Alexander Technique, Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Assisi, Italy

Onetime session

Alexander Technique, Yoga and Meditation Retreat.
Walks, relax and good food in Assisi
June 17 - 23, 2020

Join David Moore, Rossella Buono and other teachers for a week of learning and rejuvenation in historic Assisi.


is open to everyone!
This week has been specially developed for yoga instructors, Alexander Technique teachers, those who are serious, curious and open-minded about their yoga practice and people who want to start with yoga.

Under David Moore's guidance you will find much of interest in working in a new way with familiar or unfamiliar poses. With thirty years of teaching experience in the Alexander Technique and yoga, David brings fresh and practical insights into how the Alexander Technique can contribute to yoga practice. David will invite enquiry from participants and draw on his highly regarded book 'Smart Yoga' during the Retreat. David and Rossella, take into account the wide variability in participants' ability and range of movement, and use these differences as a springboard to examine how we might deal intelligently with personal variability.

During the week-long Retreat participants can expect
insight into:

Applying the Alexander Technique for safe and effective yoga practice

​Altering poses to suit a wide range of structural issues, body-types, and flexibility

Dealing with pain and injury

How Hatha Yoga, Patanjali, and Buddhist insight practices relate to the Alexander Technique

Bringing the practice into daily life

Balancing the autonomic nervous system

Mindfulness and meditation

Changing habits

For those interested, Smart Yoga: Apply the Alexander Technique to Enhance Your Practice, Prevent Injury, and Increase Body Awareness makes a great companion to yoga practice. More than an instruction manual, it is complete with visual examples and offers readers a critical approach to yoga practice. As a guide, Smart Yoga accommodates the needs of people with a diverse range of movement, in terms of injuries, structure, strength and flexibility. It offers comprehensive advice in modifying one's yoga practice.


The program will be structured to allow for intensive yoga and Alexander Technique work plus two private lessons for each participant over the course of the retreat. In addition it will allow for sufficient time for people to be able to visit and enjoy the surrounding towns and countryside. The program listed below is indicative and may be altered somewhat in consultation with the participants.

The course will start with an afternoon introductory group followed by an evening meal, and will end in the morning on the last day.

The daily program.

6.30 – 7.00 Meditation

7.00 – 9.00 - Yoga

9.00 – 10.00 - Breakfast

10.00 – 13.00 Alexander Technique Group

13.00– 14.00 Lunch

After 2pm - private lessons will be organised in the afternoon or evening. There will be free times for outings including a visits to Assisi and Perugia and a guided tour of the artwork at the cathedral. Depending on timing and interest we may do a late afternoon session in either yoga or Alexander Technique.


Accommodation: The historic Fontemaggio is located within the Monte Subasio Park just 15 minutes walk away from the top of Assisi, at an altitude of 550m. Fontemaggio is surrounded by hills and woodlands, offering an excellent opportunity for hiking and contemplation. The accommodation building has the benefit of standing alone but is part of a larger complex that includes a traditional restaurant, a coffee shop (they have good coffee and delectable ice cream), and a camping ground.

Meals: The menu will be vegetarian. Note that only breakfast and lunch are included in the fee. We will make our own arrangements for the evening meal, to give us the flexibility to be out for the evenings. The La Stalla restaurant is next door if you don't want to venture into town. There is also a kitchen for self-catering.

The Cost
Fees include tuition, 2 private sessions, breakfast and lunch (vegetarian) and accommodation. The early bird discount  of 10% of the full price is for bookings received up to March  1, 2020 with a minimum deposit of €400. or equivalent in pounds or  Australian dollars. Balance to be paid by April 24.

All the rooms are ensuite with towels provided. Yoga mats will also be provided.

  • Single €1150 ($A1,905 or  £1,065) 

  • Double €995  (A$1545 or  £920)  

  • 4 bedroom €945(A$1,565 or £875)

Payments in Euros can be made via Paypal

Payments in Australian Dollars to Einstein's Moon BSB 033048

Account 133532 - SWIFT code - for overseas payments is WPACAU2S. If the sending bank requires 11 characters, use WPACAU2SXXX.

​Payments in Pound Sterling to Rossella Buono (she will send you an invoice with bank account details).

Exchange rates from Euros will be updated monthly, but once you have booked the price will remain the same as for your booking date.

Refund policy

  • For cancellations received prior to March 1 - full refund less €75 handling fee

  • For cancellations received between March 1 and April 17- refund of fees paid less €400

  • For cancellations received after April 17 we cannot offer a refund.

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance which will cover any losses in the case that you are forced to cancel.   

Bring your partner: participants are welcome to bring a non-participating partner to the venue. There is plenty for them to do in the vicinity. Cost €375 for breakfast, lunch  and sharing the room with you.


Quiet contemplation in the forest of St Francis's Hermitage which is situated up the hill from Fontemaggio

Course type
Specialist and residential
All abilities and levels of experience. Absolute beginners are welcome!
Early bird is 10% off! Single €1150 - Double €995 - 4 bedroom €945
+44 07717553022
Start date
End date
Starting in the afternoon Wednesday 17th of June, finishing before lunch on Tuesday 23rd.

David Moore 

David Moore, is a Senior Alexander Technique Teacher, director of the School for FM Alexander Studies in Melbourne and a Registered Senior teacher with Yoga Australia. He graduated from Australia's first Alexander technique training course in Sydney in 1985. After graduating he spent some weeks each year for a number of years studying with senior American teacher, the late Marjorie Barstow.

​Since then he has established private practices in New Zealand and Melbourne, run many  residential courses in Australia, Italy and New Zealand, and taught classes and intensive workshops in the UK, Germany, Japan Italy, Taiwan, and the USA. In 1999 he set up an Alexander Technique Teacher Training course which is approved by the Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. This 1600 hour training course runs over three years.

​Prior to studying the Alexander technique David did many years of yoga practice. He spent over seven years in India and Thailand, including over two years in Thai meditation monasteries, and two years in Madras studying with TKV Desikachar at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandaram. In Sydney he studied Iyengar yoga for four years with Martin Jackson from 1991 - 1994, including undertaking a teacher training course with Martin in 1994. He now teaches classes applying the Alexander technique to yoga and is the author of "Smart Yoga: Apply the Alexander Technique to Enhance Your Practice, Prevent Injury, and Increase Body Awareness". He also has a strong interest in voice and performance, and has run numerous classes and workshops for singers, storytellers and public speakers.

Rossella Buono 

Rossella regularly assists David Moore in delivering yoga and Alexander Technique workshops and retreats in Europe, most recently in Berlin, Prague and Chicago in 2018.

As well as operating a thriving Alexander Technique practice in Canterbury UK, Rossella travels extensively to both teach and to further her experience with senior Alexander Technique teachers throughout the world. She is also the co-author of For the Love of Games, an almanac of ideas designed to assist with the teaching of the Alexander Technique and which can be applied in many other teaching situations.