The Art of Remembering: A JOURNEY FOR WOMEN to discover and reclaim what has been lost

Event Highlights

  • Journey meant to affect deep change and transformation.
  • work through the difficulties and challenges of womanhood.
  • not primarily a yoga retreat - yoga is an aspect and used as a tool for the greater, deeper purpose of the  journey. 
  • gain supportive, fun, deep and meaningful connections. 



8:00 - Morning session
10:30 - brunch
12-17:00 - time for optional treatments, a trip to the beach or village excursions, and other activities, or to be alone for personal research, reflecting, reading, etc
17:00 - Afternoon session
19:00 - dinner

About This Event

Embrace your Humanity. Unfold your Divinity.

A week long dive into the deep mystery of your heart

to Awaken to the true call of your soul

to Surrender to the ancient voice of your body

to Trust the cyclical nature of your feminine being

to Set free the unspoken power of your life force energy 

We are offering a deep Journey, from matter to spirit, for women to recognize divine love and truth. And, to find release, opening and a way forward through (pre-)menstrual pain, menopausal, fertility or sexuality issues. 

Supported by like-minded women, this JOURNEY will awaken your deep knowing and intuition to find and walk your path. 

Within this process, you shift into a deep sense of TRUST and ALIGNMENT with your body, your womb, your calling, your past, your future, your lineage, and your pleasure - you will experience initiation into another phase of womanhood, including another way of entering pleasure and creating oxytocin (the pleasure hormone!) 

This Journey will be a beautiful flow of many group experiences and practices, including: yoga, meditation, movement, voice work, concentration, massage, emotional release, sharing, talking, insight, womb relaxation, art, rituals, ceremonies, and coaching.





Points to keep in mind:

We love to keep the field open to co-create the journey with the participants.  In the mornings and afternoons we will be playing together, but you will also have your own free time and space.We will work inside, and outside in nature to connect with the elements.The location is rural and ideal for the journey. However, there are no shops, restaurants, or any other businesses nearby. The accommodations are comfortable but simple. Most of the bathrooms/showers are shared and may have an outside access. Acceptance to join this journey is not automatic - even if you pay your deposit (always refundable). To ensure it is right for you at this time and place, we will send you a few questions that must be answered before final approval.



⦁    BODY MIND HEART MEDICINE - Journey from matter to spirit with Federica during the morning gathering.

⦁    WOMEN'S CIRCLE - Explore a deep connection to ourselves, other women and our cyclical nature during the afternoon gathering. 


Each morning we will gather for BODY MIND HEART MEDICINE with Federica. During this time we will use various tools for specific purposes in our journey from matter to spirit, including: yoga, meditation, movement, sharing, concentration, voice work, emotional release, sharing/talking, feelings, insight, and coaching.

In order to realise that duality is an illusion, we will investigate the path from matter to spirit. Within the matter, we learn to love our physical bodies. We embody our physical incarnation through free and guided movement. We move, then move more. Repeat and breathe.

Our purpose is to peel off the layers of resistance and tension we hold within our bodies. In turn, this releases the sacred scream - the voice of truth that has been repressed for too long -buried deep within our chests. 

We vibrate, shake, fall, fly, strip, roll... lose control. We lose control to meet chaos in its full sweet madness. Through working the body, we meet our raw emotions - our precious human condition. 

Then we transition into the emotional body with some questions in mind: Who is leading the emotional rollercoaster? How do we live with and/or master the emotions? Who wins? Who am I? What lies underneath the waves of our inner ocean? 

From our new state of awareness, we can now learn to recognise and own our emotions, such as: anger, grief, sadness, joy, frustation, etc. 

We learn to find and surrender to the place within ourself that is not shaking.

We learn to be grounded  in presence, we learn the art of being empty, the art of being silent. 

And in this nothingness, through this journey of awakening, we connect with our spiritual body. 

As our hearts break, we make space for divine love to emerge. And, as clarity emerges, we are ready to be vessels of divine Truth.

To bring a catalyst to the process, we work with some of the following archetyps:

⦁    The innocent girl who knows how to fall, and how to get up again, how to get dirty and have fun, the girl that laughs out loud, that tells the raw truth.

⦁     The holy priestess, the sorceress and divine feminine incarnation of light, the one that knows the secrets of magical alchemy and sexual awakening, the one that sees in the dark and walks alone in the fire.

⦁    The soft mother that holds everything in grace and abundance, the creative woman that manifests with ease and joy, the one that overflows with love and wellbeing, the one that attracts all like sweet honey and milk.

⦁    The wise old woman that has wisdom from the other side, that walks this world and yet also the other, the one that firmly stands in her lineage and guides younger women on their path.


EACH AFTERNOON we will gather for a WOMEN'S CIRCLE to explore a deep connection to ourselves, other women and our cyclical nature. 

Julie, life coach, menstrual and creative movement therapist, as well as Awakening Women Circle facilitator, will hold space for us to dive deep into exploring the feminine cycle through movement, art and rituals. 

The sessions will start with a womb relaxation, then enter into a healing journey and we will complete with massage and sharing. In each circle, we'll experience initiation into another phase of womanhood, another way of entering pleasure and creating oxytocin (the pleasure hormone!), another phase of our cycle, of the moon, of the sun: 

* Inner Girl: Finding Peace and safety for our little girls (maiden/follicular/pre-ovulation/spring/waxing moon phase)* 

 * Alchemical Woman: Fully embracing our sexuality and sensuality (priestess/luteal/pre-menstruation/autumn/waning moon phase) * 

 * Creative Woman: Healing our mother-daughter wounds (empress/ovulation/summer/full moon phase) * 

 * Lineage Woman: Taking our place in our ancestral lineage (wise woman/menstruation/winter/new moon phase) * 

Whether you have a menstrual cycle or have passed menopause, these phases apply to the subtle energies that affect a woman and her creative potential throughout life. If you're experiencing (pre-)menstrual pain, menopausal, fertility or sexuality issues, you're likely to find release, opening and a way forward. 

Women's circles are a beautiful safe and supportive space to share, practice listening with compassion, allow yourself to follow your heart and be held by a group of like-minded women. 

When we drop our guard and allow our vulnerabilities to show, we experience how we all share the same basic needs and longings, masked by tensions, insecurities, and fears. This simple act of sharing creates an amazing connection and sense of freedom from our suffering.



There is also the opportunity to receive private sessions with Federica and Julie.

"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 "Federica's retreat is something extraordinary. Federica is someone extraordinary. I don't know how else to put it. She has a rare intuition and manages to see every single person for who she is. To watch this magic unfold, while being part of it, is unreal. This is so much more than a yoga retreat, although yoga is a big part of it, but expect to nurture your soul as well as your body. We were a large group of ladies who very quickly bonded and dared to open up to each other, and from that and with Federica guiding us, we grew so much. I am determined to keep this with me, being back in my daily life. I am in no doubt that going to Italy for this New Year's retreat, was one of the biggest presents I have ever given myself. The location is fantastic, I loved that we were alone there with no disturbances and still at close proximity to the ever so gorgeous village of Ostuni and the sea. I thought I would have loads of time for book reading and what have we, but days went quickly, with a routine you soon get the hang of and get to enjoy. The food was outstanding and the love that you're embraced with will stay with you. Highest recommendations to anyone open for going that one layer deeper while improving your yoga-bod and general health. With love!" ~Pia From Denmark

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Light Breakfast, Snacks & Tea
  • Twice Daily Classes
  • Transfers From / To Ostuni Train Station: Get to the Ostuni Train station and we'll take care of you from there.

What's Not Included

Travel, insurance, airport transfers, private sessions, anything not expressly included.

Venue Highlights

Stone amphitheater of antique Greek design, with a 12 m diameter stage, excellent acoustics and seating for 250 spectators, equipped for electric lighting (380v) and sound, without losing its traditional aspect.
Cretan labyrinth of traditional stonework (20 m diameter), for meditation, discussion, writing, inspiration…
6 hectares of olive groves


Room Options include:

Alloro 1 & 2 - Double shared room
Newer-style rooms shared among two people. The indoor bathroom is immediately outside the door and shared between two double rooms.

The Swallows - Large quad with loft and bathroom
Traditional-style room shared among up to four people. Bathroom inside room.

The Press - Shared quadruple
Traditional-style room shared among up to four people. Access the shared bathroom through the inside hallway

The Star - Shared triple
Traditional-style room shared among up to three people. Must go outside to access the shared bathroom

Private Room at the center or offsite B&B


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Includes daily brunch and dinner. Also, Light breakfast, snacks and drinks. The food is vegetarian & primarily local!

Visiting Puglia means discovering food and being enchanted by the myriad reflections of this hospitable Mediterranean landscape, rich in cultural and culinary traditions.

The Puglian kitchen is famous for its wholesome ingredients, both from the sea and from the earth, simple and flavorful.

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.


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 70€.

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 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 90€.

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.
*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.

*Information & schedules are subject to change and may not always be updated!

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  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Susan Hardwick-Smith   February 01, 2019

      Not just a yoga retreat!

    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 .

Thank you!

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