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During this week of “Take a Breath” retreat in Sicily, Italy, you will spend incredible days exploring the regenerative benefits of different moving arts and healing expressions in a magic-filled environment. You will discover new tools and skills that you can bring back home and easily integrate into your daily life. You will have new 'seeds' that you can continue to grow by cultivating creative confidence with your body, yourself, your partner, and your current or future children.
During the retreat, you will be staying in fabulous ocean-view apartments at Stella del Mare Residence. After a long day at the beach, you can enjoy the view and admire the wonderful colors from the patio of your accommodation, practice yoga, or meditate from your very own rooftop terrace.
Stella del Mare Residence is equipped with three swimming pools with lifeguard service, two tennis courts, archery court, one football court, one beach volley court, mini club (from three to twelve years old), and gym with ocean view. It also has access to the beach with lifeguard service, lounger, and parasol.
The apartment you will be staying at has one bedroom and one bathroom. The apartments are fully furnished with fully equipped kitchen, air conditioner unit in every room, towels, free Wi-Fi, and cable tv. Each bathroom is also equipped with courtesy set and hairdryer.
This retreat is aimed at everyone and suitable for any level. The healing and art workshops are specially designed for families and couples, but a group of friends and singles are also welcome. You’ll also enjoy plenty of free time to explore and relax.
Two daily classes of energizing yoga and relaxing meditation inspired by Osho Rajneesh will be the perfect way to start and end your days. In the classes, Naseem will combine breath work, Hatha yoga (Iyengar style), Kundalini yoga, and zen stretching, especially focusing on a combination of breath and movement as well as on awareness and fluidity in movement between the different positions. In some meditations, you will be invited to work with your partner and family.
During this workshop, Naseem will share his expertise from performing and teaching contemporary dance, dance-theatre, and contact improvisation. He will provide a class to adults, children, and all the family together. In the classes, Naseem will be sharing basic principles and fun exercises coming from contemporary dance, floor work, partnering, and contact tango. The purpose is to allow you, together with your partner and family, to reconnect as individuals, couples, and groups in a playful, profound, and creative way.
These workshops introduce Ayurvedic yoga massage technique as created and developed by the master Kusum Modak in Pune, India. It is an original and effective fusion of Indian discipline of deep tissue massage in combination with yoga, practiced by Kusum directly with B.K.S. Iyengar.
The training aims to transmit various techniques of slow deep oil massage techniques in combination with different stretches for the opening and re-alignment of the spine and all joints. This results in a sense of openness and awareness and promotes greater mobility and relaxation to the entire body. Naseem's professional experience in dance will guide you to understand and feel the possibilities and limits of joints and body movement. Acquiring more fluidity, rhythm, and cure of movement will allow your massage to become a kind of healing dance.
Children today have many difficulties to deal with emotions, often have a problem of attention and concentration, and sometimes accumulate much stress. In these two workshops, Naseem will teach you the ancient techniques of Indian massage for children and newborns to deepen and improve non-verbal communication between you and your children. Through the use of essential oils and with gentle, firm, and calm communication, you will learn how to deal with the most difficult moment, connect with your baby, and establish a deeper and more stable communication.
In this workshop, you will learn how to give to yourself by learning techniques and tricks to relax and find relief from physical pain and stress, with particular attention to the neck, shoulders, and the lumbar back area. Naseem will teach you a combination of different self-manipulation techniques taken from yoga and contemporary dance, do-in, auto shiatsu, and foot reflexology. You will learn to recognize and release tension and stress by using your hands, breath, and weight.
You will discover how to include your partner and your children into your yoga practice. In this Acro yoga and family group games, you will be shown how to involve all your family in a funny and effective way to restore balance and harmony in your daily family life.
Naseem Roberto Baffa
Naseem is an International bodywork therapist and coach, Reiki master, and dance performer and teacher. In 2005, he received an honors degree in Philosophy from Università Statale di Milano. Since 1995, he spends a part of the year living in India where he also practices yoga, Reiki, and Meditation and in 2001, Naseem has trained with the renowned master Kusum Modak in Pune, India, specializing in Ayurvedic yoga massage. He has found this method to be very effective at relieving pain and helping people to feel their full energy potential and revitalized at different levels.
Stella del Mare Residence is located up the hill of Fontane Bianche Bay, Italy, near the city of Siracusa. Overlooking the large bay of white sand, Stella del Mare Residence is 200 meters from the beach. Far from the main road, it is at the same time close to all the necessary amenities. It is in a perfect location to make the most of your stay in Fontane Bianche.
Buffet-style breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks of healthy Italian food will be served for you on this retreat. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
Please book your flight to arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. If you wish to take advantage of this service, please inform Naseem Roberto Baffa at the time of your booking.
For European flights, Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) is often the best option and offers unbeatable value for low-cost flights with Ryanair and Easyjet.
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