Advanced Practitioners' Retreat with Emil Wendel & Julie Martin 2017

Julie and Emil advanced retreat


Emil Wendel & Julie Martin


Monday, 4 September 2017 to Monday, 11 September 2017


Château de Puissentut Gers , Gers (32)
Gers (32) FR



Once again Julie Martin and Emil Wendel bring together their knowledge, resources and passion to offer an Advanced Practitioners Retreat, this year in beautiful France. An intensive week of study with up to 7 hours a day giving you time to explore Julie’s dance of the asana as Emil peels away the layers of philosophical and psychological underpinnings of Yoga.  We invite you to dive deeper into your practice with curiosity and join us in movement and stillness, dialogue and silence all wrapped up in a beautiful French chateau.

A recurring event for the Brahmani Team, this is an important intensive week. Perfect for teachers and regular practitioners who want more than a "yoga holiday" but without the homework of a teacher training. Everyday will involve the practices of movement and stillness but we include sessions of inquiry, discussing the philosophy of modern yoga as well as playing with the intelligence of the body.  

We include a few days of silence as well as contemplative mornings and encourage attendees to stay off line.  In a beautiful setting without distractions, we can switch off from daily life, absorb more through awareness and leave refreshed and inspired to get back to life!


06.00 - 07.30 Meditation and Pranayama with Emil 

07.30 - 08.00 Tea break in Silence

08.00-10.30  Asana and movement class with Julie 

11.00 - 12.30 Brunch/Lunch 

12.30 - 15.00 Free time 

15.00 - 17.00 Philosophy discourse with Emil 

17.00 - 17.30 Tea/snack break

17.30 - 18.45 Movement work with Julie 

19.00-20.00 Dinner 

20.00 - Some evenings will have an after dinner event.  

We have found a beautiful setting for this year’s retreat in the French countryside.  Château de Puissentut (pronounced pwee-sen-toot) is a medieval château with a modern twist. Located in the heart of the Gers in South West France the rural setting is wonderfully tranquil. It has been recently restored and renovated to a very high standard, while the robust stone walls have stood for centuries and tell of various incarnations, the interior is fresh and modern.  The Château is set in pretty gardens with views across fields and woodlands.

Accommodation: There are several double/twin bedrooms in the main house with its charm and character fully retained yet it is supremely comfortable.

The Yoga Studio: The Barn is a wonderful studio space, with its high ceiling it is very airy and its wooden floors make it warm and inviting and it is fully equipped with all yoga props.


€1300 per person based on two sharing a room in the main house.  

€1600 per person based on single occupancy in the main house.

About The Instructors

Emil Wendel:

Emil was born in Switzerland and has been living in Asia since the mid-seventies, studying Sanskrit and Indian Dharma on the Subcontinent, as well as Chinese Philosophy and Taoism in East Asia.
His long residency of 25 years in India and Nepal has allowed Emil an exceptional insight in to the depth of Indian civilization and its philosophical current.  He is sharing this insight in teacher training courses, retreats and workshops all around the world, serving to develop and deepen the yogic process.
He has been part of the Brahmani faculty since it's inception more than 7 years ago, offering meditation modules, Mantra Vidya, Mudra sequences, Pranayama and philosophy courses.
For more information on Emil’s yoga and his tour schedule see


Julie Martin:

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside.  With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire.  Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it.  

Your yoga practice should invite you into relationship with your self, your body, your mind and emotions.  Weaving philosophy and tantric teachings of enquiry, awareness and experimentation Julie will unfold a practice of curiosity that gives space for students to explore in and around structure and make up their own minds about what works for themselves.  This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class.  This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self. 



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