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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

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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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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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 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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realizzazione yantra diagrammi geometrici

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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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.

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

 

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 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)
  • Systematic development of the classical techniques of Bhastrika and Kapalbhati
  • Practicing mudra and bandha with Pranayama

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.

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 24th May starting 5pm to Sunday 26th May, finishing by 5pm.

Who: led by Sannyasin Brahmananda

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.

Cost of retreat: Program, meals and accommodation – €180 Program and meals but no accommodation – €140

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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 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.

Practicalities:

When:
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 March 2019) participation fee includes:teachings, accommodation in double room with shared bathrooms and two meals a day.
370 euro ( for all payments done after March 1st)

Sign up by sending an e-mail to: yogaintegral@t-online.de

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.

https://grempoli.org/en/home-2/

For questions and information:

Yogaintegral@t-online.de