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Yoga, Food, and Friends in Sicily
Because we think we’re Italian at Yogascapes, we’ve created some of the best yoga retreats in Italy in the last 5 years. From Umbria to the Alps. From Florence to the Amalfi coast. We’ve explored saffron farms in Le Marche and have even taken cooking classes from Michilen star chefs. We’ve scouted Puglia and soaked in Tuscan hot springs. We are so excited to be going to SICILY this year. Everyone we’ve met on our adventures, even the Italians, has told us that we have to go to Sicily and now we’re inviting you!
Welcome to Italian paradise. Welcome to farmhouse paradise. To foodies paradise. To sun chasers paradise. To yogi’s paradise. We’re so excited to have found designed this Sicily yoga retreat for you that blends all of our favorite things in life together in a magical week. Although yoga is always a highlight and any yoga retreat with Devon is on our bucket list, this one will surely be as rich in all all aspects of life as it will be in class.
We’ll explore food like you wouldn’t believe, eating healthy meals at home so we can make sure we are getting properly nourished and then exploring local cuisine so we can nourish ourselves in a different way. We’ll visit a winery, go to the beach, hike and have time for the optional adventures or time lounging and reading by the pool if you prefer.
Danena Sicily is a one-hour drive south from Catania airport, on the island’s east coast. On a country lane away from noise and neighbors, it’s just 10 minutes south from the unspoiled World Heritage town of Noto – one of Italy’s most beautiful historic centers. A 10-minute drive east is the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, a heaven of wildlife and some of the island’s most beautiful and deserted golden-sand beaches.
A fresh water outdoor pool, three patios where to eat or simply relax, and a stunning sunset terrace.
The Practice: Your yoga retreat in Sicily will be designed around two daily practices, a morning Solar Activation practice and an evening Lunar Regeneration practice.
Throughout the retreat, Devon will guide you on a creative exploration and design of your yoga practice as an approach to sustainable living and intelligent lifestyle flow.
Modern yoga practitioners have ancient tools at their fingertips to approach living to the fullest, optimizing the mind and body through peak experiences in all sensory dimensions. This retreat is geared towards the yogi who wants to expand their understanding of practice as a means to optimize their individual well-being in relation to the collective evolution.
Afternoon sessions include ayurvedic, yogic, modern behavioral psychology, and bodywork methods to approach self-care, lifestyle planning, and personal energy-management.
Practitioners are invited to explore the balance between play and practice, recharging and exploring new dimensions of wellness and self care in a regenerative and luxurious environment.
Devon Sweeney is a yogini, bodywork artist, and writer based in Colorado. Through unique postural sequences, guided breathwork, and creative soundscapes, Devon‘s practices are an experience of integration and creative expression. She is known for her direct and balanced approach to modern vinyasa from the perspective of a bodyworker. Her teaching method is centered around serving the intelligent flow of life through movement and somatic guidance to nurture oneself and develop greater awareness of individual well-being. She challenges students to explore ways they can connect to their own experience of body wisdom and sustainable living with asana and lifestyle practices to optimize their day-to-day experience. Her background lies in systems-based research on the behavioral psychology of holistic well-being coined as the ’Sustainable Personality’ and Shaiva Tantra. This multi-dimensional exploration of life through the unified lens of a modern yogic practice is what inspires her students to expand their creative and diverse presence in the world. Devon is also a Licensed Massage Therapist in Colorado with a specialization in Breathing Dysfunction and Diaphragmatic Restructuring.
Devon is an affiliate teacher trainer for the Samudra Global School of Living Yoga alongside her teacher Shiva Rea and offers trainings and classes in Denver regularly. Teaching at a variety of festivals, events, and studio settings, Devon‘s unique ability to lead group practices with graceful clarity shines through. Her vinyasa classes are delicately balanced experiences of rhythm and flow, subtle cueing and unique movement patterns. She teaches the pathway of Krisnamacharyan based Prana Vinyasa® yoga and it’s Tantric philosophy towards Yin Yoga, meditation, and gentle vinyasa. She leads full spectrum vinyasa flow practices to suit the needs of any body in an intelligent and evolutionary methodology of mindfulness and fluid movement. Devon also has a background in Eastern Religious studies and is a constant student of the changing paradigms of modern behavioral psychology, movement therapies, and neurological/physiological stress management techniques.
Danena Sicily is a holiday retreat that offers a revitalizing fusion of activities centered around yoga nature, art, culture, pilates detoxification, music and healthy food. We are located in a 19th century farmhouse – La Masseria – situated in the luscious natural landscape of southeastern Sicily surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea. On a country lane away from noise and neighbours, it’s just 10 minutes south from the unspoilt World Heritage town of Noto – one of Italy’s most beautiful historic centres.
Danena Sicily is a one-hour drive south from Catania airport, on the island’s east coast. A 10-minute drive east is the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, a heaven of wildlife and some of the island’s most beautiful and deserted golden-sand beaches.
We have four apartments, 10 beautiful double bedrooms and can accommodate up to 18 people. A fresh water outdoor pool, three patios where to eat or simply relax, and a stunning sunset terrace. We would love to welcome you here for a regenerating week or for a long weekend with friends. A beautiful setting close to nature that helps you unwind and rejuvenate.
We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans if you need help spreading out payments. We can split up your payments however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.
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