Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with David Robson and Jelena Vesic

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start: Jun 1, 2019
end: Jun 8, 2019


Join David Robson and Jelena Vesic, our favourite Ashtanga Yoga teaching couple, in beautiful southern Italy for a special week of diving deep into the Ashtanga Yoga practice with these inspiring and world renowned teachers. 

Feel at home for the week at the beautiful Agricola Samadhi, an eco-conscious retreat center with own fruits and vegetable gardens, in a peaceful town of Zollino, just 20 minutes drive from fantastic beaches and historical towns.



David Robson


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  David Robson is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. After completing a degree…

Jelena Vesić


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After studying ballet for 16 years, Jelena made Yoga her sole focus in 2009. She has studied with her teacher, David Robson, since 2010, and is now leading the evening Mysore program at AYCT. She often…


This retreat brings together traditional daily, guided Mysore-style self-practice, the Sanskrit-counted Led class, and a series of afternoon technical workshops.

The program is suitable for Ashtanga Yoga practitioners of all levels, as well as teachers who want to take their practice to deeper physical, mental and spiritual levels.

If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, the opportunity to practice daily with David and Jelena will build a strong foundation for your continued self-practice.  If you already have an existing practice, this is a chance to dive deeper in a safe and inspiring way!

Mornings begin with a traditional Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga self practice guided by David and Jelena.  On some days there will be technical workshops focusing on  technique and philosophy which will allow you to dive deeper into the specific aspects of the Ashtanga Sadhana and learn invaluable tips to deepen your own practice.

You will have some afternoons free, available for exploring the incredible Puglia, -the heel of Italy’s “boot.” This region is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. 

And after a full day of practicing and exploring, you get to come back to the retreat for delicious vegetarian food and good company. Next day you get to do it all again!

June 1
Dinner and Welcome & Intro Talk

June 2
7-9 AM: Mysore
5-7 PM: Workshop: "Moving Breathing System" - When breath and movement are in union, our practice becomes graceful and filled with ease. This workshop will provide you with useful techniques to help you bring lightness into your practice and find the real goal of a yoga practice.

June 3
7-9 AM: Mysore

June 4
7-9 AM: Moon Day (no practice) - a great day to plan your excursions!

June 5
7-9 AM: Mysore
5-7 PM: Jump Back & Jump Throughs: These vinyasas provide a bridge to carry our focus between asanas, and also build a purifying heat in the body that is said to boil the blood. This workshop will go over the required actions and movements in close detail, and provide instruction useful for all levels of practitioners.

June 6
7-9 AM: Mysore

June 7
7-9 AM: Mysore
5-7 PM: Pain-free Backbends: This workshop will explore the basic alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s Primary & Intermediate Series backbends. By learning correct technique for the poses, take the pain out of backbending and allow your body to safely go deeper into the postures.

June 8: 7-8.30 AM Led Primary Series 


There is a lot to do during your days in Salento! But remember that this is your Yoga retreat, so you can always choose to rest, enjoy a delicious meal, relax in the sauna, or chill out in a hammock by the pool!

Or you can take a walk around the 10 hectares of the Farm. 

If you are feeling adventourous, you might like to explore the stunning nearby beaches, or historical port towns of Gallipoli or Otranto or the nearby Lecce. 

Excursions to Salento's most magical spots, nature walks, artistic excursions, trekking, bicycle tours, horseback riding as well as a rent-a-car can be easily arranged at the reception- feel free to ask! 



Agricola Samadhi's Kitchen is fully dedicated to producing healthy, balanced, organic meals, and is curated by international experts in vegetarian and vegan cooking. Whenever possible, meals are made with fresh, locally picked ingredients from the farm, and embracing macrobiotic and Ayurvedic principles.


Your stunning home for the week is Agricola Samadhi, - a quiet resort in an organic farmhouse located in southern Puglia in the heart of Salento, the heel of the Italian boot.

The Farm is surrounded by nature, silence and ancient olive groves and nearby endless stretches of Mediterranean beach. 

Agricola Samadhi has 2 gorgeous Yoga Shalas, delicious and organic Italian (self-produced) vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and a range of integrated services such as Shiatsu, Ayurveda and Thai massage. This truly is a place to restore, relax and awaken the power within.

It is located just twenty minutes from the sea that washes the shores of Puglia allowing for daily trips to many diverse sand and pebble beaches. 

How to Get There:

The quiet village of Zollino, is just a 15 minute drive from Lecce.

Brindisi airport to Zollino is a 50 km or a one-hour drive, and the airport is directly connected to many European capitals with low cost flights from Ryan Air, Easy Jet (Rome, Milan, London, Paris, Eindhoven, Geneva, Bruxelles).

Taxis, as well as bus and train connections can easily be arranged for your arrival to Zollino. The cost of the one-way taxi to/from airport is 65EUR per person, -please let us know if you need help in getting there!

We highly recommend renting a car during your stay and exploring the beautiful landscapes of Puglia. This can easily be organized at Agricola’s reception. 


You can chose to stay in of the charming single, double or triple rooms spread around the Agricola property. All rooms are air conditioned, have a water kettle and a hair dryer.  Rooms are cleaned daily, bed sheets and towels are changed weekly, or on request

  • Shared triple room / private bathroom:  €789
  • Shared twin/ shared bathroom: €819
  • Shared twin Room /private bathroom: €889
  • Single room/single bed/private bathroom: €1038
  • Single room/double bed/shared bathroom: €1038
  • Single room/queen size bed/private bathroom: €1108


  • all Yoga sessions
  • 7 nights and daily room cleaning
  • 6 vegetarian organic brunche
  • 7 vegetarian organic dinners
  • 1 vegetarian organic breakfast on departure day
  • use of the swimming pool
  • yoga mats and props
  • YIS staff assistance

In order to practice Yoga at Agricola it is necessary to acquire the annual association membership, at the cost of € 20. You will be requested to pay for this in cash at the reception upon your arrival.

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