ASCEND TRAVELS TO ITALY
ROME - NAPLES - ACCIAROLI
Join us on the beautiful coast of southern Italy for a week of yoga, pilates, wellness, dance, theater, cooking, hiking, foraging, SUP and more.
5 OR 7-DAY RETREAT JULY 1-7, 2019
Swim in the warm sea and hike in the cool mountains. Visit with local villagers and learn ancient herbal remedies, traditional goat cheese-making and honey collection. Cook amazing lunches with an Italian chef, go fishing with fishermen, take a boat excursion, rest and expand with yoga on the beach or just enjoy relaxing in the sun and sea, while enjoying the Fellini like atmosphere of the Neapolitans on holiday. Our week will culminate with a sunset dinner on the beach and an operatic performance.
This Retreat is Family Friendly, but will also hold space and time for individuals to rejuvenate. There is something for everyone! Childcare will be available upon request.
Booking opens February 5th
Early-Bird Pricing Ends March 1st
MELIA MARZOLLO, CEO/Founder
With an MFA in Education and certifications in Pilates, Yoga, Yamuna Body Rolling, Stand Up Paddleboard and Holistic Nutrition, Melia first began her wellness teachings in an old converted barn with a wood stove. In 2013, she claimed a building and sacred space for the Ascend Center (formerly a Masonic Lodge circa 1864) in the Hudson Valley.
Through its programming – daily yoga and pilates classes, workshops, festivals and access to the healing arts – Ascend is realizing the holistic vision of its founder to build an inspiring brand to elevate one’s mind, body and spirit.
Erica Blue is an international performance art, dance, and theatre maker. She has a BA in performance studies from Sarah Lawrence College and has done Master’s work at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre and Wesleyan University. After founding The Raw Material Performance Ensemble in Amsterdam, she then traveled and studied dance extensively in Southern Asia. Once arriving in the Bay Area she began teaching, directing, and performing with her ensemble, Teatro Auzzura. Her solo work has been performed at La Mama in New York, the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, and has won Best of the Fringe in San Francisco and Seattle. She also received a Goldie award for her role as Salvador Dali’s wife, Gala. Blue’s company has received critical acclaim for their dance theatre work around the US and in Europe. In addition to her work in the theater Erica Blue also teaches Yoga & Pilates in the Bay Area. She is proud to call Melia Marzollo her cousin and the Ascend Center her second home. She hopes to help open Ascend Centers in Italy and France with the amazing team at Ascend.
EPONINE CUERVO MOLL
Multi-media performance artist, writer, painter, choreographer, theatre director…. attempting to break conventional concepts. In my philosophy Art implies evolution, movement, transformation. I think that like beauty it is disturbing. I believe Art to be the expression of individuals looking for an exchange with other individuals out of curiosity and respect for life. I view theatre as a collective rite in which a group of people share an experience. I want to influence inertia, to understand music, to overcome fear, to allow vision.
Her research in body expression includes experimental theatre, Chi kung, Butoh, Noh and modern dance. She has worked amongst others with Ellen Steward of The La Mama Theatre in New York, Anna Halprin of the Dancer’s Workshop in San Francisco, Zbiniew Cynkutis of The Polish Laboratory Theatre in The Second Studio of Worklaw, in Poland and San Francisco, Grotowski in san Francisco and Cassio Ono San in Japan. Collaborations with composers/performers Andrew Voigt, J.A. Dean, Alain Riffault, choreographers/performers Erica Blue, Colleen Mullvihill and lighting magician Jon Greene, created multiple theatre/movement pieces performed throughout the world.
SHORT BIO Born in Bogotá Colombia. Lived and worked in San Francisco and New York since 1982. Living between Paris and Berlin since 2003. 2010 Country house in France. Multi-media performance artist, writer, painter, choreographer, founder and director of “WinDolls Theatre of Images” and with Erica Blue “Studio For” in San Francisco (1983 – 2000 ) Founder and director of “La Raffinerie des Sens” in Paris (2004) Artistic director of “Brick a Flamme” in Paris (2006)