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5 Days Body, Mind and Soul Healing Yoga Retreat Italy

  • Querceto, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Overview

Tantric and Shamanic Yoga Retreat Italy

If you feel ready to experience Yoga in its most ancient and authentic form under the experienced and masterful guidance of an authentic Indian Siddha Yoga teacher, this retreat could be what you're looking for! In these full-immersion retreats you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage to support you in awakening your consciousness and in finding your power. This is Yoga like you've never experienced before!

Highlights

  • An Authentic Indian Yoga Teacher
  • A small group of practitioners to ensure personal attention
  • A rare form of Tantric Yoga that roots itself in India's Shamanic healing tradition
  • A beautifull & spacious 200 square-meters yogashala overlooking the valley of Cecina
  • A special location of rare beauty: a 1000 years old hamlet purched on a hill in the middle of Tuscany's largest national park
  • A healthy yogic / vegan / organic diet to detox the body in support of the powerful healing practice
  • 5 days and 4 nights in the hamlet's original apartments with breathtaking views

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Guests will be staying in the historical homes in the heart of the hamlet.

An ancient and sacred lienage

In these full-immersion retreats you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage handed down orally between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs.

You will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening, including practicing in darkly-lit spaces to quieten the mind and awaken the senses to the body’s subtle energy currents, holding simple postures for long periods of time, and engaging in powerful breath-work to open-up the body and take the mind into altered states of consciousness.

Sessions may last several hours, depending on the group’s energy, and include drumming and chanting to aid the healing process.

The practice draws on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, namely Chandra Parampara, an ancient sequence of Moon postures that honours the mother and the divine feminine, gently opening-up the body to its highest levels of flexibility through minimal effort.

The practice will be supported by observing a yogic diet and much silence in order to sustain the body and expand the mind.

Like no other yoga practice

Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic and anaerobic Pranayama (breath work), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds). The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.

Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.

Schedule-free

Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. In line with this approach, there will be no predefined time schedule in order to allow the energy of the group to flow freely, and for the teacher to guide the practice in accordance with the group’s energy and needs. Classes, ceremonies, exercises, chanting, eating and even sleeping will happen naturally and not according to a fixed time.

As part of the practice, and as a way to ground oneself in the practice, participants will be asked to spend some time every day helping with the preparations of meals (under the guidance of a cook) and with the cleaning of the yoga shala.

No previous experience required

The retreat is suitable both for beginners and advanced practitioners, and in particular to all those seeking a deeply healing experience on an emotional and physical level. Although the practice does not involve strenuous physical exercise, some physical flexibility will be necessary in order to participate fully in the retreat. Because places are typically limited to a maximum of 12 participants, priority will be given to those with a serious intention and commitment to leaving their comfort zone and seeking genuine change. Yoga teachers, body workers and shamanic practitioners will benefit greatly from the retreat as they will learn rare tantric healing techniques. The retreat is not suitable for people with serious forms of psychosis.

  • 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.

The retreat will take place in a 1000 year old Medieval hamlet nested on the green hilltops of Tuscany's largest national park. Surrounded by wild woods, olive groves and vineyards, you will be in the perfect setting for journeying within and reconnecting deeply with nature. There are many paths through the woods for those wanting to walk in the wilderness and a relaxing infinity pool among the olive trees overlooking the valley. The area is famous for its archaeological sites and historical towns and villages and the organizers can assist you with affordable car rental and in booking tour-guides to explore the area - they allow to extend your stay and to bring a friend/family member (must be compatible and non-disruptive to the group practice).

General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Yoga shala

Inspired by local Tuscan dishes, all meals will be vegan and sourced as locally as possible & from nearby organic farms. You will savor Sattvic (‘pure’) dishes to sustain correctly the yoga practice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Yogic
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Walk through the wild woods surrounding the hamlet
  • Visit nearby historical sites, including UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Take trips to the Mediterranean beaches 20 minutes away by car (`the organizer can assist with renting a car for the duration of the stay)
  • Sight-seeing trips, cooking classes and Italian language lessons can be organised for those prolonging their stay

There is a very experienced naturopath and message therapist on site that is available to give massages and other treatments if compatible with the yoga practice (at the teacher's discretion).

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All activities listed
  • All equipment
  • All meals
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport (FLR) or at Pisa International Airport (PSA). Both RyanAir and EasyJet fly to Pisa airport, but because of the route's popularity flights tend to become expensive, it is advisable to book the flights as early as possible. From Pisa airport you will need to take the shuttle bus into Pisa train station (eight minutes ride). Pick-ups can be arranged from Cecina train station.

Distances

  • Pisa International Airport (PSA) - 1 hour
  • Review by Mary from USA

    "I cannot thank you enough for the retreat. I felt like I healed and progressed in leaps and bounds in the few days that we were all together. The honesty and the sharing that were brought to the table inspired and encouraged me. I came with an open mind and I left with an open heart. After nearly a lifetime of constriction and restriction, I’ve found my voice again, and with it, that wonderful aliveness in the center of my chest."

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  • Review by Julia from Switzerland

    "The yoga Retreat showed me again what had been hidden inside me and I am very thankful for it. Kim and Boonath provided extensive support practically, spiritually as well as intellectually as they disposed over a range of strategies and seemed to complement each other in an almost poetical way which reminding me of the famous friends Narcissus and Goldmund in the book by Hermann Hesse. The retreat was very recreational, the food and surrounding nature absolutely fantastic, and I can recommend the retreat to anyone who wants to explore the playful and at the same time powerful side of human existence."

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  • Review by Ajit from India

    "On the first day, I was a little intimidated with the system as I didn’t expect this line of healing. It was quite an experience. Frankly, I thought it was a scene from some kind of horror movie with the chantings in the dark and the way the words like “witch” were used quite so informally. I only got over it the 3rd day, when the momentum got the better of me. And then it was smooth sailing. I got to understand Boonath and his mystical moves and the group gave me a lot of encouragement. The way people talked to each other and interacted was for me an eye-opener. Organizing and getting everyone on board and keep them happy was a formidable task. Big thank you!"

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  • Review by Sophie McNicolas from UK

    "I came to the retreat to get some rest and do some yoga. What I got instead was a truly life-changing experience. Words cannot convey the immense journey I have been guided through. The location was the perfect setting, and the mixture of people and their varied stories gave us all the chance to remember that we all share the same truth: that we want to love and be loved, to find the inner light and accept, nurture, and forgive the past…the Shadow.On this journey I cherished all of the teacher’s (Boonath) words as he guided us through the asanas, mantras and meditations. He took the sacred teachings and shared them with us wish such humble beauty. It became a palpable, natural, logical, spiritual state to experience all of the ropes of life’s emotions, to accept and love ourselves and to honour the Shadow as it reveals the Light.In the sacred circle, when we shared eye contact I felt transported into another state of being, feeling more love than I have ever before. My heart broke open and it filled the space. Thank you"

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  • Review by Anoushka Shankar from India

    "The retreat offered me a beautiful sanctuary to focus on my heart and to reconnect with myself"

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  • Review by Kim Laundry from UK

    "I feel like I entered some sort of fairy-tale. It was simply magical. I cannot begin to describe how beautiful the location is. The surroundings took my breath away and I felt loved and supported. I was given the gift of hope that maybe the world and mother earth have a chance to heal. The retreat surpassed by far my expectations"

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  • Review by Joe McGahan from UK

    "A wonderful collective healing experience. The atmosphere created allowed much growth and nourishment to take place. Physical and emotional comfort was attended with love and generosity. Wisdom and insight was shared with such love by the teacher (Boonath) that the practice opened up new doors in my consciousness. It was truly an honour to be lead through the practice by such a graceful and compassionate being"

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  • Review by Naomy Joyce from UK

    "I’ve entered a magical world, which is a perfect sanctuary from every day’s hustle and bustle of life. This retreat has been an experience I will hold very dear."

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  • Review by Aimée Lombard from Grower

    "The space created to reach inwards and release outwards was vary rare and simply quite amazing! The retreat was not easy, but certainly very valuable and I’m grateful to have been part of this collective healing experience!"

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  • Review by Abbey Careford from UK

    "I feel I have been healed on every level, connected deeply to myself, others and the natural environment around me, experiencing oneness. Fabulous house, teachers, food…"

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  • Review by Christine Driscoll

    "I have really enjoyed the retreat both on an emotional and physical level. I feel awakened from the immersion into the various teachings. The teachers provided me with a safe space to just be."

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  • Review by Kate Morsely from UK

    "You can leave your expectations behind. Something is bound to unearth from this magical experience."

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  • Review by Vivien Row, yoga teacher, from UK

    "The retreat was perfect in every way, sometimes there may be one thing that could be altered this was not the case! From the moment I arrived the host was so freindly and helpful like a friend greeting you, he made me feel very comfortable and any nervousness vanished. The yoga was very authentic, unique and just how it was described when I booked, I certainly got what I was looking for. The accommodation was really clean a high standard and very comfortable and the vegan food was first class, delicious! Its clear there is a lot of love and care that goes into the planning of these retreats, the only thing is I didnt want to leave. Thank you for such an amazing experience, one I will remember my whole life!"

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  • Review by Fiona Law, yoga teacher from UK

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat. It was 'curated' with great care, class and such kindness, a truly unique experience that moved my practice and understanding to another dimension. It seemed to attract true seekers and bring out all the yoga potential in the group. What a gem of an experience."

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  • Review by Daniel, from USA

    "The retreat that I attended though Healing in the Willows exceeded all expectations. The location was beautiful, the food was locally sourced and deliciously prepared, and the yoga courses were exceptional. I had been looking for yoga classes that respected and reflected the tradition of yoga, The yoga classes at Healing in the Willows retreat was a special surprise. They brought more of the East to the West and have created an authentic and incredible yoga practice for all its participants. I would highly recommend the retreats of Healing in the Willows. By the end of the retreat, my body and spirit were lighter and happier."

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  • Review by Carla from UK

    "What an amazing experience! The retreat surpassed my expectations. It was a wonderful mix of relaxation, challenges, new experiences, internal and external journeys. The atmosphere was welcoming, encouraging and supportive, and the location ideal for a retreat. I would recommend it completely!"

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Querceto, Italy

Healing in the Willows offers yoga retreats and courses with authentic yogic traditions of Etruscan Coast of Tuscany in a 1000-year-old Medieval hamlet.

Speaks English

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5 days / 4 nights

Departure:
Monday May 1, 2017
(5 days / 4 nights)

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