Healing in the Willows

In a 1000 year-old hamlet surrounded by ancient wild forests in Tuscany, Healing in the Willows will take you on unparalleled journeys of self-revelation.

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Boonath

Boonath was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India & was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with two elders in the line of Siddha & Ayurvedic systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of herbs, astrology, rituals, mantras & bodywork. Boonath has also undertaken a deep study of more Modern systems of yoga with celebrity teachers. Boonath’s teachings are deeply rooted in the more Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas & Fakirs of India with whom Boonath has been closely studying for over 30 years.

Kim Bizzarri

Kim is an activist turned yogi and the founder of Healing in the Willows, the retreats company hosting Working with the Shadow, which he developed in 2014 in collaboration with Boonath, who he assists with the organization and teachings on the retreat. Kim has practiced yoga with many teachers from many different modern styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Astanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, Sivananda, Scaravelli, Kundalini, all over Europe, India and further afield. But since meeting Boonath in 2014, Kim has been focusing on the teachings of this rare tantric form of yoga.

Reviews 12

Anonymous

from United States, October 2018

"Healing in Tuscany"

Boonath’s expertse in guiding us all on our own personal healing journey was exceptional. He challenged, respected and supported us all to move ‘blocks’ in our thinking and our lives.

Carol Mcpherson

from Australia, October 2018

"A unique experience "

The program was challenging and unique, it took the participant on a journey that was least expected. The group dynamics was brilliant and expertly facilitated by the Leaders.

I would highly recommend this retreat for those seeking deep changes to their life. As it is life changing.

Kim and Boonath are very special people.

Kirsten Cleemann

from Denmark, June 2018

"Peace in the Willows"

I loved the long sessions in the dark and the combination of yoga poses, rituals, mantras and meditation. It was wonderful to be in your own space without focusing on others participants. Kim and Ben did a wonderful job adjusting the program to the group needs and I really liked the inviting atmosphere.

Una Mangus

from United States, May 2018

"Magical Refreshing Experience"

I understand why so many people return to this retreat over and over again. It was an incredible experience from end to end: delicious vegan food( even for a non-veggie), a very safe, warm and welcoming environment (so important for single women travellers) all set in a jaw droppingly gorgeous location.

Kim and Ben(Boonath) both went above and beyond to deliver the best experience for everyone. I found both to be incredibly warm, kind and honest individuals with a real power and energy to them.

I loved my experience and feel lighter and happier as a person as a result of the retreat. I encourage anyone looking for something special and different to look into their work. I live in London where there are all manner of practices and I have also practiced around the world and what Healing in the Willows is doing is really special.

Sarah Albert

from Canada, May 2018

"A once in a lifetime experience!"

This retreat will open your heart and mind in ways that you did not know were possible. It will challenge you...scare you a bit...make you feel uncomfortable. Trust the journey, lean into it. The truth of our human experience is really about connection. Connection with ourselves and others. Heart work is hard work and this place may not be for everyone, but if you are looking to expand your mind and your heart this kind of hard word is so worth it.

Anna Lewis

from Great Britain, April 2018

My partner and I joined this retreat, however we left after the first day.

We write this review with the view to be accurate and for you to make the best decision. The retreat is most likely beneficial for some people, however it wasn't for us.

It is set in a beautiful, quaint town with breathtaking views, peace and quiet, and great facilities. The lodging is simple yet seemed to work well.

The first day of arrival, we were told not to eat a few hours before it started (at 5pm) and would eat around 10 pm.

Long story short, later that evening at 2 AM in the middle of a confusing practice, having not eaten yet, in a freezing cold yoga room with no light, tired, confused, massively hungry, and with no communication on when we will end, we left.

We did get a heads up that this is a retreat we would do deep work on, and we were prepared to be vulnerable and look inwards; though we didn't want physical hardships like this. And we didn't want to go through the next four days like this. We won't go into details of the practice out of respect for their prospect.

Also, we were not keen on doing deep work with the yoga retreat leader Boonath. We found him hard to connect to; didn't make eye contact, seemed to talk down to everyone, and lacked any sense of joy and empathy.

While I believe the people running the event mean well, it was a string of broken promises; including the last communication from the retreat leader that Boonath would write us a note.

Ginger Zalaba

from Switzerland, August 2017

"A beautiful journey of clearness and self impowerment "

Doing yoga and meditation in the dark helped me to get deeper in to my mind and body. Letting go of fear and an issue I was struggling for ages. I feel detoxed and balance. Full of love and energy. I loved the shamanic rituals like dancing and singing to get in to a trance state of mind.

Haakon Steen

from Norway, July 2017

"Healing in the willows"

Uniq experience.

Testimonials 5

Sue United Kingdom

Healing in the Willows website

I loved this retreat and found it full of unexpected treasure! I found Ben to be not only a skillful facilitator of therapeutic space but also able to share his ancient teachings in a way that was both straightforward and yet profound. He evoked the shamanic nature of the retreat powerfully and appeared to sustain this with ease over the few days. I loved the way the practice seemed to unfurl over the days we spent as a group together, offering opportunity after opportunity for change at an ever-deepening level. Yes, at times this was disturbing, but I never felt that the challenge was too great that it became overwhelming, and what was stirred up and brought out seemed also to be integrated. I thought Ben was in equal measure mysterious and accessible, and so clearly utterly dedicated to the possibility of healing in the group, it was quite humbling. There was something quite beautiful about the experience of these ancient practices and what they generated in us, a group of very different individuals. The invitation seemed to be to enter the mystery rather than to stand to one side and comment, and what a rare opportunity that is in our harshly lit, cognitive and over-rational western world! If you’re thinking about going and what you want is a transformative experience, I would encourage you to just go. Suspend doubts and disbelief and just be open to the encounter. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Sarah United Kingdom

Healing in the Willows website

The retreat greatly exceeded my expectations in terms of location, nurture (including delicious vegan food) and sense of connection with other participants, but I was unprepared for how profound and powerful the work would be. I am a teacher and psychotherapist, and my many years of therapy, engagement with complementary healing did not come close to the profound connection with my own need for healing, and the possibility of achieving it, that I experienced. Ben’s almost other worldly insight, clarity and compassionate approach to the shamanic yoga, and Kim’s very human attention to the practical aspects of the retreat meant that we all felt held in a very safe but very powerful process, and I am enormously grateful to have found my way to this. I have taken so much from the retreat, but will certainly be returning.

Ioana Sweden

Healing in the Willows website

Amazing! Gosh, what a great place, teaching and people. Great! For me this retreat was a huge uplift and reminder of the great power of Yoga. Luxury staying and authentic healthy home-cooked food. And the group’s energy was so supportive. And Boonath’s personality is so warm and gentle – he teaches with great passion and gives every individual person on the retreat the attention they need. Such a knowledgeable and humble being. A really inspiring person.

Iain United Kingdom

Healing in the Willows website

Definitely a ‘must do’! If some experiences in life must be shared, then this is one of them. Although I felt out of my conform zone, the overall journey changed and healed me.

Deborah United Kingdom

Healing in the Willows website

I went very deep in ways that I did not expect. I feel that I will discover more about this as I enter my busy world again in order to integrate it all. Boonath is a very insightful teacher, very caring and authentic. I have never met anyone like him before. I certainly learned something very important about my own shadow from Boonath taking time to sit privately with me. I will treasure these insights very dearly!

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