Yoga Teacher Profiles

Profiles for our yoga teachers appear on the Booking page for each week, as they become available, but if you'd like to select your week based on the teacher, rather than the date, you can read about each of our teachers here


June 1st - July 26th - Casperia - Ben Rakidzija

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Ben, born in Germany in 1980, is certified by the American Yoga Alliance (500 RYT). We welcome him to our team to lead our retreats for the months of June and July. Ben’s teaching experience in retreats and studios has taken him as far afield as Costa Rica, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

Ben's yoga style is open; he practises a mix of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and QiGong; also involving exercises in Facial Training and Contact Improvisation. The aim of his practice is a stable body and a clear mind.

Ben also teaches Zazen, the meditation practice of Zen-Buddhism, the aim of which is merely sitting, free from thoughts, images or judgments. He has practised Zazen for ten years with various teachers, such as Ryushin Paul Haller, from the USA and Shodo Harada Roshi from Japan. 

To further expand his education, Ben visits many seminars and workshops; most recently in Facial Training, led by Dr. Schleip (Germany), and an intensive course in Contact Improvisation, by Martin Keogh (USA). Another part of Ben's life is graduated as a Master of Arts in Philosophy and History , Ben's website has more details on his Yoga teaching and styles -

 www.timeforsilence.strikingly.com

Yoga can mean different things depending on the life situation of the student. For me, yoga, and specially meditation, were life-changing. I feel more awake in body and mind, and feel thankfulness for the life that is given to me. Still Im learning and developing. I am happy to share my experiences.

July 27 - 2 Aug - Casperia - Cesare Dapiaggi

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We welcome Cesare, from Italy, back to our teaching team.

Cesare started practicing yoga assiduously in 2010, after realizing that he could play a key role in treating disorders of the bodies and the minds of people weary from years of intercontinental travel. His job as a flight attendant made him aware of the negative consequences of nights spent on shift work and of jet lag.

After making several trips to Asia, he started the discipline of Hatha yoga through a method created by Supreme Master Gabriella Cella; the first woman to bring the ancient teachings the Sivananda to Italy. After studying for more than forty years in various ashrams scattered across India, she developed the Yoga Ratna method where 'ratna' means 'the jewel' through which we uncover our true being.

Cesare teaches a path that winds through the study of the elements, the asanas that represent the many deities of the Hindu pantheon, and the 'scruti' - listening to their energy impression. Pranayama helps spread this new information in depth, through breathing, and meditation of loving kindness serves as an aid to clear our mind of all negative thoughts.

Yama and Nyama are intended as rules of respect for ourselves and for others, to be implemented on the mat but especially outside.
That ‘s what teaches us discipline - learning to listen to ourselves and to those around us.
Om Shanti.
— Cesare

August 17th - 30th - Paola Piozzi

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We welcome Paola Piozzi, from Rome, back to our team to teach the last two weeks in August.

Fascinated by the yogic universe since she was a teenager, Paola started to study Hatha yoga in Rome, at the same time developing her interest in meditation techniques.

Upon moving to Brussels, she continued her studies in yoga with Willy Van Lysebeth and later she attended the yoga teacher training course under the guidance of André Van Lysebeth, internationally well appreciated.

She travelled several times to India to deepen her knowledge in the yogic discipline following the Sivananda and Satyanada tradition, also attending specialised courses mainly focused on Yoga Therapy and relaxation practices for stress management.

Paula has been teaching yoga since 2002 leading beginners and advanced classes, as well as individual sessions, with a special regard for breathing awareness and inward perception, also achieving experience in teaching gentle Yoga for Seniors and Yoga for Pregnancy.

I invite you to experience how a silent touch of breathing can lead us to meditation, how a deep relaxation can bring harmony and calm in our being and how a higher level of consciousness can be simply attained observing our inner feelings.

August 31st - September 13th - Pleuni van Hulten

Pleuni from the Netherlands, will teach with us again this September.

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As a professional dancer and choreographer Pleuni discovered yoga early in her life. She graduated at the Academy of Arts in the Netherlands and completed her yoga teacher training in Thailand with Stillflowingyoga right after.

She returned to the Netherlands to start her own pop-up style yoga classes in her home town under the name Guerrilla Yoga. In September 2014 she left everything behind to travel and teach classes, workshops and retreats all over the world; so far she has been taught in Central America, Dubai, Sri Lanka and India.

Pleuni specializes in Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and floor work dance technique. She teaches various in-depth workshops and also leads mantra chanting circles with the Shruti box she carries.

Her classes are a total experience in which she explores the body's natural way of moving, trying to find a lightness in the practice. She works a lot with waving and rolling through the spine and moving with grace and fluidity.


September 28th - October 11th - Dhanya Costantini

Dhanya started to practice yoga in 1999 and has embraced it since, embedding it into her life forevermore. She moved from her native Italy to London in 2000 and since 2013 she has been running her own business, Dhanyaomyoga, having been certified as a 200-hours Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance. Her Vinyasa Flow has many influences, from Ashtanga to Jivamukt and lately Prana Flow. However, the basis for correct body alignment and making poses accessible to everybody comes from her first yoga experience with the Iyengar method.

Dhanya is currently studying for a further Advanced qualification with the Aditya school of London, from where she is going to bring her deep understanding of the Chakra system, into her classes and workshops. 

She is both a dedicated teacher and student of the old discipline that is Yoga: practising it, enjoying it, and passing on its multiple benefits, including better posture and pain-free bonds, agility, vitality, mental clarity, serenity and strength of character, to cite some.

In her wider life, she is a divorced mother of two teenage boys. She holds a degree in Social Science with the Environment and has previously worked for a large media corporation. She has now dedicated her life and career to yoga.

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My wish is to empower people with the teaching of this amazing discipline that is yoga. To transmit the joy and relief of the everyday practice, making you feel amazing in your body, mind and soul.
— Dhanya

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We welcome Cesare Dipiaggi, from Italy, to our team the final week of our 2017 season.

Cesare started practicing yoga assiduously in 2010, after realizing that he could play a key role in treating disorders of the bodies and the minds of people weary from years of intercontinental travel. His job as a flight attendant made him aware of the negative consequences of nights spent on shift work and of jet lag.

After making several trips to Asia, he started the discipline of Hatha yoga through a method created by Supreme Master Gabriella Cella; the first woman to bring the ancient teachings the Sivananda to Italy. After studying for more than forty years in various ashrams scattered across India, she developed the Yoga Ratna method where 'ratna' means 'the jewel' through which we uncover our true being.

Cesare teaches a path that winds through the study of the elements, the asanas that represent the many deities of the Hindu pantheon, and the 'scruti' - listening to their energy impression. Pranayama helps spread this new information in depth, through breathing, and meditation of loving kindness serves as an aid to clear our mind of all negative thoughts. 

Yama and Nyama are intended as rules of respect for ourselves and for others, to be implemented on the mat but especially outside.

That ‘s what teaches us discipline - learning to listen to ourselves and to those around us.

Om Shanti.
— Cesare

Lucy Bremner - Costa Rica

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Our Costa Rica weeks will be led by Lucy Bremner; the founder of Sunflower Retreats. Lucy has been a holistic practitioner in the UK and worldwide since 1988. She specialises in a wide range of body work, therapies and energy and spiritual balancing treatments such as Chakra Balancing and Reiki.

Lucy was drawn to the practice of Hatha yoga and the yoga philosophy while studying holistic therapies professionally in London in 1989. In the late 80's and early 90's, then in her twenties, she travelled independently when at that time it was not common for women to travel alone, her journey took her to Nepal, India, Thailand, Malaysia,Indonesia, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Sudan and the USA, where she broadened her studies of yoga, Eastern philosophy and the healing arts, including the American Indian tradition and philosophy.

Lucy is a qualified Holistic Therapist and international yoga teacher, accredited by the Friends of Yoga - a society and examination body for yoga in the UK and India which is recognised by Yoga Alliance©, as an international yoga school. Over the last twenty five years she has helped thousands of people with healing therapies and with yoga instruction, either through her yoga classes and treatments, or through all she has coordinated in the yoga and healing section at Sunflower Retreats' centre in Casperia. Lucy specialises in working with womens issues and health & wellbeing and her interests also include Shamanism, Astrology, art and the study of the sacred and divine feminine.

Lucy's group yoga classes are holistic and grounding, fusing the elements of Ying and Yang, yoga asanas and practices with some flow sequences and traditional asanas so to bring balance (union) to the body, mind, emotions and spirit. She loves to share and communicate the ancient knowledge of Western and Eastern traditions through the healing power of yoga and meditation and Yoga nidra, both in her classes and her treatments.

 She is a gentle teacher, encouraging and supportive in her teaching and holistic therapy work. 

A mother of two children born by natural childbirth methods, she also teaches pregnancy yoga and preparation for natural birth.