'Last July, I had the pleasure to host David Moore and Rossella Buono, in a six hour workshop at our studio in English Yoga Berlin. They brought the Alexander Technique into yoga and into my life. They provided me with the 'missing link' I was needing in order to take my yoga teaching to the next level. I understood that certain students were getting stuck in yoga poses because they were losing sight of the overall process of coordination. The 'missing link' was in understanding and coordinating the basic posture from which all other poses arise.... or in other words, understanding what 'sit up straight' really means.
In a merely six hour workshop I learned so much as a yoga teacher! I was so inspired by this workshop that I immediately starting applying my new knowledge to my every day yoga classes, getting a lot of positive feedback from students. Since then, I have been working on getting David and Rossella back to teach Berlin yoga teachers more about how these two practices can work together. I am delighted that in July 2018, the learning adventure will continue with a six day workshop doing just that!"
Pinelopi - yoga teacher of 10 years & our host at English Yoga Berlin retreat in 2018.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE, YOGA & MEDITATION RETREAT in ASSISI, ITALY
Wednesday 17 to Tuesday 23 June 2020
Join David Moore, Rossella Buono and other teachers for a week of learning and rejuvenation in historic Assisi.
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THE FONTEMAGGIO ASSISI RETREAT
Has been specially developed for yoga instructors, Alexander Technique teachers and those who are serious, curious and open-minded about their yoga practice.
Under David Moore's guidance you will find much of interest in working in a new way with familiar or unfamiliar poses. With thirty years of teaching experience in the Alexander Technique and yoga, David brings fresh and practical insights into how the Alexander Technique can contribute to yoga practice. David will invite enquiry from participants and draw on his highly regarded book 'Smart Yoga' during the Retreat. David and Rossella, take into account the wide variability in participants' ability and range of movement, and use these differences as a springboard to examine how we might deal intelligently with personal variability.
During the week-long Retreat participants can expect
Applying the Alexander Technique for safe and
effective yoga practice
Altering poses to suit a wide range of structural issues,
body-types, and flexibility
Dealing with pain and injury
How Hatha Yoga, Patanjali, and Buddhist insight
practices relate to the Alexander Technique
Bringing the practice into daily life
Balancing the autonomic nervous system
Mindfulness and meditation
For those interested, Smart Yoga: Apply the Alexander Technique to Enhance Your Practice, Prevent Injury, and Increase Body Awareness makes a great companion to yoga practice. More than an instruction manual, it is complete with visual examples and offers readers a critical approach to yoga practice. As a guide, Smart Yoga accommodates the needs of people with a diverse range of movement, in terms of injuries, structure, strength and flexibility. It offers comprehensive advice in modifying one's yoga practice.
The rustic Fontemaggio, Monte Subasio Park
Above: David Moore, is a Senior Alexander Teacher
& a Registered Senior teacher with Yoga Australia..
. David is the Director of the School for F M Alexander
Studies in Melbourne, which is the longest running
Alexander Technique School in Australia. .
Alexander Technique Teacher
Rossella regularly assists David Moore in delivering yoga and Alexander Technique workshops and retreats in Europe, most recently in Berlin, Prague and Chicago in 2018.
As well as operating a thriving Alexander Technique practice in Canterbury UK, Rossella travels extensively to both teach and to further her experience with senior Alexander Technique teachers throughout the world.
Rossella is the Co-director of the 12th Alexander Technique Congress to be held in Berlin in 2021. She is also the co-author of For the Love of Games, an almanac of ideas designed to assist with the teaching of the Alexander Technique and which can be applied in many other teaching situations.
Accommodation: The historic Fontemaggio is located within the Monte Subasio Park just 15 minutes walk away from the top of Assisi, at an altitude of 550m. Fontemmaggio is surrounded by hills and woodlands, offering an excellent opportunity for hiking and contemplation. The accommodation building has the benefit of standing alone but is part of a larger complex that includes a traditional restaurant, a coffee shop (they have good coffee and delectable ice cream), and a camping ground.
Meals: The menu will be vegetarian. Note that only breakfast and lunch are included in the fee. We will make our own arrangements for the evening meal, to give us the flexibility to be out for the evenings. The La Stalla restaurant is next door if you don't want to venture into town.There is also a kitchen for self-catering.
Fees include tuition, 2 private sessions, breakfast and lunch (vegetarian) and accommodation. The early bird discount of 10% of the full price is for bookings received up to March 1, 2020 with a minimum deposit of €400. or equivalent in pounds or Australian dollars. Balance to be paid by April 24.
All the rooms are ensuite with towels provided. Yoga mats will also be provided.
Single €1150 ($A1,905 or £1,065)
Double €995 (A$1545 or £920)
4 bedroom €945(A$1,565 or £875)
Payments in Euros can be made via Paypal to
Payments in Australian Dollars to Einstein's Moon BSB 033048
Account 133532 - SWIFT code - for overseas payments is WPACAU2S. If the sending bank requires 11 characters, use WPACAU2SXXX.
Payments in Pound Sterling to Rossella Buono (she will send you an invoice with bank account details).
Exchange rates from Euros will be updated monthly, but once you have booked the price will remain the same as for your booking date.
For cancellations received prior to March 1 - full refund less €75 handling fee
For cancellations received between March 1 and April 17- refund of fees paid less €400
For cancellations received after April 17 we cannot offer a refund.
We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance which will cover any losses in the case that you are forced to cancel.
Bring your partner: participants are welcome to bring a non-participating partner to the venue. There is plenty for them to do in the vicinity. Cost €375 for breakfast, lunch and sharing the room with you.
THE RETREAT PROGRAM
The program will be structured to allow for intensive yoga and Alexander Technique work plus two private lessons for each participant over the course of the retreat. In addition it will allow for sufficient time for people to be able to visit and enjoy the surrounding towns and countryside. The program listed below is indicative and may be altered somewhat in consultation with the participants.
The course will start with an afternoon introductory group followed by an evening meal, and will end in the morning on the last day.
The daily program.
6.30 – 7.00 Meditation
7.00 – 9.00 - Yoga
9.00 – 10.00 - Breakfast
10.00 – 13.00 Alexander Technique Group
13.00– 14.00 Lunch
After 2pm - private lessons will be organised in the afternoon or evening. There will be free times for outings including a visits to Assisi and Perugia and a guided tour of the artwork at the cathedral.. Depending on timing and interest we may do a late afternoon session in either yoga or Alexander Technique.