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Fall in love with the practice


Valentine’s Day retreat
with Riccardo Gherardi: Fall in love with the practice

14-16 FEBRUARY 2020

Description of the retreat

In any form of relationship, emotions are often not allowed to flow freely in the present. Either one is caged in the past, not creating space for the new or being catapulted into the future by projecting expectations and fears. But the present is the only time to stay. In this workshop we will try to observe the practice and consequently our life from another point of view. Not a continuous struggle made of tension and rigidity incapable of perceiving one’s emotions but a soft flow in continuous listening to them.

And when the weapons are laid down everything takes on another form.

The motto will no longer be “no pain no gain” but “less is more”.


Friday 14th

  • 18.00-18.30 Meditation
  • 18.30-20.00 Asana and emotional release (In-depth theoretical / practical study)

Saturday 15

  • 8.00-10.00 Mysore class
  • 10.00-11.30 Beginners led class guided
  • 18.00-20.00 Ashtanga yoga and art of abandonment (deepening theoretical / practical)

Sunday 16th

  • 8.00 – 10.00 Class Mysore
  • 10.00-11.30 Beginners led class




3 days with an international teacher 

2 morning sessions

3 afternoon sessions

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The YIS retreat centre is located in Zollino, in the heart of the Salento. Twenty minutes from both coasts and from cultural centres such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.

Our yoga retreats are also an opportunity to get together, share good moments, pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Salento in a peaceful environment. Give yourself an energetic recharge through vegan and vegetarian organic food, eco-sustainable tourism and relaxation in our spaces.

Our staff are at your disposal for the entire duration of the retreat to advise you about the must–see places in the Salento, organise excursions, guided tours, gastronomic tours, transfers, rentals and anything else to make your stay enjoyable.

For all information, call +39 0836 600284 or send an email to info@yogainsalento.com.



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The Location

Our retreats take place at Agricola Samadhi, a unique organic farmhouse because it proposes something more than just recreation.

In this charming oasis, the lifestyle revolves around well being: you can combine your stay with a SPA, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and a wide range of massages and more.

You can regain your well being through a variety of top–level yoga classes. There is also a SPA Healing Centre and the HQ of YIS, Yoga In Salento, a European leader in yoga retreats, for years a favourite destination of the best internationally renowned teachers in the world.

An energy recharge and psycho–physical well being will be the most precious gifts of your stay that you’ll take home with you, together with the new friendships you’ve made during the retreat.


2 nights

vegan meals

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Riccardo Gherardi began practicing Hatha Yoga in 2005 with maestro Giorgio Furlan. In 2007 he approached Ashtanga Yoga attending the school of Lino Miele and subsequently, for many years, practiced under the guidance of the teacher Tina Pizzimenti and Gabriele Severini.

His approach to practice changes a lot over time. It goes from an extreme study of alignment and movement to a more natural abandonment to an energy flow in which to cultivate the art of flowing like water without having form or structure. This approach has ultimately led him to regularly practice the entire “Advanced b”.

He is authorized to teach by Manju Pattabhi Jois in 2009, and then participates in his second series Teacher Training. His training continues with Mark and Joanne Darby who will help change his view of the practice.

Always interested in the various forms of energy and their application, he experiments with Vipassana meditation and studies in depth the Pranic Healing and Quantum Touch. This passion of his also finds an application in Ashtanga Yoga, where he carries out a teaching centered precisely on the subtle energies and on the search for a balance between Yin and Yang, also through a vision of asanas as a tool to face, through emotional release, fears and blocks that prevent our evolution as living beings.

Over the years, having had the good fortune to meet and practice with various experienced teachers, he had the opportunity to experiment with different approaches that helped define his personal teaching method, while remaining faithful to the tradition handed down by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.

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