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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).

In addition to the normal practice of Hatha Yoga, the week of  21-28 July will also be dedicated to the practice of Thai Yoga and the week of 25 August – 1 September will be dedicated to Iyengar Yoga. Moreover, the weeks of 16-23 June and 12-19 July will combine yoga practice with Mindful Gardening and of Do In, respectively. Scroll down to see the calendar for more details.

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.


2018 Calendar

  1. From Saturday 16 June to Saturday 23 June: Hatha Yoga and Mindful Gardening
  2. From Sunday 24 June to Sunday 1 July: Hatha Yoga
  3. From Tuesday 3 July to Tuesday 10 July: Hatha Yoga
  4. From Thursday 12 July to Thursday 19 July: Hatha Yoga and Do-In
  5. From Saturday 21 July to Saturday 28 July: Thai Yoga
  6. From Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September: Iyengar Yoga

Prices

Hospitality: Accommodation in a double or triple room or single mezzanine; 6 breakfasts/brunch; 6 dinners (some at home and some at a local restaurant)

390 euros per person for 7 nights (including bed linen and bath towels)

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, the dinner of the fourth day.

Four couples, we highly recommend accommodation in a small apartment in the immediate vicinity of the main property, subject to they payment of a supplement: € 15 per night per person. The mini-apartments consist of a double bed, bathroom, kitchen and a private patio. Linen and cleaning fees are included in the price.

 

Yoga seminars

“Yoga & Nature”: 4 morning Yoga classes (2 hours each); 4 afternoon yoga classes (1h30 each); 1 accompanied morning trekking excursion; 1 guided afternoon trekking excursion

“Yoga & Mindful Gardening” or “Yoga & Do-In”: 4 morning Yoga classes (2 hours each); 2 afternoon Yoga classes (1h30 each); 3 lessons of Mindful Gardening or 3 lessons of Do-In (2 hours each, in the afternoon); 1 accompanied morning trekking excursion

200 euros per person + 10 euros for membership fee to Yoga Feeling a.s.d.

 

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 Isalnds by The Observer