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YOGA HOLIDAY

Ten glorious days of yoga, meditation and lazing by the pool, strolling through the gardens, ‘al fresco’ dining, massage, sunshine, style and tranquillity. Three full-day outings through the Sicilian countryside, villages and boutiques are also planned.

Departure: 17 – 27 May, 2017

10 nights – 11 days

This elegant mansion dates back to the 17th century and retains an endearing homely feel. It lies within extensive grounds in spectacular scenic countryside between Catania and Siracusa.
Peaceful, awe-inspiring countryside, a small village nearby, within an hour’s drive from Catania, Siracusa, Noto and Mount Etna. With its own Pool, Wellness Centre and spacious common rooms, it will be the perfect home for our yoga holiday.

The retreat has been drawn up in conjunction with Cool Calm & Collected.

It has been designed for pure rest, peppered with fresh, simple, seasonal Italian cuisine, 5-star accommodation in the group’s private villa and deeply, soothing, relaxation classes.

You will spend time in the hills and time by the sea, exploring cobblestone streets and cafe bars with a Gelato in one hand and an espresso in the other.

During the ten days we also visit some of Sicily’s beautiful historical sites, towns, street markets and cathedrals; and sample each region’s unique cuisine at local cafes and a selection of interesting and quirky restaurants.

We will spend a day in Taormina. Gorgeous, charming, magical Taormina. Settled on a hill of the Monte Tauro, Taormina towers above two stunning alcove-bays below, and on the southern side, you can view the top of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. An elegant town, a holiday haven to the discerning and stylish. Stroll through the alley-ways and visit ‘Corso Umberto’ – dotted with fine boutiques, cafes and pastry shops. Taormina has been referred to as the Meditteranean Pearl and in 1787, J.W. Goethe, in his novel ‘Italian Journey’, pronounced Taormina as a ‘patch of paradise’. And as for the food! Well…..

A trip to Catania, which sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, (an active volcano with trails leading up to the summit). The city’s wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell’Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral. In the southwest corner of the square, La Pescheria weekday fish market is a rowdy spectacle surrounded by seafood restaurants (where we will go to lunch). Great shopping opportunity for all too!

A day in Siracusa, notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. The finest area is the coastal Ortigia, dense with gorgeously crumbly but also beautifully restored Baroque buildings, lovely restaurants, and one of the most gorgeous piazzas in Italy. The shopping is rather striking too.

This journey embraces:

• The philosophies and practice of Patanjali’s ‘8 Limbs of Hatha Yoga’
• The philosophies and practice of Yin Yoga.
• The philosophies and practice of Mindfulness Meditation.

This retreat will be themed…..and is based on ‘The Qualities of Humanity’. Details forthcoming.

We will have all the time in the world, to reflect, restore and to have fun!

Your accommodation
  • 12 twin bedrooms, that can be made into doubles with en-suite bathrooms and direct access to the central courtyard of the mansion
  • All bedrooms have hair dryer, TV, safe and mini-bar
  • Internet WI-FI
  • Living area with open fire
  • Library and music room with TV
  • Large dining area
  • Greenhouse with an area for dining and a lounge area with armchairs
  • Air-conditionning and heating throughout
  • Ample grounds
  • Hammam with Turkish and Finnish Saunas
  • Swimming pool (19 x 8m)
  • Well-tended gardens
  • Horses nearby
  • DVD Player
Your itinerary
  • Arrive in Catania and be transferred to the villa.
  • Spend ten days retreating!
  • Yoga twice daily (except on village tour days – once daily)
  • Modalities – Hatha & Yin Yoga
  • Meditation daily
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Visit to Taormina (scenery, shopping, culinary delights)
  • Visit to Catania (scenery, shopping, culinary delights)
  • Visit to Siracusa (scenery, shopping, culinary delights)
Prices
Twin Share: € 4,140
Single Accommodation: € 4,760
The price includes:
  • A series of Hatha Yoga classes
  • A series of Restorative/Yin Yoga sessions
  • A series of Meditation/Mindfulness practices
  • Buffet Continental breakfasts daily (vegetarian and non-vegetarian)
  • 10 nights twin share or single accommodation
  • 6 Light lunches (When touring we feast out!)
  • 6 light afternoon snacks
  • Dinners each evening at the villa
  • ‘Al Fresco’ dining on the warmer evenings
  • Use of spa, dry sauna and hammam on 5 afternoons
  • One heavenly Lomi Lomi massage
  • Use of yoga kit (mat, block, blanket)
  • Transfer airport to the villa from Catania airport at an agreed time
  • Three full day tours/recreational afternoons:
  • Local Land operator (English speaking escort)
  • All current applicable taxes
  • Basic Tips at villa and on tour
The price does not included:
  • Airfares
  • Private Transfers
  • Additional Massages
  • Reflexology
  • Massages
  • Lunch on the three days of touring
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc
  • Any other meals/services not mentioned in the program.
  • Any increase in Tax structure levied by the Govt. of Italy.
Ideal for
  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Yin Yoga sessions
  • Deep relaxation
  • Yoga Nidra practices
  • Meditation instruction
  • All classes are simply executed by experiential teacher
  • Ideal for beginners
  • Ideal for those wishing to ‘deepen’ their established yoga practice
  • All are welcome

People/partners who have not practised yoga are warmly welcomed to join us. It is not obligatory to join in the classes. However, as the yoga method is very gentle, soothing and easy to follow, some may wish to take the opportunity to try yoga and to experience the many benefits that it has to offer.

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Your teacher

Annemaree Rowley is one of the warmest, calmest, funniest and most inspirational people I have met.

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Educated at the highly esteemed Sivananda yoga schools in Europe and India, Annemaree is both a teacher and perpetual student of yoga.  She currently studies Shanti Yoga under the guidance of internationally renowned yoga master, Shanti Gowans.

Annemaree’s corporate experience stems from an executive-level career in marketing, training and public speaking. She delivers workshops, courses, group classes and one-on-one sessions in deep relaxation, mindfulness techniques, meditation and classical Hatha yoga to individuals and business groups. In addition, Annemaree teaches Yin and Restorative Yoga.

The underlying principle of her work is that a healthy body and a calm mind promise exemplary personal and professional performance.

Her clients have come from all walks of life and include those from organizations in Melbourne such as Australian Unity, The Leadership Consortium, Swinburne University, Pitcher Partners, Allens Arthur Robinson, The Victorian Bar, Herbert Geer & Rundle, CPA, City of Melbourne, National Foods and Kay & Burton.

Annemaree’s passion is to assist others to live a more purposeful, peaceful and fulfilling life.

15 years ago, Annemaree set up Cool Calm & Collected. Her work also leads her to exotic and beautiful locations. Her international tours allow like-minded individuals to connect and be nurtured in stunningly peaceful environments. Cuisine, ambience, colour, fun, culture, treatments and adventure must be gorgeous and are all part of the equation.