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Yogafilicudi Summer Retreats

Yoga retreats and holidays in Filicudi, Aeolian Islands, Sicily

The Location

Filicudi is one of the seven Aeolian Islands, an archipelago of volcanic origins located just North of the Sicilian coastline and which was declared a “World Heritage Site” by the UNESCO. The transparency of its waters and seabed, the colours of its sunsets, and the few beaches of pebbles and cliffs endow Filicudi with its unique charm.

It is precisely the untamed nature of its environment that makes the Island so appreciated by the lovers of uncontaminated and peaceful environments. Filicudi is the ideal spot for the practice of yoga and the pursuit of physical and mental well-being.

The Yoga Retreats

Normally, retreat participants will  practice Hatha Yoga. The practice will be made accessible to all participants of all levels and experiences through the usage of props (blocks, straps, cushions).

All yoga classes are open to a maximum of 12 participants, of all levels and ages. The small size of the groups will allow for a targeted and personalized teaching. We will provide all the necessary props: mats, belts, blocks, blankets, bolsters, and chairs.

On a typical day, we practice yoga in the mornings from 7:30 am to 9 am, in the covered patio, sheltered from the summer heat. Practice takes place in the open air, in contact with the sounds and scents of the surrounding nature. On the evenings when a class is scheduled, you will be doing yoga on the large panoramic terrace surrounded by the green of the countryside and the blue of the sea, in harmony with the gradually decreasing sunlight.

Not Just Yoga

The atmosphere at Yogafilicudi is intimate and cosy, in line with traditional Italian values. During your spare time you will be albe to enjoy the extremely clear and calm Mediterranean see, walk around the Island and plunge yourself in the untamed and rugged nature, or rest in the comfortable, cool spaces of the house.

The House

Guests are hosted and will practice yoga at Casa Rossi, in the Liscio district of Filicudi. The premises develops on two floors and includes: three twin bedrooms; one triple bedroom; a spacious mezzanine with a single bedroom; a very large kitchen; four bathrooms (one of which accessible from the terrace); a large covered terrace; a large panoramic rooftop terrace; a small open-air panoramic terrace; an outdoors Yoga space (covered); a planted garden; a new meditation garden; and a new relaxation space.

The distance of the house from the seaside is approximately 3 km on paved road, or a 20-minute walk on foot via the pedestrian paths. The house has East-side exposure with a breath-taking view on all the other Aeolian islands (except for Alicudi). The premises remains shaded and cool during the afternoon.

The Meals

After the morning practice: brunch with tea, coffee, barley coffee, milk, soy, rice or almond milk, yogurt, cereals and granola, rustic bread cooked in a wood oven, homemade jams, fresh fruit, ricotta and local cheeses.

After the evening practice: four dinners at a local restaurant with a typical Aeolian menu; two dinners at home with Mediterranean cusine; the dinner of the fourth day is not included.

Lunches are not included and guests will have to make their own arrangements. There are cafes and restaurants on the island that provide lunch options.

Travel Information

The easiest way to reach Filicudi from abroad is by flying to the South of Italy, either directly to Sicily or the mainland and then taking a ferry or hydrofoil form there.

From Palermo: approximately two hours and a half via hydrofoil with the company Liberty Lines. There is only one daily departure for Filicudi at 13:50, with arrival scheduled at 16:20. The port of Palermo can be reached by bus, which leaves from the city’s airport every half an hour; the bus ride lasts about 40 minutes.

From Milazzo: approximately two hours and 20 minutes via hydrofoil with the company Liberty Lines. There are two daily departures for Filicudi, at 6:30 (scheduled arrival at 8:30) and at 15:10 (scheduled arrival at 17:30). Milazzo’s port can be reached from the airport of the city of Catania with a 90-minute drive (either with the public service bus Giuntabus or with a shared taxi organized by Alibrando)

From Reggio Calabria: via hydrofoil with the company Liberty Lines. Departure at 1:40 pm, change of line in Santa Marina di Salina and arrival in Filicudi at 17:30.

From Naples: from the port of Naples, every Tuesday and Friday, the ferry company Siremar connects Filicudi with an overnight ship. Departure at 20:00 from Naples, arrival in Filicudi at 9:00 (on Tuesdays, you will have change ferry in Lipari, arriving in Filicudi at noon). The prices of the ferry varies depending on the time of the year and how in advanced you make the booking. It ranges between 50 and 70 euros for a cabin with bathroom.


2019 Calendar

  1. From Saturday 15 June to Friday 21 June: Hatha Yoga
  2. From Saturday 6 July to Friday 12 July: Hatha Yoga and Apnea
  3. From Saturday 13 July to Friday 19 July: Hatha Yoga
  4. From Saturday 20 July to Friday 26 July: Hatha Yoga
  5. From Saturday 24 August to Friday 30 August: Hatha Yoga
  6. From Saturday 31 August to Friday 6 September: Hatha Yoga and Apnea

Prices

Yoga&Sea course: 215 euros per person for 6 days 

Includes: 5 yoga lessons in the mornings, 4 yoga lessons in the afternoons, 1 sunset guided walk, 2 boat excursions (each lasting approximately 2 hours and a half), Yoga Feeling a.s.d. membership fee.

Yoga&Apnea course: 350 euros per person for 6 days

Includes: 5 yoga lessons in the mornings al mattino, 4 yoga lessons in the afternoons, 1 guided sunset walk, 5 apnea lessons with qualified instructor (includes car and boat transfers, visits to different diving sports, ballast vest, signal buyos, drinking water during activities), Yoga Feeling as.d. membership fee.

Hospitality: 360 euros per person for 6 nights

Accommodation in a double or triple room or in a single loft above a triple room with bathroom for every two or three people; six breakfasts; six dinners (of which four at a restaurant and two at home); bed and bath linen; daily cleaning.

Extra for independent mini-apartment with double bed, bathroom, kitchen, terrace (limited availability); prices are per night, per person, for two people: until July 20th and in September: 15 euros (20 euros for single use); from 20 to 26 July: 20 euros (30 euros for single use).

The above prices do not include: travel, transfers on the island (necessary on arrival and on departure), wine and alcoholic beverages, lunches and snacks during the day.

Do you want to learn more about the magic of Filicudi and the Aeolian Islands? Here’s a collection of articles in English from the international press

Falling in Love With Italy’s Blissful, Rustic Aeolian Islands by The New York Times Style Magazine

Think You’ve Seen Enough of Italy? These Volcanic Islands Will change your Mind by Travel + Leisure

Sicily’s Aeolian Islands: Where heaven meets hell by CNN

The Aeolian Islands by The Observer