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This is an amazing opportunity to combine your love for water sports and yoga! You will practice yoga and surf, kitesurf, and stand up paddleboard (SUP) in this vacation in the sunny south of Sicily. Experience the chance to practice different sports,depending on the weather conditions and to live a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea!
Airport transfer available:
Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (US$82 per person)
During this yoga holidays, you will be staying in Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The team of Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea, and you will see this reflected in your rooms, the gardens, meals, and the service to you. The bed and breakfast is run by Ameriga, the main yoga teacher, and Ettore, who runs the kitesurfing school, with the help of a team of friends that have been enjoying working together for several years.
Many guests have become friends and keep on coming back every season, which creates a a beautiful familiar atmosphere. Do not worry if you are traveling by yourself because at Floripa is very easy to make friends with other guests and also with the staff and the dogs.
The bed and breakfast is located 30 meters away from the sandy dune beach of Santa Maria del Focallo. The stunning beach is 13 kilometers long and was awarded the Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its waters. It is the ideal place to relax and have a deep contact with the sea and the elements.
Accommodation can be in private room, shared room for two to five persons, or suite room with private veranda. The bed and breakfast is composed of three houses surrounded by a lush garden. All the rooms have been designed for your comfort and relaxation with modern simplicity and color. With hot and cold air conditioning, television, 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 give you.
Our shared rooms can host 4 or 5 persons, with one en-suite bathroom. There is an extra bathroom on the ground floor that the guests can use, and hot outside showers. It’s a great alternative if you are travelling on a tight budget and would love to be in the good company of other people that share the same passion for yoga and surf lifestyle! If you know you have a snoring problem, or are a light sleeper, then we would recommend a single room (though in that period they are all fully booked).
A team of experienced yoga instructors will guide you to take your asana practice to the next level with 90 minutes of Vinyasa flow classes in the morning, optional workshops in the afternoon (on arm-balancing, inversions, handstand, backbends, basic of alignment) followed by lunar flows that are sometimes taught at the forest near the center, or at the beach (this depends on the weather). Depending on the size of the classes, on occasion 2 morning classes are offered at the same time, so you can choose between: a longer (sometimes over 2 hrs) level 2 Vinyasa flow; and a shorter (90 minutes) entry level Hatha flow class.
At Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House it is possible to practice different water sports: kite-surf (from spring to autumn), SUP (especially in summer time), and surf (especially in April and October). All the water sports are conditioned to the wind conditions- so generally on a good kite-surfing day, it will not be possible to practice SUP since the sea will be too choppy (and vice versa, on a good SUP day, there is not enough wind for kite-surfing!). Also please notice that in the Mediterranean sea there are no reef breaks, so the conditions for surfing are not constant, but are highly depending on the tides.
Workshops are open for yogis who want to take their practice to the next level, they are optional and hence they are not included in the retreat price. If you wish to join, you are entitled to a 50% discount. Public price for workshops is usually 20 to 30 EUR.
Please kindly note that some variations might occur on the schedule listed above, and that the offer of workshops can vary depending also on the travels scheduled by the led teacher Ameriga. If you have any special request regarding yoga please communicate it in your emails and the teachers will try to make you happy!
The following books are recommended readings: Yoga & Ayurveda by Frawley and The Hearth of Yoga by Desikachar.
There is one opening circle generally every Saturday where the theme for the week is illustrated. Even though so, it is okay if your travel plan does not allow you to arrive on Saturday, as the teachers will be happy to answer all your questions and concerns. Once you sign up for this yoga holiday, you will receive a welcome email with some information, and a list of recommended further readings in case you want to know more about the practice of yoga (they are by no means compulsory to read).
At Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, we try to create a climate where our guests can feel part of a group that share common interests and passions. If you are a like-minded family then you are really welcomed at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House!
The average age of Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House's guests depends on the time of the year, but in general it ranges around 30-45 years old, though we often have younger and older people coming over. We are impressed by how easy it is for our guests to find common grounds for conversations and spending the time together, everybody is very easygoing.
Yes! It will be extremely easy! Most of our guests come around on their own, and even our staff members (and dogs) are super friendly, so you will not feel lonely!
Not at all! Some of our guests just enjoy the yoga classes and relaxing at the beach, or vising some of the stunning UNESCO sights nearby.
Kitesurf is a water sport that uses the strength of wind. Our spot is quite easy, a long and free beach with flat water; in addition, the wind is normally side on shore, so perfect to learn! Everybody can try it, as you don’t need previous specific preparation. If you just want to give it a try, we recommend to do two hours and see how it goes (price is 60 EUR euros per hour). If you are committed to learn it, you can attend a beginner course (from 6 to 9 hours) at our school, or just rent the equipment if you are already able to ride the wind! Price list:-one hour semi private kite class (from 2 to 4 persons) : 60 EUR, one hour private kite class : 70 EUR, full equipment rental : 80 EUR + 10 EUR wetsuit.
No, you can leave your mats at home! In our shalas we provide all you need to attend the yoga class! Blocks, yoga mats, pillows and so on.
In the morning we generally teach a dynamic style of flow yoga- it can be Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Prana flow; all levels are welcomed since the teachers give variations according to everybody's capacities. In the afternoon session we usually teach yin-yoga or a gentle flow, these classes are slower and deep, and are usually followed by a meditation session. Sometimes we do the afternoon classes at the beach or in the little forest close to the B&B. If you are pregnant, or you have a special condition, you will be able for sure to follow the afternoon classes, while you might need to slow down and pause during the morning classes.
Yes. All water sports, massages and transfers need to be paid by cash. Also we recommend to bring some cash for expenses outside of the B&B, as in Sicily most places only accept cash.
Ameriga Giannone is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga). Ameriga will teach at Floripa throughout the whole 2018 season except between September 16-24, 2018 and October 5-10, 2018, during which the yoga classes will be led by other amazing yoga teachers. For more information please read the Instructors section below.
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 that lies on the back of a 15-kilometer long dune beach. It is very safe, and you can explore it by bicycle easily.
If you want to get out of the town and reach for bigger centers, Pozzallo is only five kilometers away and there you can find all sorts of amenities and services. Ispica is another beautiful ancient town that is strongly suggested you visit to get a glimpse of real Sicily.
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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. A vegetarian or vegan welcome dinner is also included in the price of the retreat.
Lunches and all other dinners are not included in the package price, to give you the opportunity to explore local cuisine and eat out if you wish. However, at Floripa it is possible to eat together with the team and the other guests almost every night (price is usually 15 EUR which includes water and Sicilian wine). Dinners are always vegetarian or vegan, generally presented as an healthy buffet of locally produced organic food. Gluten-free can be catered for.
If there are meals that are not included in your package, then you can “pay as you go” (price ranges from 6 to 18 EUR). There are also some restaurants around 1 km away, which can be reached by bike (we provide free bicycles). Finally, there are two common kitchens 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).
Our meals are mostly vegetarian, however at breakfast you will find ham and eggs. We don’t serve fish, and we serve meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue. However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights.
Our 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.
Lunches and dinners (except 1 welcome dinner) are not included in the package.
Floripa is located in Santa Maria del Focallo, a tiny beach village close to Pozzallo, which is a bigger centre 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 seaview. In addition, from us you can also rent a motorbike or a car and have a nice trip of the city here around, like Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli and Modica.
A range of other activities is available during your retreat. Some of these options may include additional costs.
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.
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.
Take a bicycle ride around the sleepy beach town. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf 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.
On the beach just in front of the bed and breakfast, 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.
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.
Every weekend, it is possible to participate to an extra arm-balancing and inversion workshop.
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.
You can learn how to surf, kitesurf, or standup paddleboard. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House offers discounts on lessons, rentals, and even a photo session on request. Surfing lessons also include the use of a van for transporting equipment.
You can book deep-tissue, shiatsu, 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).
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. The bus goes directly to Pozzallo and the drive takes around 80 minutes.
Below is the bus schedule
Please note: at times this schedule can change: check http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it for the updated timetable.
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 organise your pick you up at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10 EUR).
All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.
Please note: message us when you BOARD the bus, not when you arrive in Pozzallo, to give us time to organise 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 it has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island).
Alternatively, you can book a pick up service through Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House (70,00 EUR for a standard car). 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 available online at http://www.comisoairportshuttle.it It’s 22 EUR per person to Ispica but if you add an extra 8 EUR they 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). 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 problem finding him, please call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.
All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.
Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can provide a shuttle service to Pozzallo / Ispica for an extra costs of 10 EUR. Please contact Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House for more information.
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.
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