Refresh and renew your spirit...


in the tranquil surroundings of the lovely APENNINE mountains…


• You may need a rest, time to reflect, be alone to contemplate, meditate, read, walk in the hills amongst the wooded environment and wonderful mountain views. You may wish to be in silence, or to meet others to share discussions.

• Or you may wish to join like-minded companions in a more formal retreat situation, self-guided or following a structured schedule. There is already a simple regular schedule of meditation in the house, which you are welcome to join, plus in the summer months Mike leads relaxing 'gong bath' sessions in the yurt.

• You may be looking for a suitable venue to organise a residential workshop or retreat of your own, to share with others an activity of your choice, including for instance yoga; art; sacred movement; kirtan singing or other styles of music, meditation, healing arts, martial arts or environmental issues.

• Join a cycling holiday led by  Mike. Apennine Retreat is situated in a beautiful area of the Appennino Modenese mountains and is perfect for cyclists.  Mike says "Here I've found a real passion for cycling in a way I never had before. The amazing views, the lack of traffic or noise, clean mountain air, beautiful scenery and historic small towns make it an unbeatable experience. Over the last three years I have cycled over almost every mountain in this region and have found many fantastic routes. Based at our home in Castellaro, I offer guided cycle rides for anyone interested in sharing the exhilaration and joy of cycling in these mountains. For keen cyclists interested in a cycling holiday, I offer a series of rides over a few days, gradually increasing the level of difficulty, culminating in day-long trips crossing over the mountains into Tuscany and back into Emilia Romagna."

Please contact us for further details.


For any or all of the above, we offer you our beautifully restored, over 200 year old rustic style mountain house built of stone, set in 5000 mq of terraced and open land. Accommodation is available in the house itself, or you may prefer to sleep in one of the tents on the land within easy reach of all the facilities in the house. (See accommodation on the next page for more details).

We provide full board vegetarian catering during your stay, prepared and cooked for you by ourselves.  Please note that we are a non-smoking house.