Body of the Goddess

An Embracing Shakti Retreat


If you are a woman who is a seeker, dreamer and soulful visionary and ready to deeply embody your divine feminine essence for limitless creative power, connection, and confidence, then join Carla Wainwright, Healer, Priestess, Tantrika and Creatrix, for a heart led sacred women’s ceremonial retreat in beautiful Puglia, Italy.

Are you ready to join the awakening of Shakti?

There is a global awakening of Shakti energy on the planet, in every human, and in every woman. It is prophecy. 

It is the remembrance of our innate life force, our divine connection to Gaia … and to every other womb on Earth. 

It is the undeniable, creative, sexual life force that fuels our dreams, desires, and connection to our sovereign power. 

It is an energy to be honoured, listened to, and fiercely respected

And it has to start with us.

Tranquility, peace, nature, beauty, magic, connection, heart and love!

This is what you will experience at “La Rosa dei 4 Venti”, located in the countryside about 5 miles from Martina Franca, in Puglia, Italy.

Meaning, “The Rose of Four Winds,” this 16th century renovated farmhouse property boasts of forest paths, acres of olive trees (oh hello, homemade olive oil), lavender fields, beautiful stone walls, a private church dated from 1697, a stunning in-ground pool and so much more.

In short, this location is simply divine! Prepare to be nourished body, mind and spirit with peace, pleasure and serenity at this magical location so that you can elevate your focus, feel your creative power within, create healthy boundaries and cultivate a sense of unshakeable peace within.

Ready to experience “La Dolce Vita” in the south of Italy?

Guilt free pleasure is your birthright and there’s no limit to how much of it you can access on this retreat. This experience is a dream opportunity to escape from the ordinary and immerse yourself the beauty and luxury the Italians are known for. 

In addition to our time at La Rosa, we will also we will take a day trip to the Adriatic coast for a seaside lunch out and beach day at Polignano a Mare, enjoy an authentic Olive Oil tasting and tour at Masseria Brancati, a local market and shopping experience in Martina Franca and hike in one of the last great forests of Puglia – the Pianelle Forest Natural Reserve. Each excursion will be an opportunity to awaken your senses to the delights of Southern Italy. 


Culinary delights made with love!

The sharing of food has always been part of the human story; every meal we enjoy is an experience of pleasure, connection with others around the table as well as the celebration our nourishing our bodies with such delicious creations. 

Featuring three incredible, authentic, traditional Southern Italian meals a day, with the majority of food grown from La Rosa’s gardens and made fresh to serve by onsite chefs, your senses will be delighted by the heavenly smells, tastes and sights.

Our meals will be mostly vegetarian and based on PH alkaline diet with lots of vegan, raw and gluten & dairy free options. And above all, will be delicious and one the highlights of your experience!

My promise to you!

I want you to be turned on by life! This means that on this retreat you will reclaim your sovereignty as a fully embodied woman who can move in the world from a place of wisdom, strength, spaciousness, wholeness, connection, creativity, turn on and passion for life.

By showing up for yourself on this retreat, with other women just like you, you create the spaciousness in your life to reconnect with lost parts of yourself, to feel your body, feel and experience your emotions, to find comfort and support and to reclaim your power.

The time is now to begin re-aligning with your being and attuning to what is in your highest good!


Radiant one,

You are invited to join Carla — Healer, Priestess, Tantrika and Creatrix — and a small group of other women awakening together to our innate, feminine power.

When we gather, we remember ourselves in one another. We mirror another, witness another, and love another as we truly are: whole, divine, powerful. Our gathering will create a true sisterhood of women in community to amplify our individual and collective Shakti awakening.

The Body of the Goddess Retreat will be held over seven days from September 30-October 7, 2023, at the stunning and sacred La Rosa dei 4 Venti in Puglia, Italy.

As our awakening, remembering, and healing in sisterhood amplifies, we help not only ourselves, but also the planet and all its beings.

What is Shakti?

The Sanskrit word, Shakti, means force or energy and refers to the primordial, active, dynamic feminine energy of creation.

Wild and often waiting to be liberated, she is the pleasure and passion that creates the fabric of reality. 

In India, Shakti is honoured as the mother goddess and the universal source of energy, power, and creativity.

Body of the Goddess Retreat in Italy, Sept 30-Oct 7, 2023

What is possible…

Are you longing to connect with the sacred in a magical space and dedicated time away from your everyday life?

Do you want to ignite your creativity, wisdom, strength, and passion for life?

Are you yearning to prioritize yourself so you can reconnect with your divine feminine energy and access your sacred sexuality?

Do you wish for a safe, loving, nonjudgmental community that allows you to show up exactly as you are?

Can you hear the call to remember that you are already whole and fully embodied?

This seven-day gathering will invite you to unlock the Shakti potential within yourself and surrender to the inner alchemy of embracing Shakti in a sacred container supported by Carla and our circle of women.


Let Me Tell You More…


I feel so blessed and ecstatic to offer you this special journey in gorgeous southern Italy for those who are clear they are ready to dive into the sacred feminine through an exploration of the BODY OF THE GODDESS.

Allow your body to become a living temple of love and reconnect with the goddess consciousness inside you.

Every day we will enjoy practice, ritual and connection. United we will build a safe container for us to dance, to move through fear, to trust ourselves and change old patterns … together. A place where we honour one another’s brilliance and light. A place to roar our song.

We will experience:

SACRED FEMININE RITUALS – sacred ceremony to support each woman to be a whole, enlivened and fully embodied version of herself. The gift of ritual allows us to connect with our feminine nature, the Earth in her abundance and our own inner remembrance of our true Essence.

SHAKTI YOGA – blending breath, sound, movement, touch, energetic work and devotion into the asana practice for the awakening of Shakti; the Life Force energy within. This experience will help you deepen into your own inner knowing of how to move your body and connect with Feminine Essence.

EMBODIMENT PRACTICES – incorporating Qi-Gong, Tantra, Shamanic Practices and the Priestess Arts to enter into a deep journey into the mysteries of your own sexual essence and power. Our practices will happen in a safe and sacred way that supports your own honoured inner body.

BREATH OF BLISS – a presence practice that connects you to a reservoir of aliveness. Bliss is aroused by traversing the vast terrain of your humanity and returning home to your true essence as Love. By embracing and moving towards the entire rainbow of life experiences and emotions, instead of resisting and moving away, we access euphoric sensations of oneness. The result? Powerful, mind-altering experiences of heart-opening and awareness!

And so much more!

Surrounded by the support and understanding of our circle of sisters, we will reflect and witness the growth and transformation of each other. You will experience a deeper connection to your intuition and innate goddess power within. You will return home feeling juicy, alive and turned on by life!


Puglia is easily identified on the map as it runs down the east coast of Italy from The Gargano Peninsula all the way into the “heel of the boot”. Puglia borders the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea and in the south it kisses the Gulf of Toranto and the Strait of Otranto. It has a population of just over 4 million within an area of 19,345 square kilometres.

Pulgia is a place to get away from the crowds, and experience a slower pace of life. It’s also a place to sample some of the most earthy, home-cooked cuisine Italy has to offer and marvel at some of Italy’s most stunning baroque architecture.

With the longest coastline of any region in mainland Italy, Puglia is larger than many people realize. In the north, the spur of land sticking out into the Adriatic is occupied by the balmy microclimates of the Gargano peninsula, a kind of miniature Amalfi with fewer poseurs. The Italian boot’s ‘stiletto’ hosts the land of Salento, a dry scrubby region famous for its wines, and the bloodthirsty Greek and Turkish history played out on its shores. In between lies the Valle d’Itria, a karstic depression populated by vastly contrasting medieval towns that have little in common apart from their haunting beauty.

Average temperatures of 17°C make autumnal October the perfect respite away. Boasting 6 hours of sunshine and a relatively low average of 8 days of rain the entire month, October is the ideal late getaway month to break up the long duration between summer and Christmas.


La Rosa dei 4 Venti is a 14 acre property located between the Adriatic and Ionic Sea and is surrounded by the splendid nature of Valle d’Itria. It is a charming, family-run yoga venue – the perfect location for a week of yoga, sun, natural beauty and relaxation. La Rosa situated on a small hillock in the heart of the Itria Valley in the heel of Italy’s boot. (The nearest international airport is Brindisi). The landscape is rural and dotted with beautiful olive trees and vineyards, divided by pretty dry-stone walls. 

The main building is a 16th century masseria (farmhouse) that has been elegantly restored in typical, old apulian style with many of the authentic features still in place. All rooms are en suite with shower, toilet and basin. Each room is a different shape and unique is its own way as many of the rooms are traditional trullos, each unique and gorgeously decorated. The grounds contain lovely gardens, a swimming pool, a wild forest and fields, and a tiny church. There is plenty of space to walk and be free.  

The Retreat has ten guest rooms in total: five trulli-rooms (traditional Apulian dwellings with cone shaped roofs), three spacious rooms in the main building and two comfortable rooms next to the Yoga Shala.

Each guest room is unique, full of character and furnished to reflect different styles consistent with the building to create a relaxed, calming and laid-back atmosphere.

Rooms are heated by an underfloor system and have en suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin.

Options include single, twin or triple bedrooms. If you have a preferred room, I will do my best to accommodate your wishes.

To see pictures of the rooms, click HERE


During our week we will enjoy some special excursions to explore the natural and cultural wonders that Southern Italy has to offer. Some of the trips I have planned include:

Polignano a Mare – a visit to the famous old seaside town with time to wander the historical streets, enjoy a drink and savour some beach time too!

Olive Oil Experience – an authentic Olive Oil tasting at Masseria Brancati with a visit to an ancient underground mill and tour walk in the field with Secular olive trees.

Local Market in Martina Franca – every Wednesday is market day in Martina Franca, with all sorts of vendors to explore: clothing, food, plants and more. And we will also enjoy a granita coffee experience to replenish our energy after shopping!

Hiking in the Natural Reserve of Pianelle Forest – one of the last great forests of Puglia, this is a wild and protected forest just outside of Martina Franca.

(please note – that while I do my best to follow the planned itinerary, sometimes weather necessitates changes, new opportunities arise or the group just prefers to do something different. I also allow myself to be guided by spirit. Going with the flow is our mantra!)


The food at La Rosa is simply incredible. It was one of the highlights of my last trip to La Rosa in 2017. Our cook, the luminous Puglian-born Ilaria, believes that food cooked in a bad temper and without love will make people sick. Our organic, vegetarian, and wheat-free food will be lovingly prepared on site by Ilaria. (Yes, there will even be wine with supper). Here is a little more from their website:

The diet for the community of people of La Rosa dei 4 Venti is extremely important, as much as the yoga practice. Our cuisine follows the ph alkaline diet philosophy whose goal is to bring back to balance our organism through a healthy vegetarian diet mainly raw, organic, with low gluten, no dairies and wheat free. We serve our fresh, organic and seasonal products from our garden; we produce our own goat cheese and milk and we make our bread, pastries and pastas with spelt flour or no gluten flour like buckwheat. Our dishes are from the italian tradition but revisited by us following this diet by introducing some raw dishes at lunch and superfoods in our recipes. You won’t miss the Italian cuisine, simply you will taste it in a healthier way!!!!!


This incredible week includes:

  • Ritual immersion, practices and ceremonies led by Carla in a stunningly restored 17th century farmhouse
  • Accommodation in beautiful and uniquely furnished traditional Southern Italian buildings
  • Three gourmet meals each full day at La Rosa (except when on an excursion)
  • A full day’s excursion to the Adriatic Coast
  • Local market tour in Marina Franca
  • Pianelle Forest hike
  • Private olive oil tasting
  • Luxurious massage
  • 2 espresso coffees a day
  • Celebration dinner & party to commemorate the joy filled experience you shared with your sisters



  • Airfare
  • Taxi/shuttle to La Rosa
  • Additional meals offsite
  • Additional alcohol (some wine is served with dinner)
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional coffees, bottled water and snacks at La Rosa
  • Personal tours and any related expenses
  • Gratuities (€40-50 is recommended for the La Rosa Staff, and an additional 10-20% for treatments)


Each guest will receive one complementary massage during our week together. Additional treatments can be booked at the Spa onsite at La Rosa.

The types of massage/body work that are available include:

Oktò Massage:
Oil Massage stimulates the tissues of the body by the hands with the massage oil, in order to promote health and rejuvenation to the entire body; can provide maximum relaxation for both body and soul and relieves stress and tensions accumulated in your body. It enhances the relaxing nature, but it also aids in the healing processes. The smooth gliding motion that the oil helps to achieve, nourishes the skin and helps to dissolve accumulated toxins and stress, which promotes general good health.

By adding La Rosa warm oils, your massage will be a blissfully, relaxing and comforting experience for your entire being. Oils can also be requested and purchased separately.

Foot Reflexology:
Reflexology is a holistic treatment based on the principle that there are areas and points on the feet that map, via the nervous system, to corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied to these areas and points, it stimulates the movement of energy along the nerve channels, and helps to restore homeostasis (balance), relaxation and peace in the whole body. Reflexology is also known as Zone Therapy.

The massage is made with a special cream with essential oils. People usually receive foot reflexology while lying on the massage bed and undressing is not required.

Shiatsu Massage:
Shiatsu is a manipulative therapy developed in Japan and involves applying pressure to special points or areas on the body in order to maintain physical and mental well-being. This therapy is considered holistic because it attempts to treat the whole person instead of a specific medical complaint. Shiatsu has a strong reputation for reducing stress, improving lymphatic and blood circulation, boosting the immune system and enhancing physical vitality and emotional well- being. The aim of shiatsu is to restore the proper flow of bodily energy by massaging the surface of the skin along the meridian lines. People usually receive shiatsu therapy while lying on a floor mat.

The massage is performed through the clothing and undressing is not required.

Somato-Emotional Manual Treatment:
“We are made of emotions. The negative ones do not help us feel good.” This form of manual therapy focuses on the internal organs, their fascial environment and the potential influence on structural and physiological dysfunctions. Understanding the Messages of Your Body, highlights the important link between our organs and our emotions.

All treatments are € 60.

Inner Alchemy of Embracing Shakti

The embodiment and consciousness of Embracing Shakti is an experience I have created of moving through a series of Portals that take you deeper and deeper within

I envision this journey as a spiral which can extend into finer and more subtle layers of experience as you revisit the Portals in an ongoing unfolding of initiation.

We begin with Remembrance and then move through HealingTransformationAwakening, and finally Essence.

On our retreat together I will guide you through this Inner Alchemy – transporting you from portal to portal through our practices, ceremonies and rituals

Below you can explore each portal and sense into the experiences you will embrace on this retreat.


PORTAL 1: REMEMBRANCE – You acknowledge the deep inner knowing that has called you to remember the essence of who you are. Your deeper knowledge and wisdom are activated. 

 Retreat Experiences:

  • You heed the call put yourself first, to lead by example and to experience something beyond the day to day of your life
  • You feel deeply in your blood and bones that you are called to this retreat for a reason
  • You connect to the importance of Sisterhood and gathering together in Temple and are ready to explore the gifts offered in these spaces

PORTAL 2: HEALING – You cultivate the capacity to become receptive and listen. You are aware and resonant with the subtle realms of feeling. You are connected to coherency, flow and ease.

Retreat Experiences:

  • You will connect with your conscious breath to feel more enlivened and connected with pleasurable sensations in your body
  • You will be intentional with moments of stillness to feel more within your body
  • You will be able to prioritize pleasure in your life
  • You will understand the powerful effect of the lunar cycles and how to use this knowledge to find more synchronicity, ease and inspiration in your life


PORTAL 3: TRANSFORMATION – You experience the womb and heart as the true guide of the Feminine. You trust the intuitive guidance that comes from these sacred parts of you.

Retreat Experiences:

  • You will learn how to drop into your heart and womb and hear guidance from those spaces so you can live your life with more authenticity, intuition and grace
  • You will experience making choices that reflect the guidance of your heart and womb
  • You will discover how to feel resonance with the various archetypes of the feminine and can discern which qualities you need in any given moment so that you can follow the flow of feeling and intuition

    PORTAL 4: AWAKENING – You discover the capacity to stand in your authentic power and the sovereign alignment with the truth of who you are. You feel turned on simply by being alive.

    Retreat Experiences:

    • You will be witnessed by your Sisters in your ability to stand confidently in your own inner authority and communicate your needs and desires truthfully and you will feel your capacity to return home being able to stand fully in your power
    • You will experience in every fibre of your being how to consciously access your creative sexual life force that powers your dreams and desires so you can live a life that turns you on in every way


      PORTAL 5: ESSENCE – You return home to your true essence as Love & unconditional acceptance. You can channel the Feminine as a transmission of embodied presence in your daily life.


      • You will be able to leave the retreat confident that you are guided by your internal compass, knowing that when you embody Shakti, you are unstoppable, awakened, and empowered to say YES to life
      • You will become attuned to recognize instantly when you are not in alignment with your inner truth and can change course immediately
      • You will learn how to feel whole, seen and exquisitely alive!


          • CLARITY & CONNECTION CALL 20 minutes of 1:1 time with Carla so she can get to know you personally and best support you on your journey
          • ACCESS TO A PRIVATE RETREAT FACEBOOK GROUP – so we can connect pre-trip, ask questions, get to know everyone who is part of the group, get up to date trip info, stay connected post trip and share retreat photos!
          • PRE-TRIP GROUP CALL – on this call you’ll have the chance to meet everyone in the group, share your intentions and learn how to best prepare yourself for this adventure
          • POST-TRIP GROUP CALL – we’ll gather virtually after the retreat to help integrate your learnings into your life once back at home
          • EMBRACING SHAKTI TEMPLE GODDESS GUIDEBOOK – a beautifully designed guidebook featuring practices to help you embody the archetypes of the goddesses Oshun (Nigeria), Uzume (Shinto) and Sedna (Inuit). Includes an embodiment practice, drum journey and playlist.
          • EMBRACING SHAKTI MOVEMENT 13 DAY JOURNEY COURSE – a 13 day online journey with daily practices that will help prepare you for our retreat together. Includes embodiment practices, meditations, reflection and inquiry exercises and access to an incredible online community of like-minded women from around the world. 


          My goal is to offer you a luxurious retreat experience at a reasonable cost. I offer three price points (super early bird, early bird and standard) and I encourage you to take advantage of my early pricing discounts. In order to be eligible for any early pricing, the applicable full amount must be paid by the end of the special (i.e., Early Bird pricing must be paid in full by June 30th). All prices are in CAD. There is no tax (GST or PST). I accept credit card payments and for anyone paying with cash or by US Cheque or Money order, I will offer an additional 2% savings.


          SUPER EARLY BIRD (until March 3rd, 2023)

          • Single Room (3 spaces available) ~ $3,750
          • Double Room (10 spaces available) ~ $3,075
          • Triple Room (3 spaces available) ~ $2,675

          EARLY BIRD (until June 30th, 2023)

          • Single Room (3 spaces available) ~ $4,050
          • Double Room (10 spaces available) ~ $3,375
          • Triple Room (3 spaces available) ~ $2,975

          STANDARD (after June 30th, 2023) & PAYMENT PLAN

          • Single Room (3 spaces available) ~ $4,450
          • Double Room (10 spaces available) ~ $3,775
          • Triple Room (3 spaces available) ~ $3,375


          Cancellation & Payment Policy

          It is your responsibility to read and understand my cancellation policy. No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur and we encourage you to purchase travel / cancellation insurance to cover any unfortunate eventualities. Please note that because this retreat has limited numbers, it allows for a more personable, intimate experience, our non refundable cancellation policy is in place to ensure the highest quality of service and experience for all. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds for arriving late or leaving early are available. Deposits are non-refundable, although 50% of deposit can be applied to another retreat with Carla within a calendar year. The final payment must be made 45 days before the retreat which begins October 3, 2020. If you sign up for the retreat within 60 days of the retreat starting full payment is required as soon as possible to secure your place. Contact me for any further inquiries about my policy.

          “I love Carla! I’ve been following her for over a decade because she continually and authentically loves me unconditionally and helps me to understand myself and grow to get the most out of life. She helps me let go of things that no longer serve me and allows me to feel so loved and appreciated. I am able to be myself and just feel and experience joy. That is what Carla does for me.”

          ~ Kathy Hart

          “To be in the presence of an exceptional woman and teacher is a gift in itself, to have her knowledge, wisdom and creativity shared with us, is a treasure. Carla used her talents to bring us deeper into our bodies and this truly was magical. To be in the presence so many other exceptional women each teachers in their own way and from their own life experiences was an honor and an experience I will hold dearly in my heart for some time. If you are searching for a deeper practice, deeper self love or beginning to discover who you truly are, spend time at a retreat with Carla and allow the unfolding to happen, you’ll be amazed at what you discover!”

          ~ Denise Marshall

          “Amazing and life changing! The retreat far exceeded my expectations, Carla went above and beyond to make this more than a ‘retreat’. It was a unique, unforgettable life experience left with a sense of purpose and clarity for my day to day life and am making conscious choices to sustain the sense of peace, contentment and connection that I felt there.”

          ~ Shauna Korogonas

          One Final Message From Carla

          Dear Sister,

          Do you know how uniquely, amazingly spectacular you are?

          Sometime we forget. I know, I do too sometimes.

          But I am here to help you remember that you are magnificent. That you are powerful. That you are a goddess incarnated.

          And I want you to really feel this, to be this, in your blood and bones. 

          When women come together in sisterhood, the world heals a little more. We heal a little more. Our families and communities heal a little more. 

          Through each other’s eyes, a deep soul remembrance is sparked within.

          It’s that primordial older-than-time etheric remembrance, like the remembering of a long ago sleeping story encoded in our genes. Now awakening.  

          This is what will amplified in sisterhood when we join on this retreat.

          So I ask you, are you ready? Do you feel the call to come to Italy? To amplify your transformational power to the next stratosphere?

          I see you.

          And bow to you, to us. The goddesses of our times.

          I would love to journey with you at La Rosa.

          If you’re called to raise your voice and stand in the circle of sisterhood, then I extend my open hand to you.

          All my love,



          Sister of the cosmic fire,

          I see you.

          I see the tiger swelling from your throat

          —a courageous roar for all to heart—

          Your heart alight with grace and ecstasy.

          You standing at the center of your birthright.

          I see you

          Aligned with fierce love and gentle compassion.

          I see you

          awake to the glory of your Essence.