Tantric and Shamanic Yoga Retreat Italy

Experience yoga in its most ancient and authentic form under the experienced and masterful guidance of an authentic Indian Siddha Yoga teacher. On these full-immersion retreats, you will practice an ancient 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 and tantric lineage, to guide you on a journey of profound healing and self-revelation.

You will learn Hatha-tantric and kumbhaka-pranayam practices that will take you into deep states of trance, creating a bridge between the conscious and unconscious Mind. Through the employment of secret yogic dreaming techniques, involving the simultaneous performance of postures, breath-work, mudras and sacred sounds, we will access those parts of the subconscious where painful patterns and imprints are stored. By working with our Shadow, and not against it, we will seek to free ourselves from what is holding us back and step into our natural Seat of Power.

Retreat 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

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Guests will be staying in the historical apartments in the heart of the retreat venue, a 1000-year-old Medieval hamlet nested on the green hill of Tuscany's largest national park, Monte Rufoli.

Surrounded by wild woods, olive groves and vineyards, you will be in the perfect setting for journeying deeply within yourself.

Apartments vary in size, from 1 to 4 bedroom apartments, with single and twin rooms. Each apartment is decorated in its unique style, creating a sense of home away from home. Private 1-bedroom apartments are also available for those requiring greater privacy.

Between the months of May and September, guests will have access to the infinity pool overlooking the national park and have full access to the many resting areas around the hamlet, to enjoy quiet time and spectacular views.

Healing in the Willows 2018 Yoga Retreats Tuscany Calendar

29 March - 2 April: Awakening the chakras - rebuilding the very fabric of our being

Yogis understand the Chakras to be energy centers responsible for storing our life impressions, making up the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual fabric of our very being. Unresolved energies in the chakras can lead to all kinds of difficulties from physical illnesses to destructive self-sabotaging patterns of behavior, particularly in our relational life…

27 April - 1 May: Into the land of dreams - A journey through the subconscious

Dreams are a gateway to a magical universe that, although might not always see, has its own life that is right there just beneath the threshold of awareness. There is a great potential in our dreams for unfolding our destiny and bringing us face to face with our karmic life themes.

24 - 27 May: The labyrinth of the mind - Making our way back to the altar of the heart

Life strives to show us time and time again that the Altar of the Heart is more than a mere sentiment, but a living and beating truth. Yet the Mind’s labyrinth of thoughts & doubts can be so deeply encoded in our being as to keep us out of Love’s reach. The yogic spirit is that of the romantic soul who never lets the Altar of the Heart leave his or her sight.

21 - 25 June: Untwining the Ancestral Tapestry. A Detox retreat for the body and soul.

The spiritual path begins and ends with forgiveness. Owning and honoring our ancestry, freeing ourselves of the subconscious imprints that might be sabotaging our hearts journey is a worthy pursuit, and the shamanic practices of yoga offer us good tools to work with alchemically in order to resolve what sometimes seems unresolvable.

During this retreat, we will look deeply into the ancestral tapestry of which our lives are woven, bringing to the forefront the issue of Father, Mother, and the place of the Child. Through ritual and intensive Hatha-Tantra practice, you are invited into a journey within the healing circle of power.

The diet on this retreat will be a diet of yogic detoxing Kitcheri, an ancient detoxing yogic formula for thinning the veil between the spirit and the physical world, to assist us with healing the body and the spirit.

25 - 29 August: Serpent Goddess of power - Awakening the Kundalini and shedding old skins

Through engaging in powerful yogic practices of The Goddess Kundalini-Shakti we shall connect to our creative center and watch the spiraling effect of power dancing our life into being. The powerful practices of the Shamanic Hatha line within the context of a healing group process will bring about the stirring of the primal and raw life force – known to the yogis as Kundalini-Shakti…

27 September - 1 October: The witch's cauldron - Reclaiming your personal power

The witch has perhaps become a derogatory & disputed term for the forces that stand on the outskirts of the rational. Yet she is a mother of the hearth, a mistress of story-telling and the beholder of healing secrets. The process of divorcing the divine father from the earthly mother has resulted in the feminine aspect of our personality being suppressed, both in women & men, leading to all kind of imbalances, inward & outward, individual & collective. The feminine night-forces that bring chaos and creativity together are the energies we will work with on this retreat.

2 - 6 November: Mark of the beast - Honoring the animal within

The beast is a creature of power and beauty, but a caged beast can either rebel and manifest in destructive patterns of rage and frustration, putting up a fight on life. Conversely, it might lie down in apathy, giving up on life altogether. The resultant suffering that ensues from either way is not how it has to be! Together we will embark on a journey to reconnect to the often forgotten and secret powers of the animals that live within us.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE

An ancient and sacred lineage

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 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.

Instructors

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.

Retreat location

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).

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

Meals are prepared as a collective effort by the group. As well as keeping the group's energy tight, the collective cooking enables to knit closer ties between the various members of the group, and also offer the opportunity to learn preparing delicious vegan yogic dishes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Walk through the wild woods surrounding the hamlet
  • Relax by the stunning infinity pool in the hamlet's olive groves
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley & national park below
  • 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 wine-tasting can be organized for those prolonging their stay

Spa treatments

We recommend staying an additional night and visit the gorgeous Spa of Sassetta (half an hour by car from the retreat venue) for a truly relaxing and restorative experience following the retreat.

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

International guests can easily reach Querceto by flying into Pisa International Airport (PSA). Alternatively, nearby airports include Florence, Bologna and Rome.

Both Ryanair and Easyjet fly into Pisa, Bologna or Rome. From any of these airports, it is possible to take trains to Cecina - the closest train station to the retreat venue.

We can organize pick-ups from Cecina station with local drivers or taxis.

If you prefer renting your own car (to sightsee during spare time), we can recommend a number of car rental companies (low as 8 EUR per day).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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We try to limit the maximum number of participants to 12 guests as a way to guarantee our full attention to every individual member of the healing circle. As such, we recommend booking as early as possible. 

Wednesday August 29, 2018
(5 days / 4 nights)

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