R E T R E A T S

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WHY DO A RETREAT?


The retreat experience is something special and profound.

Among the many opportunities it offers, one is very close to my heart and that is to be able to enter into a dimension dictated by the essential. 

In other words, it gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in what we need at that precise moment, allowing us to exclude for a while the superfluous, what we can also do without or what we burden ourselves with.

Without so many distractions, it gives us the opportunity to live in the moment, that famous much talked about 'here and now' state.

In the company of ourselves, our fellow travellers and the nature around us.

It is a breath of fresh, regenerating air. 
Of sharing. 
Full of surprises.

It is not a total loss of contact with the world, but I would say it is more a reduction of the many external stimuli, allowing us to enjoy more of the less and the essential, directing our attention only there, giving us renewed energy in return.

It is also an opportunity to do some sorting.

When we see that the wardrobe at home no longer closes because of how much stuff is in it, what do we do then? We sort.

Some we give away, some we sell, some we throw away.

And we keep what we know we will really need.

The wardrobe has space again and we...we even find that old blouse or trouser that we had forgotten about in the course of time, but which we really liked!

So also through the Retreat we create space, in our minds, in our joints, in our relationships with others, rediscovering with a renewed look the old forgotten and experiencing the new in a dimension of welcome and good company!

 

ARRIVAL

Sunday, 03.09.2023 welcome, accommodation in rooms and dinner together

DEPARTURE

Saturday, 09.09.2023 breakfast and departure


LIMITED PLACES IN RESIDENCE

Minimum 4 Maximum 7 

It is also possible to take part as an external.


WHERE

Casa Valle Sturara in Sant' Urbano Padova, where the Via Rosse Theatre Production Centre has its headquarters.

Sant' Urbano is a municipality located in the heart of the Po Valley. 

It is there that actress and director Sabine Uitz decided to renovate an old country house to turn it into a centre where she can create her own theatre productions, hold her residential seminars and host people who, like her, wish to communicate through art.

Not least because of its quietness and location away from the city, the place is also suitable for yoga and meditation seminars.

https://viarosse.jimdofree.com

DAY STRUCTURE

Morning block

07:00 - 8:30 Individual breakfast preparation 

09:00 - 10:00 Shamata, Vipassana, Maitri/Metta meditation + brief discussion

10:00 - 11:30 Dynamic Vinyasa

12:00 - 13:30 Preparation and lunch together 


Afternoon block

Time to oneself: siesta, walk, reading, shopping, chatting, etc.

17:00 - 18:30 Restorative / Yin Yoga

19:00 - 20:30 Preparation and dinner together

Times may vary slightly, according to the needs of the group.


To bring:

Your own yoga mat. 
Any other props of your choice are welcome (pillows, blocks, blankets etc.).

In any case, blankets, blocks and belts will be provided.

HOW TO REACH CASA VALLE STURARA

BY AIR

Berlin - Bologna (Ryanair) 
From Bologna airport to Bologna central train station.
From Bologna train direction Venice and get off in Rovigo or other nearby city that will be communicated, from where you will be picked up by car and taken to Casa Valle Sturara.

Berlin - Venice (easy jet) 
From Venice airport to Venice central station.
From Venice by train in the direction of Bologna and get off at Rovigo or another nearby city that will be communicated, from where you will be picked up by car and driven to Casa Valle Sturara.

BY CAR

from Padua, 40 minutes: A13 exit Boara Pisani
from Este, 15 minutes: direction via Deserto, Villa Estense
from Vicenza, 1 hour: A31 exit Via Badia

Via Valle Sturara, 16
35040 Sant' Urbano, Padua

 

FURTHER​ INFORMATION ABOUT LOCATION

Casa Valle Sturara is located in Sant'Urbano (PD) in the Veneto countryside (northern Italy) about an hour's drive from Venice and half an hour from Padua and Ferrara.  

The beautiful town of Este is about 10 minutes away.

The name Valle Sturara derives from the old fishing valleys that were also found in this part of Veneto centuries ago. It is an area of rivers and canals.

During its renovation, an attempt was made to recover the spirit of the house.  Thus a rural place with no future was transformed into a creative space, a happy island in the countryside.

Casa Valle Sturara is a working space but also a meeting point. It is a container that welcomes individual artists, groups and course participants. 

The house offers on the ground floor a space for eating and being together, on the first floor there are several bedrooms. 

In addition to the house, with its intimate and cosy structure, there is also a simple room with a wooden floor (4 x 10 m), a former shed converted into a place for artistic-creative work, but also for other activities such as yoga. 

The spaces around the house are suitable for outdoor activities. 

Towels and bed linen are provided.

There is WiFi.

COSTS

RESIDENTIAL OPTION at CASA VALLE STURARA


Accommodation

for 6 nights including bed linen and towels

150,-€ up to 4 persons

120,-€ from 5 persons
+
60€ final cleaning to be shared

Food costs are extra

 

Seminar (10 classes /20 hours)

 230,- € with registration until 31.03.2023   

 250,-€ for registration after 31.03.2023  


OPTIONS FOR EXTERNALS


Seminar (10 classes /20 hours)

230,- € for registration by 31.03.2023   

250,-€ for registration after 31.03.2023  


One day

50,- including classes, lunch and dinner
 

ATTENTION

Casa Valle Sturara has been reserved until 31.03.2023.
If by that date the minimum number of 4 participants in residence has been reached, the Retreat will take place regularly.

Otherwise it will be cancelled and postponed to another date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W O R K S H O P S

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For those who cannot take part in the weekday Retreat (04.-08./09.2023) but wish to treat themselves to a half-day practice at the weekend, here is the alternative:
 

SEMINAR (EXTRA) AT CASA VALLE STURARA

Saturday, 09.09.2023
from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
VINYASA, YIN, RESTORATIVE YOGA and RESONANCE MEDITATION
A 2 hour and 30 minute immersion in vinyasa, yin and restorative yoga practice and shamata/vipassana meditation.


The practice of Vinyasa Yoga is dynamic, vigorous, fluid. 
It pays attention to the precision and alignment of the asanas, as well as the transitions that connect them and the breath that leads them.

The practice of Yin Yoga is slow, allowing time to go deep, gently awakening fascia, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones.

The practice of Restorative Yoga is an active form of relaxation and regeneration of the body through letting go and supporting supports, where doing less is considered more. From the series "rest and digest"
 
The practice of Shamata/Vipassana meditation leads to quiet abiding and introspection, the Maitri/Metta practice puts us in connection and harmony with who and what surrounds us

STRUCTURE 

10:30 - 11:00 Shamata/Vipassana meditation + brief impressions

11:00 - 12:15 Dynamic Vinyasa

12:15 - 13:00 Restorative / Yin Yoga

With short break


COSTS

33,-€

To bring:

Your own yoga mat. 

Any other props of your choice are welcome (pillows, blocks, blankets etc.).

In any case, blankets, blocks and belts will be provided.

 

CONTACTS and REGISTRATION

cristiana.bat@gmail.com
mobil: 0049.(0)152 21931157

WHERE

Via Valle Sturara, 16
35040 Sant' Urbano, Padua


HOW TO GET THERE By car 

from Padua, 40 minutes: A13 Boara Pisani exit
from Este, 15 minutes: Via Deserto direction, Villa Estense
from Vicenza, 1 hour: A31 exit Via Badia


Casa Valle Sturara in Sant' Urbano Padua, where the Via Rosse Theatre Production Centre has its headquarters.

Sant' Urbano is a municipality located in the heart of the Po Valley. https://viarosse.jimdofree.com

It was there that actress and director Sabine Uitz decided to renovate an old country house to turn it into a centre where she could create her own theatre productions, give her own residential workshops and host people who, like her, wish to communicate through art.

Not least because of its quietness and location away from the city, the place is also suitable for yoga and meditation seminars

 

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OF THE SERIES: PREVENTION IS BETTER


We certainly cannot have everything under control.

At the same time, however, we have been given the opportunity to think, to reason, to CHOOSE.

For example, we can choose to try to actively act on our health.

One of the many teachings of yoga is called SAUCHA.

It is the first point of the NYAMA (from the 8 branches of yoga handed down by Patanjali).

SAUCHA speaks to us of care and cleansing, of the body and the mind.

The aim, here too, is nothing other than to stay healthy and Saucha teaches us that, through care and cleansing of body and mind, we contribute to maintaining a healthy body that lets its immune system work undisturbed and lets the vis medicatrix naturae work (a concept, by the way, handed down to us by Hippocrates... All in all, in ancient times, east and west of the earth did not have such different visions of health).

As it happens, one can actually say that the immune system goes hand in hand with the lymphatic system.

In fact, to use an expression once bequeathed to us by our grandparents, they are just like 'shirt and ass'. :-)

So by working on the lymphatic system, with stimulation and cleansing practices, we help maintain an efficient immune system.

What are some of these stimulation and cleansing practices?

For example, ASANA. Yes.

Asanas not only affect the motor system, strengthening and making the muscles stronger and the joints more mobile and well-oiled.

The Asanas also act as a pump for the lymphatic system, which also needs a little help from the flowers because from within it sometimes gets clogged and jammed, creating stagnations full of 'waste', i.e. toxins.

Another example is the PRANAYAMA, i.e. the control of the breath, which teaches us, among other things, how to make the best use of the breath and direct it consciously to where oxygen is needed, also helping to get rid of toxins.

And also yogic and ayurvedic practices such as JALA NETI, nasal showers with water and salt, ARISTA, tongue cleansing with a tongue cleaner or the 'very tasty' OIL PULLING, i.e. washing the mouth with sesame or coconut oil.

All of these practices help to rid us of the bacteria that have been lying dormant in our noses and mouths and skim them off before they continue their journey down the oesophagus and trachea..... arriving where it is most difficult to flush them out.

So, what did the title say? Prevention is better ;-)

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