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8 Days Exclusive Retreat with Yoga, Rural Tourism, Art, Organic Food and Etna Wine in Sicily, Italy

All-inclusive Yoga Retreat Italy

Etna Retreat is inviting you to a yoga retreat in Sicily, one of Italy’s most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. A getaway from the chaos in a perfectly natural setting to search for inner peace, connect with the beauty of the nature, and the people. Etna Retreat specially designed this retreat to ensure that this sensory experience will be truly unique, authentic, inimitable, and unforgettable. This yoga retreat will fill your heart with joy and your body with positive energy.

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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Energy training activities
  • Visit the famous Mount Etna Volcano
  • Enjoy a trip to the refuge, Santa Maria del Bosco
  • Visit a prestigious Sicilian wine cellar, Etna Doc
  • 3 delicious and organic meals and drinks daily
  • Round trip airport and excursion transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation

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7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: Catania-Fontanarossa Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

The accommodation will be in a five-star, completely restored 18th century, rural tourism hotel country house called Parco Statella. You will enjoy the authenticity of a rustic, fully-equipped room surrounded by luscious greenery.

Parco Statella consists of a single element in which they displace the rooms, all equipped with heating for the cold winter. The thickness of the walls are built in lava stone to keep the summer heat outside the rooms. Also, the house is naturally delighted to host the four-legged friends with their masters.

The available accommodations in this retreat are on private room and double room basis. All rooms are furnished with rustic furniture, king size bed, en-suite bathroom, refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, flat screen television, hairdryer, and mosquito nets.

Program

Each morning you will carry out a set of energy training activities, it is a combination of practices such as yoga and Qi Gong, self massage and aromatherapy, The Five Tibetan Rites and stretching Masunaga, music therapy, meditation, and mantras. This will take place in a wonderful forest at the foot of Mount Etna, away from the chaos to a perfectly natural setting.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Transfer from the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) to the retreat
  • Welcome dinner at home

Day 2 - Volcano day

  • Morning: Breakfast and energy training activities
  • Afternoon: Lunch in Mt. Etna restaurant "Monte Conca" and excursion to the craters of the Etna volcano
  • Evening: Dinner in town at the restaurant "San Giorgio e il Drago"

Day 3 - Wine day

  • Morning: Breakfast and energy training activities
  • Afternoon: Lunch and wines tasting at the wine cellar "Etna DOC"; visit to the cellar led by an expert oenologist
  • Evening: Private pizza chef, pizza show and dinner, musical concert under the stars, Italian and Sicilian “Koncerto dell’Anno Dopo” of music and poetry

Day 4 - Rural and Ancient Crafts day

  • Morning: Breakfast and energy training activities
  • Afternoon: Lunch with demonstration of the preparation of “Cannoli and Arancini” by the chef; visit, activities and demonstrations of ancient crafts in an authentic Farm House
  • Evening: Dinner at the Farm House - fresh handmade pasta, ricotta, wine and more!

Day 5 - Day at Sea

  • Morning: Breakfast and energy training activities
  • Afternoon and evening: Fresh seafood lunch on the beach at "Da Nino" restaurant; free afternoon and dinner in Taormina and Isola Bella

Day 6 - Mountain day

  • Morning: Breakfast and energy training activities
  • Afternoon: Excursion and barbecue lunch on Mt. Nebrodi at the refuge "Santa Maria del Bosco"
  • Evening: Private vegetarian dinner and “Puppets Show” theater performance

Day 7 - Medieval day

  • Morning: Breakfast and energy training activities
  • Afternoon: Lunch in the town at the wine bar "Il Buongustaio"; visit to the medieval town of Randazzo “Art and History”
  • Evening: Private Medieval Feast - authentic medieval dinner and shows

Day 8 - Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer from the retreat venue to the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)

Included excursions

There are multiple excursion tours and visitations during this yoga retreat. Guests are free to participate in the individual events created by Etna Retreat or otherwise, there will always be alternative choices to offer.

  • Excursion trip to Mount Etna Volcano
  • Excursion and barbecue at the refuge Santa Maria del Bosco
  • Free afternoon in Taormina and Isola Bella
  • Private theatrical puppets show
  • Private Medieval Feast with music and juggling
  • Private pizza chef for the evening Pizza Show
  • Visit to the wine cellar Etna Doc with qualified tour guide
  • Watch musical performance by Koncerto dell’Anno Dopo
  • Visitation and activities in authentic Farm House
  • Visit Nebrodi Mountains with tour guide and private cook
  • Visit the town of Randazzo
  • Visit to the House of Music

Instructors

Rosella Guidotto
Rossella will be the Italian - English interpreter throughout the whole retreat.
Aurora Romano
Aurora is the creator of energy training, holding a Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Science. She is also a senior massage therapist and Thai massage teacher. Aurora is passionate about the practice of traditional Oriental medicine and has traveled to Asia to acquire professional qualifications in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM).
Sergio Treglia
Sergio is an artist and painter; he will be your guide throughout the retreat.
Koncerto dell'anno dopo
They are a group of musicians, songwriters, and poets.
Paolo Vagliasindi
He is a farmer, craftsmen and mason. He specializes in restoring old family properties and has created a wonderful farm specializing in “Regenerative Organic Agricolture”.
Daniele Anzalone
He is a Restaurateur and master pizza chef. He will be preparing homemade pizzas before your eyes and cooked in a wood oven, along with explaining the secrets of this ancient craft and culinary form of Art.
Salvatore Caggegi
Salvatore is a master pastry chef. He will prepare before your eyes two of the most famous Sicilian delis "Arancini e Cannoli".
Marianna Trovato
Marianna is a homemade pasta chef, an artist and expert in medieval art and tradition. She will delight you with exquisite dishes.
Ciccio Virgillito
He is a medieval musician and professional juggler. During the retreat he will entertain you and also perform with his band of medieval musicians.
Giuseppe Severini
He is a lutist, artisan, musician, and scholar of early music from prehistory to baroque music. You will be host by him to visit the House of Music, it is a wonderful music museum created by him. In the museum, you will be exposed to an original experience focused on medieval culture through art, music and poetry.
Ezio Scandurra
He is an artist, and a puppet player. He will be performing his fantastic puppets that he built and piloted in the theatrical exhibition of Ezio.

Location

This retreat will be held at the five-star agriturismo hotel, Parco Statella. It is a completely restored 18th century country house. The closest town from the hotel is Randazzo, which located in the province Catania, an ancient and historic medieval town. It is also the closest town to the central crater of Mount Etna which only 15 kilometers away.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Garden

Services

  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

Food

You will have a great start each morning by enjoying your breakfast, composed of hand-selected, local, organic products in this outdoor park, and really be at one with nature.

There will be 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners provided during the retreat and most of the meals will be at different places and restaurants. The meals are made with organic, local, and other selected products. Also, all lunches and dinners will be accompanied by different labels of the best Etna DOC wines.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are several facilities available at the Parco Statella country house, such as chilling at the relaxation room to read a book, watch television, play cards, or simply get pampered by the warmth of the wood stove. It is also a perfect play room for children.

The house also has a billiard room facility available, along with soft lighting and a lovely bar area to spend your free time with a round of billiard game. There is a horse stable at the Statella Park for guests to enjoy horse riding. In addition, you can also visit the park and forest nearby the house to enjoy the beautiful plants and landscape design. A holistic massage service is also available.

Please note that mountain bike excursions, horse riding sessions, and holistic massages are optional and therefore not included in the price.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily energy training activities
  • All transfers and guides during the excursions
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Etna Doc wines during lunches and dinners
  • Excursion to Nebrodi Mountains
  • Full notes of all energy training activities
  • Italian or English interpreter for the whole retreat
  • Onsite assistance by the owners and directors of Etna Retreat
  • Private chefs and cooks
  • Private concert of singers and songwriters
  • Private theatrical puppets show
  • Private medieval feast with music and juggling
  • Use of energy training equipment
  • Visit to the town of Taormina
  • Visit to the town of Randazzo
  • Visit to the Etna Doc wine cellar
  • Visit to a farmhouse
  • Visit to the House of Music
  • Workshop accessories

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Dinner on Day 5
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Catania - Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)

  • Take the motorway A-18 Catania-Messina, Messina direction.
  • Take the exit at Fiumefreddo and continue for Randazzo immediately after passing the hamlet of Montelaguardia.
  • Before Randazzo is the sign Statella Park on the left.

Driving directions from Comiso- Degli Iblei

  • Head towards the motorway Catania Syracuse.
  • Take the exit at Misterbianco.
  • Continue on the freeway and get to Randazzo.
  • Continue for three kilometers, Linguaglossa direction.
  • On the right is the sign of Statella Park.

Driving directions from the Palermo-Falcone Borsellino o Trapani-Birgi

  • Take the A-19 Palermo-Messina.
  • Take the exit at Fiumefreddo and continue for Randazzo immediately after passing the hamlet of Montelaguardia.
  • Before Randazzo is the sign Statella Park on the left.

Driving directions from the Taormina train station

  • Cross Giardini Naxos, direction Randazzo immediately after passing the hamlet of Montelaguardia.
  • Before Randazzo is the sign Statella Park on the left.

Arrival by Plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Catania - Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Etna Retreat will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Catania-Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer included: Catania-Fontanarossa Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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