About our retreats
  • grounds of villa prati

Le Marche Italy has so much to offer that we have decided to carefully plan and put together some special holidays which are aimed to introduce you to some of the treasures this region has to offer as well as teaching you something new.

So if you are looking for more than just a holiday in Italy and would like to broaden your horizons and expand your skills or simply reconnect with your body while staying in our villa then then have a look at our special holiday packages.

Daniela, the property manager and daughter of the owners of this wonderful villa is fluent in both English and Italian and has carefully put together specialised holidays contacting highly qualified professionals to make sure you get the very best experience whichever is your preferred activity.

Daniela has been living in Le Marche for the past 20 years, planning events and weddings for 10 years and will be your host during your stay at the Villa. She will welcome you at the villa with a glass of Prosecco and some nibbles and since her main passion lies in cooking and baking she will be preparing your breakfasts and lunches and some of your dinners.

Whether you are interested in cooking, fitness or simply would like to learn how to take better care of yourself we have planned every detail meticulously and collaborate with experienced and highly qualified professionals to ensure you will benefit from all of our courses.

Cooking retreat
  • Cooking Holiday

If you love Italian food and are thinking about joining a cooking course, then our holiday may just be what you need. The holiday and course will take place at Villa Prati, a delightful luxury villa set amongst the rolling hills of the countryside with vast gardens and a large swimming pool where you can relax when you are not cooking and eating.

Daniela and Paolo the hosts will welcome you with a glass of Prosecco and some nibbles and will introduce you to the weeks program.

This is a hands on, roll up your sleeves kind of course with the first stop down to the garden to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. Everything we eat and prepare is fresh and seasonal. Your teachers will be very talented chefs who will show you how to execute a meal from start to finish which you will then sit and enjoy over some good wine and company. Marcella, a typical nonna (grandmother) from our village makes the best pasta in the area and she will come and show you how it is done.

We cater for every cooking level from the novice to the professional. You will extend your culinary skills from butchery, making sausages, deboning wild animals, to pasta and bread making, cooking in wood fired ovens and baking delicious desserts and torte. Everything is organised for you, just book your stay with us and your flight and leave the rest to us.

For more information about our Cooking retreat please fill out this form.

LuxPilates retreat
  • Luxpilates

Our bespoke Pilates retreats are led by Leonie Dykes, qualified Advanced Level 3 Diploma Modern Pilates Instructor based in York. Click here to read more about Leonie and her qualifications and accreditations.

Leonie will teach body control techniques, a method of Pilates with a huge amount of physical advantages from getting fit and toning your body to combating back problems and arthritis. It really is suitable for any age or ability and the course is guaranteed to leave you feeling truly rejuvenated, healthier and refreshed.

It is available for all levels of experience; beginners will build a strong foundation in a focused atmosphere which will efficiently spring board you onto your next level Advanced will develop a keener eye and further develop and refine existing skills. Every exercise taught will generate a deeper awareness of your body, mind and general well-being.

Everything is carefully planned for you, all you need to do is book your flights and we will think of all the rest. This LUX holiday includes airport transfers, accommodation in our luxury villa, full board meals with delicious wines and snacks throughout the day, group Pilates lessons twice a day and one to one sessions, Postural assessment at the beginning and end of retreat with personal workshop at the end of the week with exercises to take home to continue your work; a wine tasting in a nearby vineyard and a BBQ or pizza evening with live music on the last evening.

Our aim is for you to leave the retreat feeling relaxed, unwound and spoilt with great memories. But also with a clear idea of how you have developed and what to do next to keep it up.

For more information about our Luxpilates retreat please fill out this form.

Cycling retreat
  • Cycling in Le Marche
  • cycling in Le Marche town

Do you fancy a warm cycling destination to build strength and stamina topped off with core strength activities and rehabilitation at the end of each day?

Use the week to train, build on existing capabilities or simply ride to enjoy the scenery.

We offer a week of daily guided cyclists retreat lead by an exceptional Allan Hargreaves finished off with Cycling specific Pilates and structured rehabilitation exercises. Through our knowledge and skill your cycling retreat on and off the road will be an unforgettable experience.

Don’t just train, train right with Allan Hargreaves and Leonie Dykes of LJ Modern Pilates on one of our Cycling ‘Retreats’ in Italy. Amongst Allan’s accolades he started cycling with the Clifton CC in 1960. Then in 1961 with his father they opened a cycle shop in York hand building bikes for competition on the road and track. Allan went on to become junior club champion in 1963 and was part of the team winning the British best all-rounder competition and the national 100 mile championships in 1965. In 1966 he became British best all-rounder and 12 hour championships and then decided to give up competitive cycling in 1967 to take up water ski racing, this is only a snap shot of this man’s talent. Allan has continued to be involved with bike maintenance, wheel building etc. for road mountain and downhill. For the past 15 years he has spent the summer months living and cycling in le Marche Italy.

The holiday includes airport transfers, Breakfast and lunch buffet style and sit down 3 course evening meal every day, Cycling specific Pilates once or twice a day depending on route taken with guided cyclist plus everyone gets a one to one with me during the week, Postural assessment at the beginning and end of retreat with personal workshop at the end of the week with exercises to take home to continue your work and much more. Contact us for more details.

For more information about our cycling retreat please fill out this form.

Yoga retreat
  • yoga retreat

Are you feeling stressed, tired and not sleeping? Unless we have the time and space recharge ourselves things only get worse. So what’s the answer? 5 nights in our beautiful luxury villa, cut off from the demands of your frenetic lifestyle in stunning private grounds, it’s the perfect backdrop to immerse yourself in your personal sanctuary and fill up your own love tank. Anandi will be your host mentor during the retreat, She has many professional credentials with Yoga and Meditation - she is an approved Ayurveda Practitioner, registered senior Yoga teacher and author of the book Breath Better, Sleep Better.

“One of the fundamental reasons I started running retreats was because I realised that people needed the space and time to let go of the stress they accumulate through sleep deprivation and over work. It’s very difficult to do it alone and it becomes too tempting to turn to drugs for respite from sleeplessness.”

Anandi has designed a special retreat that will give you the tools that will help you sleep better, have more energy and more vitality. You will learn to apply yoga Ayurveda not just on the retreat but for the rest of your lives. This retreat will have you feeling recharged, re recentred and ready to create magic in your life. Anandi will explore your personal constitution and how to take care of yourself in a unique way. According to Ayurveda we are all different and we have different needs to stay well. You’ll be learning how to do advanced breathing techniques how to meditate and how to eat in a way that is nourishing for your personal constitution. This is the perfect opportunity to choose to put yourself first and by taking the opportunity to invest in yourself you will find that it will seriously pay off tenfold. Self-care is one of the most difficult things to get women to focus their attention on, it’s our nature to nurture others before ourselves; this retreat is about self-care, self-love and how to put practices into place for deep profound sleep. You’ll come away from this retreat feeling completely relaxed, completely rejuvenated and will a know how to take better care of your constitution.

By joining this week long retreat you will be cut off from the demands of your frenetic life and enjoy a peaceful Imagine not having to think about a thing. Every detail is meticulously planned for you. All you’ve had to do is show up, be present and enjoy it. You’re being deeply immersed in the ancient Indian wisdom of Ayurveda learning how to take better care of yourself. As the stress slips away, you start to feel brighter and more inspired about life.

For more information about our yoga retreat please fill out this form.