T9 & T10 Alchemy Student Graduation

24th September – 4th October 2020
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This year, for the first time, we’re offering a closed, tightly held space for our students at ASHA (Alchemy School of Healing Arts), where you’ll come together with your peers for the final stage of training: Graduation. ASHA (Alchemy School of Healing Arts) is a Retreat and Community Center located below a village in Southern Tuscany. This is 10 days of holistic learning you don’t want to miss. Let the history, flavors, and architecture of the Tuscan region ignite you, the raw, natural landscape nourish you, and our international community of like-minded graduates inspire you.

 

As this is a soft opening for ASHA and our first retreat, only 25 places are available, and they’re on a first-come, first-served basis. We would first like to offer spaces to those students from T8, T9, and T10 who have yet to graduate. Attendees are encouraged to come for the whole BreathCamp but we understand these are difficult times for some and therefore we request a minimum of 6 days in total to qualify for graduation.

 

The Alchemy Student Graduation retreat has been highly curated to offer you the most holistic approach to healing and learning available.

YOUR STUDENT BREATHCAMP EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • Daily breathwork and education sessionsUnlock the power of conscious breathing as you already know it. Gain insights and awareness from holding space for your peers, from angeling support, and your personal breathwork practice. Deepen your knowledge with further workshops relating to your practice, including bodywork, appropriate touch, boundaries, and ethical practice, and increase your level of understanding tenfold as we work in person. Release any final unresolved blocks in your work, and become embodied in your expanded awareness.

  • Constructive, reflective feedback: Enjoy daily feedback circles to help you grow exponentially in self-awareness and inform your practice.

  • Opportunity to make changes in your life: Using fun exercises, deep inquiry, and the breath, learn what it feels like to work as a team with your fellow students and discover your unique way of offering the breath. Get traction where you need it most, and transform relationships into vibrant co-creativity in this loving, supportive, community of practice.

  • Daily yoga/meditation sessions: An essential practice to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, these daily yoga/meditation sessions are a crucial tool in the development of self-awareness and healing process. 

  • Healthy, raw/vegan/vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinnerNourish yourself on all levels and fuel and energize your body while you work, with our healthy, nutrient-rich, plant-based meals every day. 

  • Comfortable, beautiful accommodation options:Book your place according to your budget and your personality. Some prefer shared rooms and dorms, others private space to replenish and restore. Whatever your preference, we can meet your needs. 

Put 9 months of hard work and commitment to your studies into practice. With the guidance our team offers, you’ll develop the confidence to move from student to professional and offer breathwork to the world. Remember that first spark of interest, the moment when you first heard the call? Now you get to see the fruits of your inspiration manifest. Congratulations!

Please stay tuned for information on this BreathCamp. Once registered you will receive a full program for the Camp and a schedule once you arrive.

THE LOCATION

La Contea Degli Angeli

loc. Le Piane, snc

58034 Castell’azzara GR, Italy

https://maps.app.goo.gl/JC6Wp7ffu2hrdXj18

Alchemy School of Healing Arts

ASHA (Alchemy School of Healing Arts) is a Retreat and Community Center located about 700 meters above sea level, underneath the medieval village Castell’Azzara in Grosseto province in Southern Tuscany. The nearest airports are just over a two-hour drive from Florence and Rome.

The untouched surrounding forest and clean mountain air invite for deep and cleansing breaths. The center sits on a vast vein of spring water which assures lush green trees all year round. The accommodating traditional stone houses are generously spread over the property. Open nature areas invite you for contemplation and stunning clear night sky views. Due to its high location, beautiful views over Tuscan hills can be enjoyed. A natural pond and a refreshing swimming pool are on site. As a pioneer project in the region, ASHA is the cornerstone of a new initiative to regenerate the village – which is mostly uninhabited – into a thriving Intentional Community.

Castell’ Azzara

The village of Castell’Azzara was built between the 11th and 12th century and currently inhabits around 1400 people. Old castles, such as Rocca Silvana, renaissance churches, and Sassocolato cave, count as its main attractions. Characterizing the area is the surrounding lush forest in which caves and rivers can be visited. 

A real nature highlight is the healing waters of world-famous Saturnia hot springs, which can be enjoyed within a 45-minute drive. Other hot springs, such as Bagni San Filippo are within a 40-minute driving distance. In about 1.5 hours you reach the Mediterranean beaches of Maremma.

Healthy, simple, and tasty whole-food, plant-based meals (both cooked and raw) will be served. All meals are made from scratch and prepared with fresh, seasonal, and locally grown organic ingredients when possible.

HERE’S WHAT PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Sample daily schedule…

  • ​7:00 – Yoga/Meditation 

  • 8:00 – Breakfast

  • 10:00 – Breathwork/Workshops

  • 1:00 – Lunch

  • 2:30 – Breathwork/Workshops

  • 6:00 – Dinner

There will be half days off on Sunday 27th, full day off on Wednesday 30th, and half a day off on Saturday 3rd. This is for integration time, walks, and some excursions will be arranged.

Thursday 24th – Arrival, half-day, introductions. Time to settle in, class at 4 pm. Dinner will be the only meal served this day.

  • 10 nights shared accommodations

  • 10 healthy vegan / vegetarian breakfasts

  • 9 nutritious vegan / vegetarian lunches

  • 10 wholesome vegan / vegetarian dinners

  • Daily breathwork sessions

  • 1 mandala breathwork session

  • Intuition & nutrition workshop

  • Visit to local hot springs

  • Nature walk with guided meditation

  • Labyrinth meditation and sharing circle

  • Kirtan evening by the fire

  • Group dinner at the village pizzeria

  • Special one-on-one healing/bodywork sessions TBD at a later date – stay tuned!

​*Airfare and travel to and from airport not included

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Staff

ANTHONY ABBAGNANO

Teacher & Founder

Anthony Abbagnano is the founder of Alchemy of Breath. He’s also the founder of The Ark in Bali, Indonesia, a retreat center dedicated to community health and emerging consciousness, and of ASHA (Alchemy School of Healing Arts), a retreat and community center located underneath a medieval village in Southern Tuscany.

With 40 years of personal breathing practice and exploration, Anthony has explored many different styles of the breath, including rebirthing, LeBoyer, holotropic, transformational, Sufi breathing, and pranayama. Now he brings his life experience of motivational speaking, shamanic studies, clinical hypnotherapy, Bodytalk therapy, Conscious Loving coaching (Hendricks Institute), sound healing and medicine, and aromatherapy to his breathwork teachings and trainings.

As a result of his own healing journey, including his survival and transformation from a near-death experience, Anthony holds tender space for the depth of journey that some need to make as part of their healing path, transforming what has troubled them in the past into the joy and ecstasy that a breathwork practice provides.

Rita Corrao Velez

Assistant Teacher

Rita is Italian and she has a long history with the breath. She first was introduced to it when giving birth to her four wonderful children. She then went on to explore and practice Rebirthing and studied Holotropic Breathwork with founder Stan Grof. She discovered AoB in 2015, during a Seeds of Alchemy seminar. From that moment on she was fascinated with Conscious Connected Breathing. In May 2018 she graduated as an AoB Facilitator and she now holds space for groups and individuals to improve health

and wellbeing, reduce stress and anxiety, and step into their full potential using the power of the Conscious Connected Breath.

Kim Kindersely

Assistant Teacher

Kim has been holding space in circle and ceremonies for over 30 years. He is an international multi award winning documentary film maker but in the last 4 years has dedicated more and more time to the study of Breathwork through the Alchemy of Breath, as a mentor and assistant teacher. Combining a love of Breathwork, ceremony, movement and sacred chanting www.chantbreathedance.com was born in 2018. Kim has lead three day Chant Breathe Dance workshops in Dublin, Glastonbury, Slovakia, Paris, co facilitating any more in London and beyond.

Kerry Veitch

Mentor

Kerry has been connected with rebirthing breathwork since she was 19. In 1994 her first rebirthing session in the US,  along with some well-chosen books ‘Living in the Light’ & ‘Creative Visualization’, Shakti Gawain, really shaped Kerry’s life. That first breathwork session was really a catapult into the next two decades of adventure which was already laid out before her. With some more breathwork sessions over the years with Kerry’s Auntie, Lynn Veitch who lives in Florida and has been a breathwork practitioner for 30 years, the connection became more of a ‘calling’.

In 2015, Kerry sought out training to become a practitioner and qualified in 2018 with an AIR Diploma in Rebirthing Breathwork, & in 2019 with a Facilitator Certification with Alchemy of Breath. Kerry has also graduated as an energy therapist, with the Healing Trust & is on the committee of the British Rebirth Society, which supports Rebirthing Breathwork practitioners in the UK for the last 30 years. Kerry has also been fortunate to have experienced work in Focusing, EFT & Co-Active Coaching & TRE.

Kerry has been an innovative and creative event project manager for 20 years, producing everything from bringing music and aid to Bosnia at war during the 90’s, co-founding a London based contemporary tented touring urban arts circus, Bassline Circus, producing an area of Glastonbury Festival for the last decade, overseeing a 75,000 capacity festival as the Festival Manager, and co-creating the UK’s first festival of Breath www.festivaloflife.co.uk in 2018.

Vaclav

“This experience brought me a clear perception of the reality of my current situation. It gave me structure and calm. I let go of the ever-present control, feeling spacious, my outer and inner worlds together: the perfect ground to make important decisions and roll on light-heartedly with life. If someone thinks about giving it a try…just do it, don’t hesitate! Thanks to all the breathers, thanks to Anthony…you are my family”

Sergio

“This is such an opportunity to connect to my self and to deal with so many emotional things. I feel all the things I’m attached to which have no purpose. All the fears and traumas that I have faced, I now feel blissful in the most complete way. The breath makes me focus on my true self and all my potential. Thank you all for the sharing, the love and the commitment.”

Nadja

“Thank you, Anthony, once again every breath reveals and brings me closer to myself – and towards the language of my heart. There was a lot of understanding and forgiving, just perfect timing. Muchas gracias.”

Attila

“I gather with my child and melt each other by breathing together, exhaling loud. His fear was ‘growing up’ and reached the realization that he is me so it is our fear ‘taking responsibility for my life’. Thank you very much, Anthony. Every time we work together new windows are opening. Gratitude.”

PRICING:

Price per person for 10 day stay, including all meals and accommodation.

Campervan

450EUR
  • (Plus 5 euros /day with electricity to be paid in cash on site)

Single room en suite

1600EUR
  • Private 1-bed cottage Limited availability

Shared Room en suite

900EUR
  • Single beds, 2 people sharing / price pp

Double Room

800EUR
  • 2 people sharing one bed / price pp

*Airfare and travel to and from airport not included*

FAQ:

Yes we really encourage you to come for the full 10 days to gain the full experience, but we understand people have varying circumstances at the moment so we request a minimum of 6 days to graduate.

Guests are advised to stay onsite as there is plenty of accommodation and you can gain more from your experience by living with fellow students, providing a supportive community for everyone.

​Yes. When you go through the registration form, you’ll come across a room request form where you can request anyone you would like to share a room with. If you’re booking last minute we may not be able to accommodate your request but we promise to do the absolute best we can!

​If you have any food allergies, please list them in the relevant section on the registration form.

Please bring and wear a facemask in order to travel on public transport in Italy at the moment

When you arrive, we thoroughly recommend you rent a car in order to get the best from your stay as you can explore the local area. If you would like to rent a car, please use the ASHA BreathCamp facebook group to get a carpool together, we have found this works well. 

BOOK YOUR TRAIN TICKETS ONLINE HERE (Website or App):

https://www.trenitalia.com/content/tcom/en.html

From ROME – Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

On the Trenitalia website select:

Departure station: FIUMICINO AEROPORTO

Arrival station: CHIUSI-CHIANCIANO TERME

=> The journey is about 2h 45min with 1 change at Roma Tiburtina

From PISA – Pisa Airport (PSA)

On the Trenitalia website select:

Departure station: PISA FERMATA AEROPORTO

Arrival station: CHIUSI-CHIANCIANO TERME

=> The journey is between 3h and 4h, with 2 or 3 changes

From FLORENCE – Florence Airport (FLR)

First, get a Shuttle from the airport to Santa Maria Novella Train Station (about 20 minutes, they run

every hour) operated by Busitalia. Tickets are available either directly at the airport (we are not entirely sure where – maybe Newsstand) or via this website:

https://getbybus.com/en/blog/airport-bus-florence/

Then, on the Trenitalia website select:

Departure station: FIRENZE S.M. NOVELLA

Arrival station: CHIUSI-CHIANCIANO TERME

=> The journey is between 1h30min and 2h, you can find a direct train or change once

If you get to CHIUSI-CHIANCIANO TERME Train Station we can pick you up by car if you have not managed to make other arrangements. (it is about 1h away from ASHA).

IMPORTANT

– Please inform us well in advance about your arrival date and time at Chiusi-Chianciano Terme Train Station: Whatsapp/Phone no. +44 7963 788011

– The charge for this service is: EUR 75 if travelling alone (small car) / EUR 100 if travelling in

groups of two or more – this can be split amongst the travellers (big van)

The pool will be open but not heated. With its 12 metres it is long enough to swim some laps.

  1. Prescription medications: Please be sure to bring an ample supply of your medications. 
  2. Clothing For Indoors: We recommend loose-fitting, comfortable, and layered clothing.
  3. Personal Toiletries
  4. Battery-powered Alarm Clock
  5. Non-Breakable Water Bottle. Please make sure your water bottle has a tight-fitting lid.
  6. Notebook and Pens
  7. A torch 
  8. Long trousers and walking shoes if you wish to venture out across the land
  9. Sturdy shoes if you wish to go walking
  10. Towels for swimming and swim suit
  11. Travel and medical insurance. Please make sure that you are covered!

We currently do not have Wi-Fi at the venue – please make sure you include enough GB for mobile data in your phone plan. Alternatively, an Italian sim card from TIM with a data package works well with full bars on the property, and in general. Suggestion : pick one up upon arrival to Italy if you are not sure that your phone plan from home will be sufficient (it’s a 30’ drive to get one once you’re here otherwise).

All planning and logistics for the breathcamp will be compliant with current COVID-19 regulations. Please inform us immediately if you experience symptoms or receive a positive test result prior to your arrival.

ASHA’s kitchen is predominately plant based but for BreathCamp there will be vegetarian options. Please don’t bring animal products into the main kitchen, or ask to keep them in the main fridge. Though, it’s ok if you do, just keep it in your own room and fridge. If you’re sharing a room, please be considerate of your roommate, and be sure they first agree.

We’re sorry but it’s not possible to do that. Check-in is open from 12:00 pm on the 24th of September and we only provide dinner on that day so please ensure you make provision for your lunch and snacks.

Check out for guests is at 11:00 am on Sunday 4th October.

​We’re sorry but due to high demand, your reservation is only confirmed once payment has been made and we cannot hold rooms for you.

Temperatures in Castell’Azzara usually vary between 9 degrees and 23 degrees Celsius in this time. The Daily Chance of Precipitation is 23%. The average amount of rain is 2,7mm. Sunrise is around 7am and sunset around 7pm.

 – IMPORTANT –

Alchemy of Breath reserves the right to change the order of events, faculty and staff. Participants are advised to take out their own travel insurance.
As concerns payments and refunds, please refer to our refund policy:
https://alchemyofbreath.com/refund-and-cancellation-policy/