Spiritual Retreat for Yoga and Meditation
in Italy


Il Rifugio

“Il Rifugio” is the main activity center. Here you will find the guest reception office, dining room and kitchen, library and lounge, and several guest rooms. You can also enjoy browsing in the Inner Life boutique, with books, spiritual music tapes and CDs, and many interesting items for your practice of yoga and meditation.

The Temple of Light

Behind Il Rifugio is the beautiful Temple of Light, surrounded by trees, open green hills, and meadows.


Guests are lodged either at the main activity center, “Il Rifugio,” or in simple country-style houses which are a short drive or a lovely 15-minute walk away. We have double and a few single rooms, with and without bath, as well as rooms with three to five beds and shared bathroom. Sheets, blankets, and towels are provided.

Please let us know if you have any physical problems so we can help you. We are not able to accommodate pets. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited. All our facilities are non-smoking.

Climate and Clothing

Ananda is located 16 km outside of Assisi at an altitude of 800 meters in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. We suggest that you bring appropriate and modest clothing, including warm comfortable clothes for yoga and meditation practice, walking shoes, a warm sweater or jacket, and rain gear. You will also need a flashlight, alarm clock, and especially house slippers. Meditation cushions and yoga mats are available in the Temple of Light. You may wish to bring your own meditation shawl and a towel or other cover to place over the yoga mat.

When to Come?

Come whenever and as often as you can! But you might especially consider coming during the quieter times, when we can give you more individual and personal attention, and you will have more opportunities to get to know the community residents.

Spring and fall are particularly nice. In the spring, beautiful wild flowers cover the hills and roadside; in the fall, the leaves turn golden and red. And winter brings its own quiet, inward charm, creating a deep peace that renews body, mind, and soul.

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