Sicily is the home of my Italian relatives... Danena is a stunning yoga retreat center on the southeast coast of Sicily. The main location is a 19th-century farmhouse - La Masseria - situated in a luscious natural landscape surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea. The nearby Greek town of Siracusa is one of the main attractions as are Noto and Vendicari nature reserves. Sicily is a land full of history; Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Norman, Greek, and Spaniard (my other relatives!) There is so much to explore on this incredible island; the beautiful beaches, passionate people, incredible food and the snow-capped volcano Mount Etna (seen above.) May is the perfect month to visit this sunny Mediterranean island.
“More than any other city, Syracuse encapsulates Sicily's timeless beauty. Ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards, cafe tables spill onto dazzling baroque piazzas, and honey-hued medieval lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. It's difficult to imagine now but in its heyday this was the largest city in the ancient world, bigger even than Athens and Corinth. Its 'Once upon a Time' begins in 734 BC, when Corinthian colonists landed on the island of Ortygia and founded the settlement, setting up the mainland city four years later. Almost three millennia later, the ruins of that then-new city constitute the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, one of Sicily's greatest archaeological sites. Across the water from the mainland, Ortygia remains the city's most beautiful corner, a casually chic, eclectic marvel with an ever-growing legion of fans.” Lonely Planet
“Situated on the southern-most part of Sicily’s east coast, Vendicari is a mixture of lagoons (pantano), sand dunes, rocky coastlines, and sandy beaches. It was instituted in 1984 and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The high salinity of the ground provides an ideal habitat for Mediterranean maquis, herbs such as thyme and rosemary and other prickly customers such as juniper bushes.
Thousands of migrating birds pass a few days here on their way to or from Africa. Flamingos, herons, storks and cormorants are regulars during autumn, while in the winter, ducks, mallards, pintails and terns take over. An ornithologists' paradise, there are several hides for those who bring their binoculars. For those whose interests are of a more active kind, Vendicari offers a wonderful environment for a good seaside walk with only the sound of the waves, birds and the wind for company.
Swimmers (and sunbathers!) will find it hard to choose between the numerous beaches and rocky coves that abound.” The Thinking Traveler
What To Expect
This week is both a yoga retreat and a bit of a travel adventure. Two daily yoga sessions including, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Ayurvedic Self-Care Practices, and group Heart Circles will be the focus of each day. We will enjoy three sumptuous and healthy meals daily, that include vegetarian with fish and other seafood options. There will be ample time for laughter, casual hanging-out, group sharing, along with time for self-reflection and silence.
Registration also includes transport to and from the Catania Airport and excursions to the Greek town of Siracusa and to the nature reserve at Vedicari.
There is one shared room available for a female guest as of 3/13/19.
Or add yourself to the waitlist if you are more than one or a single male.
Double Occupancy: $1525.
Single Occupancy $1975.
If you are driving: From Catania Airport, follow signs towards Siracusa, then take the Siracusa - Gela highway towards Rosolini, come out Rosolini take the exit on you right towards Pachino, after 4.8 km you'll see a little white sign Contrada Belliscala, turn left, you will find us up the road.
Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/u435edun16v
The retreat starts on the 4th at 3: pm--there will be group welcoming and orientation at 5: pm with optional yoga practice at 5:
The retreat ends on the 11th at 10: am
A typical day looks something like:
7: Morning Meditation & Ayurvedic Daily Self-Care Rituals -Tea Service
(Silent Practice is observed during the mornings until after breakfast.)
7:30 - 9: Asana Practice
10: Free Time: Pool, Walks, Sunbathing...
2: Free time/Including retreat excursions when applicable.
6: Restorative/Yoga Nidra/Yin Practice
8:30 Heart Circle/Parlor Games/Sing-Along/No Talent Shows...
Car Rental vs Hiring a Driver:
It isn't necessary to rent a car for the full week and is often easier for participants to hire a driver for afternoon excursions and the more that join in the cheaper the cost for everyone. Danena will help us with this plus, we have two of those excursions as part of your package.
Danena has plenty of yoga props including mats so you shouldn't need to bring any props with you unless you have that very special one that needs to travel with you!
Cancellations received 60 days or more prior to the departure date are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled 30-59 days prior to the departure date are subject to a cancellation fee in the amount of 50% of the journey cost. Reservations cancelled less than 29 days prior to the departure date are non-refundable.
World-class Yoga Instructor David Moreno, ERYT 500, YACEP, SFT, has led international yoga adventures and retreats to; Bali, India, Costa Rica, Jordan, and Mexico. This is his third yoga retreat in Italy and this picture of him in handstand was taken previously in Venice. He has also taught throughout the U.K, Germany, Thailand, Greece, South Korea, and Jakarta.