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Awakening Yoga Retreat Italy

Experience a powerful combination of yoga and meditation practices that will help you attain a greater understanding of the self, both spiritually and physically! Upaya Yoga Teacher Training family gives you an opportunity to learn with yogic gurus who are highly trained experts to release stress, toxins, and emotions from the body through the authentic and conscious practices. This retreat warmly welcomes yogis of all levels for an enriching experience and attaining serenity.

Retreat highlights

  • Morning Hatha yoga classes
  • Specific workshops on yoga postures
  • Pranayama, mantra, and asana pactices
  • Evening meditation and the creative night
  • Highly trained and experienced yoga instructor
  • Daily delicious vegetarian breakfast
  • 5 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hindi, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 30
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Accommodation

Artemisia Resort is a nineteenth-century farmhouse recently restored highlighting the original structure peculiarities, both inside and outside. All rooms are fully furnished and warmly decorated.

Upaya Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Holiday Italy Program

At the sunrise, in this oasis of peace in harmony with the nature, Upaya Yoga Teacher Training will guide you through the revitalizing practice of pranayama (breathing exercises), mantra (chanting), and asana (Hatha style).

After a delicious Italian breakfast, you will be free to explore the surroundings indulging in sightseeing, trekking, cycling, sun bathing on the beach, or just relaxing in the aromatic garden, in the olive grove, and in the swimming pool at the resort.

At sunset time, either asana practice or meditation (Osho Dynamic meditation, Kundalini meditation, Sound meditation, and Sufi meditation) will take place to rebalance and restore your energy at the end of the day. Finally, in the typical fragrance and warmness of the Sicilian summer evenings, you will enjoy a satsang on yogi philosophy or you will participate to a creative night.

Given the excellent weather condition, all the activities will be held in a dedicated area in the main garden. This will enhance the capacity of relaxation and introspection of the practitioners. In the very unlikely case of bad weather, an indoor hall with glass wall will be used. The retreat is open to beginners and to more experienced practitioners of any age.

The program is designed to release stress, toxins, and emotions from the body through an authentic and conscious Hatha yoga practice. On a physiological level, the asana practice improves the blood circulation and more oxygen then reaches the muscles and tissues promoting a faster cells regeneration.

This process, together with the early morning breathing exercises (pranayama), also contributes to rebalance your masculine (Ha / Sun) and feminine (Tha / Moon) energy. A proper pranayama practice will allow the vital force (prana) to move freely and deeply through the whole body generating a major sense of awareness within the self. In other words, by controlling the breathe, you can control the mind.

Eventually, the awakening of the Kundalini energy may happen though the Dynamic meditation. This technique, by the repetition of specific movements, aims to activate the nadis (body energy channels) and to rise the energy stored at the base of the spine, passing through all the seven chackras in order to reach Sahasrara at the top of the head where the enlightenment manifest.

Specific workshops will also take place. In a playful atmosphere, you will gain tips on more advanced asanas and you will learn how to overcome personal difficulties. The classes will be given in English and all instructions will be translated into Italian whether requested by any of the guests.

Sample schedule

The following schedule is illustrative and changes may apply according to the level of the group. You are kindly recommended to bring your own mat and meditation cushion.

Day 1 (June 9, 2018)

  • 18:00-19:30 Meeting and meditation
  • 21:00-22:00 Satsang

Day 2 (June 10, 2018)

  • 06:00-06:45 Pranayama and mantra
  • 07:00-08:30 Hatha yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • 10:30-11:30 Dance meditation
  • 18:00-19:30 Hatha yoga class
  • 21:00-22:00 The creative night

Day 3 (June 11, 2018)

  • 06:00-06:45 Pranayama and mantra
  • 07:00-08:30 Hatha yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • 18:00-19:00 Meditation
  • 21:00-22:00 Singing circle

Day 4 (June 12, 2018)

  • 06:00-06:45 Pranayama and mantra
  • 07:00-08:30 Hatha yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • 10:30-11:30 Hip opening workshop
  • 18:30-19:30 Meditation

Day 5 (June 13, 2018)

  • 06:00-06:45 Pranayama and mantra
  • 07:00-08:30 Hatha yoga class
  • 10:30-11:30 Back bending workshop
  • 18:00-19:00 Sound meditation
  • 21:30 Satsang

Day 6 (June 14, 2018)

  • 06:00-06:45 Pranayama and mantra
  • 07:00-08:30 Hatha yoga class

Instructors

Krishna Krishnaji
Yoga Alliance International (Yoga)
Upaya Yoga was founded by Krishna, who has a vast experience in imparting lessons in yoga under its different forms and styles. He is a certified yoga teacher from Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance International India. His yogic art forms come out as a combination of Ashtanga, Shivananda, and Hatha yoga. Krishna's attraction towards the traditional meditation became strong when he started to attend the Osho international meditation resort in Pune.

Retreat location

The retreat will be hosted at Artemisia Resort in the Ragusa countryside. Ragusa is a small town in the Noto Valley, an historical and geographical area which was proclaimed World Heritage by the Unesco in 2002.

This intimate and characteristic resort is located in a strategic position to visit Ragusa (8 kilometers from Ragusa Ibla and from Donnafugata Castle) and its province such as Modica and Scicli. These are all rare and precious gems of Baroque architecture which beauty will leave you speechless.

At a reachable distance, you will also find the uncontaminated white sand beaches of Marina di Ragusa, Sampieri, Pozzallo, Marina di Noto, and the natural reserve of Vendicari. Ragusa is close and well connected to both Comiso Airport (CIY) and Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA).

Nearby places

  • Ragusa Ibla and Donnafugata Castle, 8 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

As the season allows to prepare several dishes with fresh and local vegetables, a rich vegetarian buffet will be available. The menu will vary everyday among main courses, focacce, pies, wide variety of local cheeses, grilled vegetables, salads, and fruits. Water and wine are included. Vegan options will be provided upon request (the cost is 16 EUR per meal inclusive of water and wine).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

During the day, you will be free to explore the surroundings or indulging in sightseeing, trekking, cycling, sun bathing on the beach, or just relaxing in the aromatic garden, olive grove, and the outdoor scenic swimming pool at the resort. The resort also offers massages upon request.

You can easily explore the astonishing beaches of the south eastern coast. In addition, you can also visit to the ancient and characteristic fisherman villages such as Sampieri and Licata and enjoy sightseeing the real gems of Baroque architecture such as Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, Ispica, and Modica.

What's included

  • Morning Hatha yoga classes
  • Pranayama, mantra, and asana pactices
  • Evening meditation and the creative night
  • Specific workshops on yoga postures
  • Highly trained yoga instructor
  • Daily delicious vegetarian breakfast
  • 5 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • Lunch and dinner

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Comiso Airport (CIY) or Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), the closest airports.

Transfer from the airport is available upon request at an additional cost.

Arrival by bus

Ragusa is also well connected by bus and train from Catania.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 70 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 70 days before arrival.
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