This is a women's Journey meant to affect deep change and transformation. In her yoga retreats, Federica has noticed most of the women crave a more specific focus on working through the difficulties and challenges of womanhood. This retreat/journey was developed by her and Julie for that specific purpose. As a result, this is not primarily a yoga retreat. Yoga is an aspect and used as a tool for the greater, deeper purpose of the journey.
Federica and Julie's experience, inspiration, energy, and attitude are the roots that nourish the beauty of their retreats. While helping each woman through her own journey, they bring all the women together in supportive, fun, deep and meaningful connections.
A week long dive into the deep mystery of your heart
to Awaken to the true call of your soul
to Surrender to the ancient voice of your body
to Trust the cyclical nature of your feminine being
to Set free the unspoken power of your life force energy
We are offering a deep Journey, from matter to spirit, for women to recognize divine love and truth. And, to find release, opening and a way forward through (pre-)menstrual pain, menopausal, fertility or sexuality issues.
Supported by like-minded women, this JOURNEY will awaken your deep knowing and intuition to find and walk your path.
Within this process, you shift into a deep sense of TRUST and ALIGNMENT with your body, your womb, your calling, your past, your future, your lineage, and your pleasure - you will experience initiation into another phase of womanhood, including another way of entering pleasure and creating oxytocin (the pleasure hormone!)
This Journey will be a beautiful flow of many group experiences and practices, including: yoga, meditation, movement, voice work, concentration, massage, emotional release, sharing, talking, insight, womb relaxation, art, rituals, ceremonies, and coaching.
WE ARE HERE TO HOLD SPACE FOR THE WHOLE OF YOU
WE ARE HERE TO HOLD SPACE FOR THE POWERFUL BEING YOU ARE
WE ARE HERE TO HOLD SPACE FOR THE BEAUTY YOU ARE CALLED TO BRING INTO THE UNIVERSE
WE ARE HERE TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU
We love to keep the field open to co-create the journey with the participants. In the mornings and afternoons we will be playing together, but you will also have your own free time and space.
We will work inside, and outside in nature to connect with the elements.
The location is rural and ideal for the journey. However, there are no shops, restaurants, or any other businesses nearby.
The accommodations are comfortable but simple. Most of the bathrooms/showers are shared and may have an outside access.
Acceptance to join this journey is not automatic - even if you pay your deposit (always refundable). To ensure it is right for you at this time and place, we will send you a few questions that must be answered before final approval.
There is also the opportunity to receive private sessions with Federica and Julie.
⦁ BODY MIND HEART MEDICINE - Journey from matter to spirit with Federica during the morning gathering.
⦁ WOMEN'S CIRCLE - Explore a deep connection to ourselves, other women and our cyclical nature during the afternoon gathering.
BODY MIND HEART MEDICINE
Each morning we will gather for BODY MIND HEART MEDICINE with Federica. During this time we will use various tools for specific purposes in our journey from matter to spirit, including: yoga, meditation, movement, sharing, concentration, voice work, emotional release, sharing/talking, feelings, insight, and coaching.
In order to realise that duality is an illusion, we will investigate the path from matter to spirit. Within the matter, we learn to love our physical bodies. We embody our physical incarnation through free and guided movement. We move, then move more. Repeat and breathe.
Our purpose is to peel off the layers of resistance and tension we hold within our bodies. In turn, this releases the sacred scream - the voice of truth that has been repressed for too long -buried deep within our chests.
We vibrate, shake, fall, fly, strip, roll... lose control. We lose control to meet chaos in its full sweet madness. Through working the body, we meet our raw emotions - our precious human condition.
Then we transition into the emotional body with some questions in mind: Who is leading the emotional rollercoaster? How do we live with and/or master the emotions? Who wins? Who am I? What lies underneath the waves of our inner ocean?
From our new state of awareness, we can now learn to recognize and own our emotions, such as: anger, grief, sadness, joy, frustration, etc.
We learn to find and surrender to the place within ourselves that is not shaking.
We learn to be grounded in presence, we learn the art of being empty, the art of being silent.
And in this nothingness, through this journey of awakening, we connect with our spiritual body.
As our hearts break, we make space for divine love to emerge. And, as clarity emerges, we are ready to be vessels of divine Truth.
To bring a catalyst to the process, we work with some of the following archetypes:
⦁ The innocent girl who knows how to fall, and how to get up again, how to get dirty and have fun, the girl that laughs out loud, that tells the raw truth.
⦁ The holy priestess, the sorceress and divine feminine incarnation of light, the one that knows the secrets of magical alchemy and sexual awakening, the one that sees in the dark and walks alone in the fire.
⦁ The soft mother that holds everything in grace and abundance, the creative woman that manifests with ease and joy, the one that overflows with love and well-being, the one that attracts all like sweet honey and milk.
⦁ The wise old woman that has wisdom from the other side, that walks this world and yet also the other, the one that firmly stands in her lineage and guides younger women on their path.
EACH AFTERNOON we will gather for a WOMEN'S CIRCLE to explore a deep connection to ourselves, other women and our cyclical nature.
Julie, life coach, menstrual and creative movement therapist, as well as Awakening Women Circle facilitator, will hold space for us to dive deep into exploring the feminine cycle through movement, art and rituals.
The sessions will start with a womb relaxation, then enter into a healing journey and we will complete with massage and sharing. In each circle, we'll experience initiation into another phase of womanhood, another way of entering pleasure and creating oxytocin (the pleasure hormone!), another phase of our cycle, of the moon, of the sun:
* Inner Girl: Finding Peace and safety for our little girls (maiden/follicular/pre-ovulation/spring/waxing moon phase)*
* Alchemical Woman: Fully embracing our sexuality and sensuality (priestess/luteal/pre-menstruation/autumn/waning moon phase) *
* Creative Woman: Healing our mother-daughter wounds (empress/ovulation/summer/full moon phase) *
* Lineage Woman: Taking our place in our ancestral lineage (wise woman/menstruation/winter/new moon phase) *
Whether you have a menstrual cycle or have passed menopause, these phases apply to the subtle energies that affect a woman and her creative potential throughout life. If you're experiencing (pre-)menstrual pain, menopausal, fertility or sexuality issues, you're likely to find release, opening and a way forward.
Women's circles are a beautiful safe and supportive space to share, practice listening with compassion, allow yourself to follow your heart and be held by a group of like-minded women.
When we drop our guard and allow our vulnerabilities to show, we experience how we all share the same basic needs and longings, masked by tensions, insecurities, and fears. This simple act of sharing creates an amazing connection and sense of freedom from our suffering.
The Puglian kitchen is famous for its wholesome ingredients, both from the sea and from the earth, simple and flavorful.
At La Luna nel Pozzo, you will have the opportunity to sample many of 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.
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 retreats.
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 one’s desires.
Driving distances: La Luna is 15 minutes from the sea, 5 minutes from Ostuni, the white city, and 15 minutes from Cisternino and the trulli of the beautiful Itrian Valley.
Highlights · a stone amphitheater of antique Greek design, with a 12 m diameter stage, excellent acoustics and seating for 250 spectators, equipped for electric lighting (380v) and sound, without losing its traditional aspect. · a Cretan labyrinth of traditional stonework (20 m diameter), for meditation, discussion, writing, inspiration… · 6 hectares of olive groves
Federica Clemente is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified biodynamic craniosacral therapist, shamanic massage therapist, and Gestalt counselor.
She has been holding workshops and retreats since 2008, and working with women on self-development and successful transition through different life phases since 2011.
Federica is also experienced in vipassana meditation, professional dance, conscious movement, 5 rhythms dance, dance therapy and bioenergetics. Most recently, she has been studying sacred sexuality and tantra.
Using a synergistic mix of tools and methodologies based on her knowledge and practical experience teaching, Federica develops many of her own programs to improve and heal the body, mind & heart. Her effective healing techniques are based on movement, sound, and breath.
Most importantly, she teaches with an attitude of fun, playfulness and open acceptance - after all, laughter is the best medicine!
In 2012 Julie decided to make a drastic change and re-align her life to her values. She left her strategy consulting career in London to study yoga in India and become a certified co-active life coach. Her life purpose is to be the heart beat that attunes you to your inner frequency.
Julie combines her extensive coaching, yoga, dance and business consulting experience to help clients find their calling and unique voice. She specialises in ikigai (life purpose) and feminine empowerment coaching.
Having recently settled on Crete, she spent the last six years travelling and giving workshops and sessions across India and Europe, and going deep into spiritual practise in her spiritual home Auroville in South India.
She is certified as a Unesco creative movement therapist, an Awakening Women’s Temple leader and is a Madretierra menstrual therapist in training.
Julie coaches a wide variety of clients internationally, online and face to face. In addition to (online and live) 1:1 sessions, she facilitates retreats, workshops and coaching training as well as monthly online gatherings and women’s circles.
Her own experience has given her a keen understanding of what it takes to switch careers successfully. Transitioning from academia to corporate life to starting her own coaching and dance therapy practice taught her the importance of loving what you do and being authentic.
Julie loves her work which gives her the freedom to combine personal, professional and spiritual growth. A common theme in client feedback is that Julie´s style is natural, warm and impactful. It is a natural extension of what she enjoys doing – creating a safe space, creating clarity and transformation.
She loves her dance, yoga, art and meditation practice, and is passionate about conscious femininity and spreading cyclical awareness which she shares about on her Facebook group and Instagram account New Moon Sisters."
Traditional-style room shared among up to four people.
2 beds in loft & 2 beds on lower level
Bathroom inside room.
8:00 AM Body, Mind, Heart Medicine
10:30 AM Brunch
12:00 PM Time for beach and village excursions and other activities, or to be alone for personal research..reflecting..reading..etc
5:00 PM Women's Circle
7:00 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Group activity