Wild Heart - A Woman’s Initiation and Journey into our Cyclical Nature

Friday, 10 Apr 2020 - Thursday, 16 Apr 2020

Luna nel Pozzo, Contrada Foragno S.N., Ostuni, 72017

685 - 850€

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Empowering Women's Yoga Journey

10-16 April 2020 (Easter)

On this retreat, we gather as women to meet our wild hearts through an intimate journey into our essence, and to gain liberation through our cyclical nature.

We gather as women to travel through the cycles of the sun, the moon, our lifetimes, and our wombs.

This means to:
 
Awaken to the true call of your soul
Surrender to the ancient voice of your body
Trust the cyclical nature of your feminine being
Set free the unspoken power of your life force energy

 

Federica and Julie will co-create the sessions combining their many years of experience into a powerful offering of:

  • Yoga, Meditation & Breathwork
  • Conscious Movement & Dance
  • Movement & Art Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Menstrual Therapy
  • Women’s Temple
  • Life Coaching
  • Bodywork & Massage

 

They will draw on all of these to create rituals and ceremonies depending on the needs and desires of the group. You will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with each of them to support your individual journey.

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Mornings will include breakfast, an embodiment practise (meditation, yoga, conscious movement and dance), the first circle of the day, lunch and rest.

Afternoons we continue with our second circle before sharing the evening meal together.

 

Daily Themes:

Day 1 (Friday) - Journey into Self

Day 2 (Saturday) - Journey into Inner Girl

Day 3 (Sunday) - Journey into Creative Woman

Day 4 (Monday) - Journey into Wild Woman

Day 5 (Tuesday) - Journey into Medicine Woman

Day 6 (Wednesday) - Journey into Completion

   

Points to keep in mind: 

  1. We love to keep the field open to co-create the journey with the participants. In the mornings and afternoons we will be playing together, but you will also have your own free time and space.
  2. We will work inside, and outside in nature to connect with the elements.
  3. The location is rural and ideal for the journey. However, there are no shops, restaurants, or any other businesses nearby. 
  4. The accommodations are comfortable but simple. Most of the bathrooms/showers are shared and may have an outside access. 
  5. Acceptance to join this journey is not automatic.To ensure it is right for you at this time and place, we will ask you some questions and may schedule a short conversation with you.

If you're experiencing (pre-)menstrual pain, menopausal, fertility or sexuality issues, you're likely to find release, opening and a way forward. If you have a regular menstrual cycle or are post-menstrual, you’ll become deeply aware of the energies present in each of the seasons of your cycle (menstrual women) or the moon (post-menstrual women).

Every month our hormonal cycle awakens within us four primal feminine archetypes:

  • MAIDEN (inner spring | waxing moon | follicular phase)
  • CREATIVE WOMAN (inner summer | full moon | ovulation phase)
  • WILD WOMAN (inner autumn | waning moon | luteal phase)
  • WISE WOMAN (inner winter | dark moon | menstrual phase)

 

These phases govern the subtle energies that affect a woman and her creative potential throughout life, whether she has a menstrual cycle or has passed menopause (and is most likely aligned with the lunar cycle).

During the retreat we will explore the signature energy of each phase, and create rituals to fully embody them - each of us in our own unique way. This is aligned to our nature but something we lack in our patriarchal society.

Held and supported within the power of a women’s circle, we will re-instate a connection with our fundamental nature. We will experience the following rites of passage and live each archetype to its full potential,

  • The rite of passage of menarche, celebrating our arrival into womanhood with our first bleed.
  • The rite of passage of mothering our inner girl.
  • The rite of passage of knowing our wild pleasure intimately.
  • The rite of passage of menopause, stepping into our wise woman powers with our last bleed.

So that we learn to be sovereign in our womanhood and:

  • Heal the wounds of our inner girl
  • Tap into abundance and creativity
  • Be sexual and sensual on our own terms
  • Embrace the beauty and freedom of old age

 

We learn to love ourselves and be open to love. 

We learn to hold ourselves and be held by others.

 

Together in circle we will share our stories and learn with each other how to:

  • Offer safety as women to our inner girls
  • Access our feminine intuition
  • Be in our wildness and set boundaries
  • Rest, replenish and vision

 

We learn we are the Maiden + Mother + Magic + Medicine Woman.

We are all of these women.

Every month we experience each of them.

Every month we die and we are reborn.

Every month we rest and we awaken. 

We bloom & thrive & shake & rest. 

 

Every month we meet our wild heart.

 

So we say:

 

I embrace rejuvenation and release exhaustion

I embrace boundaries and release overextension

I embrace self care and release ‘shoulds’

I embrace shaking it out and release keeping the lid on

I embrace being real and release wearing masks

I embrace grounding and release escapism

I embrace the dark and release suppression

I embrace the light and release ignorance

I embrace my voice and release being a good girl

I embrace being seen and release hiding

I embrace pleasure and release shame

I embrace vulnerability and release toughness

I embrace desire and release manipulation

I embrace life force and release feeling stuck

 

I embrace my wild heart.

 

I surrender.

 

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Retreat Leaders

Federica Clemente is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified biodynamic craniosacral therapist, shamanic massage therapist, and Gestalt counselor. Her knowledge, style, and tools are further inspired and enhanced by a synergistic background in Vipassana meditation, professional dance, conscious movement, 5 rhythms dance, dance therapy, and bioenergetics. She has developed her own approach of body mind heart medicine, and body soul movement, and has been working with women on self-development and successful transition through different life phases since 2011. Read more about Federica


About Julie Mosmuller

In 2012 I decided to make a drastic change and re-align my life to my values. I left my strategy consulting career in London to study yoga in India and become a certified co-active life coach. My life purpose is to be the heart beat that attunes you to your inner frequency.

I combine my extensive coaching, yoga, dance and business consulting experience to help clients find their calling and unique voice. I specialise in ikigai (life purpose) and feminine empowerment coaching. Having recently settled on Crete, I spent the last seven years travelling and giving workshops and sessions across India and Europe, and going deep into spiritual practise in my spiritual home Auroville in South India.

I am certified as a Co-Active Coach, Unesco Creative Movement Therapist, an Awakening Women’s Temple leader and a Madretierra Menstrual Therapist. I coach a wide variety of clients internationally, online and face to face. In addition to (online and live) 1:1 sessions, I facilitate retreats, workshops and coaching training as well as monthly online gatherings and women’s circles.

My own experience has given me a keen understanding of what it takes to switch careers successfully. Transitioning from academia to corporate life to starting my own coaching and dance therapy practice taught me the importance of loving what I do and being authentic. 

I love my work which gives me the freedom to combine personal, professional and spiritual growth. A common theme in client feedback is that my style is natural, warm and impactful. It is a natural extension of what I enjoy doing – creating a safe space, creating clarity and transformation. I love my dance, yoga, art and meditation practice, and am passionate about conscious femininity and spreading cyclical awareness which I share about on FB & IG as New Moon Sisters.
 
 
Location & Accommodations
 
With its spaces for artistic creation and hospitality and an environment which facilitates concentrated, harmonious work, La Luna Nel Pozzo is an ideal Retreat location. La Luna Nel Pozzo is a theater housed in a traditional stone “Masseria,” or farmhouse, from the mid-nineteenth century, a cultural center nestled among the majestic olive trees in the Puglian countryside near Ostuni.

The name expresses hope for an oasis which can nourish new art forms, creating opportunities for fruitful creative encounters, where one can find the environment and the time to realize one’s desires. This center was born in 1999, of the meeting between two actors and an enchanted place. Robert McNeer and Pia Wachter, after 15 years of touring Europe with “Kismet” theater of Bari, recognized in this corner of the mythical Italian Valley, a place in which to realize their dream of cultivating theater and the performing arts in a natural environment.

Highlights:

  • Indoor shala, heated, with parquet flooring
  • Outdoor stage: shaded wooden dance stage
  • Stone amphitheater: antique Greek design, with a 12-meter diameter stage, excellent acoustics and seating
  • Cretan labyrinth: traditional stonework (20-meter diameter), for meditation, discussion, writing, and inspiration
  • Land includes: 6 hectares of olive groves, forest, Lilly pond, Trulli, and sculptures
 

This is Puglia, land between two seas, a crossroads of cultures and experiences. Be prepared to celebrate the best of each! Some highlights include centurion olive trees, quaint stone “Trulli”, medieval castles, baroque architecture, traditional music, dances and festivities, and crystalline seas. Puglian culture is a blend of passion and simplicity, with focus on family and friendship. People take time to greet one another and pursue a friendly conversation.

When it comes to food, you will have the opportunity to taste the variety of seasonal fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, and fish, prepared in simple but delicious methods. The weather is wonderful, with abundant sunshine, it is hot in the summer and cool in the winter, but there is rarely a week without lots of sunshine and the beautiful light that is created when the sky is overcast but the horizon is sunny.

Food & Meals

The package includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is vegetarian and primarily local! Visiting Puglia means discovering food and being enchanted by the myriad reflections of this hospitable Mediterranean landscape, rich in cultural and culinary traditions. The Puglian kitchen is famous for its wholesome ingredients, both from the sea and from the earth, simple and flavorful.

You will have the opportunity to sample many of the dishes of the Puglian tradition, dishes of Mediterranean delight. You will find the colors of the season’s fruits and vegetables, the knowledge of the pastors in the justly-renowned cheeses, olive oils from ancient trees, and artisan sourdough bread made from local, fresh stone-ground flours.

 

Flights & Transportation

Airports

You may arrive at the following airports:

Brindisi - BDS (distance from Ostuni: 45km)

Bari - BRI (distance from Ostuni: 95km)

http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/

If you enjoy the train, you could also arrive in Rome and take the train to Ostuni.

All major train routes are through www.trenitalia.com

 

Transfers To Ostuni & Retreat Center (Luna Nel Pozzo)

From Brindisi Airport

By Shuttle - this cost can be shared with other retreat participants who have similar arrival times. A taxi or shuttle will be approximately 60€.

Public Transportation: Take the bus or taxi to Brindisi Train Station, then take the train to Ostuni train station, where we will pick you up.

The Brindisi Airport Bus travels between the airport and train station (with numerous stops along the way). View the schedule here

 

From Bari Airport

By Shuttle - this cost can be shared with other retreat participants who have similar arrival times. A taxi or shuttle will be approximately 90€.

Public Transportation: Take the bus, train or taxi to the Bari Central Train Station, then take the train to Ostuni train station, where we will pick you up.

From the Bari Airport to Bari central train station

The fastest way (~15 minutes) is by train. The ticket costs 5€. Trains run every 20/30 minutes.

You can check the Bari Airport Train Schedule here

The least expensive way is by bus (to Piazza Moro). Travel time is approximately one hour. The bus runs every 40 minutes. The ticket costs 1 - 1.50€ if it is bought on the bus. You can check the timetable here

 

*Information & schedules are subject to change and may not always be updated!
 
Suggested items to bring:
  • Notebook and a pen
  • Comfortable clothing for classes - some activities will make you sweat
  • Warm clothing & shoes for leisure time and walking (rain/snow is possible)
  • Travel documents and information, and health/travel insurance information
Thank you to Lucio Bracco for most of the photos of me for this website