Pasta e Prana: A Sicily Yoga Retreat 2022

Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Italy

David Moreno
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Oct 1 - 8, 2022
Group size: 10 - 24
Pasta e Prana: A Sicily Yoga Retreat 2022
Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Italy

David Moreno
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18 reviews

Oct 1 - 8, 2022
Group size: 10 - 24

About this trip

Sicily is the home of my Italian relatives... and this is my second time teaching here.  Danena is a stunning yoga retreat center on the southeast coast of Sicily. The main location is a 19th-century farmhouse - La Masseria - situated in a luscious natural landscape surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea. The nearby Greek town of Siracusa is one of the main attractions as are Noto and Vendicari nature reserves. Sicily is a land full of history; Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Norman, Greek, and Spaniard (my other relatives!) There is so much to explore on this incredible island; the beautiful beaches, passionate people, incredible food and the snow-capped volcano Mount Etna (seen above.) October is the perfect month to visit this sunny Mediterranean island.

I would encourage you to allow time before and after the retreat to see more of Sicily, including Taormina and Palermo. These two articles on Sicily were just published in the New York Times during our 2018 visit. The second article talks specifically on the side of the island that the retreat is held. Just click on Sicily for it and Palermo for the other.

Travel in The Age of Covid: No one knows where we will be with this pandemic by fall but we are hopeful. All of us should have been vaccinated by then, airlines will have their own updated protocol for air travel and Italy will have its own regulations. I have been vaccinated, as has my partner Dr Bill Greif who will be looking after temperatures and whatever else he can to keep us safe once in Sicily. Danena will serve meals al fresco, the studio is sanitized twice daily and has good circulation with doors open. If needed we will practice outdoors (not my preference.) Masks will be worn as needed. My greatest hope is that we will be able to share hugs and that I will be able to make physical adjustments during yoga. All participants will need to be vaccinated by September 1st. 

As of July 1st, Italy continues to have a 5-day quarantine required of air flights coming in from the UK--even if that is just a stopover and requires all travelers to get rapid-testing once entering the country. (This just changed for the UK which now has no quarantine requirements 7/27) I am doing my best to keep up with these ever-changing protocols and have determined that I will make a final call on this trip come August 14th--which is the day before final payment is due (See Reservation Guidelines below.) I have already extended the July 31st deadline due to these extraordinary circumstances and appreciate your patients, positive and informed thinking! This part is our journey as much as being there. Reservations canceled after September 1st are non-refundable.  (This was in The Guardian on July, 22nd concerning Italy's new requirements for hospitality establishments and venues.)

What to Expect:

What To Expect
This week is both a yoga & meditation retreat and travel adventure. Our days will include two yoga sessions plus, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Lab, Qi Gong, Authentic Movement and Heart Circles. We will enjoy two sumptuous and healthy meals daily, that are primarily vegetarian with occasional fish and other seafood options. There will be ample time for laughter, casual hanging-out, group sharing, along with time for self-reflection and silence, plus options for excursions to nearby towns and beaches. Registration includes a day excursion to the Greek town of Siracusa, all instruction, room and board. Space is limited to 21 students.

"Thank you, once again, for a wonderful retreat. I so admire your ability to galvanize a group of idiosyncratic humans (!) in a productive and compassionate community. A rare talent, for sure. I loved being part of it."    Ashley - Richmond, Virginia

MEALS: We will have a hardy brunch each day at 10:30. Lunch is on your own as most will take day trips during this time. For those who stay on property, there will be plenty of fruit, nuts and tea available. Dinner (7: pm) is a big part of the evening activity and is graciously served by the staff. Wine is also optional, as is an outing to a local vineyard for a wine tasting. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated as much as possible with most meals being vegetarian with occasional fish and seafood.

"Dear David: Thank you so much for hosting such a marvellous retreat in an idyllic setting. I can’t wait to go back - count me in for the next one. I forgot to mention how much good the week away did for me. I came back with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. Ideas flowing and so much achieved since my return. Thank you!! You are a miracle worker. Ciao Bellisimo, Margarita -- Halifax, England

Daily Itinerary:

Sunrise to Brunch: Silent Practice

7:30 Meditation & Qi Gong

9:00 Deep Flow & Satsang

10:30 Brunch

Free Time: Pool, Day Excursions, Naps, Bike Ride, Beach, Villages

5: Yoga Lab/Yoga Nidra/Authentic Movement/Yin Yoga/Heart Circle

7:30 Dinner

About David

"World-class Yoga Instructor David Moreno, ERYT 500, YACEP, has led international yoga adventures and retreats to Bali; India, Costa Rica, Jordan, and Mexico. This will be his fourth time teaching in Italy. David has also taught throughout the U.K, Germany, Thailand, Greece, South Korea, and Jakarta. "

Full BIo:

International Teaching:

Yoga Props & Car Rental

Yoga Props: Danena has plenty of yoga props including mats so you shouldn't need to  bring any props with you unless you have that very special one that needs to travel with you! 

Car Rentals or Car Hire:  Driving in Italy is an exhilarating experience and not that different from driving in the states except that stop signs and the laws of the road are more of a suggestion than something you can count on. I even learned how to not signal!  Fortunately, there are plenty of open back roads with sparse traffic. I would suggest renting a car if you can so that you can get to and from Danena, or take day trips as you please. If not, I can hire a driver for transfers to and from Catania airport or for afternoon excursions for an additional cost. Riding with those who rent a car is also a possibility once I can coordinate this.

The cost of a transfer to or from Catania airport is about €90. each way, and takes about an hour to get to Danena. There will be one-afternoon pickup from the airport on the afternoon of our start date,  October 2nd. If you arrive days early and what to get a ride you must get back to the airport at the designated time. (Time TBD.) There will also be one transfer from Danena to the airport on the morning of October 9th for the same cost.

The retreat starts on the 6th at 7: pm--there will be group welcoming and orientation at this dinner hour.

The retreat ends on the 13th at 10: am --after a lite breakfast.

Because Danena is booked back to back for the season, please do not arrive before 3:30 pm on the 6th and plan to leave by 10: am on the 13th. They are not able to accommodate pre and post-retreat stays.



If you are driving: From Catania Airport, follow  signs towards Siracusa,then take the Siracusa - Gela highway towards  Rosolini, come out Rosolini take the exit on you right towards Pachino,  after 4.8 km you'll see a little white sign Contrada Belliscala, turn  left, you will find us up the road.

Google Maps -


 “More than any other city, Syracuse encapsulates Sicily's timeless  beauty. Ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards, cafe  tables spill onto dazzling baroque piazzas, and honey-hued medieval  lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. It's difficult to imagine now  but in its heyday this was the largest city in the ancient world,  bigger even than Athens and Corinth. Its 'Once upon a Time' begins in  734 BC, when Corinthian colonists landed on the island of Ortygia and  founded the settlement, setting up the mainland city four years later.  Almost three millennia later, the ruins of that then-new city constitute  the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, one of Sicily's greatest  archaeological sites. Across the water from the mainland, Ortygia  remains the city's most beautiful corner, a casually chic, eclectic  marvel with an ever-growing legion of fans.” 

- Lonely Planet


 “Situated on the southern-most part of Sicily’s east coast, Vendicari  is a mixture of lagoons (pantano), sand dunes, rocky coastlines, and  sandy beaches. It was instituted in 1984 and is home to a wide variety  of flora and fauna. The high salinity of the ground provides an ideal  habitat for Mediterranean maquis, herbs such as thyme and rosemary and  other prickly customers such as juniper bushes.

Thousands of  migrating birds pass a few days here on their way to or from Africa.  Flamingos, herons, storks and cormorants are regulars during autumn,  while in the winter, ducks, mallards, pintails and terns take over. An  ornithologists' paradise, there are several hides for those who bring  their binoculars. For those whose interests are of a more active kind,  Vendicari offers a wonderful environment for a good seaside walk with  only the sound of the waves, birds and the wind for company.

Swimmers  (and sunbathers!) will find it hard to choose between the numerous  beaches and rocky coves that abound.”
- The Thinking Traveler

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until August 31, 20225 left

The majority of rooms at this location are shared, bring a friend or meet a new one! 

Cancellations: Cancellations received 60 days or more prior to the departure date are refundable, less the deposit amount. Reservations cancelled less than 29 days prior to the departure date are non-refundable. Full payment is due by August 15th, 2022. Your deposit is non-refundable.

Travelers Insurance is recommended, either as a separate policy or through your credit card company. In the registration process through WeTravel you will also be given an opportunity for insurance. 

Deposit: $800
Single Occupancy (LIMITED)
Available until August 31, 2022only 1 left

Single Occupancy is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Cancellations received 60 days or more prior to the departure date are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled 30-59 days prior to the departure date are subject to a cancellation fee in the amount of 50% of the journey cost. Reservations cancelled less than 29 days prior to the departure date are non-refundable. Full payment due by 8/15/22 $200. of your deposit is nonrefundable.

Deposit: $1085

Your Organizer

David Moreno
18 reviews
David Moreno, ERYT 500, YACEP, SFT, has taught at international yoga conferences, festivals, universities, and teacher trainings worldwide. He has worked privately with students in the fashion and entertainment industries as well as professional athletes. Among those athletes taught include the U.S. Olympic Men’s Swim team coaches for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He has worked as a product advisor and ambassador for the Canadian Athletica Company, Lululemon, is a certified Pilates instructor, Somatic Fitness Trainer and, an ordained minister. His yoga commentaries have been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, LA Yoga Magazine, and Common Ground. His dance criticism and reviews are featured Culture Vulture. David is also the creator and producer for Yoga DVDs, electronic books, Yoga Nidra downloads, and subscription yoga classes for Yoga Vibes. He is known for his keen sense of humor, making his teachings fun and informative. David lives in San Francisco, CA.


We had a great time in Sicily. Met wonderful people, shared memorable moments, ate delicious food and managed to do lots of yoga, meditation, dance and laugh together,; all in a beautiful, serene place.
By Mojgan V for Pasta e Prana: A Sicily Yoga Retreat on 24 May, 2019
We had a wonderful time in a beautiful location with a marvellous teacher. Inspiring and beautiful experience.
By Margaret B for Pasta e Prana: A Sicily Yoga Retreat on 20 May, 2019
We had great time. Wonderful groupe. Amazing food. Very nice and friendly staff and with David Moreno was amazing and great experience.. I had such a wonderful time.thank you for everything ??
By Saloumeh P for Pasta e Prana: A Sicily Yoga Retreat on 15 May, 2019
Great trip. Nice site. Great group of folks. Good food. Fantastic yoga. David is a remarkably gifted teacher. Overall a wonderful trip!
By Douglas B for Pasta e Prana: A Sicily Yoga Retreat on 13 May, 2019
My experience with David is always magical. I will cross seven continents to be part of his workshops. The accommodations in Italy were lovely. Love you!
By Victoria C for Pasta e Prana: A Tuscany Yoga Retreat on 09 Sep, 2018
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Abhimanyu (David,) I’m glad I waited to tell you about my experience in New Mexico, because I wasn’t aware of how much it would affect me now that I’ve returned to my “normal life.” There was a sadness that I think we all felt when we had to say goodbye to our magical alternate reality we shared, and you helped create for us, in those mountains full of deep wisdom. But since I left the retreat I’ve felt a return to something that I forgot, or missed within me. I’ve taken so many tools for my own spiritual practice from this that I honestly did not expect, I’m so grateful. And like Wolf said, “so inspired by you!” I feel a deep connection with everyone who shared this experience with me, and I think they would agree that this was a transformative experience, to say the least. I would sincerely encourage anyone to do something like this. Going into this I was in a particularly worn down place, emotionally, but yoga has allowed me to transcend that and be in the moment, and cultivate a practice, both spiritually and physically that is nothing short of amazing. Like my mom said, this is a turning point for me, and I didn’t even realize it at the time, but my practice is bolstered by, and draws upon the truly transformative experience I’ve had at the Jemez retreat. I am eternally grateful! THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, much love.
By Marlowe K on 08 Nov, 2016
David's trip "Journey to Petra" was an unforgettable trip that was so much more than Petra. The community, the yoga, the food, the sights, the time spent walking the roads of ancient civilizations put so much of my daily life into better perspective. This was some combination of retreat and adventure in a land that holds history of mythic proportion. Seeing this part of the world was also a humbling experience that brought me compassion and understanding for past and present political, religious and social events. I am changed and I would do this Journey again in a heartbeat.
By Ceri, D on 12 Oct, 2016
My personal highlight of the trip was the famed Wadi Rum desert stay with an early morning camel ride with the Bedouins and an exquisite "glamping" private tent stay. Every moment was like a dream, steeped in age old history and beauty beyond explanation...
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