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Yoga of purity
22-27 April 2019

During Easter 2019 we have the pleasure to offer a retreat devoted to purity, in the silence and nature of Grempoli Retreat in Italy: the experience of external and internal purity. Through combination of Yoga practices – Hatha Yoga cleansing practices (shatkarmas) – Laghoo, Kunjal, Neti, Tratak, physical exercises – asanas, meditative techniques for calming down the mind and emotions (Yoga Nidra, Antar Darshan), singing, walking in nature, yoga of action – Karma Yoga to purify the heart by learning to act selflessly in service of others, helping the local farm and preparing meals,using simple organic vegan local food – everyone will have the opportunity to experience the quality of purity and ways to achieve it. There will be practical and theoretical guidance and explanation for every practice. The retreat will be concentrated on silence (mouna)– everyday several hours will be spent in silence.

The program is carefully prepared and suitable for everyone, including yoga beginners. During the retreat we will connect and draw from the ancient energy of Easter. Alcohol, coffee, meat and milk products will not be allowed. It is recommended to check your health before signing up for the week. Full program will be sent individually to every participant after signing up.


The retreat will be held from Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2019. Arrival is by 5 pm, finishing on Saturday by 11 am.

Who: The retreat will be lead by Diana Ivanova (Yoga practitioner in the Bihar Yoga Tradition with a solid education in Group psychoanalysis from the IAG Bonn and the science of Yoga by Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe 2006-2009, member of the Trauma sensible Yoga Network (TSY ingradual) in Germany, with more than 19 years experience in Yoga).

The number of participants is limited to 12 people.

The retreat will be lead in English and German.

Cost of retreat: 350 euro (if payment is made before 1st February 2019) participation fee includes:teachings, accommodation in double room with shared bathrooms and two meals a day.
370 euro ( for all payments done after February 1st)

Sign up by sending an e-mail to:

After receiving confirmation of acceptance, kindly transfer the enrolment fee via bank into
Grempoli Retreat
Bank account N. 4916.78
IBAN IT 20 M 01030 38040 000000491678

Cancellation policy:
For any cancellation until one month prior to the workshop, the fee will be returned, less 10% cancellation fee. After that the cancellation fee will be 30%.D

Important: To reduce your transport costs to Grempoli Retreat, make sure you arrive at Florence main railway station (Santa Maria Novella) on Monday 22nd by 4pm. Participants can hire a taxi as a group. Details could be arranged individually.

For questions and information:

Brahmananda Yoga Teacher at Grempoli Retreat

Narendra Bharwaney (Brahmananda)

Brahmananda was born in Africa to Indian parents and now lives in London. He has been involved with yoga for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. He was director and course coordinator of the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe until recently stepping down. Since 1988, in order to further his studies and expand his experience, he has regularly spent time in ashrams in India attending programs and immersing himself in karma yoga. Brahmananda has worked as a special needs educator and mental health social worker for over 15 years. During this period he employed yoga and meditation techniques to help address the spectrum of needs in this environment.

He runs regular courses and programs in the UK and abroad, on various aspects of yoga; meditation, yoga psychology and yantra drawing and painting. Exploring yantra’s deeper transformative effects on the personality is his main area of interest and expertise at present.

Brahmananda’s down to earth approach and deep understanding of yogic principles, combined with his Indian heritage and English humor, makes his teachings unique, being extremely clear, of high level and, at the same time, accessible.

Connect to Nature
31st August – 2nd September 2018

This Weekend is an opportunity to relax, restore and connect yourself to nature inside yourself and outside. The aim of the retreat is to reintegrate our connection to Mother Nature in your daily routine by joining a regular yogic lifestyle in the peaceful, beautiful and quite surroundings of the Toscan Hills in Grempoli. Simple Yoga practises (Asanas, Pranayamas, short meditation, Yoga Nidra, Seva, Kirtan, Havan) throughout the day will help to balance the energies in body and mind.
The Weekend is an offering to all Grempoli members and those who wish to join us to come out to nature and reconnect with oneself and eachother.

When: 31st August to 2nd September 2018 / starts on Friday 7 pm, finishes on Sunday 4 pm
Where: Grempoli Retreat, 30 km from Florence
Contribution: By donation
Information/sign up: or Tel+ 39 345 1324134
Led by: Nityaprem (Nicole Wangler, Switzerland) and Premarpan (Prem Meli, Italy)

Green days: Harvest from the garden at Grempoli

Green Days

Grempoli organizes Green Days. These are open to all those interested in working on the land, understanding how to live in a more sustainable way or simply wishing to reconnect with the Earth. During upcoming Grempoli Green Days, we will learn to grow food organically, using permaculture techniques, plant a new orchard and build a chicken coop.

Contact us for information about timings and future dates.


Asana at Grempoli


Asana – postures – develop flexibility and muscle tone, improving overall vitality. They are practiced with awareness, care and respect for one’s own limitations. The regular practice of asana helps to reduce stiffness and blockages, toning and harmonizing the various organs and systems of the body, promoting overall health. They also have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, improving balance and calming the mind.

Pranayama at Grempoli


Pranayama – breathing techniques – use the breath to purify, balance and expand vital energy. They promote positive mental and emotional states, harmonising the entire nervous system and inducing a sense of inner balance, tranquillity and peace.

Yoga Nidra at Grempoli

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra – deep relaxation – is a systematic practice that leaves the body and mind refreshed and energised. The ability to relax is a learned skill that can be extremely useful in today’s world, especially for people who are often stressed.

Meditation at Grempoli

Dharana and Dhyana

Dharana and Dhyana – concentration and meditation techniques – lead toward an experience of meditation. The various concentration techniques aim to develop the ability to observe thought patterns and feelings without being caught up in them. These techniques reduce mental tension, increase clarity of thinking and bring about greater self-understanding, leading to serenity and inner peace.