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WORKING WITH THE SHADOW


AN ANCIENT YOGA PRACTICE FOR PROFOUND AWAKENING

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DATES

27 APRIL to 1 MAY
25 – 29 MAY
24 – 30 JUNE (Week-long Intensive)

26 – 30 AUGUST
5-9 OCTOBER

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PRICE

SEE SPECIAL OFFERS BELOW
SINGLE, TWIN & TRIPLE ACCOMMODATION
ORGANIC, VEGAN MEALS
PRICE IS ALL INCLUSIVE
BURSARIES AVAILABLE

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TEACHING

MORNING & EVENING SESSIONS
30+ HOURS INSTRUCTIONS
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

ENGLISH LANGUAGE
(Italian, French & German translation possible)

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IDEAS

RENT YOUR OWN APARTMENT
EXTEND
YOUR STAY
BRING A PARTNER
RENT A CAR  & SIGHTSEE
FLY EASYJET / RYANAIR

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AN ANCIENT & SACRED PRACTICE

In these full-immersion retreats you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage handed down orally between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs.
You will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening, including practicing in darkly-lit spaces to quieten the mind and awaken the senses to the body’s subtle energy currents, holding simple postures for long periods of time, and engaging in powerful breath-work to open-up the body and take the mind into altered states of consciousness.
Sessions may last several hours, depending on the group’s energy, and include drumming and chanting to aid the healing process.
The practice draws on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, namely Chandra Parampara, an ancient sequence of Moon postures that honours the mother and the divine feminine, gently opening-up the body to its highest levels of flexibility through minimal effort.
The practice will be supported by observing a yogic diet and much silence in order to sustain the body and expand the mind.

LIKE NO OTHER YOGA LINEAGE

Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic & anaerobic Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds). The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.
Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.

SCHEDULE-FREE

Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. In line with this approach, there will be no predefined time schedule in order to allow the energy of the group to flow freely, and for the teacher to guide the practice in accordance with the group’s energy and needs. Classes, ceremonies, exercises, chanting, eating and even sleeping will happen naturally and not according to a fixed time.
As part of the practice, and as a way to ground oneself in the practice, participants will be asked to spend some time every day helping with the preparations of meals (under the guidance of a cook) and with the cleaning of the yogashala.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

The retreat is suitable both for beginners and advanced practitioners, and in particular to all those seeking a deeply healing experience on an emotional and physical level.  Although the practice does not involve strenuous physical exercise, some physical flexibility will be necessary in order to participate fully in the retreat. Because places are typically limited to a maximum of 12 participants, priority will be given to those with a serious intention and commitment to leaving their comfort zone and seeking genuine change.  Yoga teachers, bodyworkers and shamanic practitioners will benefit greatly from the retreat as they will learn rare tantric healing techniques. The retreat is not suitable for people with serious forms of psychosis.

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BOONATH | A LIFE OF YOGA

ben2Boonath was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India and was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents who were on both sides yoga practitioners. His grandparents had taken him on his first Himalayan pilgrimage when he was just seven years old and he has been exposed to the world of yogis thereafter throughout his life. Most of his family still live in India and he has been travelling there regularly for over thirty years in his pursuit of yoga. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with two elders in the line of Siddha and Ayurvedic systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of herbs, astrology, rituals, mantras and bodywork among other things. Boonath has been working in this line and helping people with the implementation of these techniques for over 20 years to successfully overcome mental and physical problems, from chronic pain to alcoholism. Boonath’s healing and yoga work often sees him travelling in Eastern Europe to give workshops and healing sessions. In Latvia he did live and teach for a period of years and has become one of the most respected teachers there. His travels and yoga workshops In Eastern Europe continue to benefit people in deprived circumstances. In recent years Boonath has been living and teaching yoga in Germany where he has regular students and teaches intensives to aspiring teachers. As part of his training, Boonath has also undertaken a deep study of more Modern systems of yoga taught in the West, including a Anusara teachers Certificate and an Ashtanga primary series certificate studying closely with celebrity teachers, such as Anna Forrest of Forrest yoga, David life of Jivamukti yoga, Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa of Kundalini Yoga, Senior Iyengar teachers, Shandoor Remmete of Shadow yoga, and Mark Whittwell of Yoga of Heart foundation, who has become a close friend of Boonath. These formal studies and encounters have all left their impression on Boonath, but his teachings are deeply rooted in the more Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas and Fakirs of India, with whom Boonath has been studying closely for over thirty years.

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“I came to the retreat to get some rest and do some yoga.
What I got instead was a truly life-changing experience.”

Sophie, Bodyworker, UK

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TESTIMONIALS

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 “I came to the retreat to get some rest and do some yoga.
What I got instead was a truly life-changing experience.”

Sophie, Body Worker

“It was truly an honour to be lead through the practice
by such a graceful and compassionate being.”

Joe, Organic Farmer

“It’s clear there is a lot of love and care
that goes into the planning of these retreats”

Vivien, Yoga Teacher

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More Testimonials

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Listen to world-renowned sitar-player ANOUSHKA SHANKAR talk about how she had an “amazing experience” on the retreat, and how the ancient chanting we performed INSPIRED her to write songs for her GRAMMY-NOMINATED ALBUM, Land of Gold.
In the interview you can hear the Hara Ring, Hara Rung mantra that is often sung on the retreat and which features in the song Remain the Sea, purchasable on itunes.

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“I cannot begin to describe how beautiful the location is…”

Kim, Hotel Manager, UK

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PRICES

PRICES INCLUDE
COURSE FEES + FULL BOARD + ACCOMMODATION
FOR 5 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS

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VALENTINE’s SPECIAL
BOOK BY 14th FEBRUARY & BRING THE ONE YOU LOVE FOR FREE
(when you book a single room)

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BOOK BY 28th FEBRUARY & GET 20% OFF APRIL RETREAT
BOOK BY 31st OF MARCH & GET 10% OFF ALL OTHER RETREATS

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Participants stay in the renovated historical apartments of the hamlet (check out the venue).
Each apartment will host between 4-6 participants in single or double rooms.
Renting private apartments is also possible.

TWIN ROOM

€649 per person (*)
(€799 per person for week-long June retreat)
Sleeps 2 people in two comfortable single beds, in an elegant apartment with shared bathroom.
(*) There is a €50 SUPPLEMENT for an EN SUITE bathroom.

SINGLE ROOM

€999 Single occupancy | €1399 Double occupancy
(€1149 single occpuancy | €1549 Double occupancy for week-long June retreat)
Sleeps 1 person (or couple) in a large double bed, in an elegant room with en suite bathroom.

PRIVATE APARTMENTS

From €1099
Ideal for who those requiring greater privacy,
or wanting to extend their stay in Querceto, bring a friend or family.
Inquire for more details.

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We are able to accept 3 participants per retreat at the discounted price of €349
(€499 for week-long June retreat).
Accommodation will be in a triple room.
Applicants will be expected to help-out for an hour or two a day with a variety of chores.
Applications need to be motivated and substantiated.

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All meals will be VEGAN,
inspired by local Tuscan dishes,
with food sourced as locally as possible & from nearby organic farms.
The food will be predominantly sattvic (‘pure’) in order to sustain correctly the yoga practice.

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BOOK THE CHEAPEST FLIGHTS

If you cannot find affordable flights for the start/finish dates of the retreat, look for the cheapest flights closer to the retreat’s dates and consider extending your stay.
The closest airport to Querceto is Pisa Airport, and both RyanAir and EasyJet fly to Pisa from most European capitals. Cheap flights can be found flying into Rome and there is a direct train from Rome central station (Termini) to Cecina, which is the closest train station to Querceto.
Transport from Cecina to Querceto can be arranged for a small fee.

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EXTEND YOUR STAY & BRING A FRIEND / FAMILY

Why not extend your stay to allow for a greater integration of the practice and to ground more solidly before returning home?
You can spend the additional time exploring the beautiful bucolic surroundings or visiting the nearby historical sites (click here to read about possible activities).
You may also consider renting a private apartment so that you may bring a friend, partner or family member along to join you for a Tuscan adventure and enjoy a beautiful holiday at the end of the retreat in one of the most sought-out locations in the world !

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We typically require payments to be made in full at the time of booking.
Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis and deposits accepted, in which case 50% of the total sum is to be paid at the time of booking, whilst the remainder is to be payed 30 days prior to the start of the retreat – if not, the booking will be cancelled and the deposit lost.
Payments are non-refundable.

Cancellations can be accepted if the space can be covered through (a) the waiting list or (b) a suitable replacement found by the person wishing to cancel.
Healing in the Willows reserves the right to cancel the retreats with a 72-hour notice at the occurrence of unforeseen circumstances, including insufficient bookings, natural disasters, the impossibility to find suitable teaching replacements and structural damage to the facilities.
In such cases, Healing in the Willows will refund participants of the booking fees (minus a 5% administration fee). Travel expenses will not be refunded as a result of such cancellations and participants must ensure themselves against such eventualities through their travel agents/insurances.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width=”3″ css=”.vc_custom_1485785993922{margin-bottom: -10px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1485786872909{margin-bottom: -100px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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