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29 September – 6 October


Join Vanessa McCarthy and enjoy 4 days, or a full week, deepening your understanding and practice of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method as much as the beautiful southern Italy weather at this time of the year. Leaving you cleansed, refreshed and strong for the Autumn season to come.

Through daily practices, meditation, pranayama, and self-inquiry, Vanessa will guide you through all the aspect of the method. The physical, psychological, and therapeutic aspects of yoga will be explored.

Practices in the morning and workshops in the afternoon in the beautiful « Surya Shala »

Please note the retreat will be mostly in French but English speakers are welcome too (as a translator will be there for them).


  • 3 nights – from Saturday the 29th of September till Tuesday the 2nd of October
  • 7 nights – from Saturday the 29th of September till Saturday the 6th of October

This retreat is designed for practitioners of all abilities. People with injuries and special conditions are absolutely welcome to join.

Some familiarity with the standing and closing sequence of the Ashtanga system is requested.



From Sunday 30th til Friday the 5th
 8 -10am Led Primary Class. For all levels from beginners to more advanced practitioners. Everybody can participate even though not completed the full series.

From Sunday 30th til Friday the 5th
16-18pm Workshops covering anatomy, details of the ashtanga method as well as techniques of pranayama and meditation. (more info to come)

For info and reservation, please contact Veronique Gerin to the following email address:


Vanessa has always been interested in body and mind. After 2 years in medical school, a few years of hip-hop, and a Master of graphic design, she discovered yoga in NY early 2000, a natural meeting point between her taste for movement and a philosophy of life that she adopts as a teenager with Buddhism.
Back in France in 2004, a change of direction, she puts her overflowing and communicative energy at the service of yoga teaching. Her fiery temperament combined with a very solid 3 years teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (EFAY) have made her one of the most recognized Ashtanga teachers in France. Vanessa believes in the potential of all and she enthusiastically shares her knowledge that she continues tirelessly to deepen through the texts, the practice, her own research and in contact with the “seniors” of Ashtanga, heirs of the method (Darby, Garrigues, Maehle … etc)


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