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3 Days Weekend Winter Passion Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Bed and Breakfast dei Colli, 72017 Ostuni, Brindisi, Italy


Body Soul Movement Italy Yoga Retreat

Open your arms and join a yoga retreat in Ostuni, the Itria Valley of Puglia, South Italy. Find your inner source of strength, clarity, joy, and light. You will practice from the heart, listen to your intuition, and mind your wellbeing. The powerful healing and the body soul movement set of practices coupled with peaceful nature, local tradition, and kind people will give you a truly meaningful experience. Rejuvenate, laugh, connect, and eat. This is Italy!


  • 4 yoga sessions
  • Experience of meditation in nature
  • Chanting and pranayama sessions
  • Body soul movement and evening social celebration
  • Transfers from and to Ostuni train station
  • 2 delicious breakfasts and dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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The Bed and Breakfast dei Colli is perfectly located near the Namaste Yoga Center. It is just a beautiful five minutes walk. If it is raining, you will be picked up. The B&B is comfortable and quiet with nice hosts. This lodge is surrounded by rich vegetation. It enjoys an enviable position thanks to its proximity to Ostuni-Citta Bianca and the sea.

The B&B has five bedrooms and one dining room with attached bathroom and entrance from within the hotel. The bedrooms have a queen bed and a pullout sofa bed or bunk bed. Each room has a private bathroom, air conditioning, and TV. There are also a private entrance, private parking, and surrounding garden to enjoy.

About the yoga practices

Maya Yoga is a harmonious journey of physical, mental, and spiritual practices and techniques to guide you to happiness and well-being. The practices adhere to the classic principles of the Hatha yoga tradition while enriching your practice with the magic of other yoga methods and philosophy.

The practices are beneficial for your physical improvement and more importantly, this practice is your yoga journey to become a spiritual path that will nourish your life with clarity, bliss, and infinite love.

Highlights of the yoga practice

Dynamic sequences of Hatha and Vinyasa will focus on:

  • Alignment, movement, and synchronized breathing
  • Opening and flexibility
  • Steadiness and effortlessness
  • Strength and grace

You will be taught pranayama, the science of breathing that will be your fundamental tool to calm the mind and awaken your energy force. Chanting and meditation devotion will be your friends to discover your inner source of faith, compassion, and gratitude.

About body soul movement

Body soul movement is flowing, spontaneous, and fun set of movements offering the potential for deep transformation and emotional-mental-physical balancing. It is a journey of healing to experience joy and creativity. The body and soul are full of natural spontaneous energy, vibration, intuition, and aliveness.

Through authentic free movement, you will release the deep tension and limitation that blocks your freedom and vitality. You will shake off the mind’s heavy burden of past experiences and their associated judgments.Through self-expression, you will reach a new form of dialogue and union with yourself. You will play with yourself and challenge your ego while lighting up your story.

Through dancing, singing, playing, breathing, and touching, you will feed the parts of your body and soul that have been buried, forgot, and ignored. In short, you will reveal and awaken your natural states of being. This program is there to fully embrace who you are (embody deeply) and let you feel free.

Highlights of body soul movement therapy

  • An intensive mind-body work to reach a state of balance
  • Experiencing the sensations of life through movement
  • Dance and improvisation
  • Physical theater and voice work
  • Self-expression to overcome the fear of stepping out from your comfort zone
  • Short bursts of intense physical exercise to liberate body and mind from pain, past, and reaction

Typical daily schedule

Day 1 (afternoon arrivals)

  • 18:00 Yoga practice or body-soul movement class
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 2

  • 08:30 Morning meditation, yoga, and personal development work
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Time for yourself or with the group, village excursions, and other activities
  • 17:00 Yoga practice or body-soul movement classes
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Social gathering

Day 3

  • 09:00 Morning meditation, yoga, movement, and personal development work
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • Departures or optionally stay
  • Federica Clemente

    Federica Clemente is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor who has practiced and studied Mysore, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and other forms of yoga. 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, she teaches with an attitude of fun, playfulness, and open acceptance.

The retreat will take place in Puglia, a land between two seas, a crossroad of cultures, and experiences. Some highlights include centurion olive trees, a quaint stone of trulli, medieval castles, baroque architecture, traditional music, dances, festivities, and crystalline seas. Puglian culture is a blend of passion and simplicity with a focus on family and friendship. People take their time to greet one another and pursue a friendly conversation.

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, and 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.

Places to visit

The beaches of the Ionian and Adriatic seas offer abundant panoramic views. You should visit Ostuni, one of the most beautiful and famous towns in Apulia which also happens to be nearest and easiest city to visit, and Cisternino, the authentic atmosphere of the four districts known as Bère Vécchie, Scheledd, u Pantène, and L’ìsule.

You should also visit Ceglie Messapica, the town to visit for a wide selection of osterias and trattorias where you can experience traditional family-style meals, Alberobello, the town with its historical characteristic centre of UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Lecce, the Florence of the South, the provincial capital of the Salento area.

Nearby places

  • Cisternino - 15 minutes
  • Hotspring and natural reserve - 25 minutes
  • Ostuni historic center - 5 minutes
  • Ostuni's port - 15 minutes
  • Lecce - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • The Adriatic sea and beaches - 15 minutes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Car rental
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

During the retreat, you will be served two breakfasts and dinners. The meals will be prepared by the retreat chef, who is well-known for his delicious and gourmet feasts. You will have your lunches out in the nearby towns at cool places to eat. If you are joining a cooking class, you will have the opportunity to make and taste the variety of seasonal fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, and fish, prepared in simple but delicious methods.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Automobile hire

Depending on what retreat you decide, Maya Yoga will have a car on-site that can be hired or rented for 25 EUR per day. This is the best way to experience the surrounding areas.

Cooking class

Have a blissful social experience by learning how to cook and make your own raw, vegan, gluten-free, and no refined sugars chocolate truffles.

Tours and activities

Depending on the season, there are numerous organized tours and activities. The retreat schedule can be modified by group request to take a day off for an optional activity.

Craniosacral therapy

This therapy is very subtle yet an effective healing technique. Craniosacral therapy treatments are typically last for 45 minutes to an 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.


Massage treatments are available upon request. The treatments which will take for about one to one and half hours can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Some benefits include balancing mind and body, soothing the tension, restoring the energy, and for deep relaxation that will leave you calm and refreshed.

  • 2 breakfasts and dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 4 yoga classes and body soul movement
  • Evening social celebration
  • Experience of movement and meditation in nature
  • Transfers from and to Ostuni train station
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches
  • Optional activities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Brindisi-Salento Airport (BDS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by train

Please book your ticket to get to the Ostuni Train station. From there, you will be picked up and transferred to the retreat location. If there is a time, you may ask for a stop for shopping along the way to the villa.

  • Review by Diana from Romania

    "The Women's New Year Retreat was a unique experience for me! The secluded location, it's proximity to nature are necessary for such an extraordinary journey. The work is directed towards balancing body, mind and soul. Federica's dedication, love, intuition and passion for her calling is unbounded. "

    "The people in the group and their stories, their strength, compassion and drive for transformation were very inspirational to me."

    "I would definitely go again!"

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  • Review by Nevin from Basel, Switzerland

    "Talk about being taken to another level; physicially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!Federica is an amazing, multi-talented woman - natural, earthy, energetic, funny, intelligent and strong through and through. She was able to bring raw emotions out in the most pure and honest way in the Women's Circle by listening and using the multiple tools that she possesses.Federica's work speaks for itself! During Yoga lessons, Frederica was very alert and aware of every move anyone made and was quick in correcting postures. My spine has never felt so erect in half the century that I've lived! One of my purposes of this retreat was to advance a bit in yoga, but not only was that achieved but I came out emotionally healed! Not to mention the wonderful women I met there!Thank you Federica for making this possible. Namaste." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Malta, Europe

    "The whole week has been a truly amazing experience the yoga, the village, the surroundings, but most especially, the people and the wondrous spirit imparted. It has been a true awakening and the recognition of inner self and stillness. Everybody has been a true inspiration."

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  • Review by Grietje

    "It was my first retreat ever and it was a new and wonderful experience! The combination of the wonderful place and surroundings on the 8 hectare wild ground, the coaching from Frederica, the freedom in the afternoon and different aspects in the programs (yoga, dance, massage, talking, woman circles, etc) made a great impression on me.Frederica is a great, energetic and pure woman who gives the group the right respectful of energy. She looked through my boundaries and touched my soul. I have never met someone who can do this. I am so grateful!I would recommend every woman to this retreat. It will give you a moment of peace and you will become more in touch with your soul!" website, edited

  • Review by Wan Ting from Brussels, Belgium

    "The retreat was amazing for body and soul. Frederica Clemente really knows what she does and she is an amazing woman! The whole week went smoothly and it was very much fun to discuss women's topics in the women's circle. The classes were variate and Frederica really goes to the core. The accommodation was really good and clean. The food was vegetarian and healthy. " website, edited

  • Review by Cecilia from Nice, France

    "During my yoga retreat in Italy, I was looked after by Federica Clemente, a really beautiful woman with a big heart. I am saying it this way because she has a natural empathy towards others and that is a very good quality as a yoga teacher, and more generally, as a person.She has helped me in many ways to develop my yoga practice with her wonderful advice during classes which, thanks to her great yogic experience, were a combination of different techniques. She has also shown me ways to go deeper with my asana practice and, very importantly, within myself. She has taught me many things about my own power as a woman, like how to get in touch with my feminine self.Her spiritual approach about yoga and life make her a wonderful and sweet teacher. She is able to understand, to listen, to help, sometimes in a silent, respectful way, sometimes with a more active interaction.In Casina Settarte, I also discovered a wonderful way of life. The food cooked by Josh was tasty and made with love. The surroundings that we discovered during our afternoon trips were very nice as there are so many things to do around. Sometimes, I just chilled out in Casina Settarte. I really felt a total reconnection with the Earth, Nature and its elements. I felt serene and purified.The Body and Soul Movement classes were perfect too, I really loved the Afro dance classes, as I often say, they were 'Wow, something else!'Thank you Federica, I have so much gratitude for you and for everyone I've met during this retreat. I really enjoyed everything and I still feel the effects of what I have been taught and shown a month later. Wonderful experience." website, edited

  • Review by Samira from Europe

    "Federica is a powerful, multi-talented woman with a huge amount of positive energy. She really puts in over 100% of her time to make sure everyone is happy and personally taken care of. Unlike many other yoga retreats where you don't get much one to one time, her retreats are different.The week away really helped me unwind and put things into perspective. It felt more like a "holiday" than a serious yoga retreat. We did African dancing and body soul movement, chanting, and yoga massage. I felt like I could have done more actual rigorous yoga, but it made me a lot more aware of my alignment and holding poses for so long was really tough. You feel grounded and a lot more open after her classes. I stayed at the B&B which was gorgeous. Puglia itself is beautiful with rolling hills, and the people are super friendly and hospitable.The food at the retreat was delicious, macrobiotic vegeterian food. If you want a week away for some introspection in a stunning environment and yoga in a no frills attached environment - this is the place."

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  • Review by Iris from Nijmegen, Holland

    "I had a wonderful stay at Maya Yoga.The location was pretty cool, up a hill on an Italian's family's property.Federica and Joshua were very hospitable. Federica is very passionate about what she does and Joshua is the best cook ever! The retreat was a good mix between serious stuff (yoga, meditation, fire ceremonies, chanting etc.) and holiday stuff like the beach and a good laugh. So it was good fun!I would definitely recommend Maya Yoga." website, edited

  • Review by Lyndsey from Europe

    "Maya Yoga was a joyful retreat, every aspect was cared for and the group quickly became friends. Fredericas energy guided us throughout the 8 days of yoga, philosophy, meditation, massage, African dance, body soul movement, ceremony and discussions. We kindly supported each other through this joyful journey. The food by Josh was delicious and plentiful, with beautiful attention to detail and a taste-bud opening experience for any non-vegetarian. Wonderful food and care.I would highly recommend the retreat, the surrounding environment was stunning, great for walks and the beach was a paradise. In May the flowers left the air sweet and warm." website, edited

  • Review by Santrise from USA

    "The Body Soul Movement Experience is unparalleled and exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable!Frederica and Joshua are gracious hosts: full of energy, expertise, willingness and eagerness to assist guests achieve balance and spiritual renewal. I exited Body Soul Movement feeling revitalized, renewed, and in many senses reborn.The retreat curriculum was customized to meet my individual needs as was my entire stay at the lovely Case Verde La Ventana! There were so many high points to this experiencefrom the incredible and delectable daily vegetarian gourmet meals and fresh pressed juices created by Joshua to the world class Yoga instruction, dance classes, and one-on-one posturing facilitated by Frederica.I entered the retreat with intention to enhance my practice and was wowed with Fredericas incomparable expertise, assessment of my postures, and assistance in improving them! Our daily sessions helped tremendously and enabled me to exit with confidence knowing my areas of opportunity and the skill-set to improve them on my own!!!Her class instruction and method of hands-on teaching is undisputedly my best learning experience and teaching in a Yoga environment. Frederica facilitates an environment where Yogis of all levels of expertise are able to learn and engage in an impactful way that will resonate with Yogis well beyond the retreat!As if the daily curriculum packed with exciting and new ventures was not enough, Joshua and Frederica facilitated a desert walk where they took me deep into the desert to gaze at one of the most amazing views one will ever see! I was in awe of how beautiful and close the stars and sky appeared. It was a surreal experience where I felt I could literally touch the sky!Two additional experiences that placed the retreat over the top are the Temazcal and Spa Services facilitated by Frederica. Being present with the women in the Temazcal and sharing our time together in this spiritual way is one of my fondest memories of my time in La Ventana. The Temazcal detox protocol is an experience all in itself that I urge everyone to try at least once in their lifetime if not many times. I exited the Temazcal feeling lighter spiritually, physically, and mentally while my skin and body looked and felt amazing! My 32 year old self exited with the softness and glow of my skin at birth! I was wowed by how solid and soft everything appeared from head to toe!Frederica also provided a massage and much needed crano sacral therapy. Its hard to pin point exactly what happened in the process because it too was a surreal experience but what I can say is I left feeling light in every sense of the word. I immediately felt physically and spiritually renewed as if many burdens were lifted right from inside. I was no longer bogged down with work stress, worry, or fear. I felt a great sense of peace, calm, and J-O-Y after Frederica worked her magic with her hands! Imagine that! I wholeheartedly believe her hands are a gift and she's gifted in providing healing through service to others.I am still in disbelief regarding how perfect my experience was at Body Soul Movement. Ive attended numerous retreats Worldwide and this stay tops my time in Bali, Shanghai, BC, and every other place. The superior level of service, professionalism, and expertise, at this retreat, makes it my new favorite place in the world! I WILL attend the next retreat in April and will definitely bring people with me!Lastly, I have to mention the property is amazing and is undersold in the retreat description as the ocean is literally footsteps from the accommodations and can be seen from rooms view. The property and its accommodations are priceless. Guests feel a sense of safety, security, and luxury that cannot be beaten with a bat!Everything one would need at a Yoga Retreat is within very small footsteps, not to mention access to bikes, snorkeling and kiting gear! It is an awesome destination for a vacation, retreat, or simple time to just enjoy nature and its many views!Body Soul Movement is a perfect 10 that I urge anyone serious about starting and/or furthering their practice to experience!", edited

  • Review by Sandra from Australia

    "I have allowed myself to be pampered by this seasons resident body-worker Federica, whose shamanistic massage technique was handed down to her in Africa. Her technique incorporates a choreography of massage. It is a fluid performance, where she draws on her experience as a professional dancer as well as the physical study of the body. You are asked to be completely passive and only to breathe in a relaxed manner, as she stretches, rotates and massages your limbs. It is an intoxicating experience and after my treatment I float out of the room to fall into my bed and sleep deeply for an hour."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "Words cant really explain the magical experience I have had here with you, so Im not going to be able to get it across on this page, but thank you so much for one of the most wonderful, peaceful experiences of my life. It truly has been magical, from the company, to the yoga, to the landscape and house, oh, and the food! And tea! And the sea! My room was fit for a princess, truly beautiful. The house is entirely peaceful. Ill go back having learnt enough to prompt myself to change my life for the better."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "How can I begin to express the transformation and revelation that this week has been? Soul-food indeed. Indeed. Such wonderful, open, warm people, exquisite surroundings, and days and nights full of sunshine and laughter... I feel blessed! I have found muscles I never knew existed, swam in clear, healing waters, gazed upon unbelievably beautiful sunsets, eaten truly amazing feasts, given myself permission to just do nothing, shared laughter and genuine warmth and love all around - and slept more than I knew possible! Do keep this precious place just as it is - so when I next come back, the journey may continue... Bless you all, and thank you. Thank you."

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Arrival: Friday November 25, 2016
Departure: Sunday November 27, 2016

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Previous Art of Silence retreat participants are eligible for a special discount of 10% per person.

When two or more people book together for week-long retreats, they are eligible for a special discount of 5% per person.

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