True Potential - A Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Puglia, Italy
with Lama Brian Hilliard & Shannon van Staden
5 - 11 June 2021 | Puglia, Italy

Imagine a stylish white Trulli boutique retreat place with a cool blue swimming pool nestled in the Puglia countryside in southern Italy. Surrounded by ancient olive trees and country roads, the fertile valley of Itria is bathed in warm autumn sun, the best time to relax into mind body practices of yoga, meditation and sound healing. Find your true potential on this intimate yoga and meditation retreat in Puglia.

A yoga and meditation retreat in Puglia, Italy

the place

In the heart of Puglia Italy, in this ancient and magical land strewn with Trulli houses, the provence of Brindisi hosts a 6 bedroom boutique peaceful retreat centre dedicated to the practices of yoga and meditation. Languish in warm and sunny days at the swimming pool surrounded by olive and almond groves. With it’s newly renovated Trullis and yoga shala, this place is dedicated to deepening personal practices reaching into your potential.

your sleep

Only six twin bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms in luxurious Trulli simplicity, modeled to the highest standards with locally sourced materials. This is truly an intimate retreat. The rooms are nestled among private terraces and open out to the large courtyard where you can relax in full sun or protected shade. Enjoy deep sleep in the quiet Apulian nights and awaken to the special southern Italian sunrise of soft autumn days.

we eat

Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are everything when it comes to this creative and delicious vegetarian and vegan menu. We will enjoy daily brunches and dinners with light afternoon snacks and tea at a communal outdoor table. Imagine an expansive brunch featuring a selection of fresh juices and smoothies, a porridge filled with fruits, nuts and chocolate, a fresh tomato and basil pizza, not to mention a rosemary guacamole, a fresh stracciatela cheese, falafel with a delicate tomato accompaniment, a chocolate cake infused with orange and walnuts... and, well, you get the idea! And that’s just brunch! Mid afternoon enjoy tea and a light snack and finally after evening practice we all sit at the communal table for another healthy Italian feast before sleeping deeply.

meditation, yoga & sound healing

Start the day with an optional run through the Puglian countryside with Brian followed by gentle hatha flow yoga with Shannon. After morning tea/coffee Lama Brian will skilfully guide you with meditation teachings, techniques, practices and discussions to deepen your yoga practice. At sunset enjoy a meditation to close the day followed by yin yoga to relax the body and mind further. Rest in the extraordinary sounds of exquisite crystal bowls in savasana to prepare you for a restful sleep after dinner. Join us for our yoga and meditation retreat in Puglia.

nap, explore & treatments

At our yoga and meditation retreat in Puglia you’ll have ample time after brunch to relax poolside in the warm sun, or wander aimlessly through olive groves and the rich terrain. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, meet with new friends, take time to read, nap, reflect or journal quietly in peace on your own.

our typical daily schedule

6:30 Optional sunrise morning run
7:30 Morning wake up hatha yoga with Shannon
8:30 Tea/Coffee Break
9:00 Explore meditation with Brian - talks, discussions, practices and periods of silence for reflection
10:30 Enjoy an extravagant Italian vegetarian brunch
12:30 Free time to relax at the pool, have massages, take country walks, read, journal or nap
15.00 Afternoon tea and light snacks
17:00 Sunset meditation with Brian
18:00 Evening yin yoga and crystal sound bowl healing
19:30 Delicious Italian vegetarian dinner

Brian Hilliard

Lama Brian is our co-founder and meditation teacher, and has practiced, studied and taught meditation his entire life. He is the real deal - profound, genuine, kind and funny. Brian shares life teachings with you, techniques of meditation and gives you guidance according to your experience and understanding. He brings authenticity and humour to the practice. You may find him under a tree singing mantras with his accordion or ukelele.

Shannon van Staden

Shannon is our co-founder, yoga teacher and healer. She takes you on your personal journey of healing and connecting with your body and mind with her calm and caring style. Shannon can often be found scouring the earth for beautiful places for our retreats, or tucking you in for savasana. Her dedication to your well-being is a unique and special gift you can give to yourself.

what’s included

6 nights simple, stylish en suite accommodation
Private Italian chefs preparing healthy meals
Daily brunch, afternoon tea and dinner - vegan & vegetarian
Welcome dinner
Opening circle
Closing circle
Farewell dinner
Waters, teas, coffee
Yoga mats, blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets
10 yoga sessions with Shannon
10 meditation sessions with Brian
5 crystal bowl sound healing sessions with Shannon
A one-on-one meeting with Shannon or Brian


what’s not included

Travel/Medical Insurance
Group Airport transfers (€75 - €120 one way/group)

Massages (€60/hour, €80/90 minutes)
- Anti stress deep tissue massage (using organic oils and hot stones upon request)
- Shiatsu massage (without oil)
- Head and neck relaxation massage (light touch)
- Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage (oil massage)

Optional beach trip (25 minute drive)

Optional 2-hour cooking class (€25/person)


getting there

Arrival time 5 June between 14.00 - 17.00
Departure: 11 June after breakfast

Brindisi Airport is approximately 40 minutes distant and Bari Airport, further to the north, is approximately 55 minutes. Both airports have a good selection of international flights including British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair.

Group taxi transfers to the venue will be organised

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Venue Location: Latitude/Longitude: 40°43'33.2"N 17°28'05.3"E


dates & prices

5 - 11 June 2021 (includes arrival and departure days)
Sharing ensuite room per person: 1250€
Single ensuite room: 1790€ (limited availability)

EARLY BIRD PRICES until 1 April 2021: €50 off full price


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