Author: Premarpan

Pranayama Intensive Level 2
4-6 September 2020

Led by Sn Brahmananda Pranayama is the gateway to meditation. The second part of the pranayama sadhana course will explore the vitalising practices of pranayama and the use of bandhas, postural locks.Foundations of practice must be solid to not only be able to physically do these practices but to assimilate their benefits. Kapalbhati and bhastrika are the classical vitalising practices and combined with bandhas and retention of breath they seek to amplify and channel prana. These techniques are not only to harmonise the pranas of the body, creating health and strength in the nervous system, but also to open the doorway to meditation. The control and expansion of the pranic field is a bridge leading to suspension of breath, or kumbhaka, where the yogi seeks to become aware of the suspension of mind and thus become open to deeper experience. It has been said that prana should be tamed more slowly than a lion or an elephant, hence this course is only open to those who have attended the first part and have been practicing

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Ganesha Yantra and Mantra Retreat 5 – 12 August 2020

The retreat is led by  Brahmananda (Narendra Bharwaney), London and  Antarshuddhi (Nadeshda Stürzebecher), Vienna. Mantra and Yantra are the tools of tantric practice. They represent sound and form, consciousness and energy. The combined use of these tools aims to focus the mind and to expand the awareness. The created symbol then becomes a vehicle through which we can deepen our understanding of the more subtle layers of the mind and personality and our relationship with the internal and external expression of these energies. GANESH – THE REMOVER OF OBSTACLES We will dedicate this week long retreat to the Mantras and Yantra of Ganesh, the well-loved elephant headed deity of the Indian tradition. He is worshiped as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and new beginnings. We will explore the symbols associated with his personal form as well as his abstract form through the practice of Mantra and Yantra. UNIQUE CONTENT The content of these retreats is unique and you will be guided through the different aspects of a process of self-exploration in which

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Pranayama Intensive Level 1
22-24 May 2020

Led by Sn Brahmananda Breath is prana and prana is life. Without prana, nothing moves, nothing lives. Breathing in is inspiration, breathing out is letting go. Every moment we are in this exchange with ourselves and our environment. Our breath affects every cell and system in the body and it is literally right under our nose. Even becoming aware of the natural and spontaneous breath can have quick and profound benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Prana literally is ‘that which is in movement’, it is the vital force, the energy that sustains all life. We generally have two sources of prana – food and air. Another is to generate it internally, and this is what the practices of yoga and pranayama can do. In daily life we generate, store, use and waste prana, by bringing simple pranayama practice into our routine we can moderate that whole process. Pranayama can be understood as both the control and the expansion of prana through working with the breath and other techniques of mudra, bandha and mantra. The weekend

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Seeds of Care Retreat 4 – 6 May 2020

In collaboration with Tools for Inner Peace This retreat is a chance to relax, recharge and connect to nature. It is an opportunity to come together with likeminded people who care for the planet that sustains us. The basis for caring for others and for the world is self-care; we will be following a simple, restorative yogic lifestyle in the peaceful surroundings of Grempoli Retreat in the Tuscan hills. Our schedule will include morning yoga classes, yoga nidra, walking meditation, havan and kirtan, along with karma yoga. During the karma yoga time, we will be participating in the work of Grempoli’s organic farm and kitchen. We will also be learning a simple permaculture practice for growing trees by making seed balls from clay, compost and seeds. These can be thrown in nature wherever seeds will grow. Since the seeds come with their own protective and nurturing shell, at least one of the seeds in a seed ball is likely to take root. This is an effortless way of reforesting areas where tree cover has been

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Sharing Autumn on a Tuscan Olive Grove with Judy Arpana 13 – 22 September │10 days/9 nights

Sharing with Judy Arpana : a weekend Life and Death seminar, a 3-days Pilgrimage to Assisi and a 4-days peaceful Farm Stay on the olive grove near Florence. Facing Death – Embracing Life with Judy Arpana  13 – 15 September 2019 Judy (Australia) is an experienced program facilitator and offers a range of seminars on spiritual care for the dying. People from all walks of life attend for both professional and personal development. Judy offers practical ways to benefit and support those facing life limiting illness or death, their families and caregivers. She brings together Buddhist wisdom and insights to improve end-of-life care; exploring universal spiritual principles that resonate with people of any faith or none. A combination of meditation practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and cognitive reflection deepens our understanding of our attitudes towards death and dying and how unacknowledged grief can impact on our lives. We also look at the practical aspects of end-of-life preparation. Language: English with Italian translation Practicalities When: Arrive Friday 13th September before 4 pm to Sunday 15th at

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Facing Death – Embracing Life with Judy Arpana 13 – 15 September 2019

Judy is an experienced program facilitator and offers a range of seminars on spiritual care for the dying. People from all walks of life attend for both professional and personal development. Judy offers practical ways to benefit and support those facing life limiting illness or death, their families and caregivers. She brings together Buddhist wisdom and insights to improve end-of-life care; exploring universal spiritual principles that resonate with people of any faith or none. A combination of meditation practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and cognitive reflection deepens our understanding of our attitudes towards death and dying and how unacknowledged grief can impact on our lives. We also look at the practical aspects of end-of-life preparation. Language: English with Italian translation Practicalities Where: Nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Grempoli is 45 minutes from Florence airport, and 30 minutes from the centre of Florence (easy bus ride from Pisa airport). When: Arrive Friday 13th September before 4 pm to Sunday 15th at 4 pm. Who: led Judy Arpana Contribution: €240/ €190 for local Italian members

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Yantra and Mantra Retreat
1 – 8 August 2019 (Waiting List)

led by Sannyasins Brahmananda (Narendra Bharwaney) and Antarshuddhi (Nadeshda Stürzebecher) Save the dates and express your interest Mantra and Yantra are tools of Tantra. They represent sound and form and the combined use of these tools aims to focus the mind and to expand the awareness. The created symbol then becomes a vehicle through which we can deepen our understanding of the more subtle layers of the mind This one full week retreat will offer time to go deep into one’s practice and immerse oneself in the peace and vibrancy of the Grempoli venue. We will practice karma yoga daily, live and eat together and have space for local walks and periods of silence and reflection. Language: English The retreat will include: • Daily Asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation sessions. • Theory: understanding mantra and yantra • Mantra chanting • Drawing and painting of yantra • Karma yoga and periods of silence (mouna) • Havan – fire ceremony. Program details to be confirmed. No previous knowledge or experience of drawing and painting is necessary

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tarassaco bianco

Connect to nature
26 – 28 July 2019

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 Tuscan 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 each other. Led by: Nityaprem (Nicole Wangler, Switzerland) and Premarpan (Prem Meli, Italy The weekend will be taught in English and Italian. PracticalitiesWhen: starts on Friday 26 at 5 pm, finishes on Sunday 5 pmWhere: Grempoli Retreat, 30 km from FlorenceContribution: By donationInformation/sign up: grempoli108@gmail.com or Tel+ 39 345 1324134  

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cielo e nuvole

Pranayama Intensive Week-end
24-26 May 2019 (waiting list)

Teacher: Sn Brahmananda (Narendra Bharwaney) Breath is prana and prana is life. Without prana, nothing moves, nothing lives. Breathing in is inspiration, breathing out is letting go. Every moment we are in this exchange with ourselves and our environment. Our breath affects every cell and system in the body and it is literally right under our nose. Even becoming aware of the natural and spontaneous breath can have quick and profound benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Prana literally is ‘that which is in movement’, it is the vital force, the energy that sustains all life. We generally have two sources of prana – food and air. Another is to generate it internally, and this is what the practices of yoga and pranayama can do. In daily life we generate, store, use and waste prana, by bringing simple pranayama practice into our routine we can moderate that whole process. Pranayama can be understood as both the control and the expansion of prana through working with the breath and other techniques of mudra, bandha and mantra. The

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pianta con fiori a petali gialli

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

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