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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There will be an early morning yoga class before breakfast at 9:00 a.m. followed by check out and goodbyes.
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.
Daily meals and a farewell dinner are included in your retreat package.
Please book your flight to arrive at Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA).
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.
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