"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. Its 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. Ive 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 rooms 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!"
"Federica’s retreats are special and like nothing I have experienced before . One of the girls I met at the retreat said to me that Federica is the nearest thing to an angel that she has observed and I agree. She is a healer, a teacher, a mother and a friend. I feel blessed that I was guided to meet this beautiful woman. I can honestly say my life has changed for the better. She has a natural ability to tap into the deepest emotions in a kind and safe way. Yoga, dance and woman’s circles are all amazing and of course the fabulous food prepared by Natascha and Alessandro as well as Joshua’s support with travel etc. and Lamine’s support at the retreat center. Thank you and namaste
"I travelled all the way from North America for this retreat – and it was easily the best money I have ever spent. If you live in Europe, do not even think twice about it – go.
It is hard to know where to begin to describe the experience I had in Puglia on Federica’s retreat. It was a completely life-changing trip. I arrived closed up and wounded; I had been dealing with serious childhood trauma, as well as a recent divorce. I find the winter holidays to be difficult. I was taking steps at home towards healing, but I had gone through such a difficult time that I wondered whether I would ever come out on the other side.
When I came across the retreat, I somehow knew it was for me. I booked everything at the last minute – and it was the best decision I have ever made. I mean that literally. I have made plenty of good decisions! This one, though, will stay with me for my entire life.
The retreat itself brings together women from all over the world – and that alone is a powerful and amazing thing. I made friendships that will last a lifetime. But on top of that, Federica is a perceptive and talented leader. That does not even begin to describe it. She is truly amazing. She can tell when you hold back, or are not in your body. I feel more in my body now than I ever have, in my entire life. The yoga and the movement classes were incredible; I feel both grounded and strong. The meditation was also wonderful; I had not meditated much before, but I came to love it and will be continuing the practice here at home.
Don’t get me wrong; I will continue the work that I began in Puglia. The retreat didn’t fix me. But it did provide me with a solid foundation, which was something I feel I didn’t quite have before. It filled up my love tank – all these amazing women, being open and supportive. It felt like being a kid in a loving family. I am now home, and while I am experiencing some sadness – I wish I could go back in time a bit! – I am also, for the first time, feeling like I don’t need anything. I don’t feel alone in the world, anymore. I am going to start a woman’s circle where I live, because it’s clear to me that there is such a need for this kind of thing, all over the world.
The food was fantastic and plentiful.
In short, I went on this retreat full of hope that it would help me change. Amazingly, it did. I am different. I am open to the world in a way I haven’t been since I was very, very little. I learned a lot of yoga, and that was wonderful – and I also learned a lot about life. Federica is incredibly wise; I would encourage anyone to go on a retreat with her. As for me, I’ll be back! *A practical note: I did NOT pack enough. If you go on the retreat in Italy (in the winter), it can be cold. Coming from North America, I was not practical enough about this. Don’t pack light for this trip – I did, and thankfully Federica loaned me some long-sleeved shirts!"
"Federicas retreat is something extraordinary. Federica is someone extraordinary. I don't know how else to put it. She has a rare intuition and manages to see every single person for who she is. To watch this magic unfold, while being part of it, is unreal. This is so much more than a yoga retreat, although yoga is a big part of it, but expect to nurture your soul as well as your body. We were a large group of ladies who very quickly bonded and dared to open up to each other, and from that and with Federica guiding us, we grew so much. I am determined to keep this with me, being back in my daily life. I am in no doubt that going to Italy for this New Year's retreat, was one of the biggest presents I have ever given myself. The location is fantastic, I loved that we were alone there with no disturbances and still at close proximity to the ever so gorgeous village of Ostuni and the sea. I thought I would have loads of time for book reading and what have we, but days went quickly, with a routine you soon get the hang of and get to enjoy. The food was outstanding and the love that you're embraced with will stay with you. Highest recommendations to anyone open for going that one layer deeper while improving your yoga-bod and general health. With love!"
"Yoga Body Soul movement retreat was amazing, interesting, inspiring and unique experience. I was searching for something like this, deep and capable of touching my soul. I feel that something inside of me has changed. Federica is incredible woman and teacher, full of energy, able to feel each one of participants and also all group. She has been great inspiration during all retreat and gave me instruments to go profound. This retreat is the best gift any woman can give to her self."
"Talk about being taken to another level; physicially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!Federica is an amazing, multi-talented woman - natural, earthy, energetic, funny, intelligent and strong through and through. She was able to bring raw emotions out in the most pure and honest way in the Women's Circle by listening and using the multiple tools that she possesses.Federica's work speaks for itself! During Yoga lessons, Frederica was very alert and aware of every move anyone made and was quick in correcting postures. My spine has never felt so erect in half the century that I've lived! One of my purposes of this retreat was to advance a bit in yoga, but not only was that achieved but I came out emotionally healed! Not to mention the wonderful women I met there!Thank you Federica for making this possible. Namaste."
"It was my first retreat ever and it was a new and wonderful experience! The combination of the wonderful place and surroundings on the 8 hectare wild ground, the coaching from Frederica, the freedom in the afternoon and different aspects in the programs (yoga, dance, massage, talking, woman circles, etc) made a great impression on me.Frederica is a great, energetic and pure woman who gives the group the right respectful of energy. She looked through my boundaries and touched my soul. I have never met someone who can do this. I am so grateful!I would recommend every woman to this retreat. It will give you a moment of peace and you will become more in touch with your soul!"
"The retreat was amazing for body and soul. Frederica Clemente really knows what she does and she is an amazing woman! The whole week went smoothly and it was very much fun to discuss women's topics in the women's circle. The classes were variate and Frederica really goes to the core. The accommodation was really good and clean. The food was vegetarian and healthy. "
"Federica is a powerful, multi-talented woman with a huge amount of positive energy. She really puts in over 100% of her time to make sure everyone is happy and personally taken care of. Unlike many other yoga retreats where you don't get much one to one time, her retreats are different.
The week away really helped me unwind and put things into perspective. It felt more like a "holiday" than a serious yoga retreat. We did African dancing and body soul movement, chanting, and yoga massage. I felt like I could have done more actual rigorous yoga, but it made me a lot more aware of my alignment and holding poses for so long was really tough. You feel grounded and a lot more open after her classes. I stayed at the B&B which was gorgeous. Puglia itself is beautiful with rolling hills, and the people are super friendly and hospitable.
The food at the retreat was delicious, macrobiotic vegeterian food. If you want a week away for some introspection in a stunning environment and yoga in a no frills attached environment - this is the place."
"The Women's New Year Retreat was a unique experience for me! The secluded location, it's proximity to nature are necessary for such an extraordinary journey. The work is directed towards balancing body, mind and soul. Federica's dedication, love, intuition and passion for her calling is unbounded. "
"The people in the group and their stories, their strength, compassion and drive for transformation were very inspirational to me."
"I would definitely go again!"
"I had a wonderful stay at Maya Yoga. The location was pretty cool, up a hill on an Italian's family's property.Federica and Joshua were very hospitable. Federica is very passionate about what she does and Joshua is the best cook ever! The retreat was a good mix between serious stuff (yoga, meditation, fire ceremonies, chanting etc.) and holiday stuff like the beach and a good laugh. So it was good fun!I would definitely recommend Maya Yoga."
"Maya Yoga was a joyful retreat, every aspect was cared for and the group quickly became friends. Frederica’s energy guided us throughout the 8 days of yoga, philosophy, meditation, massage, African dance, body soul movement, ceremony and discussions. We kindly supported each other through this joyful journey. The food by Josh was delicious and plentiful, with beautiful attention to detail and a taste-bud opening experience for any non-vegetarian. Wonderful food and care. I would highly recommend the retreat, the surrounding environment was stunning, great for walks and the beach was a paradise. In May the flowers left the air sweet and warm."
"During my yoga retreat in Italy, I was looked after by Federica Clemente, a really beautiful woman with a big heart. I am saying it this way because she has a natural empathy towards others and that is a very good quality as a yoga teacher, and more generally, as a person.
She has helped me in many ways to develop my yoga practice with her wonderful advice during classes which, thanks to her great yogic experience, were a combination of different techniques. She has also shown me ways to go deeper with my asana practice and, very importantly, within myself. She has taught me many things about my own power as a woman, like how to get in touch with my feminine self.
Her spiritual approach about yoga and life make her a wonderful and sweet teacher. She is able to understand, to listen, to help, sometimes in a silent, respectful way, sometimes with a more active interaction.
In Casina Settarte, I also discovered a wonderful way of life. The food cooked by Josh was tasty and made with love. The surroundings that we discovered during our afternoon trips were very nice as there are so many things to do around. Sometimes, I just chilled out in Casina Settarte. I really felt a total reconnection with the Earth, Nature and its elements. I felt serene and purified.
The Body and Soul Movement classes were perfect too, I really loved the Afro dance classes, as I often say, they were 'Wow, something else!'
Thank you Federica, I have so much gratitude for you and for everyone I've met during this retreat. I really enjoyed everything and I still feel the effects of what I have been taught and shown a month later. Wonderful experience."
"Federica brought out so much life, compassion, stillness, movement, awareness, a sense of community and confidence not only in myself but in all the people who attended her workshops here in the little town of Dunsborough. A breath of fresh air!! I would love our paths to cross again... in learning, sharing, being, friendship and wisdom."
"Federica reminds our bodies how they can naturally move, she helped me to remove my mind from the experience of having a massage and allow another person's healing touch to release locked in tensions and toxins. Once this healing starts, the unlimited future unfolds before us.............thank you Federica. I would recommend all therapists in natural healing and therapies to go on one of Federica's workshops. She will re-inspire you to find the strength and healing you have inside and show you how to reconnect with the body, breath and each other." ~Yolanda, ayurvedic doctor
"The workshop was a lesson for me to follow my intuition and joy. I was so happy - thank you so much for your guidance. I find myself crying at how much I live not in alignment with my true self...and yet not knowing what to do either...frustation and anger keep arising and I breath love and gratitude."
"Thank you so much Federica! Your workshop was so amazing for me, I feel like I have a whole new outlook on my work. This week all my clients have commented on my work being "different from normal." So thank you! You taught me to trust myself, trust that I have the power to heal and stop worrying that I don't."
"Federica has a joyful heart that has come after much learning and feeling of what joy is not. Her dance and theatre background with her yoga and meditation experience and her massage work are a combination that is really a gift. I highly recommend her massage sessions and her workshops."
"Fede became part of my holistic approach to my wellness in 2010. She massaged me with a touch that healed, words that soothed, encouraged body pressures that shifted and unblocked and body movements that encouraged. Her beauty and serenity, skills in massage, movement and dance as well as her ability to listen and connect with people ensure her as a true healer. With gratitiude I look forward to our next connection."
"Dear Federica, you are so great. It may sound strange to say this but that time with you was one of the best experiences I have had in a long time. You have magic hands and, this sounds weird, but your massage felt like somebody actually cared about my feelings. It has been a long time for me to have that feeling. Thank you. I have been raving about you to everybody. My left arm is now completely free from pain and I can actually lift things above my head again - after 6 months of strained muscles. My neck is free and I am trying to breathe."
"Having been trained in massage myself and experiencing many forms, I admit to being a fussy client. I was totally amazed by this teqnique and it was nothing like I have experienced before. I felt like a baby in Federica's arms as she moved my body with such confidence and knowing. I found myself relaxing deeper than I have in a long time. Her awareness and compassion brought me to tears. I left floating.”
"I'm an engineer! I really find it impossible to find appropriate words to describe or do justice to the therapeutic benefits your massages had on me. I can honestly say these massages were an experience like none other I have had before or since. They took me to another place and provided me with enormous relief from my physical and emotional pain. Above all, you introduced me to a new path and provided me insights to address my health problems that no doctors or psychologists had been able to do."
"I have allowed myself to be pampered by this season's resident body-worker Federica, whose shamanistic massage technique was handed down to her in Africa. Her technique incorporates a choreography of massage. It is a fluid performance, where she draws on her experience as a professional dancer as well as the physical study of the body. You are asked to be completely passive and only to breathe in a relaxed manner, as she stretches, rotates and massages your limbs. It is an intoxicating experience and after my treatment I float out of the room to fall into my bed and sleep deeply for an hour."
"The best masseuse in town! A perfect blend of various techniques which result in you feeling absolutely fabulous at the end of the session - a warm and generous practice."
"I try and balance the pace of my own life, as a working mother with two small children. Federica's wonderful healing massage was a moment of inspiration – I found peace and calm for the two hours I spent with her. A wonderful treat to give to yourself!"
"Federica’s massage reveals a strong and intense release of body-energy and made my mind free to float."
"The workshop was a process that helped boost my confidence in my abilities to express myself with my body, in front of others, and with others. Eventually, I could feel the group, their fears and desires, their beauty and blockages, as the workshop brought these out of us to heal and transform. I could feel deep into my core, into the depths of my belly, and breathe peacefully there for a moment and glimpse the great power that is in each and every one of us. I wish it was more regular and that you could always teach us! I loved the experience and sharing a true part of me with you and the group. Grazie."