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Simone Nitzan
Carla Interior



06 – 13 July  2024

Description of the retreat

The connection between the body and mind has been well documented and researched. We know the two are intimately connected, and we know that moving our bodies helps us access different aspects of our minds. When our bodies are strong, healthy and move well, our minds find greater ease, and when we work on the mind, it impacts how we feel in our bodies.

This retreat will bring together a variety of practices from yoga asana, pilates, yin yoga, restorative yoga, chanting, meditation and breathing to cultivate a sense of ease physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Simone and Carla have been teaching for several years and bring together a unique blend of physical, philosophical and subtle practices. They blend ancient wisdom with modern life, and their teachings focus on how your practice can serve you in your life.

This retreat will leave you feeling rejuvenated, strong and capable of taking on physical and mental challenges.


  • 8:00 – 10:30 AM: Daily Morning Practice
  • 11:00 AM: Brunch
  • 12:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Free Time / Beach / Excursions / Q&A
  • 4:30 – 6:30 PM: Masterclass or Workshop (Sun/Tue/Thur)
  • 7:00 PM: Dinner


  • 6 x Morning Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • 3 x Afternoon Workshops
Simone Nitzan and Carla Interior retreat
Carla Interior
Simone Nitzan and Carla Interior retreat

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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

The experience of consciously and fluidly linking the breath and movement inspires Simone in her practice and teaching. Her personal practise informs her teaching, and she draws on elements of vinyasa, science-based alignment and mindful movement in her led classes. She believes practicing yoga leads to a meditative state and expands our awareness of ourselves. Her classes bridge awareness of the breath with the alignment of the body and mind. When we’re in a state of yoga, the qualities of effort and ease are harmoniously balanced.

Simone is a mother, anatomy and yoga teacher, massage therapist and yoga student for life. She has been teaching since 2009 in various workshops and retreats in North America, Europe and Asia. She is currently based in Toronto and co-founder of the online yoga studio

Simone brings her expertise in anatomy and physiology into the yoga room, where she works to inform her students how to safely and sustainably work with their bodies through Yoga Asana, the breath and other energetic elements of the practice. She believes yoga can help heal physical and emotional injury, and she works with her students to find the unique practices that work for each of their body-minds.

Carla Interior

Carla Interior

Born in Manila, raised in Toronto Carla’s journey has evolved through the transformative realms of yoga and Pilates. Her quest for knowledge led her to complete her first yoga teacher training in Thailand, where she discovered her passion for guiding others on their wellness journey. She underwent additional training with Ron Reid, Marla Meenakeshi Joy, David Robson and immersed herself in the Ashtanga Yoga practice. In this immersive journey, she not only gained valuable insights but also honed the art of hands-on adjustments. Drawing from her extensive experience of adjusting students in their self-practice, Carla brings a distinctive touch to her led classes. This hands-on approach allows her to offer tailored modifications, assisting individuals in reaching their unique personal goals.

She extends beyond conventional yoga sessions.  Eager to learn more, she took her first Pilates Teacher Training with Leslie Parker at Mindful Movement Centre.  Leslie focused on therapeutic methods of rehabilitating injuries which inspired Carla to teach in a more meaningful way. Trained in all Pilates apparatus—cadillac, chair, barrel, and reformer—she brings a multifaceted approach to her teaching. With expertise in these specialized tools, Carla offers a unique blend of yoga and Pilates, weaving together strength, flexibility, and mindfulness in every session.

Carla’s mission is to empower her students to strengthen and care for their bodies, offering tailored Pilates practices that align with their unique needs and demanding lifestyles. Whether it’s the flowing sequences of yoga or the precision of Pilates apparatus work, Carla guides her students towards enhanced joint mobility, a fortified core, and an enduring sense of calm.

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