Vijnana Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

Vijnana Yoga

11 – 21 May | 11 – 16 May | 16 – 21 May, Tuscany, Italy.

podere di maggio (1)“I think it is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew. You would let fresh air into our minds. Wouldn’t you?
Do it and you will see delight. You will see vast expanses. When your heart is open to the mysteries of nature, then reality can come. Then the whipsering of your own prejudices, your own noises are not heard. That is why it is good to take a retreat, to go away and to stop the routine which the mind establishes for its own safety and convenience. Try it, those who have the opportunity.”
Krishnamurti 1952



practice_centerThere are two retreats. You can do both or either one of them.

11 – 16 May Essence of Movement retreat:
Start on May 11 at 3 pm and ends on May 16 after lunch.
In our first retreat we will look at structure and function as well as the principle of geometry (tensegrity) to understand the foundation of movement and the embodiment of the three dimensional matrix that animates this vessel called body.

16 – 21 May Advanced Practice retreat:
Start on May 16 at 3 pm and ends on May 21 after lunch.
As we progress in dedicated practice, spaces open for form to deepen. The breath becomes subtler, the observation becomes sharper. From coherence to stillness, from stillness to presence our inner landscape is revealed.

Daily schedule for both retreats:
6.45 – 9.00 morning practice
9.00 – 9.45 breakfast
9.45 – 12.00 Asana
12.30 lunch
12.30 – 15.30 break
15.30 – 18.30 afternoon practice
19.30 diner
20.30 – 21.30 reflections or text


For whom?

Het Essence of Movement retreat is open to all levels.  The Advanced retreat is open to experienced practitioners and teachers with at least 3 years of regular practice.



On the foothills of the Monte Amiato, near the village of Santa Fiora, in a landscape of both rolling hills and mountains, on a crest surrounded by old chestnut trees that seem dancing figures, is Podere di Maggio.


Teacher Flo Dedame

22291369_287745731726203_828643425273883415_oVijnana Born Practitioner, Senior teacher, 20 years of experience and timeless inspiration, taught workshops in Finland, Germany, Netherlands, led retreats in France, Hawaii, creating and nurturing Sanghas all over the world. Flo Dedame is currently leading a Vijnana International Teacher training on Gabriola Island, Canada where she resides.
A world traveler since a very young age, inspired by movement, guided by Nature, curious about human behavior and its complexity, she challenges the limitations that we impose upon ourselves in sharing teachings with joy and playfulness both in practice and reflective study. Years of dedicated commitment have revealed a unique and skillful approach to understanding the language of movement into consciousness and its gathering into stillness.
Her practice embodies subtle mobility and sensory refinement.
She believes that our potential lies deep within and her only concern is to set it absolutely, unconditionally free. “To come to Retreat is to go beyond, it is the willingness of the beginner’s mind to question that can move him past the confines of identity to the abyss of Being.”
She deeply acknowledges her teachers, Orit Sen Gupta, Gioia Irwin, Swami Muktibodhananda, Krishnamurti. Her Mother.
What students share…
“Florence Dedame is an instructor of consummate skill, integrity and ability. She has dedicated her life to a finite understanding of the science of movement, and to being eternally open to the possible in all her students…” Verna Gregston Kona- Hawaii
“Flo’s destiny as a yogi shines through and all around her. She has an unusual gift – its immediacy and authenticity benefit any one who steps close and opens to her teaching. Her path of liberation and light is direct as an arrow and natural as love.”
—Kay Louise Vincent, Gabriola, BC, Canada


Costs for each 5-day retreat are 1.045euro. This includes accomodation with a shared room, food (breakfast, lunch and diner), classes and airport transportation. If you prefer to have your own room, the costs will be 1.170euro.

If you do both retreats the costs will be:
Private room: 2.230euro
Shared room: 1.970euro


Reservation and more information

For reservations and more information please contact Sanne or Flo