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Goddess New Year Yoga Retreat Italy

The Women's New Year Retreat is the best way to begin your New Year - just read all the reviews from previous participants! This is a unique experience to start your new year with a complete new mind set, intention, opening, and awareness. It's time to celebrate what you must let go, which won't serve you anymore, to have space and clarity for your new year.

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  • Daily organised gatherings
  • 2 daily classes of yoga, body soul movement, and self-development
  • Open-heart discussions, healing circles, rituals and ceremonies
  • Experience of movement and meditation in nature
  • Transfers to / from the Ostuni train station
  • 5 nights shared accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (US$101 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Brindisi – Salento Airport (US$79 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth

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.


  • 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


You are presented with two choices: evolve or repeat. It's time to evolve! It's time to rise together. To remember your unique essence. To live fully. To commit to your heart. To honor your body as a temple. Claim back your power and your beauty, embrace the mystery of the feminine, trust and surrender in authenticity and innate wisdom.

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

Yoga, movement medicine, and self-development

Yoga will anchor and balance your sense of self, while movement medicine will give you an outlet to free your emotions, open your heart and find your joy. The self-development practices will help you to move forward toward the life you envision for yourself - particularly focused on relationships

Movement medicine

Federica created this movement therapy essentially as a path to more freedom and happiness. With elements from African dance, contact improvisation, team building exercises, theatre and voice work, and various body-mind therapies, movement medicine is dynamic, fun, and effective.

Yoga: Maya yoga

Maya yoga is a harmonious journey of physical, mental, and spiritual practices and techniques to help guide you to happiness and wellbeing. You will adhere to the classic principles of the Hatha yoga tradition, while enriching your practice with the magic of other yoga methods and philosophy.

Retreat information

During this retreat, you will explore Maya yoga, and body-soul movement medicine 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


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 medicine

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, don't 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. Let's call this balance a natural state of health.

The 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!


  • 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 homework to do, personal research, reflect, reading, etc.
  • 17:00 Yoga practice or body-soul movement class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Women's circle

The schedule can change in order to meet the needs of the group and / or to enhance your journey together.


Federica Clemente

Retreat location


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.


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

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Daily brunch and dinner will be provided and included in the price. Light self-serve breakfast and snacks always available. 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Therapy or private counseling sessions with the teachers

Spa treatments

  • Massage
  • Biodynamic craniosacral therapy

What's included

  • 6 days food - 2 meals daily (brunch and dinner, plus self-serve breakfast and snacks and 1 meal on arrival and departure days)
  • 5 nights shared accommodation
  • Daily organized gatherings, such as open-heart discussions, healing circles, rituals and ceremonies, plus a New Year's Celebration
  • Experience of movement and meditation in a quiet location near nature
  • Transfers to / from the Ostuni train station

What's not included

  • Automobile hire
  • Extra trips or excursions to nearby cities or attractions
  • Italian cuisine cooking classes
  • Travel, including transfers from the airport to Ostuni
  • Insurance
  • Additional therapies

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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

Please book your flight to arrive at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI) or Brindisi – Salento Airport (BDS). From Brindisi – Salento Airport (BDS), you can take a shuttle and the cost can be shared with other retreat participants who have similar arrival times. A taxi or shuttle will be approximately 60 EUR. If you decide to take public transport, you can take a bus to Brindisi Train Station, then take a train to Ostuni.

From Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI), you can also take a shuttle and the cost can be shared with other retreat participants who have similar arrival times. A taxi or shuttle will be approximately 75 EUR. If you decide to take public transport, you can take a bus to Brindisi Train Station, then take a train to Ostuni.

The retreat program begins at approximately 6:00 p.m. on the first day and ends after brunch at approximately 11:30 a.m. on the last day. However, the center may be flexible with dates and arrival / departure times. If available, extra nights are 25 EUR and include only accommodations.

In the past, some participants have arrived a day or more early, or stayed extra days to get settled in, have some freedom for exploring the area, or to get better airfare prices.

Arrival by train

The fastest way ( approximately 15 minutes) is by train to Bari central train station. The ticket costs 5 EUR. Trains run every 20-30 minutes. Price includes transfers from / to the Ostuni train station.

Arrival by bus

The least expensive way is by bus to Bari central train station (Piazza Moro). Travel time is approximately one hour. The bus runs every 40 minutes. The ticket costs 1 EUR or 1.50 EUR if it is bought in the bus.

Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport Airport transfer available: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (US$101 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Brindisi – Salento Airport Airport transfer available: Brindisi – Salento Airport (US$79 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Thursday December 29, 2022
Departure: Tuesday January 3, 2023

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