy, homemade local cuisine, made with locally grown fresh produce and lots of love by the resident chefs. An opportunity to make new friends from different parts of the globe, the majority of retreats I have done I travelled alone, which I highly recommend as it is so enlightening, A retreat gives you time to reflect and appreciate home, a week in paradise will make you feel happier, healthier and completely re-energized and I often return home feeling grateful and a refreshed appreciation for life. Lastly You deserve it, the key to happiness is deciding what you really want and making it happen one of my favourite inspirational quotes

“ Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Life the life you imagined “ Thoreau.

To reserve  your place, or for any further information please contact :

The Free Spirit Travel office : 01273 – 564230    email:


I am looking forward to teaching at the British Wheel of Yoga festival this year, the theme is Peace, the event will be held over two day’s you can either attend just one day or make a full weekend of the festival. 

My class summary is “Refining the links between body and breath, creating peace within” I shall be teaching on Sunday 8th at 9.45 till 11.00 am.

The Festival will start at 9.00 when you can register and choose your morning classes and we will be finishing at 5.00 pm each day.
Session 1 will run from 9:45 – 11:00, Session 2 from 11:45 – 13:00 and the afternoon session from 15:30 – 16:45.
The event will consist of lots of different classes with  local teachers. Jane Farrimond is the headlining teacher, she will be teaching in the large hall, Caedmon, and will be doing three sessions each day, two in the morning and one following the afternoon break.
Lunch and refreshments are included in the price which is only £40 per day for BWY members and £50 per  day for non-members. 
Venue : College of St Hilda and St Bede, Durham, DH1 1SZ

To book please visit

Hope to see you there x


A wonderful day had by all

Quote from Laura Ashirst, trustee of COLAC A Celebration of a Life After Cancer 

A Celebration of Life After Cancer (COLAC) Aroma-Yoga Day: as a trustee of COLAC, I’d like to thank Amanda Wray-Ward and all the staff at Whinstone View for providing the perfect setting for our fundraising event. A special thank you to Andrea Cook, for her beautiful yoga session. Combining the disciplines of aromatherapy and yoga we created a special wellbeing day for local ladies who have all had a cancer diagnosis. £335.40 has been raised to help individuals and families in the North-East experiencing financial hardship as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Thank you to everybody who attended.

I have a very special event coming up in May that I am really looking forward to teaching. Aroma Yoga will be a unique event which offers a well- being day aimed at individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis who are undergoing active treatment and those who are the post treatment stage. Relax and unwind in the peaceful surroundings of Wray’s Barn and Whinstone .

Due to space and safety we have limited spaces so please book ASAP to secure a place. All money will be donated to A Celebration of Life After Cancer which is a local charity. 
Introduced to the charity, aromatherapy talk by Laura Ashurst, Yoga Mediation  and Relaxation with myself, followed by a light lunch and tea all included in the ticket.

To book please call 01642 723285