Sicily Italy with Kevan, Betty & Jamie

Sicily, Italy • Jul 19 - 26 2025

Escape to Sicily with Kevan, Betty & Jamie

Location: Sicily, Italy

Teachers/Facilitators: Kevan, Betty & Jamie

Unwind amidst the breathtaking Mediterranean landscape of Sicily on a yoga retreat with Kevan, Betty and Jamie. In between yoga and meditation sessions, explore the 80 acres of lush farmland surrounding the beautiful restored farmhouse, La Masseria where we will be staying. Take a stroll through the nearby olive groves or soak up the Sicilian sun on the stunning terrace. Discover the rich history and culture of nearby towns, or simply relax with a good book by the pool. Immerse yourself in a week of rejuvenating yoga, meditation, and wellness practices amidst the breathtaking landscapes of southeastern Sicily.


Where will this take place: Danena Resort in Sicily Italy. 


Who may attend? All are welcome to join this retreat.  Yoga classes will be all levels and and all outings and activities are optional. 


Travel Insurance: We highly recommend travel insurance for all retreats. If you are looking for a company we suggest World Nomad. We are not affiliated with the company we have just heard good things from retreat participants who have used their services.

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Weather: July in Sicily is know for its hot and sunny weather, perfect for enjoying outdoor yoga and our planned activities. 

Temperatures: Average highs are around 79F (26C) with lows around 65F (18C)

Sunshine: July is a very sunny month with a high chance of clear skies and low chance of rain.  


Itinerary:

July 18th :Day 0: Depart from US to Catania, Italy


July 19th :Day 1: Bonjourno Italia!

Arrive no later than 10 am at Vincenzo Bellini Catania Airport (CTA) and take a pre-arranged transfer to Danena Resort (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes).


Image of Vincenzo Bellini Catania Airport (CTA) 

Vincenzo Bellini Catania Airport (CTA)


Afternoon: Check in and settle into your beautiful accommodation at La Masseria, the 19th-century farmhouse that serves as the heart of the resort.

5:00 PM: Welcome reception. Mingle with fellow retreat guests, and learn about the schedule for the week.

6:30 PM: Welcome dinner – Savor a delicious Sicilian dinner prepared with fresh, local ingredients using farm-to-table practices.


July 20th: Day 2: Unveiling Sicily

8:00 AM: Meditation + Fluid Yoga class

9:30 AM: Breakfast – Enjoy a healthy and energizing breakfast buffet.

11:00 AM: Relax – Choose from a variety of options, such as a guided nature walk through the surrounding olive groves,  or simply relax by the pool.

1:00 PM: Lunch – A light and flavorful lunch will be served.

3:00 PM: Free time – Explore the resort's grounds, unwind by the pool, or indulge in a relaxing massage treatment (additional cost may apply).

4:30 PM: Yoga class – Wind down for the evening with a gentle yoga session focused on stretching and deep relaxation.

6:30 PM: Dinner – Savor another delightful Sicilian culinary experience.


July 21 : Day 3: Outing

8:00 AM: Meditation + Vinyasa yoga class

9:30 AM: Breakfast – Enjoy a healthy and energizing breakfast buffet.

11:00 AM: Depart for Outing / Pack a picnic lunch

11:00 AM- 3:00 pm Free time – Explore Noto, a charming Baroque town known for its stunning architecture.

4:30 PM: SPA yoga class

6:30 PM: Dinner – Enjoy a delicious and nutritious dinner.


July 22 : Day 4: Rejuvenation & Relaxation Day

8:00 AM: Meditation + Fluid Yoga class

9:30 AM: Breakfast – Enjoy a healthy and energizing breakfast buffet.

10:00 AM: Ayurvedic workshop – Learn about the ancient Indian system of holistic medicine, Ayurveda, and its principles for achieving optimal health.

1:00 PM: Lunch – A light and flavorful lunch will be served.

3:00 PM: Free time – Explore the resort's grounds, unwind by the pool, or indulge in a relaxing massage treatment (additional cost may apply).

4:30 PM: Yoga class – Wind down for the evening with a gentle yoga session focused on stretching and deep relaxation.

6:30 PM: Dinner – Savor another delightful Sicilian culinary experience


July 23 Day 5: Beach

8:00 AM: Meditation followed by a Fluid yoga class

9:30 AM: Breakfast – Enjoy a healthy and energizing breakfast buffet.

10:00 AM: Free time – Take a day trip to explore the beaches of Vendicari Nature Reserve or visit the historical city of Syracuse. We will pack a picnic lunch.


Image of Vendicari Nature Reserve Vendicari Nature Reserve


1:00 PM: Lunch – A light and flavorful lunch will be served.

3:00 PM: Free time – Explore the resort's grounds, unwind by the pool, or indulge in a relaxing massage treatment (additional cost may apply).

4:30 PM: Yoga class – Wind down for the evening with a gentle yoga session focused on stretching and deep relaxation.

6:30 PM: Dinner – Savor another delightful Sicilian culinary experience


July 24 Day 6: Outing Day

8:00 AM: Meditation + Fluid Yoga class
9:30 AM: Breakfast – Enjoy a healthy and energizing breakfast buffet.
11:00 AM:  Optional Outing TBD
1:00 PM: Lunch – A light and flavorful lunch will be served.
3:00 PM: Free time –
4:30 PM: Yoga class – Wind down for the evening with a gentle yoga session focused on stretching and deep relaxation.
6:30 PM: Dinner – Savor another delightful Sicilian culinary experience.

July 25 Day 7: Rejuvenation & Relaxation Day

8:00 AM: Meditation + Fluid Yoga class
9:30 AM: Breakfast – Enjoy a healthy and energizing breakfast buffet.
10:00 AM- 3:00 PM  On your own
12:00 PM: Lunch
3:30 PM: Yoga class – Wind down for the evening with a gentle yoga session focused on stretching and deep relaxation.
5:00 PM: Early Dinner – Savor another delightful Sicilian culinary experience.
Early Bedtime

July 26 Day 8: Early Departure - Arrivederci Italia!

3:00 AM Wake up call
3:30 AM: Bring Luggage to Vans
4:00 AM: Depart for airport
5:00 AM: Airport arrival for Flights
7:00 AM: Flight Home


Room Options



Shared Room: $2,895

Single Room: $3.825  


What's Included

  • Daily Yoga classes will be a mix of vinyasa and restorative & relaxing flows.  
    • Morning meditations will offer the opportunity to start each day in a peaceful way 
      • All tours and travel arrangements once in country of arrival 
      • Transportation once you arrive in Sicily
        • All meals  (2-3 per day)
          • All entry fees to all museums and activities 




          What's Not Included

          • Beverages (alcohol or soft drinks etc)
          • Massages or body work sessions
          • Meals you choose to enjoy outside of the resort
          • Outings you choose to arrange on your own or transportation to and from things not organized by us for the retreat. ???


          Travel

          The closest airport to Danena Sicily is Vincenzo Bellini Catania Airport (CTA).

          We will provide transportation from Vincenzo Bellini Catania Airport (CTA) to Danena Sicily by Van

          The drive is about 105 km and takes approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes. 

          If you prefer to Fly into Palermo, Sicily, you will need to rent your own car, the drive is about 3 hours.  You are more than welcome to rent your own car and enjoy the freedom of car rental. 

          While booking your flights, keep in mind that in order to use our transportation from the airport you must arrive in Catania no later than 10 am on July 19th. 


          If flying from the United States you will need to depart July 18th in order to arrive July 19th.


          Here is a flight option that we recommend if you are departing from Boston.

          ITA airways 

          https://www.ita-airways.com/en_us/

          Boston to Catania
           
          From Edward L Logan International terminal E to FontanarossaDeparture date: Thursday, 15 May 2025 at 17:05Arrival date: Friday, 16 May 2025 at 09:30This flight has one stop.
          Duration 10 hours and 25 minutes
          AZ 615 Operated by ITA Airways
          AZ 1709 Operated by ITA Airways

          Return flight

          Catania to Boston

          From Fontanarossa to Edward L Logan International terminal EDeparture date: Thursday, 22 May 2025 at 07:00Arrival date: Thursday, 22 May 2025 at 13:40This flight has one stop.
          Duration 12 hours and 40 minutes
          AZ 1736 Operated by ITA Airways
          AZ 614 Operated by ITA Airways




          Instructors

          Kevan Gale

          Betty Riaz

          Since 2009, Betty has connected and shared the teachings of healing and spiritual practices of the Tibetan Yogic Tradition. Her mission is to help others through her work at Stil Studio, teaching yoga and mindfulness, healing bodywork and leading global retreats. She is co-owner of Stil Studio & Terma Goods, both located in Historic Downtown Dedham. She is eternally grateful to her teachers from the Tibetan Vajrayana practices; Khenpo Lama Migmar Tsetsen, Kevan Gale, Dr. Eric Rosenbush and Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.


          Jamie Russell

          Jamie is an E-RYT 500 hour Fluid Yoga teacher and educator in the Fluid Yoga school.  Introduced to the benefits of physical movements at a very young age, Jamie evolved from a dancer and athlete to an avid yoga practitioner. Incorporating the mental aspects of a meditation practice and Buddhist philosophy into her life, Jamie became a teacher of yoga in 2009 and has since dedicated her life to the practice and sharing of its benefits.   Jamie co-owns Aeemelia Skincare, a company born from the realization of feeling better when we are happy and healthy and providing handcrafted skincare made with simple products that make you feel good. Additionally, Jamie leads yoga retreats with her fellow Fluid Yoga teachers and enjoys biking and snowboarding in the mountains.

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