Sicily Yoga Retreat! co-taught with Paola Luchessi

Where: Sicily, Italy
@ Masseria Deglie Ulivi
When: May 3-8, 2017
$1100 for double room ($1200 after Dec 31) (bring a friend!)
$1200 for private room ($1300 after Dec 31)
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Phone: Italy: +39 (339) 584-1613 or US: (714) 609-8888

Download the flier here.

Amidst open meadows of organic olive groves, vineyards and the pure, earthy, elegant aesthetic of Italy, experience your own Sicilian paradise. Find rest, reprieve and recreation in a yoga retreat hosted by Ingrid Yang and Paola Lucchesi, as we guide you through a transformative journey of rejuvenation and the rediscovery of life’s greatest enjoyments.

With its spectacular views, untouched landscape, pristine swimming pool and with consciousness for sustainability, Masseria degli Ulivi offers an immersion into self-care and enjoyment amidst the breathtaking countryside of rural Sicily. We will spend 5 days deepening our yoga and meditation practice, renewing our spirit, and remembering what truly matters in our lives.

The retreat will include day trips to vineyards, the beach and quaint Sicilian towns, as well as time for pool-side relaxation, personal time for contemplation and self-discovery. And the food! Masseria degli Ulivi is well known for its traditional Sicilian meals from recipes passed down through generations and from the freshest local ingredients available and their own garden.

We hope you join us in enjoying the irresistible beauty of Sicily and renew your inner peace, vitality, and thirst for life!

Your retreat experience will include:

  • 5 days/4 nights atMasseria degli Ulivi an exclusive, traditional Sicilian retreat center
  • Double or single air-conditioned rooms with all modern comforts, amidst traditional Italian architecture
  • Twelve traditional, delicious Italian meals sourced from local ingredients and vegetable garden on premises
  • Daily yoga (vinyasa, restorative and therapeutic) in outdoor and indoor spaces of the retreat center
  • Guided meditation and pranayama practices
  • Day trips to the beach, the town of Noto and optional trip to a Sicilian vineyard
  • Transportation to and from Sicily airport
  • Swimming in the beautiful, modern infinity pool
  • Relaxation and rejuvenation among the beautifully landscaped retreat center grounds
  • Rates:
    Your retreat package includes 5 days + 4 nights, 3 meals/day, yoga and meditation instruction, day trips to the beach and the town of Noto, and transportation to and from Sicily airport to retreat center. (Airfare and optional winery tour are not included).

    $1100 for double room ($1200 after Dec 31) (bring a friend!)
    $1200 for private room ($1300 after Dec 31)

    Masseria Degli Ulivi is built in the style of a rural Sicilian farmhouse surrounded by ancient olive and carob trees, a 20-minute drive from the sea. Rooms are quaint, yet luxurious, and feature vaulted wood-beam ceilings, terracotta floors and charming 19th-century Italian furnishings. The main building is a classic example of the local architecture of Sicily. Rooms are all air conditioned and include a private bathroom and all the modern accouterments, while preserving the charm of the Sicilian countryside. Near the archaeological sites and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Noto, Masseria Degli Ulivi offers lovely gardens perfect for an evening stroll and an outdoor swimming pool ready for your afternoon dip. The authentic Sicilian restaurant serves traditional meals from ingredients grown in their own vegetable garden, located on premises. Featured in the book Authentic Sicily, you can have breakfast outside among the scents and colours of the countryside, and enjoy dinner under the cool shade of olive trees, immersed in the profound peace of the Iblea nights. Find more info at:

    Cancer Yoga Therapy Training with Ingrid Yang, E-RYT 500

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    March 3-5, 2017
    Friday, March 3rd, 6pm-9pm
    Saturday, March 4th, 9am-5pm
    Sunday, March 5th, 9am-5pm
    Cost: $575
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    @ Yoga Tree, San Francisco, CA
    March 10-12, 2017
    Portero location: 1500 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
    Friday, March 10th, 9am-5pm
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    Sunday, March 12th, 8am-5pm
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    Certified Yoga teachers may attend this training where I will lead trainees in learning how to design and teach a yoga therapy class to cancer patients and survivors in a safe and therapeutic environment.
    In this 3-day training you will learn:
    • - Yoga postures appropriate for survivors of all types of cancer and their therapeutic advantages, contraindications, and modifications;
    • - The science and physiology of cancer, its treatments and side effects, and how yoga can help to reduce pain, build muscle mass and bone, and foster a healthy lifestyle while undergoing chemotherapy, surgeries and/or radiation;
    • - Develop and lead classes compassionately and competently to improve balance, flexibility, and strength and to relieve stress, anxiety and pain that is often associated with cancer.

    Ingrid Yang, MD, JD, E-RYT-500, co-author of Hatha Yoga Asanas, has been teaching yoga since 1999 and cancer therapy yoga since 2006. She is physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, with a particular emphasis on spinal cord injury, sports medicine and cancer rehab. Dr. Yang is also the founder and past director of Blue Point Yoga, a yoga center in Durham, NC, where she developed this training while she was employed as a research associate at Duke Medical Center's breast oncology department. At Duke, she focused her research on breast cancer and genetic and protein signatures demonstrated in chemotherapy treatment. She has specifically designed this training for certified yoga teachers to learn how to teach cancer yoga therapy with skill and confidence. Having worked closely with cancer patients in both clinical and yoga settings, Dr. Yang is uniquely qualified to inform and inspire teachers to lead cancer patients though the healing process of Yoga.

    Upon completion, teachers will receive a certificate of completion that may be applied toward Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 35 total CEUs, including 30-contact CEUs.

    Pre-requisite: 200-hour Teacher Training

    Yoga Retreat in Sicily! with Ingrid Yang, MD, E-RYT 500 and Paola Lucchesi, E-RYT 500

    @ Masseria Deglie Ulivi, Sicily, ITALY
    October 9-14, 2016
    Accomodations for 5 nights, most meals + shuttle service and 2 day-trips.
    More details and pricing to come soon! Save the date!

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