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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!
La Luna nel Pozzo is a theater housed in a traditional stone "masseria," or farm house, from the mid-nineteenth century. It is 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.
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.
Dynamic sequences of Hatha and Vinyasa will focus on:
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.
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.
Yoga Alliance International (Yoga)
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.
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.
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During the retreat, you will be served daily brunch and dinner.
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.
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.
Have a blissful social experience by learning how to cook and make your own raw, vegan, gluten-free, and no refined sugars chocolate truffles.
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.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Brindisi-Salento Airport (BDS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
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.
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