Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat: Relax, Recharge and Experience Barolo and the Alps of Italy

northern italy
Join Jnani Chapman in the Piedmont region of Italy for an unforgettable week of therapeutic yoga. The retreat will provide opportunities for walks, hikes and casual cycling in the beautiful countryside of the Langhe and the nearby foothills of the Italian Alps bordering France. Recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, this region is renowned for its sustainable agriculture and delicious, wholesome Italian cooking. The Slow Food movement was founded here and the native cooks take the movement to heart as they recreate their “cucina tipica Piemontese” in new and inventive ways.

You will be instructed in adaptations of Yoga movement, breathing, relaxation, use of imagination and meditation practices, as well as provided with research and education on how these practices support healing.

CycleVentoux’s certified nature guides will accompany us as we explore the countryside and experience the peace and quietude of the nature reserve in the Alpi Maritime mountains. You will spend three days during the retreat in a small mountain albergo.Home cooked meals, immediate access to nature, and comfortable lodging removed from the bustle of commercialism allow one to relax and focus on a healthful approach to life. Activities will accommodate all levels of an individual’s movement capacity, including van conveyance when desired, with time for contemplation and respite daily.

There is much to experience and enjoy. Join us as we explore this remarkable slice of Italy!

> WHEN: Friday, 22 July – Thursday, 28 July

> WHERE: We greet your flight at Milan’s Malpensa airport. We will be conducting the retreat in small inns and mountain lodging in Barolo and the alpine villages west of Cuneo along the border with France.

> COST: $2800 Includes ground transportation, meals, lodging, guiding and activities.

> YOUR HOSTS: Jnani Chapman, RN, E-RYT500 is the director of YCat Yoga Therapy founded in 1990. She is a pioneer in integrative oncology and works for St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Jnani is in her 30th year as a senior staff member of the Commonweal and WDC Smith Center’s week-long residential cancer help programs.

Robert Deeley of CycleVentoux crafts custom and individualized tours for cyclists, skiers and hikers interested in exploring southeast France and northwest Italy’s cultural and historical attributes in the context of outdoor pursuits. Robert’s love of the region, its people and culture, as well as his intimate local knowledge, offer a unique and in-depth travel experience.

For more information, please send an e-mail to or or call (415) 730-0569.

Support Jnani’s Sabbatical Sea Travel Fund

Our beloved Jnani has spent her adult lifetime in service to people with cancer and other chronic and life-threatening illnesses. She has been called a “midwife to the dying” because of her service in reducing suffering and supporting healing for people who are journeying out of embodiment and into spirit. The funds from this ‘Go Fund Me’ will be used to reimburse the $10K that Jnani borrowed to “get away from it all” and to most importantly, heal her soul. Visit to support Jnani on her journey.

Jnani’s presence has been welcomed by patients, their families and their friends with statements such as, “You made a huge difference for us in this time of loss.” She has always offered sliding scale fee for her services and has gifted many people gratis who had no ability
to pay.

Jnani is travelling counter-clockwise around the world aboard Cendrillion, (French for Cinderella) one of 360 container ships in the CMA-CGM line.  This two month sabbatical is a fairytale and a dream come true for Jnani. The trip comes at a time of need having spent the previous past 14 months supporting a friend through cancer treatment and end of life. It also completes the wishes of her friend to have her ashes given to the Pacific Ocean. Her ashes were scattered by Jnani into the Pacific Ocean on the Spring Equinox, 2016 from the stern of Cendrillion with a formal ceremony conducted by Master Captain Mario Tomas.

Jnani has begun using her sea time to collate her life’s work into products that she hopes to market including e-books and print media. In exchange for your donations Jnani is happy to offer prayers on anyone’s behalf who so desires them, as long as the wish behind the prayer includes benefit to at least one person and no harm to any one or thing.

Jnani will record all the prayers that she has delivered to the Seas and when she disembarks, they will be placed on her website keeping all names anonymous unless otherwise instructed. The prayers, like sand paintings, will not remain on the site forever.

Visit to make a contribution today. Your support is truly appreciated.

About YCat

Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness (YCat) is a professional, three-level certification program designed to train health professionals and experienced Yoga teachers to work safely with cancer patients at any stage of illness as well as people with stable chronic illness.

The goal of this program is to enable Yoga teachers to adapt traditional Yoga practices to meet the physiological and psychological needs of this population and to communicate effectively with medical personnel. At the completion of the program, Yoga teachers will be qualified to design and implement in and out patient wellness/stress management-based programs for people with cancer and chronic illness.

Participants receive certificates of attendance for each level completed and at the completion of all three levels graduates receive training certification in this specialty.

Read the wonderful Q&A with Jnani in Yoga City magazine:

Wellness Retreats

The YCat Wellness Retreat provides comprehensive instruction and education: Learn and experience each aspect of YCat Yoga Therapy including: Movement exploration, Breathing practice, Guided Imagery, Relaxation, Meditation, Prayer and Sound in healing. This retreat can be a transforming process for people with cancer and chronic illness; with an all-inclusive program of physical healing-movement exploration and breathing practice, emotional healing-relaxation and sound, and spiritual healing-meditation and prayer.
More about the Wellness Retreats

(Please note that the April retreat in Roslyn has been CANCELLED. Please check back for information regarding the non-residential Roslyn weekend retreat in Fall 2016.)

northern italyItaly Tour and Retreat for People with Cancer – July 22-28 2016
Enjoy yoga therapy, walking tours, gentle hiking and delicious healthy meals — South of Milan. More information coming soon. If you are interested in attending, please send us an email.

Yoga Therapy

A 6-week course for people in cancer treatment and post-treatment, by certified Integral Yoga and YCat Yoga Therapy Teachers. This course is designed to reduce stress and improve coping during and after cancer treatment. They are based in Yoga and cancer research and clinical evidence.
> More about YCat Yoga Therapy

Teacher Certification Program

YCat: Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness is a professional, three-level certification program designed to train health professionals and experienced Yoga teachers to work safely with cancer patients at any stage of illness as well as people with stable chronic illness.
More about the Teacher Certification Program