Escape to Serenity: Umbria Retreat
2nd- 6th October 2023

Escape to the beautiful Umbrian countryside for five days of relaxation, rejuvenation and reconnection with yourself. Our retreat offers a perfect balance of Pilates, healthy food, spa treatments, walking and guided exploration of the gorgeous Italian countryside in Umbria, Todi. You’ll leave feeling stronger, more centered and completely revitalized. Join us and enjoy the perfect blend of self-care, adventure and community in one of the most picturesque and serene locations in the world.

The Location: Castello di Montignano

Since 962, the history of the Castle has never ceased to be written. From the coronation of Otto I of Saxony as king of Italy, its ownership passed from family to family. Only in 1908, with the Alcini family of Massa, was it acquired together with the estate and the grain mill. In 2006 – thanks to Giuseppe Alcini – the works were carried out to convert the Castle from a family residence to a luxury relais. The Castle of Montignano Relais is, together, charm and wonder; the medieval village of Montignano overlooks the Martani Mountains and, alongside the generous spectacle of nature, today offers the irresistible comfort of romantic suites, a spa, a restaurant, an internal garden and a panoramic swimming pool. The overall experience speaks of a philosophy of hospitality and welcome devoted to the encounter between simplicity and refinement.

A transformative retreat designed to alleviate stress and lift mind, body and soul

  • Strengthen both body and mind with daily Dynamic & Restorative Pilates classes
  •  Indulgent relaxation and pampering at the exquisitely luxurious AQUADEGNA SPA
  •  Explore the picturesque Umbrian countryside on guided walks and hikes
  •  Unwind and rejuvenate in the tranquil, airy spaces of the retreat center
  • Create lasting friendships by connect with like-minded individuals
  • Return home feeling rested, refreshed and inspired!
  • Nourish the body with delicious, healthy cuisine prepared by the esteemed chef

Retreat Features:

Paola’s classes are designed to offer two distinctive experiences; one to energize and motivate you in the morning, and another to restore and calm your body and mind in the evening. Start your day with a heart-pumping Cardio Pilates session, and end it with a restorative class that tones and strengthens your body. Throughout the five-day program, Paola’s Pilates classes will help you to tone, lengthen, and strengthen your muscles, while also providing the right motivation to get back into shape, both mentally and physically. You will have the opportunity to train in the middle of nature, in the beautiful pavilion of the castle, where you’ll feel refreshed and recharged.

Indulge in ultimate relaxation at Acquadegna Spa. Inspired by Roman Thermal Baths, the SPA proposes the THERMARIUM (33°C) – hydro-massage pool 30 sq.m. with neck shower and chaise longue – and the so-called “Roman Baths” composed by TEPIDARIUM (37°C), CALIDARIUM (44°C), and the cold falls of FRIGIDARIUM (12°C).

The menu curated by Paola and the chef is truly a highlight of the retreat. They use only local, fresh produce from Umbria, carefully selected to provide nourishing and delicious meals. Guests can enjoy dishes that are both healthy and flavourful, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and Italian cuisine.

We understand that everyone has unique dietary needs and preferences. Therefore we are happy to assist in accommodating any special requirements you might have. Please notify us in advanced and we will do our best to make necessary arrangements to ensure that you enjoy your stay with us!

Hiking is also a key component of the retreat, allowing guests to experience the beauty of the surrounding area firsthand. The castle is situated in a strategic position from which it is possible to explore the nearby villages and scenic routes on foot. Narni, is one of our destination. This pictoresque town offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding valley, Nera Rivera, breathtaking hiking trails and charming medieval streets. This historical town boasts must-see attractions such as the Roman ruins, Gothic-Romanesque cathedral, medieval fortress, and underground tunnels, perfect for hikers and history enthusiasts. Lace up your boots and explore Narni’s natural beauty whilst wandering through its magnificent landmarks.

As part of our exclusive package retreat, guests will have the opportunity to explore this enchanting town with a guided tour led by a knowledgeable local expert. From uncovering hidden gems to experiencing the town’s vibrant  markets, our Todi excursion promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.
  • Shopping: Todi has a vibrant market scene and explore the shops; Todi has many independent shops that sell unique products, from handmade ceramics to artisanal chocolates. We will take a stroll down Via Cavour or Via Ciuffelli to discover some hidden gems.
  •  Olive Oil: Stock up on olive oil: Umbria is known for its high-quality olive oil, and Todi is no exception.
  • Local crafts: Todi has a rich history of art and craftsmanship. Visit the Church of San Fortunato to see local artisans at work, or check out the Tiberina Todi Ceramics Museum to learn about the town’s ceramics traditions.

MorningMid morningAfternoonEvening
8:00am: Cardio Pilates classes10:30am: Hiking and Tour in Umbria3:00pm: Free time & Spa8:00pm: Dinner
9:00am: Breakfast13:00: Lunch5:30pm: Toning and Restorative Pilates classesFree time/Bed time
6:30pm: Nutrition and Lifestyle coaching sessions

What’s included:

  • Pilates classes
  • Nutrition & lifestyle group sessions
  • Three daily meals & refreshing snacks made from fresh, local ingredients
  • A curated itinerary of local tours
  • State-of-the-art on-site spa
  • Access to indoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • Private transfer and personal drive to and/or from Rome or Perugia Airport
  • Accommodation for 4 nights and 5 days in either a Classic or Deluxe room

What’s not included:

  • Cost of flights – Participants are responsible for booking and purchasing all suitable flights to and from the retreat’s destination country. The closest airport to Todi is Rome or Perugia. Transportation from the airport to the property is included with the retreat package.
  • Any additional meals and snacks outside of the retreat programme
  • Optional activities or excursions outside the retreat package

Price, dates and information:

  • Dates: Oct 2nd- Oct 6th
  • Maximum participants: 12 people
  • The program is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm on the day of your arrival. Check-in for your room will be available at 3pm onwards. To ensure you have enough time to travel from the airport to the location (which is included in the package), we recommend booking arrival tickets accordingly. On the day of your departure, you can enjoy breakfast and Pilates before checking out at noon.

To book and enquire

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Thank you,

Paola and the SHAPES Team