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HATHA YOGA RETREAT IN ITALY

Two Yoga Retreats in Sicily to choose from:

Week I:  April 22-April 29, 2017
Week II:  April 29-May 6, 2017

Please Note: both weeks are now full!

Join Fran on a unique yoga holiday in the ancient, spiritual, and romantic setting of Sicily.  Two weeks to choose from!  Enjoy a week’s stay at the beautiful relaxing Villa Saracena.  Experience yoga twice daily on the serene grounds of the villa overlooking Mt. Etna and the Bay of Catania. Taste mouth-watering sun-kissed Sicilian meals made by our own private chef.  Enjoy exciting daily outings such as a visit to see the ancient mosaics in Piazza Amerina and a day at a cooking school. Retreats are small in size, limited to 12 participants, ensuring lots of attention during the yoga sessions and a very unique experience. Temperatures in Sicily may range from the 50s to 60s.

Yoga

Both weeks below accommodate all levels of Hatha Yoga. Yoga will be held twice daily. The morning sessions are generally more physical than the late afternoon sessions, which are intended to be more relaxing.  As many sessions as possible will be held outside.  In the event of rain, we will practice in a covered area of the villa, where we still have a view of Mt. Etna and the Bay of Catania.

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Daily Outings Include

  • Siracusa/Ortigia (Siracusa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • A visit to an organic ricotta farm, includes a homemade lunch with the owner of the farm, Maria.  
  • A day at a Cooking School in Modica with Chef Pippo Barone (Spring Menu)
  • Piazza Amerina to see the mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Nature Walk and Yoga at Vendicari Nature Reserve  Yoga will be held outside at the Tonnara of Vendicari, the 18th Century Tuna Fishery Ruins.  Prior to doing yoga, you will have your choice of two guides: one guide specializes in birding http://www.vendicari.net/what-to-do-in-vendicari/birdwatching-vendicari/) and the other guide specializes in archaeology
  • Fish Market in Catania, called “A Piscaria” in dialect, a magnificent, colorful, noisy happening place

Arrival and Departure Information

  • You will want to fly to and from Catania Airport (NOT Palermo Airport)
  • On your arrival day Saturday, April 22 for Week I and on April 29 for Week II, a chartered bus (private) will pick up the whole group at 3:30pm to take us to the villa.  Please be at the Catania Airport at 3:30pm.  
  • On your departure day Saturday, April 29 for Week I and May 6 for Week II, the bus will pick us up from the villa around 9am.  We will be at the Catania airport by 10am.  Please schedule your flights accordingly.

Cost

$3350 per person:  Double occupancy  (note: rooms with ensuite bath cost more and have all been reserved at this point).

Cost includes lodging, all meals, activities and outings/entrance fees to destinations, yoga sessions, transportation/driver, airport pick up and drop off as a group at specified times above, English speaking guides.  Cost includes house wines from local Planeta Winery when dinners are served at the villa (included in the cost).

Cost does not include airfare. Cost does not include alcohol when dining out in restaurants.

To Register

Each retreat is limited to 12 participants. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 will reserve your spot. Please specify whether you would like to attend Week I or Week II. Balance is due by February 10, 2017, and is non-refundable after February 18, 2017. Checks to be made payable to Fran Gallo and mailed to my new address:

ADDRESS given upon request.  Please contact Fran.

Your Travel Team

Fran Gallo: Yoga Instructor and Retreat Organizer, founder of the Yoga in Sicily Retreats!!

Giorgio Modica: Giorgio Modica lives in the town of Modica!  He is my main contact in Sicily, and is my on-site Sicily assistant.  Giorgio lived in Canada for many years and is very proficient in English.  He will accompany us to the ricotta farm and he will be your translator at the cooking school in Modica. 

Sergio is our trustworthy driver, probably the safest driver in all of Sicily!  So happy to have him drive us again. 

Graziella Minardi will be our guide in Siracusa/Ortigia. She is very lively!  Her English is excellent and she will keep you enraptured with her deep knowledge of Siracusa and Sicily.  

Katia di Dio will be our guide in Piazza Amerina.  Katia came highly recommended by Graziella.

It takes a village to run a yoga retreat in Sicily with daily outings.  I believe you will be delighted by the colorful personalities who will give you an enriched experience during your Sicily Yoga Retreat. 

Benvenuti!!




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