escape to sicily

a cultural odyssey of wellness and wonder

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our Sicilian retreat is your passport to the heart of this captivating island, where rustic beauty, family, love, and natural ingredients come together to create an unforgettable. experience.

🍝 Culinary Delights 🌿 Farm Adventures 🌟 Transformation Awaits 🚶 Passeggiata 🍷 Dolce Far Niente 🍽️ La Tavola 👗 Italian Chic

🍝 Immerse yourself in the world of authentic Sicilian cuisine. Learn to prepare mouthwatering dishes like busiate trapanese, caponata, and pesce spada under the guidance of passionate local chefs. Sip on exquisite Sicilian wines such Planeta, and savor the essence of Sicily with every bite.

🌿 Traverse the picturesque landscapes of Sicily as you visit olive farms. Experience the rustic charm of these working farms and connect with the traditions that have been passed down through generations.

🌟 Sicily has a way of changing you after you experience its unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. Let this retreat be your gateway to personal transformation.

🚶Embrace the Italian art of evening strolls, or "passeggiata," as you explore charming streets and squares, connecting with locals and fellow travelers alike.

🍷 Indulge in the sweet art of doing nothing and savor the moments of relaxation and reflection, just like the Italians do.

🍽️ Engage in long, leisurely meals with technology-free conversations, savoring the flavors of Sicilian cuisine while building connections in true Italian style.

👗 Elevate your experience by learning the art of dressing in chic Italian clothes that reflect the effortless style of the locals.

 

itinerary

land in Palermo airport and transfer by minivan check in at Villa Igiea + rest and settle in the room
welcome Aperitivo
authentic Sicilian Dinner at Villa Igiea
mindful chats and early bedtime sleep
rest and recharge after a long time of travel

Morning fitness session at the Spa at Villa Igiea

Breakfast at Villa Igiea

All day in Palermo, city tour Transfer to the city by minivan

Guided walking tour in the heart of the city center, 3h30, (including Entrance tickets) Dinner at a restaurant in Palermo

Breakfast at villa Igiea

Check out from Villa Igiea

Excursion to Cefalu

Transfer to Verdura Resort with a minivan bus

Fab dinner at Verdura Resort

Breakfast at Verdura Resort

SPA time

Extra activity - this will last 4 hours (It is not included in the retreat cost, but we can organize it for those who want to go) - Olive oil tasting and lunch at Partanna olive oil farm. Amodeo's Farm in Montevago about 40 minutes away from Verdura Resort. Please find the Experience at this link: Olive Oil Experience - Food Tasting Lunch. The Olive oil experience includes a food-tasting lunch of Sicilian homemade food paired with our Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is a full immersion in the Sicilian extra virgin olive oil world. We will meet and stay at Amodeo's farm in an old country house, visit the olive grove, practice harvesting methods old and modern, and have an olive oil tasting class. You will have time to relax around the countryside, front house terrace or under the olive trees. History and territory of the Belìce Valley and of the earthquake of 1968. Drinks: local Wines, coffee, water, etc. Estimated time: flexible from 2 to 4 or 6 hours. Transfer by minibus is included in the tour.

Lunch will be at guests discretion, for those who do not attend the olive oil tour Once everyone is back to the resort, we will enjoy an amazing cooking class, hosted by Joanne. This class will be hosted at Verdura Resort.

Dinner at Verdura Resort

Evening stroll on the property

Wake-up yoga and stretching

Breakfast at the hotel

Agrigento trip, Transfer by minibus (4 hours excursion) 1 guided tour at the Valley of the Temples (approx. 1.5 hours) entrance fee included in the retreat package

Lunch at everyone's discretion and not included in the retreat package

Aperitivo at Verdura Resort

Dinner at Verdura resort

Rest and recharge


Total Body Sculpt to energize your morning Breakfast at the hotel

Followed by free-to-be time,. SPA time, relax At lunch, we will embark in a Caponata class at the hotel

Wine tasting aperitivo + dinner Planeta Ulmo (4 hours excursion)

Back to the resort

Rest and recharge


Start your morning with a beautiful yoga stretching session hosted by Joanne, followed by a delicious breakfast at Verdura Resort.

Pasta-making class at our Casetta dell’orto, at Verdura Resort and lunch at Verdura Resort

The afternoon will be at everyone's leisure, this is the free-to-be time, to be spent at the SPA, relaxing in your room or by the pool. In the evening, we will be heading to the historic city of Sciacca

Dinner at Sciacca

Restaurant will be booked, but menu will be a-la-carte and this dinner is not included in the retreat package (everyone will be charged for what they will order)

Back to the hotel - rest and recharge

Morning breakfast at the hotel

We say goodbye but this is just really an Arrivederci - a see you again soon friends!

Airport drop off

Departure back to the States


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escape to sicily

a cultural odyssey of wellness and wonder

host

joanne mosconi

Educator, Theater Artist, Culinary Enthusiast, and Sicilian Explorer.

Known as "TheChefsDaughterNYC.", Giovanna curates delicious, heart-friendly meals while also showcasing fitness inspiration and exercises from her friend Brooke Burke's fitness app, BBBODY - where her menus appear to help women maintain a healthy lifestyle. Giovanna's love for Italy and her annual summer sojourns to the enchanting island of Sicily hold a special place in her heart. It was on her first trip to Sicily a decade ago, where her husband proposed to her, that she discovered the island's captivating magic.

room options

superior room

  • shared occupancy
  • 7,734 per person

deluxe room

  • shared occupancy
  • 8,921 per person

for both rooms

included ↓

• 7 nights and 8 days lodging at the luxury Villa Igiea and Verdura Resort, part of the Rocco Forte 5 star Hotels

• Airport pick up

• Breakfast at Villa Igiea

• luggage porterage

• Welcome apertivito

• Wine tasting At Planeta Ulmo, this includes private transportation, and private wine tasting experience (duration: 4 hours)

• Cefalu, Palermo, Agrigento private tours (guide and transportation included)

• 3 cooking classes: 1 pasta-making class, 1 caponata class, 1 class hosted by Joanne

• Fab sicilian dinners and daily breakfast, welcome and Grand finale Aperitivo

not included ↓

• international airfare

• wine and any alcoholic beverages 


• one dinner and one lunch in Palermo

• olive oil tasting

• any personal shopping on site or during excursions 

• tips

• SPA treatments

location

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faq's

accommodation

what are the accommodations like? ↓

accommodations depend on your customized itinerary. We never stay at hostels or hotels below 4 stars. We strive to create an experience that ensures comfort, quality and safety

who am I rooming with? ↓

if you travel solo, we will match you with someone of the same gender unless you request a roommate. To request a roommate, make sure both you and your roommate add each other's names to the "Special Requests" section at booking or email at contact@yogandoretreats.com

what if I can no longer travel? ↓

your down payment is fully refundable until your spot is confirmed. Once your spot is confirmed you can cancel or transfer to a different trip for a fee and receive a Trip Credit for your remaining down payment up until 60 days prior to departure

activities

do I need to participate in all the listed activities? ↓

not at all. However, if you signed up for a listed activity and you cannot attend that day, we will not refund your payment

attendance

what if I arrive late for my trip? ↓

we understand that things can happen and that flights can be delayed. In general we will not be able to refund you for your trip paid, for any nights you are delayed. Please, promptly inform the person of our team who is on site and who can reschedule airport pick up and how to join the group

what is not included in the retreat? ↓

flights, insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, wine

what type of excursions and tours are provided? ↓

since we customize all our retreats, activities depend on the retreat theme and on the hosts requests

how many attendees on each trip? ↓

retreats can cap between 10 to 15 travellers but it changes from trip to trip

where do I meet everyone? ↓

the trip brochure listing the detailed itinerary will be released at least 3 weeks prior to your trip start date including hotel and airport transfer information

also, before your trip, you’ll be invited to a group chat in what’s app to meet the other travellers and start exchanging information

payments

is a down payment required? ↓

a 25% down payment is due at the time of booking

The down payment is refundable until your spot is confirmed at which time it becomes non-refundable (you will receive an email when your spot is confirmed)

The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior to the retreat departure, unless you have agreed on a payment plan. If you book within 60 days from trip start, the full amount will be due at booking, but still refundable until your spot is confirmed
See all of our terms & conditions

what is your cancellation policy? ↓

See all of our terms & conditions Our cancellation policy is as follows: Your spot is pending: The 25% down payment is fully refundable Your spot is confirmed: The 25% down payment is non-refundable 60 days or less before trip start: 100% non-refundable

when will my spot be confirmed? ↓

when the trip reaches the minimum amount of attendees. We recommend not booking a flight until your spot is confirmed

trip

what is included in the retreat? ↓

We generally include accommodations, listed meals, your wellness classes, workshops, and guided activities relevant to the theme of your retreat. If listed, we also include ground transportation

what is not included in the retreat? ↓

flights, insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, wine

what type of excursions and tours are provided? ↓

since we customize all our retreats, activities depend on the retreat theme and on the hosts requests

how many attendees on each trip? ↓

retreats can cap between 10 to 15 travellers but it changes from trip to trip

where do I meet everyone? ↓

the trip brochure listing the detailed itinerary will be released at least 3 weeks prior to your trip start date including hotel and airport transfer information also, before your trip, you’ll be invited to a group chat in what’sapp to meet the other Travellers and start exchanging information