Wild Heart - A Woman’s Initiation and Journey into our Cyclical Nature
- 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
On this retreat, we gather as women to meet our wild hearts through an intimate journey into our essence, and to gain liberation through our cyclical nature.
We gather as women to travel through the cycles of the sun, the moon, our lifetimes, and our wombs.
Federica and Julie will co-create the sessions combining their many years of experience into a powerful offering of:Yoga, Meditation & BreathworkConscious Movement & DanceMovement & Art TherapyGestalt TherapyMenstrual TherapyWomen’s TempleLife CoachingBodywork & Massage
They will draw on all of these to create rituals and ceremonies depending on the needs and desires of the group. You will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with each of them to support your individual journey.
This means to:
Awaken to the true call of your soul
Surrender to the ancient voice of your body
Trust the cyclical nature of your feminine being
Set free the unspoken power of your life force energy
Mornings will include breakfast, an embodiment practise (meditation, yoga, conscious movement and dance), the first circle of the day, lunch and rest.
Afternoons we continue with our second circle before sharing the evening meal together.
Day 1 (Friday) - Journey into Self
Day 2 (Saturday) - Journey into Inner Girl
Day 3 (Sunday) - Journey into Creative Woman
Day 4 (Monday) - Journey into Wild Woman
Day 5 (Tuesday) - Journey into Medicine Woman
Day 6 (Wednesday) - Journey into Completion
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.To ensure it is right for you at this time and place, we will ask you some questions and may schedule a short conversation with you.
If you're experiencing (pre-)menstrual pain, menopausal, fertility or sexuality issues, you're likely to find release, opening and a way forward. If you have a regular menstrual cycle or are post-menstrual, you’ll become deeply aware of the energies present in each of the seasons of your cycle (menstrual women) or the moon (post-menstrual women).
Every month our hormonal cycle awakens within us four primal feminine archetypes:MAIDEN (inner spring | waxing moon | follicular phase)CREATIVE WOMAN (inner summer | full moon | ovulation phase)WILD WOMAN (inner autumn | waning moon | luteal phase)WISE WOMAN (inner winter | dark moon | menstrual phase)
These phases govern the subtle energies that affect a woman and her creative potential throughout life, whether she has a menstrual cycle or has passed menopause (and is most likely aligned with the lunar cycle).
During the retreat we will explore the signature energy of each phase, and create rituals to fully embody them - each of us in our own unique way. This is aligned to our nature but something we lack in our patriarchal society.
Held and supported within the power of a women’s circle, we will re-instate a connection with our fundamental nature. We will experience the following rites of passage and live each archetype to its full potential,The rite of passage of menarche, celebrating our arrival into womanhood with our first bleed.The rite of passage of mothering our inner girl.The rite of passage of knowing our wild pleasure intimately.The rite of passage of menopause, stepping into our wise woman powers with our last bleed.
So that we learn to be sovereign in our womanhood and:Heal the wounds of our inner girlTap into abundance and creativityBe sexual and sensual on our own termsEmbrace the beauty and freedom of old age
We learn to love ourselves and be open to love.
We learn to hold ourselves and be held by others.
Together in circle we will share our stories and learn with each other how to:Offer safety as women to our inner girlsAccess our feminine intuitionBe in our wildness and set boundariesRest, replenish and vision
We learn we are the Maiden + Mother + Magic + Medicine Woman.
We are all of these women.
Every month we experience each of them.
Every month we die and we are reborn.
Every month we rest and we awaken.
We bloom & thrive & shake & rest.
Every month we meet our wild heart.
So we say:
I embrace rejuvenation and release exhaustion
I embrace boundaries and release overextension
I embrace self care and release ‘shoulds’
I embrace shaking it out and release keeping the lid on
I embrace being real and release wearing masks
I embrace grounding and release escapism
I embrace the dark and release suppression
I embrace the light and release ignorance
I embrace my voice and release being a good girl
I embrace being seen and release hiding
I embrace pleasure and release shame
I embrace vulnerability and release toughness
I embrace desire and release manipulation
I embrace life force and release feeling stuck
I embrace my wild heart.
"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
- Just about everything is included for 7 days / 6 nights once you arrive at the Ostuni Train Station!
- Here's a breakdown:
- 6 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 IncludedTravel, insurance, airport transfers, private sessions, anything not expressly included.
Venue HighlightsStone 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
AccommodationsRoom 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
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineIncludes 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)
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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!
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
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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