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Wednesday, July 17, 2013


So, it's official, I am now a part of Paraiso Adventures team! The trips that are set in stone are September 22nd - 28th in Uccella, Italy and Tayrona, Colombia from December 2nd - 8th. I'll be leading two yoga classes a invigorating flow in the morning, and a restorative class in the evening. The packages are amazing, the locations are amazing, and the amenities are amazing. Need I say more? So book your spot...not now, RIGHT now.

Uccella, Italy

The Italian Paraiso Villa is 150 km from both Florence and Rome, and is located in a small valley below the medieval town of Ficulle. While more adventurous souls are welcome to train, those arriving on a long flight can relax, we will have a private van service for airport transfers. The villa and its surroundings offer the prefect pace for rest and relaxation, or serve as a base for exploring the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside. Umbria is called the Green Heart of Italy, with beautiful natural landscapes, food, art and people.
Umbria is quiet and open, it is far less populated than its neighbor, Tuscany. The nearest village is 5k through the Umbria countryside and 20k from various Etruscan sites and medieval hill towns. Winding through vineyards, passing by lakes and waterfalls, you will find the quaint, neighboring towns of Orvieto, Montepulciano, Perugia, Lago di Bolsena and many more. There are castles to explore, hot springs to relax, vineyard bike tours, horse back riding, tennis lessons, trekking and hiking. Also, indulge in your creative side, taking a culinary or painting class from local talent. Perhaps you’ll join us in the fall for the Autumn Harvest Vineyard festivities, when the locals celebrate Italian grapes in true style, touring local vineyards!
Suitable for adults and children, there is an amazing organic garden and orchard, a swing set and also bocce grounds. Babysitting available upon request. The pool overlooks the green vineyard in the valley below the Paraiso Villa, boasting privacy and space in which to settle. The pool house has a sauna, a full bathroom, lounge and bar. Also a Paraiso favorite, the property produces organic olive oil and marmalades from the orchard and gardens, there’s even an area with hens and ducks.
Leisurely dining outdoors is encouraged, with multiple areas to enjoy the fresh, healthy local cuisine. The beautiful, massive kitchen has space for many chefs to learn the local art of culinary perfection in one of our classes. This is a fantastic kitchen to learn in, with local guest chefs available anytime for additional guidance or an extra hand. You will find anything you need here, a gas range, fridge, freezer, dish washer, oven, microwave, ice maker, coffee machine, boiler, toaster, juicer, and more. Also fun is the barbecue by the pool, perfect for casual evenings outside. There is ample space for everyone to get comfy in one of the three big living rooms, or lounging around on the abundant outdoor furniture.
For more info about the Italy trip, click HERE.

Tayrona, Colombia

Embrace your wildest dreams, and travel with Paraiso to our most remote and exotic location yet! We promise to bring thrills and views far beyond your imagination, as we guide you through a week of wellness and adventure in the jungle…Caribbean side.  Tropical doesn’t begin to describe these beaches; lush and scarcely populated, while ruins and boulders tower in the mountains behind.  Jurassic park comes to mind, so does Paradise.

When I first visited these shores, I knew I had to bring some very special people here some day.  That day has come, and these Colombian beaches await.  The location, is amongst many things, safe.  The Paraiso lodge is located on the brink of nature and glamour, in a fantastic retreat setting, where both jungle, and river,  meet the sea.  Santa Marta is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.  Tayrona is a national park remotely located about an hour outside Santa Marta, one of the most beautiful Latin cities I have seen.

Trip add-ons are available in Santa Marta if people wish to extend the trip and see more, something I highly recommend.  I have traveled here with locals many times and have been introduced to an amazing culture, one that is very prideful and hospitable.  The scenery is unparalleled by any other sight I have seen.  This national park holds many treasures that are meant for the eyes of only those willing to go the extra mile to discover something marvelous.  This place is far from any tourist destination, instead, this side of Colombia is for the eco-aware, venturesome jungle type.  One that is very international.  This exploration is certainly beyond regular lifestyle and leisure trips.  This trip combines raw and rugged adventure, dressed in glamour and bliss.  Take a jaunt on the wild side!
This retreat incorporates wellness into invigorating activities, making for an unforgettable experience.   This is one of the most innovative, unique retreats available.  This profound involvement with nature will leave everyone exhilarated and wanting more.

Accommodations:  Six suites tower over the Caribbean; each with ocean view.  Four additional twin beds are available to be partnered with other suites, or for the sleeping porch.  Infinity pools, multiple yoga deck locations, as well as private beach galore.  This location boasts agility, giving the teachers a chance to take the yoga off the mat, and into the wild.
Getting there:  The closest international airport is Barranquilla, followed by Cartagena, domestic connections are available to Santa Marta by plane, also bus and taxi.  Transportation is provided in the retreat package from the town of Santa Marta.
What’s Included: 7 nights/6 days in a luxurious jungle eco lodge just outside Tayrona.  All meals are included, with fresh, local cuisine to satisfy your hunger after our yoga and activities.  Yoga twice a day, with more intensive practice in the morning, where yogis of every level will benefit from the personalized instruction meant to compliment our activity.  In the evenings, we will unwind, exploring soothing, restorative yoga practice, finding a peaceful, meditative state.  Three scheduled activities are included, both ocean and beach excursions, as well as guided hikes into Tayrona to visit ancient cities, rivers and the flora and fauna of this untouched paradise.  Also included are taxes, round trip transportation from Santa Marta, Colombia to the Lodge.

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