NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
retreat to re-connect to yourself
with the energy of 5 elements
28 December 2023 – 2 January 2024
retreat to re-connect to yourself
with the energy of 5 elements
28 December 2023 – 2 January 2024
If you are sick and tired of the ‘groundhog day’ holiday season and looking for a meaningful end-of-year getaway, then join us for this nourishing high-touch retreat in the beauty of Italy with a thought-through program, where you will reflect on and release 2023 with gratitude, and restore and gain clarity for 2024.
On this retreat, through invigorating and relaxing yoga, breathwork and meditation, walks in the forest and cycling by the sea, you will feel both rested and energised, and re-connected to nature, so you can let go of the doldrums and enjoy your life with more vigour and delight.
On this retreat, with guided practices, meditations, massages and sacred time for yourself, you’ll have dedicated time and space to rest and relax, so you’ll feel truly restored and recharged, ready to take on exciting life activities again.
While we are together, through a variety of exciting activities such as tree-planting, pottery-making and historical walks, you will amp up your life and create meaningful memories that will always have a special place in your heart.
On this retreat, delicious vegetarian brunches and dinners will be prepared for you from local products by private chefs. so that you can savour local cuisine and be sure that your dietary requirements are taken care of.
On this retreat, as you will be in the company of like-minded people, you will spend time with people who understand you and share each other’s challenges and blessings, so that you can make deep and meaningful connections.
Through special ceremonies and rituals on this retreat, you will be guided to release 2023 with gratitude, and welcome 2024 with excitement, so that you are mindful at this special time of the year and realise what really matters to you.
At a special fire ceremony on this retreat, you will have time and space to reflect on the past and let go of any negativity so that you can prepare yourself for a new start.
On this retreat, we will do daily practices for you to get more clarity and confidence about your goals for 2024, smoothly and effortlessly plan them out, so that you start the New Year rested and recharged, with excitement and joy, ready to have a more fulfilling life on your terms.
Sounds amazing! Tell me the tuition & sign me up!
Our home for 6 days/5 nights is an eco-friendly boutique venue Masseria Specula. It is named after the traditional Apulian farmhouses from the early 1800s which are called ‘Masseria’ in Italian.
Cause-driven and family-run, our home aims to provide a relaxing experience for guests with a positive impact on the environment.
Masseria Specula is perfectly located at a walking distance from the seashore, and can accommodate up to 10 guests in a single, double/twin, or triple setting.
Wow, I can’t wait. I’m joining now!
Our time together will be unforgettable and full of relaxation, meaningful practices, and fun! I have organised and planned your retreat to make sure it nourishes your heart, mind, and soul.
I have carefully selected your experiences to take you away from the routine of the holiday season and into a dream holiday. Besides, I will surprise you with some unexpected details that will add on to the spectrum of your emotions.
We will practise yoga twice a day: energising yoga flow in the morning and restorative yoga flow in the evening. Classes are adjusted right on the spot to your body needs and movement experience.
Each yoga session has a specific theme depending on our program for the day which is inspired by the energy of 5 elements. This will give you a sense of integration, grounding and living each day with a thought-through intention.
Re-connecting to nature is essential on your journey to the New You.
Imagine walking along the gentle Ionian sea, feeling the breeze on your face and playing with your hair, to meet the magical creatures - flamingos. Admire spotting these elegant creatures that call this land of unspoiled beauty their home.
And now imagine walking in the beautiful forest, surrounded by the wisdom of trees and plants, the peaceful environment, tranquillity and fresh air, perfect spot for nature lovers.
Staying active and breathing in the fresh air from the sea, we will embark on a biking adventure along the coast. We will bike at a gentle pace and admire the local architecture, street art and port with snow white boats.
During our biking trip, we will make a stop for a breathing meditation in a perfect spot to admire the sea view.
I invite you to visit the local centre of ceramics, Grottaglie, a southern Italian town that still has the largest ceramic production district in Europe today. We will explore the clay manufacturing process, up to its firing and decoration.
Then you will roll up your sleeves and, under the expert guidance of our guide, you will learn to shape clay on the wheel to transform it into your work of art.
Manduria is an Apulian town, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards overlooking the sea. It is a place of historical interest, as it was one of the main centres of the Messapic civilisation, traces of which can still be admired today in the Archaeological Park. We will wander around the narrow streets of its historic centre and visit its monuments and suggestive views.
At the end of our cultural visit to the historical town Manduria, we will enjoy the wine tasting session of the local Primitivo di Manduria DOC. Prepare your taste buds to notice the notes of plum and spice, with rustic hints of earth and tamed fruit flavours.
You will be guided through the magic ritual and meditation to benefit from the cleansing energy of the fire. Experience the magic of letting go and take a conscious decision to release anything and everything that does not serve you – and open your heart to the new.
The sessions are aimed to guide you on the step-by-step journey to release the year of 2023 and enter into the year of 2024 fully relaxed, recharged, and at peace. We will meditate and practise mindfulness during our yoga practice or in the nature.
A special ceremony will be held around midnight, where we will tune into the magical moment crossing the border between the two calendar years. To make an end to 2023 is to make a beginning of 2024, a perfect time to change for the better. The welcome 2024 meditation in the forest the next day will set you off for the new cycle in your new life.
Experience a culinary heaven on earth! You will be served with two daily delicious, nutritious and simply beautiful vegetarian meals. Our healthy and nourishing meals are freshly prepared with lots of love and attention to details from our talented and experienced private chefs. They will craft each dish from local seasonal products for you to indulge. Your dietary requirements will be thoughtfully taken care of throughout the retreat.
On New Year’s eve, we will have a special celebration dinner to farewell the year of 2023. You will be served with local Apulian specialties to fit the mood of the Italian surroundings and the uniqueness of the moment in the year.
At our special celebration dinner to farewell the year of 2023, the local Apulian foods will be skillfully paired with Italian wine to enhance your unique experience. Italy, food, wine, celebration - yum!
To make you feel fully recharged and restored after all the hassles of 2023, you will be guided through progressive full-body relaxation. Enjoy dozing off to the sounds of the relaxing music during the practice, and the bliss of feeling rejuvenated at the end of the practice.
Why not indulge in additional relaxation during your free time? Choose from a variety of different options for massages to treat your body - and enjoy. Taking care of your body is taking care of the house of your soul.
Me-time is essential for your well-being, to restore the balance of your energy. Every day of the retreat, there will be a dedicated time for you to chill, read a book, journal, go for a walk, and simply admire the beautiful skies. Priceless moments of being with the most important person in your life - yourself!
Our venue puts sustainability as the top priority, using minimal plastic and sourcing products from local suppliers made from natural and regenerative materials, running on solar.
Their aim is to reforest 15 hectares of land. And we will participate in that!
During our retreat, you will plant a tree to offset carbon emissions and to celebrate New Year, New You. How cool is that!
I hear Italy calling my name. I’m coming!
All the retreat activities are guided by the energy of the 5 elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood. The signature program of our retreat, structured with the Yoga Shape methodology, will guide take on the journey: from releasing whatever does not serve to feeling relaxed, restored, and aware of your future aspirations.
Every day starts with setting an intention followed by an energetic Vinyasa-style yoga class. After that, a healthy brunch awaits you to nourish your body. Then we embark on a unique adventure guided by the specific element of the day: walking, biking, pottery workshop, visit of a historical city, wine tasting etc. Coming back to the accommodation, you will have time for some relaxation and me-time. We will finish the day with restorative yoga practice before a beautiful and healthy dinner. Each day will be filled with personal development practices, magical rituals and ceremonies, and lots of surprises!
Initiation with letting go and setting your intention.
Transfer to the accommodation, welcome, tea/coffee and snacks, opening information session, free time, opening ceremony, yoga, dinner, fire ceremony.
Grounding and understanding where you are.
Yoga, brunch, personal development session, free time, visit to Grottaglie town for the pottery workshop, yoga, dinner.
Getting clarity about where you want to go.
Yoga, brunch, bike ride along the coast, free time, personal development session, yoga, dinner.
Embracing the fluidity and choosing your path.
Yoga, brunch, hike/walk to meet flamingos, free time, yoga, celebration dinner with local food tasting and wine pairing, personal development session with midnight farewell 2023 ceremony.
Growth to the next step of your journey.
Yoga, brunch, free time, personal development session, yoga, walk in the forest with welcome 2024 meditation, visit to Manduria for guided tour and wine tasting, dinner.
Coming back to centre after the cycle of inner work.
Yoga, personal development session, breakfast, closing session, departure.
I’m ready for New Year, New Me!
Bring on something new! Count me in!
Incredible value! I can’t wait to join!
I can’t wait to go on this holiday!
My name is Irina Oshchepkova, I am a certified yoga teacher with 1000+ hours of teaching experience. I offer the most in-depth and nurturing luxury retreats in unique locations around the world.
I love Italy. This was my first visit abroad, and I was lucky to live and study here for a few months. Last year I spent my birthday in the Puglia region, and ever since I dreamt of coming back.
It is a highlight of my career to take a group of like-minded people to breath-taking destinations to go deeper into their practice, really nourish themselves and reconnect to nature.
I cannot wait to share with you the most gorgeous experiences for this magical holiday season!
Count me in!
I’m convinced! Count me in!
The payment is non-refundable but can be fully transferred to another person. Should travel be blocked due to COVID restrictions or other force majeure events, your payment will be credited to a postponed retreat. The necessary and appropriate travel insurance is needed.
Please check my advice on the best flight option here.
I am so excited to join this retreat!
This is your unique chance to enjoy a thought-through high-end retreat in a beautiful setting. Puglia will wrap you in beauty, cosiness, and delight.
Time for nourishment and healing, time to be nurtured by beauty, time to explore and revitalise your energy.
Give yourself a gift of valuable time for your body, mind and soul.
The weather in Puglia at this time is spring-like most of the time. At night the lowest temperature is 5-10 C degrees, while during the day it is 10-15 C degrees.
Book a flight to Brindisi, Italy, or to Bari, Italy. Generally, the flights to Bari are more convenient. From Bari to Brindisi, you can take a train, it will take you approximately one hour.
The common transfer for all the guests will be from Brindisi city or from Brindisi airport. Send me your flight details and I will arrange group transportation to our accommodation at the common time for all.
If the common pick-up place and time does not suit you, please arrange your own transport to Masseria Specula: Strada Comunale 59, Contrada Specchiarica, Manduria (TA), 74024, Italy. The car ride from Brindisi airport will take about 1 hour.
Our opening session is at 16:00 on 28 December 2023.
All levels are welcome, from zero to advanced! Each class is adapted to the needs of participants.
Make sure to bring comfortable clothes for yoga, outdoors and indoors. Comfortable shoes for walking and biking are highly recommended. I will send you a detailed list when you book your experience.
Personally, I am staying longer to enjoy the Italian dolce farniente and check out the sales 🙂 I recommend that you stay a few days more to explore the region and enjoy your prolonged holidays.