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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

 

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

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.

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

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

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.