Spirit of Summer: Sicily Yoga Retreat
4 - 11 July 2020
Our Spirit of Summer week long retreat is set in the stunning, golden countryside of Sicily. On this retreat we’ll slow down and reconnect with the sense of peace, space and nourishment that nature brings. We will explore what uplifts our spirits, and fills us with joy and connection to deeper meaning in life. Daily yoga and meditation practices, locally sourced vegetarian food, and warm company will bring balance, ease and lightness to body and mind.
The retreat will be held at the beautiful Sicilian Spirit retreat centre, a restored 17th century masseria, nestled in the heart of the Madonie mountain park. The centre is located just a few miles from Gangi, voted the most beautiful village in Italy and 40km from the enchanting village of Cefalù. With extensive grounds and surrounding countryside, you can walk for hours along secret nature paths and ancient oak forests, enjoy sunrise or sunset on the terrace overlooking the mountains, or sunbathe and relax by the infinity pool.
Rooms are situated either in the main building of the Masseria, or throughout five beautiful cottages located in the garden and grounds. The cottages have their own private patios and kitchenettes. All rooms have heating and air conditioning facilities and are elegantly furnished with antique or Sicilian style furniture.
We’ll enjoy three delicious vegetarian meals a day, prepared with the very own produce of the masseria, a certified organic farm for over 15 years. The extraordinary vegetables and fruits that grow on the Sicilian soil, from oranges to lemons, basil to tomatoes and artichokes, will make delicious, nourishing dishes to feed the soul. Our feasts also cater to all dietary requirements. Tea, coffee, and still water will be available 24 hours a day.
THERAPIES AND TREATMENTS
Massage therapies will be available during your stay including aromatherapy and Swedish massage. Payment is direct in cash to the therapist, and more details will be provided upon booking.
DAY TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES
We will have two optional day trips; a full day trip to the seaside on Wednesday, and a half day trip on the Friday to Petralia Soprana, the highest village in the Madonie mountain region. There will also be options for cooking classes at the Masseria, and for long walks and hiking in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
SATURDAY 4TH - ARRIVAL
17:00 Arrivals and check-in
18:00 Opening circle / practice
BASIC DAILY SCHEDULE
7:30 Morning practice
11:30 Morning session
13:00 Lunch and free time
17:30 Afternoon practice
SATURDAY 11TH - DEPARTURE
08:00 Early breakfast
09:00 Check out and departure
COSTS AND PAYMENT INFORMATION (PER PERSON)
£1000 Twin shared room with shared bathroom
£1100 Couple’s room with private bathroom
£1300 Single room with shared bathroom (limited)
£1500 Single room with private bathroom (very limited)
A non-refundable deposit of £200 is required when booking to secure your place. The full balance is due by May 4th 2020. If booking after May 4th 2020, payment in full will be required upon booking.
Payment can be made by bank transfer. Rooms available on first come first serve basis. please indicate preference for room on the booking form and we will do our best to meet your request. Cost includes all yoga and meditation, meals and accommodation. Not included in the price: transportation to/from airports, any day trips or activities, any massages or treatments.
ARRIVALS AND TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS
Check-in is from 17:00 on July 4. Check-out at 9:00 on July 11. We will leave after an early send-off breakfast. The transfer will return you to the airport by 11:00 on July 11.
The Masseria can be reached by car, or we will offer a shuttle bus pick up and drop off to/from the airport on July 4 in the afternoon. An introduction will follow with dinner and an evening mediation.
Recommendations on flights, airports and transfers will be provided upon booking. Please hold off on booking flights until we can confirm airport shuttle bus departure times to you.