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Jaro Pavek
Jaro Pavek

Ashtanga Yoga as it was originally taught to the first westerners. Ashtanga Yoga retreat with Jaro Pavek – a close student of the first western practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga – Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams is still keeping the old method of this practice alive and is passing this teaching further.

Jaro Pavek


14 – 21 September 2024

Description of the retreat

Ashtanga Yoga retreat with Jaro Pavek. Jaro is a close student of the first western practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga – Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams and he is still keeping the old method of this practice alive and is passing this teaching further.

Join him for the retreat, explore and experience how Ashtanga Yoga was originally taught. Jaro will be teaching 6 morning Mysore style practices (if the group chooses so, there can also be one led class) and three afternoon workhops where Jaro will be talking about his search for yoga, how he was taught and will share this beautiful method with you.

Jaro Pavek
Jaro Pavek
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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.


7 nights

6 brunches

7 vegetarian dinners

1 breakfast

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request


Jaro Pavek

Jaro Pavek is a close student of Nancy Gilgoff, the first western woman to be taught the method of Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the early 1970’s. Along with Nancy, Jaro has spent much time studying the classical teaching of Ashtanga Yoga with David Williams, who was also there in Mysore, India with Nancy in the 70’s.

Both Nancy and David are still teaching the same authentic method of yoga as it was originally taught to them by Guruji. Jaro has been practicing yoga his whole adult life and has dedicated his time not only to the practice but also to the search for the original ways in yoga. Beside of yoga, Jaro also studies and practices various paths of mysticism, he is a professional Tarot reader and an energy healing practitioner.

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