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7 Days Cooking Holiday and Yoga Retreat in Sicily, Italy

  • Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School & Estate, Contrada Regaleali, Sclafani Bagni, Palermo 90100, Sicily, Italy

Italy Yoga Retreat and Cooking Holiday

Golden Buddha Yoga and Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School have come together to create a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the heart of Sicily! You will discover a magical culture of incredible cuisine both in the kitchen and about town, while discovering intimate parts of your spirit through yoga. This retreat is open and available to anyone open to inquiring into their taste buds and infinite self!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 5 days of cooking lessons
  • Optional outdoor meditation sessions
  • Visit to the local shepherd and cheese maker
  • Olive oil and wine tasting trips
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation is in charming rooms that are part of the 19th century Case Vecchie country home and cooking school. Beds have embroidered linen. Old-framed prints line the walls of the bedrooms, which are full of Sicilian rustic charm. Several rooms have sweeping views of the vineyard and gardens from the shuttered windows.

Day 1 - Sunday, June 25, 2017

Arrive in the afternoon, settle into your accommodation, and meet for an introductory yoga class before enjoying Sicilian aperitifs and a welcome dinner at Case Vecchie.

Day 2 - Monday, June 26, 2017

There will be an early morning yoga class before breakfast. Then enjoy some free time exploring the countryside or lounging in the garden pavilion. At noon, you will meet for an olive oil tasting and lunch. You will have a yoga class during the afternoon followed by an abbreviated cooking lesson and dinner.

Day 3 - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You will have a late morning yoga class followed by a fresh brunch. Then enjoy some free time for hiking and meditation outside. You will meet for a cooking lesson in the late afternoon followed by dinner.

Day 4 - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Start your day with the early morning yoga class before breakfast. At noon, you will meet for a wine tasting of Tasca d'Almerita wines before lunch together. After a little siesta, you will meet for another yoga session before an abbreviated cooking lesson and dinner.

Day 5 - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Enjoy an easy going morning and a late morning yoga class followed by a brunch of freshly forage garden produce. Then enjoy some free time for hiking and meditation outside. You will meet for a cooking lesson in the late afternoon followed by dinner.

Day 6 - Friday, June 30, 2017

You will have an early morning yoga class before breakfast. There will be a visit to a local shepherd and cheese maker, Filippo Privitera, where you will watch traditional ricotta making and see the behind the scenes of Filippo’s pecorino aging. Return to Case Vecchie for lunch and a cheese tasting of freshly produced cheeses and aged cheeses. In the afternoon, there will be a yoga class before meeting in the kitchen for a cooking lesson and dinner.

Day 7 - Saturday, July 1, 2017

There will be an early morning yoga class before breakfast at 9:00 a.m. followed by check out and goodbyes.

  • Olive oil tasting
  • Visit to the local shepherd and cheese maker Filippo Privitera
  • Wine tasting of Tasca d'Almerita wines
  • Cailin Callahan

    Cailin started Golden Buddha Yoga long before she gave it its name. Growing up on the shores of South Jersey, she created a dynamic life for herself after college, traveling, studying, and exploring abroad during the winters and then returning home to work in the summers. What started out as a private yoga session once a week at a friend’s house in Ocean City, New Jersey nearly ten years ago has since grown into a booming, beautiful, compassionate, and tightly knit global community.

The Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking Experience is a farm-to-table cooking school located in Tasca d’Almerita’s 19th century wine estate in the beautiful, remote Sicilian countryside. The school is set within the 550-hectare family property and includes a working farm and extensive vegetable garden, orchard, and herbal garden, all grown according to organic principles.

Nearby places

  • Catania - 2 hours
  • Cefalu - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Modica - 3 hours
  • Palermo - 2 hours
  • Taormina - 2 hours 30 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
Services
  • Library
  • Local market

Daily meals and a farewell dinner are included in your retreat package.

  • Go on culinary tours to nearby markets
  • Go to the school library stocked with cookbooks and novels
  • Relax at the school
  • Stroll the countryside
  • Visit the local farms
  • 5 cooking lessons
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 days of yoga classes
  • All meals
  • Drinks
  • Farewell dinner
  • Trips to surrounding areas
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Driving directions from Palermo

  • From Palermo take the Autostrada A19 in the direction of Catania.
  • Follow the directions to Tremonzelli about 70 kilometers, exiting there in the direction of Valledolmo.
  • Continue for about 20 kilometers toward Valledolmo and then Vallelunga.
  • Take the turn at Vallelunga for Stazione di Vallelunga and continue for four to five kilometers in the direction of Regaleali.
  • Follow signs for Case Vecchie

Driving directions from Catania

  • From Catania, take the Autostrada A19 in the direction of Palermo.
  • Exit at Resuttano, follow signs for Vallelunga.
  • Once in Vallelunga, follow sings for Stazione di Vallelunga and continue for four to five kilometers in the direction of Regaleali.
  • Follow signs for Case Vecchie.
  • At about one kilometer, first asphalt, then a dirt road, you will find Case Vecchie.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA).

Arrival by train

If you prefer, from Palermo there is a delightful little train that takes an hour and 20 minutes to go to Case Vecchie. Palermo Centrale stazione is located at the intersection of Via Roma and Via Abramo Lincoln. A ticket from Palermo to Vallelunga will cost approximately 7 EUR.

Purchase a ticket inside the station and make sure to validate it with a machine before boarding your train. You will need to transfer at the station Roccapalumba and board the next train for Vallelunga.

GPS

37.705507, 13.850678

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.