In a really calm and welcoming environment totally surrounded by green fields and cute cows, you are going to try to go back to the nature. A journey through the self-consciousness guided by yoga session, outdoor meditation, AcroYoga practices, Thai yoga massage, yoga Vinyasa, flow yoga, chanti, Ashtanga workshop, and Kalarippayattu introduction. You will try to invite your souls going back to their natural rhythm, to the essential state of your existence, finding a connection between your body, mind, and the environment.
During this retreat, you will be staying at Casera Caviazza (1887 meters a.s.l.), a part of Malga Caviazza which is still used for the summer grazing of bovines from the agri-touristic farm “Busa dei Sbrase”, located in the nearby Agordo.
Totally merged in the beauty of the green fields of Val Bios, it’s a building that was built in the first half of the last century. It is made of porphyry rock and larch wood that is marked by the years, the history of the Alpine architecture, and the life experiences of many families.
Recently renewed with passion by the De Toffol family, the house offers the necessary and minimal comfort for a really nice stay also during winter; there are a wood-heating system and also radiative panels. Upstairs, you find a big room with 10 single beds equipped with a warm duvet, and a bedroom with two beds, a living room with a big table able to host all the guests of the house, and a small fireplace. There are also a small kitchen and a bathroom with a shower.
Outside, you have to possibility to use a big and recently made larch wood terrace, with a wonderful view of the Dolomites (in particular Mount Civetta, Pale di San Martino, Focobon, and the most western one, the Mulaz Mountain).
The trees that were used to build this terrace come from the same place in which new trees have been planted. A sustainable use of the rough material that this place offers. There is also a covered space for meditation sessions in case of bad weather.
Flow yoga follows the teaching of the Therapeutic Hatha yoga and the Awakening of the Vital Energy (based on the optimization of the health and on an all level body, mind, and spirit wellness, mixing the ancient science of yoga with the modern techniques body-mind).
The yoga Vinyasa (from the Sanscrit, it means “step by step”) method is characterized by the fusion between breath and movement, it's an energetic and creative practice which allows you in gaining strength and flow, combining asanas (positions), music, and spontaneous movement and it will help you reaching your targets.
Shiva flow is a contemporary style of yoga founded by Silvia Romani. The practice which is based on an uninterrupted flow of movement from asana to another, represents a myth or legend of the Vedic tradition.
The main feature of the sequences are:
The yoga of sound or Mantra yoga is a path that through songs and awareness techniques leads you to a deep relaxation and to the rediscovery of your harmony.
Let’s discover together the joy of contact and share through the trust. AcroYoga was born in California in the 90s by the fusion of elements of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai yoga massage. The practices that you will do together will have the aim to introduce the discipline to all the newbies in all her aspects: from the more acrobatic style to the more relaxing one, always searching for sintony and safety.
AcroYoga is good for everyone, it has no side effects, but it can cause strong addiction! And after the acrobatics, you will search for some relax with the Thai yoga massage, an ancient discipline that will help you in the de-tension through a massage that uses body weight and body lines, without any use of strength.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is an ancient yoga system codified by Maestro Pattabhi Jois. Vinyasa means breath synchronised with movement. Vinyasa produces heat, maintains the flow of energy in the spinal column, purifies the body, and supports blood flow, aiding in the elimination of toxins. The practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga increases the strength and flexibility of the body and leads to greater mental focus.
These are the four jewels of Ashtanga: Ujjayi (deep resonant breath), Bandha (control of the parts of the body), Dristhi (gaze), and Vinyasa (the awareness of being present in movement when the latter is united with the breath).
Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial arts from the south of India, and is considered to be the mother of all martial arts. On the one hand, it is a true defense and offense technique, and on the other it, works on the capacity to control aggressiveness, developing total coordination between the mind and body.
The practice is similar to yoga in many ways and is focused on the individual, with the aim of tuning into the needs and developing the resources of each person. The body is progressively liberated from tension, physical obstacles, and impurities, which stimulates the capacity for self-healing.
Early in the morning, you will have walks and yoga lessons (Flow yoga or Ashtanga yoga). Halfway through the morning there are meditation, AcroYoga, and Ashtanga yoga classes. In the afternoon, you will have Shiva flow, introduction to Kalaripayattu, and Thai yoga massage.
Maria Paula Medina
Yoga became part of Paula’s life at the age 18. She studied visual arts in Argentina and Milan and explored trails throughout Latin America with the art project Latin American Pilgrimage (sound therapy and body movements). At the age of 27, she became a yoga instructor. She has logged many hours of training in both Argentina and Europe, and specializes in therapeutic Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Paula lives in the Dolomites where she teaches yoga and accompanies hiking and climbing groups.
Massimo Kyo Di Nocera
Musician and author, founder of the “Music is Love” project whose meditation root ends in the reality in various experiments, such as singing in circle, the production of CDs, and concerts.
Matteo's addiction to AcroYoga starts in 2015 in Udine. Caught by the beauty of this discipline, he begins to take part in workshops and intensive retreats in order to reach a deeper level in the practice and learn better techniques. In 2016, he moves to Spain, in Valencia where he continues his formation with David Barreto and Eva Lopez, discovering a new approach to the discipline. He starts here also getting closer to Vinyasa yoga under the teachings of David Barreto. Coming back to Italy, he continues his formation in Udine with Marta De Fanti.
Since 2005, Tommaso has spent long periods of time in India, first training in Hatha yoga and Kalaripayattu, then dedicating himself to training in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. He conducts seminars and courses in Italy and India.
This retreat will take place in Dolomites, Italy.
Daily meals are included in this retreat. Meals will be vegetarians or vegans, with local products for the most. Particular diet-necessity, such as allergies or intolerance, if signalized before, will be satisfied. The cuisine is really good and tasty with traditional recipes and reformulations of local dishes with a particular attention on the equilibrium of the meals.
Please book your flight to arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) or Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport (TSF). Both are the nearest airports from the venue, 143 and 133 kilometers away, respectively. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a train to Belluno and then bus to Falcade. When you are in Falcad, you can take the ski lift (not included in the price), and reach the Casera in 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi until Valles Pass, and then walk on a very easy route to the Casera, about 20 to 30 minutes.
You can take a train to Belluno's train station, where there is a bus station. You can take the bus to Falcade, where INdolomites Mountain & Yoga will come to get you.