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John Scott Ashtanga Yoga Retreat
Tuscany, Italy; 9-16 June 2018
The retreat will run from Saturday 9 June until Saturday 16 June, with 6 Mysore self-practice sessions starting on Sunday 10 June. There will be some afternoon workshops during the week. The cost includes half board (post-practice brunch and early dinner, all vegetarian), tuition and room.
The retreat will take place in a large 18th-century farmhouse which is part of the wonderful Country Wine Estate of Colognole (www.colognole.it). Il Frantoio is set away from the main agriturismo and is entirely self-contained, with its own garden, swimming pool, bbq area, and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the pristine air and tranquil countryside; a perfect retreat from the modern world. This boutique retreat is unique in that we will have maximum 10 students, providing a wonderful opportunity to deepen or establish a practice with John's guidance and attention. For more information contact Kamin
For over 30 years a dedicated, direct and certified student of Guruji, Shri K Pattabhi Jois (Mysore, South India), John is still practicing and exploring the techniques passed directly to him and is continually discovering new meanings to the gems of wisdom that Guruji left for his students to pass on. Through the experience of teaching the Vinyasa count to fellow practitioners, it has come to John’s understanding how the “Count” when recited (as if reciting a mantra by both teacher and practitioner) takes the practice to a whole new level of focus, bringing not just Breath and Body into synchronicity, but also Mind, Breath and Body. John is one of the world's most renowned and sought-after teachers and we are honoured to have him with us in Tuscany again, for an exclusive small group practice.
Situated 30km from Florence, the agriturismo of the Country Wine Estate of Colognole is a little corner of paradise, as yet little known by tourists, and jealously guarded by its residents. The estate of Colognole has been lovingly tended by the same family for over 130 years and ranges over vineyards, olive groves and the foothills of the Apennines. It overlooks the Sieve river valley, a tributary of the Arno river which flows through Florence. Tourists rarely make it to this area which is on the edge of the gorgeous Mugello region and near the nature reserves of the Casentino. The woods and hills of Colognole are full of wildlife and the estate produces its own superlative wine, olive oil, and honey. We take over the independent house of Frantoio for the retreat, offering us total privacy, our own swimming pool and garden, with the main hotel and restaurant of the estate just a few minutes walk away. Just 30 minutes by train from Florence, Colognole is the perfect retreat from the world, with breathtaking views, clean delicious air and, even in the heat of high summer, breezes that keep things fresh.
My sister Narmin and I have been long-time yoga students, having started practicing at the age of 6 and 5 respectively in Iran, where there was a yoga show on television taught by a friend of the family. We have been keen students of Ashtanga since the late 1990s. Narmin is now one of John's 500-hour certified teachers and teaches at SYL London. I, Kamin, have studied different methods with many wonderful teachers around the world in the past 25 years and have been teaching since 2002. I am a qualified massage therapist and Reiki Level II Practitioner, and there will be both massage and Reiki on offer during the week, as well as Kamin's Magic Balm Treatment, which combines healing massage with Reiki and the power of my home-made olive oil balm. We established our yoga weeks with John Scott in 2014 in order to bring his unique light to this beautiful corner of Tuscany, to share with a small group of dedicated practitioners the potently healing combination of John's teaching and this tranquil, beautiful and untouched part of unknown rural Tuscany with its fresh air and extremely fine local produce .