Radical Self Love

Via Stazione, 116, 73010 Zollino LE, Italy


Primary type: ✓Spiritual
Secondary type: ✓Yoga ✓Meditation ✓Vegetarian ✓Vegan
Skill Level: ✓Beginner
Host Language: ✓English


Is Italy your happy place? Or do you think it just might be? Italy is a country that opens your heart each and every time you visit, and that happens every more quickly in Southern Italy, which is a combination of stunning nature, relaxed, open-hearted people, delicious food, gorgeous beaches and oh – one particularly amazing yoga retreat in the heel of the Italian boot in Salento.

Apricots in abundance at Yoga in Salento’s orchard!

Yoga in Salento in an amazing yoga retreat and an ‘agriturismo’ – that means a kind of farm stay in Italian. They have an incredible veggie garden on-site, plus an orchard of fruit trees, not to mention a luscious bed of herbs which season all of the delicious food on offer here.

Did I mention the food? Much of the vegetarian and vegan food here is sourced from their own gardens, and it’s some of the best food I have ever tasted at any yoga retreat (and I have been to a lot of those!). Dishes here range from Italian Mediterranean style to Arab influenced – humus and delightful dips and chickpea salads, to Morrocan as well as Asian influences like vegetarian sushi.

The yoga shalas here are both beautiful and light, one is a stand-alone big shala outside, and another is within the main (stone) building and graced with aesthetically and soulfully pleasing archers and vaults. Accommodation is comfortable – in rooms with shared or ensuite bathrooms, and outside of your window, you might just find a peach tree!

There is a big swimming sized pool here, which is handing in the hot summer months, and around the pool is a lovely grassy area with hammocks and deck chairs, ideal to relax and chill out after a strong morning yoga practice.

What's included in the package

  • Accomodation in triple room with private bathroom + yoga course
  • 6 days with an international teacher
  • 6 morning sessions
  • 6 afternoon in-depth classes
  • 7 vegetarian dinners + 6 brunches + 1 breakfast
  • A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens
  • Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request


Michelle Taffe
Michelle has been fascinated by the mind-body-spirit connection from an early age, but it was not until age 30 that she first encountered the practice of yoga. After experiencing on and off depression and anxiety throughout her teen and young adult years, she finally stumbled upon the Buddha’s teachings through attending her first-ever Silent Meditation (Vipassana) retreat at a monastery in Thailand in 2005. This deeply transformational experience led her to begin a yoga practice, which started with Hatha yoga, then moved into Vinyasa Flow and other styles before finding her home in the Ashtanga yoga practice.

Since 2005, she connects inwardly daily on the meditation cushion, and for the last five years, also on the yoga mat with a dedicated Ashtanga yoga (primary series) practice. Sustained by these twin practices as well as visits to her teachers Greg and Tracy Cooper in Melbourne and Vijay Kumar in Mysore, India, Michelle qualified in 2017 at Samma Karuna in Thailand with a RYT 200 Hours as a Yoga Teacher, after fifteen years of dedicated persona practice.

Also a qualified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher (Mindfulness Works 2018) and a Reiki Master (Margot Brock, Melbourne,



From £134/night

£935 total


8 days / 7 nights


18/07/2020 - 25/07/2020

Retreat Capacity

50 people

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