Well Woman on land and in water residential training course Part 1

Italy, 26 November - 2 December 2018
Tutor: Françoise Freedman (Birthlight Founder & Director)

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A rare opportunity to start your Well Woman teacher training journey combining Well Woman Yoga Part 1 and Well Woman Aqua Yoga Part 1 in one course.

Birthlight Well Woman Yoga

Well Woman yoga complements perinatal yoga to benefit women with special requirements that cannot be met fully in general classes. The positive effects of Well Woman yoga are inseparably physiological and psychological in a holistic perspective.  Through their reproductive years and beyond, many women suffer from ailments that compromise their quality of life, whether they are medically treated or not, short-term or chronic.  Birthlight Well Woman yoga draws on insights from anatomy and physiology, on Ayurveda, on inter-disciplinary research and on a long experience of teaching yoga in women’s circles to enhance healthy energy flows in the pelvic region, overall hormonal balance and enjoyment of life.  The Birthlight adaptations make therapeutic applications of yoga accessible to all women irrespective of their state of fitness. In the calm and centred space that Asanas, breath practices, relaxation and meditation promote, inner tensions can be resolved and new outlooks found. Well Woman Yoga awakens the ‘wisdom of the body’ and empowers women to actively take charge of their wellbeing, on and off the yoga mat, with body-based therapeutic tools that are simple and effective.

Birthlight Well Woman Aqua Yoga

Water exercise and the benefits it brings are well documented: reducing pain, maintaining and improving flexibility, range of motion and muscle strength, regaining and improving balance and cardio respiratory fitness. To all these, Well Woman Aqua Yoga adds fluid movement sequences with breath awareness, floating relaxation and yoga-based adaptations of swim strokes. The properties of water make it an ideal medium to renew and recharge.  Based on three decades of experience and technical developments, many variations of yoga practices are offered to meet women’s needs in forms that are accessible and enjoyable for all, from non-swimmers to competition swimmers.
With freedom to move in water comes self-confidence, calmness of mind and a greater ability to face the rigors of daily life. In addition, many participants have reported significant improvements to conditions both acute and chronic.

Course Details

Dates: 26 November afternoon - 2 December 2018 morning included, i.e. 8 days (7 nights full board)

Main Tutor: Françoise Freedman (supporting tutors to be confirmed)

This residential course is open to:

  • Yoga teachers with an affinity to water and who are confident swimmers
  • Aqua Therapists and aquatic practitioners with an experience of yoga
  • Health professionals using water skills including Watsu practitioners
  • Other therapists working in the area of women’s health but who do not hold a yoga qualification can apply individually.

Venue: Sasseta Alta, Tuscany, Italy

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Sasseta Alta is an organic farm that doubles as training venue and aquatic centre built on an ancient site not far from hot springs in west Tuscany (3km from the perched village of Scansano). Sasseta Alta is a place of beauty that integrates ecology, technology and artful design. The spacious yoga room opens out to the rolling hills and the warm indoor pool, designed for Watsu training, is ideal for Aqua Yoga. There is also an outdoor bio-pool.

All of the accommodation is located within four fully renovated stone farmhouses in classic rural Tuscan Maremma style. A spread of 40 hectares, much of which is ancient woodland, provides guests with a range of paths for walks in nature. Every day the bio-restaurant prepares natural organic dishes, using produce from the farm, according to the local tradition. The warm and relaxed family atmosphere makes Sasseta Alta a very special place adding the benefits of a nurturing holiday and group retreat, ideal for our twinned Well Woman Yoga training course on land and in water.

Price: 1,495 Euros – Early bird until 30 September 2018 / 1,700 Euros from 1 October 2018
Payment terms: Deposit 295 euro; possibility of payments by instalments between date of booking and course (Please ask for the details)
Payment by card, bank transfer or Paypal.


  • 7 nights full board in shared accommodation
  • Training course material (2 manuals), birthlight membership, access to birthlight training, website, support from tutor to work towards Part 2
  • Access to in-door swimming pool  

Not included:

  • Transport
  • Drinks
  • Massages and other wellness treatments (this can be booked directly on site during the course breaks)

Priority given to those who can stay for the duration of the retreat; possibility of coming either for Well Woman Yoga (3 days) or Well Woman Aqua Yoga (4 days) only but limited places. Please contact the birthlight office.

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