Where the Magic Happens

Salento Yoga

Welcome to Salento Yoga! Salento Yoga offers you a sanctuary from the outside world. Give yourself the gift of some well-deserved time to nourish your body, calm your senses, relax your mind and awaken your spirit. Spend your days indulging in blissful yoga classes, fresh home cooked Italian food, treat yourself to a massage, read a book or take an afternoon nap,  hire a bicycle or car and explore the stunning surroundings and beaches.

Come and join us to experience the ultimate affordable yoga retreat in Italy. Treat yourself to a blissful escape and let Salento Yoga bring magic into your life…

Our Next Retreats

Spring at the Aia Retreat

Springtime fun at the Aia

27th April – 1st May 2018

Thrilled and excited to be working once again with Giulia Stasi At The Aia.
Together, Salento Yoga and The Aia have put together yet another fun packed long weekend.  Wake up to fun, energizing and yet relaxing yoga classes with Kamal, take time out by the pool/beach, enjoy the farm to table food, a cooking class with one of Lecce’s most renowned pizza makers, a refreshing coastal walk with picnic followed by yummy sunset cocktails, wine tasting and a tour of Lecce & Gallipoli.

Step into Summer Retreat

 Step into Summer 

16th – 23rd June 2018

After the success of the 2017 retreat Salento Yoga are teaming up again with the amazing Julie Meo Chereath.  This retreat will welcome in the Salento summer as we celebrate together the summer solstice and International Yoga Day.  What better way to embrace this special time? Join your co hosts and teachers Kamal and Julie, both yoga teachers certified in India with Indian origins, and step into summer in style! Take the opportunity to relax, reflect and awaken your inner light.

A time to dream big, set your intentions and make it happen!

Back to Nature Retreat

 The “just be” Retreat

 8th – 15th September  2018

Outdoor yoga with Kamal, the fresh sea air at your doorstep, homegrown fruits and vegetables, a family style villa with a beautiful garden area, rent a bike, have a go at surfing, indulge in a melting massage, relax on the beach, take a boat trip, try a walking or bike tour, test your cooking skills with a cooking lesson, visit a historical centre, sip on some local wine accompanied by local cheese or just read and have a nap in a hammock……it’s your retreat…it’s your gift to yourself……it’s your time to “just be”…

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About Us

Our Salento Yoga family are a vibrant mix of international yoga teachers, and organisers with Italian and Indian backgrounds – each of us dedicated to providing you with an authentic Italian experience. We will take care of your every need, so all you need to worry about is allowing yourself to completely relax and let go. We promise you that you’ll leave feeling revitalised, energised and inspired on every level and wanting to come back for more!

  • International Yoga Teachers

    Flow with our trained International yoga teachers. Our wonderful teachers will run week retreats and weekend relax workshops.

  • Local Chef

    Experienced Chef with years of experience. Creating dishes using only the fruits and vegetables in season.

  • Organizers

    Our Salento Yoga Organizers will take care of your every need to make sure you have an unforgettable holiday.

  • In a Magic Place

    Surround yourself by the magic of this beautiful Southern Italian peninsula, Salento. A dedicated team, wonderful food, expert yoga training, stunning beaches and nature at your doorstep. Let Salento Yoga bring the magic in your life!

Calling all Yoga, Fitness Teachers & Groups

Still deciding where to host your next retreat?
Maybe we can help…contact the team now and together we can build your perfect retreat!!

What our Yogis say about us

Salento Yoga 2013 in one of the best things I have ever done! Absolute paradise! (and I cannot believe you made me a Birthday Cake with my face on it..haha) Thank you so much!!

This week has been amazing and I have been inspired so much by the beautiful location, our incredible teacher Kirsty who (probably without realising) has helped transform my life since the first class I attended, my fellow yogis who I have had the pleasure of sharing this experience with & finally Kamal, Alessio, Valentina & GianFranco who could not have done anymore to make our time extra special & are some of the kindest people I have ever met.  See you all next year for more sea, sun, yoga love, laughs & of course Valentines food!!

Hayley (UK)
Hayley (UK)September 2013 Retreat

Quick decisions are often the good decisions! and especially if you find your way to SALENTO YOGA!

Highly recommended week. You will be in good warm caring hands of this Salento Team.  Then the beautiful Villa Paola, the sea, GianFrancos famous “Baileys” – who wouldn’t like to celebrate his/her birthday here??

Many Thanks and best wishes for the future.

Gosia (Sweden)
Gosia (Sweden)September 2013 Retreat

Just what is needed from a yoga retreat. The teaching was insightful and informative with care and integrity; the atmosphere at the villa peaceful and conductive to socializing or solitary time as desired; the organization sensitive and discreet; and the food sublime! I came to recharge my batteries but discovered, almost without knowing how, that I’d recharged my soul.

Thank you for a truly memorable week.

Steffan (UK)
Steffan (UK)May 2013 Retreat

Mmmmmmmm!!! What can i say?

This was an amazing retreat.  I have been on a few retreats but this by far has been the best.  How lucky were we to have experienced so much of Southern Italy.  I know the yoga has improved & I will continue, promise when I return to Bellagio.  A big thank you to Kamal, Kirsty, Alessio, Valentina, Gianfranco & Paola.  You went out of your way to make the week very special.

Ciao and see you next time.

Kim (Australia)
Kim (Australia)July 2104 Retreat

To Our Salento Family, Thank you so much for such a wonderful week. We will never forget our first time here. Looking forward to many many more.

Lenore & Eide (USA)
Lenore & Eide (USA)September 2014 Retreat

The entire week has simply been GREAT!!!
(3 exclamation marks great).

I was so excited about coming on my first yoga retreat and it has exceeded all my expectations. Kamal, Alessio and Kirsty have brought us all together into a beautiful yoga family.

The yoga, atmosphere, activities, love, laughter, jokes, tree climbing, gelato, food, food and more food have been PERFECTO! The experience of the week is more than just this week, it has changed my life!!!


Sarah (UK)
Sarah (UK)May 2013 Retreat

It was a total experience to be hosted by you at Castro, September 2013.  You thought about every detail and took care of every moment of our yoga vacation.  I hope that your natural hospitality will meet the same hospitality when you have your own vacations  around the world.

Sarit (Israel)
Sarit (Israel)September 2013 Retreat

We named it the pirate beach, for the skull and crossbones flag. The captain, aka bar owner, had departed for the season, leaving behind his wooden decking, perfect for our evening yoga. As the sun set over Puglia’s unspoilt west coast, we stretched our bodies/soothed our minds, gently guided by Scottish instructor Eileen Jackson and local teacher and retreat organiser Kamal Fanibanda, the sea swirling beneath. Morning sessions found us on the villa’s roof terrace, looking down on pomegranate trees, exploring new challenges in thoughtful flow sessions. We managed dinner in Gallipoli, lunch in Lecce, beach trips and cycling, but it was yoga in the open air, friendship and fab local food that made us come back new.

Rowena (Spain)
Rowena (Spain)September 2016 Retreat (Published also in the Guardian newspaper as a recommended yoga retreat)