Reclaiming Aphrodite: The Art of Receiving

  • Cinigiano, Province of Grosseto, Italy
  • Sep 28 - Oct 5, 2019 (8 days)

About us

Calling all Goddesses! In this Italian Retreat we will WAKE UP your Wild Aphrodite and remember the Divine Bliss of Receiving.  Get ready for a Sisterhood Adventure! 

When was the last time you stopped, took a deep breath, and received? As women, society conditions us to be Super Heroes, Wonder Women, and Masters of Many Crafts. We give, give, give and never take the time to fully inhale or recharge. In the endless roles of caretaker, mother, teacher, healer, wife, therapist, chef, housekeeper, nurse, business women, and seductress, we may feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, emotionally numb, or take on everyone else's emotions. Our energy pores out into the endless list of tasks to keep our houses in order, our bodies healthy, and our relationships sound. But when do we JUST STOP, Breathe, and Receive for ourselves? 

Joseph Campbell said, “I don’t believe that people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” So often in our fast paced society, we forget that pleasure is not something that must be earned, but a natural birthright. Nature teaches that we need balance to truly thrive. We need times of darkness and times of light. We need seasons to change and grow. And, we need to Give and Receive to live a full numinous life. 

In this advanced Sacred Feminine retreat, we are going to wake up the Inner Aphrodite and let her guide us back into joyful ownership of receiving life's pleasures and pains. Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love, Pleasure, Creativity, Fertility, Oceans, and Flowers. In Greek Mythology, she is considered the Divine Woman, the Alpha-Omega, the lover of All Mankind, and the ruler of the Heart. Like the heart chakra, Aphrodite's energy metabolizes life's hardships and defrost the hard ice that may have been formed in the emotional body. She asks the hard questions: "Are you truly in love with yourself? Do you create busyness to avoid being with yourself? Is your past pain preventing you from feeling joy in your current moments? This week you will be gently guided into some of the most vulnerable, and most rewarding terrain of your inner landscape. We will rekindle the inner fire, find courage, and help you uncover the Receptive Sacred Feminine essence within: The Raw Wild Woman, the Pleasure Keeper, the Mystic, and the Shadow Self (or pain body that so often is frozen in the trauma of past experiences). It's time to defrost all those wounds, feel them, flow and feel the vibrant emotional body flow once again.  Get ready to exhale and soak into the Gift of Belonging to Yourself.

Through archetypal storytelling, historical insights, group discussion, daily movement (asana/hiking), mindfulness meditation, breath work, astrological symbolism, quiet reflective time, and loads of other activities, we will begin to deepen the Art of Receiving. It's All about YOU! 

Your Home away from Home in Tuscany will be Le Pianore, an unspoiled organic farm estate with vineyards, olive groves, mountain streams, and woodlands. This charming estate is situated in a valley, cradled by the slopes of an ancient volcano (called Monte Amiata) surrounded by rolling hills, with the Tyrrhenian Sea lying away to the west. It is the perfect place to wind down, sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing magic of nature.  You will be taken aback by the sheer beauty of the countryside and easy way of life. No roads to disturb the silence, no city light that cloud the expansive view of the starry sky at night. 

Le Pianore is only a few minutes drive from Monticello Amiata, a medieval village in the heart of the Maremma region of Grosseto. Thermal hot springs and Spas are one of the Maremma’s biggest claims to fame. Although Monte Amiata last erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago, this dormant volcano continues to fuel many thermal healing springs (terme) around its base where the healing waters flow freely.  

This workshop will also focus on the following key elements:


  • Healing Aspects of Emotional Eating 
  • Receive Without Guilt or Repayment
  • Deepening Communication with Spiritual Guides
  • Healing Body Shame and Perfectionism
  • Reprograming Hurtful Emotions 
  • Learn to Ask for What You Want and Need    
  • Experience the Quantum Light Breath & Advanced Meditations
  • Rekindle Courage to Receive Psychic Guidance
  • Have FUN!

 This is our 5th Annual Sacred Feminine Retreat. Here is what previous participants have to say about their experience:

  • "Intense, powerful, and shifted the way I live my life."
  • "It was deeply transformational and words cannot describe intense healing that has occurred."
  • "It was inspiring, clear, and powerful. I felt grounded and ethereal at the same time."
  • "A beautiful combination of strength, elegance, and playfulness."
  • "I loved the combination of the factual, experimental, and ritual. Learning about the history of mythology, the archetypes, exploring what we learned through breath work/movement/eulogy, and then coming together to share, listen and create a sense of community was so healing."

The Details: 

What's Included & What You Can Expect:

  • Daily on-site yoga with Sabine, nestled in Le Pianore's San Franscico Yoga Studio   
  • 7 Nights Accommodations in the Villas of Le Pianore Estates
  • 3 - Freshly prepared, homegrown organic meals every day (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free Available)
  • Opening and Closing Circles
  • Daily Rituals and Connection with Spirit 
  • Private Tour of Le Pianore's Organic Farm
  • Optional excursions and activities (Thermal Hot Springs, Wine Tasting Tours, Pizza Making, hiking, and many more)
  • Daily Goddess Class exploring the Greek myths of Aphrodite, Hestia, Medusa, Dionysus's Maenads, and more.
  • Daily Guided Meditation, Breath work, and Personal Exploration Exercises
  • One - Personal Coaching Session with one of the team leaders 
  • Goddess Gift Bag
  • Time for rest, reflection, and stillness

Amenities

  • Access to kitchen for tea and coffee
  • Alcohol for purchase
  • Classroom/Meditation space for yoga and quiet time
  • Ensuite Bathrooms
  • Hair Dryers
  • Internet and Wifi
  • Laundry Facilities for Self-Service
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Towels

Not Included: 

  • Flight - The Best Airports to Fly into are Rome, Florence, or Pisa
  • Transport to and from Le Pianore: It takes 1 hour 45 minutes to get to the venue from Florence and about 2.5 hours to from Rome. Airport transportation is not provided but can be arranged easily with Carlo of yourprivatedrive.it. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful countryside as you sink into retreat space.  Please visit Transport Services for more details.   

This week will be Co-Lead with Valerie Coward and Sabine Wienerroither.  Valerie is an Herbalist and Kriyabahn with Self-Realization Fellowship. Sabine is an advanced yoga teacher and specializes in Shadow Work.  

This Retreat is a Great Fit For Women Who:

  • Have participated in Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine Retreat and want to continue their Soul Work
  • Have a desire to go deeper into their Spiritual Practice and Inner Relationship 
  • Crave connection and a sisterhood tribe of like minded Souls.
  • Love meeting and getting to know new people.
  • Desire to grow spiritually and live authentically. 
  • Enjoy Mindfulness: Walking, Sitting, Moving, and Eating healthy foods.
  • You have an open heart/mind and enjoy sharing.
  • You want to incorporate fun activities and some socializing while also addressing deep spiritual needs.

This Retreat is not a good fit for:

  • Men (sorry guys, Goddesses only)
  • You want a purely 'party' vacation. We will have lots of fun, but the point is to connect with ourselves and each other, not to escape or numb out with overindulgence. 
  • You need internet access and technology to stay sane. This week will ask you to leave the world of technology behind, so you can focus on yourself (but there is Wi-Fi for staying connected with family).
  • You’re looking for the luxury amenities of a 5-star hotel. Our retreat center aims to reconnect you with nature. It is clean, quiet, private, and serene.
  • Don't like sharing or community.
  • Want to 'hook up.' This is not an 'erotic' retreat.    

This retreat is limited to 15 Goddesses. Please Tune in and Book Early. 


"I can't believe the powerful transformation after only one week! I came to this retreat in a pretty dark place and I am leaving with a new sense of power. I feel a deep connection with myself and am so grateful to Jenny and all the sisterhood who helped me heal." "I loved the combination of the factual, experimental, and ritual. Learning about the history of mythology, the archetypes, exploring what we learned through breath work/movement/eulogy, and then coming together to share, listen and create a sense of community was so healing."

Event Highlights

  • Daily on-site yoga with Sabine, nestled in Le Pianore's San Franscico Yoga Studio
  • 7 Nights Accommodations in the Villas of Le Pianore Estates
  • 3 - Freshly prepared, homegrown organic meals every day (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free Available)
  • Opening and Closing Circles
  • Daily Rituals and Connection with Spirit
  • Private Tour of Le Pianore's Organic Farm
  • Optional excursions and activities (Thermal Hot Springs, Wine Tasting Tours, Pizza Making, hiking, and many more)
  • Daily Goddess Class exploring the Greek myths of Aphrodite, Hestia, Medusa, Dionysus's Maenads, and more.
  • Daily Guided Meditation, Breath work, and Personal Exploration Exercises
  • One - Personal Coaching Session with one of the team leaders
  • Goddess Gift Bag
  • Time for rest, reflection, and stillness
  • Optional Excursion to Siena
  • Optional Excursions to Local Hot Springs

Venue Highlights

Tuscany is truly the land of milk and honey: oil and wine have been produced here for over a 1000 years. Our extra virgin, organic olive oil is a smooth and fragrant blend of the prized local olivastra seggianese and other varieties. And from our 1,3 hectare vineyard of Merlot and San Giovese grapes, tended to with lots of love and no chemicals, we produce a full-bodied, easy-drinking, organic red wine which we call Tiniatus: the Etruscan name for the god of the Amiata.

Le Pianore is a CCPB certified organic farmstead and we feel honoured to be the custodians of more than 30 hectares of woodlands traversed by the Zancona river and its tributaries. We manage our forests to provide the wood we need, ensuring forest regeneration and sustainable energy use. With more than 80% of our energy coming from renewable sources (solar panels and sustainably managed wood), we are proudly on our way to reaching our goal of total energy self-sufficiency. Furthermore, all water destined for agricultural use, including irrigation of the vegetable gardens, comes directly from the spring that bubbles up behind Maladina.

The organic vegetable garden is a constantly evolving festival of color and flavor. At times it floods our kitchen with more fresh food than we can cook in a day, in a week! So we pickle and preserve and find ways to make our favourite flavours last throughout the year: we make tomato puree, marinated baby courgettes with their flowers, stuffed sweet peppers, pickled “friggitelli” peppers, an assortment of sweet and savoury jams (Filippo’s mulberry jam has become a classic), as well as elderflower cordial and walnut wine. It’s an ever growing list and much of what we make is for sale to guests staying at our Agriturismo.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Schedule

Sample Schedule:

7:00 – Tea or Coffee

7:30 - Morning Silent Meditation

8:00 - Yoga Practice or Mindful Movement

9:30 - Breakfast

10:30 - Goddess Class:

Dive into the Greek Pantheon of Feminine Frequencies: Artemis, Athena, Hestia, Demeter, Aphrodite, Medusa, Persephone, Hecate, and more. Learn how their stories parallel aspects of your own life and how to live in your most authentic expression of your own Sacred Feminine.

1:00 - Lunch

2:00 – 5:30- Optional Free time or Group Activities Planned:

Reading, Pool Time
Wine Tasting
Meditation Walks through the countryside
Visits to Local Hot Springs
Hiking and Exploring the Area
Work on Assignments
Sleep

5:30 - Guided Meditation: Specific guided meditation aimed at deepening, healing, reentering, and igniting your connection with Goddess Intuition.

6:30 - Dinner

8:00 - Evening Activity: Candle-light Yoga Nidra, Trance Dance, Sisterhood Bonding Exercises, Past Life Regression, etc

* All workshop activities are optional. If you need time off to simply rest and be, that's completely up to you.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

The organic vegetable garden is the source of almost all our meals. A constantly evolving festival of color and flavor, at times it floods our kitchen with more fresh food than we can cook in a day, in a week! So we pickle and preserve and find ways to make our favourite flavours last throughout the year: we make tomato puree, marinated baby courgettes with their flowers, stuffed sweet peppers, pickled “friggitelli” peppers, an assortment of sweet and savoury jams (Filippo’s mulberry jam has become a classic), as well as elderflower cordial and walnut wine. It’s an ever growing list and much of what we make is for sale to guests staying at our Agriturismo.

Accommodations

The villas are immersed within a 50 hectare estate of rolling hills, vineyards, groves and woodlands. Having no immediate neighbours means we have total privacy, and no noise restrictions or curfew; making it an ideal venue for a retreat or a special celebration such as a Sacred Feminine Retreat. The gardens are a playground for Goddesses in need of a Nature reset: lime, oak and cherry trees provide shade, while lavender and thyme, roses, jasmine and broom perfume and enliven the landscape. Dip into our swimming pool for respite from the midday heat and enjoy lounging on the deck chairs until sunset, watching the sky turn red, sipping one of our estate wines, and feeling the cool evening air descend.
Villa Campostefani

Campostefani is the main guest villa with seven spacious bedrooms. The rooms have traditional terracotta floors, deliciously cool underfoot in summer, and almost all have en-suite bathrooms and direct access to the gardens. The master bedroom has a private terrace. There are several living areas, both indoors and out, with ample room for guests to make themselves at home. There is wi-fi for all to enjoy, a small library to peruse at your leisure and a satellite television in the upstairs family room. Paglietella is the latest beauty of Le Pianore. This modern Eco-Villa is made from 100% natural materials and overlooks the majestic olive groves. The two bedrooms also offer a view of the gardens and the main Villa.

Directions

Now you're in Italy, how to reach Le Pianore?

Airports: The most convenient local airports are Florence, Pisa, or Rome

Rental Cars: Rental Cars are a fantastic option. See the colorful sites, take in the beauty of the Tuscan country side, stop for lunch at a local vineyard, and fully unwind before retreat. If you are traveling with friends, this is a great way to sink into the pace of Italy and relax. Rental Cars are best picked up either at the airport or in the bigger cities.

Buses:
Although there are a few buses connecting the local towns to the larger centers, this is the more affordable way to reach Le Pianore.

Transfers:
Le Pianore partners with trustworthy local transport professionals to provide transfers to and from all major regional airports as well accompaniment on excursions and day-trips. You can arrange private car transfers from airports, train stations and cities. We mostly work with Carlo Albertini of Your Private Drive (yourprivatedrive.it) and their basic fares are listed below. These fares do not include 10% VAT, which is subject to payment method. We do not take responsibility for organizing transfers and invite you to communicate directly with Carlo in arranging the transfers for your retreat. To arrange Private or Group Transport please contact Carlo at www.yourprivatedrive.it or email: carlo@yourprivatedrive.it Cell: +39 349 3625546.

Le Pianore - Pisa/Florence Airport: €290
Le Pianore - Rome Airport: €280
(capacity of each van: 8 people)
PRICE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

There will be a Facebook Page Created for all group. Once you are confirmed, you can join the group and chit-chat with other Goddess and arrange carpools and shared transport depending on your flight arrival time. The approximate Pricing or an 8 person van is €240 - €280, roughly about $40 US Dollars per person with all 8 seat filled.

It is highly recommended for you to arrive a few days early in Italy to unwind and get ready to receive your retreat. Italy is about 6-9 hours ahead of the US time zone. Please be sure to arrive at Le Pianore by 4pm on September 28th. We will commence with our opening circle around 5:30pm followed by our welcome dinner.


Agriturismo Le PianoreLocalità Le Pianore

Monticello Amiata
(GR) 58044
Italy
VAT Number 01580620530

Strada Provinciale Cinigianese at km 23,400
GPS Coordinates 42°53’08.3″N 11°29’34.7″E

Tel. +39 335 537 1513 lepianore@gmail.com

Tags: greek goddesses meditation mythology sacred feminine shamanism womens yoga

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