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Autumn Boost Yoga Weekend in Ticino with Michela Montalbetti

Unwind and recharge in Switzerland’s sunniest region. 

We will meet in the charming village of Novaggio, in the beautifully restored Casa Corvo and Casa Volpe - the private homes of Ticinese yoga teacher Michela Montalbetti. There, she will teach our small group a blend of asana, pranayama and meditation in the mornings and late afternoons.

The Malcantone region is ideal for short and long walks through the autumnal chestnut forests or also to Monte Lema. On one afternoon and optionally, we will offer a 2-3 hour hike on the “path of marvels”, along the Magliasina river.

To participate in the yoga program, basic knowledge of yoga is required. 
Michela will lead the classes in German and/or English, depending on the requirements of the group.


This Autum Yoga Retreat will be offered from Thursday afternoon, October 21, through Sunday noon, October 24, 2021 at Casa Corvo and Casa Volpe in Novaggio in Ticino, Switzerland.


The Teacher
Michela Montalbetti grew up in Ticino in Southern Switzerland, in a multicultural family interested in Eastern philosophy and spirituality. She discovered yoga in Zurich - it was love at first sight. A curious and passionate human being, Michela had finally found a home and a system with which to grow and heal. 
After a first trip to India, she started teaching in 2011. A couple of years later, the strong belief in this powerful tool and its mysteries made her quit her job as a translator in order to dive deeper into the practices and to share the wisdom of yoga.
Michela’s teaching style is personal as she studied with amazing teachers of different lineages. Her students appreciate her warm-hearted yet strong classes infused with lightness, compassion, philosophical insights, breath work and a sense of humor. 
After living many years in different countries, Michela returned to Ticino. Since 2018, she hosts guests from all over the world in her beautifully renovated home where she leads retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and regular classes. Michela is registered as an E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance.


The Retreat Space
Casa Corvo and Casa Volpe are located in the historical centre of Novaggio, a pituresque and lively Ticino village in Malcantone, at 640 m.a.s.l.. 
Casa Corvo is more than 200 years old, and is said to have been a convent in former times. In 2016/17, Michela entirely renovated the house, followed by the conversion of Casa Volpe in 2020, with a lot of work done by Michela and her husband Mike.
A spacious garden is connecting Casa Corvo and Casa Volpe. The loggia and the patio of Casa Corvo as well as various other cozy places in and around the two houses invite you to chill and relax. 
The yoga shala is beautiful, bright and quiet, with a fireplace and direct access to the garden. 
Pictures and Story of Casa Corvo.


The Cuisine
The vegetarian, healthy and balanced meals during our retreat will be offered by Michela's husband Mike the Chef, with many ingredients from their own garden. 
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Mike has been working and studying in the best kitchens in LA for many years. In 2004, he relocated to Costa Rica, where he opened a little pizzeria with friends and finally met Michela. 
Mike's excellent cuisine is inspired by his many culinary experiences while travelling the world and is known for its diversity, creativity and passion.


The Program (Changes may apply)
Thursday, October 21, 2021:
individual arrival / Check-in as from 3:00 pm
4:00 pm: Meet & Greet at Casa Corvo
4:30 to 6:00 pm: Yoga 
6:30 pm: Dinner
afterwards Opening Circle/Evening Meditation

Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23, 2021:
7:30 am to 10 am approx.: Pranayama and Yoga Asana
10:30 am: Breakfast/Brunch
afterwards free time to realx and rest, read, for sauna and massage etc. 
optional on one afternoon: guided hike (2-3 hours approx.)
4:30 to 6:00 pm: restorative Yoga/Yin Yoga
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Evening Meditation (optional) or Movie Screening

Sunday, October 24, 2021: 
7:30 am to 9:30 am approx.: Pranayama, Yoga and Closing Circle
10:00 am: Breakfast/Brunch
until 11:30 am: Check-out and departure


Price per person
CHF 690.- with accommodation in a shared room (3 person max)
CHF 770.- with accommodation in a twin room (2 person)
CHF 880.- with accommodation in a single room (limited number, first come-first served)
All rooms with shared shower and toilet on the floor.

Included in these rates are
• 3 overnight stays at Casa Corvo or Casa Volpe
• Vegetarian half board (rich brunch and dinner)
• tea and fruits at any time (self service)
• all Yoga classes (asana, pranayama, meditation)
• use of yoga mats and props (cushions, blankets, blocks and belts)
• one guided afternoon hike
• use of the private sauna at Casa Corvo
• WLAN 
• visitor’s tax

Not included are
• travel cost
• massages


Sauna / Massages / Treatments
Casa Corvo offers a new in-house sauna that can be used on arrangement. One sauna session per person is included in the price.
In addition and if available, massages with a local therapist can be booked.  An appointment is necessary; it will be organised by yoga-to-go in advance.
Massages and treatments are not included in the price and must be paid in cash directly on site. 


Travel
Novaggio is easily accessible by car from Zurich via Gotthard or San Bernardino, as well as by public transportation via Lugano and Magliaso. 
Casa Corvo/Casa Volpe are located in the quiet, historical centre of Novaggio. Cars can be parked at the large communal parking at the entrance of the village (for a total fee of Fr. 4.-). From the parking, it is only a 3 minute walk to the accommodations.
→ How to get there


Booking / Further terms and notes
For all questions and to book please email:
Valérie Lutz: valerie@yoga-to-go.ch


Upon receipt of your registration, yoga-to-go will confirm your participation, and the registration is binding from that date on. yoga-to-go will then invoice you the retreat cost. The amount is due within the time limit stated on the invoice.

The retreat needs a minimum of 8 participants to take place. 

The guided hike is weather dependent. 
Changes in the program and daily schedule may apply.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We recommend a travel insurance (including coverage of cancellation costs and travel incidents), as well as a health and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.
The facilitator/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the facilitator/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

This retreat is organized and accompanied by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz in collaboration with Michela Montalbetti. The General Terms and Conditions (AGB) of yoga-to-go apply. These will be sent to the participants upon registration.

The Corona protection measures and regulations in force at the time of the retreat apply.