Vonetta Winter

Amieira
Portugal

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Growing up in the West Indies I became acutely aware of the natural and joyful ways people healed themselves and each other through touch, dance, storytelling, simple local food and a slow soul bolstering approach to life. This initial grounded upbringing was enhanced by the study of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, with a particular interest in shamanistic healing. Subsequent study of Community and Youth Work at Goldsmiths and several years working with homeless people, those with mental health difficulties, unemployed and vulnerable young people further fueled my compassion for human life and the desire to assist in a more pragmatic and direct approach.

It was around this period in my life that I became a Mum and suffered greatly with severe back pain and several years of allergic responses to various forms of pain relief. Walking one day with my son Joshua through the local library I found a rather dull looking little book with an unusually skinny big bearded Asian man performing various postures. For over one year this little book of yoga saved both my back and my sanity and therein began the long and as yet unfinished journey into the enquiry on the nature of healing.

With the birth of our youngest Eloise in 1999 I continued for another two years the practice of Astanga yoga and Iyengar before completing teacher training in the Dynamic Yoga Method with Godfrey Devereux in Tuscany, Italy. This method is a complete accessible system for the recovery of disturbed muscle tissue which is immediately accessible requiring no profound flexibility, stability or strength and yet I found that the leaps I made both physically, emotionally and spiritually to be both profound and unsurpassed.

After training for 3 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the renowned BodyHarmonics Centre in Cheltenham, I opened a yoga and massage clinic from our London home in 2004. Then in 2007, with the desire to find pastures greener, I closed the clinic, spent time in India and on return went with my family on an adventure around southern Europe in a motorhome to magically find an abandoned farm in the Portuguese mountains that happened to have the same name as my dog. So we stayed to live in the rhythm of remote country life. It has been a joy to teach yoga and provide massage and acupuncture treatments from such a place as this.

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Expired Events

  1. Cultivate Contentment with Vonetta Winter, Portugal
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    800 €
    Apr 23 to
    Apr 29
    2017
  2. This Yoga Life with Tashi Dawa, Portugal
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    800 €
    Mar 19 to
    Mar 25
    2017
  3. Yoga Retreat in Barbados
    Lush Life, Bathseba, Suriname BB
    $1,050
    Dec 16 to
    Dec 30
    2014
  4. Thai Massage Course & Yoga Retreat
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    650 €
    Oct 19 to
    Oct 25
    2014
  5. Inversions: Yoga and Dance
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    650 €
    Oct 12 to
    Oct 18
    2014
  6. Inversions: Yoga and Dance
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    650 €
    Oct 5 to
    Oct 11
    2014
  7. Cultivate Contentment
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    650 €
    Sep 21 to
    Sep 27
    2014
  8. Rainbows on your Eyelashes
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    650 €
    Sep 14 to
    Sep 20
    2014
  9. Yoga and Coastal Walking
    Cabeça de Arvéola, São Teotónio Brejão, PT 7630-569
    650 €
    Jun 29 to
    Jul 5
    2014
  10. Cultivate Contentment in the Forest
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    585 €
    Apr 20 to
    Apr 26
    2014
  11. Soft Power
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    585 €
    Mar 30 to
    Apr 5
    2014
  12. Rainbows on Your Eyelashes
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    585 €
    Mar 23 to
    Mar 29
    2014
  13. Harmonise Your Elements
    Amieira, Castelo Branco PT 6160-052
    585 €
    Mar 16 to
    Mar 22
    2014