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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 will be an intensive combination of asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha practice. There will also be daily yoga nidra, meditation and karma yoga. The pranayama practices covered will include:

  • Natural breath awareness
  • Mechanics of breathing and the three-part breath
  • Abdominal, thoracic and complete breathing or yogic breath
  • Viloma Pranayama – stepped breathing
  • Equalising of the breath and extending exhalation
  • Hasta Mudra Pranayama – hand mudra sensitizing pranayama sequence
  • Breath balancing
  • Nadi Shodhana and how to develop the technique
  • Bhramari (humming bee breath)

Suitable for practitioners of different levels and teachers alike this will be an opportunity to explore systematic pranayama practice that can be repeated and developed over three to six months in your own sadhana.

Grempoli is in a prana rich natural setting, the food is prana rich home organic grown, it is a place conducive to experiencing depth and substance, that we may carry with us to help manage this life and all that it brings.

We will eat, practice, work and maybe even sing together.

The weekend will be taught in English with Italian translation.

Cost of retreat: Programme, meals and accommodation – €180

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: The retreat will be held from Friday 22th May starting 5pm to Sunday 24th May, finishing by 5pm.

Accommodation and meals: Accommodation is in comfortable, mostly shared rooms (up to three occupants), with shared bathrooms. Nutritious vegetarian meals, using locally grown organic ingredients.

Contribution: Program, meals and accommodation – €180

Program and meals but no accommodation – €140

To participate in the activities of the Association it is necessary to be a Member (Annual membership fee € 10)

To book please fill sign up form – see link at the bottom of the page.

We kindly request €50 confirmation deposit (please note  this is non refundable).
Account Name: Grempoli Retreat – IBAN: IT 20 M 01030 38040 000000491678
Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena – Branch: Rufina – BIC/SWIFT: PASCITM1W61

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Tuscan Retreat: Yoga, Meditation and Creativity 18-25 July 2020

Facilitated by Daniel Nogués (Sn Yagnamurti) and Caroline Brothers (see details below)

Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner of yoga and meditation or just beginning to explore what they can bring to your life, you are warmly invited to participate in a seven-day retreat at Grempoli in the Tuscan hills.

Join us on a healthy, holistic holiday in the beautiful Italian countryside, where you can disconnect from the pressures of a busy life, immerse yourself in nature, explore your creativity and learn new yoga practices. The effects of this retreat, in a beautifully natural environment shared with like-minded people, will enrich you long after you leave.

Grempoli is a very special place. It is not a resort but an organic farm and non-profit cultural association based on principles of co-operative living, yogic lifestyle and karma yoga (light tasks for the wellbeing of the community). Rooms here are beautiful and comfortable, and bathrooms are shared. The internet can be slow and the signal sparse, so be ready to disconnect. Tuscany can be hot in July, so we will adapt our pace accordingly.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation are tools for transformation that can help connect you with your creative mind, body and soul. Experience some of yoga’s powerful techniques in a systematic and practical way in sessions comprising Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), Mudra (psychic gestures), Bandha (locks), Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), Antar Mouna (inner silence) and other meditation practices.

Together they bring forth energy, clarity of mind and inspiration for life.

Asana (posture work) removes sluggishness and blockages in the body that impede well-being and concentration. Asanas bring greater awareness to the physical body, making it supple and helping it let go of tension. Regular use of the different postures brings increased relaxation, improved blood circulation and muscular tone, and regulates the functions of the internal organs.

Pranayama (breathing practices) strengthens the nervous system and helps regulate the breathing process, enhancing concentration, creativity and clarity of mind.

Mudra (psychic gestures) and Bandha (energy locks) allow you to go deeper, further harmonising body, mind and energy.

We will also be using concentration techniques like Trataka (gazing, for example at a candle), that prepare the mind for deeper states such as Pratyahara (withdrawal from the senses), an essential step for meditation.
Yoga Nidra is an important meditative relaxation technique stemming from the Tantric tradition. Yoga Nidra is not just relaxation. It is a method of building a bridge between the inner and outer consciousness. – Swami Janakananda

Antar Mouna (inner silence) is a fundamental meditation practice for letting go of mental tension, training your awareness by using your senses and surroundings as a gateway to deeper states. The ‘witnessing’ aspect of your awareness is developed by observing thoughts, emotions and feelings, and by experiencing all these without suppressing or clinging to anything, and without judging or analysing. This brings about one-pointedness of mind and concentration, allowing your creativity to flourish.

Creativity through wordcraft

For those interested in exploring creativity through language, the retreat will include a series of sessions led by a published author. Join us in playing with words to liberate the creative thoughts that lie within.

Leaving our inner critics at home, we will explore the pleasures of word play, the power of observation and the liberating experience of free writing as a path to discovery. We will allow the increased openness of yoga and the beauty of the Tuscan countryside to energise and inspire our creativity. All languages and levels of experience welcome, writing materials will be provided, and there’ll be no pressure to read your work aloud.

A Typical Day:

  • 6.50 – 7.00         Tuning in’ for yoga class
  • 7.00 – 8.30          Yoga class
  • 8.30 – 9.15           Breakfast
  • 9.15 – 10.15          Karma Yoga
  • 10.15 – 10.45        Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • 11.00 – 12.30        Wordcraft session
  • 12.30                     Lunch
  • 13.30 – 16.30       Free time, walks, reading, etc.
  • 16.30 – 17.30      Yoga and Pranayama
  • 17.30 – 18.00      Antar Mouna (inner silence)
  • 19.30                    Dinner
  • 20.30 – 21.15       Evening program
  • 22.00 approx      Bedtime

Practicalities
Getting there: Nestled in the Tuscan countryside, Grempoli is 45 minutes from Florence airport, and 30 minutes from the centre of Florence (easy bus ride from Pisa airport). Taxi ride (for 4 or 6 people) from Florence main railway station (Santa Maria Novella) to Grempoli costs €100 – €120. Groups may wish to organize a meeting point to share taxi costs. Alternatively, for those who wish to use public transport, collection and drop-off at the local station (Scopeti) will be arranged for a small fee.

When: The retreat will be held from Saturday 18th July—arrive by 3 pm—to Saturday 25th July—departure after lunch at 1 pm.

Meals and Accommodation: Participants will enjoy three healthy, organic, vegetarian meals a day, all largely sourced from the garden.

Accommodation is in beautiful, simple, double-occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms.

Other information: Language medium: English.  Maximum number of participants: 12.

Cost of the Retreat
Early bird prices till 30th April 2020 €650

Full price after 30th April 2020 €720

Reservations:

To book, please fill in the sign-up form – see link at the bottom of the page.
We request €100 confirmation deposit (please note this is non-refundable).

Balance is payable by bank transfer one week prior to commencing the retreat or by cash on arrival.

Account Name: Grempoli Retreat – IBAN: IT 20 M 01030 38040 000000491678
Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena – Branch: Rufina – BIC/SWIFT: PASCITM1W61

The seven-day retreat includes three meals per day, accommodation and tuition.

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About the tutors:
Yoga and meditation
Daniel Nogués (Sn Yagnamurti) is originally from Uruguay. In 1995 he completed a two-year teacher training course with Swami Pragyamurti. In Uruguay he ran regular yoga classes, led Pranayama and Meditation tuition for teacher training courses, and in-service training workshops and retreats for instructors.

He currently teaches in London, leading meditation workshops and Yoga Nidra training courses. His main interest as a teacher is to encourage students to incorporate yoga in their day-to-day lives and to develop a sound practice based on awareness and understanding of Yoga and its powerful methods for transformation.

Wordcraft
Caroline Brothers is an award-winning author and former journalist who has published two novels and a nonfiction work on photography. The stage version of her first novel, Hinterland, is now touring internationally as Flight. Born in Australia, she has given talks about writing from Paris to Auckland and has a particular interest in the unconscious aspects of the creative process. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at the University of Westminster in London.

 

NEW DATES Ganesha Yantra and Mantra Retreat 19 – 24 August 2020

Due to large demand we are opening a second a shorter course. 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 five days 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 the daily practices are integrated in a holistic way. We will chant Mantras focused on Ganesh to build and focus the mental energies and to accompany the process of the drawing and painting of the Ganesh Yantra.

These images can be drawn freehand but we will focus on a geometric construction using compass and straight edge, exploring the connections and parallels between cultures of what is sometimes called ‘sacred geometry’ and the archetypal ingredients of the Yantra, namely the square, the circle, the triangle and the lotus petals.

We will explore ‘philosophy in pictures’ as we see how these symbols resonate in the consciousness and how we can then use the created image as a powerful tool of meditation.

THE RETREAT INCLUDES
A full and varied programme, from 7 am to 9 pm.

  • Daily 90 minutes asana, pranayama, and meditation class
  • Yoga nidra sessions
  • Karma yoga and periods of silence (mouna)
  • Talks and discussions on Mantra and Yantra
  • Exploration of the cross-cultural significance of ‘sacred geometry’
  • Daily Mantra chanting practice
  • Learning the use of sacred instruments of compass and straight edge
  • Drawing and painting of Yantra as a practice and a sacred act
  • Exploring the use of colour and colour mixing in Yantra painting
  • Development of your own sketchbook to explore these techniques
  • Evening sessions on the terrace including kirtan and havan (fire ceremony)

THE VENUE
This five days retreat will offer time to go deep into your practice and immerse yourself in the peace and vibrancy of the Grempoli (Tuscany) venue and enjoying three healthy organic vegetarian meals all largely sourced from the garden.

We will practice karma yoga daily, live and eat together and have space for local walks and periods of silence and reflection.

No previous knowledge or experience of drawing and painting is necessary but it would still be useful. Materials will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them.

Maximum number of participants: 15

Language: English.

PRACTICALITIES
Where: Nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Grempoli is 45 minutes from Florence airport, and 30 minutes from the center of Florence (easy bus ride from Pisa airport).
Collection and drop off to local stations (Scopeti) is included and will be arranged.

When: The retreat will be held from Wednesday 19th August, arrive by 3 pm to Monday 24th August, departure after lunch at 1 pm. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly, so that you don’t miss parts of the program.

COST OF RETREAT
Early bird prices till 30th April 2020
Double €490/ Single €560
Full price after 30th April 2020
Double €540/ Single €620

To book please fill sign up form – see link at the bottom of the page.
We request €100 confirmation deposit (please note  this is non refundable).
Account Name: Grempoli Retreat – IBAN: IT 20 M 01030 38040 000000491678
Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena – Branch: Rufina – BIC/SWIFT: PASCITM1W61

Concession prices are available and payment in instalments is also possible. Please contact us to discuss, especially if you are very keen on attending and have difficulty managing the full amount.

Please bear in mind, the fee includes 5 nights’ accommodation in beautiful single or double occupancy room with shared bathroom, 3 healthy, organic nutritious meals per day, local collection and drop off, all tuition, classes and materials – up to 8 hours per day, a hiking day trip and the soothing company of chickens, good people and a lovely dog.

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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 regularly. Practice will help ensure the body and nervous system are in the best possible state to receive and assimilate the powerful effects of these practices.

The weekend will be an intensive combination of theory and practice including:

  • Introductory practices for breath retention
  • Kapalbhati pranayama techniques and development
  • Bhastrika pranayama techniques and development
  • Jalandhara, moola and uddiyana bandhas
  • Internal and external retention of breath
  • Discussion on the physiological aspects of these practices
  • Development and sequencing of pranayama sadhana

Suitable for practitioners or teachers who have worked with the preparatory practices and nadi shodhana for some time. Even if there is familiarity with these techniques, we will develop them from the beginning. This will be an opportunity to explore systematic pranayama practice that can be repeated and developed over six months to one year or more in your own sadhana.

Practicalities

Where: Grempoli’s natural setting and home-grown organic food is prana rich. It is a place conducive to sadhana and experiencing depth and substance.

When: The retreat will be held from Friday 4th starting 5pm to Sunday 6th September, finishing by 5pm.

We will eat, practice, work and maybe even sing together.

The weekend will be taught in English with Italian translation.

Contribution: Program, accommodation and meals – €180; Program and meals but no accommodation – €140

To participate in the activities of the Association it is necessary to be a Member (Annual membership fee €10)

To book please fill sign up form – see link at the bottom of the page.

We kindly request €50 confirmation deposit (please note  this is non refundable).
Account Name: Grempoli Retreat – IBAN: IT 20 M 01030 38040 000000491678
Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena – Branch: Rufina – BIC/SWIFT: PASCITM1W61

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Ganesha Yantra and Mantra Retreat 5 – 12 August 2020 Course is now full

(WAITING LIST ONLY ) 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 the daily practices are integrated in a holistic way. We will chant Mantras focused on Ganesh to build and focus the mental energies and to accompany the process of the drawing and painting of the Ganesh Yantra.

These images can be drawn freehand but we will focus on a geometric construction using compass and straight edge, exploring the connections and parallels between cultures of what is sometimes called ‘sacred geometry’ and the archetypal ingredients of the Yantra, namely the square, the circle, the triangle and the lotus petals.

We will explore ‘philosophy in pictures’ as we see how these symbols resonate in the consciousness and how we can then use the created image as a powerful tool of meditation.

THE RETREAT INCLUDES
A full and varied programme, from 7 am to 9 pm.

  • Daily 90 minutes asana, pranayama, and meditation class
  • Yoga nidra sessions
  • Karma yoga and periods of silence (mouna)
  • Talks and discussions on Mantra and Yantra
  • Exploration of the cross-cultural significance of ‘sacred geometry’
  • Daily Mantra chanting practice
  • Learning the use of sacred instruments of compass and straight edge
  • Drawing and painting of Yantra as a practice and a sacred act
  • Exploring the use of colour and colour mixing in Yantra painting
  • Development of your own sketchbook to explore these techniques
  • Evening sessions on the terrace including kirtan and havan (fire ceremony)

THE VENUE
This one full week retreat will offer time to go deep into your practice and immerse yourself in the peace and vibrancy of the Grempoli (Tuscany) venue and enjoying three healthy organic vegetarian meals all largely sourced from the garden.

We will practice karma yoga daily, live and eat together and have space for local walks and periods of silence and reflection.

No previous knowledge or experience of drawing and painting is necessary but it would still be useful. Materials will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them.

Maximum number of participants: 15

Language: English.

PRACTICALITIES
Where: Nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Grempoli is 45 minutes from Florence airport, and 30 minutes from the center of Florence (easy bus ride from Pisa airport).
Collection and drop off to local stations (Scopeti) is included and will be arranged.

When: The retreat will be held from Wensday 5th August, arrive by 3 pm to Wednesday 12th August, departure after lunch at 1 pm. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly, so that you don’t miss parts of the program.

COST OF RETREAT
Early bird prices till 30th April 2020
Double €690/ Single €790/ Tent €590 (please bring your own tent)
Full price after 30th April 2020
Double €760/ Single €870/ Tent €650 (please bring your own tent)

To book please fill sign up form – see link at the bottom of the page.
We request €100 confirmation deposit (please note  this is non refundable).
Account Name: Grempoli Retreat – IBAN: IT 20 M 01030 38040 000000491678
Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena – Branch: Rufina – BIC/SWIFT: PASCITM1W61

Concession prices are available and payment in instalments is also possible. Please contact us to discuss, especially if you are very keen on attending and have difficulty managing the full amount.

Please bear in mind, the fee includes 7 nights’ accommodation in beautiful single or double occupancy room with shared bathroom, 3 healthy, organic nutritious meals per day, local collection and drop off, all tuition, classes and materials – up to 8 hours per day, a hiking day trip and the soothing company of chickens, good people and a lovely dog.

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Seeds of Care Retreat 6 – 10 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 lost.

We will have some seeds available for different climates and conditions within Europe. In addition, as a way to prepare for the retreat, consider sourcing or harvesting seeds from trees in your local area.  You are also welcome to stay for an extra day or two and experience the peace and serenity of the forests and hills surrounding Grempoli.

Practicalities

When: The retreat will be held from Wednesday 6th May, arrival by 5 pm, to Sunday 10th May, departure after lunch at 2pm
Where: Grempoli Retreat, 30 km from Florence
Who: Led by Premarpan (Sara Meli) and Mantramala (Minna Jarvenpaa)Contribution: By donation
For more information or to sign up: grempoli108@gmail.com or mobile + 39 345 1324134

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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 4 pm.

Who: led Judy Arpana

Contribution: €240/ €190 for local Italian members (€50  deposit)

Farm Stay at Grempoli Retreat 16 – 17 September (2 nights)

Learn and participate in a working Italian organic olive farm and kitchen, experience natures peace and serenity and walk through the forests and hills surrounding Grempoli.

Contribution: €100 Includes two nights full board: accommodation and three meals. Lunch can be taken outside or enjoy shared meal preparation on the farm.

Assisi pilgrimage 17 – 20 September (3 nights)

with Judy Arpana and Premarpan

DAY 1

Travel from Grempoli (2½ hour drive)

Settle into Airbnb in the centre of town

Visit San Damiano for evening Vesper chanting (place of Santa Clara)

Day 2

Early morning Gregorian chanting in the Basilica of San Francesco.

Walk (or drive) up the 4km to Eremo delle Carceri, the hermitage and isolated meditation retreat and gardens of Saint Frances.

Visit Basilica di Santa Chiara and the ancient town of Assisi.

Day 3

Free morning wandering and wondering ……

Visit (and take Mass for those that wish) at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, within which is found the original small chapel, the Porziuncola that San Francis himself restored with his own bare hands.

Drive back to Grempoli, with shared group dinner on the way.

Contribution: €280 (€50  deposit)

Includes transport to and from Assisi, two nights accommodation with breakfast in Assisi town and one night in Grempoli (the last night we shall return in the evening to Grempoli Retreat).

Excluded lunch and dinner in Assisi: there are many great local restaurants.

Farm Stay at Grempoli Retreat 20 – 21 September (2 nights)

Return to Grempoli farm stay for reflection and relaxation.

Group visit to local produce Market on Saturday morning. Optional unaccompanied visit to Florence and its famous art museums (only 30km away by train)

Departing Grempoli Sunday 22nd September

 Contribution: €100

Includes two nights full board: accommodation and three meals.

Booking Information

Cost: €760   Complete 10 days/9 nights Tuscan Autumn Package (€720 Early Bird – booked before 1st July 2019) (€100  deposit)

Account Name: Grempoli Retreat

IBAN: IT 20 M 01030 38040 000000491678

BIC/SWIFT: PASCITM1W61

Option to attend only the seminar or the pilgrimage to Assisi (see individual package costs)

Includes pick-up/drop-off from local train station Rufina or Pontassieve (detailed arrival transport options to be given on registration).

It is recommended to book early, as places are limited

Extra expenses: Flights to and from Florence or Pisa.

Local transport (train or bus) from and to the airport.

Lunch and dinner in Assisi

Accommodation

Accommodation is mostly very large twin-share rooms, with shared bathrooms

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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 but it would still be useful!  Materials will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them.

Maximum number of participants: 12

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: The retreat will be held from Thursday 1st August, arrive by 3 pm to Thursday 8th August, departure after lunch at 1 pm.

Who: led by Sannyasins Brahmananda and Antarshuddhi

Cost of retreat:
In order to be as inclusive as possible and to offer a balance to the sometimes overpriced and commercial manner in which yoga is offered these days, we are experimenting with a sliding scale payment scheme for this retreat, which will hopefully allow all involved to make a modest living.
Please bear in mind, the fee includes 3 healthy, organic nutritious meals per day, beautiful double occupancy room and shared bathroom, all tuition and classes, a hiking day trip and the soothing company of chickens, good people and a lovely dog.

The minimum contribution to cover your food and accommodation, including the cost of all materials, is a total of 300 euros.

The full contribution is 690 euros.
Please contribute as your means allows.

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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.

Practicalities
When: starts on Friday 26 at 5 pm, finishes on Sunday 5 pm
Where: Grempoli Retreat, 30 km from Florence
Contribution: By donation
Information/sign up: grempoli108@gmail.com or Tel+ 39 345 1324134