Women's Christmas Yoga & Body Soul Movement Retreat in Italy
- Daily organized gatherings, such as open-heart discussions, healing circles, rituals and ceremonies
- Experience Of Movement & Meditation in Nature - we will be in a quiet, secluded location surrounded by the healing power of nature.
ScheduleThe Art of Silence Retreat Program Schedule*
morning meditation and chanting
morning session of yoga, movement and personal development work
time for beach and village excursions and other activities, or to be alone for personal research. reflecting. reading ..etc
yoga practice, body-soul movement class or other class (see individual retreat descriptions)
About This Event
YOGA * DANCE * HEALING * CELEBRATION * TOUCH
Get back to the true meaning of Christmas and ignite some beautiful new traditions with an amazing group of women.
Be in a healing circle of women to mirror the wholeness of your being and allow your whole being to be heard and loved - embrace the wild you, the wise you, the child you, the strong you and the vulnerable you.
This retreat is meant for you to let go the burdens of the heart to feel the flow of life force, creativity, joy and stillness that is you. We will set intentions with ceremonies and ritual, and we will find clarity and strength through our practice of yoga, meditation, dance and improvisation.
Yoga and Movement Classes
During this retreat we will explore Maya Yoga and Body Soul Movement as a journey of self-discovery and powerful awakening:
Maya Yoga is a harmonious journey of physical, mental and spiritual practices and techniques to help guide you to happiness and wellbeing. We adhere to the classic principles of the Hatha Yoga* tradition, while enriching our practice with the magic of other yoga methods and philosophy. We work hard for your physical improvement, but, more importantly, we invite your yoga journey to become a spiritual path that will nourish your life with Clarity, Bliss and Infinite Love.
Body Soul Movement (BoSoMo therapy) is flowing, spontaneous and fun - while offering the potential for deep transformation, and emotional-mental-physical balancing. It is a Journey of Healing, Experience, Joy and Creativity.
Body Soul Movement Includes:Intense physical exercise to liberate body and mind from pain, past and reactionAn intensive mind-body work to reach a state of balanceLiving the body through movementDance and improvisationPhysical theater and voice workSelf-expression - break down the fear of going out of your comfort zone
First, I ask you to return to yourself, which means:Awareness of your own physical body : (anatomy, bone structure, and analysis of movement)Awareness of the subtle energy that inhabits it (the meridians of the body)Awareness of the close relationship between the physical body and the emotional sphere (how the emotions have a story written in the body)
Second, I invite you to rediscover a state of harmony and balance – physically and mentally – and reawaken your inner ability to heal yourself! Healing is an instinctive animal capability that is inscribed in each of us. It is maintaining balance, and that balance is the natural condition and the original condition of all human beings. Let us call this balance a Natural state of health.
We are not here to learn any new theory. We have collected so many theories that our minds are asleep, numb and unsatisfied. Our minds have lost elasticity and the capacity to be alert, silent and open to pure creation. It is our mind that rules us, and we can easily become victims of its pitfalls!
We are in South Italy, in a beautiful area known as the “Valle d’Itria” or the Itria Valley, which is characterized by the Trulli (ancient stone houses with conical roofs). It is immersed in nature and filled with olive, fig, and almond trees, and other wild herbs and plants.
Puglia is a land between two seas, a crossroads of cultures and experiences, come prepared to celebrate the best of each.From mid-April to the end of October the climate is warm and perfect for dancing, breathing, and enjoying the nature!
Beaches are 20 minutes by car. You may visit the riserva di torre guaceto, a wonderful marine reserve within a 25-minute drive.There are plenty of local music, food, art and religious festival and activities to participate in throughout the year.
Automobile HireDepending on what retreat participants decide, we will have a car onsite that can be hired / rented for 25 euros per day. This is the best way to experience the surrounding areas.
Tours & ActivitiesWe usually make at least one trip to the beach to enjoy the open space, peaceful and deep energy, and connect with ourselves and each other.Depending on the season, there are numerous organized tours and activities that you can book outside of the retreat. The retreat schedule can be modified by group request to take a day off for an optional activity.
Massage treatments are 1 - 1 1/2 hours and tailored to suit your individual needs. Some benefits include:restores energydeeply relaxingbalances mind and bodysoothes tensionleaves you calm and refreshed
Craniosacral Therapy treatments are typically 45 minutes - 1 hour. The subtle power of this technique is likely to surprise you - it works with the body's natural rhythms to influence deep and primary patterns. In this way, it provides a safe container for emotional, mental and even physical issues to resolve.
Yoga Body Soul movement retreat was amazing, interesting, inspiring and unique experience. I was searching for something like this, deep and capable of touching my soul. I feel that something inside of me has changed. Federica is incredible woman and teacher, full of energy, able to feel each one of participants and also all group. She has been great inspiration during all retreat and gave me instruments to go profound. This retreat is the best gift any woman can give to her self. ~Emilija From Italy
- Just about everything is included for 8 days / 7 nights once you arrive at the Ostuni Train Station! Here's a breakdown:
- 7 nights shared accommodation in a traditional Italian Masseria
- Delicious Puglian Food - 2 meals daily (brunch and dinner)
- Snacks & Tea
- Twice Daily Classes in Yoga & Body Soul Movement
- Yoga will anchor and balance your sense of self, while Body Soul Movement will give you an outlet to free your emotions, open your heart and find your joy.
- Transfers From / To Ostuni Train Station: Get to the Ostuni Train station and we'll take care of you from there.
What's Not IncludedInsurance
Venue Highlights* Indoor Yoga studio: 100 square m, heated, with parquet flooring
* Outdoor stage: shaded wooden dance stage, 150 square m
* Stone amphitheater: antique Greek design, with a 12 m diameter stage, excellent acoustics and seating
* Cretan labyrinth: traditional stonework (20 m diameter), for meditation, discussion, writing, inspiration…
* Land includes: 6 hectares of olive groves, forest, lilly pond, trulli and sculptures
AccommodationsRetreat Center: La Luna nel Pozzo
With its spaces for artistic creation and hospitality, and an environment which facilitates concentrated, harmonious work, La Luna nel Pozzo is an ideal Retreat location.
La Luna nel Pozzo is a theater housed in a traditional stone “masseria,” or farm house, from the mid-nineteenth century; a cultural center nestled among the majestic olive trees in the Puglian countryside near Ostuni. The name expresses a hope for an oasis which can nourish new art forms, creating opportunities for fruitful creative encounters, where one can find the environment, and the time, to realize one’s desires.
This center was born in 1999, of the meeting between two actors and an enchanted place. Robert McNeer and Pia Wachter, after 15 years of touring Europe with “Kismet” theater of Bari, recognized, in this corner of the mythical Itrian Valley, a place in which to realize their dream of cultivating theater and the performing arts in a natural environment.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
The Puglian kitchen is famous for its wholesome ingredients, both from the sea and from the earth, simple and flavorful. At La Luna nel Pozzo, you will have the opportunity to sample many of the dishes of the Puglian tradition - dishes of Mediterranean delight.
You will find the colors of the season’s fruits and vegetables, the knowledge of the pastors in the justly-renowned cheeses, olive oils from ancient trees, and artisan sourdough bread made from local, fresh stone-ground flours.
Fly into either Brindisi Airport (BDS, 45km) or Bari Airport (BRI 95km).
Get to the Ostuni Train Station and we will pick you up and take you to the retreat center.
We will even stop for some shopping along the way if there's time. If you would like transport from the airport directly to the retreat center, we have some low-cost options and will organize shared rides when possible!
For scheduling your flights:
The retreat program begins at approximately 6pm on the first day - please try to attend! It ends after brunch at about 11:30am on the last day. However, the center is flexible with dates and arrival / departure times. Extra nights are 25-35€. In the past, some participants have arrived a day early to get settled in, or stayed an extra day to have some freedom for exploring the area, or to get better airfare prices.
You may arrive at the following airports:
- Brindisi (code and distance: BDS - 45km)
- Bari (code and distance: BRI - 95km)
Click here to view all nearby airports
If you enjoy the train, you could also arrive in Rome and take the train to Ostuni
We include transfers from/to the Ostuni train station.
From Brindisi Airport
By Shuttle - this cost can be shared with other retreat participants who have similar arrival times. A taxi or shuttle will be approximately 55€.
Public Transportation: Take the bus or taxi to Brindisi Train Station, then take the train to Ostuni train station, where we will pick you up.
*The Brindisi Airport Bus travels between the airport and train station (with numerous stops along the way). View the schedule here
View train times to Ostuni
From Bari Airport
By Shuttle - this cost can be shared with other retreat participants who have similar arrival times. A taxi or shuttle will be approximately 75€.
Public Transportation: Take the bus, train or taxi to Bari Train Station, then take the train to Ostuni train station, where we will pick you up.
From the Bari Airport to Bari central train station:
*The fastest way (~15 minutes) is by train. The ticket costs 5€. Trains run every 20/30 minutes. You can check the Bari Airport Train Schedule here
*The least expensive way is by bus (to Piazza Moro). Travel time is approximately one hour. The bus runs every 40 minutes. The ticket costs 1€ in advance, or 1.50€ if it is bought on the bus. You can check the timetable here
*Information & schedules are subject to change and may not always be updated!
Reviews To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).
Susan Hardwick-Smith February 01, 2019
I was searching for something new and healing to do over Christmas and found Frederica’s Women’s art of silence retreat in Ostuni through retreat guru. Through some magic of the universe I found myself in exactly the place that I needed to be with exactly the right teacher to move me towards transformation in some of the most important areas of my life. With a group of incredible women who became deep friends through this eight day experience we certainly enjoyed Frederica’s incredible talent at teaching yoga -but most transformational were the one-on-one sessions that she offered in emotional release using Gestalt therapy techniques. She is a truly gifted Gestalt therapist and I got more out of three one-on-one sessions with her than in years of traditional psychology. She was able to intuit and meet me exactly where I was in the moment and help me to dig down to the deepest roots of my emotions around issues that have been keeping me stuck for 50 years. I found myself completely uninhibited and free to release emotions that I have held onto for my whole life, not only through her sessions but through creative dance, music and art. The structure of the day allowed for plenty of connection and conversation as well as lots of walking in the beautiful surroundings and even a visit to the most gorgeous private beach. The food was beyond compare and the bedrooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable. Evenings out by the fire sharing stories and burning our demons written on crumple pieces of paper, as well as her amazing massages were other highlights of the retreat. I’m definitely going to return to meet with Federica again -and she is available to help clients on their journey through Zoom sessions as well which is a remarkable service. I returned home after this retreat truly a different person with a lighter view on life and inability to let go of being right around some key issues in my life .
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