Journey to the Goddess

Join us for 5 days and 6 nights at the amazing Lago d’Orta for a week of Kundalini yoga, dance and lakeside fun this summer!

SESSION 1: AUGUST 6 – 12, 2023

SESSION 2: AUGUST 13 – 19, 2023

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“Beautiful goddess yoga retreat “

“The location was in a monastery near Lago d’orta, a beautiful area of Italy. The yoga took place outside mostly in nature which was wonderful. Informative yoga theory and good afternoon activities. Clemens & Vanessa were wonderful hosts of this retreat.”

– France, August 2022

About Our Journey to the Goddess Yoga Retreat

Ignite your chakras, explore Italian culture, and bask in the lakeside sun! This kundalini yoga goddess retreat offers an incomparable yoga holiday experience with daily yoga classes, cultural excursions, swimming and great food – all in a relaxed and fun vacation atmosphere.

  • Highlights

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If you’re ready to take a deep dive into the philosophy of yoga while practicing the age old breathing methods and asanas of Kundalini yoga, sound baths, goddess embodiment & goddess dance practices, then this retreat is for you!

Explore yogic philosophy and practices as you Journey to the Goddess with Clemens Biedrawa of Matsya Yoga. And in the evenings, relax and enjoy live sound baths, goddess embodiment dance practices with Vanessa Hylande. It’s a fully packed and fun program with lots of cultural excursions and experienced, so if you’re looking to really maximize your summer fun, you will love this goddess yoga retreat, Italy! 

1 Person, Private Single Room:  1,283.00

1 Person, Shared Room  1,064.00

Daily Yoga, Meditation and Embodiment Dance

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  • Yoga history and yoga philosophy and tantra yoga in brief
  • Kundalini, Prana and Kosha
  • The Science of the Chakras,
  • The 7 Chakras of the Kaubjika Yoga Tradition
  • Chosen Techniques of Yoga as well as Bijas
  • Goddess Embodiment Dance
  • Trance Dance and Journeying
  • Goddess Circles
  • Ecstatic yoga dance
  • A free great classical concert!

Your Hosts

Clemens Biedrawa Matsya Yoga Vienna

Clemens Biedrawa (RYT 500), Kundalini Yoga

Vanessa Hylande goddess yoga

Vanessa Hylande (RYT 200), Goddess Yoga, Dance  & Music

Cultural Activities

Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, mountain cycling, boat tours to Isla San Giulio, medieval treasures and fine dining, in addition to your private yoga classes with Master Teacher Clemens and Goddess yoga, embodiment dance and music with Vanessa.

Dragon Walk on the Island of St. Giulio

According to legend, the Island of St. Giulio was the home of fierce dragons, one of which retreated into a cave on the island never to come out again. There remains to this day a “dragon bone” in the sacristy of Basilica of San Giulio. 

We will take the “Path of Silence and Meditation” which runs around the perimeter of the island and up to the dragon’s lair. This beautiful reflective walk is dotted with inspirational quotes written by Mother Anna Maria Canopi, the most important living female figure of the Catholic Church. 

This and other cultural experiences make the Journey to the Goddess yoga retreat, Lago d’Orta, Italy, so special.

“Listen to the water, the wind, your footsteps.”

“Silence is the language of love.”

“Silence is music and harmony.”

Beach Days with Water Sports

Enjoy the afternoons soaking up the sun at one of Lago d’Orta’s beautiful beaches. We will have access to an exclusive, private beach at Lake Orta, and also popular ones where you can enjoy food, drink, paddleboarding, canoeing if you wish! 

It’s the perfect way to relax after a morning of kundalini yoga, yoga philosophy, meditation and great food!

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Private Boat Tour of Lake Orta

Discover Lake Orta and its luxurious and historic waterfront villas from a private boat tour! Experience the sheer beauty of this magnificent Italian lake, where you’ll have the opportunity to admire gorgeous villas lining the shores. Cruise along the calm waters and witness these stunning architectural gems set against the backdrop of the lake.

Each villa is a sight to behold, with exquisite gardens and captivating designs that exude elegance. The boat tour offers an enchanting perspective, allowing you to appreciate the timeless charm and splendor of these villas in all their glory. Prepare to be captivated by the sheer beauty that unfolds before your eyes as you explore Lago d’Orta on this unforgettable journey.

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Visit to Sacro Monte di Orta

Sacro Monte di Orta is a picturesque World Heritage Site that boasts a sequence of twenty chapels surrounded by nature. The chapels illustrate scenes from the life of St. Francis with sculptures and paintings. Built along a route that runs along the hilltop, this walking tour offers spectacular views of the lake and San Giulio Island.

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view of isla san giulio from sacro monte di orta
sacro di monte sculptures

Have Fun, Discover Italian Culture and Make Friends!

Discover the real Italy! You’ll be immersed in traditional Italian culture, music, food, events and more!

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jazz festival omegna
goddess embodiment dance with Vanessa Hylande


Lago d’Orta, Italy: Best European Destination for Your Yoga Holidays

Italy is an amazing country with nature, history and incredible culture. The people are fun loving and vivacious and you will always have a good time if you know where to go! In the summer months the weather is fantastic and you can enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities. From water sports like swimming, boating and kayaking, to mountain biking and hiking, there are tons of things to do.

Join us in the Land of the Dragons for this most special yoga retreat, where you will be surrounded by Alpine mountains, the crystalline waters of Lago d’Orta – Europe’s cleanest lake, while living in the sanctuary of Casa dei Padri, an amazing private villa. Once thought to be inhabited by dragons, this idyllic Medieval and Baroque lakeside village is Italy’s best kept secret. We can’t wait to see you there! Namaste.

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Casa Dei Padri, Armeno, Italy

Enjoy a private or shared room for 5 days and 6 nights at the beautiful Casa Dei Padri, a former Monastery, nestled into the hills next to Lago d’Orta. You will enjoy a single, shared double, or shared three-bedroom with your own bathroom, toilet, and shower. 

Homemade and locally catered healthful meals will be available to you three times per day and are included in the price.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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