Are you a yoga teacher seeking an inspiring refresher course? Or are you craving a deep yoga immersion?
Due to requests from our past students and students who practiced with us only through online mediums, we are conducting a retreat(YACEP) to brush up on your skills, get back on the mat, and refresh your practice.
Have you already completed Yoga Teacher Training in the past, and would you like to refresh your experience? Or maybe you crave a deeply immersive in-person experience with a like-minded student community?
Then this program is perfect for you.
Join Indian yoga teachers Achuthan & Darshini for an exceptional week of authentic Indian yoga and relaxation. Meet a community of yogis you definitely don’t want to miss.
Nestled in the heart of the Madonie natural park of Sicily, our retreat takes place in a wonderfully restored 17th-century “Masseria”. The Madonie region is one of the wildest areas in Sicily, rich in forests, valleys, mountain gorges, and medieval villages.
The retreat has a beautiful terrace overlooking the valley and mountains beyond and a large infinity pool set among the palms and olive trees. It also has an authentic 18th-century labyrinth garden and plenty of hidden spots perfect for solitude and reflection. Set in 25 hectares of private land, you will be able to wander along many peaceful paths in a centuries-old oak forest and along the riverbank in the valley.
Your daily yoga sessions take place in a renovated chapel. The amazing combination of teachers, Achuthan & Darshini, will provide you with a special place to explore, learn and grow. Alternating between who is teaching the class, their attention to detail, unique styles, and playful teaching will allow you to fully be present & mindful throughout your retreat and potentially take your yoga practice to new heights.
Come practice and learn from the best yoga teachers in the heart of Sicily.
Breathe the mountain air as we review the essential aspects of kapalabhati, nadi shodhana, ujjai, brahmari.
Finish each day with guided meditations, yoga nidra, and mantra chanting.
Asana Alignment Workshop
Discuss posture alignments and get instant feedback on your asanas.
Learn how to do Hands-on Adjustments.
Effect of pranayama in the mind and physical body.
Reflexology- Acupressure Workshop – Learn acupressure practice with Darshini for self-practice and to help others.
Relax and Explore Sicily
Discover the essence of the Sicilian “dolce fa niente” and read, swim, or do nothing around the pool, under the shade of an umbrella, or in a quiet spot under the trees.
Mid-week(Wednesday) you’ll have a free day so that you can head out and explore some of the Sicilian wonders all around us. Not included in the retreat price, but can be arranged on-site.
Extra Excursion Options:
Valley of the Temples
On the south coast of Sicily, near Agrigento, there is the Valley of the Temples, one of the main archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can reach here by car in just under 2 hours.
About an hour away from the Masseria is Cefalù, with its long white beaches, its promenade, its cafes and restaurants, and its world-famous cathedral, built in the eleventh century and decorated with extraordinary Byzantine-style golden mosaics.
Palermo Food Experience
Experience Sicilian Street food and markets with our highly-rated chef-led market experience. Weave your way through a labyrinth of hollering vendors, vibrant seasonal colors, and the delicious aroma of fried goodies. Enjoy an intro to la Cucina Siciliana, morning coffee, tastings in the Ballarò market, traditional Sicilian tastings, and Palermitan street food, and get our Palermo chef’s tried-and-true recommendations for lunch or dinner on your own.
With its 3350 mts above sea level, Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe and one of the highest in Europe. From the Masseria it is about two hours drive – then we can arrange for you to trek up to the summit and to the volcanic vents or you can take the cable car.
Your Package Options:
*All rooms have heating and air conditioning facilities and are elegantly furnished with antique or Sicilian-style furniture.
1999 Euros Single Room w/ Private Bathroom
Enjoy a luxurious private room and bathroom for 1.
1699 Euros Single Room w/ Shared Bathroom
Enjoy a private room for 1. You will share a bathroom and common space with 1 other room.
1499 Euros Shared Room w/ Shared Bathroom
Price and registration are for 1 guest only. Share a beautiful room with 1 other guest. (You can come with a friend OR we will pair you with an amazing roommate.) You will share a bathroom and common space with 1 other room.
A deposit of 400 Euros holds your space.
*Note- If you are a couple sharing a bed and wanting private accommodation, please email me at email@example.com for special pricing.
Your Reservation Includes:
- 7-night accommodations
- Welcome Kit
- YACEP certificate at the end of the program. (For Yoga Teachers)
- Kriya Practice (Cleansing Techniques)
- Reflexology – Acupressure Workshop
- Energizing yoga class every morning
- Evening Yoga Workshops.
- Evening Meditation Practice.
- 2 meals a day – Brunch and dinner. Tea, coffee, and water are available all day.
- Free time to relax by the pool, explore the surrounding areas or just unwind with a good book.
- VAT is included in the price.
Extras Not Included in Price:
- Flight (Fly into Catania or Palermo)
- Shuttle to and from the retreat center- This can be arranged with the help of the retreat center prior to the retreat for an extra cost.
- Travel Insurance- Each guest much purchase their own travel insurance
- Ayurvedic Treatments and massages
- Extra excursions- can be arranged on-site
- Wine and soft drinks
Our Sicilian chef will serve you a large vegetarian brunch and dinner each day. Tea, coffee, herbal tea, and water are available all day.
The retreat center is located in the geographical center of Sicily, therefore in about an hour and a half by car from Palermo and Catania airports. We can arrange transfers for you at an extra cost of 130 Euro per car (up to 2 people) and 150 Euro per van (up to 6 people).
Meet The Teachers
E-RYT 500, YACEP
Meet Achuthan (Achu), a seasoned yoga practitioner and spiritual guide on a journey of transformation. His spiritual journey started in his childhood and as a teenager, he started to practice asanas. Starting with Shivananda’s Hatha yoga style, he later transitioned into more dynamic Ashtanga Vinyasa and Restorative yoga styles.
His father was a well-known Vedic astrologer. Achu used to be a Hindu priest. Coming from a spiritual family, he was fascinated by the idea of becoming a Hindu priest & servicing and helping others. After his father passed away he went to the Tantra Vidyapedoom ( Tantric school ) to study rituals and worship. The complete spiritual life in Vidyapeedom made his path clear. He started to find answers to his questions. There he realized his path, his Swadharma.
Yoga taught him not to be hard on himself, to get a better understanding of life situations, and that in order to find answers; the journey needs to be an inward journey. He believes, through yoga, we learn that we always have a choice as to how we react to things that happen in our life.
Join Achu on a transformative journey of self-discovery through yoga.
E-RYT 500, MA in Yogic Science and Naturopathy, Doctor of Naturopathy
Meet Darshini Prajapati, a dedicated yoga practitioner, and therapist with a passion for sharing the healing powers of yoga. From a young age, Darshini has been drawn to spirituality and has pursued her studies to become a Master of Yogic Sciences and Naturopathy from Orissa, as well as completing a TTC in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from Mysore.
Darshini has a broad range of experience teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Therapeutic yoga, as well as various meditation techniques. She also holds certifications in Acupressure and Reflexology and incorporates this knowledge into her classes.
With a vision to empower individuals with the practical lifestyle benefits of yoga, Darshini offers a unique insight into the philosophy of yoga and how it can be applied in everyday life. Join Darshini on a transformative journey towards physical and emotional well-being, and discover the healing powers of yoga for yourself.