Italy Instructors & Guides


italy3WENDI WAGNER – Italy
Wendi has been practicing yoga since 1998. She has been exploring the therapeutic potential of movement in healing mind and body through dance and yoga for much of her life. She approaches asana, pranayama, and meditation as a system for self-care that cultivate strength, balance and flexibility of mind and body.

Wendi recently assisted and participated in UYTT’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and Katie Silcox’s 100 hour Yogini Apprentice Training. She is currently integrating a tantric approach to Vinyasa, working with the vayus (the vital forces) in ways that gather prana and restore vitality. These practices focus on facilitating an understanding of prana (the degree to which we exude vitality …), and cultivating an awareness of the subtle energy body.

Her classes reflect a deep love of yogic philosophy. Throughsvadhyaya (self-study), we begin creating pathways to clearing inner obstacles, and moving toward a state of ishvara pranidhana (surrender to the divine).

Alison Hall is an artist who divides her time between Roanoke, Virginia, Brooklyn NY, and Todi, Italy. Alison has travelled to Todi, Italy for the past 15 years. She considers Todi her official home. Her work is greatly influenced by her time spent in Italy. She received her MFA in painting from American University in 2004. Hall teaches drawing and painting at the University of Virginia. In 2011 she received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Drawing as well as the Bethesda Painting Award. In 2013 her work was presented in three solo exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the William King Museum.

italy5CARLO ZOCCOLI – Italy
An archeologist, historian and conservator of paintings, artifacts and religious ornaments. Carlo Zoccoli is a third generation native of Todi. He spent his childhood digging local archeological sites with a priest in the prechristian church (where students practice meditation) and working in the restoration bottega that his grandfather owned and operated. Carlo’s passion has led him to the country of Mexico where he aided in the archeological dig of a sacred site for the Mexican government. He is also a visiting lecturer and local chief archeologist for Drew University in Massa Martana. Participants will meet with Carlo to discuss early Italian history, the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, and post war Italy.

As a graduate of the Temple of Kriya Yoga Seminary, Lisa is an ordained swami (Swami Swarupananda). In addition to private and group yoga instruction, she offers one-on-one spiritual counseling, personal sadhana guidance, baptisms, weddings, house blessings, and other ceremonial rituals and spiritual services.

Lisa’s intention is to help students feel comfortable in their bodies, understand their emotions, improve their concentration, and awaken their spirits. With Lisa’s guidance and nurturing support, students discover a closer connection to their true nature, whether that means developing a relationship with Divine energy or the realization of Self through fulfillment of their dharma.