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Francesca Maniglio - Luciano Roccia
Luciano Roccia

In the history of Medicine, dozens, if not hundreds of times, medical therapies invented by medical or nonmedical figures have arisen that for a few years or decades, had their own newsworthy success and transient placebo effects, such that they lasted a short time and disappeared into oblivion.

This has not happened with Acupuncture.

Prof. Luciano Roccia

May 20 – 27, 2023


Description of the retreat

An experience of great well-being and deep connection with oneself, one’s body, breath, and heart is our proposal for this week at the end of May.
A week dedicated to those who have never done yoga before, but also to those who have been practicing it for years, those who are interested in discovering and experiencing Acupuncture from the… top of the tops!

Come spend a week immersed in the lush greenery of the countryside, in the beating heart of Salento, with the crystal clear sea fifteen kilometers from the center, in the company of Francesca Maniglio, yoga teacher and founder of the YIS center and Prof. Luciano Roccia, medical surgeon, founder and luminary professor of acupuncture in Italy and abroad, as well as a great teacher of life.

In the morning daily yoga classes to move the body, reactivate circulation, release tension, regain the body, heart, mind connection. To reclaim space and rediscover one’s well-being, a free breath, a pacified mind.
In the afternoon, experiential acupuncture classes under the sympathetic and distinguished leadership of Prof. Luciano Roccia.
Drawing on his more than 60 years of medical-surgical and reflexotherapy experience, he will hold informative courses on Acupuncture and other Reflexotherapies in the afternoons, explaining the therapeutic indications and neurophysiological pathways underlying these therapies.
During the course, all cases that arise voluntarily among course participants or presented by them will be treated and pathologies and reflexotherapy techniques that can be practiced personally by non-medical therapists will be indicated.

Who is Prof. Roccia:
Professor of General Surgery, he taught the first Acupuncture Reflexotherapy courses, for medical students, approved by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Turin in 1974. At the same time he founded the three-year School of Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy for medical graduates. In 1971 he performed for the first time in the Western world a cesarean delivery with analgesia by Acupuncture on live TV. He published the first scientific papers on this therapeutic technique. He taught from 1973 to 1994 in many US universities, collaborating in the founding of the first US Acupuncture Medical Associations.
He was the first Western physician invited in 1973 by the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine to give a lecture at the Higher Institute of Acupuncture in Beijing.

Francesca Maniglio
Luciano Roccia
Luciano Roccia

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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.

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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.


5 nights

6 brunches

5 vegetarian dinners

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Yoga In Salento - ritiri yoga, corsi di yoga Lecce

Via Stazione, 116, 73010 Zollino LE, Italy


Luciano Roccia


To tell about Professor Luciano Roccia in a few lines is an impossible task. This incredible man has managed to pass on to us his ‘savoir faire’ and uncommon ‘savoir vivre’. That is why we proposed him to hold a retreat at our center. His book ‘It took me forever to be twenty’ has been translated into several languages and continues to be a huge success. A medical surgeon but also a writer and singer, a university professor In Italy but also a successful entrepreneur.

He has studied and taught in Russia, China, Europe and the USA.
In the early 1970s he founded the Italian Society of Reflexotherapy and Acupuncture and later head of the Acupuncture and Pain Therapy Service at the Surgical and Dental Clinic of the University of Turin.

In 1974 he taught the first free university courses on Acupuncture Reflexotherapy for medical students at the University of Turin and Cagliari.
He founded and directed for years the prestigious Italian Institute of Acupuncture in Turin (outpatient clinic with all specialties, operating room, teaching room for 100 seats, four-year school of

Acupuncture with 150 doctors enrolled). In order to devote himself to his children, grandchildren and friends he decided to leave many of his prestigious commitments, we are honored to have him as our guest.


Luciano Roccia

Francesca Maniglio, aka Frizzi, is founder and president of the YIS (Yoga in Salento) association. Every year she hosts and organizes workshops, yoga teachers’ courses and intensive courses with prestigious yoga teachers from all over the world. The YIS association, which has been active in the area since 2007, has distinguished itself over the years as an important international yoga center, a meeting point and union of multiple experiences, open to different practices and deepened over time.

Moved by a genuine love for teaching and yoga, it teaches from with enthusiasm, generosity, attention and dedication. To the teachers with whom she has had the privilege of studying and practicing (John Scott, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Manju Jois, Mark Darby, David Svenson, David Williams, Lino Miele, Louise Ellis, Tina Pizzimenti, Sharon Gannon, and David Life) she bows her head in gratitude and joy for the sublime benefits the practice has given her.
She graduated in philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan. After graduation she lived in New York for more than five years working and studying as a filmmaker.

Her interest in yoga began in her New York years where she attended Sharon Gannon and David Life’s Jivamukti Yoga School in New York.

In 2006 he studied and graduated in Mysore, India under BKS Iyengar in Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama.

In 2009 he completes the three-year course of Giuliano Vecchiè’s AYBO and obtains the UISP – CONI diploma of Ashtanga teacher.

In 2014 he completes John Scott’s Teacher Training in Ashtanga Yoga.

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