A retreat focused on down-regulating our nervous system – 29th Jan – 2nd Feb 2020
Ever dreamed about what it would feel like to experience the deep restful state of a hibernating bear?
Join us for an opportunity to experience deep rest together with nature within a nurturing environment. Our intention is to help guide you in downregulating from the stress of everyday life; coming together not only for deep rest but to examine your relationship to rest. You will leave feeling deeply refreshed with the building blocks for resourcing yourself and creating resilience in your life.
Humans are expected to remain productive throughout the year going against the seasonal rhythms of nature. Winter invites us to slow down and go within. When the weather turns cold, the days are shorter, our bodies yearn to do less, rest more and collect ourselves. This is a time for building up our internal stores and strength for the year ahead.
Some of the tools and practices we will be working with:
– Guided meditation
– Forest Bathing
– Embodied Yoga
– Yoga Nidra & Super Sleep Yoga
– Mindful walking
– Nick (2018 participant)
Adrian Kowal – Adrian is the co-founder of Way of Nature UK and is regularly mind-blown by the alchemical reaction of combining deep relaxation processes with Rites of Passage nature connection practices. He has trained and assisted in facilitating programmes with John P. Milton, and has been leading wilderness programmes for 6 years. Adrian has also been running Evolve, a centre for growth and wellbeing in London, for 10 years and has deep knowledge of both urban and nature-based wellness practices.
Jamie Abrams – Jamie has been teaching yoga, facilitating and coaching internationally for 20 years. She specialises in embodied practices that encourage a deeper relationship to oneself. It is through this authentic inquiry that profound intimacy and connection is created. Jamie is known for her light-heartedness and ability to make difficult tasks accessible. She is a senior Embodied Yoga Principles teacher, Super Sleep Yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, Embodied Facilitator Coach, Movnat Level 1 Coach and an Intimacy Educator.
29th January – 2nd February
The retreat will take place both in a studio and outdoors sacred valley in Tuscany, Italy south of Siena – details announced on registration.
Arrivals & Departures
We will be picking participants up from Grosseto train station at 3:40pm on Wednesday 29th January. If you are arriving by plane, please ensure that you arrive to Pisa by 12 noon on Wednesday 29th or the day before, to enable you to catch an onward train to Grosseto to meet the group.
We will close the retreat at 11am on Sunday 2nd February to have participants back to Grosseto train station for 1pm, to enable onwards travel from Pisa from 4:30pm.
Please note that unlike the rest of our programmes which involve camping, participants on this retreat will be staying in indoor accommodation. Accommodation cost is not included in the programme price.
There are two accommodation options within walking distance (5-10 minutes walk down a leafy lane) to the studio we will be using. The cost for a double room based on two people sharing is €35 per person per night.
1. An agriturismo (B&B) in the local hamlet has 4 double bedrooms to rent. You can find out more here: https://www.borgotepolini.it/en-gb The owner has offered us a reduced rate of €70 per room per night during the retreat. To book at this special rate please call: +39 349 4752477
2. Two simple apartments (5 minutes walk from the venue) with two double bedrooms each, and their own living room and kitchen are available from a local couple. The price for the duration of the retreat, for up to 4 people in one apartment is €250 + contribution to heating and cleaning. Please email the owner Claudio directly to view photos and make a booking via email@example.com
There are other accommodation options nearby however they would require hiring a rental car. Please get in touch for other accommodation recommendations locally.
Additional nurturing treatments will be available during your free time that include deep tissue massage, Thai yoga massage, cranio sacral and 1-1 sound healing sessions. Please bring cash to pay the therapists directly. Prices for a 60 minute treatment start from €65.
£375 // £325 early bird ends 21st December 2019. The price INCLUDES facilitation, local transfers and all food. It does NOT INCLUDE train/air travel, accommodation cost and travel to Grosseto.
To confirm your place and book onto the retreat please fill out the following form where you will find payment instructions. To find out more about the programme please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.