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AcroYoga Retreat in Front of the Beach in Italy

Exploroing movement from different perspectives is the ‘journey’ of the workshop! Different classes will be offered to get to know and/or improve the world of inversions. You will be working on diversified proposals from handstand and flexibility lessons to Acroyoga lessons, from movement research to couple basic Acrobalance.

Meet the instructors

Eva, Illona, & Isabella
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Highlights

  • 1 daily morning yoga class
  • Functional stretching inspired by yoga
  • Physical preparation/flexibility/handstand
  • Physical preparation, also through group games
  • Daily organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Airport transfer available:
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$81 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

During this holiday, you will be staying at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The team believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea. This ethos is reflected in their individually designed rooms, their fruit tree-filled gardens, organic meals made with homegrown ingredients, and service that comes straight from the heart.

Floripa is run by Ettore, who runs the watersports school as well, with the help of a team who are like a family. Floripa wouldn’t be what it is without all of their staff, past and present.

Many guests have become part of their family so they love welcoming them back every season. Many guests say they enjoy the atmosphere of the place and they think their repeat guests are a big part of this.

You have no need to worry if you are a solo traveler coming alone. Many guests come by themselves but with their shared rooms and communal meals, it’s easy to meet other guests – not forgetting their loyal pets who will be delighted to meet you, too.

The bed and breakfast are located 30 meters away from the sandy dune beach of Santa Maria del Focallo. The stunning beach is 15 kilometers long and holds Blue Flag status for the cleanliness of its waters. It is the ideal place to relax and reconnect with the elements.

The bed and breakfast are composed of three large houses all surrounded by lush gardens. Within these, you will find private rooms, shared rooms for two to five persons, or suite rooms with private verandas. Their rooms have been designed for your comfort and relaxation with modern simplicity and color in mind. With hot and cold air conditioning, TV, refrigerator, private bathroom, and Wi-Fi, you will have all the benefits of a hotel with the warmth and freedom that only a bed and breakfast can provide. In the common areas, you’ll find sofas, hammocks, and bean bags to relax in the garden, tea and coffee facilities, games, and a library of books you can borrow.

Their shared rooms can host 4 or 5 persons, with a shared en-suite bathroom. There is an extra bathroom on the ground floor that guests can use, and their beloved outdoor showers, gorgeous for a cool down under the hot Sicilian sun.

The shared rooms are the perfect choice if you are traveling on a tight budget and enjoy sharing space with like-minded people who share the same passion for the yoga and surf lifestyle. If you know that you snore or are a light sleeper, they recommend a private room.

Program

Can you relax vertically or is constant muscle tension necessary Does flexibility help me to reach the vertical? How can I overcome my fears of being upside down? Does working in pairs allow me to challenge my limits? How do I learn to land on the ground and how do I use the energy to ‘restart’?

How many questions arise when turning the body upside down! How do I answer them, or rather maintain a curious, disciplined but not strict, focused but not 'stressed' attitude in the discipline of AcroYoga, verticalism, or acrobatics?

Exploring movement from different perspectives is the 'journey' of the workshop! Different classes will be offered to get to know and/or improve the world of inversions. You will be working on diversified proposals from handstand and flexibility lessons to Acroyoga lessons, from movement research to couple basic Acrobalance.

Retreat content includes:

  • Introduction to the basics of AcroYoga
  • AcroYoga transitions and Acro flow in pairs
  • Acro-movement, easy standing acro, and partnering acrobalance
  • Flow in Inversions, handstands, and animal locomotions
  • Flexy flexibility and deep stretching
  • Thai Massage elements in pairs

Class structure:

  • Physical preparation, also through group games
  • Physical preparation/flexibility/handstand
  • Short sequences of movements combining and incorporating handstands, basic acrobatics, and dance elements (prerequisites: flips, wheels, weight shifts to hands)
  • Functional stretching inspired by yoga
  • Final relaxation moment
  • Daily morning yoga class with certified Floripa Teachers
  • Acroyoga classes with Filippo and Sylvia
  • Flexibility and body awareness
  • Floripa community
  • Sicilian vibes

Classes will be perfect for an intermediate level, however, if you have never done AcroYoga before you are welcome too! Just let them know so that they will take care of the mixed level during classes.

If you've always wanted to approach this style but never had a partner, if you are intermediate and looking for improving your skills and spend a great time in Sicily, this is a great weekend escape for you!

General daily schedule

  • 08.00 - 09.30 Morning flow yoga class
  • 09.30 - 10.30 Breakfast (served between 07.30 - 10.00)
  • 10.30 - 12.30 Acro retreat program with Sylvia and Filippo
  • 12.30 - 15.00 Lunch and free time
  • 16.30 - 18.30 Acro workshop Program with Sylvia & Filippo
  • 18.30 - 20.00 Evening relaxation (Thai massage, Yin yoga, or restorative class)
  • 20:00 - 21.30 Dinner

Please note that some changes might be made to the schedule listed above. If you have any special requests please let them know and their teachers will do their best to work them into the classes.

Once you sign up for this yoga holiday, you will receive a welcome email with some useful information for you to enjoy your week as fully as possible.

Instructors

Eva Drabkova

Illona Tschopp

Isabella Borm

Retreat location

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is located in the south of Sicily, in the small village of Santa Maria del Focallo. This is a quiet beach town with a 15-kilometer sand beach. The beach is backed by sweeping dunes and is blessed with gorgeous sunsets.

The village is very safe and you can easily explore it by bicycle or on foot. They have bicycles for guests to use free of charge.

You won’t find many places like Sicilian village like this – undeveloped and totally unspoiled by tourism. The guests have called it a “hidden gem” and “like a little piece of paradise”.

If you fancy a change of scene, the town of Pozzallo is 5 kilometers away. It’s a typical Sicilian town where you will find bars, restaurants, shops and the best ‘gelato’ you’ll ever taste.

If you want to take a road trip and do some sightseeing, they have cars you can rent for the day. The beautiful and historic towns of Ispica, Noto, Modica, and Scicli are within easy reach and well worth a visit. Don’t forget the many seaside villages nearby where you’ll find friendly locals and amazing food. Tourists come to Sicily from all over the world to climb Mt Etna so think about fitting it into your trip here as well.

Distances

  • Agrigento, 170 kilometers
  • Catania, 119 kilometers
  • Catania Airport, 115 kilometers
  • Catania port, 110 kilometers
  • Comiso Airport, 66 kilometers
  • Marzamemi, 25 kilometers
  • Modica, 24 kilometers
  • Noto, 30 kilometers
  • Ragusa, 40 kilometers
  • Santa Maria del Focallo Beach, 30 meters
  • Scicli, 30 kilometers
  • Syracuse, 63 kilometers

Food

In the morning, you can enjoy a healthy and plentiful breakfast buffet which includes: fresh fruit, two cakes (one vegan), cereals, eggs, home-made jam, Italian coffee and cappuccino, different types of milk, tea, fruit juices, cereals, bread, occasionally croissants and pancakes, yogurt, biscuits, and cookies.

Gluten-free alternatives can be arranged if requested.

Lunches are included in the package price as well as dinners. They are always vegetarian or vegan, generally presented as a healthy buffet of locally produced organic food. Gluten-free can be catered for. Wine will be served at dinner time.

There are also some restaurants around 1 km away, which can be reached by bike (we provide free bicycles). Finally, there is a common kitchen that can be used to cook your own meals. The closest supermarket is located 3 km away (5 minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (7 km away).

Their meals are mostly vegetarian, however, at breakfast, you will find ham and eggs. They don’t serve fish, and they serve meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue. However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights.

Their breakfasts and dinners are buffet style, so you will find dishes that you can eat most of the time. When you sign up for meals just write a remark with your eating style / special dietary requirements and the cook will make sure to have something for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Floripa is located in Santa Maria del Focallo, a tiny beach village close to Pozzallo, which is a bigger center easily reachable by bike. Pozzallo is a small village where you can try a real Sicilian Cannollo while you go for a walk enjoy the sea view. In addition, from Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, you can also rent a motorbike or a car and have a nice trip to the city here around, like Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli, and Modica.

A range of other activities is available during your holiday. Some of these options may include additional costs.

Be amazed by historic sites

The beach town of Santa Maria del Focallo is located only a few kilometers away from Scicli, Modica, Ragusa Ibla, and Noto, which are beautiful baroque cities designated as UNESCO world heritage sites, and are easily reached by car.

Enjoy water sports

Go on an enjoyable banana boat excursion. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House also has a beautiful Lomac boat that can carry up to 18 people. It is great for fishing, diving, and for those days without wind when you can enjoy wakeboarding. The boat is offered to guests at affordable prices.

Go exploring on bikes

Take a bicycle ride around the sleepy beach town. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House House has 8 regular bikes (free to use) and 2 electric bikes (for rent) that guests can use every day to explore the Sicilian farms or local dairies. If you wish to adventure even further, you can also rent one of their electrical bikes. Behind the bed and breakfast lie miles of dirt roads in the countryside that you can visit freely and safely, away from traffic, enjoying the silence that only the countryside can offer.

Optional tours

A guided tour of the cities of Agrigento and Siracusa or Catania and Ragusa, inclusive of car, driver, and local guide depending on the route chosen, is also available at extra cost.

Play beach sports

During the summer months, on the beach you will find courts for beach volleyball and tennis. You can also organize a beach football game with your friends. These courts are available free of charge for guests.

Relax and enjoy lazy days

The bed and breakfast environment is designed to give you maximum comfort, relaxation, and fun for an unforgettable holiday. You can bask in the warm sun and take long walks on the beach, read a book while swaying in the hammocks, or spend some quiet time in the peaceful gardens.

Take kitesurfing lessons

You can learn how to surf, kitesurf, or standup paddleboard.

Workshop

During the week you will be notified when special workshops will be held on arm-balancing, inversions, handstand, backbends, SUP yoga, etc. These vary depending on the teachers' availability and on the general requests.

Spa treatments

You can book deep-tissue, hot stones, and relaxing massages with local therapists for an additional charge. The garden Jacuzzi can be booked for private use or together with other guests (maximum 5 persons).

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation in a shared or private room
  • Buffet breakfast every day, lunches, and delicious organic dinners (buffet style, water, and unlimited Sicilian wine)
  • 1 daily morning yoga class
  • full workshop program
  • City of Ispica city tax 1 EUR per night per person

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional and extra activities
  • Transportation costs
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

From the airport in Catania the most convenient way to get to the center is to take a bus to Pozzallo- you will find the bus stop just outside of the Arrivals gate on the right, the name of the Company is AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti), you can only buy the ticket on the bus by paying the driver 10 EUR per person. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can arrange pick-up for you at the bus station for an extra of only 10 EUR between 7 am - 22 pm, 15 EUR from 22 pm and 7 am. The bus goes directly to Pozzallo and the drive takes around 80 minutes.

Departure from Catania Aeroporto arrival to Pozzallo, Monday to Saturday: 09:15, 11:15, 13:45, 16:15, 17:30, 19.45. Sunday and National Holidays (Easter Day, Monday after Easter, 25 April, 1 of May, 2 of June, 15 of August): 19:15.

Please note: at times this schedule can change.

If you take the bus from Catania, please let Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House know your arrival time and which one you think you will be taking. Once you have actually boarded the bus please send a message or call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House so they can organize your pick you up at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10 EUR between 7 am - 22 pm, 15 EUR from 22 pm and 7 am).

All kinds of transportation needs to be paid in cash.

Please note message Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House when you board the bus, not when you arrive in Pozzallo, to give them time to organize your shuttle (otherwise you might have to wait for us at the bus station).

Please note: make sure you take the bus to Pozzallo and not Pollazzo (which does not exist but has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island). Alternatively, you can book a pickup service through Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House (70 EUR for a standard car, 80 EUR for 2 to 3 persons, extra fee of 20 EUR applies for all transfer between 11 pm and 7 am). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time once again to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name.

From Comiso airport you can book this shuttle service: Comiso shuttle. It’s 35 EUR per person to Pozzallo you can ask them to take you directly to our B&B - you can write in the remarks that you need to go to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House in Santa Maria del Focallo. They have been here before. Or if you prefer we can send a private shuttle (it costs 60 EUR one way for a standard car, 70 EUR for 2 or 3 persons). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name, but in case you have a problem finding him, please call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.

Driving directions from Catania Airport

  • Once you exit the airport, take the road towards Syracuse Primosole.
  • Continue on the ring road until Highway A18, and take the Rosolini exit.
  • At the exit, go left until the first roundabout, and turn left again.
  • Merge onto Highway 115, and follow the signs to Ispica-Ragusa.
  • At the Ispica roundabout, leave Highway 115, and take the second exit to Pozzallo.
  • After 800 meters, turn left at the Focallo Santa Maria del Borgo Village Marisipica sign.
  • Turn left again along Road 67 for 2 kilometers.
  • Turn left at the sign indicating SP67.
  • Turn immediately right, and at number 5 you will find the Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

Arrival by bus

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can provide a shuttle service to Pozzallo / Ispica for extra costs of 10 EUR between 7 am - 22 pm, 15 EUR from 22 pm and 7 am. Please contact Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House for more information.

Arrival by ferry

The nearest port to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is located in Pozzallo where there is a stationary connection with Malta. Another important port not too far away is Catania, 110 kilometers from the hotel.

GPS

  • Latitude: 36.72296800977594
  • Longitude: 14.91648316383361
Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer available: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$81 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Friday October 29, 2021
Departure: Monday November 1, 2021

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