Casina SettarteCasina Settarte is a calm and peaceful residency for artistic research, rehearsal, and workshops. We are perched on a hill and have a wide view of this beautiful area, which is called “Valle d’Itria” - a land characterized by the trulli (ancient stone houses with a conical roof). In our free time, we can relax, walk, draw, and play music surrounded by the red earth, blue sky, old stone walls, birds, olive & fruit trees, thyme, capers and other spontaneous herbs.
From mid-April to the end of October the climate is warm and perfect for dancing, breathing, and enjoying the nature!
We have a 200m2 dance studio open to the landscape, and a small inside studio with wooden floor and radiant heating.
We have inside shared accommodations for 18-20 people. These include the trullo and the lamia (stone houses with conical roof typical from the area), a stone cave, and the studio-dormitory.
In our 2 hectars of beautiful, panoramic land, it is also possible to camp under the olive trees - bring your sleeping bag or sheets! It gets cool in evening time, so remember to bring a sweater.
If you prefer private accommodations, you may stay at the lovely nearby Bed and Breakfast Riposo del Vento.
Normally we shop for local, fresh products. Together we cook the typical regional cuisine. There is an outside, shaded terrace for eating together.
Additional options: cranio-sacral sessions, bodywork, Tai chi, walking and exploring the historic sites.
Beaches are 20 minutes by car. You may visit the riserva di torre guaceto, a wonderful marine reserve within a 25-minute drive.
There are plenty of local music, food, art and religious festival and activities to participate in throughout the year. See more events in this venue
The retreat is an intense journey meant to inspire and nourish you. During the classes you will explore Yoga and Body Soul Movement as a tool for self-discovery and powerful awakening. During our city tour and beach day, you will have fun, laugh and fill all of your senses with delightful moments.
Free time is an important part of this process, so you will have time to be by yourself. There will be time and space for you to reflect, contemplate, make friends, play music, rest, read, walk, swim, and more ... or less!
Everything will connect to make the experience meaningful and valuable.
⦁ Daily yoga classes
⦁ Special Body Soul Movement classes
⦁ Some transportation - including pick up and drop off at the Ostuni train station
⦁ Rituals, fire and water ceremonies
⦁ Tours of Ostuni and / or Cisternino,
⦁ Walks in nature and a beach excursion
⦁ 3 vegetarian meals per day
⦁ 7 nights accommodation
⦁ A complimentary 60-minute massage with Federica (limited to the first 5 people booking)
Cost ( per person* all inclusive except transportation/travel)
490€ shared accommodations
690€ private B&B room off-site
150€ deposit to hold your place
* 5% discount for groups of 2+ people booking together.
Maya Yoga Retreat Program
Thursday 30 April: Arrivals and Evening Welcoming Ceremony, followed by a class and dinner.
Friday - Wednesday: Daily yoga & alternating BSM classes, ceremonies, excursions & other activities.
Thursday 7 May: Departures following Morning Yoga class and final closing ceremony (there will be a soft closing ceremony on Wed. evening for those who are departing early Thur.)
⦁ 6:30-7am: simple breakfast
⦁ 7-9am: meditation and yoga
⦁ 9am-6:30pm: Free time/ body treatments / various activities (body soul movement classes, beach excursion, city tour, walking meditation, yoga discussion, etc.)
⦁ 11am: Brunch
⦁ 6pm: Yoga class
⦁ 7:30pm: Dinner
⦁ After dinner: rest / free time / occasional activities
To start with building the correct base, you will practice a dynamic sequence of Hatha Vinyasa flow focused on:
· Alignment, movement and synchronized breathing
· Strength and grace
· Opening and flexibility
· Steadiness and effortlessness
The science of breathing will be the fundamental tool to calm the mind and awaken your energy force, or prana. Through the breath, you will also begin to understand the subtle connections between mind, body and emotion.
Chanting and meditation
Devotion and stillness will be your friends to discover your inner source of faith, compassion and gratitude.
Body Soul Movement classes
Body Soul Movement is flowing, spontaneous and fun - while offering the potential for deep transformation, and emotional-mental-physical balancing. It is a Journey of Healing, Experience, Joy and Creativity.
What is Body Soul Movement Therapy (BSMT)? In exact terms, it is difficult to explain. Below, you can read about the components and the philosophy, but a group of people practicing BSMT co-creates a serendipitous synergy that is more difficult to capture with words - like the Tao, for example. Indeed, BSMT stimulates and plays with a special aspect of our lives that bridges intuition (mind/soul) with experience (body).
In BSMT, movement is emphasized. There is plenty of physical exercise with short bursts of intensity. This intensive mind-body work is helpful to reach a state of balance and liberate the body and mind from pain, past and reaction.
Main Components of BSMT
· African Dance & Dance Therapy
· Contact Improvisation
· Spontaneous and/or repeated self-expression
· Physical theater
· Voice work
· Lead and follow trust exercises
· Exercises for interpersonal connection and relationship building
· A live musician (usually drums) who both initiates and unites with some of the work
Philosophy of BSMT
Everybody has an internal dance vibrating inside. Dancing stimulates physical, mental and emotional transformation. Through authentic, free movement you will release the deep tension and limitation that blocks your freedom and vitality. You will shake off the mind’s heavy burden of past experiences and their associated judgments.
You will follow the faith and wisdom of the heart, and accept yourself without fear – especially the aspects you dislike, don’t accept, and often neglect. Through self-expression, you will reach a new form of dialogue and union with yourself. You will play with yourself, challenge your ego and light up our "story". You will challenge your comfort zone and feel lighter.
Through dancing, singing, playing, breathing and touching you will feed the parts of your body and soul that you have buried, forgot and ignored. In short, you will reveal and awaken their natural states of being.
You are here to believe in your true self. You are here to shed unnecessary weight. You are here to fully embrace who you are (embody deeply who you are) and feel free.
Excursions, Tours & Ceremonies
We will have rituals and ceremonies to embrace nature in the process of learning and growing together. This will be the healing part of the journey that Federica will guide using her shamanic knowledge and intuition. We will also have a lecture and discussion in a circle sharing about yoga philosophy, how to embrace spirituality in your daily life and self-development.
Tour(s) of Ostuni and / or Cisternino, with product tastings and shopping opportunities at some of the best little local shops. We'll also stop at a cafe' for refreshments and discussion of Italian culture
Walks in nature for sunrise and sunset. We will also have a walking meditation to a nearby attraction.
Excursion to the beach to enjoy both free time and a short yoga practice.
Spread your arms, breathe & step into a land that will delight your senses. Focus on yourself & meaningful connections, open space, free time & good food!