Dabble in art and writing and add to your yoga experience with Claire

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our lovely and inspiring yoga teacher Claire Murphy, who will be with is again next September has recently been busy working on activities she will be introducing on some of the afternoons during her retreat.

She tells me: “I’ve managed to scope out all of the sessions for our retreat in September and I have to say I’m pretty excited, as the afternoon sessions will be quite creative!”

There will be fun painting and writing sessions most afternoons and Claire is ken to point out that no previous art / writing experience is required. She says: I  have pitched the activities to be do-able by all and the intention is to create a deeper, embodied experience of what is being offered through each day’s yoga and meditation practices. In addition, it also offers a sense of fun and lightness.”

We still have a couple of places left on Claire’s wonderful yoga and meditation retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, soul, which will run from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 16 September, and we’d love you to join us. (There are links below to more details.)

Here are Claire’s daily themes and thoughts for afternoon activities.

Sunday’s theme is Chakras (energy centres within the body) & colour

“The afternoon session will offer a short yoga session followed by a ‘body painting’ relaxation, leading into creating a colour memory mandala. There will be opportunities to write / journal around the themes that come out of the memories.”

Blog yoga Take 5Monday’s theme is focused on awareness and moving energy

The afternoon session is titled: ‘It’s all in the hands’ and will be a journey through many mudras (hand gestures) moving into a creative meditation on our hands which will includes art and journal writing.

 

Tuesday’s theme is compassion

Yoga portrait shape 3Our afternoon session will feature restorative yoga and somatic movement, leading into a creative section: ‘Story of the body’, which will be lots of fun (don’t want to give too much away), again, an opportunity for art and creative journal expression.

On Wednesday there will be no session, as this is the day of our excursion to the lovely walled city of Lucca.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Thursday’s theme is focused around the heart

“In the afternoon I’ve themed ‘Trees; the lungs of the earth’ – it will focus on yoga and breathing practices to strengthen our chest / lungs and move into the creation of our own yoga ‘forest’ of sorts and the option of either creating some art or creative writing from a variety of prompts.”

On Friday, no afternoon session is scheduled. There will be optional shiatsu sessions.

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with Claire Murphy A couple of places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.
Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

 

Still a couple of places left on Claire’s fabulous yoga retreat

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreatsDue to a cancellation, we still have two places on Claire Murphy’s wonderful yoga and meditation retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, soul, which will run from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 16 September, and we’d love you to join us. (There are links below to more details.)

A comment from one of our guests here with Claire last year: “I was extremely impressed by the beauty of the Watermill itself and of its location. The buildings are beautiful and comfortable and the location is green and luscious. The Watermill itself is surrounded by beautiful grounds and well tended gardens where you can sit or lounge and relax or go for peaceful walks and the only noises you hear are birds, water, and the occasional rutting deer! The yoga studio is airy and peaceful and the yoga tutor was all we could have hoped for. Also, great food and wine. And all, and I mean all, even a meal in a local restaurant and transfers to/from Pisa airport, is included in the price you pay, no hidden costs.”

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here. Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

Itali 4 jpgIn addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness. Claire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

The sessions at The Watermill will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. The classes are secular (non-denominational).

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy One or two places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.

Optional shiatsu sessions on offer on our yoga retreat

ShiatsuDuring our inspiring and relaxing yoga and meditation retreat with Claire Murphy this September (please see link below) we will be offering special shiatsu sessions with local practitioner Daniela Orpelli as an ‘optional extra.’ You will derive great benefit from a session of this ancient Japanese ‘finger pressure’ healing art *.

Shiatsu philosphy

Daniela H&SDaniela, who is 48 is a near neighbour of ours. She was born in Switzerland, but has lived here in Lunigiana (“the land of my heart”) for more than 30 years. She is married with two children. Daniela says: “I encountered shiatsu twenty years ago. I suffered from severe headaches and muscle aches. I started a course of shiatsu and soon I began to feel much better both physically and emotionally, and I was so affected by the outcome that I decided to study the art of shiatsu myself.” She adds: “I love shiatsu because it creates a strong mental and physical relaxation, activates energy and allows you to tap into the innate self-healing power, not only to those who receive it but also for those who gives it. I graduated in 2010 in the school of ‘Shiatsu and Harmony’ in La Spezia and then helped people to feel better. I feel I am ‘a mediator of well-being’ through the pressure of my hands.”

*The Japanese Ministry of Health defines shiatsu as “a form of manipulation by thumbs, fingers and palms without the use of instruments, mechanical or otherwise, to apply pressure to the human skin to correct internal malfunctions, promote and maintain health, and treat specific diseases. The techniques used in shiatsu include stretching, holding, and most commonly, leaning body weight into various points along key channels.”

Shiatsu sessions with Daniela are the only ‘optional extra’ offered during our yoga retreat. EVERYTHING else is included in the cost of the week:

  • all tuition fees, yoga and meditation sessions and accommodation
  • local transportation (including transfers to and from Pisa airport; including our mid- week excursion by train to a Tuscan beauty spot or historic town).
  • all meals including breakfast, gourmet picnics on location, pre-dinner aperitifs, dinner at the mill or at small and friendly local restaurants with regional Italian dishes and wines.

All you have to do is to get to Pisa and we do the rest!

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

The sessions at The Watermill will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. We have nine people already booked in for our retreat, so we have room only for two or three more.

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2

Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Two or three places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Mindful Walking with Watermill yoga tutor Claire Murphy

Italy- Mindful Walking (004)Our delightful yoga and meditation tutor Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill this September for a special seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Eight people have already signed up, so we have room for only three or four more.

And to whet your appetite and get you into the right mode — mind. body and soul — Claire has prepared a series of relaxing yet invigorating exercises for the week, which you can enjoy NOW, even before you come (or even if you don’t!)

This one is Mindful walking.

Claire says: During your stay at the Watermill, it is anticipated that at least on a couple of mornings before breakfast we will engage in some mindful walking. The aim is not having a particular destination in mind; rather, it’s about bringing our attention to the experience and sensation of walking.

“Meditation is often assumed to be a practice that exists solely on a cushion or a chair; however we reap the benefits more when we take it through all our everyday activities. When we usually walk, we are taking our constant chattering mind along with us. It may be thinking about the train that was delayed; feeling miserable that it’s, yet again, raining; worrying about work / home / children; or even fantasising about the weekend ahead (even though it’s only Monday morning). This means we miss out on so much that can enrich our moment-by-moment joy.”

Claire says: “In mindful walking we notice the sensations of our feet as they make contact with the earth, or even the finer details of how one heel lifts up, there’s more pressure in the ball of the opposite foot. In noticing the sensation through the feet, we then move the awareness up to understand how our knees, hips and pelvis are all part of this amazing action of walking.

“As we walk, the focus comes into our breath, then can slowly be expanded to smell – what aromas do I notice? Visually – taking in all that you see, the colours and textures. Not forgetting sounds. Listen to all that is happening around you.  Rather than listening to the voice of your mind.

We may also use the mindful walking of a morning within the mindful writing we shall engage in too. Even more reason to join us before our delicious breakfast is served!”

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

Itali 4 jpgIn addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness. Claire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

The sessions at The Watermill will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. The classes are secular (non-denominational).

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Three or four places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.

 

 

The sun and moon of alternate nostril breath: another yoga tip from Claire

Italy- Alternate Nostril Breath (002)Our delightful yoga and meditation tutor Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill this September for a special seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Seven people have already signed up, so we have room for only four or five more.

And to whet your appetite and get you into the right mode — mind. body and soul — Claire has prepared a series of relaxing yet invigorating exercises for the week, which you can enjoy NOW, even before you come (or even if you don’t!)

This one is Alternate Nostril Breath.

“The sun (right nostril) and the moon (left nostril) divide time into day and night”  —Hatha Yoga Pradipika 4.17

Claire says: The foundation of yoga is the breath. It is also an important aspect as a means of support for meditation too. So, throughout your time on retreat at the Watermill, you will hear me mention the breath an awful lot. We often give it very little regard unless we have a heavy cold and therefore blocked sinuses, or we may have asthma or other respiratory conditions.

“Our whole system relies on the nourishment that is provided with each breath that we take; it boosts our energy; improves our ability to focus; can reduce anxiety and bring calmness, plus many other benefits.”

 Claire continues: “Alternate nostril breath helps us to align and balance the energies of the inner body. Most are unaware, until they are experiencing a heavy cold, that one nostril will be more dominant for a couple of hours and then the other. This cycle continues throughout the day, mostly unnoticed, that is until we are congested. (We all know that scenario: we can only breathe through the right side of our nose, and then suddenly we feel the left side clearing, only for the right side to then become bunged-up!) The science of right/left side nostril breathing and how it corresponds to the hemispheres of the brain is quite a lengthy subject, and one best saved for another day.”

Practically, however, says Claire, “You can check right now which channel in your body is more open. Sitting upright, hold the back of your hand beneath one nostril and breathe out, then move your hand so it is beneath the other nostril and do the same. Notice which side is stronger? When repeated a couple of hours later, you may find it has changed – it normally does every 1 ½ to 2 hours.

“Practising alternate nostril breath promotes the balancing of the energies within the body, the masculine and feminine, the hemispheres of the brain and helps to prepare us for meditation.”

Claire adds: “I look forward to seeing you on the cushion in Italy soon where we can explore this and so much more.”

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

 

Itali 4 jpgIn addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness. Claire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

The sessions at The Watermill will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. The classes are secular (non-denominational).

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.

Steadiness, focus and flexibility: you’ll learn the secrets on Claire’s yoga retreat

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our delightful yoga and meditation tutor Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill this September for a special seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Seven people have already signed up, so we have room for only four or five more.

And to whet your appetite and get you into the right mode — mind. body and soul — Claire has prepared a series of relaxing yet invigorating exercises for the week, which you can enjoy NOW, even before you come (or even if you don’t!)

This one is the Tree Pose

Claire says: Vrkasana in Sanskrit expresses the need for steadiness, focus and the ability to have flexibility. We root down through our supporting foot and leg in order to create a firm foundation – so already we can see the similarities to what happens in nature.

CLF - Olmstead ParksOf all that we know about trees, we readily associate with them having a trunk and a crown. Moving up from the stability of our roots and the foundation we create through our feet, our legs and torso is representative of the trunk. Finally, once balanced, our arms reach above our heads to emulate the crowning glory of the tree.

“Whilst in a balance posture, we also need to recognise what happens in nature. Trees move. With this in mind, we let go of any judgement of our finding it difficult to remain steady without movement. Trees have subtle movement – they sway – so too do we until we achieve a little more strength and stability.

 “In addition to this being a yoga posture, it is also a meditative one. Our outward reflection of the posture is often said to be an inner reflection of our minds. Being able to calm and steady the mind corresponds to a body that can readily achieve the same (though not exclusively). 

Claire says:“We shall be blessed to be able to take our yoga outside during our retreat week at the Watermill. I look forward to encouraging you to find alignment and steadiness in the beautiful surroundings of Italy soon.”Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

Itali 4 jpgIn addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness. Claire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

The sessions at The Watermill will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. The classes are secular (non-denominational).

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.

 

 

 

 

Mindful writing, part of Claire’s nourishing week at The Watermill

Italy- Mindful Writing (002)Our delightful yoga and meditation tutor Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill this September for a special seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Judging by the many letters of appreciation from participants on last year’s course, Claire and The Watermill have got the formula just about right! Seven people have already signed up, so we have room for only four or five more.

And to whet your appetite and get you into the right mode — mind. body and soul — Claire has prepared a series of relaxing yet invigorating exercises for the week, which you can enjoy NOW, even before you come (or even if you don’t!)

The first she calls Mindful Writing.

Claire Murphy H&SClaire says: Writing will be another aspect of your yoga week at the Watermill, which isn’t as daunting as it sounds. The sessions will be entirely supported and prompted, so hopefully that will help to alleviate any fears. It’s not about grammar, complete sentences or even having to share, as for the most part, it will be for your eyes only.

She adds: Having been something of a ‘secret-writer’ for many, many years, I only declared myself as a writer last September (2016). This was very daunting and I admit, there were many wobbles about sharing any of my work. Initially I used to write poetry, but was soon switched onto journalling to begin with after seeing, what now is one of my favourite movies: The Bridges of Madison County (Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood). I won’t say any more just in case some of you wish to watch and don’t want any spoilers!

“So, since 1995 I have been journalling every day, first thing of a morning for 30 minutes. (That’s a lot of journals by the way!) In addition, I have undertaken numerous writing courses with published and un-published authors and now indulge in ‘wild writing’. This for me is a medium to get marks down on the paper, with very little preamble or thinking. As a result, I have been compiling many pieces, which I hope to bring together in an anthology of my writing (at some point).

Claire gives this inspiring quote from Naomi Shihab Nye“Get into the habit of welcoming your own words. You are making a map of the days you live.”  Claire says:Writing is an invitation to notice and record moments that have moved us. With this in mind, one of the exercises will be to write about what you have noticed during the mindful walking before breakfast. We will also engage in creating ‘Slices of Italy’ – a small project that once complete, will comprise a record of your week at the Watermill. Just make sure you bring a lovely journal with you (any excuse to go into the stationery departments and specialist card stores to peruse the many choices out there!) and some pens and pencils.”

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

Itali 4 jpgIn addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness. Claire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

The sessions at The Watermill will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. The classes are secular (non-denominational).

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.

 

 

 

 

Jane and Italia! Magazine loved last year’s yoga course

 The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our sincere thanks to Jane Keightley for a lovely article in the latest edition of Italia! Magazine about Claire Murphys yoga and meditation course here last year. There’s an amazing spread in the magazine about last Summer’s retreat, of which Jane writes: “We had a brilliant week and we were all going home feeling like new women. Claire and The Watermill had certainly worked their magic.”

She adds:I love Italy. I love yoga, I love relaxing and the opportunity to eat wonderful food. What more could a girl want?”The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

We are delighted to say that Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill for a special seven-day retreat, which she has called Nourish — mind, body, and soulIt will run from Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them.        Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

Itali 4 jpgIn addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness.

Having been a ‘secret writer’ for many years, Claire will also be offering conscious journaling and mindful writing activities within the 2017 retreat. Writing is a way of reconnecting to what’s real for us – making the unspoken manifest and along the way, it brings many insights. Giving voice to the unseen and writing through our bodies is Claire’s way of getting pen to paper. No writing skills are necessary, as the sessions will offer writing prompts and jumping off points to inspire making a mark on the blank page. Claire delights in making all that she offers fun and inviting.

Claire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

The sessions at The Watermill at Posara will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. The classes are secular (non-denominational).

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here 

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.


Take five breaths with Claire today and contemplate five days with her on our Yoga & Meditation retreat at The Watermill

Blog yoga Take 5Claire Murphy, who is running our Unplug and Unwind yoga and meditation retreat here next September, invites you to Take Five with her today! It’s one of her simple and straightforward relaxation tips and techniques which you can incorporate as part of your everyday life. These contain elements of what Claire will be teaching during her five-day retreat here.

Take 5:

Wherever you find yourself as you read this, bring your feet flat to the floor, lengthen your spine gently and rest your hands in your lap

After reading the following instructions (!) close your eyes

Bring your focus to the breath as you feel it either at the nose or the abdomen

Stay present with the whole of the in-breath and the whole of each out-breath

Repeat for x 5 complete breath cycles.

Yoga Unplug and unwindWhy don’t you join us to learn more on our relaxing and inspiring Unplug and Unwind yoga and meditation retreat at The Watermill next September?  Take Five minutes to look at details of Claire’s retreat, simply by clicking here. It could lead you to five days of spiritual refreshment in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany.

We think that Claire Murphy and The Watermill are the perfect combination for a yoga and meditation retreat where you can not only ‘unplug and unwind’, but also savour the true Italian lifestyle in Lunigiana, the unspoilt region of Tuscany surrounding the mill.

Yoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique five-day programme, with fresh and inspirational yoga and meditation sessions, plus inspiring visits to local historic and scenic attractions – and beautiful home-cooked Italian food and wines!

Claire says: “My aim is to offer classes that are fresh and inspirational, always being informed by the latest developments in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.”

*Please Note: this retreat will start on a Monday and end on a Saturday. So come and ‘take five’ with us!

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 219 September to 24 September 2016

Claire Murphy Unplug and Unwind

Please click here to learn more about Claire and her course at The Watermill.

*** Why not bring your non-participating partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.Tom riverside photo Jun 13

Claire’s Yoga & Meditation Tips: Take 5

Blog yoga Take 5Claire Murphy, who is running our first-ever yoga and meditation retreat here next September, has sent us a few simple and straightforward tips and techniques, which you can incorporate as part of your everyday life. These contain elements of what Claire will be teaching during her five-day retreat here. We hope you find them helpful. Claire simply calls this one Take 5:

Wherever you find yourself as you read this, bring your feet flat to the floor, lengthen your spine gently and rest your hands in your lap

After reading the following instructions (!) close your eyes

Bring your focus to the breath as you feel it either at the nose or the abdomen

Stay present with the whole of the in-breath and the whole of each out-breath

Repeat for x 5 complete breath cycles.

Why don’t you join us to learn more on our relaxing and inspiring Unplug and Unwind yoga and meditation retreat at The Watermill next September?  Bookings are already coming in from people seeking spiritual refreshment with us in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany.Macfie millstream reduced

We think that Claire Murphy and The Watermill are the perfect combination for a yoga and meditation retreat where you can not only ‘unplug and unwind’, but also savour the true Italian lifestyle in Lunigiana, the unspoilt region of Tuscany surrounding the mill.

Yoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique five-day programme, with fresh and inspirational yoga and meditation sessions, plus inspiring visits to local historic and scenic attractions – and beautiful home-cooked Italian food and wines!

Claire says: “My aim is to offer classes that are fresh and inspirational, always being informed by the latest developments in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.”

*Please Note: this retreat will start on a Monday and end on a Saturday. So come and ‘take five’ with us!

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 219 September to 24 September 2016

Claire Murphy Unplug and Unwind

Please click here to learn more about Claire and her course at The Watermill.

 

How to book a 2016 yoga and meditation retreat or find out more

If you’d like to book or find out more, please visit our Yoga retreats website for more information, by clicking here, or use our secure Yoga Enquiry Form by clicking here. Or email us on info@watermill.net.