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8 Days Women’s New Year Retreat in South Italy

  • Agriturismo e Teatro La Luna nel Pozzo, Contrada Foragno, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy

Overview

Women's New Year Retreat Italy

Be in a healing circle of women to mirror the wholeness of your being and allow your whole being to be heard and loved - embrace the wild you, the wise you, the child you, the strong you and the vulnerable you. This retreat is meant for you to let go the burdens of the heart to feel the flow of life force, creativity, joy and stillness that is you. To take time to realize what shift you need within yourself to step more into a conscious, balanced path.

Highlights

  • Daily organised gatherings
  • 7 nights shared accommodation
  • 2 classes a day on yoga and body soul movement therapy
  • Open-heart discussions, healing circles, rituals and ceremonies
  • Experience of movement and meditation in nature
  • Transfers to / from the Ostuni train station
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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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 ones 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

  • An indoor rehearsal studio, 100 square meters, heated, with parquet flooring
  • A stone amphitheater of antique Greek design, with a 12-meter diameter stage, excellent acoustics and seating for 250 spectators, equipped for electric lighting (380 volts) and sound, without losing its traditional aspect
  • An outdoor, shaded wooden dance stage, 150 square meters
  • A Cretan labyrinth of traditional stonework (20 meters diameter), for meditation, discussion, writing, inspiration
  • A tool shop, for building theatrical sets, etcetera
  • Trulli" (traditional conical drystone constructions)
  • 6 hectares of olive groves
  • Ancient stone threshing floor
  • Forest groves
  • Lilly pond
  • Sculptures in stone and wood

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

Yoga and movement classes

During this retreat, you will explore Maya Yoga and body soul movement as a journey of self-discovery and powerful awakening:

Maya Yoga is a harmonious journey of physical, mental and spiritual practices and techniques to help guide you to happiness and wellbeing. It adheres to the classic principles of the Hatha yoga tradition, while enriching your practice with the magic of other yoga methods and philosophy. Maya Yoga works hard for your physical improvement, but, more importantly, they invite your yoga journey to become a spiritual path that will nourish your life with clarity, bliss and infinite love.

To start with building the correct base, you will practice a dynamic sequence of Hatha Vinyasa flow focused on:

Alignment, movement and synchronized breathing

Strength and grace

Opening and flexibility

Steadiness and effortlessness

Pranayama

The science of breathing will be your fundamental tool to calm the mind and to awaken your energy force, or Prana. You will also understand the connection between mind, body and emotion.

Chanting and meditation

Devotion and stillness will be your friends to discover your inner source of faith, compassion and gratitude.

Hatha yoga

Hatha Yoga is the foundation of all yoga styles. It incorporates asanas (postures), pranayama (regulated breathing), meditation (Dharana and Dhyana) and Kundalini (Laya yoga) into a complete system that can be used to achieve enlightenment or self-realization. Hatha is an easy-to-learn basic form of yoga that provides exercise and stress management. Practitioners approach the practice session in a calm, meditative mood, sit quietly for a few moments, then begin the series, slowly, with control and grace, being inwardly aware as they perform the various poses selected for the practice session.

Body soul movement

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. Body soul movement includes:

Intense physical exercise to liberate body and mind from pain, past and reaction

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

Living the body through movement

Dance and improvisation

Physical theater and voice work

Self-expression - break down the fear of going out of your comfort zone

The Body and soul are full of natural, spontaneous energy, vibration, intuition, and aliveness. There is no judgment or reaction, no expectation or guilt, and no past or future. These natural states of the body and soul are continuous and clear. However, when forgotten or ignored, they are often overcome by any number of things that cause you suffering.

Given space, you become aware of the nature of body and soul. In body soul movement therapy, you will attempt to open that space. You will allow your mind to be silent and your body to let go. Everybody has an internal dance vibrating inside. Dancing stimulates physical, mental and emotional transformation. Through dancing, singing, playing, breathing and touching, you will feed the parts of your body and soul that you have buried, forgot and ignored. In short, you will reveal and awaken their natural states of being.

Through authentic, free movement, you will release the deep tension and limitation that blocks our freedom and vitality. You will shake off the minds heavy burden of past experiences and their associated judgments. You will follow the faith and wisdom of the heart, and accept ourselves without fear - especially the aspects you dislike, dont accept, and often neglect.

Through self expression, you will reach a new form of dialogue and union with yourselves. You will play with yourselves. You will challenge your ego and light up your "story". You will challenge your comfort zone and feel lighter.

You are here to believe in your true self. You are here to shed unnecessary weight. You are here to fully embrace who you are (embody deeply who you are) and feel free.

Pure creation

You are not here to learn any new theory. You have collected so many theories that your minds are asleep, numb and unsatisfied. Your minds have lost elasticity and the capacity to be alert, silent and open to pure creation. It is your mind that rules you, and you can easily become victims of its pitfalls!

This physical - emotional - mental journey to find your true self is your own pure creation. Frederica will be your guide and hold an open space for you. She is here to remind you of your power. She is here to offer you tools to get through mental and emotional traps. Together, you will find your inner light and clarity.

Direct experience

Federica will invite you to seek your own truth through direct experience.

First, She asks you to return to yourself, which means:

Awareness of your own physical body: (anatomy, bone structure, and analysis of movement)

Awareness of the subtle energy that inhabits it (the meridians of the body)

Awareness of the close relationship between the physical body and the emotional sphere (how the emotions have a story written in the body)

Second, she invites you to rediscover a state of harmony and balance - physically and mentally - and reawaken your inner ability to heal yourself! Healing is an instinctive animal capability that is inscribed in each of you. It is maintaining balance, and that balance is the natural condition and the original condition of all human beings. Lets call this balance a natural state of health.

Disease is the rupture of our balance (physiological - emotional - mental) in the name of chaos. While instinctual, healing and staying healthy is becoming more of an art, or even a labor of love, in this modern culture. It takes attention - love and constant work - careful understanding of yourselves, observing and listening, intuition and awareness. To get there, you will explore the source of your inner energy and how to unblock your physical and emotional afflictions - let's begin with the breath!

Schedule

  • 07:30 Morning meditation and chanting
  • 08:00 Morning session of yoga, movement and personal development work
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 12:00 Time to be alone with some home work to do, personal research, reflect, reading, etc.
  • 17:00 Yoga practice or body-soul movement class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Womens circle
  • The schedule can change in order to meet the needs of the group and / or to enhance your journey together.

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 and workshops a wealth of background information in the mechanics of dynamic movement, energy flow and effective healing techniques. Yet, she teaches with an attitude of fun, playfulness and open acceptance.

Puglia

This is Puglia! Centurion olive trees, quaint stone "trulli", medieval castles, baroque architecture, traditional music, dances, and festivities, crystalline seas, Puglia is a land between two seas, a crossroads of cultures and experiences, prepared to celebrate the best of each.

La Luna nel Pozzo

With its spaces for artistic creation and hospitality, and an environment which facilitates concentrated, harmonious work, La Luna nel Pozzo (The Moon in the Well) is an ideal location for this women's New Year yoga and body soul movement retreat.

Nearby places

  • Cisternino - 15 minutes
  • Itrian Valley - 15 minutes
  • Ostuni - 5 minutes
  • The sea - 15 minutes

Daily brunch and dinner will be provided and included in the price. Visiting La Luna means, first of all, discovering Puglia, 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. At The Moon in the Well, you will have the opportunity to sample 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.

There will be a rental car onsite to visit the many interesting beaches and villages. Those who wish to use the car will share the daily cost, which is approximately 25 euros per day.

  • 7 days food - 2 meals daily (brunch and dinner)
  • 7 nights shared accommodation
  • Daily organized gatherings, such as open-heart discussions, healing circles, rituals and ceremonies
  • Experience of movement and meditation in nature
  • Transfers to / from the Ostuni train station
  • Automobile hire
  • Extra trips or excursions to nearby cities or attractions
  • Italian cuisine cooking classes
  • Travel, including transfers from the airport to Ostuni

Driving directions from Superstrada SS 16 Lecce - Bari (coming from both directions)

Exit Villanova / Ostuni.

Follow the sign tutte le direzioni, and take the panoramic road right to the top turn right, follow the sign tutte le direzioni.

At the roundabout, follow Cisternino.

After 200 meters, you see the sign accesso pericoloso in curva, take that little road to the left indicated by the sign Teatro Luna nel Pozzo.

Following this road 3.9 kilometers, you will arrive at the entrance of La Luna nel Pozzo.

Driving directions from the road Martina Franca to Ostuni

  • Follow the road Martina Franca - Ostuni until Contrada Fumarola.
  • About 200 meters after the sign Fumarola, turn left following the signs Teatro Luna nel Pozzo.
  • At bifurcation, turn right following the signs.
  • After about 900 meters, you will see entrance of the Luna nel Pozzo.

Arrival by airplane

  • You may arrive at the following airports:
  • Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS)
  • Bari Karol Wojtya Airport (BRI)
  • Please contact Maya Yoga if you need airport transfer assistance.

Arrival by train

  • From the Brindisi Airport, you can take a bus or taxi to the Brindisi Central train station.
  • From Bari Airport, you can take a train, bus or taxi to the Bari Central train station.
  • From either of these central train stations, you may take the train to the Ostuni station.
  • The train timetable is available at: http://www.trenitalia.com/
  • Travelers coming by train and trackers, please call for detailed information. If you need guidance call +39 0831 33 03 53 or +39 335 803 72 41 (English spoken).

GPS

  • N 40 - 42,952
  • E 17 - 31,740

Distances

  • Bari Karol Wojtya Airport, 95 kilometers
  • Brindisi - Salento Airport, 45 kilometers
For information about the booking conditions, please send Maya Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Diana from Romania
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from Malta, Europe
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Wan Ting from Brussels, Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "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. "

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  • Review by Cecilia from Nice, France
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Samira from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Lyndsey from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Santrise from USA
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Sandra from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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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