Pasta e Prana: A Sicily Yoga Retreat

Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Italy

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David Moreno
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18 reviews
May 4 - 11, 2019
Group size: 10 - 25
Pasta e Prana: A Sicily Yoga Retreat
Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Italy

David Moreno
  • Email address verified
18 reviews

$1525
Deposit: $500
May 4 - 11, 2019
Group size: 10 - 25

About this trip

 Sicily  is the home of half of my Italian relatives. Danena is a stunning yoga  retreat center on the south east coast of Sicily. The main location is  a 19th-century farmhouse - La Masseria - situated in the luscious  natural landscape surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean sea. The  nearby greek town of Siracusa is one of the main attractions as is Noto  and Vendicari nature reserves. 


Sicily is a land full of history, Roman,  Byzantine, Islamic, Norman, Greek, Spaniard, (The other half of my  relatives!) There's so much to explore on this incredible island, apart  from of course the beautiful beaches, people and food. And, the month of  May is the perfect time to visit!

What to Expect

 This week is both a yoga retreat and a bit of a travel adventure. Two  daily yoga sessions including, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Ayurvedic  Self-Care Practices, and group Heart Circles will be the focus of each  day. We will enjoy three sumptuous and healthy meals daily, that include  vegetarian with 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.


Registration also  includes transport to and from the Catania Airport and excursions to the  Greek town of Siracusa and to the nature reserve at Vedicari.

About David

World-class Yoga Instructor David Moreno, ERYT 500, has led international yoga adventures and retreats to; Bali, India, Costa Rica, Jordan, and Mexico. This is his second yoga retreat in Italy and the picture of him in handstand was taken previously in Venice. He has also taught throughout the U.K, Germany, Thailand, Greece, South Korea, and Jakarta. 


See "Your Organizer" below for more information about David.

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! 

Airport

Catania

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 - https://goo.gl/maps/u435edun16v

Syracuse

 “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

Vedicari

 “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 May 1st
$1525
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
Available until May 1stonly 3 left
$1975
Deposit: $500
$1525
Deposit: $500

Double Occupancy

Who’s Going

Your Organizer


DM
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.

Reviews

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!
CP
Wonderful trip and accommodations! Tuscany was beautiful!
This review is on behalf of me, and Carol Asher: Jordan: Amazing country with wonderfully friendly, welcoming people. Highlights: Wadi Rum and Petra (although the entire trip was fantastic), and the FOOD, FOOD FOOD was delicious; a camel ride to see the sunset and a donkey ride through Petra -- what more could one ask for? We had a nice, small group of unique, interesting and flexible people who were easy to be with. David, the yoga guru and leader of the pack, even inspired me (someone who'd never done yoga) to get myself up to do yoga EVERY MORNING! Lovely Raya was truly a ray of sunshine and worked tirelessly to meet our every need (she even insisted I use her yoga mat). A truly unique journey. Thank you David. Highly recommended!
EM
We had a fantastic journey. David and Raya put together an amazing itinerary. Petra was for me the highlight, but every day had new wonders to experience, including exploring the remarkably intact Roman city of Jerash, buried under the sands for millennia and only recently excavated; looking out over the Holy Land as Moses did from Mt Nebo, at the intersection of Syria, Golan Heights, Israel and the Sea of Galilee, Lebanon and Jordan; the serene green oasis of Ma'in Hot Springs, with natural hot waterfalls feeding the swimming pool, staying in luxe Bedouin tents and riding camels in the stunning Wadi Rum Desert; swimming/floating in the Dead Sea while staying in a grand spa hotel and visiting the very place where John the Baptist dwelt in a cave and baptized his followers, including Jesus. David's daily yoga instruction was a wonderful centerpiece of the trip, quickly bringing us together as a group, and helping us recover quickly from the rigors of travel. The food and hospitality were fantastic everywhere we went. The food alone makes Jordan a worthwhile destination. Our guides George and Ra'ed were very knowledgeable, warm and helpful. The drivers were top-notch, as was the support team from Karma Tours. Our group came together quickly and well. We all really enjoyed each other's company throughout. David was not only an excellent yoga teacher, he was a great leader and friend. And Raya was an incomparable host and companion, sharing the best of her country with generosity, warmth and heart. Thanks to all who made this the trip of a lifetime.
jf
Wow, Wow, Wow, what more can be said of the specular Petra, the goofiness of attempting to swim in the Dead Sea, combined with Yoga, new friends and the wonderful spirit of Yogi David. Namaste. John
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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 Kent, Berkeley on Nov. 08, 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, Dallas on Oct. 12, 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...
By Kevin, Seattle on Oct. 12, 2016
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