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ITALY 2018

October 6-13th, 2018 | Savoring the Essence of Life @ La Fenice, POSITANO ITALY




- The Retreat -

I am delighted to partner with Embodied Adventures to bring you an incredible retreat experience in the enchanting hillside town of Positano, Italy. Daily yoga, meditation, and inspired dharma talks will provide the structure and support for your deepening into presence and capacity to savor the blessings of life. Your afternoons will be yours to read, journal, swim, and soak up the full flavor of the region, for an all-around rich and transformational personal retreat.

This intimate retreat is limited to just 12 guests, and will be held at the charming, family run bed-and-breakfast, La Fenice. Guest suites are perched in the hillside, extending all the way down to a private pool and beach. Enjoy abundant meals prepared by the Mandara family, and group excursions including an Italian cooking class, hike on the pathway of the Gods, visit to the ruins of Pompeii, and opportunities to explore the cobblestone streets of Amalfi and Ravello.

This retreat is ideal for those seeking a sweet week of tending to body, mind, and soul. The yoga asana will be Hatha-based and accessible to all-levels, inviting mindful awareness, refined alignment, and engagement of dynamic movement principles to deepen the work and enliven the body. The meditation sessions will weave practices from Yoga, Zen Buddhism, and Vipassana, and the dharma talks will draw from Classical Yoga philosophy, Tantra, Ayurveda, and contemporary psychology to open the doors to greater self-understanding, resiliency, and capacity to savor the miracle of life.



8:00am: Breakfast

9:15-11:15am: Meditation & Yoga

1:00pm: Lunch & Free Time

5:15-6:30pm: Afternoon Program (restorative yoga; pranayama; dharma talks from Classical Yoga philosophy, Tantra, & Buddhism)

7:00pm: Dinner

*This schedule will shift throughout the week to accommodate group excursions and activities



La Fenice is a beautiful, family-run bed and breakfast perched within the enchanting hills of Positano. The villas and cottages gradually drop down the hillside, lush with cascades of bougainvillea and lemons, all the way down to the Tyrrhenian sea. La Fenice features a pool with waterfall and jacuzzi, and private beach with kayaks for adventuring. La Fenice is just a short, 10-minute walk from the town centre.

There are several options for traveling to Positano from Rome and Naples. From Naples, a private car/taxi takes approximately 1.5hrs, or you might choose to take a train (leaving every 25mins) to Sorrento, from which you can continue by bus to Positano. 


Lodging & PRICING:

Most rooms at La Fenice overlook the sea and feature private balconies and terraces. Rooms are simple, charming, and spacious, and reflect the authentic character of the region.

Double Occupancy Rate: $2,250




Incredible meals will be prepared by the Mandara family. Seasonal items are harvested from the property (including grapes in September and olives & nuts in October). 

Vegan, gluten-free, and special diets can be accommodated.



In addition to daily meditation, yoga, and dharma talks, there will be several excursions throughout the week to experience the full flavor of the region. We will explore the breathtaking ruins of Pompeii, hike the pathway of the Gods, prepare an authentic feast in a private cooking class, and spend time wandering the ancient cobblestone streets of Amalfi and Ravello. 


The retreat rate includes accommodations for seven nights, gourmet meals, retreat programming, and all group activities and excursions.

Not included: Flights to/from Naples or Rome, and ground transfer to Positano (bus/boat/train/taxi).


Sword & Lotus is partnering with Andreas Fetz of Embodied Adventures to bring you this retreat experience in Positano; reservations will be taken via the Embodied Adventures website, and Andreas will be your point of contact for travel logistics (he has led retreats here for several years and has all the insider info!) - he can be reached at For questions regarding retreat programming, please contact me at

A $300 deposit is required to reserve your spot.

As space is limited to just 12 GUESTS for this retreat and it will reach capacity, your early registration is highly recommended.

UPDATE: There is currently just ONE spot remaining at this retreat in a shared room (female). 

Tai’s gentle, wise words with the balance of her strengthening, powerful presence, created the space for me to heal and grow at the retreat. Her humility and genuine heart of compassion facilitated one of the most transformative weeks of my soul. Tai steered when I needed a nudge of direction (in yoga practice or in a conversation through her questions) and graciously allowed space for me to explore my own capacities, providing her supportive silent presence, when she sensed strength and wisdom in me, I had not yet discovered.
— Elizabeth K.