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Blissful Yoga-Pilates-Garuda Holiday in Sicily Between Lemon Orchard & Sea

The only Sicilian Yoga holiday organized and taught by Sicilian-Londoner Teacher! InSpiral Escapes with Laura Guarnera will offer you a nurturing combination of InSpiral Flow classes (fusing elements of yoga, Pilates, and Garuda), the chance to relax on glorious quiet beaches reachable by bicycle (free from the venue) or on foot, time to pamper yourself by the freshwater pool or in the jacuzzi and indoor spa, and the opportunity to discover the stunning surrounds; the baroque beauty of Noto and the charm of Syracuse. Experience the beautiful simplicity of rural Sicilian life, and invigorate and transform with InSpiral Flow classes. Nourish yourself with home-style Sicilian dishes prepared daily using local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, restore in the jacuzzi and pamper yourself at the indoor spa, bask in the Sicilian sun by the freshwater pool or stunning private white-sand beach, discover the picturesque surrounding coast and countryside - an Italian UNESCO World Heritage Site, and share adventures and laughter with a group of kind, like-minded souls.

Meet the instructors

Laura
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Highlights

  • Sound bath yoga
  • 2 daily yoga-pilates and Garuda classes
  • Free time to relax by the pool or the nearby beach
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast and lunch or dinner
  • Live music by a Sicilian award-winning band
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 6-14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$110 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

The Baglio

A year of research led InSpiral Escapes with Laura Guarnera to discover the most exquisite retreat location on the southeast coast of Sicily. They would be thrilled to welcome you to a renovated Eighteenth-Century Baglio. The name Baglio is used to indicate a typical Sicilian rural summer residence, mostly owned by noble families.

The Baglio is a classic Sicilian farmhouse, set in the fragrant grounds of a biologically cultivated citrus orchard yielding mainly a typical lemon called “Limone di Siracusa”. Many lanes and paths run through the citrus orchard for relaxing walks or bicycle rides. Runners, be them expert or not, will also enjoy the available routes.

Although surrounded by a classical countryside landscape, the Baglio is just a few hundred meters far from the sea. The eighteenth-century manor is amongst the few such buildings in Eastern Sicily.

The Baglio has been finely restored recently, paying particular attention to the selection of materials such as typical stones and local ceramics.

Including a reception, freshwater pool, sun terrace, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, and private beaches a few minutes stroll away; the Baglio offers the perfect tranquil setting for your rest and relaxation.

The rooms

  • All rooms and apartments at the Baglio are uniquely charming and come equipped with air conditioning, TV, LCD, safe, mini-bar, and free WIFI.

Baglio property features four bedrooms (single and double use) and five apartments on split level and one with a fully equipped kitchenette.

  • 3 double bedrooms with large double bed + single, private bathroom
  • 3 apartments on 2-split levels sharing 1 bathroom
  • The rooms are with intermediate floor: one double bed on the mezzanine and two single beds or double on the ground floor, shared bathroom
  • 1 loft apartment with kitchen and corner bath tub Jacuzzi

Program

Reconnect with a simple, peaceful mode of being; slow down and find the natural rhythm of the body, flow into nature and lift the spirit!

Imagine a little Eden, a garden of orange and lemon trees that covers 40 hectares. And in the middle a fence white lime, two centuries old, intact in its rural function.

For the dream, there is the atmosphere of Sicily that here smells of orange blossom and salt, stone and myth, history. The tranquility of the place, the kindness, and hospitality of its people, and the wonderful surrounding nature, allows InSpiral Escapes with Laura Guarnera to offer you what you like the most: a place that invites you to practice yoga, pilates, and garuda, take walks, or simply dedicate to yourself the time you deserve.

On this holiday, InSpiral Escapes with Laura Guarnera will offer you a nurturing combination of InSpiral Flow classes (fusing elements of Yoga, Pilates and Garuda), the chance to relax on glorious quiet beaches reachable by bicycle (free from the venue) or on foot; you will have time to pamper yourself by the freshwater pool, use the jacuzzi & indoor SPA, and the opportunity to discover the stunning surroundings of Noto and the charm of Syracuse.

Inspiral flow classes

InSpiral Flow classes are for everyone who would like to find more strength, confidence, fluidity, and flow-in body and mind. All are welcome and it doesn’t matter if you have never done yoga or Pilates before or if you have been practicing for years. The retreat's unique approach is inspired by the body’s innate spiral movements.

Each morning, you will practice a dynamic yoga flow class on the beautiful front lawn. The focus will be on improving flexibility and cultivating a sense of ease and well-being.

At sunset, you will come together for a core-focused Pilates or Garuda practice to cultivate inner and outer strength and functionality. Both are infused with the gentle and poetic InSpiral style, which challenges and invigorates without the stress of forcing, fixing, or conquering the body.

Whether it is a slow flow or dynamic class, the journey will invite you to a conversation with yourself: your body, your mind, and your emotions. It is geared towards the individual who wants to expand their understanding of practice as a means of optimizing their well-being.

Garuda

In Indian mythology, the Garuda is a sacred mythical bird that changes shape according to its function. It’s a fitting name for this new exercise system, which is unique in its versatility, flexibility, and precision of movement. Developed by James D’Silva founder of the Garuda Pilates Studio and Clinic, London, Garuda combines the strength work of pilates, the breathwork and asana practices of yoga, and the grace of dance.

The benefits of Garuda include increased strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance with a greater sense of ease and wellbeing. Garuda draws deeply on mental focus and teaching relaxation through movement. Like yoga, Garuda also massages the internal organs and aids in detoxification. Garuda is a non-stop flowing class that is challenging and mindful. You will leave feeling invigorated. It is suitable for anyone with some experience in yoga and or pilates.

Instructors

Laura Guarnera

Retreat location

Discover the unspoiled, breath-taking scenery and baroque heritage of Val di Noto, an Italian UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in southeastern Sicily.

This side of the coast offers an incredible and unique mixture of unspoiled nature and wild beaches, alongside history, architectural and gastronomic delights. Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, often lights up the dark quiet night and surrounding skies awakening your senses with its natural Magia.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Pilates
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Beach

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Included in the package are breakfast and dinner or lunch, depending on the daily schedule.

Every day, Silvano and Vera the Sicilian chefs will prepare delicious vegetarian recipes and traditional meals using seasonal and organic ingredients, locally sourced and produced.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
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)

  • Private tuition with Laura
  • Use of the spa’s private sauna, Turkish bath treatments, and massages
  • Excursions to areas of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest

Excursions

InSpiral Escapes with Laura Guarnera recommends Etna walks or Etna and Taormina. The Baroque tour, including Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto. The Montalbano or The Temple Valley tour. Not to-be-missed the local winery tour and cooking class at Planeta.

Please enquire with InSpiral Escapes with Laura Guarnera, the staff will be happy to arrange tours for groups or individuals and transfers.

Discover the picturesque surrounding coast and countryside, enjoy walking and exploring the baroque town of Noto, one of the 47 cultural Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Enjoy the experience, make it yours, and embody the daily practices; at the end of the week, your mind and body will be filled with new energies whilst the adventures, food, and laughters shared with like-minded souls, will become unforgettable.

Spa treatments

A beautiful private spa can be booked in advance at a very reasonable 20 GBP per hour including

  • Spa
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Turkish Bath

You can also book a beautiful rejuvenating massage at 60 GBP.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at an 18th century Baglio, a typical Sicilian farm, few minutes walk from the beach, with Jacuzzi, freshwater infinite pool, and outdoor Jacuzzi
  • 2 InSpiral Flow class a day, morning and sunset. There will be 1 day off, to use for excursions (Thursday), no classes on that day
  • Breakfast and dinner or Lunch, depending on the daily schedule
  • Delicious vegetarian recipes and traditional meals using seasonal and organic ingredients, locally sourced and produced at Km Zero
  • Plenty of free time to relax in the Baglio, unlimited use of the private pool, sunbeds, and outdoor Jacuzzi, or to explore the stunning surroundings
  • Local insight into the best restaurants and beaches in the proximity
  • Yoga mats, props, and equipment
  • Free use of bicycles for all guests

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer
  • Travel insurance
  • Private tuition with Laura.
  • SPA treatments, including sauna, Turkish bath and massages; charges start from 15 EUR per treatment
  • Excursions to the surrounding areas and historical sites

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), served by Alitalia, BA, Norwegian Airline, Easy Jet.

You can also book your flight to Comiso Airport (CIY) served by Ryan Air. Please note that airport transfers are not included in the cost.

InSpiral Escapes with Laura Guarnera recommend hiring a car to discover the immense beauty of Sicily. However, there is a coach service from the airport to Avola and it stops in front of the main gate. InSpiral Escapes with Laura Guarnera can help you to hire a car or arrange a pick-up.

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer available: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$110 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 30 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Friday September 10, 2021
Departure: Friday September 17, 2021

Special discount

INSPIRAL ESCAPES with Laura Guarnera are happy to arrange the rooms for three or four people sharing at a discounted cost.

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