The Secret Yoga Club has welcomed me to add my Yoga Philosophy and Psychology training to one of their retreats in Northern Italy this summer. The retreat, in the lavender scented hills of Tuscany, will include creative workshops, sound baths, intuitive movement and mindful walks with other teachers. The idea is to create a reflective and renewing retreat for those who want to experience a deeper state of self-discovery.
Below are the details from the Secret Yoga Club:
Villa Lena is one of SYC’s favourites venues, there’s nowhere as peaceful and inspiring. Think Stealing Beauty: a yoga platform overlooking beautiful rolling Tuscan Hills, magical secret gardens, a mysterious deserted village, captivating views, figs, mist, olive groves, sky, sun and time out of life.
As usual, we’ll be be offering something unique and inspiring – working with the Villa Lena artists in residence to offer a thoughtful programme of creative explorations to compliment the daily yoga practises.
We decided to do something a little different this year and create a yoga offering for those who already have an established practise and are interested in developing their understanding of the yoga tradition, how this vast and ancient knowledge evolved and how we can use it to enhance our experience of ourselves and enrich our daily life.
This is very much what we love about Zephyr’s classes, how each class is themed with a carefully considered introduction to frame sessions, as she weaves yogic wisdom easily between asana and pranayama. It’s a real treat to dive so deep, playing with these intricate psychological maps that can reveal neurological pathways, expand the mind and the energy body and guide us into a brighter and more fluid way of being.
Although the asana practise will be accessible to all and we love to welcome new friends, our intention is to create a space for those who share a genuine interest in learning about this more esoteric, tantric knowledge, though lovers are welcome and can be free to roam around the olive groves or drink (organic wine?!) in the sunshine after sessions.
In Zephyr’s words: “as Yoga students, we are all too familiar with our physical body and our pranic body that sustains the Life Force as we navigate the material world. However, as we study deeper into Yogic/Ayurveda philosophy and psychology, we find there are “layers” or “sheaths” that create a pathway to the more subtle dimensions for growth and balance of being. The Kosha model being a very effective therapeutic map to direct our journey towards health, fulfilment and serenity.”
This retreat will explore Yogic/Ayurveda philosophy and psychology and will also explain the forces of Agni (Fire) that fuel the 5 Koshas, touch on the Chakra System, Prana Vayus and the Rasas (Essence of Emotions).
The journey will begin each day by turning inwards to explore the secret ocean under our skin. We’ll dive into the physical, working with the architecture of our bones and the sensations in the flesh. We’ll expand into the thrills of the pranic body, merging the mental layer into the wisdom realm, swimming into a state of bliss that creates a channel to experience the individual consciousness merge with the divine.
A unique agriturismo located in the heart of rural Tuscany combining holiday accommodation, a farm-to-table restaurant and a not-for-profit art foundation. Guests are invited to stay with Villa Lena’s creative family celebrating local Tuscan history, culture and food within the context of international artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, chefs and agricultural experts.
The estate is located in the province of Pisa, secluded amongst 500 hectares of woodland, vineyards, olive groves and vegetable gardens, as well as two swimming pools and a yoga deck. A 19th century villa sits at the heart of the property, originally built for an Italian aristocratic family; it now houses the Villa Lena Foundation and artist-in-residence programme. Surrounding the villa, converted outhouses serve as self-contained guest apartments and communal spaces.
Villa Lena cultivates both nature and culture to evince a new way of living.
- 7 nights in Villa Lena, in beautiful modern accommodation,
- Daily lecture’s focusing on breath-centric asana, pranayama, kriya, mudra, mantra and meditation,
- Creative workshops,
- Sound healing sessions,
- Intuitive movement or dance,
- Mindful Walks,
- A big vegetarian brunch and dinner cooked with local produce, by Villa Lena’s amazing resident chefs.
The retreat doesn’t include:
- Flights to Pisa
- Airport Transfers
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Optional Pasta Making Classes
- Travel Insurance
*As the brunch is nutritious and very filling, many of ours guests often decide to have a large brunch and dinner. A pool side juice/snack bar will also be open throughout the afternoon.
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You can book via the ticket section below.
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Spaces will be limited for this Tuscan experience, so come chase the sun with us. Please book soon to avoid disappointment.
SYC & Zephyr Wildman
**Please note that all deposits and bookings are non-refundable
Photos by Natasha Marshall