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!