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Brexit and how it affects your travel

2018 - for those of you already registered for summer 2018 and beyond please  be aware that the venue may increase their costs to us for next season due to exchange rate changes and if this happens we will, sadly, have to pass the increase on to you. We would expect the increases to be minimal.

Some prices have risen due to exchange rates - sorry!

Updates - flight delays

My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

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Calabria Yoga, Southern Italy

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  • Summer 2018

    A grand old hotel with its own private beach, ecological and organic grounds and two yoga shalas.

The Grand Hotel San Michele has a magical old world charm combined with fun staff.

 Click here for a you tube video of this venue 

This is an eco  hotel with 47 acres of pesticide free land, containing a farm, vineyards, woods and countryside,  its own golf course and its own beach - reached by a lift which goes down the face of the cliff.

The small private beach has sun terraces with loungers, there is also a beach bar where lunch can be served.

At hotel level there is a swimming pool with sun loungers and sea views.


This hotel is also an organic farm and a vineyard. 

Fresh organic food: fruits, vegetables, olive oil, wine, eggs, homemade jams and preserves are all produced for the hotels own use. Overall they produce about 75% of the organic food served at the hotel.

The vineyards produce an excellent red, white and rosé wine. Food here is delicious and we are on half board


On sunny summer days we will enjoy a buffet breakfast and also dinner on one of the two beautiful terraces overlooking the sea, the indoor restaurant can be used if you prefer.

Lunch can be purchased at the hotel, or at the beach bar/restaurant, for 15 euros.

Enjoy walks on the farm, or through the wood within the grounds surrounding the hotel, feel free to explore.


The hotel also has its own organic golf course (9 holes, par 70), nicely landscaped among vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees, with a small Club House.

There are breath-taking views.

Excursions can be arranged, Ornella will talk to you about the different options when she takes you on a tour of the venue on the first morning.




some of the hotel staff with variations on tree pose











Our yoga will take place in the purpose built yoga space close to the swimming pool, or in the indoor yoga space. Yoga mats are provided.

There will be one class prior to breakfast and another in the late afternoon.

The indoor yoga space is designated for the groups use and there is a kettle and herbal teas in this room. Use it to relax in and to make hot drinks before your yoga class.

Massages are available at 40 euros per hour.



We will be staying in the newly built annexe  which is just below the main terrace of the hotel..

There are two rows of rooms, the upper row has a terrace, the lower row has little patios. 

Both face on to a wooded area. Here we can be together as a group. All rooms are en-suite with air conditioning.










Getting There

IMPORTANT: For some groups we will be arranging a transfer bus from Naples airport - please check with the Free Spirit office if this applies to your group as we will be specifying the time of the group transfer. .

Group Transfers - for groups of three or more, cost to be divided amongst the passentgers.

Naples Airport to Gran Michele - approx 2.5 to 3 hours
3 seater car - 150 euros each way
6 seater car - 185 euros each way
8 seater minibus - 210 euros each way

If this does not apply to your group then we have several choices
Fly to Lamezia airport, (Ryan Air from Stansted, usually at 06.30)  From here we can arrange taxis to the venue.  98 euros for a three person taxi and 130 euros for an eight person taxi. The transfer is one and half hours along the coast .

Or if flying to Naples, take a taxi to the train station and an intercity train to Paola Station (2.5 hours). From here we can arrange taxi transfers - about 20 minutes from the venue. A taxi from here is 45euros for three persons and 80 euros for eight persons.
NB We thought we should mention that this is the train line from Rome, just in case you are combining this holiday with an exploration of Italy.


Includes - Accommodation,  half board (wonderful vegetarian or non vegetarian Calabrian menu, please let us know of any specific dietary requirement) with breakfast on the terrace, and dinner under the stars.

Full access to the hotel facilities (swimming pool, the estate, piano bar in the evening, private beach).


Not Included - Insurance, travel, transfers, access to golf (20 euros p/d), all drinks, lunch, treatments and massages

2019   Programme Teacher Sharing Single
Jun 15 Jun 22 Flowing Hatha & Yin Yoga Bella Somerville £720 £840
Jul 6 Jul 13 Yoga tba £720 £840
Jul 27 Aug 3 Hatha & Flow Yoga Divya £740 £860
Aug 24 Aug 31 Scaravelli Inspired Hatha Yoga Jane Manze £740 £860
Sep 21 Sep 28 Flowing Hatha Yoga Jill Hurley £710 £830
Sep 28 Oct 5 Hatha Yoga Patricia Haygarth £645 £765

Holiday is Saturday to Saturday (to accommodate flights into Lamezia airport)

All accommodation is half board.