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Personal Winter Retreat

A time for inner transformation



             Weekend Winter Yoga Retreat / December 6 - 9, 2019 38062 Arco, Province of Trento, Italy

              Therapeutic Yoga Retreat Italy   


Looking for more than a yoga retreat? Connecting your yoga with raw nature, relaxation, culture, and adventure in the stunning mountains, lakes, forests, and historic towns of Northern Lake Garda, Italy. Groups are small with individual attention to a practice that suits you. Enjoy an energizing Vinyasa style to a gentle relaxing practice, yoga therapeutics for specific imbalances, meditation and live sound baths with and an overall focus to connecting with the power of nature, both on and off the mat. Take the opportunity to relax, recharge, reflect and go deeper on your winter journey, reduce stress and take the time to relax. Kushi Ling is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of your daily life where you can wrap yourself in the timeless teachings of Yoga.

Join us at Kushi Ling centro di meditazione

As a small guest meditation retreat, join Denese Cavanaugh along with selected yoga teachers who personally welcome their yoga and non-yoga guests in equal measure for an opportunity to experience a sweet and simple,  yoga experience in a personal setting. Our yoga program is authentic and encompassing, in a 

space where nature will reset your natural rhythm, to put you on a path for renewal and growth. All yoga skill levels invited. 


About Kushi Ling

At Kushi Ling Meditation Centre groups and individuals find a location conducive for gaining spiritual insight and developing their highest potential through philosophical study, intensive meditation practice and related paths of inner development.

The activities are inspired by the content and methods of Mahayana-Buddhism.The teachings and the meditative practice organized by the Centre take their inspiration from the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, whose most well-known representative is the 14th Dalai Lama. The Centre also wants to support all other paths of inner development, which focus on the development of wisdom and compassion and further peace and harmony between all beings.

 Meet your Teachers


December 6 - 9 Friday - Monday    4 days/3 nights from $290. + room & meals 

Get ready to celebrate and end the year immersed with spiritual wholeness and transition. After the idyllic windy road along the Garda Lake boundaries, you’ll end up at an intimate quiet oasis meant for celebrating awakening. The weekend program is designed to empower and inspire, as we gather to reconnect to our soul’s purpose and what is most important to you through guided meditation, revitalizing partner yoga, therapeutic IPATH,  nature Trek, and live sound baths, all deeply calming and revitalizing. The experience of silent mornings using mindfulness and yoga will allow you to rediscover the wisdom you already carry within and return home with a foundation for self-guided sadhana that fosters the unitive consciousness that is your essence. 



  • 16 various yoga and meditation classes 

  • 2 evening  yoga sound baths  

  • 1 rejuvenating guided yoga nature trek

  • Free time for your own personal activity

  • Simple delicious healthy meals

  • 2.5 days of yoga instruction

  • 3-night accommodations

Yoga styles  - all levels welcome

  • Vinyasa

  • Mala Flow

  • IPATH yoga

  • Nidra yoga

  • Meditation 

  • Somatics

  • Chakra Flow

  • Partner Yoga



Check-in Time:  Friday, December 6. 2 pm/13.00

Check-in begins at 13.00 (2 pm)The first activity included in your stay is Welcome yoga, dinner and live sound bath at 16.00 (4 pm) Arrival dinner is included in an overnight stay. 



  •  Garden

  •  Eating area

  •  Smoke-free property

  •  Terrace

  • Meditation shala

  •  Yoga shala

  •  Free parking

  •  Limited cell phone use

  •  Silent areas



The Kushi Ling center is situated in a quiet place in the rocky environment of Arco, which is located about 8 km north of Lake Garda in the Italian Province of Trento. Lake  Kushi Ling’s guest house rooms occupy two floors in the traditional old Trentino style. The area is characterized by its exceptionally mild climate. Olive trees and cypresses give the place its distinctive southern atmosphere, which is contrasted by snowcapped alpine mountains.

The center is surrounded by meadows, an organic vegetable garden, and fruit trees. The house has been built in the traditional local style using exclusively natural materials.

There are two large meditation halls and 10 bedrooms, which can host up to 25-course participants. There are nearby lodging facilities, should the Kushi Ling accommodations fill for overnight stay. Kushi Ling is an easy drive for day trips.

The Mountain view twin or family bedroom has a small double sofa bed and bunk beds, allowing multiple bed arrangements or shared options. The yoga hut is located in the main garden.

Small family vineyards, river paths, mountain tracks with panoramic vistas, forests, world heritage flora and fauna, and an unpolluted starry night sky. Pure unadulterated nature in all its forms is all around you.

Kushi Ling is a secret gem tucked away from the tourist areas yet very accessible by road or track to nearby Riva Del Garda on Lake Garda or further up the Ledro valley. Much of nature and several mountain tracks are accessible from your front door.  


Course fees

Our course fees cover fees for the teachers and the organization costs., and do not include accommodation fees. Accommodation fees include three vegetarian meals each day. Price does not include airfare, transportation to and from the retreat center.

Annual membership

All the center activities are for members only. The annual membership fee is 15 Euros. This is fee is included within the full and Day Pass program


Full 4 day /3 night day event  $290.00 = 260. Euros

Saturday or Sunday Day Pass (choose either day)  $160 = 145 euros

Participants may choose selected class rates: (+ membership fee of 15 Euros)

6 classes  $185.00 = 162.Euros

3 classes $98.00 = 88. Euros

Single class $50.00 = 45.Euros

Meals (for those who do not stay overnight at the Center)

Vegetarian cuisine, each meal costs 12 €.

Plan Your Stay

Lodging (costs for who participates in the center`s activities)

Room selections fill quickly! Reserve your non-refundable room with a minimum $100 deposit. The lodging/meal balance is due in full at check-in. An hour of  Seva (practical help) Karma Yoga each day around the house and garden is goodwill. 

Food and lodging per person per day:

Dormitory / tent  34 €

Yeshe,Padma, Tara , Rooms with 3 or 4 beds

with or without private bathroom   46 €

Shine, Dakini, Vajra, Rooms with 2 beds without bathroom  49 €

Stupa, Ratna, Milarepa, Rooms with 2 beds with private bathroom 52€

Single room without bathroom  62 €    

Atisha room Single room with private bathroom 68 €  




Enjoy two mornings classes and 10-afternoon-evening yoga sessions including individual guidance or workshop scenarios as appropriate. There will be one guided yoga nature trek such as a mindfulness walk.

Some time will be set for you to relax, go exploring or immerse yourself in nature. Do as much or as little as you wish. The area is world-class for almost every outdoor pastime; mountain biking, hiking, climbing, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, canyoning, historic towns, world heritage sites, geology, photography, art.

As a small guest house retreat, Kushi Ling personally welcomes their yoga and non-yoga guests in equal measure for an opportunity to transform and self-empowerment. 


Retreat Program: The holidays are a time of renewal. Following the rhythms of the season, we turn inward, reflecting upon the lessons gleaned in the year about to close while setting intentions for the new chapter ahead. This personal 3-day retreat is made to explore the best of "me time" filled with meditation, karma yoga, and healing sound baths, that plans to enrich your spiritual journey.



14.00 - 15.00                                       

Check-In & Registration

15.30 - 16.00                                       

Kushi Ling Welcome & Orientation   Ready to revitalize your weekend with

leading teachers from various yoga traditions 

16.00 - 17.00                                       

Opening Program  Somatic practice of grace & meditation- Denese & Kristina                      

17.00 - 18.30                                       

Restorative Yoga Meditation Cultivating Sutra1:3 with Mala Flow - -Denese

18.30 - 19.30                                       


19.45 - 21.00                                       

Evening Program   Live Sound Bath w/ Riccardo Rea, along with soothing

Nidra yoga practice- rebuild emotional reliance      - Riccardo Rea & Denese


Lights out



Guided Meditation Sunrise Devotion- Denese

6.55 - 8.15                                                      

Embrace your body as a temple with mudras and asana  practice  - Denese                                           


Silent Breakfast        morning reflection

9.30 -10.30                                           

Morning Program The Yin Way, an immersion into the practice of slowing

down to discover the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching - Kristina

10.45 - 11.45 

IPATH yoga with healing "sound bath" wrap yourself in the vibrations

sounds with music and allow the body to transform with Integral Postural

Alignment Therapeutics - Denese & Riccardo

12.00    Lunch

14.00 - 15.00

Discovering the forces of Shiva & Shakti- with Tantra yoga - Roberto

16.00 - 18.15 

Reconnecting with a  partner practice to create and share mindful harmony

and balance. Bring a partner or open to sharing - Erika & Sylvia                                   

18.30 - 19.30     Supper

20.00 - 21.15   

Sunset Slow Flow Vibrations. Let the masterful sounds of music

harmonize with deep soft tissue asana practice to renew - Riccardo & Kristina

21.30 - 22.00 

Nidra guided meditation. Find your internal rhythm higher peace

and to develop deeper senses.  - Denese                               

23.00    Lights out



Somatic Meditation  -  Denese 


IPATH yoga release, restore and rejuvenate with restorative poses to

eliminate stiffness and back body pain-lengthen to heal - Denese

8.30   Silent Breakfast   morning reflection

9.30 - 11.30 

Winter Power Trek-Find your place in nature and explore trails right outside

the Kushi Ling door. Enjoy this walking meditation, taking in all senses, harmony

and light. - Weather permitting - Kristina                                                                          

12.00    Lunch

14.00 - 14.30 

Chakra bija mantra chanting practice. Explore and share with the universe

the Chakra petals bring in elements guided by your inner harmony - Denese                                   

14.30 - 16.00                                       

Thai massage the way to deep relaxation.  Imagine being able to give your 

partner and incredible massage that is easy on your body and full of heart.

Bring a partner or be open to sharing. - Riccardo 

16.00 - 17.30   

Learn to improve your life through the Tantra experience. Widen your vision

as you explore new points of view about the world inside you. - Roberto                                    

18.00 - 19.00      Supper

19.45 - 20.30                                       

Nidra Yoga  to calm the mind with visualization and refresh the whole

being - Denese

20.30 - 21.00

Seated meditation for Devotion - Denese

21.15 - 22.30                                       

Circle of Stars & Life Ceremony- ending the year on a high note. As we follow the 

rhythms of the Season we continue inward with sound meditation with Ricardo Rea.

Begin seated on lying down, while taking in vibrational healing sounds that will

inspire a new chapter for your new year. Asana practice along with a magical meditative 

concert will help in discovering your authentic self as your personal guide towards

clarity ad inner peace. - Riccardo  & all available Deva teachers

23.00         Lights out


6.00 - 7.30                                           

Guided Meditation/Surya A           Deva Yogamynd teachers

8.00      Breackfast

8:30      Check out


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How to get to Kushi Ling


Flights from the USA offers many - our retreat begins on Friday, giving you options to fly in early for shopping or sightseeing directly to Milano Malpensa or connecting flights from London, Paris or Germany, Rome , Brescia, Bergamo or Venice. Getting to Kushi Ling from Verona, see below


By Van

We are looking into renting a van leaving from Verona on Friday morning December 6. For more information contact Denese at 

By Taxi

From Verona Airport to Kushi Ling, Arco you can book a taxi for around 130 euros for max. 3 persons, so you could share it with other students who go there. It takes about 80 min, please let them know the exact address when you book:  

By Public Transport in 3 steps

In front of Verona Airport busses are waiting to bring you to Verona Station (Verona Porta Nuova), price is around €4 which you can pay to the bus driver. They go multiple times per hour.

  1. Train from Verona Central Station (Porta Nuova) to Rovereto
    There are 3 types of trains: ‘regionale’ (slow train but cheapest, 60 min.), ‘regionale veloce’ (a bit faster, 48 min.) and ‘Frecciargento’ (a bit faster but more expensive, 40 min.)
    When you get the train ticket it’s good to mention the name of the train, especially if you want the cheapest train (‘Treno Regionale’) and you should not forget to stamp the ticket before you get onto the train. Also take some time to get the ticket, as the ticket rows can be busy.

  2. Bus 332 from Rovereto to Arco
    PDF with bus tables from Rovereto (Staz. S.F) to Arco (Autostaz.) till 26/06/2016:
    It takes 55 min. You can also take Bus 301.

  3. Taxi (or lift from somebody) Arco to Kushi Ling
    When you arrive in Arco you can take (or share with others) a taxi to Kushi Ling.
    If you cannot find a taxi, you can call a taxi at: +39-0464 – 514520
    For taxi service you can also call Antonella: +39-333 5963033 or +39-0464 518983
    The taxi driver most probably knows Centro di Meditazione Kushi Ling. If not, let him/her read this:
    “Dal centro città prendere la strada (a destra) verso Laghel. Arrivati alla chiesa Santa Maria di Laghel si prende la salita a sinistra e si segue tutta la strada (circa 3 km) fino alle Fontane: è l’ultima casa.”


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Wishing you

A life filled with Supreme

Peace and Joy

-Denese Cavanaugh





    Denese has been teaching yoga since 1994,  and over the past 14 years, has lead 200 RYT, Retreats, and IPATH training. As an International presenter

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    Kristina Raskina

      Vinyasa Yoga since 2017. RYT 200 - teacher registered with Yoga Alliance International.  Teaching Yin Yoga & Hatha Yoga teacher since 2018. Specialized in Aerial Yoga,  read more


      Riccardo Rea

        Riccardo is a hand pan recording artist, using his hands to bring heaven to our earth! For our retreat, he'll be joined with his fellow harmonic musicians and will offer read more


        Roberto Lago Marquez

          Insegna Yoga e Meditazione da oltre 20 anni. Ricercatore indipendente di spiritualità e viaggiatore per passione. Integra la filosofia  read more


          Erika Ferrari 


          Silvia Pizzamiglio

            Erika and Silvia are two exceptional yoga teachers who bring out the best in their students while leading Acro Yoga sessions that are inspiring!  read more

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