SPIRIT AND SOUL SICILIAN YOGA RETREAT
(28th August to 4th September 2021)
Join me for a blissful week of twice daily yoga at ‘Sicilian Spirit’ Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre in Western Sicily.
The location is exquisite, not just for yoga but also for exploring the beauty and abundance of this beautiful island. Sicily is renowned for its’ authentic Mediterranean cuisine and the Masseria has been certified an organic farm for 15 years. The retreat centre also offers cookery lessons!
‘From oranges to lemons, to basil to mint, capers, wild fennel, saffron, tomatoes and artichokes everything contribute to make dishes which are unique, delicious and nourishing.’ .
Located in the 17th century farmhouse the yoga space is truly stunning. It’s vaulted beams and soaring arch provide a spacious setting for each of our 2 hour morning vinyasa flow classes. Our evening practice will vary each day, offering the chance to experience meditation, mantra, kundalini kriyas and fascia release through yin yoga.
The 25 hectare estate includes a stunning pool, an 18th century labryrinth garden and a secluded oak wood. A private river offers the chance to wild swim or to take in the beauty with a meditative walk. For thrill seekers rafting, river walking and hiking to Mount Etna are all possible.
The nearby town of Gangi has been voted Italy’s prettiest town 3 years running and there are traditional fishing villages such as Cefalu, with it's ancient town and uncrowded beaches, also within an easy drive. (Taxis and transfers can be arranged for any of these excursions, there is no requirement to hire a car and airport pick ups and drop offs can also be organised.)
We will have exclusive use of the retreat space.
Single Occupancy with shared bathroom, separate bedrooms in a shared cottage £1095.00 per person (1 bedroom is delinated by a heavy curtain for privacy).
Single Occupancy with private bathroom: room in the main farmhouse £1295.00 per person
Spacious private cottage with own facilities: bathroom and kitchenette £1395.00 per person.
A non-refundable deposit of £250 secures your place. Full payment to be made 8 weeks before retreat commences.
6 days, 7 nights, accommodation
2 x 90 minute yoga classes each day
3 vegetarian meals per day
(Price excludes: air travel, transfers from airport, car hire/taxis and any excursions chosen, wine with meals.)
8:30am Vinyasa or Hatha Yoga Class
Free time - sit by the pool, explore the olive groves, meander by the river or wander in the labyrinth garden.
Free time (option to enjoy other activities on or off site: aromatherapy massage; cookery class, visit to Gangi or Cefalu or a spot of river rafting?)
6pm Yin Yoga Class
The yoga classes will follow a dharmic theme illuminating aspects of authentic yoga philosophy and Hindu mythology. Each class will be designed to ensure that everyone can participate fully - with modifications and advancements offered and props used for safe accessibility and creativity. Morning classes will integrate some simple kundalini kriya practices, mantra and meditation where relevant. Some of the evening Yin practices will include a delicious yoga nidra relaxation offering. Hands on assists will be offered if it is safe to do so.
The nearest airport is Catania, just an hour and a half’s drive. You can also fly into Palermo airport, approximately 3 hours away – transfers can be arranged from both but it is suggested to fly into Catania transfers between both. Ryanair, EasyJet and BA all fly to Sicily from the UK.
For more information or to reserve your place, please email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer casts her glorious warmth gently into the Masseria. The sky will be almost permanently blue and the landscape takes on it's own ripened joy with a radiant golden hue. At 650 meters above sea level and surrounded by the mountains the nights will still be cool – rarely is the air conditioning required. You will be able to swim in the pool or wander free in the shade of the private forest.
It is also time to pick summer fruit and prepare apricot or plum jam and fruit ice cream. It will be the best time of the season to eat large, organic, salads from the vegetable garden and enjoy cold, freshly pressed, fruit juices.
To experience more of the authentic flavours Sicily has to offer, please take a scroll through the photos below; a collection from our October 2019 visit.