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Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Sicily

Sicily is the home of David Moreno's Italian relatives. Danena is a stunning yoga retreat center on the popular southeast coast of Sicily. The main location is a 19th-century farmhouse - La Masseria - situated in a natural landscape surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea. This will be David's second time teaching there - he had an amazing experience in 2019. The nearby Greek town of Siracusa is one of the main attractions as are the hilltop town of Noto and the Vendicari nature reserves. Sicily is a land full of history; Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Norman, Greek, and Spaniard (his other relatives!) There is so much to explore on this incredible island; the beautiful beaches, passionate people, incredible food and the snow-capped volcano Mount Etna. Last year sold-out. Registrati presto!

Meet the instructors

David
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Highlights

  • Yoga practice with Deep Flow asana, meditation
  • Experience Qi Gong, Authentic Movement, and heart circles
  • A day excursion to the Greek town of Siracusa
  • Opportunity to relax and explore the area
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Brunch and dinner

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 21 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

You will stay at Danena Sicily. The rooms at Danena are all uniquely furnished with both modern and antique furnishings and art.

Program

What to expect

This week is both a yoga retreat and a travel adventure. Your days will include two yoga sessions plus, Deep Flow Asana, meditation, yoga Nidra, Yoga Lab, Qi Gong, Authentic Movement, and Heart Circles. You will enjoy two sumptuous and healthy meals daily, that are primarily vegetarian with occasional fish and other seafood options.

There will be ample time for laughter, casual hanging-out, group sharing, along with time for self-reflection and silence, plus options for excursions to nearby towns and beaches. Registration includes a day excursion to the Greek town of Siracusa, all instruction, room, and board. Space is limited to 21 students.

Daily itinerary

  • Sunrise to brunch: Silent practice
  • 07:30 Meditation and Qi Gong
  • 09:00 Deep Flow and Satsang
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • Free time: pool, day excursions, naps, bike ride, beach, village visit, massage
  • 17:00 Yoga Lab / yoga Nidra / Authentic Movement / Heart Circle
  • 19:30 Dinner

Yoga props

Danena has plenty of yoga props including mats so you shouldn't need to bring any props with you unless you have that very special one that needs to travel with you!

Instructors

David Moreno

Retreat location

This retreat takes place in Sicily. David Moreno encourages you to allow time before and after the retreat to see more of Sicily, including Taormina and Palermo.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will have a hearty brunch each day at 10:30. Lunch is on your own as most will take day trips during this time. For those who stay on property, there will be plenty of fruit, nuts, and tea available.

Dinner (7 p.m.) is a big part of the evening activity and is graciously served by the staff. Wine is also optional, as is an outing to a local vineyard for a wine tasting. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated as much as possible with most meals being vegetarian with occasional fish and seafood.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
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)

Options for excursions to nearby towns and beaches

What's included

  • A day excursion to the Greek town of Siracusa
  • All instruction
  • 7 nights accommodation and board

What's not included

  • Transfers
  • Meals
  • Extra excursions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). You can rent a car there or David Moreno: MorYoga can arrange for a transfer from the airport to Danena. There will be only one pickup from the airport on the day the retreat begins in the afternoon.

Driving in Italy is an exhilarating experience and not that different from driving in the states except that stop signs and the laws of the road are more of a suggestion than something you can count on. I even learned how to not signal!

Fortunately, there are plenty of open back roads with sparse traffic. David would suggest renting a car if you can so that you can get to and from Danena, or take day trips as you please. If not, he can hire a driver for transfers to and from Catania airport or for afternoon excursions for an additional cost. Riding with those who rent a car is also a possibility once he can coordinate this.

The cost of a transfer to or from Catania airport is about 90 EUR each way, and takes about an hour to get to Danena. There will be one-afternoon pickup from the airport on the afternoon of the start date. If you arrive days early and what to get a ride you must get back to the airport at the designated time (to be decided). There will also be one transfer from Danena to the airport on the morning for the same cost.

If you are driving: From Catania Airport, follow signs towards Siracusa, then take the Siracusa - Gela highway towards Rosolini, come out Rosolini take the exit on you right towards Pachino, after 4.8 kilometers you'll see a little white sign Contrada Belliscala, turn left, you will find Danena up the road.

The retreat starts on June 6th at 7 p.m. There will be group welcoming and orientation at this dinner hour. The retreat ends on June 13th at 10 a.m. after a light breakfast.

Because Danena is booked back to back for the season, please do not arrive before 3:30 p.m. on the 25th and plan to leave by 10 a.m. on October 2nd. They are not able to accommodate pre and post-retreat stays.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 51% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday October 2, 2021
Departure: Saturday October 9, 2021

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