Friday, 23 November 2018

Yoga Retreat 2019: "Slowing the Pace"

Yoga, hiking, shinrin-yoku (Japanese forest bathing) 

and summer solstice under the stars

17 - 23 June 2019

Kokopelli Camping

Serramonacesca, Abruzzo, Italy

From 17 - 23 June 2019 we’re hosting a “Slowing the Pace” yoga retreat designed to help you take a step back from your daily life and immerse yourselves in the beautiful world around you; to breathe deeply, to just be still and be present.  We’ll be waking up and ending the day to morning and evening yoga and meditation.  We’ll be mindfully walking under the forest canopy of the Alento River whilst being guided in Japanese art of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), and we'll be hiking the ancient routes of the Majella National Park.  There'll be an opportunity to sample, learn about and appreciate the exquisite foods of the region and to dine in local restaurants.

The retreat has been timed to coincide with the summer solstice, when we plan to take an evening walk where we can watch the sun set behind the mountains as we enjoy our yoga practice.  We'll build a fire, we'll cook and play tribal music to the light of the fire, the moon and the stars.

June, here in the hills of Abruzzo, is a magical time.  The earth is warming nicely, the rivers are still flowing well and the night-time fireflies will be dancing to the chorus of the tree frogs and cicada.  We'll be sleeping under canvas in beautifully designed and fully equipped glamping-style tents with double or single beds.  Breakfast will be taken on the terrace overlooking the mountains.

Kokopelli Camping

Retreat Summary

17 - 23 June 2019
Maximum of 10 people
€875pp all inclusive (excluding travel to Abruzzo)

Yoga and meditation led by Crista Soskolne

Daily early morning & evening vijnana yoga and meditation
Two shinrin-yoku sessions
Two guided hikes
Summer solstice under the stars
Optional food tour to learn and sample
the foods of the region (additional €25)

Sleeping in canvas "glamping" tents
Double or single beds
Breakfast of fruits, musli, yoghurt, etc on the terrace
Picnic lunches
Dinner in local restaurants
Return transfers to Pescara, Abruzzo

Yoga in the Majella

Booking and enquiries

Booking via email to
Enquires via email as above or phone/WhatsApp:  +39 333 4636075

Payment is required in three instalments of €292 by bank transfer or Paypal
Payment 1 at the time of booking, payment 2 by 17 May, payment 3 by 17 June
Cancellation:  full refund on three months notice, 50% on one month's notice

Minimum of 6 guests, maximum of 10


Detailed Itinerary

(may changed depending on weather and other factors out of our control)

Day 1 (Monday, 17 June 2019)

15:00:  transfer from Pescara Airport or Train Station
16:00:  intro to Kokopelli Camping and accommodation
17:30 - 18:30:  intro to vijnana yoga with Crista
19:30:  Kokopelli barbeque on the terrace

Kokopelli Camping

Day 2 (Tuesday)

07:30:  Yoga and meditation
09:30:  Breakfast
10:30:  Guided hike with picnic lunch
17:30:  Yoga and meditation
20:00:  Dinner in local restaurant

Day 3 (Wednesday)

07:30:  Yoga and meditation
09:30:  Breakfast
10:30:  Shinrin-yoku with picnic lunch
Kokopelli Camping
17:30:  Yoga and meditation
20:00:  Dinner in local restaurant

Day 4 (Thursday)

07:30:  Yoga and meditation
09:30:  Breakfast
10:30:  Guided hike with picnic lunch
17:30:  Yoga and meditation
20:00:  Dinner in local restaurant

Day 5 (Friday, summer solstice)

07:30:  Yoga and meditation
09:30:  Breakfast
10:30:  Shinrin-yoku
13:00:  Yoga and picnic lunch on the beach
20:00:  Hike to enjoy the summer solstice at sunset, with yoga, music, food and fire

Day 6 (Saturday)

07:30:  Yoga and meditation
09:30:  Breakfast
11:00:  Pescara food tour and lunch (€25)
14:30:  Free time to explore the beach, shops and sites of Pescara
17:30:  Yoga and meditation
20:00:  Fairwell dinner

Day 7 (Sunday 23 June)

07:30:  Yoga and meditation
09:30:  Breakfast
11:30:  Pescara transfer

Alento River, Serramonacesca

Tel/WhatsApp:  +39 333 4636075

Friday, 12 January 2018

Kokopelli for Kids

"I love your site, but what is there to do for my children?"  

Probably our most asked question, so, briefly summarised, Kokopelli Camping does seem to be loved by children of all ages, many of whom have been back a number of times.  

Making new friends at Kokopelli, collecting cherries and preparing tea

Firstly, it's important to understand that we’re in a relatively undiscovered and rural part of Italy, where there’s not much in the way of tourism or organised activities.  That said, what nature has to offer is truly splendid and children seem to enjoy it as much as the grown-ups, particularly the freedom to just be children.  

Learning to slack line at Kokopelli

One evening last summer, I saw a group of children, all different ages, all lying in the grass under a tree, clearly totally absorbed with something fascinating.  It was a hedgehog, and they spent all evening just watching, chatting and laughing in the long grass.  Other times, I've watched children running around with butterfly nets and overturning stones searching for lizards.  We have rabbits that children can sit with, and chickens from which they can collect eggs.  And we have a border collie called Lizzy, who adores the children as much as they her.

We have woods to wander in and explore, build dens, follow animal tracks, discover new paths.  We have old ruins, castles, rivers and waterfalls.  Many on our doorstep, some just a short drive away, all within one hour.  

The beach is a 35 minute drive down the valley, and we can point you in the direction of some wonderful sandy beaches well off the tourist trail, or rocky coves perfect for snorkelling.  We can suggest some fabulous places for a seafood lunch or to indulge in a wonderful Italian gelato.  Have a look at this link from our blog that explains a little more:  Places to Swim

Although tourist activities in Abruzzo are few, we do have a forest adventure climbing experience nearby, and a couple of waterparks.  You can also go on guided canoe trips down the Pescara river, or hire mountain bikes, etc.  There are a couple of links here to give you an idea:

Pasta making with Stefano

If you like, you can even learn how to make pasta with Stefano, our local chef who runs the restaurant in the village.

With the campsite, our facilities are pretty good and very well equipped, but we don't have a children's play area.  Our showers and toilets are modern and clean and more than sufficient - even at the height of our season when we have a full campsite (absolute maximum of 35 adults and 15 children), there are never queues.  We also have outdoor cooking stations (gas and charcoal), a barn with three large fridge freezers, books, games and a gas oven.  Another link here that you might find useful that explains our facilities:  Facilities

Where accommodation is concerned, you will either be coming in your own tent (or small campervan), or you will be hiring one or two of ours.  You could have either two Bell Tents (pitched next to each other), or perhaps one Bell Tent and one of our €1 per night standard tents, which seems to be a favourite option for families.  This link here, explains a little more about our €1 tent hire scheme:  €1 Tent Hire 

Bell Tent in the background

I hope this all helps, but do get in touch if you have any questions.  We're always happy to chat through options with you over the phone or on skype, just let us know and we'll give you a call.

Stealing the grapes!



Sunday, 18 June 2017


NB: Programme from 2017.

(We are currently working on our 2018 summer programme and will publish details as soon as we've finalised it)

MONDAY 26 JUNE - WEDNESDAY 19 JULY (inclusive)

The gentle Crista Soskolne from Finland joins us in just over a week for another month of daily vijnana yoga and meditation, along with weekly mindful hiking and atmospheric yoga mornings in a very special place.

The programme below is available to all and suitable for everyone of all ages, from the complete beginner to the more experienced.  Mats are provided, but feel free to bring your own.  Booking isn't necessary, but it's always nice to know who's coming.  If you'd like to have a chat before you come, give me a call:  +39 333 4636 075 


(subject to change depending on weather)

Monday 26 June - Wednesday 19 July (inclusive) 

Monday, Tuesday:  8am - 9.30am ~ morning yoga & meditation at Kokopelli ~ €12.00

Wednesday:  7:45am - 1pm (approx) ~ mindful hiking with yoga, departure from Kokopelli 7:45am ~ €32

Thursday, *Friday:  10am - 9.30am ~ morning yoga & meditation at Kokopelli ~ €12,00

Saturday:  10am - 11.30am ~ atmospheric yoga on the banks of the Alento river, Serramonacesca ~ €12.  Afterwards, we will also take an optional walk along the river up to the Torre Polegra, so why not bring suitable shoes and a picnic and make a morning of it (€5 voluntary contribution for the walk)

* If there's enough demand, the Friday session will be at 7am on the beach at Pomodoro Spiaggia (the free beach between Francavilla and Tollo Station - click here for location).  Transport available from Kokopelli with a contribution towards petrol.

Booking and more info

Tel/WhatsApp:  +39 333 4636 075

Accommodation available at Kokopelli Camping, Serramonacesca

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Wild camping in the woods

...well, sort of.

For those who want their camping to be even more back to nature and tucked away, we have a lovely little woodland spot where abandoned cultivated terraces are rewilding in their truest sense.  Trophic cascading has already begun with the return of the wolf, and the wild boar, deer, polecats and foxes are plentiful.  

We have changed nothing or altered anything, it is as nature dictates.  All we've done is set up a humanure toilet to ensure things are kept clean and our impact minimal (and we will have a good supply of compost in a year or two!)

Numbers will be strictly limited, you can come in your own tent or you can hire one of ours for €1 a night (€1 tent hire).  You can give hammock camping a try, we have a couple of those, or you can stay on the campsite and have a night in the woods.  Whatever you like.  If you'd like to know more, drop me a line:

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mindful hiking and Summer Yoga

An introduction to our summer programme of morning yoga and mindful hiking, plus a special offer if booked in advance (see below for details of cost, etc)

As the sun comes up...        Early morning Maiella

Being outside has always been my breath and my food, nourishment for my body and life for my soul.
  From when I was a little girl, I have always felt the joy of feeling the fresh, cold air on my face, of smelling the damp earth and wet grass, listening to the birds and watching the seasons change.  Even now, I can still transport myself back to that 10 year old little girl pedalling her bicycle and singing along with the birds as the world slowly awakens.  Just a damp, earthy smell, or a memory of the hedgerows, blackberries and ploughed fields of rural England and I am that happy, singing and pedalling little girl once more. 

My heart hasn't always soared with the birds, and there have been times when it's been so dark and heavy that I've wondered if my heart would ever fly again, or beat to the serenity of a gentle breeze in the summer trees.  But the outside kept calling and Mother Nature healed. Just a drop of rain on a leaf, an opening flower, a blade of grass.  All tiny droplets of future memories to drink in and savour, and bank as warm smiles that can make my heart soar again and again.

Taking the time, just to look.  No more, no less.
Parco Nazionale della Maiella

Hiking in untamed, wild places where nature has been left the freedom and peace to work her own creativity offers an endless source of thrills and delights.  An uncontrolled wilderness, where no plant or tree has been tamed to grow in straight lines, where paths meander according to the logic of the animals that created them, is the perfect antidote to our fast paced, ever changing, ever controlled world.  

Hiking on its own will refresh and revive, but to go that bit deeper, to feel with all your senses the myriad and kaleidoscope of colours, smells, sights and sounds takes time.  Not days and weeks of training to a programme, just simply stopping whilst you're walking. Stopping to wait for your heart to settle, your muscles to relax, your senses to open.  Stopping to give yourself the time and the space to allow those moments to surface and to feel the wave of calm gently rise and swirl around you.  

Wild Majella

Mindful hiking

This will be our focus during our hikes of the summer, where anyone is welcome to join us.  In small groups once a week we will leave in the early morning to start the day with yoga and meditation in a beautiful place.  The mind and the body will be calmed yet primed to a heightened awareness to fully experience and absorb the wonders around us.  We will walk quietly and at peace, but we will also laugh and chat and share.  There will be silent moments where we will take the time to just sit and to be. 

These mindful hikes will be taking place every Wednesday for four weeks from the last Wednesday in June (28th), and any other day on special request. As always, anything we offer is perfectly flexible and adaptable to your needs.

The cost is just €35 per person.  We will leave Kokopelli at 7:45am and finish around lunch time with a brief stretch and reflect before finishing.  There will also be the option to join us for lunch afterwards to sample some superb local produce.

Lunch taken locally, always a treat


WHEN:   28 June, 5, 12, 19 July 2017
TIME:     Leave Kokopelli Camping 7.45am and return around 1pm (if not staying for lunch)
COST:    €35 per person (*see special offer below)
PLACE:  Will be decided on closer to the time taking into account weather conditions and group numbers

GROUP NUMBERS:  Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Booking:  email
Questions:  email as above or telephone Jaqs on +39 333 4636075

Recommendations of what to bring or wear

  • Food and snacks
  • sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Covered hiking shoes (these can be lightweight but hiking sandals are not advised as we will be covering rough terrain)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sandals or flip flops for your hot tired feet at the end of the hike
  • Comfortable clothes suitable for doing yoga in and hiking in.  The day will start fresh, particularly if we go to higher altitudes, so warm layers are recommended that can be removed as the day warms up.  Leg coverings are also recommended as it is likely some of the paths we follow will not be well used and therefore overgrown in places.
  • Rucksack to carry your food, water and extra layers
  • Camera

Telephones: we encourage you to leave them at Kokopelli.  If this is not possible, at the very least they must be turned off and only used for taking pictures or absolute emergencies.

Yoga mats:  are provided but you may bring your own


From 26 June 2017 we are offering a €10 discount if a 6-day programme of yoga (and hiking) is booked and secured with a 50% deposit paid in advance.

COST:  €95 €85 per person 
(not including food/accommodation/travel, for accommodation options see below)

26 June - 1 July (inclusive)
3 - 8 July (inclusive)
10 - 15 July (inclusive)


Monday, Tuesday:  Morning yoga & meditation at Kokopelli, 7.30am - 9am
Wednesday:  Mindful hiking, 7.45am - 1pm
Thursday, Friday:   Morning yoga & meditation at Kokopelli, 7.30am - 9am

Saturday:  Mid-morning yoga & meditation in the grounds of the Abbey of San Liberatore a Maiella (1 & 15 July), 
or on the beach near Francavilla (8 & 22 July)

Further information

Crista Soskolne

Yoga with Crista Soskolne: 
Video, Urban Silence:

Accommodation (camping, glamping, tents, rooms & house to let) at Kokopelli Camping:

Morning yoga at Kokopelli Camping

Further reading:  Take a Mindful Hike, by Catherine Moray-Nase

Friday, 13 January 2017

Summer Yoga at Kokopelli Camping 2017

26 JUNE - 20 JULY 2017


Once again with Crista Soskolne, our lovely vijnana yoga teacher from Finland, we will be enjoying morning yoga at Kokopelli, along with weekly yoga hikes, impromptu sessions and optional private coaching throughout the day.  All sessions include coaching in breathing, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation, and can easily be tailored to individual needs, whether you are a beginner yogi or more experienced.

Crista also studied with an Ayurvedic Consultant in Israel for three years and can give advice on nutrition, daily routines and yoga movements according to body type.  A gentle, holistic approach.

Dates:  Crista will be with us from 26 June until 20 July 2017 and all sessions are available to anyone, whether you are staying with us or not.  Sessions are also available individually as you require or as part of a weekly package, with a special offer if you book and secure with a deposit in advance (see below).  

PROGRAMME (beginning Monday 26 June 2017)

Monday, Tuesday:  Morning yoga & meditation at Kokopelli, 7.30am - 9am (€12.00)
Wednesday:  Mindful hiking, 7.45am departure from Kokopelli, return approximately 1pm (€32.00)
Thursday, Friday:   Morning yoga & meditation at Kokopelli, 7.30am - 9am (€12.00)
Saturday:  Mid-morning yoga & meditation in the grounds of the Abbey of San Liberatore a Maiella (1 & 15 July), or on the beach near Francavilla (8 & 22 July)


We are offering a €10 discount if a 6-day programme of yoga and hiking (as above) is booked and secured with a 50% deposit paid in advance.  Available to everyone, you don't need to be staying with us.

COST:  €95 €85 per person 
(not including food/accommodation/travel, for accommodation options see below)

26 June - 1 July (inclusive)
3 - 8 July (inclusive)
10 - 15 July (inclusive)


Crista Soskolne

Accommodation at Kokopelli
(camping, glamping, tents, rooms & house to let)
Facebook Page

Mindful hiking

Booking and Questions

Feel free to email us with any questions, or to make a booking; but in the meantime a few pics from last summer's Yoga at Kokopelli...

Morning yoga at Kokopelli, a wonderful way to start the day

Saturday morning yoga at the Abbey of San Liberatore, Serramonacesca

Learning to just breathe

Impromptu sessions throughout the day, this one to learn handstands!

Taking the opportunity with some spectacular scenery on our yoga-hikes

Morning sessions in different locations around Serramonacesca

Yoga hiking

Playing with poses

Yoga hiking

Kokopelli Camping:
Kokopelli Townhouse: Kokopelli House
Phone:  +39 333 4636075