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Yoga and Vineyard Sicily

Women’s Yoga and Wine-tasting Retreat in Sicily, Italy

La Vita è Bella

Welcome to Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, where you'll enjoy this 6-night wine and wellness retreat. This popular destination rests at the tip of Italy's "boot" and boasts Doric-style Greek temples, Valley of the Temples, and Mt. Etna, one of Europe's highest active volcanos.

Our days include perfectly paired activity and rejuvenation as we focus on deepening your yoga practice, replenishing your mind and spirit, and nourishing your body with gourmet Italian fare. And, as if you aren't already feeling the travel bug, you'll spend the week relishing the bright, cozy accommodations at Casa Mirabile Relais.

PLUS, we send registrants a JADE Yoga travel mat and a few other Italian treats!

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Single room with private bath: $4,195 TOTAL
Double suite with shared bath: $3,995 TOTAL

Yoga and Vineyard Sicily

  • October 20-26, 2019
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Namaste and Cheers!

If you love settling into virasana as much as you enjoy awakening your senses with glass of vino, you’ll be in heaven during this 6-night retreat filled with equal parts stretching, swirling, and sightseeing on the isle of Sicily.

Experience Italy the way it was meant to be enjoyed — slowly, intentionally, and with friends, old and new. We’ll focus on Agriturismo and enjoy elegant accommodations at Casa Mirabile Relais, our private retreat oasis located near the Southern Coast of Sicily in Menfi (Province of Agrigento).

Nestled between the Belice and Carboj Rivers, Menfi combines old-world charm with rolling vine-covered hills, white sandy beaches, and a bustling town centre built around our favorite activity… wine making. The region produces more than a dozen unique wines (Shall we try them all?!) and is known for it’s gourmet cuisine. Homemade pasta and freshly-caught seafood, anyone?

Not only will you partake of Italy’s finest wines, you’ll get to tour a local cheese farm, several vineyards, and salt fields, among other activities. Oh, and did we mention olive harvesting and (optional) horseback riding? Perfetto!

On this retreat, you'll enjoy:

Elegant Lodging

Spend six nights in historic, elegant former farm house quarters at Casa Mirabile Relais, our private retreat oasis in Menfi, Sicily.

Daily Yoga Classes

Build body and mind self-awareness and openness through daily vinyasa in the vineyards and scenic patios (weather permitting). Our indoor villa "studio" will provide the unique experience of practicing in a place infused with centuries of energy. Yoga in an Italian villa? Si, per favore.

Authentic Agriturismo

Agriturismo, a combination of the Italian words for "agriculture" and "tourism," is a style of vacationing in scenic rural farm areas. Italians are particularly proud of their agricultural traditions, especially cheese, wine and olive making, and we'll teach you about the history and production of these delights, while tasting everything local, organic and purely Italian. It's a foodie and nature lover's heaven!

Vineyard Tour & Tastings

Tour Sicily's finest winemaking facilities and vineyards and learn about the wine process firsthand from master winemakers. We'll also enjoy several tastings and pairing experiences as you sip and savor toward your sommelier dreams.

Mindfulness Exercises

Learn how to be more mindful and appreciative through meditation, intention-setting & journaling. We'll kick off our week with a led discussion on eating and drinking mindfully--the perfect way to connect our yoga practice to Italian agriturismo.

Olive Picking & Pressing

Learn the ins and outs of olives during our hands-on picking and pressing experience (harvest dependent). We'll enjoy a private tour of the local olive mill, while learning about the olive oil making process. We'll even enjoy a private Italian cooking class at the villa!

Daily Excursions

Though you'll have plenty of free time (if you'd like more R&R), you have the option to enjoy excursions to the local salt mill, the nearby towns of Marsala and Trapani, and the ancient Greek coastal city of Selinunte.

(Optional) Horseback Riding

See the beauty of Sicily's vineyards by horseback as a cowgirl yogini abroad (at additional cost) before our farewell dinner. Highly recommended!

  • To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.

    Goethe, 18th Century Author

  • This is the homeland of the Gods of Greek mythology. Near these places, Pluto abducted Persephone from her mother. In this wood we just walked through, Ceres ceased her swift running and tired of her fruitless search, sat on a rock, and despite being a goddess, she wept, the Greeks say, since she was a mother. In these valleys, Apollo pastured his flocks; these groves, stretching down to the seashore, have echoed with Pan's flute; the nymphs got lost under their shade and breathed their scent. Galatea fled from Polyphemus and Acis, close to succumbing to the blows of his rival, enthralled these shores leaving his name here ... In the distance you can see the lake of Hercules and the rocks of the Cyclops. Land of gods and heroes!

    Alexis De Tocqueville, Viaggio in Sicilia

  • What was my favorite part of the Yoga and Vineyard retreat? All of the sights, smells, tastes, experiences, and people were so lovely, it’s practically impossible to choose! I truly felt a world away from the stresses of every day life. The yoga practice, horseback riding, cooking and tasting experiences were just what I needed to relax and reenergize. If you are at all considering this trip, I say, ‘Andiamo!’

    Jeanette, St. Louis

  • Amidst the olive oil slurping, pasta making, horseback riding, villa living, gelato licking, castle touring, downward dogging, you will also encounter some fabulously interesting women. Whether traveling with a friend or flying solo – all are immediately made to feel welcome.

    Maria , New York

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Casa Mirabile Relais

Buon giorno, Sicilian charm. Our private villa serves as home base during this week-long retreat, and you’ll have the posh accommodations, gourmet fare, and stunning surroundings you need to truly relax and recharge.

Planning Your Trip

Airfare is not included in your retreat cost, but transportation is included once you meet up with our group at the outset of your trip. Unlike our shorter U.S.-based retreats, this is a six-night, seven-day retreat.

Add-On Horse Ride

For the cowgirl yoginis that want to ride wherever they go, consider adding on a horseback ride (additional cost). We’ll share details once you’ve registered!

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