Yoga & Body Soul Movement retreat
1-8 May 2015


From the Body to the Spirit - a Yoga Healing Retreat in a wild land of Casina Settarte in South-Italy with Federica Clemente


Probably the most affordable yoga retreat in Europe!




There is a jewel lotus flower unfolding deep within my Soul
To be a jewel lotus flower unfolding is the highest goal
Hare Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Om Mani Padme Hum

This is Yoga to me: to Discover, Honor and Let our divine nature unfold, shine and guide us through life with ALL its challenges and pains, ALL its beauty and infinite possibilities.

This RETREAT is designed to guide the student in finding their spiritual path (sadhana), in order to live a more fulfilling, balanced and peaceful life.

This RETREAT is an opportunity to connect with the unlimited wise teaching of Mother Nature.

This RETREAT is an opportunity to awaken our ability to be content and happy.


What makes this A UNIQUE RETREAT? Because the truth of the work, the real wildness/beauty of the location, and the healing power of our services. Because our unique holistic approach means that you will be heard and cared for with compassion, clear understanding and love.


Relax and open your heart to nature's peaceful energy and invigorating environment.
Focus on yourself and connection with others.
Experience delicious healthy food.
During a retreat, you have the opportunity for an extended, deep experience of healing, transformation and joy.
Yoga is not a physical exercise, yoga is a holistic system that sees the human being as body, breath, mind/intellect/ego and spirit (Atman). During this course we will explore these aspect of our Beings as a journey of self-discovery and powerful awakening.



Retreat Includes:

Two Yoga Classes daily - early morning and later afternoon including:
-Asana: to start with building the correct base, we will gradually learn a dynamic sequence of hatha vinyasa flow focused on

alignment, movement and synchronized breathing

strength and grace

opening and flexibility

steadiness and effortlessness.


-Pranayama: the science of breathing will be our fundamental tool to calm the mind and to awaken our energy force, or Prana. We will also understand the connection between mind,body and emotion.

Chanting and Meditation: Devotion and Stillness will be our friends to discover our inner source of faith, compassion and gratitude.

4 classes of body-soul movement :

Everybody has an internal dance vibrating inside. Dancing stimulates physical, mental and emotional transformation.

Through authentic, free movement we will release the deep tension and limitation that blocks our freedom and vitality. We will shake off the mind’s heavy burden of past experiences and their associated judgments.

We will follow the faith and wisdom of the heart, and accept ourselves without fear – especially the aspects we dislike, don’t accept, and often neglect.

Through self expression, we will reach a new form of dialogue and union with ourselves. We will play with ourselves. We will challenge our ego and light up our "story". We will challenge our comfort zone and feel lighter.


Through dancing, singing, playing, breathing and touching we will feed the parts of our body and soul that we have buried, forgot and ignored. In short, we will reveal and awaken their natural states of being.

We are here to believe in our true self. We are here to shed unnecessary weight. We are here to fully embrace who we are (embody deeply who we are) and feel free.


Rituals and Ceremonies to embrace nature in our process of learning and growing together. This will be our healing part of the journey that Federica will guide using her shamanic knowledge and intuition. Walks in nature are included also for sunrise and sunset. Fire ceremony and water ceremony. Also we will have a excursion to the beach to enjoy our practice there!

Lecture and Discussion in a circle/sharing about yoga philosophy, how to embrace spirituality in our daily life and self-development.



TEACHER: Federica Clemente is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor who has practiced and studied Mysore Ashtanga, Iyengar and other forms of yoga. With a background in professional dance, craniosacral therapy and shamanic healing, Federica brings to her classes and workshops a wealth of background information in the mechanics of dynamic movement, energy flow and effective healing techniques. Yet, she teaches with an attitude of fun, playfulness and acceptance.

Federica has 8 years of experience with teaching retreats and workshops all around the world. More about Federica

Location: Casina Settarte. Immersed in nature between olive, fig and almond trees, Casina Settarte is a calm and peaceful residency for rehearsal, workshops, and dynamic research. We are located in a wonderful area called the Valle d’Itria. It is here that you find the famous trulli (ancient stone houses with a conical roof). view website

At Casina Settarte we have a large, spacious 200 platform/room with a wood floor for dancing and yoga. It is protected from the sun but open to the surrounding environment. We also have a lovely enclosed room for meditation and chanting.


We are near wonderful beaches, and a 20-minute drive to the riserva Torre Guaceto. Excursion to the beaches and yoga on the beach are included!

Casina Settarte hosts workshops on permaculture and food forest, which means we are very environmentally friendly and don’t use any chemicals. Just this year we are starting to plant new fruit trees to reforest the land!

This Retreat Includes:

  • Accommodations (see below for prices)

  • 3 meals a day

  • All the classes + ceremony + walks in nature + beach excursion

  • Special offer a 60-minute massage with Federica.

430 euro*– Camping in our beautiful land at Casina Settarte. Bring your own tent, live in nature, wake up with the sunrise and the birds....the perfect yoga natural experience! Mattresses are available if you need it! This option includes common bathrooms and showers.

460 euro* – double or triple shared accommodations at Casina Settarte:

  • the fish house, a very traditional little stone house with bathroom outside.

  • the cave, an incredible room built within a cave, with bathroom outside.

  • the trullo, a rustic and authentic Valle d`Itria house with bathroom inside.

600 or 690 euro* Single or shared room with private bathroom at Riposo del Vento, a wonderful hotel bed & breakfast near Casina Settarte. With a swimming pool, and all the comforts and facilities you may need! NOTE : You wont need a car because we will have a transport system to drop and pick up!

*all inclusive (transportation to and from airport not included)
OFFER AVAIBLE: write to us if you are willing to do karma yoga work-exchange!

FOOD : we cook vegetarian food and we use our own products from our vibrant, organic vegetable garden! We buy food km will eat some traditional Italian gourmet cuisine combined with other healthy options! We will eat together in our outdoor kitchen/dining area with beautiful views of the valley!


Free Time: The retreat is an intense journey meant to inspire and nourish you. 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, play music, rest, read, walk, swim, and more - or less!





"The Body Soul Movement Experience is unparalleled and exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable!

Frederica and Joshua are gracious hosts: full of energy, expertise, willingness and eagerness to assist guests achieve balance and spiritual renewal. I exited Body Soul Movement feeling revitalized, renewed, and in many senses reborn.

The retreat curriculum was customized to meet my individual needs as was my entire stay at the lovely Case Verde La Ventana! There were so many high points to this experience…from the incredible and delectable daily vegetarian gourmet meals and fresh pressed juices created by Joshua to the world class Yoga instruction, dance classes, and one-on-one posturing facilitated by Frederica.

I entered the retreat with intention to enhance my practice and was wowed with Frederica’s incomparable expertise, assessment of my postures, and assistance in improving them! Our daily sessions helped tremendously and enabled me to exit with confidence knowing my areas of opportunity and the skill-set to improve them on my own!!!

Her class instruction and method of hands-on teaching is undisputedly my best learning experience and teaching in a Yoga environment. Frederica facilitates an environment where Yogis of all levels of expertise are able to learn and engage in an impactful way that will resonate with Yogis well beyond the retreat!

As if the daily curriculum packed with exciting and new ventures was not enough, Joshua and Frederica facilitated a desert walk where they took me deep into the desert to gaze at one of the most amazing views one will ever see! I was in awe of how beautiful and close the stars and sky appeared. It was a surreal experience where I felt I could literally touch the sky!

Two additional experiences that placed the retreat over the top are the Temazcal and Spa Services facilitated by Frederica. Being present with the women in the Temazcal and sharing our time together in this spiritual way is one of my fondest memories of my time in La Ventana. The Temazcal detox protocol is an experience all in itself that I urge everyone to try at least once in their lifetime if not many times. I exited the Temazcal feeling lighter spiritually, physically, and mentally while my skin and body looked and felt amazing! My 32 year old self exited with the softness and glow of my skin at birth! I was wowed by how solid and soft everything appeared from head to toe!

Frederica also provided a massage and much needed crano sacral therapy. It’s hard to pin point exactly what happened in the process because it too was a surreal experience but what I can say is I left feeling light in every sense of the word. I immediately felt physically and spiritually renewed as if many burdens were lifted right from inside. I was no longer bogged down with work stress, worry, or fear. I felt a great sense of peace, calm, and J-O-Y after Frederica worked her magic with her hands! Imagine that! I wholeheartedly believe her hands are a gift and she's gifted in providing healing through service to others.

I am still in disbelief regarding how perfect my experience was at Body Soul Movement. I’ve attended numerous retreats Worldwide and this stay tops my time in Bali, Shanghai, BC, and every other place. The superior level of service, professionalism, and expertise, at this retreat, makes it my new favorite place in the world! I WILL attend the next retreat in April and will definitely bring people with me!

Lastly, I have to mention the property is amazing and is undersold in the retreat description as the ocean is literally footsteps from the accommodations and can be seen from room’s view. The property and its accommodations are priceless. Guests feel a sense of safety, security, and luxury that cannot be beaten with a bat!

Everything one would need at a Yoga Retreat is within very small footsteps, not to mention access to bikes, snorkeling and kiting gear! It is an awesome destination for a vacation, retreat, or simple time to just enjoy nature and its many views!

Body Soul Movement is a perfect 10 that I urge anyone serious about starting and/or furthering their practice to experience! "