F**K IT
BE YOU

LIFE-FORCE

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

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SUMMARY OF RETREAT / WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT / ABOUT GAIA / ABOUT THIS RETREAT / ABOUT PRICES & BOOKING / ABOUT STROMBOLI

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F**K IT BE YOU ‘LIFE-FORCE’ RETREAT
JUNE 30 – JULY 7/ €1290-€1790
STROMBOLI

 

In a nutshell:

How many of us live fully and freely, tapped into our own full life-force?
(‘Not many’ is the answer).

This retreat explores why we have blocked our own life-force (it’s quite a story), how we tend to become ‘people pleasers’ and how we can rediscover and re-express our full and over-flowing life-force.

All done whilst living on the live volcano of Stomboli (and swimming in the sea and lying on the beach and watching the eruptions), which also serves as the perfect metaphor for the whole life-force process.

Prices are all-inclusive (full-board)

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“I was, and continue to be, astounded at how strong I could be, just being me. Thank you Gaia.” M.T., ZURICH

Why you’ll love this retreat – 

LIBERATING TEACHING from GAIA

You’ll feel better. 
And you’ll learn how to feel well and free every day –
Long after the tan has faded.

SUPER-RELAXING HOLIDAY

You’re going to be living on a live volcano for a week.
And swimming in the warm sea, wandering the blossom-heavy alleys, eating the Sicilian food, oh wow.

GOOD COMPANY

People don’t expect this,
but you’ll feel safe and supported amongst new friends, 
who are likely to one day be old friends.

ABOUT MAGIC GAIA

Gaia is F**k It personified.
Just hanging out with Gaia takes you to a different place. Having created the whole F**k It thing (with John) 14 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 is a therapist with huge experience - having deep training in developmental trauma work (NARM), Somatic Experiencing, energy work, breathwork, voice dialogue and hypnotherapy.  In her magic way, she creates space for true feelings, full life-force and personal truth. She brings to this process her work with trauma, with relational attachment and with energy, so that you have the chance to permanently shift self-limiting perceptions and beliefs and relax into a true sense of okayness.

  • Gaia’s magical ability to impart our true sense of okayness 100% 100%

“Gaia is a goddess: the most incredible person I’ve ever met.” O.H., LONDON

ABOUT THIS MAGIC LIFE-FORCE RETREAT
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F**k It Be You.
F**k It Be You.
Not the people pleaser, the one who says ‘yes’ when you mean ‘no’.
F**k It Be You. Not hiding your light and life-force, the one who says ‘no’ when you mean ‘yes’.
F**k It Be You. You as you are, not as you think you should be.
F**k It Be You. Doing what feels right, not what you think you should do.
F**k It Be You. Not always putting yourself last, not giving help when you need it yourself.
F**k It Be You. Listening to yourself and your feelings, not others and their opinions.
F**k It Be You. Including the vulnerable, tender and fragile you.
F**k It Be You. And don’t make any excuses for being you.

F**k It Be You.  

Gaia's 'F**k It Be You' work helps you return to the true, clear and fully-alive you.
It is based on her long therapeutic experience and training in practices such as 'NARM' and Somatic Experiencing which relate to Developmental Trauma and our unconscious repetitive patterns.

If you are, in any way, a PEOPLE PLEASER –
Trying to be nice, not wanting to rock the boat,
saying what you think others what to hear, 
and hiding your true feelings in order not to be disapproved of…

…Then it’s likely that you’ve been putting a lid on your ‘life-force’.
We’re meant to be touch with what feels right for us, and to express it clearly and healthily to those around us.

But usually we have learnt to stifle this healthy expression of ourselves in early life,
and we repeat the pattern of closing off our feelings and blocking our life-force.

And we end up believing that if we feel and say what we want, 
We’ll rock the boat so much that we’ll lose everyone.
So we live in this limited range of aliveness, and it’s not fun, or free or life-enhancing.

But we do have a huge amount of life force,
which we are meant to retain and express throughout life.

So – it’s time to unblock it and learn how to tap into it again and live from your truth.
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.

“This was a perfect week with perfect people and perfect Gaia.
It was a life-changing experience.” 
E.M., BERLIN

Gaia will guide you through how to reconnect with this Life-force during this life-enhancing retreat –

  • You’ll learn how to feel what is actually happening in the body , what is actually true in the moment.
  • 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) and thus move beyond People Pleasing behaviour
  • You’ll experience how to reconnect to the sense of power and strength that was lying beneath the suppressed feelings
  • You’ll explore your boundaries and discover how to recreate solid and healthy boundaries
  • 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 do Gaia’s special process about feeling what’s good for you and expressing it
  • 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 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 have come away from this experience 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 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 Be You course. The prices are in the panel below this.
Your 1st instalment is €590.

The retreat prices for ‘F**k It Family’ are for those who’ve been on a F**k It retreat or event before.

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.

WHEN IT FEELS RIGHT,
SAY THE MAGIC WORDS (F**K IT)
AND SEE IF WE STILL HAVE SPACE -

I was deeply moved by Gaia. She seemed to know just how I felt, what my journey is.” 

 J.M., EDINBURGH

YOUR VENUE: VILLAGGIO STROMBOLI –

STROMBOLI YUM SHOW

YES, YOU’LL BE LIVING ON A LIVE VOLCANO

ABOUT STROMBOLI

Stromboli is awesome, a one-off.  We’ve been going there for a month every summer for 7 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.

YUM BEACHES

COVE AFTER COVE, LAPPED THE WARM TRANSLUCENT WATER

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).  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 we’ve recently been giving details of other options too. By choosing to fly to Sicily, for example (such as to ‘Catania’), and then take a shuttle bus (they go regularly, take around 2 hours and cost around €50) across to the port of Milazzo, you can reduce both the time and cost of your hydrofoil (or ferry) trip.  The hydrofoils go around 5 times a day, take between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the one you choose and cost around €50/60. That’s the option we now take (from here in Italy, we fly from Ancona to Catania).

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).

YUM HOTEL

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

The Scores on the Doors –

  • Awesomeness of living on a live volcano for a week 98% 98%
  • Roads and streetlights 2% 2%
  • Chance of falling in love with an island 94% 94%

 

The Rooms –

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.

WHEN IT FEELS RIGHT,
SAY THE MAGIC WORDS (F**K IT)
AND SEE IF WE STILL HAVE SPACE -

“Gaia is the most amazing human being I have ever met. Her insights allowed me to have my own journey which wouldn’t have been as special without her.” 

E.S., BRISTOL