Yoga Journeys & Classes
with Patrizia De Libero
Founder of Journeys to the East
Born in Italy, Patrizia grew up in Rome and lived several months in Syria where she learned about the mystical path of Sufism. She then became a seeker and found her own spiritual path while a student, that she is still on now. After graduating from university and obtaining a masters degree, she moved to Ireland and the United Kingdom (where she started practicing yoga). She then moved back to Italy, working as a Sales and Marketing Director.
For spiritual reasons, she left her job and travelled by herself extensively, visiting and meditating in many holy sites, mainly in Asia. Inspired by these journeys she decided to engage in a new life by serving the principles of responsible tourism and sharing her spiritual experience about sacred places. She became a worldwide tour leader, leading tours in Egypt and Jordan and then joined the Vatican Office of Pilgrimages (ORP) in Rome. On behalf of ORP she later began Kairos Pilgrimages (kairospilgrimages.com), offering ORP's pilgrimages to clients in the United States. She subsequently started Journeys to the East, with the aim of serving pilgrims from different spiritual backgrounds, focusing on interfaith pilgrimages around the world.
Patrizia now lives in Massachusetts where she became a devoted yogi student and teacher in the Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga tradition. She very much loves being a yoga teacher, sharing with her students personal pondering, what she has been learning, and what is changing her life. She offers challenges according to each student's possibilities and focuses classes on establishing a deep connection between mind and body through attention. She works proudly for Keene Yoga Center and Sadhana Yoga School, including facilitating yoga teacher training courses around the world.
Hilary will be co-teaching during the Yoga Retreat-Pilgrimage to Italy in August 2018.
Hilary Brich (RYT200) started her yoga practice as a little girl, doing plow pose and headstands under her father’s casual instruction. She kinda didn’t get it and left it alone for a long time. In mid-life she returned to it as a kind of surrender: her body told her that all the other means of “keeping fit” were behind her. But yoga had a few surprises in store for her. She listened with increasing interest. Now, at age 53, she considers her new body an endlessly fascinating project in re-creation from the inside out.
Hilary teaches all the kinds of yoga she loves to practice as a student, including vinyasa, 26+2, gentle yoga, and restorative yoga. In recent years, she has expanded her practice to include meditation. When she first started her practice, yoga had the immediate benefit of healing a lame foot, putting more movement into her partially fused spine. She has returned to the mat again and again to see what else might happen. In the years since, she has witnessed yoga’s transformative power in her body and mind, positively impacting so many things, from her energy level to awareness around food choices to the way she reacts to bad drivers on the highway.
Hilary studied Western philosophy at the graduate level and taught college-level courses for many years. In 2012, Hilary left a career in IT to teach yoga full-time. She continues to expand her practice by attending workshops and trainings. She will complete her 500-hour senior yoga teacher training this summer through Evolation Yoga. She is eager to move and breathe with other seekers like herself.
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