retreat in Italy

 Who we are…

relax release refresh

food yoga nature culture

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Soudy and Emma

We are two qualified teachers, with over 33 years experience between us, who a year ago decided to break from our careers and take the plunge into pursuing our passions outside of education and outside of the UK.  

Moving to Italy, we established Retreat in Italy: a modern monastery where you are encouraged to switch off from the world whilst on holiday and find complete relaxation and refreshment in a way that suits you; whether that be through being immersed in nature, being cooked delicious seasonal food, practicing yoga or soaking up the local Umbrian culture on guided day trips.

Together we host and co-host a range of yoga retreats - visit our events page for more information as well as providing private catering and / or yoga for you on your holiday - visit our ‘in your own home’ page for more information.


With a passion for yoga for over twenty years, Emma offers both general and private classes as a qualified yoga teacher. Understanding every ‘body’ is different she tailors both dynamic and restorative sessions to individual needs focusing on intention, breath and alignment. Having also spent 19 years visiting the family in Umbria, Emma knows the area well and enjoys showing off all that this beautiful part of the world has to offer.

With a passion for cooking, Soudy enjoys providing everyone with delicious, healthy and fragrant food. Using seasonal and local produce, abundant in this part of the world, Soudy draws on her Persian roots to inspire her menus. During retreats, her vegetarian brunches and three course dinners are nutritious, balanced and extremely tasty inspiring many guests to return home with a new repertoire in their kitchen. Understanding individual needs, for private catering on holiday or for special occasions, soudy enjoys preparing tailormade menus and meals to suit all food types.


“Your warmth and the atmosphere you create is really quite special. I felt lucky to have found your retreat and deeply thank you for such a lovely, special and restful time.”


/ SEPT 2018 /

“You are perfect hosts and the food was so inspiring - we will take back some of your food combinations and try to work them into our meals”


/ SEPT 2018 /

“Lovely, energising and calming yoga - delicious! Emma is a brilliant teacher.”


/ JUne 2018 /