September 18-25, 2021
Renew and Restore your Soul at Sicilian Spirit Retreat Center, located in the Madonie area in the center of Sicily. Imagine the transition from summer to autumn, the transition from covid isolation to open spaces, from restrictions to possibilities. With so much unpredictability in the world now, I am grateful to have something beautiful to look forward to. Because more than ever, we will need some restoration.
Our home will be a spacious and inviting 17th century farmhouse and it’s adjacent guest cottages, surrounded by 60 acres of a lush private park that includes secluded oak woods, a small river, a big pool, a labyrinth garden, rolling hills, wild flowers, peace and tranquility.
We will begin each day with yoga, (including pranayama, meditation and movement.) With our senses awakened, there is much to explore from here…by foot, bicycle, or excursion. Or just soak in the stillness. Some days will end with gentle and restorative yoga practices.
The breath-taking Sicilian landscape invites long walks or hikes, foraging for wild mushrooms and asparagus, maybe a rafting trip on of the Pollina river, or a visit to Mt. Aetna which is about 2 hours away by car. We will be staying just a few miles from Gangi – winner of “Most beautiful village in Italy” prize – and about 40km from the enchanting fishermen village of Cefalù. We will also be within a 90 minute drive to both Palermo and Catania making day trips to explore these historical cities an easy option. Or maybe you want to stay put and treat yourself to a healing, heartfelt Ayurvedic oil massage treatment, with wild herbs from the Sicilian mountains.
The Masseria is a certified organic farm and produces extra virgin olive oil, wheat, vegetables and fruit that are used to prepare farm to table healthy vegetarian meals. Everything is prepared fresh from the breads and cakes (it’s Italy folks!), yogurt and cheeses, seasonal soups and stews, salads and of course pasta, pasta, pasta prepared with Sicilian tradition.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
•7 Nights accommodation
•3 Vegetarian/Vegan buffet meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
•All locally sourced Non-alcoholic beverages, herbal teas and snacks during the day
•Yoga sessions each day from Sunday to Friday
•Use of a yoga mat, blocks and straps •Exclusive use of all yoga spaces, lounges, restaurant, swimming pool and other public areas of the Masseria and its park
•Free WiFi in the lounge area
•Cotton sheets and towel
•One room clean during the week •Cooking lesson with Chef
*NOT INCLUDED: Taxis to/from wherever. Flights. Optional excursions (city tours, volcanic hike, etc).
There are 14 unique room around the estate, four with private bathrooms.
The others are cottages with two rooms, a shared bath and common area.
You can stay with someone or by yourself.
All are 'double rooms’ with two beds that can be separated or joined together, depending on your needs.
Rooms will be offered on a first come basis.
Should there be a last minute cancellation due to Covid, final payment will be refunded.
You can fly to Sicily via most European cities. For example, fly to Rome or London. Then catch a local flight into Catania (CTA) …about 1.5 hour drive from the Retreat. (Palermo is another option but not as convenient.)
The Villa can arrange for transport to and from the airport… cost for up up to 8 people will be about 160 Euros or $185.USD to be divided among individuals requiring transportation. Our host suggests car rental.
Please make sure that you have all necessary insurances in place before the trip (including but not limited to travelers insurance, health insurance etc). All yoga, mindfulness sessions and travelling are done at your own risk and we are free from all liability. Please email me with questions or for more information about excursions. And please visit the website at http://www.sicilianspirit.com