Sicily Yoga Retreat

May 12-19, 2019 // Yoga, Food, Cooking, Nature, Paradise

WITH YOGASCAPES Teacher

THE MAGIC

What's Unique

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 Michelin star chefs. We’ve scouted Puglia and soaked in Tuscan hot springs.  We are so excited to be going to SICILY again this year. Everyone we’ve met on our adventures, even the Italians, has told us that we have to go to Sicily and they were right. Now you’re invited!

THE HEART // Our intention is to explore one of the most magical islands in the world while diving deep into daily yoga practices that will shift and deepen your life. 

OUR PROCESS // Did you know that we build all our trips from scratch? To learn more about our process and what goes into the making of a Yogascapes retreat, click here.

 

THE LIFE ON RETREAT

7 Days in Sicily

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.

SCHEDULE

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

From the Road

Testimonials & Our Story

“This was my first retreat with Yogascapes and it far exceeded my expectations! The breathtaking location, the wine tasting, the delicious food, everything was just fabulous.”

For more testimonials, click here.

YOUR HOME

Danena

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 unspoiled 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.

THE JOURNEY

Travel Info

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.

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 the short flights 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.

THE BACKBONE

Of Every Yogascapes Retreat

Our mission is to connect people to their deepest purpose/truths, wellbeing and inspiration. We combine vibrant yoga and wellness teachers with incredible guides, local culture, nourishing food, inspiring adventure and a crew of fun-loving people from around the world. Along this journey, you’ll have a Yogascapes Guide supporting you every step of the way, from signing up to helping you on a glacier. 

While every single retreat we create is unique based on the local culture, incredible teachers, the time of year and the environment, every experience is built on the following pillars.

 


 

MOVEMENT &  MEDITATION
Each retreat is filled with a mix of yoga, mantra, mudra, meditation and more. To learn more about the specifics of this retreat, check out the schedule or contact us. 

 

FREE TIME & OPTIONS
When you come on a yogascapes retreat, nothing is mandatory and we build in plenty of time for you to be own your own, to rest more, to explore more, or to be open to whatever shows up. 

 

NOURISHMENT
We love food, period. Delicious, healthy, beautiful, thoughtful food that nourishes the body and inspires the creative soul. Food is where we come together to replenish our bodies and where our community is built.

 

SENSORY EXPLORATION
Traveling is adventure of the senses and we build each trip to open our senses up to the world and be open to the world through our senses.  

 

DEEP LEARNING & INTEGRATION
We believe the experiences that last a lifetime are the ones in which you are learning and integrating what you learn into your life. Our teachers and guides create unique opportunities for deepening and expansion of your practice.

REST AND REJUVENATION
We know that life is overwhelming at times and our nervous systems beg not only for the medicine of adventure, but for deep rest and rejuvenation. A week of quiet nights and deep sleep, time for napping and giving yourself permission to do nothing at all. 

 

ACTIVATING CREATIVITY & PURPOSE
Our mission is to connect people to their purpose by exposing them to practices, people and places that bring out their deepest truths and desires. Each one has the intention to bring you into a deeper connection with yourself and your true gifts. 

 

COMMUNITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Come with no story to defend and no judgement to be had. Meet people who will change your life and/or share in all the ups and downs. Connect to old friends and family in a new way, on a retreat, or when you go back home. Our own healing is the healing of the planet and so we work work with eco-lodges and companies that have similar ethos and missions. 

 

​Giving Back: 2 trees are planted every retreat sign up to help protect our planet and natural resources. At check out, we also offer you the opportunity to give to inspiring local and international projects. Find out more here.

JOIN THE JOURNEY

May, 2019


HOW TO SAY YES TO A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.

STEP 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies, past photos, etc.
STEP 2: Choose a room below and reserve your spot as soon as you’re ready for early bird prices and best options.
STEP 4: You’ll get a confirmation + 3 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.
STEP 5: Drive, fly or boat to meet our team and group in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

ANYTIME:
Write us at help@yogascapes.com or call us at 510-629-9191 if you have any questions about the trip, how to sign up or anything else that comes up along the way.
By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read all details below.

INCLUDES

7 Nights Accommodation Italian Paradise

Daily Inspired Yoga Classes, Movement & More

Incredible Market Tour Cooking Class

3 Delicious, Healthy Meals every single day

Local Hiking in Vindicari Nature Reserve

Near World Heritage Site & Nature Preserve

Visit to local Ricotta Farm to learn how it’s made

Deserted Golden-Sand Beaches Nearby

Fresh Water Pool and Sun Terrace

Yogascapes Guest Support & Community

Brace yourself, you will be taken to a booking page where you get to choose your specific room.

 

YOUR INVESMENT

Choose Your Room

POLICIES & TERMS

Get Clear Before You Purchase

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.  We can split up your payments to make it work, however final payments are due 60 days prior to the start date of your retreat.

By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement.  Please read in full and please note:

All prices are per/person USD. All bookings include a refundable deposit that is 50% of the total trip cost. Final payments are due 60 days before the start date of the trip to keep your spot secure.

If cancellation (always in writing) takes place within 7 days of booking, 100% of the trip price is refundable including the deposit, unless retreat start date is less than 60 days from booking date.

If cancellation takes place 120 days prior to the retreat start date, any payments made will be refunded within 30 days of cancellation, plus 75% of your deposit.

If cancellation takes place 90 days prior to the retreat start date, any payments made will be refunded within 30 days of cancellation, plus 50% of your deposit.

If cancellation takes place 60 days or less prior to the retreat start date, 100% of the trip price and deposit will be forfeited.

YOGASCAPES reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of YOGASCAPES (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups)  we will offer a transfer to another trip or a full refund of your funds. We require all participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.

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