Explore a unique, subtle and exploratory approach to yoga and the inner stillness of meditation with Patricia and Surya, who bring over 30 years of experience to their teaching.
Awaken each day in an elegant villa steps from the sea, imbued with the air of the sacred. Practice in a light filled, spacious, ocean air filled space and sleep each night revitalized, renewed, relaxed and re-connected to yourself and to what truly matters in your life.8 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat in the Heart of Tuscany June 7 - 14, 2014 w/ Patricia & Surya Ebbio in Monteriggioni, Italy
Amidst open expanses of vineyards and olive groves and the pure earthy aesthetic of the Chianti region of rural Tuscany, we will spend 8 days in yoga and meditation practice, following the traditional ways of these life enhancing approaches to self care and spiritual sustenance. The retreat takes place at Ebbio, an 800 year old retreat center and organic olive and Chianti wine producing farm nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano that was sacred to the Etruscans. Located in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany, it is only 42 km from Florence, 11 km from Siena, 9 km from Castellini in Chianti and 1 km from Monteriggioni, a little medieval jewel which is within an easy walk from the retreat center.
Each day there will be four yoga and meditation sessions. The focus of our sessions is to open energy pathways, quiet the mind and to remember and experience the stillness and ease of our True Nature, the timelessness of Pure Consciousness.
Yoga sessions invite the cultivation of deep listening, learning how to follow sensation as the guide to practice and to trust the body's innate intelligence. This approach to practice, shifts the habit of doing asana to an unfolding by feeling and sensing our way thru the practice. Sessions will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery.
Meditation and self inquiry sessions will focus on becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature in the midst of all activity. The meditation sessions offer mindfulness and breath awareness based on Vipassana meditation as well as non-dual, open awareness meditation and self inquiry.
Excursion to Siena, 11km from Ebbio, for market day, on Wednesday June 11. This is a festive event with food, clothing, music, leather bags and shoes, everything Italian.
Monteriggioni, an ancient castle town is an easy walk from the retreat center. You can take this lovely walk thru the Tuscan hillside at any time during your stay at Ebbio.
The ancient, rural beauty and the slow pace of life at Ebbio, create a rare environment for refining awareness and deepening spiritual understanding in the process of retreat. To enhance the benefit of this retreat, silence periods will be observed.