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June 20 - June 27, 2020
Sicilianspirit, SICILY

 

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8 DAY VINYASA FLOW AND RESTORATIVE YOGA RETREAT

Retreat yourself in the middle of Sicily. Sicilianspirit is a newly opened retreat center in the countryside of Sicily. You'll feel the ancient history from the 17th century farmhouse. The center is surrounded by 25 hectares of private park. You'll be able to find your spot to hide away at the pool, the small river, the labyrinth garden, the oak forest or another corner you'll discover.

Every morning, we'll start with an activating yoga practice, meditation, pranayama and input on our theme. You'll receive concrete, accessible input that you can take with you into your everyday life. Yoga is strong in teaching to live in the present moment. To truly live in the moment, we have to drop past patterns and future fears.
 

Every evening, we restore the nervous system with restorative yoga. Restorative yoga is a practice that activates the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is the base for immunity, creativity, proper digestion, inner stability, inner peace and fertility. It increases our ability to act from a neutral point instead of reacting from a point of fear, insecurity and blame.

SICILIANSPIRIT

Sicilianspirit opened its doors as retreat center in 2018. The ancient 17th century “Masseria" builds the foundation of the yoga and meditation retreat center. Sicilianspirit is surrounded by 25 hectors of private park, 650 mts above sea level. You'll be able to walk for hours in the secret inner paths and in the hidden centuries-old oak forest, get lost in the labyrinth garden of the 18th century, explore the banks of the “private” river, practice yoga at sunrise or sunset in the terrace overlooking the mountains or just sunbath and swim in the infinity pool.

Sicilianspirit is located in the heart of Madonie mountain park, a few miles from the village Gangi. Gangi has won the prize of the most beautiful village in Italy. You'll experience the modern luxury of true silence in this nested location.
 

All meals are prepared with the very own products of the Masseria, a certified organic farm since 15 years. Sicilianspirit serves three vegetarian meals a day. Herbal teas, juices, fruits and small snacks are offered in the main lounge area - built in an ancient stable.

Ayurvedic massages and treatments are offered between the yoga sessions. You'll have WIFI access in the third lounge area, located above the restaurant. This lounge area builds the living room of Sicilianspirit, perfect for a chat after dinner, equipped with board games, books and magazines.

ACCOMODATION

Sicilianspirit offers 14 double rooms - 4 of them are equipped with their own private bathroom, 10 rooms are offered with a shared bathroom. Two rooms (around 25sq.m each) with private bathroom, are located in the main building, above the Yoga room. A third room with private bathroom is in a cottage in the garden, with its own private patio. A forth room with private bathroom is located in a smaller cottage and is particularly suitable for single use or for couples.

 

The other 10 double rooms, with shared bathroom – one every two rooms – are located in five cottages (around 50 sq.m each) in the garden, all with their own equipped private patio and their own kitchenette.

 

All rooms have heating and air conditioning facilities and are elegantly furnished with antique or Sicilian style furniture. If you plan to come alone and would like to share a room with another retreat participant, you can send me an email. I will connect you with someone who wants to share a room as well.

FOOD

Sicily has always been a melting pot of culture, art and traditions and also the cradle of the most authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Over the centuries the island has developed what is considered the most original among the Italian regional cuisines. It is based largely on the use and imaginative preparation of the extraordinary vegetables that grow on the Sicilian soil. Therefore it is already largely vegetarian, if not vegan, since the origins. From oranges to lemons, to basil, mint, capers, wild fennel, saffron, tomatoes and artichokes, everything contributes to create dishes that are unique for taste and nutritional properties.


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. We offer our guests three vegetarian buffet meals a day, based on traditional Sicilian recipes expertly reworked and lightened by our 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. The retreat center follows an alcohol free policy.

 

At breakfast you will find a large choice of milk, soy milk, coffee, tee, herbal tee, fresh juices, together with homemade yoghurt, Sicilian organic honey, homemade jams, butter, different kinds of cereals, fresh baked bread, homemade cakes and pies, biscuits, fresh and dry fruit. And, of course, at our buffet table you will never miss a selection of our excellent fresh cheeses, like the just daily made typical Sicilian Ricotta.

 

Lunch will be “pasta-time” and the right moment to taste the traditional Sicilian recipes, like, among others, the traditional Spaghetti alla Carrettiera, Bucatini with Broccoli, Penne alla Norma, and the extraordinary Parmigiana and Caponata, prepared with the eggplants from our garden. And of course, soups and salads of all kinds, based on strictly organic vegetables from local producers or grown directly in the Masseria, like artichokes, wild asparagus, fresh mushrooms. 

Dinners will be usually characterized by the use of predominantly savory dishes like different sort of homemade vegetable pies, basmati rice flans, seasonal soups, skilfully alternated with healthy Mediterranean inspired pizzas, based on local ingredients like fresh tomatoes, basil and capers. Naturally, you will also find plenty of local cheeses, fresh fruit, homemade cakes, juices and a large choice of herbal tees for the night.

THE SURROUNDINGS

The 25 hectares private park will let you enjoy your stay without wishing to leave, even for a single moment, the Masseria. It could be a real silent retreat during which, in absolute privacy, you will bathe in the small river, go trekking along the miles of paths inside the park, learn Sicilian cuisine with our Chef, join us to participate to one of the many activities of the farm, from the harvest to the mushrooms picking. Or simply abandon yourself to the "dolce far niente" at the edge of our pool.

Yet the Masseria stands in the heart of the Madonie, one of the wildest areas in Sicily, rich in forests, valleys, mountain gorges, medieval villages. Together with the venue Silianspirit - in collaboration with Madonie Outdoor, the association of the most expert excursionist guides in the area - 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 reachable from the Masseria, by private car or with individual or group excursions, that we will be delighted to help you organize, through local agencies of our absolute trust.

Inside and all around the Masseria’s land, there are miles of trekking trails between woods, fields of wheat and olive trees, over small hills, along which you can walk in solitude and silence, go jogging early in the morning or just breath fresh and clean air.

Ten minutes walk among oaks and olive trees, and you will be at the small river on the edge of our park. If the water is high enough, depending on the season, you can swim or you can simply sunbathe in total privacy. And it will always be possible to organize a picnic along its banks.

YOGA SESSIONS

Over the course of the 8 retreat days, we will create balance in your body/energy/mind-system.  

Every morning, we'll start with an activating yoga practice, meditation and pranayama. I teach creative Vinyasa Flow sequences that take you out of your mind. Over the week, we will focus on all major areas of your body (foundation, hips, navel, heart, throat, forehead, crown of your head). All areas represent topics in your life like your ability to let go of control (hips), your ability to trust (foundation + heart), your ability to move into action (navel), your true voice (throat), your inner vision (forehead) and many more.

We will bring the energy between these body parts into balance. In each session, we will focus on the opening and alignment of the according area. You will deepen your yoga practice as beginner, intermediate or advanced student through focussing on proper alignment. Variations will be offered to serve All Levels.

Every evening, we restore the nervous system with Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga is a practice that activates the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system builds the base for immunity, creativity, proper digestion, inner stability, inner peace and fertility. It increases our ability to act from a neutral point instead of reacting from a point of fear, insecurity and blame. Restorative Yoga is a quiet but rejuvenating, recharging practice. You'll learn simple poses you can do at home after the retreat.
 

Each day, you will be led through a guided journaling exercise. Yoga is strong in teaching to live in the present moment. To truly live in the moment, we have to drop past patterns and future fears. We look at questions like "What do I really want to invite into my life?", "Which of my thoughts are feeding a disbelief in my goal?", "Which thoughts would I need to have to achieve the goal?". You'll learn how to understand and prototype what you really want. You'll learn how to combine dreams with the requirements of reality while you're on the way. You'll learn that you're always on the way as it is our human nature to always have new goals and visions. 

You'll receive concrete, accessible input that you can take with you into your everyday life.

My teachings have been influenced by Laughing Lotus Yoga New York, Elena Brower, Gloria Latham, Anodea Judith and many other people who inspire me.
 

AGENDA

*All morning classes 2 hours, all evening classes 1,5 hours.
Exact times will be provided.



Saturday, June 20:

  • Individual arrival

  • Snacks in the lounge room

  • Dinner

  • Welcome Session


Sunday, June 21:

  • Breakfast

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Guided Journaling, Meditation, Pranayama

  • Lunch

  • Yin/Restorative Yoga

  • Dinner
     

Monday, June 22:

  • Breakfast

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Guided Journaling, Meditation, Pranayama

  • Lunch

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Dinner

Tuesday, June 23:

  • Breakfast

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Guided Journaling, Meditation, Pranayama

  • Lunch

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Dinner
     

Wednesday, June 24:

  • Breakfast

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Guided Journaling, Meditation, Pranayama

  • Lunch

  • No Evening Class

  • Dinner

  • Evening Meditation in the garden

Thursday, June 25:

  • Breakfast

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Guided Journaling, Meditation, Pranayama

  • Lunch

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Dinner

Friday, June 26

  • Breakfast

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Guided Journaling, Meditation, Pranayama

  • Lunch

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Dinner

  • Farewell Session
     

Saturday, June 27:

  • Breakfast

  • Individual Departure

PRICES

Single Room:

  • Private Bathroom: 1.369€ p.p.

  • Shared Bathroom: 1.269€ p.p.
     

Double Room:

  • Private Bathroom: 1.169€ p.p.

  • Shared Bathroom: 1.069€ p.p.



All prices include full accommodation for 7 nights (June 20 - June 27), 3 meals a day, herbal teas and fruits in the lounge area as well as all yoga retreat sessions from June 20 - June 27.

Double room bookings are confirmed once payment of both people has been received. If you want to share a room and are coming alone, you can reach out to me. I will connect you to someone with the same request.

Installments are possible on request. Please reach out to me for details.
 

HOW TO GET THERE

You can reach the retreat center from the two airports Catania and Palermo in Sicily. Palermo is 120km away, Catania 100km away.
 

From Catania, take the freeway to Palermo (A 19), then take Irosa exit, head to the village of Blufi (follow the directions). Cross the village Trinità-Pianello and from there, head to San Giovanni-Verdi and the signals to San Giovanni Sgardari.

WHAT ELSE TO KNOW

Bookings open October 2019. Rooms and room preferences are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. My aim is that you feel inspired beyond the time of the retreat. My other aim is that you feel integrated no matter if you come alone or with a friend/partner. I personally like to take time for myself during a retreat - however, I feel it is similarly important to feel home, welcomed and integrated when we eat together to the level you like. Typically, you might always find someone for a chat, a swim or a little walk - and you can take your quiet time again when you feel for it. The atmosphere is open, respectful, easy-going and relaxed. 

You can come to one of my yoga classes in Berlin if you don't know me yet. Apart from that, you can send me an email with your questions. I respect that you'll never really know what you get when you go to a retreat for the first time. Feel free to reach out for a chat.

June 20 - June 27 2020

Yoga Retreat at Sicilianspirit
Sicily, Italy

Follow your inner wild.
Trust your inner nature.
Welcome back home.