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Elena Casiraghi

Beyond the mask: from the primeval veil of clay to the unveiling of the self

1. Beyond the mask: from the primeval veil of clay to the unveiling of the self

The workshop aims to provide an intense psycho-body experience that allows participants to take an inner journey of awareness into their ego masks. These superstructures are important protective parts of the personality, which need to be known and integrated, in order to reach the most complete knowledge possible of the Inner Self, the place of our elevated Consciousness, free from personal history and related traumas, and consequently the manifestation of our authentic Nature, of our most powerful and true inner resources, of our free, wild and healthy deep fire. The practice will lead participants to discover their own masks, aided by the use of Mother Earth medicines such as clay and essential oils. They will go through the ambushes of the 4 directions of the Medicine Wheel according to the Mesoamerican shamanic tradition. Through work in pairs and groups, the masks are made to speak and unveiled for the expansion of consciousness and authentic dialogue with the Self.
Knowing the masks allows us to move from identification to disidentification in order to transform consciousness and awaken the Self.


2. Yoga and Biotransenergetics: Thousand-year-old Traditions Mixing to Contact the Self

A workshop for a unique experience: combining the power of the millenary practice of Yoga with the techniques of Biotransenergetics through the Orixàs, archetypes of the Afro-Brazilian tradition. The intention is to show how BTE intensifies contact with the transpersonal self also within the practice of yoga. Through psycho-body work, contact is made with breathing, the asanas -archetypes of yoga- associated with the chakras to which the qualities of the Orixàs correspond, contacted through mantras, breaths and movement sequences according to the BTE Dream Body methodology. This integration gives power to maps shared between Yoga and BTE, increasing awareness of one’s functioning on the 5 levels: physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. The intention is not just to practise for greater wellbeing but to make an archetypal journey to cross thresholds, access the transpersonal realms and enter into authentic dialogue with the Self.


Clinical psychologist, transpersonal psychotherapist specialised in biotransenergetic methodology at the Integral Transpersonal Institute in Milan in 2013, teacher in training in BTE methodology and yoga teacher since 2008 with a diploma from ISYCO (Institute for the study of yoga and oriental culture, sponsored by the University of Turin) and a diploma as yoga teacher for children and adolescents in 2008 from AIYB (Italian Association of Yoga for Children and Adolescents). She continues her training with Lorenza Ferraguti who spreads the Sagar Yoga method, which deepens the study of therapeutic yoga. From 2013 to 2020, she deepened her experience of the Afro-Brazilian shamanic tradition by participating in in-depth training groups with Marlene Silveira and travelling to Brazil several times, experiencing community therapy, recovering street children, ritual constellations, psychospiritual work and sweat lodges in the Indios Pitaguary reserve near Fortaleza. She became a trainer for yoga teachers for adults, adolescents and children, integrating yoga psychology with bte methodology and evolutionary psychology with bte psycho-pedagogical insights for AIYB and AIPY (Italian Association of Yoga Pedagogy). She has collaborated with Ayurvedic doctors and neurology and cardiology doctors for the training of Ayurvedic therapists teaching bte transpersonal psychology with yoga practices and since 2012 she has been working as a freelance with individual and group sessions in Italy and abroad integrating yoga practices with bte transpersonal psychology methodology. Since 2013 she also accompanies groups to India for knowledge and healing trips integrating yoga, bte and ayurveda at Linta’s Ayurvedic Resort in Kerala. Head of the ITI Yoga Unit at the Integral Transpersonal Institute in Milan since 2018. Since 2019, she organises and leads with Loretta Illuminati, Sara Gambelli and Paola Gares, fellow transpersonal psychotherapists, the “Hero’s Journey” path, a retreat set in evocative locations in nature in which to make the initiatory journey towards the Transpersonal Self using the main maps of Biotransenergetics and ancient sapiential traditions.