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