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13-20 July 2013

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Yoga, meditation and self-understading in a beautifil, authentic Tuscan villa. A truly transformative, insightful and supportive experience that helps you come back to your heart in an idyllic, sunny location with breath-taking views of the Tuscan hills.

The retreat offers daily meditation with clear practical instructions from the teachers, gentle yoga classes suitable for both beginners and advanced as well as truly transformative self-understanding workshops designed to help you learn more about your behavioural patterns and your true self.


Each day begins with a meditation, followed by self-understanding workshops and some free time for relaxation. The day ends with gentle yoga classes to help you connect with your body and evening meditation to create the space necessary for personal development. There is also a short period of silence towards the end of the week to allow you to be with yourself, to increase your inner awareness and integrate the experience from the retreat.


Click here for a sample daily schedule. During the retreat there is also ample time for private sessions with Carmen or Skadi. Just make a request during the booking process. You can stay in touch with the process even after the retreat through Yossum's online group: Yossum Reconnect. Check out Yossum Support for more information.


Carmen Ornelas
As Founder of Yossum, Carmen leads each retreat into a space of love and comfort while engaging participants with the concepts, knowledge and practical approach to each person’s process. She uses the Enneagram system as a mirror for your inner work as well as her skills at trauma healing and other expressions of her many guiding abilities.

She meets each retreat group and you, personally, where you are at. Her intention is to facilitate a safe space where you can touch your own inner- wisdom to connect with what your next step may be, without any judgements or pre-conceived ideas. 

Sessions with Carmen get fully booked in advance, so please be sure to book time with her in advance when reserving the Retreat.

Skadi van Paasschen
Skadi is a passionate Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin Yoga teacher from Amsterdam.

She studied in India with Gabriel Azure, Sarah Powers and Paul Grilly.
Skadi grew up as a talented gymnast and as such has always had a special connection to the human body. She studied the “Mensendieck method”, which is a specialised form of body therapy with focus on the posture, relaxation and breath tailored to a given musician, performer or athlete. She successfully concluded this study in 1995.

Since 2003 Skadi has become a widely studied and traveled Yoga teacher, having achieved high levels in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin Yoga disciplines. She loves learning and working with groups and individuals. Her goal is to show people how to care and be aware of the body.

Skadi has been an active student and teacher with Yossum since early 2011.
Skadi is also available for private Yoga sessions during the retreat.


In Ebbio, a 14th century Tuscan Farmhouse welcomes you with its spacious rooms offering views of the beautiful Tuscan countryside that breathes silence and where earthy colors and fragrances bring peace.

Ebbio is a magical place surrounded by an evergreen forest, which nestles in the heart of an old volcano that was sacred to the Etruscans.

In addition, Ebbio is still a working Tuscan farm. It has its own organic garden as well as friendly domestic and wild animals. The grapes are harvested every year to make the authentic Chianti Wine that Tuscany is famous for.

The bedrooms each have their own unique design, mostly with shared bathroom facilities. Single, double or triple accommodation is available. 

There are many places to relax inside and around the farmhouse, from a cozy fireplace to a terrace with amazing views over the Tuscan hills.

Ebbio is only 45 minutes away from Florence international airport, 42 km from Florence, 11 km from Siena, 9 km from Castellina in Chianti and 1km from Monteriggioni, a little medieval jewel.



Triple room: € 850,-

Double room: € 1.150,-

Single room: € 1.550,-


The price includes:

- Accommodation for 7 nights

- Abundant vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily

- All snacks and drinks (this is an alcohol free retreat)

- All group sessions

- A Yossum bag with:

--- A Yoga Nidra CD for your relaxation practice at home.

--- The book: The Wisdom of the Enneagram (in English).



- Flight costs

- Private sessions (eg. Self Understanding, Yoga, Massage) to be pre-booked online.

- Transportation to and from the Retreat location. But we can support and arrange transportation for participants.

- Any extra activities or services not specifically mentioned as part of the retreat (eg. local transportation, excursions, sauna or other facilities offered by the Retreat location)

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