FUCK IT MAGIC
LIFE-FORCE

“DID WE ALL LEAVE FEELING FABULOUS? YES, ABSOLUTELY.” LONDON EVENING STANDARD

F**K IT MAGIC LIFE-FORCE / JULY 2-9 / STROMBOLI / €1290 – €1690

How many of us live fully, tapped into our full life-force?
Not many. This week explores how to rediscover and re-express our life-force.
And we do this sitting on top of a live volcano.

With F**k It co-author and founder, Magic Gaia Pollini
on the volcanic island of Stromboli.
Prices are all-inclusive (half-board).

CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE:
STROMBOLI YUM SHOW / 
ABOUT MAGIC GAIA / ABOUT THIS RETREAT / ABOUT STROMBOLI / ABOUT PRICES & BOOKING

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STROMBOLI YUM SHOW

YES, YOU’LL BE LIVING ON A LIVE VOLCANO

YUM BEACHES

COVE AFTER COVE, LAPPED THE WARM TRANSLUCENT WATER

YUM HOTEL

THE HOTEL IS ON THE BEACH – AND THIS IS THE VIEW

ABOUT MAGIC GAIA

Gaia is F**k It Magic personified.
Just hanging out with Gaia takes you to a different place. Having created the whole F**k It thing (with John) 10 years ago,
Gaia IS F**k It.

And you can’t help but get it when you’re with her.
We use the word ‘magic’ around Gaia too because that’s how people describe her and her work. (And Gaia has A LOT of people following her from one place to another, doing one retreat after another).

 

  • Gaia’s level of magic and guruness: 100%

“GAIA IS A GODDESS: THE MOST INCREDIBLE PERSON I’VE EVER MET. O.H., LONDON

ABOUT THIS MAGIC LIFE-FORCE RETREAT


 

We can all remember a time when we felt fully and excitingly alive – when we felt full of energy, and powerful, and, well… just ALIVE.

But how many of us feel like that now?  Where did all that ‘life-force’ go? Because, for one reason or another (and sadly), it usually does.
Well, it hasn’t gone away (phew!), it’s just that we have blocked it and forgotten how to tap into it.

So – it’s time to unblock it and learn how to tap into it again.
And where else better to do that than on a LIVE VOLCANO in the Mediterranean Sea – the manifestation of the powerful life-force of the earth.


We are born with a huge amount of life force, which we are meant to retain and express throughout life.

However, due to the need to fit in and be accepted and approved of, or because of difficult events, we learn (often unconsciously) to stifle and suppress our life force.
We basically put a lid on it, and live on a fraction of our full aliveness, and end up believing that that is who we are. Fortunately it is all still happening beneath. When we have suppressed our full aliveness for so long, we become scared of our own life force, and of our own power (we literally get scared when we feel the energy beneath, which is often mixed with anger).

When we find a healthy and empowering way to reconnect and allow our full life force, it feels like literally being reborn. A piece of us that was put away comes back. We can feel our spirit, our true self returning…

“THE MAGIC RETREAT ABSOLUTELY DESERVES ITS NAME. IT WAS A PERFECT WEEK WITH PERFECT PEOPLE AND PERFECT GAIA. IT WAS A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE.” E.M., BERLIN

…Most of the people who come to a F**k It Retreat say that they ‘want to feel themselves again’.
And this is that experience…

Some of the ways we’ll achieve this during this week on the beautiful volcano:

  • You’ll learn how to feel what is actually happening in the body , what is actually true in the moment.
  • In this way you’ll discover what is being held back within you, what natural impulses are suppressed because of fear
  • You’ll experience how to express those energies in a constructive way (including anger that may have been held for a long time)
  • You’ll experience how to reconnect to the sense of power and strength that was lying beneath the suppressed feelings
  • You’ll learn how to re-orient to a sense of safety, strength and bigness, where before you used to dive into a sense of confusion or powerlessness
  • You’ll have lots of fun feeling your full life force, and learn how to start following it.

There really is no better place to explore this theme than on the live volcano of Stromboli.
You can guess why. The energy is powerful and amazing, and completely alive. It is hard to hold back on Stromboli. The Volcano will show the way: opening, releasing what got stuck or held back, tapping into your natural power…
and really feeling what it is like to live more freely and expressively in your life.

Is it time for you to reconnect with your life-force (on a life-force volcano)?

“I WAS DEEPLY MOVED BY GAIA. SHE SEEMED TO KNOW JUST HOW I FELT, WHAT MY JOURNEY IS. I HAVE COME AWAY FROM THIS EXPERIENCE FEELING A LOT MORE IN TOUCH WITH HOW I FEEL AND KNOWING THAT I JUST HAVE TO LET GO WHEN I NEED TO, AND THAT IT’S ALL OKAY.” L.C., AMSTERDAM

ABOUT STROMBOLI

Stromboli is awesome, a one-off.  We’ve been going there for a month every summer for 5 years. And we’re still in love, and in fact, even more awed every time we go. I (John) was concerned that I’d never managed to successfully capture the Stromboli experience in words for you so when we got on the departing hydrofoil this year, having said goodbye to our Stromboli friends for another year, I started typing.  I just looked at that piece and it’s 2500 words long.
 STROMBOLI LONG CAPTURE

So, to be brief(er):  Stromboli is a volcanic island.
 No, Stromboli is a live volcano rising out of the sea, that’s the truth. And you live on the edge of that volcano for a week.  It’s the only volcano in Europe that erupts constantly (and safely). It depends on the year, and how active it is, but you will often hear what at first you think is a crack of thunder roughly every half-hour. That’s the volcano erupting. You can climb the volcano to see it erupting from close quarters (it’s an astonishing experience) or watch it from a boat or even a remote pizzeria.
But forgetting the volcano (which is kind of hard to do when you’re living on it), Stromboli is still a magical place.  There are no roads or streetlights – just enchanted lanes overhung with bright and perfumed blossom from the dreamy white-washed houses. Just walking around these unlit lanes at night under the star-packed sky is a dream (I’m dreaming of it now). There are numerous coves to explore, accessed by difficult-to-miss paths, where you can sunbathe and swim in the warm sea.
The hotel we stay in (Villaggio Stromboli) has the best position on the island – right on the beach.  You can hear the sea from wherever you are in the hotel.  It is a simple family-run hotel with a direct link to the dramatic history of the island (which was dramatised in the famous Rossellini / Ingrid Bergman film ‘Stromboli’).  You can have a room with a sea-view.  And even if you don’t, you’ll be close to the sea. We have either lunch or dinner together at the hotel, depending on the schedule that day ( such as if we have something planned like a boat trip around the island, where we swim in the pure blue sea… the background behind this text is a photo taken from the boat).  And we do the sessions on the delightful roof-terrace: covered from the July sun, but with views both up to the volcano and out to sea.
Stromboli is the perfect place for the work we do on F**k It Retreats.  It supports and reinforces the life-transforming work. Well, Stromboli is the perfect place, full-stop.

Travelling to Stromboli (in brief):
When you’re on Stromboli, it feels like you’re on the edge of the world.  And, even though you’re in Europe, within reach of airports that are served by the budget airlines, getting there feels like quite an adventure.
We will give you (very) detailed instructions once you book (in your ‘holiday pack’), but, briefly…

We will also invite you to a private Facebook group so that you can talk to other guests who are coming on the same week, and thus meet and share taxis, and sit with each other on the hydrofoil, etc., if you fancy.
For years, we’ve kept our advice on how to get there simple: fly to Naples (Napoli); get a taxi across town to the port; get the once-a-day hydrofoil to Stromboli (which takes 5 hours); then get the hotel to meet you at the Stromboli port with one of their golf-carts (there are no cars on the island).
But this year we’re going to detail other options too. By choosing to fly to Sicily, for example (such as to ‘Catania’), and then take a shuttle bus (there are loads of options) across to the port of Milazzo, you can reduce both the time and cost of your hydrofoil (or ferry) trip.  That’s the option we now take (from here in Italy, we fly from Ancona to Milazzo).

Also bear in mind that this is a FABULOUS part of the world, so do put aside time at the beginning or end of your retreat for some island hopping (the Aeolians are a UNESCO heritage area) or city visiting (Palermo or Napoli for example).
  • Awesomeness of living on a live volcano for a week 98%
  • Roads and streetlights 2%
  • Chance of falling in love with an island 94%

“GAIA IS THE MOST AMAZING HUMAN BEING I HAVE EVER MET. HER GENUINE LOVE AND CARE AND UNDERSTANDING OF OTHERS IS OUTSTANDING. SHE KNOWS JUST WHAT TO SAY AND JUST WHEN TO SAY IT. HER INSIGHTS ALLOWED ME TO HAVE MY OWN UNIQUE JOURNEY WHICH WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN AS SPECIAL WITHOUT HER.”  E.S., BRISTOL

ABOUT PRICES AND BOOKING

The prices for this retreat are all-inclusive.  So for this retreat that means half-board accommodation at the Villaggio Stromboli (usually breakfast and dinner, with breakfast and lunch on two days), and the full F**k It Magic course. The prices are in the panel below this. Your 1st instalment is €590.

To book, it’s easy:
1. Just check availability of your desired room option using the button below.
2.  We’ll let you know by email if there’s space. If there is, we’ll then give you a link to the booking page.  You can then fill in our booking form and pay the 1st instalment of €590 online within 5 minutes (yes, we’ve timed it!).
3. You can sit back and look forward to your retreat.

Payment Timings in detail:

Generally you pay in three instalments (depending on when you book).
The 1st instalment of €590 secures your booking.
The 2nd instalment is due 2 months later or 2 months before the retreat, whichever is earlier.
The 3rd instalment, payable to the venue, is due 6 weeks before the retreat.

We will take you through the precise figures of the 2nd and 3rd instalments when we reply to your availability enquiry.
If you’re booking within the 2 months or 6 weeks prior to the start of your retreat, then you’ll be paying different instalments at the same time, or close to one another. Again, we will specify precise deadlines in our email reply.

in SINGLE ROOM with SEA-VIEW

The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: Gaia’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

in SINGLE ROOM

The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: Gaia’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TWIN or DOUBLE SPACE with SEA-VIEW

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with another guest (of the same sex) in a ‘twin’ room. Those booking ‘double’ rooms come to a retreat with another person, and tend to know them rather well.The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: Gaia’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TWIN or DOUBLE SPACE

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with another guest (of the same sex) in a ‘twin’ room. Those booking ‘double’ rooms come to a retreat with another person, and tend to know them rather well.The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: Gaia’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TRIPLE SPACE

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with others. In this triple room, you share with two others (of the same sex). You’re certain to make a bunch of new friends on a F**k It Retreat, and your ‘roomies’ in such a room tend to be even more special. The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: Gaia’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

IF YOU’RE FEELING IT, IT’S TIME TO SAY TWO MAGIC WORDS (‘F…’ AND ‘I…’) AND JOIN THE WEEK… SEE IF WE STILL HAVE SPACE…

“I WAS, AND CONTINUE TO BE, ASTOUNDED AT HOW STRONG I COULD BE, JUST BEING ME. THANK YOU GAIA.” M.T., ZURICH