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8 Days Kundalini & Hatha Yoga, Culinary and Meditation Retreat in Italy

  • Danena Sicily, Contrada Belliscala, Casale Modica, Noto, Sicily 96017, Italy

Healing Meditation and Yoga Holiday Italy

Danena Sicily is excited to offer a yoga retreat in which two powerful styles of yoga will alternate to create strength, balance, and healing at body and mind levels. Kundalini yoga, with its focus on the endocrine and nervous system, the many breathing techniques, and the mantras will build resilience and stamina while having load of fun.


  • Hatha or Kundalini yoga classes
  • 1 five rhythm-inspired dance session
  • 1 culinary workshop on Sicilian cuisine
  • Daily meditation sessions, mantra chanting, and breathing techniques
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch and sit down dinners
  • Nidra and Restorative yoga sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. Danena Sicily has four apartments, nine beautiful double bedrooms, and can accommodate up to 18 guests. The place also has a fresh water outdoor pool, three patios where you can eat or simply relax, and a stunning sunset terrace. They would love to welcome you for a regenerating week or for a long weekend with friends.

  • 08:00 Pranayama, Hatha and Meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Kundalini yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch, followed by free time (or private session of holistic massage or craniosacral therapy)
  • 18:00 Yoga Nidra or Restorative yoga (Alternating with silent walk, sound bath and 5 rhythms dance)
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • Ornella Amore

    Yogawest studio in Los Angeles (Kundalini Yoga)

    Ornella began her road into the holistic world in London, in 1992. From there she became the eternal student, from massage therapy to reflexology and especially to craniosacral and polarity therapy. In 1997 she moved to Los Angeles, where she did most of her studies and received the most profound and peculiar treatments. Throughout the years her own physical exercises have been through thai-chi and yoga.

This retreat will take place in Noto, Sicily. Danena Sicily is a nineteenth century farmhouse situated in the luscious natural landscape of southeastern Sicily, surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea.

Nearby places

  • Catania airport - 1 hour
  • Nature reserve of Vendicari - 10 minutes
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

The price of this retreat includes daily buffet breakfast and lunch, as well as a daily a la carte dinner.

During your free time, you may relax by the pool, take a swim, or enjoy a wonderful walk around the beautiful surroundings.

  • 2 free days to explore as you wish
  • 3 daily meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Afternoon Restorative and Nidra yoga
  • Culinary workshop with Sicilian chef Paola
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Morning yoga classes
  • Workshops with Ornella Amore
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer

Driving directions from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)

  • Follow the signs towards Siracusa.
  • Take the Siracusa - Gela highway towards Rosolini.
  • On Rosolini, take the exit on you right towards Pachino.
  • After 4.8 kilometers, you will see a little sign Contrada Belliscala, turn left and you will find Danena Sicily up the road.

Arrival by airplane

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

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Sabine Steinert from Germany

    CONS Cons: Drei große Hunde gehören zum Haus, was nicht kommunziert wurde und meinen Wahl ggf. negativ beeinflusst hätte. Nach etwas Gewöhnung für mich waren sie dann aber tatsächlich - auch für mich als absolut nicht tieraffine - zurückhaltend und ganz gut erträglich.

    PROS Pros: Wunderschöne geschmackvoll ausgestattete Massseria mit besonderem Flair!

    2017-May-07 10:58:19

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    Review by Sibyl Schwarzenbach from Switzerland

    PROS Pros: Loved the beautiful palace, Palermo and small group. Renata, Francesca and everyone went all out.

    2017-Apr-19 04:43:53

  • Review by Deirdre from Saudi Arabia

    "My trip was excellent. The place was beautiful. The people were wonderful. The yoga, in particular, the Kundalini yoga, was a transformational experience. I will continue to practice this yoga. I am very grateful for the amazing experience." website, edited


  • Review by Cecilia from United Kingdom

    "Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. An utterly lovely hostess, her and Danena are such a perfect fit together. My room was outstanding. The bed comfortable, nice towels, incredibly peaceful."

    "The trip was well planned, well organized, well put together. The yoga was great it was not just about going through the motions, but always a full body-and-mind experience with all senses involved. Even for me, with a million thoughts constantly going through my head, it was quicker and quicker each session to drop all that and be in the experience of yoga. Both for hard work morning sessions and meditative evening sessions. I loved it. The program was perfect. The yoga session lengths were perfect."

    "The food was beautiful, fun, super tasty, and inspiring. I loved that everything was so local and how fresh everything was and tasted. The tomatoes and eggs (not even comparable to London ones) and the peaches and the incredibly good prickly pears. I loved the salad with seafood. I loved all the soups, the cheeses, the pastas. Pretty much every single thing!"

    "Thank you, Danena Sicily, for an amazing week. And, on top of you all having set up a great retreat trip, an amazing and incredibly inspiring group of people. I consider myself very lucky to have gotten to spend time with and get to know you!"

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  • Review by Francesca K. from United States

    "My retreat experience at Danena was wonderful, not only because of the outstanding yoga teaching but because the location itself was so beautiful, with everything, from the food (amazing) to the communications (a gentle bell rung to announce meal times), designed with great attention to detail. The masseria manages to maintain its traditional rustic feel without being at all basic. The meals designed for our retreat were healthy, delicious, and prepared with the utmost care. The host, Renata, was one of a kind, managing to be present and available without imposing on the sensibility of our yoga teacher’s personal aims for the retreat. The pool is one of the nicest I have swum in anywhere, with no chlorine and a stunning infinity view. I am already looking forward to an opportunity to return!"

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  • Review by Lissa Gillott from United Kingdom

    "Danena Sicily is a lovely spot, I did not want to leave. The ambiance was really relaxed, the accommodation was comfortable, and the food was fantastic. I also loved the swimming pool. Renata made me feel really welcome and it was great to have her local insight into the area. I had a great week, I am really pleased I came along last minute. Thanks for a great week."

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  • Review by Claire Bullus from United Kingdom

    "Renata made the whole experience of staying at Danena magical. Set in amongst olive groves - the beautiful veranda looking over towards the sea was very relaxing - and delicious food prepared by a local cook. The bedrooms are all individual and charming. Very relaxing atmosphere with a beautiful infinity swimming pool elegantly tucked away from the masseria. There is plenty to do, walking through plantations of lemon, olive, and watermelon fields or cycling on trails set out amongst the groves. There is also a beautifully restored pitched roof barn converted into a yoga or Pilates space. The masseria dates back to 1800s and the age of it can be felt in its gravitas and understated elegance. Renata has wonderful tips of which beaches to visit, restaurants, and cultural trips, all within a one-hour drive. Vendicari Bird reserve is a must with its beautiful rugged coastline and crystal clear sea water. Noto and Ortigia are a must too."

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  • Review by Dominic Roter from United Kingdom

    "A serene angelic hideaway with a wonderful pool, views you cannot get bored of, fresh healthy food, and a host who made us feel welcome from the second we got there. A magical experience that exceeded all expectations."

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  • Review by Carlo Stoppa from Italy

    "I spent a week in this splendid Sicilian residence. All perfect! The pleasure of being in a place surrounded by nature, where the calm and silence reign, perfect place to practice yoga. A 20-minute drive, there is a prize! Vendicari Nature Reserve, one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Thanks, Renata, who created this place with kindness and love."

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  • Review by Jennifer Carr from United Kingdom

    "What a place. The minute I walked through the entrance, the sound of calm was audible. Renata is a great host and is the winning blend of discreet but attentive. And do not get me started on the local food! Ask to try the locals rustic supper one night alfresco. It will not disappoint. All in all, a really memorable weekend of switching off phones and switching on to life. I cannot wait to go back."

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  • Review by Juana Givens

    "I highly recommend Danena Sicily, it is a fantastic and warm place with an impeccable taste!"

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