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Italy Ancestral Movements Fitness Retreat

Find your roots through a workout based on primitive movements! Join this four-day retreat to test yourself by changing your idea of training and movement, rediscovering the ability that allowed Homo Sapiens to survive in nature. With "Natural Movement" you can acquire techniques to use on yourself or to teach others in a fun and playful way in nature, on the streets of a city, or with very little equipment in a gym.

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  • Intense daily workout sessions
  • Enjoy the beautiful setting immersed in nature
  • Receive an SWT diploma upon completion and evaluation
  • Acquire techniques that you can use for yourself and offer others
  • Daily homemade vegetarian food will be served
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 5-15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$137 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Il Caravaggio International Airport (Orio al Serio Airport) (US$137 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Turin Airport (Caselle Airport) (US$137 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (US$137 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Linate Airport (US$137 per person)
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  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Yoga studio

Cascina Bellaria

  • is the place where you can taste excellent craft beers and good wine in a homey environment
  • is the place where you can enjoy a simple and delicious inexpensive cuisine
  • is the Rural Music Club where you can listen to independent/alternative live music
  • is a wellness center where you can treat yourself to a massage, a sauna, or a Gong bath

Indoor practice room

Wide and luminous practice room, 100-square meter parquet floor with a large wall-to-wall window overlooking the surrounding countryside with underfloor heating. Mats, bricks, bolster, blankets, cushions, and other supports for yoga and other disciplines are available.

Outdoor practice room

External structure with side windproof PVC sheets that can be opened completely to enjoy the experience of practicing totally outdoors. The floor is in wood with a total surface area of 150 square meters. Equipped with system/lights and supports for the practice of yoga and combat sports.

Bar and pool

In summer, it is possible to enjoy eight hectares of green meadow and woods. In the area in front of the Cascina, there is a natural-style swimming pool, a totally wooden bar where you can enjoy craft beers and fresh cocktails and a sail that creates a pleasant shaded area.


The Spa has a sauna, a pool for cold baths, a massage area and a relaxation area. A small corner of paradise to regenerate the mind and body.

Rooms with a shared bathroom

  • Durga - Two bunk beds: double under, single over or four single beds OR two single and four sharing places for six total beds
  • Shiva - Mixed room assigned to both sexes without distinction. Two bunk beds: double under and single above and one single bunk bed both above and below for six single beds OR four single and four sharing for eight total beds.
  • Krishna - Female-only room. Four bunk beds: double under and single above) for eight single beds OR four single and eight sharing for 12 total beds.
  • Lakshmi - Three single beds OR one double and one single bed.

You will be supplied: duvet, double sheet, pillowcases, and two towels.

Rooms with a private bathroom

  • Hanuman - Two single beds or one double
  • Sarasvati - One double bed or three single beds
  • Ganesha - One double bed or two single beds

You will be supplied: duvet, double sheet, pillowcases, and two towels.

Outdoor wooden bungalows and luxury curtains with shared bathroom

  • Bungalows - In total are four (Two single beds in each bungalow)
  • LotusBelle - A total of five (Two single beds in each tent)
  • Shared bathroom with hot water and shower - Two toilets and Two showers (Electricity available in all bungalows and tents but no heating system.)

You will be supplied: duvet, double sheet, pillowcases, and two towels.

Basic camping tent with shared bathroom

  • Each tent accommodates a maximum of two people, for long stays one-person only.
  • Shared bathroom with hot water and shower - Two toilets and two showers.

You will be provided with a tent and the use of services.


Moving away from nature has led you to lose many of your basic motor skills with associated psychophysical consequences. Quadrupeds, ground movements, balance, running, jumps, vaulting, climbing techniques, lifting, transporting, throwing, and receiving objects, fighting games, and proprioceptive.

The camp will allow you to take back all this and test how physical and mental well-being can be achieved by learning and developing practical skills; develop excellent and versatile conditioning for the body, practicality, and adaptability of movement with the environment around you, mental focus and awareness in movement.

Why? Why should you do it?

To become more adaptable and re-appropriate the efficient, free, and flowing movements that characterize you as a species. To improve not only joint mobility and proprioception but also coordination, reactivity, and therefore strength, speed, and power. Because by re-appropriating the natural movements, you will have a uniform distribution of work over different muscle chains so as to develop the body harmoniously and naturally. To return to walking barefoot, to climb, to move in the open air like when you were children and at the same time improve mnemonic and cognitive performance.

What? What's this?

It is fitness for the real world, it is a training system based on the development of practical skills that put the individual at the center. You will learn to move efficiently in all planes of movement, taking many forms depending on the environment. You will explore a range of motor skills that the human body has developed in its evolutionary path in order to survive.

You will then see how to use these skills in real life by adapting them both in the natural and urban context. You will understand what it means to return to the origins, to nature through direct contact with it every day of the camp. You will develop the ability to change position, movement, and rhythm efficiently by taking advantage of all the options and possibilities available.

You will learn to have complete control of the body and to understand the muscles and joints. You will train the balance on the feet and hands by adapting to different positions and surfaces. Reactivating these forgotten physiological and ancient movements means positively influencing the organism both physically and mentally.

Who? Who is it for?

It is a discipline within everyone's reach, regardless of age, sex, or physical constitution, and it is for all the objectives, whether they are aesthetic, health, or athletic preparation. To those who want to make friends with gravity and use it to train effectively. To those who want greater awareness of the body, mind, and surrounding environment in the here and now. To those who remained a child and to those who want to become a child again. To those who want to be outdoors who are tired of being eight hours a day in front of a computer.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Optional yoga class/meditation
  • 09:45 - 10:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Session one (Practice and theory)
  • 12:30 - 16:00 Lunch and free time
  • 16:00 - 18:30 Session two (Practice and theory)
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner


The SWT Natural Movements Camp is a recognized MSP/Coni at a national level and is open to everyone, both to those who already have training in the sports field and to those who have no previous qualification. At the end of the course, following a favorable evaluation by the instructor of the course, the diploma "Functional Gymnastics - SWT Natural Movements Method - First Level" will be awarded.


Tiziano Dimattia



There will be a professional kitchen where they'll prepare all meals with love. Hari-Om Yoga School nourishes the body with genuine, simple, tasty, local produce. The main ingredient of their recipes are vegetables, grown without additives in their vegetable gardens. The dishes on offer are mainly vegetarian and vegan with options for people with allergies. They also cook pizza and farinata in the wood-fired oven.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Twice daily practice and theory sessions
  • Daily full board meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to/from the farmhouse
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Any transport from the Milan airports (Malpensa, Linate, Orio al Serio), Genoa, and Turin, if required, has a cost of 120 EUR for each way (240 EUR return). Please note that this service not available during the Bliss Beat Festival.

Arrival by train

The nearest train station to Cascina Bellaria is Alessandria.

Arrival by bus

Sezzadio and Gamalero are connected to Alessandria with a bus service.

Arrival by shuttle service

Please note that the courtesy service is subject to the availability of staff. Service courtesy shuttle is available for arrivals from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and must be booked with a minimum of two days in advance. In case of delay, please notify Hari-Om Yoga School by telephone. The cost of the service from the station of Alessandria is 15 EUR each way per person (30 EUR return); the service is free from the bus stop of Sezzadio and Gamalero (A / R).

Cascina Bellaria can be reached in a faster and more efficient way, always from the Alessandria station, with the classic taxi service. Please note that the "courtesy shuttle" service not available during Bliss Beat Festival.

Arrival by car

  • Highway exit: Alessandria Sud. Take the ring road towards Acqui Terme. Exit at Sezzadio.
  • After entering the village, follow the signs for Mantovana and Abbazia di Santa Giustina.
  • As soon as you leave the village, after the Abbey of Santa Giustina, turn left towards Mantovana e Boschi.
  • After the first two climbs, when the road returns to the flat, turn to the second dirt road on the right where there is a white sign indicating "Cascina Bellaria".
  • The farmhouse is the white building seen on the left.

Transportation from the Alessandria station

From the Alessandria station and from the nearby Piazza Garibaldi, there is a corriere/bus service. You can choose any bus with arrival or departure from Sezzadio or Gamalero.

Airport: Milan–Malpensa Airport Airport transfer available: Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$137 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Il Caravaggio International Airport (Orio al Serio Airport) Airport transfer available: Il Caravaggio International Airport (Orio al Serio Airport) (US$137 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Turin Airport (Caselle Airport) Airport transfer available: Turin Airport (Caselle Airport) (US$137 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport Airport transfer available: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (US$137 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Linate Airport Airport transfer available: Linate Airport (US$137 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants


Arrival: Friday May 6, 2022
Departure: Monday May 9, 2022

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