Bavaria Retreat

wasserburgRETREAT: Bavaria, Germany
Exploring the Divine Feminine in the Old World
with Jill Loftis and Uschi Gibson

June 9-17, 2016

Hello Yoga Friends! I am thrilled to announce an exciting new offering with my dear friend Uschi. Let’s go to the beautiful Barvarian region of Germany! We will be based in the beautiful Medieval city Wasserburg Am Inn. Please consider joining us on this special journey to explore the Mystic Traditions of the Sacred Feminine.

Fee: $2,000 double occupancy; $2380 single occupancy; some meals included (see itinerary). Contact Uschi Gibson with questions and for payment information at

Uschi & Irmgard are our main hosts in Wasserburg. Drawn to the magical city back in 1980, they have a connection to spiritual places, having lived in Ojai, Calfornia, and Varanasi, India. Inspired to share the beauty, history, and community of Wasserburg, they look forward to sharing throughout the journey.

Tentative Itinerary
June 9th-17th 2016

Day 0: Depart USA, your local airport bound for Munich!

Day 1: Arrive Munich in Morning/Mid Day. Pick up at airport, drive to Wasserburg. Check into hotel, late lunch/early dinner. Walk about town to get your bearings. Beer/Wine out on the plaza if you are not too tired, Goodnight.

Day 2: Morning Yoga to work out the jet lag, Breakfast. City tour by locals Ilona & Irene with details on HERstory. Discussion with coffee & cake. A little rest, free time. LuckyUschi trunk show of India goodies. Discussion with Uschi on Devi within Hinduism and the 10 Tantric Mother Goddesses. Fun dinner together (included), Goodnight.

Day 3: Breakfast. 30-40 min drive to Prienam Chiemsee. Take the boat to the Herreninsel and tour the grounds of the castle there, which is a replica of Versailles. Take the boat to the women’s island to tour the beauty there and the cloister, church, and lovely energy. Garden Meditation/Yoga on the banks of the lake, perhaps a swim after. Sandwich snack, or optional free time to eat in one of the restaurants or explore on your own. Meet back at the dock for boat ride back to Prien. Drive back to hotel, free time dinner, Goodnight.

Day 4: Order coffee/Tea to your room as needed. Drive out to Moni’s house on the farm for women’s yoga session in her studio. Breakfast after meditation in the garden. Hike up to the beloved chapel at OberKatbach. Walk back through the forest. Drive back to Wasserburg. Resting, Free time dinner, goodnight.

Day 5: Morning Yoga, Breakfast. Drive to Munich (1 hour) for outing to the sights in Munich, lunch while we are out (not included). Drive back to Wasserburg, free time dinner, goodnight.

Day 6: Morning Yoga, Breakfast. Drive out the Drax Muhle for walk through the fields and forests, to the lookout point over the alps. Visit the little chapel and write in the book of wishes, drink from the sacred waters. Take a walk through the mill to see the organic grains and shop at the little shop if you feel like it. Drive back to Wasserburg. Rest. Evening discussion with Astrology professor Erika on Lillith, and other Goddesses. Free time dinner, Goodnight.

Day 7: Morning Yoga, Breakfast. Free time Day OR optional day trip to Amerang and the beautiful farm museum there, with lunch in the Beer garden. Meet up in the afternoon, Drive out to our friend Uwe’s farm for outdoor grilling fest Bavarian style on the farm. Enjoy the beauty dining al fresco and hanging out with some wonderful peeps. Drive back to Wasserburg, goodnight.

Day 8: Morning gathering. Walk down to the Inn for last view of the city. Breakfast. Drive to airport, Auf Wiedersehen Germany!

Our Guides And New Friends in Germany!
Ilona Picha-Hobert is a local of Wasserburg who guides city tours with her friend Irene, as well an accomplished astrologer and photographer. Her first career was as a PR representative for a famous jazz musician, but her gradual infatuation with astrology and storytelling led her to leave her first chosen profession in search of one which included mysticism & ancient traditions. Ilonas adventures have led her to guide storytelling journeys down the Amazon, and to the fabled caves and cauldrons of the goddesses and witches of the Western traditions. During our time together, Ilona will give a guided city tour focusing on the Herstory, as well as a discussion session sharing some of her vast knowledge of the divine feminine in her Western form, and the importance of witchcraft and pagan traditions that morphed into Christianity.

Irene Deliano is a lifelong Wasserburg resident, whos family run the local bakery. An expert on the local history and traditions of her city, Irene is also the author of several books which are a whimsical take on bits of local history & lore. Irene will be co guiding our city tour, and joining us for conversation session and some outings.

Monika Friedl grew up on a farm near Wasserburg, hiking through the nearby forests and Alps. A working Mom who gradually adopted the Yoga practice as her kids grew, Moni has spent many years studying the Sivananda tradition and other Indian philosophy at Yoga Vidya, Germany’s most reputable ashram. Moni has trained with teacher Dinah Rodriguez, who’s style of “Hormone Yoga” has helped many women during Menopause. She teaches locally, as well as hosting yearly retreats in Andalusia, Spain, and Northern Italy. Her approach to Yoga is embodied love, and she will share a session with our group, as well as joining us for practice and some of our outings.

Erika Burscheid is a longtime Wasserburg resident. Retired, and enjoying time with her grandchildren, Erika is heavily involved in the Waldorf education. Erika’s main hobby is Astrology, approaching the practice from a bit of Jungian inspiration in archetypes, as well as her own belief of “Psychological Astrology”. In the readings she gives to friends and clients, she always focuses on the positives, to help inspire and emphasize directions for personal growth. Erika will join us for a discussion and share some of her learning on the importance of the Lilith within the astrological wheel.

Christine Deliano runs the local Bakery, or ‘Backstube’, Wasserburgs most popular hangout. A longtime practitioner of Yoga, Zen meditation, and world traveler, Christine will share a meal with us at her Cafe and share her commitment to using locally produced grains, women’s business ventures, and Bavarian traditions.

Uschi & Irmgard are our main hosts in Wasserburg. Drawn to the magical city back in 1980, they have a connection to spiritual places, having lived in Ojai, Calfornia, and Varanasi, India. Inspired to share the beauty, history, and community of Wasserburg, they look forward to sharing throughout the journey.

Jill Loftis began practicing yoga in 2000 to make peace with her body after having her second child in two years. She discovered the teachings of Goswami Kriyananda, and everything shifted. She founded Uttara Yoga Studio in Roanoke, Virginia in 2008 and has been blessed with wonderful instructors and students and the opportunity to spread the teachings. Her eclectic style weaves in the knowledge as a Kriya Yoga initiate, as well as her studies of astrology and Barratt Breathwork. She leads classes and workshops regionally and recently hosted her first international retreat to India. Keep up with Jill on her blog,