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Well Woman Aqua Yoga residential course

Well Woman Aqua Yoga Diploma Teacher Training

Residential Course (85 hours)
Sasseta Alta Aquatic Training Centre, Italy, 22 – 27 November 2019

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A new Birthlight Diploma Teacher Training course combining Françoise Freedman’s innovative Well Woman Yoga and Aqua Yoga, integrating the qualities of water to promote women’s greater wellbeing through the life cycle.

Birthlight Well Woman Aqua Yoga

Water exercise and the benefits it brings are well documented: reducing pain, maintaining and improving flexibility, range of motion and muscle strength, regaining and improving balance and cardio respiratory fitness. To all these, Well Woman Aqua Yoga adds fluid movement sequences with breath awareness, floating relaxation and yoga-based adaptations of swim strokes. The qualities of water make it an ideal medium to renew and recharge.  Based on three decades of experience and technical developments, this course offers teaching resources for meeting women’s needs in accessible and enjoyable forms for all, from non-swimmers to competition swimmers. With ease of movement and relaxation in water comes self-confidence, calmness and a greater ability to face the rigors of daily life. In addition, many participants have reported significant improvements to conditions both acute and chronic.

In this course, you will receive:

  • Teaching with a balance of theory and practice, using visual aids, props and experiential discovery for making the anatomy and physiology foundations of Birthlight Aqua Yoga easy and fun to learn
  • A practical digest of the principles of Ayurveda and the philosophy of yoga
  • Two taught pool sessions per day, with opportunities for group and individual practice at other times through the day
  • Film viewings, readings, sharing and creative activities in evening sessions

Course Details

Dates: 22 November (start at 4.30 pm) – 27 November 2019 (finishes at 1.00 pm) i.e. 6 days (5 nights full board)
Number of  hours:   85 hours including study time (accredited to Yoga Alliance Professionals)
Main Tutor: Françoise Freedman, Perrine Alliod assisting.

Course Outline (this course includes both Part 1 & Part 2 of the Diploma course) >

This residential course is open to:

  • Aquanatal instructors wishing to expand their skills
  • Yoga teachers/therapists with an affinity to water
  • Aqua Therapists and aquatic practitioners with an experience of yoga
  • Health professionals using water skills including Watsu practitioners
  • Other therapists working in the area of women’s health but who do not hold either a yoga or aquatic skills qualification can apply individually

VenueSasseta Alta (Tuscany, Italy) website>

Sasseta Alta is a place of beauty that integrates ecology, technology and artful design. The spacious yoga room opens out to the rolling hills and the warm indoor pool, designed for Watsu training, is ideal for Aqua Yoga. There is also an outdoor bio-pool.  Sasseta Alta is also an organic farm. The complex is built on an ancient Etruscan site not far from hot springs in west Tuscany (3 km from the perched village of Scansano).

Four renovated Tuscan style stone farmhouses close to the pool offer comfortable accommodation in single or shared rooms. Every day, the bio-restaurant prepares abundant organic dishes to suit all dietary options. The warm and relaxed family atmosphere makes Sasseta Alta a very special place, adding the feel of a nurturing holiday to our Well Woman Aqua Yoga retreat-course. A spread of 40 hectares, much of which is ancient woodland, provides guests with varied nature walks during the midday breaks.

It has been Françoise’s life-long passion to develop Aqua Yoga in ways that combine the essence of yoga practice and the life supporting qualities of water for women’s wellbeing. As an expansion of Aquanatal Yoga, that Françoise pioneered in the UK in the 1980s, Well Woman Aqua Yoga offers original sequences of movement, breathing and relaxation in water for women at all stages of their life cycle, including nurturing, deep toning and therapeutic practices. Françoise’s multiple skills and experience are integrated in this course: she is a former swimmer, an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, therapist and author, the founder of Birthlight and a medical anthropologist with a special experience of living with rainforest indigenous people in the Amazon. In the privileged parts of the world where we have access to beautiful clean water, outdoors or indoors, Françoise strongly believes that self-healing and health creation in water can create new foundations for better life on our blue planet.

Aqua Yoga 2000. London: Anness Publishers.

Birthlight Members £1149.00 (€1300.00) / Non-members £1184 - (€1340)

Deposit: £265.00 (€295); possibility of payments by instalments between date of booking and course (Please ask Birthlight office team for details). Payment by card, bank transfer or Paypal.


  • 5 nights full board in shared accommodation
  • Training course materials, birthlight membership, access to birthlight training website, support from tutor during home study up to 6 months
  • Access to in-door swimming pool at all times for practice during course

Not included:

  • Transport (flights Rome or Pisa airports followed by train to Grosseto and pick up or bus to Scansano)
  • Drinks (other than those served with meals)
  • Massages and other treatments during course breaks (booked directly on site)

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