Italia Uno 2023

Date & Time

29/05/2023 - 02/06/2023


Al Verde Hotel

Sentiero per Luzzeno

Rongio, Mandello del Lario



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A New Qalbi Adventure Starts Here: The Inaugural Italian Retreat Combining Trekking & Yoga

After 5 Years of Popular Retreats in Halki, Qalbi Yoga is pleased to announce a new retreat with a twist.

Between the 29th May and the 2nd June we are offering a retreat at Lake Como in the small and secluded hotel where many moons ago we had our wedding reception.

The theme of this retreat is to combine the benefits of Yoga with the natural wonders of trekking in the Alps. In common with our Halki Retreats we are also able to offer beauty and therapeutic treatments. The Venue has a special sentimental value to us as it is where we celebrated the reception on our wedding day 16 years ago.


Yoga Program

  • 2 ½ hours Morning Yoga – Mixture of Hatha and Yin
  • 5 Days Monday through to Friday
  • Breakfast 10 am
  • Afternoon treks on 3 days to Capelleta, Streams and Waterfalls, La Gardata, Mountain village of Era

Trekking Program

  • 2-3 Long walks (4-6 hours of strenuous walking) Rif Rosalba, Rif Brioschi
  • 1-2 Shorter treks possibly linking with Yoga afternoon walks
  • All walks will be dependent on weather conditions and group capability
  • Other days free to explore the lake or catch the train to Milan

Beauty and Therapies

Treatments provided by Yasmin on site on a pay as you go basis.


Yoga program – £250
Trekking program – £100

This is the first year we are running the retreat in this location and the introductory price reflects this.

Accommodation, Transport, and Beauty Therapies are not included.

The venue we are using Al Verde has 12 rooms (10 of which we have booked for this package).

  • Double Room (6 available) 510 Euros for 6 nights
  • Triple Room (4 available) 660 Euros for 6 nights
  • Quad Room (2 available two rooms shared bathroom) 810 Euros for 6 nights

All prices include Breakfast.


There is plenty of parking at the hotel. It is near the town of Mandello that has a railway station. The nearest airport is Bergamo @1 hrs drive. Milan has another two airports that are within 2hrs drive. Taxis can be arranged to get to Mandello or you can walk in about 40 mins to 1 hr.

Retreat Leaders

Maria Pettman Halki Yoga trip

Maria Pettman – Qalbi Yoga

Maria is a Yoga Alliance Qualified Vinyasa Yoga teacher and Yin yoga teacher.

She has worked in healthcare for over thirty years, with an Msc in Advanced Nurse Practice, clinical prescribing qualification she is currently a nurse consultant with JAG registration Bowel Cancer Screening.

Her initial interest in natural health stemmed from the indigenous Australian communities she worked with in the 90’s. She went on to qualify in reflexology, therapeutic massage and aromatherapy.

Yorick Pettman trek leader

Yorick Pettman – Qalbi Trekking

Yorick has known the mountain range, known as the Grigne, since his childhood. He has spent over 30 years discovering every which way to get to the top.

Yorick has guided many walks in these mountains for friends and family (some more
enthusiastic than others).

These mountain ranges reach 2403 metres, a change in altitude of 2000 metres from Al Verde Hotel.

Yasmin Castle Yoga Teacher & Beautician

Yasmin Castle – Qalbi Beauty

Yasmin is certified beauty therapist with an honours degree in fine art from Manchester Metropolitan.

She is also a qualified Hatha and Yin yoga teacher.

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