overview

Location: Levanto, Italy

Sole Yoga Holidays is so thrilled to present our first Luxury Retreat along the Italian Riviera in the glorious region of Cinque Terre.

Here along the Ligurian Coast is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on earth! Cinque Terre, or ‘five villages’ is comprised of colorful houses and vineyards that cling to steep terraces and harbors filled with fishing boats and beaches dotted with candy-colored umbrellas. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas. It truly is one of the most heavenly places for a summer yoga and wellness retreat!

accommodations

Our retreat takes place at a gorgeous and private villa in Levanto. This darling seaside town is just 5 minutes away from the neighboring Cinque Terre, but far enough for a divine and peaceful yoga retreat. In the summer, the official Cinque Terre can be a bit hectic for a relaxing yoga vacation, so we chose the most perfect location, yet still a hike, boat or train ride away to all of the towns. The lovely decorated guest rooms ensure an incredible night’s rest with the most comfortable luxury linens & down pillows. Each bright and spacious guest room is ensuite with rain showers and deliciously scented bath products. There is also a complimentary mini bar, in-room coffee and tea set, housekeeping, music sound dock, hairdryer and wifi.

food and dining

A delicious and hearty breakfast is included daily at our wonderful location. Fresh fruits and juices, eggs made-to-order, cheeses, local breads and heavenly sweets are all part of our daily post-yoga meal. We have included a variety of other delicious dining!

Our Welcome Dinner is a special pizza party. Homemade pizzas, fruity sangria and big bowls of crisp salad. We will also have a special seafood dinner prepared with heavenly local fish or seafood. And finally, our last evening is a very exciting Goodbye Dinner and local wine with views to die for! Plus, a sunset aperitivo, a pesto cooking class and more.

activities

Twice daily (except boat day and shopping day, when we practice once per day) we will practice yoga outdoors with the sounds of only the sweet birds to accompany us! Your host, Shari will guide you through a vigorous vinyasa flow and during the week we will also include a yin and restorative session. As always, Shari will listen to what the group needs and adjust accordingly for the best yoga experience!

There are several incredible excursions on our Cinque Terre summer retreat:

SUNSET BOAT & APERITIVO: Reserved exclusively for our villa, a boat tour along the picturesque coastline of the Cinque Terre is a must-see, especially at sunset! Our captain and guide, Angelo is a 10th generation fisherman from Monterosso. We can’t wait to hear his stories and love for the Cinque Terre. We will also share a wonderful aperitivo on board.

GUIDED 1/2 DAY HIKE: Time to stretch our yoga legs out with a gorgeous, half-day hike through the stunning Cinque Terre. Our guide is an expert of the area and will show us the best views of sea and mountain.

VINTAGE SHOPPING 1/2 DAY: Time to shop till we drop! We will explore a local town and all of the hidden gems by a local expert. Time to find that perfect pair of Italian-made shoes or exquisite antique piece for your home. We will go to the secret spots and find the most wonderful treasures to take home!

PESTO-MAKING CLASS: The Italian Riviera is home to pesto, so of course we need to take a class on how to make it and then eat it! We will make it by hand with the freshest ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of our labors with wine, of course.

BIKING + SUNSET APERITIVO: We will take the bikes from our villa and head to Bonassola beach for a glorious sunset aperitivo by the beach! We will bike along a specially designed path, easy to navigate for any level rider.

OPTIONAL Activities & Excursions:

Massages

Additional Cooking Lessons

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Travel Details

Pricing

  • $3,787 - SINGLE ROOM/ EN SUITE BATH

Check In

3:00 PM

Check Out

11:00 AM

Directions

Transportation pick-up/drop off from Levanto Train Station included, day of/departure dates only. Other options will be provided outside of pick-up and extra fees may apply. Arrival time is 3pm on June 17 and departures between 10-11:30 am on June 23.

Terms and Conditions

Non-refundable deposit of $888 USD required at sign-up. Final payment due 30 days prior, May 17.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

accommodations 6-nights, large comfortable rooms with wifi and air cond, bath en-suite
alcohol wine at meals, cocktails
yoga twice daily vinyasa & core yoga
meals daily breakfast, 3 dinners, daily snacks
transfers transportation from train station day of/depart days only
gift bag Something special for our guests
group excursion Guided hike, biking to aperitivo, sunset boat ride, private shopping tour

Testimonials for Shari Hochberg

From the moment we walked outside the Marrakesh airport, I knew this trip was going to be magical. Shari welcomed us with the biggest hug and smile and it was then I knew. Fate drew me to her! She is the most wonderful, kind hearted soul you will meet in this life. She set up gorgeous accommodations in Essaouira to start our Moroccan adventure. The riad is off the sea, with the most amazing rooftop terrace for views. We had breakfast here after yoga each morning, and boy did we need the yummy amlou and croissants after Shari’s power yoga!! We shopped with a personal shopper, navigating us through the souks, teaching us the tricks of bartering. It was divine!!! Shari also set up a wonderful camel ride on the beach. What I love about this kind soul is she only works with locals that treat animals kindly. We took a private transfer to this ranch where there were gorgeous horses and camels. Our guide had been working with camels for over 15 years. This was truly a special day. In Marrakesh she arranged for our group to have the entire riad to ourselves!! We all felt so well taken care for the entire time. I am on the plane leaving this beautiful country and I am already plotting on how to get back. Thank you Sole Yoga Holidays for knowing exactly what clients need and want for a lovely yoga vacation!
D. Neiman

The magical Morocco trip was truly life-changing. From start to finish, Shari planned out a one of a kind experience including fresh, amazing food; a unique, personal shopping experience and high-quality, personalized yoga. I tend to become overwhelmed with shopping however I felt so empowered and excited! I credit this empowerment to Marlene for her expertise and Shari for organizing the shopping experience with Coco Morocco. I now have a beautiful rug for my home that will remind me of this trip! I’m someone who is very critical of yoga instructors and Shari is one of the best. She’s knowledgeable of the body, and demonstrates a genuine interest in every person. As someone whose job includes giving to others on a daily basis, it was wonderful to have someone personally invest in my health and strength. I became so strong (mentally and physically) in just a week thanks to Shari! I also went on this trip with one of my best friends. Not only did I deepen a beautiful friendship with my travel buddy but I gained a new friendship as well! I’m already scheming when I can go on another Sole Yoga Holiday retreat with my friend, her husband and my boyfriend. Sole Yoga Holidays is unlike any other yoga retreat out there. Shari creates customized, adventure based experiences that are personalized and enrich your soul.
B. Theodore

The Zanzibar retreat is one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life. Working in the humanitarian field, I was in desperate need of rest and relaxation. Shari was so helpful leading up to the retreat, making sure I had all the info I needed for seamless travel. When I arrived at Casademare, I was truly in paradise. The facilities were absolutely stunning and so comfortable; the staff were so warm and welcoming; the food was out of this world, with delicious fresh and healthy seafood, fruit, etc; the yoga was at the perfect level, with Shari being sensitive to everyone's injuries and abilities (she even helped to fix a tight shoulder and some lower-back issues I was suffering from); and the company was truly inspiring, with great conversation and so much fun and laughter. This was exactly what I needed and, while I will be sad to go, I am re-charged to continue my work and know that I have strengthened my yoga practice and met some kindred spirits who will be friends for life, with memories that will always make me smile.
K. Dalrymple

I knew that I wanted and needed to take some time for myself and away from my hectic schedule. A yoga retreat seemed like the perfect fit. Honestly, I was a bit nervous about embarking on what felt like such a huge trip without personally knowing the yogi who was organizing. But, as soon as I emailed Shari with questions, instinct told me that this was going to be an incredibly revitalizing and just plain fun experience. From that first email to the very end of the retreat, Shari not only put my mind at ease, but offered immediate personal connections, empathy and affirmation. I was a member of this year's Moroccan retreat and every detail of the trip itself was planned to perfection. The people were lovely, the laughs were intense and the adventure was worth every penny. In terms of the yoga practice, I'm still quite new and Shari offered some suggestions that drastically changed my entire flow. She was comfortable guiding all levels of practice and always open to the group needs and desires. I cannot recommend this experience enough. I'll be back for more!
L. Bell

I'm currently in-between jobs and was looking for a getaway to get energised and inspired to start my new job search. The sole yoga Positano retreat was just what I needed and more: a stunning scenery, great group of people with different stories, delicious and healthy food and, of course, an introduction into the wonderful world of yoga. I had no prior experience with yoga before signing up for the retreat, but Shari's practices were able to join the different levels of experience within our group, with attention for everyone's needs and working points. The organisation of the whole week was perfect, but what's more I found that Shari was committed to making sure we all had a great time - with genuine care and infinite patience. ;) Thanks again Shari for the amazing experience!
J. Vanhaeren

Where do I begin? If you are searching for an incredible yoga experience (with SO much personal attention) and a sunny adventure at the same time, look no further. Shari ensures every detail of your retreat is a stress-free, exceed-all-expectations wellness dream. It's a true life-changing experience from start to finish. I had the pleasure of doing her Zanzibar retreat this year and am already searching my calendar to make space for another one of her yoga adventures...I can't recommend it enough. Plus, spoiler alert: you'll make lifelong friendships on top of all.
K. Gruenwald

Just got back from an amazing week in Positano, Italy!!! If you've been thinking about doing a yoga retreat, DO IT!!! Such an amazing experience and I met so many wonderful people. Shari was absolutely amazing and so helpful with any questions/concerns along the way!:) Such a great retreat, thank you so much Shari!!:)
S. Martini

I have been on several of Shari's yoga retreats in Italy including Florence and Positano and enjoyed my experiences tremendously. What I love the most about Sole Yoga Holidays is the balance of arts and culture, yoga, food and fun. The meals were absolutely fabulous as Shari took us to charming places that only locals would know about. She meticulously looks after all her guests and is a pleasure to be around. I met wonderful like-minded women from all over the world and truly enjoyed myself while pushing myself physically. I look forward to going on my next retreat with her in the near future.
L. Eder

I'm two weeks back from my yoga retreat in Portugal with Sole Yoga Holidays. I wish I was back in Lisbon with Shari. This was my second retreat with Shari and Sole Yoga Holidays. I have no complaints. Shari takes the time to plan a retreat that is the perfect combination of yoga and sightseeing. My first retreat was Santorini, Greece in 2016, and by first, I mean first ever. I was a little worried that it would be too bohemian for me, but Shari is so laid back and non-judgmental, that I felt comfortable. No judgment if you drink alcohol, no judgment if you eat meat, or if you are a vegan. Shari encourages you to be who you are and enjoy the time. Shari's spirit attracts like people. Last year I attended with my sister and 2 friends and met the nicest people. This year my sister and I attended "alone". But, you are never alone with Shari. A great group of ladies in Portugal, and we enjoyed our time together. So thank you to Sole and Shari for planning the perfect retreats. Looking forward to next year and being a test pilot in Cinque Terre or another new spot with my sister. Annual sisters' vacation = a yoga retreat with the hospitable Shari! (Let's not mention what a wonderful yoga instructor she is!!!!) I highly recommend Sole to everyone. Be like Nike, JUST DO IT!
T. Bower