Yoga, Hiking & Wellness Retreat in the Dolomites
with Savonn Wyland, Kari Kemper, and Stacey Degen
October 6-12, 2024
Join us on a retreat in the enchanting Dolomites. Enjoy daily yoga classes, explore picturesque surroundings on invigorating hikes, traverse charming towns with an e-bike tour, and take in panoramic vistas of the Italian Alps. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a cooking class, learn about local wines with a sommelier, and share meals in good company.
The Dolomites are a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps that feature some of the most spectacular landscapes worldwide: vertical walls, sheer cliffs, a variety of forms such as steeples, pinnacles, spires, and towers, and a high density of narrow, deep, and long valleys.
DAY ONE: Welcome to the Italian Alps & the Dolomites
When you arrive at the Venice Marco Polo Airport, you will be greeted with a private transfer to the Hotel Kolfuschgerhof. (If you opt out of the group transfer or arrive earlier to the area, you can check in to the hotel on your own.) The hotel, a splendid ‘Ciasa,’ is a haven that promises not only immersive yoga and wellness experiences but also delicious food and beverages.
Upon arrival at the hotel, check into your room, and enjoy lunch on your own before relaxing by the panoramic outdoor pool and admiring the Dolomites at sunset. There will be a late afternoon yoga class, followed by a welcome dinner featuring traditional Italian dishes.
Meals included: welcome drink and dinner.
DAY TWO: Ladin Cooking Class
Start your morning with a yoga class, and enjoy the views from the hotel with a leisurely breakfast. Later in the morning, meet your English-speaking guide, and learn about local traditions and cuisine during a cooking class with a local chef. You will prepare some typical dishes, such as Canederli, Schlutzkrapfen, or Kaiserschmarren, and enjoy them together for a delicious lunch.
In the afternoon, explore the picturesque surroundings of the hotel and the charming, traditional town center of Corvara. If you want to stretch your legs further, you can go on an easy hike from the hotel to discover the Pisciadù waterfalls. A second yoga class will be offered in the afternoon.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch. Dinner on your own.
DAY THREE: Hiking at the Foot of Sass Ciampac to Rifugio Col Prada
Start your morning with yoga and breakfast at the hotel. Later in the morning, meet your English-speaking hiking guide for a 3-4 hour hike in Alta Badia. Following a brief transfer to the Gardena Pass, you’ll begin your scenic hike up to Rifugio Jimmi. Make your way to the mountain huts of Rifugio Forcelles, Rifugio Edelweiss, and finally to Rifugio Col Pradat. Throughout this breathtaking trek, you’ll be treated to stunning views of Mount Sasshonger, Mount Sass Ciampac, and Sella massif.
After the hike, there will be a group lunch at the Rifugio, then you’ll return to the hotel for time to do whatever you want. A second yoga class will be offered in the afternoon.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch. Dinner on your own.
DAY FOUR: E-Bike Tour Around Alta Badia
Start your morning with yoga and breakfast at the hotel. Later in the morning, meet your English-speaking biking guides for an e-bike tour of Alta Badia. The tour (30 km) lasts about 4 hours and has an elevation gain of 860 m. You’ll start the tour directly from the hotel and bike through the towns of Colfosco, Corvara, La Villa, and Badia, reaching the Armentara fields, a charming site under the Sas dla Crusc massif. You’ll have free time for lunch at the Ranch d’Andre to recharge before returning to Corvara and Colfosco.
Once back at the hotel, the afternoon is yours to enjoy the resort facilities and/or take a yoga class, then join the group for a special 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals included: breakfast and dinner. Lunch on your own.
DAY FIVE: Hiking to Rifugio Cherz
Start your morning with yoga and breakfast at the hotel. Later in the morning, meet your English-speaking guide for a hiking adventure in Alta Badia. After a 15-20 minute drive to Campolongo Pass, you will start your hike. The circular itinerary lasts around 4 hours with an elevation gain of about 400 m and offers wonderful views of the area. The first ascent of the hike will take you to the mountain hut Rifugio Cherz. Afterwards, walk through the high altitude plateaus with a 360° view of the most popular peaks of the Dolomites. This circular route will end by crossing a forest.
After the hike, transfer back to the hotel for lunch on your own. The afternoon will be yours to enjoy the resort facilities and/or take a yoga class.
Meals included: breakfast. Lunch and dinner on your own.
DAY SIX: Wine Tasting & Farewell Dinner
Start your morning with yoga and breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free morning to relax or stroll around. There will be a light group lunch at the hotel, followed by a wine tasting with a sommelier at the wine cellar in the Hotel Kolfuschgerhof. A farewell dinner will be hosted at a local restaurant in Corvara.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
DAY SEVEN: Arrivederci!
You can take the private transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your return trip home or set off for further exploration.
Meals included: breakfast.
Accommodations: 7 days/6 nights at Hotel Kolfuschgerhof, a 4-star luxury hotel in Alta Badia.
Meals & Beverages: 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
Activities Noted Below:
- Yoga classes (1-2 classes per day, except for departure day )
- E-bike tour around Alta Badia
- Guided hike to Rifugio Forcelles, Rifugio Edelweiss, and Rifugio Col Pradat
- Wine tasting with a sommelier
- Guided hike to Rifugio Cherz
- Traditional Ladin cooking class
- Two round-trip airport transfers in a private, air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle during the tours mentioned above
- English-speaking local guide service during tours
- Entrance fees, road tolls, taxes, and VAT
- Tips for porters, guides, and drivers
- International airfare, including airport taxes, extra baggage fees, etc.
- Hotel early check-in and late check-out
- Local municipality taxes according to hotel category
- Drinks, personal expenses, or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
- All other services not mentioned as included
Note: International flights should arrive and depart out of Venice Marco Polo Airport
SIGN UP: Pricing and Registration
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Double Occupancy Room: $3,899 per person
Single Occupancy Room: $4,599 per person
Only the deposit is due at the time of booking. The booking and payments for this retreat are handled by Fit4Travel/WeTravel. Sellwood Yoga and Fit4Travel have partnered together for this retreat. The remainder of the payment is broken into two installments and will be automatically charged to your card on the following dates:
Double Occupancy Room
- 1st payment due August 7, 2024
- Final payment due September 6, 2024
Single Occupancy Room
- 1st payment due May 7, 2024
- Final payment due July 6, 2024
You also have the option to pay in full at the time of booking, if desired.
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Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Sellwood Yoga & Senior Instructor
Savonn’s approach to teaching is to provide skillful and detailed instruction, non-dogmatic and grounded inspiration, along with mindful intention and awareness. She weaves in many different styles and approaches to her creative sequencing and theme-based classes. Her classes, workshops, and retreats offer an opportunity to tap into the transformational energy present when a group comes together to practice without losing the power of personal inquiry and expression.
Kari teaches dynamic, flowing sequences that bring attention to the breath, encourage curiosity, and emphasize proper alignment (the way it presents unique for your body), functional range of motion, and strength all with an openness and sense of humor. Her ability to assess the class and adjust sequencing to meet the students exactly where they are provides an inclusive space for all to practice, encouraging playfulness and lightheartedness.
Licensed Acupuncturist, Practitioner of Chinese Medicine & Health Advocate
A lifelong student of all things nature, health, and well-being, Stacey has spent the past 30 years working with people of all abilities in the outdoors, empowering them to live their best lives possible. As a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and Health Advocate, Stacey’s true passion is working with people to deepen their connection to their mind, body, and spirit and the body’s natural healing capabilities. You can learn more about Stacey by visiting her website: www.truenorthmpls.com