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December 26 – January 2 

Venturing in the awakening

New Year Yoga Retreat
with Francesca Maniglio

The days between Solstice and the New Year are a magical, luminous time period, when anything is possible. It’s the time of year where most of us are talking about their New Resolutions but these resolutions soon dissorve as fast as all the glitter and the sparkle of the celebrations.

New Year is an ancient holiday with deep spiritual roots, I have prepared a unique retreat for the participating guests. We will embark on a journey within, through the ashtanga practice in the morning. The daily afternoon practices will include extracts and aspects of my favourite readings and deepening certain areas of yoga that I consider essential, enlightening and liberating. In our spare time, outside Agricola Samadhi, I will show you my favourite places in nature, extremely unique locations.

We will venture in a self journey, allowing, recognizing what emerges, recognizing the un-necessary, letting go, disconnecting from the heavy load we carry on our shoulders daily that prevents us to just be. The over emotionalized reactivism of the conscious mind stands between you and the true peace and harmony you seek, as well as creating blockages and barriers to your ability to understanding life as it unfolds.

We must begin within: the awakening of your self to yourSelf.

Our new years night is carefully designed to deepen self inquiry and deeply root and empower the intention. With a series of parctices such as mauna, meditation, kirtan sessions, moments in nature, sharing around a fire our insights and goals.


No prior yoga experience is required. All levels welcome. Awakening the body, the Re-connect to the self.

We strive for an identical goal of peace, harmony and love.

Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” That starts with intention. In this special week we will deepen this: how you want to be in this world. How might you remind yourself to be more intentional about that? You might practice this: “Breathing in, I open to my intention; breathing out, I let it be.”

The minimum number of participants is five. Beginners are very welcome as well as regular practitioners.

The place is here, the time is now. Join us.

Francesca Maniglio – BIO:

aka Frizzi, is founder and president of the association YIS (Yoga in Salento). Each year she hosts and organizes workshops, courses for yoga teachers and intensive courses with highly qualified international teachers . The association YIS, active in the area since 2007, has distinguished itself over the years as an important international yoga center, a meeting point of multiple experiences, opened to different practices deepened over time.

With a genuine love for teaching and for yoga, she teaches with enthusiasm, generosity, commitment and devotion. She is grateful to the masters with whom she had the privilege to study (John Scott, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, BNS Iyengar, Manju Jois, Mark Darby, David Swenson, David Williams, Lino Miele, Louise Ellis, Tina Pizzimenti, Sharon Gannon and David Life), and she is joyful for the practice’s sublime benefits.

She graduated in philosphy at the University of Milan. After degree she studies and works as a filmmaker in NYC for 5 years. While living in NYC, she meets yoga in an open class held by David Life, founder and director with Sharon Gannon, of the Jivamukti yoga school & method.

In 2006 she studies and graduates in Mysore, India, under the leadership of BNS Iyengar in Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama. In 2009 she accomplishes the three-year course AYBO of Giuliano Vecchiè, then she graduates as Ashtanga teacher from UISP – CONI.   In 2014 she completes the Teacher Training in Ashtanga Yoga by John Scott.


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