If you thought yoga retreats were all silence and brown rice, Yoga Cucina invites you to reconsider. Initiated by a trio of yoga instructors — and wine drinkers — it's a new kind of yoga-inspired getaway. And after booked out getaways last year, they're doing it all over again this September. Gear up to spend a relaxing time practising your salutes to the sun and downward dogs, in between sampling several drops, feasting on Italian fare, playing darts and swimming beneath waterfalls.
The adventure — adventure sounds more fitting than retreat — will be held over three days and nights, from September 6–9 at Highball House in the Southern Highlands. On the first night you'll meet for a pre-dinner wine tasting, then sit down to a big Italian feast.
The rest of the weekend will see you waking up to yoga sessions, honing your practice in workshops, trundling off to national parks for swimming under waterfalls, learning how to make pasta, eating, drinking and playing games.
A weekend at the retreat will set you back $1050–1200 per person, which includes all activities, food, wine and accommodation.
Image: Leeroy Te Hira.