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31.08.— 06.09.2024

When Women Gather: Ashtanga Yoga, Astrology & Women's Gathering

Lea Marie Perfetti

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As women, we are the keepers of life, the ultimate creative beings.

Throughout history, women have often gathered, tending to the needs of their community and their natural environment. They felt protected and supported by each other, they could lean into one another. 

Nowadays, we all carry deep cultural wounds that our patriarchal society has bestowed upon us. We've been conditioned to rigidly control various aspects of our lives, from the way we eat, to how we exercise and how we work. Many of us have never truly experienced the liberating sensation of living freely within our own bodies. Therefore, the most significant gift to ourselves and others lies in mastering the art of self-care—learning when to rest, when to push and when to wait.

This retreat with Lea Marie Perfetti is an invitation to show up for yourself unapologetically and to experience what it feels like to support and be supported by other women.

When we bring yoga, meditation, pranayama, and visualizations together in the sacred feminine with trust, great healing happens within our bodies, minds and spirits. Lea's aim in her work is to create an unfiltered environment where you can be totally you. Come to be heard, to listen, to be seen, and to understand you are not alone in your experience. Also come to laugh, giggle, cry and look inwards.

Daily schedule

In the mornings, Lea will guide you through a self-paced Ashtanga Yoga practice (Mysore style) in a non-dogmatic teaching way. The practice is open to all levels, you are invited to come with any challenges you have. You will learn how to use this powerful practice in a safe, yet empowering way. 

In the afternoons, we gather for Women's Circles, starting and ending with a guided meditation, an open space to share our experiences, questions and doubts. When we come together, our access to wisdom is infinite. Lea is also a practicing astrologer for over 10 years and will open some time slots to read your personal chart (not included and very limited).

The week will be supported by delicious and nourishing food, lots of free time to bask in the Italian sun, to enjoy a book or take walks in the magnificent nature of the Italian countryside and a trip to the beach. 

Our mission for this week is to equip you with the tools to live your life to the fullest, in a safe way, while embracing your unique self.

Please note: There is a minimum number of participants for this retreat. If this number is not reached 40 days before the start, we reserve the right to cancel the retreat.

With Lea Perfetti

Lea Perfetti was born in Upstate, NY. With degrees in Biology and Women's Studies from Syracuse University, Lea started to practice yoga in 2001, with various trips to Mysore, India, where she practiced under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. 

She has been teaching yoga internationally for over 20 years, is a practicing astrologer for over 10 years, doing thousands of charts of people from around the world. 

Lea has a deep passion and connection to what it means to be a woman her whole life. She is also a surfer, and lover of nature, living on a farm in Portugal with her husband, Tarik van Prehn, children and 4 dogs.

Retreat includes

Not included

31 August 2024
All levels
VILLA Pravernara, Italy
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A typical day at Villa Pravernara:

  • 08.00 — Tea, coffee, fruit
  • 08.30 — Meditation, Pranayama
  • 09.00 — Extended Morning Practice
  • 11:00 — Brunch
  • Mid-day — Free time, optional workshops, massages, excursions
  • 15.00 — Light snack 
  • 16.00 — Afternoon Practice
  • 19.30 — Dinner

Schedule might vary slightly and is subject to change.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival day: Check-in from 16.00.
Departure day: Usually no yoga class;' 9.00 breakfast; Check out until 11.00

What to bring:

  • Yoga equipment is available at our retreat location, however, if you prefer on to practice on your own mat, bring it with you
  • Towels and bed linen are available
  • Bring a beach/pool towel
  • Comfortable clothes suitable for movement and yoga and for the seasonal weather. In the summer it is usually hot and dry, but it can be a bit chilly from March to June and occasionally in October. You can check the weather report beforehand.
  • Shoes suitable for country walks
  • Personal toiletries, eg shampoo, shower gel etc. 
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash in Euros for excursions, snacks, treatments and meals out

We’ll let you know again what’s good to bring a few days before your retreat.