The Med… even just saying the word evokes a deep exhale with visions of crystal clear turquoise waters, sun kissed shores and ancient architecture dotting the horizon. There are countless reasons why here at YOGASCAPES we offer regular retreats to the Mediterranean but stunning natural beauty, rich flavours, cultural appreciation for rest, relaxation are high on the list. Italy specifically, is a country that we are crazy about and have been exploring it on our retreats for the past 5 years. It is a place where you can just show up and immediately be swept away by beauty everywhere you look. We love it and that is why are are going back in May 2018 and this time we are going to Sicily! We want to invite you to come and ‘Find Your Flow’ with us while enjoying Italian cooking lessons, wine and Italy’s unique history. Dive into the magic that is pure yoga bliss with Yogi Goddess Devon Sweeney at one of our favourite venues the world over and our top pick in the Mediterranean – The Danena Sicily. If you love the look and feel of this retreat center, then check out our other top pics in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Greece. We know it is a hard choice to make when you are looking for a yoga retreat but we have heard it time and time again… and we believe it – there really is no place in the world like Sicily!
1. FIND YOUR FLOW: The Sicily Yoga Retreat @ Danena
History, Culture, Creativity and Flow
We chose this 19th Century Farmhouse – La Masseria – as our venue for this retreat because it felt like the perfect combination of historic surroundings and modern comforts. Located amongst the breathtaking beauty of Southeastern Sicily, Danena calls you home to rest. It is situated on a quiet country lane just 10 minutes from one of Italy’s World Heritage Sites, the city of Noto. Mesmerizing views of the mediterranean sea abound, along with a feeling of connection to the past, and clarity for the future – they flow together here as we open to the present moment. Swim and lounge around the freshwater outdoor pool, explore the nature reserve nearby and enjoy being romanced by fresh Italian cuisine, as you learn to cook the traditional Italian way! This place is pretty special … come and taste the magic with us in May!
2. Live Deeply Italy Yoga Retreat @ Locanda del Gallo
Life in Fullness in the Heart of Italy
The approach is wonderfully scenic, as you round the corner and see it perched on the edge of a hill in the distance. A thirty year project of owners Paola and Irish, Locanda del Gallo is a complete gem; it is one of those places where time seems to move more slowly and everyday pressures to be active melt away. Through thoughtful design and incredible taste, this country home has an inviting personality and honest beauty. Maybe it’s a combination of the guest baskets with soft robes, infinity pool and jacuzzi, panoramic yoga studio, Moroccan furnishings, or multi-course plated meals that takes it to the next level… or the underground wellness spa (Hammam) with heated seats, steam room, and refreshing mister that do it
3. TRIBEWANTED, Monestevole
A home – A Farm – A Sustainable Community
If you are seeking a sense of home on your yoga travels, Monestevole might just been what resonates. A 40 acre working farm located in the Green Heart of Italy, at Montestevole they are committed to the vision of becoming as self-sufficient as possible. Here they work together, eat together, play together and sip red wine from the vines that surround the old stone house. They have all kinds of animals, even an albino peacock; they make their own toothpaste and deodorant and the “family-style” meals that they serve are all made from what grows in their garden. They do yoga, they offer teacher trainings and they live connected to the earth and each other. A home away from home, in Italy, what could be better than that?
4. BALAIANA – Eco Retreat
Step of the beaten track to nourish your soul
On the small island of Sardinia lies a little eco gem called Balaiana, a place where you can find everything from yoga to Qi Gong to Kite Surfing to a Tango Retreat! It is a unique little venue that is intimately connected to it’s natural surroundings, which include the Sardinian countryside, ancient stone formations, cork forests and numerous quiet beach coves. Enjoy yoga on the terrace, hiking in Valle de la luna, exploring lakes, and hiking in the surrounding granite mountains. This is a special spot.
5. IN SABINA – Retreat Centre
Torri, Sabina, Italy
PEACE LIVES HERE
Imagine stepping into your daily practice surrounded by olive groves, and rolling hills set amidst the Italian countryside. Lush gardens, natural springs and indoor/outdoor spaces for meditation, yoga, art and creative expression. Accommodations are located within two beautifully restored 17th-century stone buildings with panoramic views. There are multiple terraces for relaxing, reflecting and and watching the stunning sunsets. The rooms themselves marry elements of old and new, which create an authentic and calm feel that beacons you to slow down and truly rest. Come as you are, with and open heart and let this space hold you in its warm embrace.
A stroll through the mfortable, practical and ideal for spiritual practice.
6. The Salty Pelican
It’s got the 4 S’s … Sexy, Sun, Surf and SUP
Looking for a hip surf and yoga vibe ? The Salty Pelican has got your number. A quick peak at their website and you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. Let your stress melt away in your downward dog as you breathe in the salty Mediterranean air or on your surf board as you are catching waves at some of the best breaks in Portugal. Free breakfast buffets, long board rentals and craft beers are just some of the perks of staying here…not to mention the opportunity to kick it in a bean bag chair and watch the sun go down. The Salty Pelican is a great place to get your groove on, along with twice daily beach yoga – it’s a YES all-round!
7. VIDA PURA – Nature Retreat
Moinho Das Canas, Portugal
Uniqueness – Passion – Humanitarian Focus
Vida Pura is an eco & family friendly retreat in the middle of a reserve, close to the small village of Odeceixe (which also has an amazing beach!). Personally, it was love at first sight, as you can feel the intention behind everything that they do here. There are so many pluses – from surf and yoga, to bio-dynamic farming with a strong humanitarian focus; Vida Pura’s vision is integrated and their passion is evident in all that they do. They offer a variety apartments and rooms for your stay and each space has an element that makes it unique. Check out the the natural elements apartment with the giant tree mosaic and the snake sink or the recycled apartment that is bursting with color. But be careful … once you check-in here, you may never want to check-out!
9. SURYALILA – Retreat Centre
A one of a kind experience
From the OM Dome, to the enchanting landscapes and lounge spaces, here at Suryalila they have got it all covered. This is a superb venue to come to whether you are on your own, or with a group. They have a genuine heart for yoga, healing and transformation – while also providing incredible vegetarian cuisine, a juice bar, a stunning salt water pool and sauna. It is evident from their offerings that they value communication and connection and you will feel this as soon as you arrive. They grow their own organic food onsite, they have chickens, 3 yoga shalas and a wide variety of colorful accommodation options to choose from. This place is magical…straight up.
10. SUNSET MOUNTAIN – IBIZA YOGA RETREAT
A yoga resort with ambience, and charm every where you look
Here is an opportunity to go to Ibiza and experience the jaw dropping beauty of the island grounded in yoga and self-care. Sunset Mountain feels like a yoga resort – it has an incredible lounge space around the salt-water pool with a faux beach and breath-taking sea views. It boasts a stunning outdoor yoga platform and a super chill vibe. Chef’s lovingly prepare meals in an open air kitchen and there is therapeutic music and sound healing on offer. If you are heading to Spain, Sunset Mountain Retreat is simply a must.
Style, Elegance and R&R
This place has it dialed in. Styled elegance meets comfort and relaxation. Shanti-Som mixes the spa rituals of the east with wellness protocols like detox, nutritional support and yoga to provide you with a truly holistic experience. The rooms are made up with fine linens and pops of color and the lounge/eating areas look like they could be on the cover of a magazine. The atmosphere is serene and classy while also offering a sense of home. Shanti-Som checks every box and has a deep commitment to quality service and experience. It is worth every penny!
Coconut mattresses, cave rooms and crystal blue waters
ITHA108 is located on the island of Ithaca, one of the smallest in the Ionian island constellation. A visit here ensures you an intimate experience in an space that promotes peace, relaxation and practice. It is decorated with Eastern elements and pops of Greek charm and the rooms offer views across the Ionian sea towards Kefalonia. Their accommodations are plentiful and are all one of a kind. 3 Mongolian Yurts outfitted with coco-mattresses, sea grass roofs and an outdoor bathroom carved into the rocks. Not to mention the Cave House which will blow your mind – it is worth a visit just to experience waking up in style … inside a real cave ! The food served here is made from scratch using local organic produce and is sure to tickle your tastebuds. They offer regular mindfulness and yoga retreats and comfort around every corner. ITHA108 is an easy choice if you are looking for a yoga retreat space that is unique, restful and oozing charm, it will sweep you away.