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A Transformational Italian Retreat
It’s easy for me to say how much I enjoy running the retreats in Italy and what the outcomes were but it’s far more powerful when one of the participants offers their own words…
I am still aglow from my recent experience of “Un Viaggio in Italia” with Maria Banks and Beata Rydeen. I booked early for this retreat as was in need of some time to myself and as the promotional material promised time to rest, reflect and renew, thought it was just the thing for me.
As the course ran from Monday to Friday I decided to book a weekend in Rome before travelling up to the retreat in Pedaso. Prior to travelling, we had a conference call between the participants where I discovered that Frances, someone I had never met before would also be in Rome for the weekend. We decided we would have dinner together when I arrived on the Saturday and as we hit it off immediately, spent Sunday together enjoying the sights of Rome before travelling to Pedaso.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Rome and would recommend doing this to anyone who books onto further retreats as the city is full of the most astonishing architecture and history which should not be missed. We also managed to squeeze in some ballet and opera which was very reasonably priced and such a beautiful experience.
When it was time to leave Rome and meet up with Maria, Frances and I found our way easily to the bus station from the hotel where we discovered two of the participants that were joining us had missed their flights from the UK. Maria speedily dealt with the problem by organising bus tickets for them to pick up when they eventually reached Rome and she then took us off to have an excellent lunch at a local restaurant as we had a couple of hours to kill before departing. The scenic journey to Pedaso passed quickly as the bus was air conditioned and very comfortable.
Upon arriving at I Cigni it was a joy to behold. The surrounding lush and tranquil countryside seemed to go on forever with the added bonus of distant views of the sea and lake. Patrizia, the warm and welcoming Italian host showed us to the charming rustic accommodation which was spacious, clean and comfortable. The food that evening and for the rest of the week was of a very high standard and it seemed nothing was too much trouble for the ever smiling Patrizia.
On the first day of the retreat I found a deep sense of peace descending on me as we were seated beneath a canopy of olive trees with the dappled sunshine warming our skin. As I looked around me everyone seemed relaxed and ready to begin the metaphorical journey into exploring and connecting with the feminine archetypes. As the week went on each one of us, sometimes through tears or laughter but always with the love and support of Maria and Beata, were able to explore and discover what it was that really mattered to us and how to grow and transform so that we could move forward in our lives.
For me personally at what I feel to be a very important stage of my life, I have found a renewed sense of self through working with the goddess archetypes. I feel an excitement at the very core of my being that my creativity is what brings me the most joy in my working life and it’s also just the tip of the iceberg; so I must now finish the half started projects and see them through to their conclusion before embarking without fear on new half formed ideas bringing them to life in the very near future.
Best of all, the love for my partner which seemed to have been slowly flickering and had almost gone out, seems to have been magically reignited which is a welcome and unexpected bonus!
Thank you Maria and Beata for a wonderful experience and for the opportunity of meeting the MFG’s – My fellow goddesses!
F Cristallino, UK.
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