22nd August – 29th August 2018
Villa Lena, Tuscany
Villa Lena is our dream spot, 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.
Not just a typical yoga retreat, 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.
Zephyr’s classes are always so beautifully constructed, full of poetry and deep knowledge. Each class is themed and has a carefully considered introduction to frame sessions. Zephyr 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.
The asana practises will be accessible to all, and we’re always happy to meet new friends. Lovers are also welcome, and can be free to roam around the olive groves or drink wine in the sunshine after class. Our intention is also to create a space for those who’d like to learn about this more esoteric, tantric knowledge, with extra afternoon philosophy sessions with Zephyr. These are perfect for anyone who enjoys a practise and could even be thinking about a teacher training one day.
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.”
Alongside creative workshops and sun kissed swims, this retreat will explore Yogic/Ayurveda philosophy and psychology, revealing the Koshas (“layers” or “sheaths”) that create a pathway to the more subtle dimensions of being. Zephyr 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.
Zephyr Wildman has been a Senior Yoga Teacher in London since 2002 and has been on the Yoga Campus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma course since 2005. Zephyr currently teaches at The Life Centre, yoga centres around London, privately, online platforms and at The Recovery Centre (treatment centre for addiction, depression and other dependency problems).
She is a Yoga Ambassador for Our Mala and Lululemon and teaches for The Gates Foundation in London. Her teachings focus on combining the elements of creative movement, flow and dynamic sequencing, focusing on alignment and kinesiology. Zephyr also has experience in practicing Deep Tissue Massage Therapy since 1991, giving a greater depth of knowledge to her teaching of the human anatomy and physiology, specialising in working with chronic pain, injuries and ailments. As well as the physical side to yoga asana, she has a great interest in integrating psychology, yogic philosophy, and the attraction of self study within her practice, teaching and lifestyle.
Zephyr continues studying with her main teachers drawing on their living wisdom of Yoga and passing those lessons on to her own students. She integrates the transformative teachings of Rod Stryker’s Para Yoga and Richard Freeman’s Ashtanga method in her teaching. She has also conducted workshops globally using Doug Keller’s “The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga” passing on these key teachings to her students. Her teachers inspire her to share the blessings found in Tantra, Ayurveda, and the art of energetically sequencing bespoke therapeutic practices for students of all different abilities.
She is registered with Yoga Alliance US & UK as a 500 hour Yoga Teacher.
Jessica’s technique within bodywork is an intuitive one. Her knowledge derives from Biodynamic massage, Thai yoga massage & Reiki. Her own journey through her body has directed her work to become therapeutic in essence, however it is not ‘therapy’.
Jessica has been a space holder for embodied movement for 7 years and is also a Yoga and Pilates teacher. Her main teacher is her body, but her influences stretch far in many colourful directions. She has a natural rhythm to her approach, which has a way of lifting you out of yourself and into a spacious sea in which she holds & moves with you, in a beautiful dance of breath and energy.
Jessica also offers a beautiful transformational hypnotherapy treatment called ‘Hypnostasis.
This is a method which holds the idea that predominant emotion dictates behaviour, and beliefs create emotions. When we experience an internal conflict, of any kind, stress and anxiety build in the body. Stress naturally kills creativity, which in turn kills possibility and one becomes disempowered.
It is a simple yet profoundly impactful modality, which helps create the balance needed to flourish and thrive at the deepest level. Its aim is to cultivate a safe space where mind and body can relax deeply and where by default the innate healing intelligence of the body is activated and a subtle process of self-actualisation begins.
‘Hypnosis’ is a natural yet altered state where the body can achieve homeostasis.
By directing one’s mind and body into a state of peace and deep relaxation, a more optimal environment for positive change is established. Negative and limiting thought patterns can be interrupted thus creating an opportunity for a new, more desirable outcome to be realised.
“The entire body, including the brain is the mind. When we understand that the mind & the body are one, reports of placebo effects & miraculous healing should not be surprising. In fact they are a part of everyday life. Our thoughts and emotions trigger as cascade of biochemical reactions that either enhance or damage health”
Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, habit disorders, and many other psychological & physiological problems.
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.
Shared Twin Room – £1300
Single Room – £1800
*Please note a £350.00 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your spot.
For bookings details and more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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