with Jenn Wooten & Laura Forsyth
September 28 – October 5, 2024
You asked and we’re delivering …. Sicily! This largest of the Mediterranean islands at the tip of Italy’s “boot” is well known for it’s history, cuisine and culture.
Our 7 night/ 8 day adventure will take place along the beautiful East Coast of Sicily. We’ll explore the Sicilian markets, hillside Baroque towns, ancient Greek theaters, sleepy fishing villages and beachside nature reserves.
Our home for the week will be at our own fully staffed countryside private villa with views of Mt. Etna and the sea. We’ll enjoy daily chef prepared meals, yoga and strolls through the our 110 acre property complete with olive and orange groves.
Our afternoons will be spent exploring coastal villages and historical sites. Evenings will be spent enjoying amazing food, wine and spectacular vistas.
This adventure will be a pleasure for all of our senses!
Secure your space early, our villa has only 12 rooms.
This 7 night/ 8 day adventure will take place along the beautiful East Coast of Sicily where we’ll stay in our own private fully staffed villa complete with pool, spa / hammam, scultpured gardens and orange & olive groves.
Mornings will offer breakfassts in the garden, yoga and an easeful entry into our day. Afternoons will be spent exploring the markets, villages, nature preserves, wineries and more. We’ll visit Taormina, Mazamemi, Vendicari, Ortiga and the ancient Greek Theater ruins. Some special treats include a visit to a winery with a 5 course tasing, and a visit to the local market with our villa chef followed by a cooking class. Many of our dinners will be chef prepared at our villa, but we’ve also planned a couple nights out for shopping and exploring in the delightful villages.
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
Included in your yoga vacation:
- Accommodations at the beautiful, fully-staffed Commenda di San Calogero located on 110 acres surrounded by views of the sea and Mt. Etna.
- Daily Yoga and Meditation in San Calogero’s enchanting gardens surrounded by olive and citrus groves.
- 4 chef prepared dinners at the villa, including wine
- Daily Breakfast overlooking the villa gardens
- 3 Lite Lunches at the villa
- Sicilian Cooking Class
- Three Evenings with Fireside Aperitifs
- Guided Walks of the villa property
- Catania Market Excursion with Chef from the Villa
- Private Transfers for all excursions
- Entry to Vendicari, a stunning seaside nature reserve, which has often been named one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.
- Visit Marzamemi, a picturesque sleepy fishing village.
- Wine Tour, Tasting and 5 Course Lunch and Pairing at Barone di Villagrande on the hillside of Mt. Etna.
- Visit Taormina, a beautiful village perched high above the sea, which is home to a Greek Theatre dating back to the 3rd Century BC
- Guided Tour of the Greek Theater of Syracuse and the Archaeological Park of Neapolis a UNESCO site
- Guided Walking Tour of the Island of Ortigia
Please plan your flights to arrive at Catania (CTA) Airport in Sicily, ideally mid-day since our housing will not be available until late afternoon.
Flights are connect from many big hubs like Rome, Milan, London, Zurich and more.
Our villa is just a short 20 minute drive from CTA and we’ll do our best to assist with ride shares.
As always, there is an opportunity to extend your travels within Italy or Europe on the front of back end (recommeded!)
What to pack:
- Easy clothes for sunshine and swimming!
- Good walking shoes
- Possibly a couple of nicer outfits for evenings out
- Yoga clothes
- Adapters for electronics
Jenn is a certified yoga therapist and yoga educator who has studied yoga and mindfulness for over 20 years. She has been a teacher, mentor and group facilitator in the Austin yoga community since 2004. Her teaching style focuses on embodiment, functional movement, joy and resilience. Jenn teaches trauma-informed yoga classes and leads foundational and in-depth yoga teacher trainings, mentorships and retreats throughout the world. She guides students to respond to life’s stressors through embodiment, breath, self-awareness and self-compassion. Her teaching is engaging, accessible and warm-hearted. Jenn’s gift is her intuitive ability to help students lean into to their own self-authority and connect to their body as a source of wisdom. The core of her teaching is helping people cultivate a yoga and mindfulness practice as a pathway for healing, awakening and wholeness.minimize stress, heal our bodies, and focus our minds. Self-transformation and awakening within has guided Bita to teach from a place of love, respect and integrity.
Laura Forsyth is the founder of One Yoga Global. She began her yoga studentship 20+ years ago and began teaching in 2005. She served as National Events Director for a large yoga studio group for 13 years, and still offers mentorship to yoga studios and studio owners. As a teacher, Laura specializes in Hatha yoga for all levels, yoga for stress management, yin yoga, restorative yoga and iRest yoga nidra. She leads workshops and trainings on special topics and she serves as guest faculty in various teacher training programs. She is deeply grateful to all her teachers including Dr. Richard Miller, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Leslie Kaminoff and so many more.
Your home away from home for this week will be a countryside, fully-staffed luxury villa perfectly located to explore the East Coast of Sicily. Upon entering the majestic blue gates of San Calogero, breathtaking views of Sicily’s natural landscape will greet you with olive and citrus groves, lush greenery and blooming flowers.
The villa is encompassed by magnificent views of the sea and Mt. Etna. Set on 110 acres, the Commenda di San Calogero is surrounded by lavish gardens, numerous shaded seating areas, peaceful look-outs and secluded benches that offer absolute privacy and space for relaxation.
Additionally, the original buildings have been completely restored to provide you with the finest of modern comforts, all while maintaining the charm of an aristocratic luxury home. Each beautifully furnished bedroom has a striking en-suite bathroom, as well as an independent entrance. Most of the rooms surround a vast open courtyard, a perfect place to relax after a long day of exploration. The villa’s traditional Sicilian architecture creates an elegant atmosphere to enjoy breakfast in the morning or a cool drink in the afternoon under the Sicilian sun. To help you further relax, the property has a spa, including marble saunas inspired by Istanbul as well as space for massages.
The estate is located in north Syracuse, conveniently located only a short distance away from Catania airport. This opportune location offers the ability to visit the entire southeast region of Sicily, including UNESCO heritage sites, all within a short drive.
$3995 per person
SOLD OUT – please enquire: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 8 days / 7 nights accommodations
- Yoga Classes
- Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
- Activities mentioned under retreat details
- Travel to and from Sicily (we can help arrnage taxi’s to the villa)
- Optional activities
- Meals not mentioned
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
TO RESERVE, YOU WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF PLACING A $695 DEPOSIT OR PAYING IN FULL.
With a deposit, we will set up your balance to chanrge in monthly installments through July 2024.
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($695) before June 1 2024. No refunds after June 1, 2024. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through July 2024, unless other arrangements are made. Participants will be required to sign the application and liability waiver to participate on this trip.
We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like travel Guard and Trawick International offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.
We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.