A Path to Wholeness
A Mindfulness Journey into the Spirit & Culture of Assisi
“Your place at the table awaits your arrival.
The invitations have all been sent.
Choose to come as soon as you are ready.
Tonight will be an opportunity–
To feast on life’s bounty,
To bathe in the light, and
To experience deep connection. “
(from ‘The Banquet’ by Gary Pace – inspired by Assisi June 2019 Retreat)
$450 deposit reserves your place.
Deposit is non-refundable. Retreat pricing details and options at the bottom of this page.
The Retreat Includes:
- Daily visits to sacred sites to have an immersive experience rooted in the history of the location and the inspiration that can be found there.
- Daily Practices ‘on the mat’ including conscious movement, breath awareness, chanting, mediation, and deep relaxation.
- Daily discussions about the history of the city and the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare.
- A shared room at Hotel Dei Priori, including breakfast and lunch. (Options are available for single rooms as well, for an additional cost)
- A week in the culture of Assisi to experience local cuisine and connect with local workers and trades people who have dedicated themselves to the work they do. Optional experiences such as wine tasting will be available as well.
A Path to Wholeness is so much more than a retreat; it is a full experience of living for a week in the center of Assisi, Italy. The group will spend a week moving through the stories of the lives of St. Francis & St. Clare and the sites that brought inspiration to the lives of millions who have made pilgrimages to the city over the past 800 years.
Assisi, in the ancient Umbrian hills of central Italy, is one of those special places where the spiritual presence is tangibly felt. It offers us a glimpse into medieval Italy that cannot be found in Rome, Milan, or even Florence. This is the place where Saints Francis and Clare, and many other mystics of the past and present, communed with God. We return year after year to Assisi to absorb the blessings of the Saints and be recharged by its rich spiritual atmosphere..
In the true Franciscan tradition of gathering the spiritual community to meet and share in Assisi, Mirka returns again and again bringing devoted students and many new friends to walk in the spirit of Peace/Shanti like the saints of Assisi did so long ago.
The time together will be guided by the philosophical roots of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali where Yoga is defined as “the Uniting of consciousness in the Heart. United in the Heart, consciousness is steadied, the, we abide in our true nature – Joy” (translation from Nischala Joy Devi, “The Secret Power of Yoga”)
One of the methods suggested by Patanjali to cultivate and sustain a state of Yoga is to bring our attention to the idea of a Great Soul, one who exudes Divine qualities (Sutra I-37). We look towards this whose lives are defined by qualities we hold sacred, and through reflection on their lives, we begin to see a mirror for our own lives. In Assisi, the stories of the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare will be woven throughout the week as we reflect on the qualities of devotion, dedication, and service that permitted their lives and have inspired millions.
The week will not be a typical ‘tour’ or a typical ‘Yoga retreat‘. Rather, we will make daily pilgrimages to the sites with time to reflect and contemplate on the history of each place and how the stories about it may be an inspiration for our own lives. And when we gather in our practice space each day (away from the site visits), we will explore conscious movement, breath awareness, chanting, mediation, and deep relaxation. Additionally, we will come together in spiritual community to share and inspire one another throughout the week. The week because several day-long immersions in deeper and deeper contemplations.
There will be space in the week for resting and also enjoying healthy, nutritious foods lovingly prepared by our friends at Hotel Dei Priori. Also during our time away from organized group activities, there are many artisans and interesting little corners to explore all in walking distance from our hotel. We offer our experiences and relationships with the local community to support your stay.
Our past guests on this Assisi immersion have had experiences of personal transformation and, at times, profound healing. For many, it has become the journey of a lifetime.
“This retreat confirmed that yoga is the most amazing tool I have found for allowing one to get in touch with our true self, our spiritual essence, regardless of what religious or spiritual path one is on, and that the physical health benefits are just one of yoga’s small, yet important, tools/benefit. Mirka and Tammy were gifted guides on this quest, bringing wisdom, history, nature, beauty, spirituality, humility, and perhaps most importantly, a sense of reverence and awe to our sangha’s individual and collective presence in Assisi.” – Craig, April 2019
“My experience at the yoga retreat in Assisi rose above all expectations. I came away feeling it to be a spiritual, cultural, introspective retreat with gentle physical awareness, all through the experienced, loving hands and heart of Mirka.” – Cheryl, April 2019
This video (full length) captures the beauty of the recent Yoga retreat in Assisi in September 2012. You can also read about the week on the 2012 retreat blog and the 2014 retreat blog written by Tammy Bosler (retreat Assistant). To purchase your copy of the full length DVD documentary, please visit us here for more information.
Listen to Mirka reciting a Prayer inspired by St. Francis, which is known around the world:
Click this play button to listen:
Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace.
Where there is Hatred, let me sow Love.
Where there is Injury, Pardon.
Where there is Doubt, Faith.
Where there is Despair, Hope.
Where there is Darkness, Light.
Where there is Sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be Consoled, as to Console;
to be Understood, as to Understand;
to be Loved, as to Love.
For It is in Giving that we Receive.
It is in Pardoning that we are Pardoned,
and It is in Dying that we are Born to Eternal Life.
We will be staying at the 3-star Hotel Dei Priori and Hotel Alexander, both situated in historical buildings, dating back to the 17th century, right in the heart of the old city. Both hotels are modern and elegantly simple. Rooms are uniquely designed as the buildings flow into the tapestry of ancient structures that define down town Assisi; no two rooms are alike. The wonderful staff have become part of the family on this Path to Wholeness, and will be there to help take care of all of your needs while in town. Take a peak at their photo gallery!
The cost includes teaching, shared rooms for seven nights, taxi fares to and from some of the pilgrimage sites, and breakfast and lunch.
You are responsible for airfare to and from your home to Rome, and shared round-trip transportation from Fiumicino to the Assisi. We offer limited support for travel by sharing our own experiences or connecting you with a wonderful taxi service out of Assisi that can help with individual or shared rides. We strongly suggest that all people traveling to the retreat invest in travel insurance and overseas health insurance in case of emergencies.
Mirka Scalco Kraftsow a master yoga teacher and yoga therapist with decades of experience, was born and raised in Italy. She is the co-founder of the American Viniyoga Institute and collaborator of the books Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation. She has been leading trainings and retreats internationally for more than 20 years, including pilgrimage to Assisi since 1991. Mirka’s own experience and intuition strongly influence her teachings, as do tradition, creativity, innovation and evolution.
Dr. Tammy Bosler will be assisting and organizing the logistics of the retreat. She is a Yoga teacher (RYT-500) who has been supporting Mirka’s Assisi program since 2012 and has been teaching group classes, workshops, and private students for over a decade.
TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
7:00 – Short attunement for each day
7:30 Breakfast begins
8:00 – Gather in the Breakfast room to get an overview for the day’s activities and intention for the site visits. Plus, some story telling about Assisi.
8:30 – 11:00 Pilgrimage to sacred sites.
1:00 pm Lunch as a group at Hotel Dei Priori
4:00 – 6:00 PM – Gathering in the Practice space for reflections, conscious movement, inner explorations and sharing.
7:00 pm Dinner in town on your own or with new friends from the Sangha
**** Not included in the above description are the many unplanned moments of awakening that seem to arise for all of us each time we return to Assisi!
Total retreat cost $2950 includes shared room, breakfast and lunch at beautiful Hotel Dei Priori, and taxis to any sacred sites. Naturally, this also includes days filled with the beautiful Yoga practices and spiritual pilgrimages to sacred sites in Assisi led with love and great attention by Mirka.
- A non-refundable deposit of $450 holds your place for this wonderful journey.
- Add $500 for a superior private room or just $350 for a small private room for the week (while they last). Let us know upon registration.
50% refund if cancelled between June 15th and July 15th, 2021
no refund if cancelled after August 15th, 2021