Silence In Sicily
SILENCE IN SICILY • 06/22/19- 06/29/19
Labyrinth | true | nature | nurture | spirit
Join me in the heart of the Mediterranean in our very own 17th century Sicilian farmhouse. Located in the Madonie area, the Masseria is surrounded by a lush natural environment including a secluded oak wood, a small river and a labyrinth garden of the first half of 18th century. With its 25 hectares park, its 700 olive trees, the vegetable garden, the orchard and the vineyard, the Masseria is a certified organic farm since 15 years and produces its own extra virgin olive oil, wheat, wine, vegetables and fruit, preserves and jams. From oranges to lemons, to basil, mint, capers, wild fennel, saffron, tomatoes and artichokes…all of this is used to prepare our health vegetarian meals and homemade preserves and jams we’ll enjoy during our stay. Each recipe is based on traditional Sicilian recipes expertly reworked and lightened by our resident Chef. In addition, vegan, gluten free, without sugar preparation will always be present on the table. As well as herbal teas prepared with the medicinal plants of our garden, and fresh fruit juices.
Wow! I’m hungry now. Thankfully, your day will be buffered by an asana practice to balance us out — a yoga flow in the morning and a restorative class in the evenings (both of which are optional for attendance). Our theme for the week will evolve around ‘Silence in Sicily’. Yaaasss…a little venture into vipassana. Vipassanā means insight into the true nature of reality. But I don’t think our classes are even the best part. The best part is that we’ll be visiting in June!
June, in Sicily, is full summer, with pleasant and fragrant nights and hot days, ideal for swimming in the pool and for deepening your yoga practice within the cool old rooms of the Masseria, defended by thick walls. And we’ll of course have plenty of time to explore all that Sicily has to offer whether on foot, with a guide on a Nordic Walk or on a mountain bike. If you wish, you can discover secluded and uncontaminated places, cross the Tiberio Gorges by rubber dinghy, raft in the Pollina river, reach the mountain tops through secrets trekking or mountain bike trails. And then there is still Sicily, with its millennial ancient art, its shimmering beaches, its archaeological wonders, the legendary kindness of its inhabitants. Everything easily accessible from the Masseria.
But, at the end of each day, return home and pick summer fruit straight from the trees or enjoy some of the prepared apricot or plum jam or a bowl of fresh fruit ice cream around the pool with new and old friends. Then close the evening with a restorative yoga class before retiring to bed.
7 nights/6 days (Saturday 6p to Saturday 9a)
Transportation from Catania or Palermo airport to our farmhouse and back to the airport on the return
Twice Daily Yoga (optional)
Weekly “deepen your practice” offering
A Cooking class (optional)
Three meals daily while on site (off site meals are at your own expense)
Herbal teas and snacks throughout the day
All government taxes & fees (excluding those associated with transportation from your home town to Sicily and back again)
What's Not Included
Transportation from home to Catania or Palermo airport in Italy
Transportation back home from Sicily
Optional add-on excursions: rent a mountain bike, secure a guide for a Nordic Walk, hike the river, day trip to Syracuse or Cefalu
Babysitting (available for 10 euro/hour)
Option to extend your stay on either end
Alcohol & Incidentals
BEFORE YOU GO
Check all requirements for entry to Sicily at travel.state.gov — passport requirements, travel advisories, and vaccine requirements.
RSVP DEPOSIT $300 • $1950*
All accommodations are for double occupancy with a shared bath.
Payment Plans are available, you will receive an invoice that you may make payments toward. Here is a suggested plan:
$300 Deposit to secure space (non-refundable)
$550 payment by December 1, 2018
$550 payment by February 1, 2019
$550 and Paid in full by May 1, 2019
This retreat has a fluid itinerary. We'll take every opportunity to enjoy deep release yoga practices in and outdoors. Truly taking your yoga off the mat and into your soul.