Yoga retreats and holidays in Filicudi, Aeolian Islands, Italy
“Yoga & Nature”
by Valentina Rossi & Giusy Murabito
From Saturday 25 May to Friday 31 May, 2024
From Saturday 14 September to Friday 20 September, 2024
The perfect island that offers the perfect silence and the simplest beauty to find the balance through yoga and by walking in nature, listening to the history, stories and legends of this magic island surrounded by the blue of the Mediterranean.
This is the experience. We will alternate the yoga practice, led by @Valentina Rossi of @Yogafilicudi, to naturalistic walks, guided by @Giusi Murabito of @Walking Eolie&Sicily, of different levels of difficulty respecting everybody’s pace, absolutely without rush. We will stop to breathe, enjoy the landscape, and Filicudi charme. We will meet the locals and listen to their stories, so remote and current at the same time. Good food will gladden our experience all the time. Within the week we will have the possibility to include Alicudi too.
Sat May 25th/Sept 14th arrival to Filicudi from Maple by ferry or Milazzo by hydrofoil. Accommodation at Casa Rossi or Residence Gregory in order of reservation and according to availability. First yoga practice in the afternoon at sunset. Dinner at Casa Rossi: vegetarian buffet with typical local dishes, healthy food made with love.
Sun May 26th/Sept 15th morning yoga practice and then breakfast/brunch follows at Casa Rossi, to get ready to walk to Pecorini port to get to know the “architecture” of the island. Free lunch and afternoon. Before sunset we will walk to reach the local house on the hill for our typical Filicudari style dinner on a private terrace with accordion music.
Monday May 27th/Sept 16th after breakfast-brunch walk to the archeological site of Capo Graziano, Macine and Filo Braccio. Free lunch. Yoga practice in the afternoon at sunset. Free dinner.
Tuesday May 28th/Sept 17th: early yoga practice then breakfast-lunch. The rest of the morning is free to enjoy the island your way, free lunch. Afternoon walk along the donkey’s trails with local homemade product tasting. Free dinner.
Wednesday May 29th/Sept 18th breakfast-brunch, then 9AM hydrofoil to Alicudi. We will explore Alicudi at a different level of difficulty, nothing is mandatory, but the island is of a very different beauty and so hermetic, really worth visiting. Back at 4PM. Yoga practice in the afternoon until sunset. Dinner at Casa Rossi.
Thursday May 30th/Sept 19th early yoga practice, then breakfast-lunch and walk to Zucco Grande, the abandoned village. Free afternoon and dinner.
Friday May 31st/Sept 20th departure day. Check-out Casa Rossi 0930 AM.
It will be possible to do boat activities according to the weather. Program may change due to weather conditions. To confirm a reservation we need a 300 euro deposit.
Cost of the experience is 910 euros per person, in double occupancy.
The package includes:
- 6 nights at Casa Rossi in big rooms, (35sm) double occupancy with private bathroom each, finely furnished with linen included, daily cleaning, wi-fi, drinkable tap water, panoramic terrace, garden with hammocks, sea towel. Possibility of a room with mezzanine as a triple.
- Other accommodation is at Residence Gregory.
- 6 breakfast-brunch* at Casa Rossi
- 3 dinners, one of which at a farmhouse on the hill with local Filicudari specialties and accordion music; 2 at Casa Rossi.
- 6 Yoga lessons, 1.5h each + dedicated tool set for the whole week.
- 5 days of guided walks including insurance
- Local product tasting
- n.6 private group transfers
- 24h travel assistance
Not included: How to reach the island (we can provide assistance and advice), lunches, dinners as specified in the program, the tour to Alicudi which is +25 euros for the hydrofoil two ways, +35 euros lunch at a local house.
Valentina is the author of Yogafilicudi® and President of amateur sports association Yoga Feeling. She has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years with different teachers and at different schools: Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Iyengar Yoga. In 2017 finished the four-year training course for teaching Yoga at Centro Yoga Bhadra of Milan, of Beatrice Calcagno. The school program complies with EU requirements for yoga training to become teachers and is recognized by CONI. Since 2014 she teaches Hatha Yoga for small groups with a tailored approach including the use of devices such as chairs, bricks, pillows, blankets, belts to improve the performance of asanas. Practitioners are of all ages and levels of preparation, also beginners. Every year she takes part in refresher courses and occasionally she goes to practice in India.
Author of Walking Eolie & Sicily founded in 2012 in Filicudi. Naturalistic guide (AIGAE certified) since 2013, professional translator graduated in Rome in 1997, Molecular Biologist graduated in Catania in 2006. After several professional steps she decided to dedicate her life to being happy by guiding guests from all over the world through the beauty of nature she loves, and offering experiences as a local insider. Between Filicudi and at the feet of Mount Etna. Specialized in edible wild herbs and flowers to which she dedicated a book: Flower recipes of Eastern Sicily and Aeolian Islands, and author of Women’s Cooking – Recipes and Tales of Filicudi.
Filicudi is one of the seven Aeolian Islands, an archipelago of volcanic origin located just North of the Sicilian coastline which was declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO. The transparency of its waters and seabed, the colors of its sunsets, and the beaches of pebbles and cliffs give Filicudi its unique charm.
Filicudi’s untamed nature makes it the perfect place for 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 Classes
Participants will practice Hatha Yoga. The practice is made accessible to participants of all levels and experiences through the use of props.
All yoga classes are open to a maximum of 12 participants. The small size of the groups allows for a targeted and personalized teaching. We 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. In 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 able to enjoy the clear and calm Mediterranean sea, walk around the Island and immerse yourself in the rugged nature, or rest in the comfortable, cool spaces of the house.
Guests are hosted at Casa Rossi and Residence Gregory, in the Liscio district of Filicudi. The premise of Casa Rossi develops on two floors. Spaces for the guests include: three large bedrooms, each one with a bathroom; a spacious mezzanine with a single bedroom; a very large kitchen; a large covered terrace; an open-air panoramic terrace; an outdoors Yoga space (covered); a planted garden; a meditation garden; and a relaxation space.
The distance of the location from the seaside is approximately 3 km on paved road, or a 20-minute walk on foot via pedestrian paths. The house has East-side exposure with a breath-taking view on all the other Aeolian islands (except for Alicudi). The premises remain shaded and cool during the afternoon.
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, cakes and pastries, ricotta and other local cheeses. After the evening practice guests can have dinner at restaurants with a typical Aeolian menu or dine at home with Mediterranean cuisine. For lunches and snacks during the day, there are cafes and restaurants on the island that provide several options.
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 from 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 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 to change ferry in Lipari, arriving in Filicudi at noon). The prices of the ferry varies depending on the time of the year and how much in advance you make the booking. It ranges between 60 and 70 euros for a cabin with a bathroom.
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.