FUCK IT
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PAST TO
PRESENCE

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

F**K IT MAGIC PAST TO PRESENCE / SEPTEMBER 17-24 / VILLA CATTANI STUART / €1290 – €1690

Letting go is not easy.  But exploring simple presence
without either ignoring or over-analysing the past is tremendously liberating.
On this week you’ll be doing that in a 17th Century villa, mindful of the past, living in the present.

With F**k It co-author and founder, Magic Gaia Pollini
in this stunning villa, close to Fano and the sea.
Prices are all-inclusive.

CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE:
VILLA CATTANI STUART YUM SHOW / 
ABOUT MAGIC GAIA / ABOUT THIS RETREAT / ABOUT VILLA CATTANI STUART / ABOUT PRICES & BOOKING

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VILLA CATTANI STUART YUM SHOW

17th CENTURY GRANDEUR WITH MODERN HOTEL COMFORTS

YUM BEACHES

THE VILLA IS 2 KM FROM THIS BEACH IN FANO

YUM GARDENS

STUNNING ITALIAN GARDENS WITH VIEWS OF THE SEA

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 FROM PAST TO PRESENCE RETREAT


 

This beautiful ‘From Past to Presence’ process will be held in the 17th century Villa Cattani Stewart and there’s no better place for this. We will be working in the frescoed villa room, and the fire room, as well as in the Italian Gardens, lake, pool and orchard. And the sea is just 2km away down a winding track through the Fano hills. This will be a true journey through the old into the now.

For many of us, our past, and our past patterns, cast a shadow over the present, so that we end up not being able to see, enjoy, explore, experience and savour what is happening here and now, right under our noses.

So the unresolved difficulties of our past can act as a powerful filter on the present. A filter that makes us see and experience new and fresh things in an old key, plugging us into repetitive old feelings.

To name just a few:

  • Feeling always lesser than, insecure and not good enough
  • Feeling unwanted and unwelcomed
  • Feeling something is missing and wrong
  • Felling that you cannot be yourself
  • Feeling that nothing means much
  • Feeling it’s not safe

Is it time for you to move on from the mechanisms of the past that create such feelings in the present?

And if so, how is this possible?…

“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

….These structures from the past are clearly strong within us. We need to learn how to notice them in body and mind and begin to recognise our triggers. We don’t always need to know or understand what happened (although sometimes that is possible and helpful). The real work to do is to feel and recognise which mechanisms are still alive in us now.

And thus we enter a new realm: the possibility of healing and dissolving past patterns (and trauma) through simple and profound presence.  So that once we are able to fully recognise and experience what is happening in us, in the now, we perceive our patterns as energies.

And this shift in perception, from past to presence, reduces the need to find ourselves or others at fault.

It means we can become aware of our vulnerability (insecurity, fear, feeling let down, unwanted or not good enough), but then don’t have to ‘fix it’, to control it or to run away. Instead we can connect to safety and trust and simply watch and allow those feelings without them dragging us down.

It’s a radical approach that can have a revolutionary effect in your life, present moment, by present moment.

If that inspires a curiousity in you, or even a ‘wow, really?’,
then it could be time to move From Past to Presence.

“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 VILLA CATTANI STUART


Drive off the main coastal road between the bustling towns and beaches of Pesaro and Fano on the Adriatic Riviera, and you enter a pastoral idyll of rolling Italian hills.  
Just 2 km up a winding single-tracked road, you find the palatial magnificence of Villa Cattani Stuart.
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From our first visit to this unique villa last summer, we could feel that it represents a bridging of different worlds:
  • From the busy-ness and activity of those nearby resorts to the tranquility of inland Italy.
  • From the comforts of the modern hotel to the delicate elegance of the 17 century villa.
  • From the lofty grandeur of this aristocratic seat to the reality of its gentle and humble owners: the Tomassini-Guidi family.
  • From the deep and evocative feeling of the past to the light and holiday quality of the present set-up, with the pool and other facilities.
So you will be staying in the modern (but still elegant) 4 star hotel that sits next to the 17 century villa in these historic grounds of Villa Cattani Stuart. And you will have breakfast in the breakfast room of this hotel.  For lunch and dinner, we will go to a charming local trattoria in the village (and it’s just a 5 minute walk).  Except for one meal, when we’ll be visiting another (and rather spectacular) local town.
And you will feel lady / lord of the manor as you wander around the breath-taking grounds and gardens of the Villa: there are tree-lined groves, a lake, the formal gardens.  There is a large pool sitting beneath the old villa, where you can swim and lounge by, enjoying the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and coast.
And the beach is just 2 km away – so you can cycle there, or walk (though it’s a way), or get a bus from the village down to Pesaro, or share a car or taxi with other guests (some guests might have their own or a hire car).
We are so happy to have added such a stunning venue to our range of Italian retreats this year.  And we suspect you’ll love and appreciate it as much as we do.

Travelling to this venue (in brief):
We will give you (very) detailed instructions once you book (in your ‘holiday pack’), but, briefly…
We will 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, etc.. if you fancy.
Most of our guests fly to Bologna, as it has the most flight options (though Ancona is a little closer).  You would then take the train to Pesaro (1 to 2 hours depending on train).  And take (and usually, share) a taxi up to Villa Cattani Stuart (about 15 mins).
In other words, it’s all pretty straightforward (and rather exciting).

  • Palatial magnificence of the villa, gardens and grounds 92%
  • Feeling like a crowded summer resort 2%
  • Your potential to bridge your past with the present, just like this villa 97%

“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 full-board accommodation at Villa Cattani Stuart (scroll down for room details), 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

The single rooms are in the 4 star hotel that sits next to the 17th villa in the luscious grounds of Villa Cattani Stuart. So you have all modern comforts in the context of the grandeur of Italian aristocracy. The prices are all-inclusive, full-board, so: Gaia’s teaching, the room and breakfast in the hotel, and lunch and dinner in the village’s charming trattoria.

with TWIN or DOUBLE space

The twin / double rooms are in the 4 star hotel that sits next to the 17th villa in the luscious grounds of Villa Cattani Stuart. So you have all modern comforts in the context of the grandeur of Italian aristocracy. 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 prices are all-inclusive, full-board, so: Gaia’s teaching, the room and breakfast in the hotel, and lunch and dinner in the village’s charming trattoria.

 

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 prices are all-inclusive, full-board, so: Gaia’s teaching, the room and breakfast in the hotel, and lunch and dinner in the village’s charming trattoria.

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