Come join us for an amazing yoga journey in Italy!

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Matthew Darling

25th – 31st, July 2020 





















About the Retreat

Experience a joyful yoga journey with Matthew Darling on a 6 night retreat in beautiful Casalini, Italy. This is a wonderful and therapeutic setting for students to have an Italian adventure with an expert Ashtanga Yoga teacher and address their specific needs and questions with support and insight.

Matthew’s skilled approach to teaching allows for the yoga students to chart a course into understanding how to overcome obstacles, gain more awareness and access deeper consciousness. Each morning begins with yoga in the traditional Mysore setting. Matthew will also offer two afternoon targeted yoga sessions during the week. These sessions will allow the practitioner to workshop specific asanas, ask questions, address concerns and delve deeper into the nuances of their practice and yoga philosophy. The retreat culminates with a led Primary Series class taught to the traditional Sanskrit and vinyasa count with Matthew’s insightful verbal queuing into the flow and form of the practice.

YogaApulia. is a beautiful boutique retreat centre exclusively for yoga and meditation along with amazing fresh vegetarian local and seasonal food. The center comfortably facilitates a maximum of 12 guests. This allows a more personal and intimate experience for the practitioner to maintain and grow their practice with a skilled teacher in the enchanting setting of Italy. All levels are welcome. This will be the trip of a lifetime!

More about Matthew
Matthew Darling has been in playful pursuit of the yoga consciousness to support mental and spiritual balance since 1994. Ashtanga Yoga and Transcendental Meditation have been his main practices. Matthew’s studies have been guided and inspired by a select collection of
western teachers including Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, Annie Pace and Eileen Hall. In 1999, Matthew travelled to Mysore, India and spent 10 years studying as often as possible with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Learning many ways to support yoga’s healing transformation with daily practice.

Matthew’s main focus is to meet and serve individuals where they are at without overwhelming them. His focus, attention and sensitivity to individual’s needs as well as his playful spirit and sense of humor are integrated in his teaching and guidance. His instruction offers an opportunity to find rhythm, skill and responsibility in the development of a yoga practice. He encourages the individual journey of each student to discover and understand their true nature, individual purpose and passion. Matthew is the director and instructor of Ashtanga Michigan, the longest running Ashtanga program in the Midwest since 2002 ( Ashtanga Michigan is a gem in suburban Detroit. It offers a comfortable urban setting with a joyful and steady collective of practitioners from many disciplines of life. Matthew continues to daily maintain and uphold the transformative and the unique therapeutic quality of the Mysore class setting. He has evolved enough in himself and in our modern time to honor and recognize the need for responsibility and accountability in the 21st-century yoga teacher commitment and beyond. Matthew is also a creative musician and a metalsmith. He has been daily dedicated to recovery from drugs and alcohol since 1987. He lives with his wife and daughter in Royal Oak, Michigan. Contact him at

$1,180.00 per student, all rooms are shared twin bed accommodation.


We feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to build our own yoga shala and we have  strived to create a beautiful, light filled space we can share with others. With stunning views overlooking the olive groves and countryside, the space is calming and peaceful, to allow for a deeper connection with one’s practice. The yoga shala has been rebuilt to include a new wooden floor, windows, insulated roof and a pellet stove for the cooler winter months. 

Fully equipped with blocks, bolsters, blankets, and yoga mats for up to 12 practicing students.


YogApulia is a boutique retreat centre exclusively for yoga and meditation practice, set up and run by dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioners Mark & Nicola. Our intention is to create an intimate space in tune with the natural rhythm of nature and incorporating principles of permaculture, where guests can escape from the demands of the modern world to deepen their practice in the beautiful, peaceful setting of the Valle d’Itria in Apulia, Italy. We look to incorporate the fundamental principles of yoga into everything we do, including living sustainably with nature and the seasons and giving back to the community around us.

Accommodation & Facilities

Our retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves.  Accommodation consists of seven twin bedrooms all with private ensuite bathrooms. We have renovated all rooms to a high standard using locally sourced materials, and are aiming to create a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard provides the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade.

Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.


Food plays a central role in both our yoga practice and life. We believe food should be varied, unprocessed and nourishing to promote energy and wellbeing. The food we serve is predominantly plant based with some vegetarian options.  All produce we source and grow at YogApulia is local, seasonal and organic wherever possible. 

Refreshments are also available throughout the day and include tea, coffee, water & fruit.












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