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Yoga & Body Soul Movement retreats

Rejuvenate. Laugh. Connect. 

Federica currently offers retreats in Italy and Greece.

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YOGA... DANCE... HEALING... CELEBRATION... TOUCH...

a Holistic, Healing & Bonding Experience for women

The essence of our retreats is to be in a healing circle of mindful women who mirror the wholeness of your being and allow your whole being to be heard and loved.

The retreat is meant for you to let go of the burdens of the heart - to feel the flow of life force, creativity, joy and stillness that is you.  Focus on yourself and connection with others, while opening your heart to nature's peaceful energy and invigorating environment.

We will read through your past to find awareness on what you desire for your future. We will set intentions with ceremonies and ritual, and we will find clarity and strength through our practice of yoga, meditation, dance and improvisation.


 Embrace the wild you, the wise you, the child you, the strong you and the vulnerable you.

Retreats on Crete, Greece

Federica in the sea on Crete

8-day Women's Yoga Retreat on Crete, Greece
23 - 30 August

Join Eugenia & Federica at YogaOnCrete to experience the lightness of spirit and joy of honouring and nurturing the needs of your body, mind and spirit. Includes: Iyengar, Hatha, meditation, BoSoMo, and much more!

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8-day Hatha Flow Yoga Retreat on Crete, Greece
1 - 8 September

Join Federica at YogaOnCrete to practice Hatha-Flow yoga, meditation, chanting and ritual. Enjoy encounters with the cool, turquoise Mediterranean waters at quiet beaches, idyllic unspoilt surroundings, wholesome local food, excursions, a warm and welcoming group of people.

Italy Retreats

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20-26 December , 2018

7-day Christmas Women's Yoga & Body Soul Movement Retreat
595 - 795€

Get back to the true meaning of Christmas and ignite some beautiful new traditions with an amazing group of women.

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28 December to 4 January

8-day New Year Women's Yoga & Body Soul Movement Retreat
665 - 895€ 

The Women's New Year Retreat is the best way to begin your New Year!

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Which retreat Christmas or New Year? Choose the one that "calls" to you, or that fits best into your holiday schedule! The Christmas retreat was added this year at the request of many women. Although it is one day shorter, the program is basically the same. Both are meant to offer a meaningful and peaceful experience for your holiday! 

It will be a deep experience of healing, transformation and joy - the perfect time to realize what shift you need within yourself to step more deeply into a conscious, balanced path. 

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Photos

Enjoy some photos of past retreats, the center and surrounding areas. See all the photos here

Snapshot - What's Included?

Discussion & theory of the practice - Connect, learn & expand - we'll talk about the yoga, body soul movement, meditation and more.
Daily Organized Gatherings, such as open-heart discussions, healing circles, rituals and ceremonies (often outside by the fire) - come together to express yourself, laugh and cry.
Experience Of Movement And Meditation surrounded by the healing power of nature.
Not included in price - Optional extras available include onsite rental car, and support therapies based in Gestalt, Massage, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Accommodations 

At La Luna Nel Pozzo (Shared) Or Offsite B&B (Private)

Food - 2 Meals Daily

Daily Brunch & Dinner, as well as tea, fruit & light snacks available outside meal times

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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 will pick you up and take you to the retreat center

Teacher: Federica Clemente

Federica is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor whose personal practice is based on Ashtanga & Iyengar.
With a background in professional dance, craniosacral therapy and shamanic healing, Federica brings to her classes, workshops, and retreats a wealth of background information in the mechanics of alignment, dynamic movement, energy flow and effective healing techniques.

Most importantly, Federica teaches with an attitude of fun, playfulness and open acceptance - after all, laughter is the best medicine!

Currently Federica is studying to be a Gestalt Therapist to nurture and develop her ability to help others in their journey of healing, transformation and living with joy.

Highlights

* From Torino, Italy.

* First teaching position was a dance teacher for children.

* Began learning the healing arts during an introspective journey and "living the body through dance".

* Had a life changing experience while spending 3 years in Africa studying with several shamans.

* 10-day Vipassana meditation course in India led her to a deeper understanding of life.

* Her first "massage" workshop in 2008 became the beginning of Body Soul Movement Therapy.

* Federica is a certified biodynamic craniosacral therapist

* In 2015, she opened a center called Namaste, which is dedicated to yoga and holistic healing. 

* Currently studying Gestalt Therapy

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Retreat 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 website

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.

Highlights

* Indoor rehearsal 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

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Body Soul Movement Therapy (BoSoMo).

Federica created BoSoMo essentially as a path to more freedom & happiness. With elements from African Dance, Contact Improvisation, Team Building exercises, Theatre and Voice work, and various body-mind therapies, BoSoMo is dynamic, fun and effective.

Body Soul Movement 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.

The Body and Soul are full of natural, spontaneous energy, vibration, intuition, and aliveness. In a state of happiness, there are no judgements or reactions, no expectations or guilt, and no past or future.

These natural states of the body and soul are continuous and clear, yet often clouded over by alternating elements of suffering (expectations, judgements, etc.). Given space, we become aware of the nature of body and soul. In Body Soul Movement Therapy we will attempt to open that space. We will allow our mind to be silent and our body to let go. Through dancing, singing, playing, breathing and touching we will feed the parts of our body and soul that we have buried, forgot and ignored. In short, we will work to reveal and awaken our natural states of being.

Through authentic, free movement we will release the deep tension and limitation that blocks our freedom and vitality. We will shake off the mind’s heavy burden of past experiences and their associated judgments.

We will follow the faith and wisdom of the heart, and accept ourselves without fear – especially the aspects we dislike, don’t accept, or often neglect.

Through self expression, we will reach a new form of dialogue and union with ourselves. We will play with ourselves. We will challenge our ego and light up our “story”. We will challenge our comfort zone and feel lighter. We are here to believe in our true self. We are here to shed unnecessary weight. We are here to fully embrace who we are (embody deeply who we are) and feel free.

Body Soul Movement Therapy includes:

1. Short bursts of intense physical exercise to liberate body and mind from pain, past and reaction

2. An intensive mind-body work to reach a state of balance

3. Experiencing the sensations of life through movement

4. Dance and improvisation

5. Physical theater and voice work

6. Self-expression - overcome the fear of going out of your comfort zone

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Yoga: Maya Yoga

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.

Highlights:
 
Dynamic sequence of hatha vinyasa flow focused on:

1. Alignment, movement and synchronized breathing
2. Strength and Grace
3. Opening and flexibility
4. Steadiness and effortlessness

Pranayama - The science of breathing will be our fundamental tool to calm the mind and to awaken our energy force, or Prana.

Chanting and Meditation Devotion and Stillness will be our friends to discover our inner source of faith, compassion and gratitude.

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Food & Meals: The Puglian Kitchen

Includes daily brunch and dinner. 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.

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Location: Ostuni & The Valle D'Itria Of Puglia

This is Puglia - a land between two seas, a crossroads of cultures and experiences. Be prepared to celebrate the best of each! Some highlights include centurion olive trees, quaint stone “trulli”, medieval castles, baroque architecture, traditional music, dances and festivities, and crystalline seas. 

Puglian culture is a blend of passion and simplicity, with focus on family and friendship. People take time to greet one another and pursue friendly conversation.

When it comes to food, you will have the opportunity to taste the variety of seasonal fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses and fish, prepared in simple but delicious methods.

The weather is wonderful, with abundant sunshine -it is hot in the summer and cool in the winter, but there is rarely a week without lots of sunshine - and the beautiful light that is created when the sky is overcast but the horizon is sunny.

Ostuni is one of the most beautiful and famous towns in Apulia. Its unique historic town, called "Città Bianca" (the Italian for "white town"), its monuments, its baroque-style churches, are examples of great architecture and culture

The so-called "Old Town" is Ostuni's citadel built on top of a hill and still fortified by the ancient walls. Ostuni is regarded as an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as "the White Town" ("La Città Bianca", in Italian) for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.

Places To Visit
The beaches: Dividing the Ionian and Adriatic seas, Puglia offers abundant beaches. The port of Ostuni and the nearest beaches are a 15-minute drive, while several others (including one with a hot spring and another within a nature reserve) are within 25 minutes.

Ostuni: One of the most beautiful and famous towns in Apulia - this is the nearest city and easy to visit.

Cisternino: dive into the authentic atmosphere of the four districts known as “Bère Vécchie,” “Scheledd,” “u Pantène,” and “L’ìsule”

Ceglie Messapica: This is the town to visit for a wide selection of osterias and trattorias, where you can experience a traditional family-style meal.

Alberobello This town's characteristic historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting a striking expanse of trulli. 

Lecce: (1 1/2 hour drive) Called “the Florence of the South,” Lecce is the provincial capital of the popular tourist area of Salento.

Tourist website: Viaggiare in Puglia

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Options

*Massage 
*Craniosacral Therapy 
*Automobile Hire 
*Tours & Activities 

Optional Treatments

Massage
You and Federica will decide what suits you best. Massage treatments are 60-90 minutes and tailored to suit your individual needs. Some benefits include:

*restores energy
*deeply relaxing
*balances mind and body
*soothes tension
*leaves you calm and refreshed 

Craniosacral Therapy is a very subtle but effective healing technique.
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.

Automobile Hire
Depending 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 & Activities
Most participants get together and take the rental car out to explore the different areas. However, depending on the season, there may be organized tours and activities available.

Feel free to ask any questions about the treatments and options available!

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Reviews & Testimonials

I have probably been on fifteen yoga retreats, something like that, but I feel really blessed to have been on this retreat as she is more than a yoga teacher, she's also an inspiration, a life coach and an incredibly sensitive soul who managed to deliver the most extraordinary yoga classes- not only physically but in terms of our wider practice too- spiritually, holistically. She is an exceptional teacher- but perhaps even more importantly an exceptional life guide and human being. Her energy and compassion for us, her ability to lead us all together when we were all at such different levels, and perhaps more than anything, her capacity to deal with all the emotions which swell up when we’re doing this sort of work are quite extraordinary. There were several people in the group who were going through difficult moments in their lives and I've rarely seen a teacher handle such tricky things so carefully and supportively.  

Jess

Attended Yoga & BoSoMo Retreat in Kefalonia, 2018

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Booking & Accommodations Options

Christmas Retreat
20 - 26 December

7-day Yoga and Body Soul Movement retreat in Puglia, Italy

Shared room options & prices at the center. 
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The Star 

595 /6 nights
  • Shared triple
  • Traditional-style room shared among up to three people.
  • With disconnected bathroom. You must go outside to access the shared bathroom

The Press

625 /6 nights
  • Shared quad
  • Traditional-style room shared among up to four people.
  • Indoor connection to bathroom - access the shared bathroom through the inside hallway

The Swallows

655 /6 nights
  • Large quad with loft and bathroom
  • Traditional-style room shared among up to four people.
  • 2 beds in loft & 2 beds on lower level
  • Bathroom inside room.

Alloro 1 & 2 

695 /6 nights
  • Double shared room
  • The warmest rooms
  • Newer-style room shared among two people.
  • The indoor bathroom is immediately outside the door and shared between two double rooms.

New Year Retreat
28 Dec. - 4 Jan.

8-day Yoga and Body Soul Movement retreat in Puglia, Italy

Shared room options & prices at the center.
View Private Options

The Star 

665 /7 nights
  • Shared triple
  • Traditional-style room shared among up to three people.
  • With disconnected bathroom. You must go outside to access the shared bathroom

The Press

695 /7 nights
  • Shared quad
  • Traditional-style room shared among up to four people.
  • Indoor connection to bathroom - access the shared bathroom through the inside hallway

The Swallows

725 /7 nights
  • Large quad with loft and bathroom
  • Traditional-style room shared among up to four people.
  • 2 beds in loft & 2 beds on lower level
  • Bathroom inside room.

Alloro 1 & 2 

765 /7 nights
  • Double shared room
  • The warmest rooms
  • Newer-style room shared among two people.
  • The indoor bathroom is immediately outside the door and shared between two double rooms.

Private Accommodations 

Bed & Breakfast Del Sud

The B&B is located 1.5 km from the retreat center. View Map

Transportation is included, however it is also a nice 15-20 minute walk along the country road.

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Essential Info

Please fill out the booking form and send us a  200€ deposit to reserve your place.

Past retreats have been fully booked up, so don't wait too long if you want to join us!

Your 200€ deposit is fully refunded if booking is cancelled on or before October 20. No refunds are guaranteed after Oct. 20. However, we may choose to refund 50% if we fill your place, or apply your full deposit toward a future retreat.

Contact us if you have any questions. 

Airports
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: www.trenitalia.com/

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 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 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. 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!

The retreat program begins at approximately 6pm on the first day - please try to attend!

The retreat officially ends after brunch at about 11:30am on the last day.

However, the center is flexible with arrival / departure dates and times. Extra nights are 25-35€. In the past, some participants have arrived a day early to get settled in, take advantage of lower airfare prices, arrive in time for the first class, or get a head start with optional therapy sessions.  Participants also have stayed an extra day to have some freedom for exploring the area, continue therapy treatments, or, again, to get better airfare prices. 

Contact us if you have any questions or want to confirm extra night dates & prices!

* Notebook and a pen
*Appropriate clothing: the weather is quite variable and it can be warm in the sun during the day, but nights will be cold.
* Comfortable clothing for classes (some activities will make you sweat)
* Extra towel for class use (optional)
* Warm clothing & shoes for walking (rain/snow is possible)
* Health/travel insurance information
* Contact numbers and other travel information

Driving distances: La Luna is 20 minutes from the sea, 5 minutes from Ostuni, the white city, 15 minutes from Cisternino and the trulli of the beautiful Itrian Valley.

Schedule* 

7:30 - morning meditation and chanting
8:00 - morning session of yoga, movement and personal development work
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 - yoga practice, body-soul movement class or other class (see individual retreat descriptions)
19:30 - dinner

AFTER DINNER : Open space for sharing, art, movement,words, study...anything that will unlfold from the work and from the group

* the schedule can change in order to meet the needs of the group and/or to enhance our journey together

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