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Sicily Yoga Retreat FAQ
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The Sicily Program

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.

itinerary subject to change

Day 1 – May 12 – Arrival

12pm – 5:30pm – Arrival & Settle into our beautiful home
5:30pm – Opening Yoga Class
7:00pm – Family Style Dinner
8:30pm – Opening Circle

Day 2 – May 13 – Settle in + Beach Day
Vendicari Nature Preserve

8:00am – Yoga
9:30am – Breakfast
Adventure to visit Vendicari Nature Preserve & Calamosche Beach + Lunch out.
5:30pm – Afternoon Session
7:00pm – Dinner

Day 3 – May 14 – Explore
Market Tour & Cooking Class Day

8:00am – Yoga
9:30am – Breakfast
Ortigia Market Tour & Cooking Class
5:30pm – Afternoon Session
7:00pm – Dinner

Day 4 – May 15 – Optional Day

Relax at the Retreat or Visit Mt. Etna & Taormina

8:00am – Yoga
9:30am – Breakfast
Relax at the Retreat or Visit Mt. Etna & Taormina
5:30pm – Afternoon Session
7:00pm – Dinner

Day 5 – May 16 – Excursion Day

8:00am – Yoga
9:30am – Breakfast
Excursion day, it will be amazing.
Evening off from yoga.
7:00pm – Dinner

Day 6 – May 17 – Ragusa – Optional Day

8:00am – Yoga
9:30am – Breakfast
OPTIONAL: Cooking Class
5:30pm – Afternoon Session
7:00pm – Dinner

Day 7 – May 18 – Last day

8:00am – Yoga
9:30am – Breakfast
OPTIONAL: Cooking Class
5:30pm – Afternoon Session
7:00pm – Dinner + Closing Circle

Day 8 – May 19 – Departure

8:00am – Breakfast + Departure

Where is this retreat and how do/when do I get there?

Where is the yoga retreat in Sicily located?

Our yoga retreat in Sicily is located at Danena Retreat, located in a 19th century farmhouse – La Masseria – situated in the luscious  natural landscape of southeastern Sicily surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea. 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.

What are the accommodations like?

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.

We have four apartments, 10 beautiful double bedrooms and can accomodate up to 18 people.

A fresh water outdoor pool, three patios where to eat or simply relax, and a stunning sunset terrace.


How do we get there?

The closest airport to fly into is Catania Airport although if you are planning on driving before or after the trip you could also fly into Palermo.

Arrivals/Departures:

The retreat starts at 5 pm on May 12th.

You are responsible for your own flight and shuttle/taxi from the airport to Danena.  We highly suggest renting a car so that you can be mobile during the retreat and go on any optional excursions that inspire you. Catania is 1 hour from our retreat, so please arrive before 4pm to make it to our first class on time.

Retreat ends: after 8AM breakfast on May 19th. We will help arrange taxis back to Catania Airport based on group departure times.

Shuttle Prices:

We can help set you up with a taxi to/from Denena . Here are the prices:
From Catania–Fontanarossa Airport, transfers are 25 euro to 90 euros depending on how many people are in the shared shuttle. We will do our best to pair people who are not renting cars with each other to save costs!
Suggested Travel
We suggest booking a round trip flight to Rome or Naples and either enjoying a night or two there and then booking a ticket round trip Rome/Naples to Catania for around $100 or taking an extra day or two to make your way down from Rome/Naples to Sicily by train (which goes on a ferry (so cool)) or by car.

What will the retreat be like?

What is included in this Sicily yoga retreat?

7 Nights Accommodation Italian Paradise

Daily Inspired Yoga, movement & More with Devon Sweeney

Delicious, Healthy Meals every single day

Local Hiking and Explore Nearby Towns available

Near World Heritage Site & Nature Preserve

Visit to local Winery/olive farm with Cooking Class

Deserted Golden-Sand Beaches Nearby

Fresh Water Pool and Sun Terrace

Yogascapes Guest Support & Community

 

What level yoga will there be and how often?

Yoga classes will be 1-2 times daily and all levels.  Our teachers are amazing at creating classes that are both suitable for beginners and challenging for the more experienced! See above to get an idea of what Devon will be offering on this retreat.

How much free time will we have? 

YOGASCAPES yoga retreats honor giving participants plenty of free time to explore on their own or relax back at the retreat.  We pride ourselves on putting together an itinerary that allows you to dive deep into the sense of place and also dive deep into your well being and relaxation.  There will be two full days where we

What is the weather like?

May is a very pleasant time to visit Sicily – it is one of the driest months and the temperatures are very mild, just like in Palermo. During your stay you can expect to see temperatures of up to 22°C, which is ideal for exploring and getting to know the island. The evenings are also a bit warmer, too, with temperatures rarely dropping below 14°C.

What is the food like?

We’ll be eating delicious meals every day and explore the cuisine of Sicily. Vegetarian options will always be available, though we will definitely be exploring the cheeses and seafood of the region!

Are there optional activities being offered?

Yes, we will be offering optional activities. Some we will suggest planning ahead of time, while others we will help support during the retreat.  If there is something that you are dying to do in Sicily, please plan ahead and  make sure your needs are taken care of around this by setting it up in advance.

How do I prepare for my yoga retreat in Sicily?

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