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Italy Retreat

be free, live fully

May 18 - 25, 2019

Join me for a unique and unforgettable experience in the heart of the southern province of Ragusa, Sicily! 

I invite you to unwind, take a breath and connect to your physical, mental and emotional bodies as you return to your natural state of harmony and beauty.

Pastures, fields & walking paths surround the retreat property in Sicily.

Fresh air and tranquility are in abundance.

A nearby beach town offers shops, restaurants, beach lidos and long sandy stretches of golden sand washed by the waves of the Mediterranean Sea . . .

Italy without Sicily forms no image at all in the soul; only here is the key to everything.

La Vita de Yoga

Welcome to Italian paradise! Come all sun chasers and join me for a magical week that combines all of my favorite things: travel (Italy!), sun, yoga, healthy foods and beaches! It is totally a yogi's paradise!

You will eat so healthy you'll feel nourished for all of the yoga-ing and adventuring we will do. Plus, all of the sleeping we will do under that big bright sky! 

We’ll visit a winery, go to the beach, take in some food prep classes and have time for optional adventures or simply lounging and reading.

 

The Practice: Your yoga retreat in Sicily will be designed around two daily practices, a morning rejuvenating practice and an evening healing/grounding practice. 

During the retreat, I will share health and wellness tips along with 2 optional cooking classes. This is a great time for you to push yourself in your yoga practice and to fully integrate a healthy lifestyle.

Use this time to reset in a new way!

 

Retreat Location Information 

SankalpaSicily is strategically placed in the heart of the southern province of Ragusa. The Baglio, a traditional rural structure built with the local white stone around an internal courtyard, is located in a quiet place in the unique Hyblean Countryside. 

The province of Ragusa has a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Here you can enjoy and explore the world renowned Sicilian Cuisine, Hospitality and Baroque Architecture, just to name a few.

Highlights include Ragusa Ibla’s stunning setting, defined as an island within an island, to Modica, with its magnificent churches, looming domes and a long tradition of chocolate making, to Scicli, a fascinating little town off the beaten track made famous with the series of Inspector Montalbano.

In close proximity (8km) you will find Marina di Ragusa, a beach town with shops, restaurants, beach lidos and long sandy stretches of golden sand washed by the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

We Are What We Eat

SankalpaSiciliy offers a wholesome and abundant buffet brunch and an early buffet dinner. Seasonal fruits, dried fruits, tea and herbal infusions will be available throughout the day.
Delicious, healthy, simple Sicilian inspired Vegetarian / Vegan / Raw food dishes made with local fresh ingredients and Love will be served.
SankalpaSicily strongly believes in local produce, from Farm to Fork and establishes close contact with local farmers and their products.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

DAY 1 - Saturday

12-4pm Arrival (light snacks available) and settle into our retreat!
5:30 pm Opening Yoga Practice
7 pm  Family Style Dinner
8:30pm Opening Circle

DAY 2   -  SUNDAY

7 am Meditation
7:30 am Coffee + Tea + Snacks
8:15 am Yoga
10:00 am Brunch
Adventure to the beach (Playa Grande or Sampieri beach)
5:30 pm Afternoon Practice
7:00 pm Family-Style Dinner

DAY 3  -  MONDAY

7 am Meditation
7:30 am Coffee + Tea + Snacks
8:15 am Yoga
10:00 am Brunch
Market Tour & Optional Cooking Class (Castello di Donna Fugata)
5:30 pm Afternoon Practice / Workshop
7:00 pm Family-Style Dinner

DAY 4  -  TUESDAY

7 am Meditation
7:30 am Coffee + Tea + Snacks
8:10 am Yoga
10:00 am Brunch
Relax at the Retreat or Visit Punta Secca
5:30 pm Afternoon Practice
7:00 pm Family-Style Dinner

DAY 5  -  WEDNESDAY

7 am Meditation
7:30 am Coffee + Tea + Snacks
8:15 am Yoga
10:00 am Brunch
**Excursion Day: Evening off from Yoga**
7:00 pm Family-Style Dinner

DAY 6  -  THURSDAY

7 am Meditation
7:30 am Coffee + Tea + Snacks
8:15 am Yoga
10:00 pm Brunch
Optional Cooking Class + Venture into Town (Ragusa Ibla)
5:30 pm Afternoon Practice / Workshop
7:00 pm Family-Style Dinner

DAY 7  -  FRIDAY

7 am Meditation
7:30 am Coffee + Tea + Snacks
8:15 am Yoga
10:00 am Brunch
Winery Valle del Acate Wine Tour + Lunch Out
5:30 pm Afternoon Practice
7:00 pm Family-Style Dinner
8:30 pm Closing Circle  

DAY 9  -  SATURDAY
9 am Breakfast + Depart


Accommodations & Rates

There are 10 individual apartments which are pretty straightforward. Each apartment offers AC/ Wi-Fi / hot water/ fridge/ kitchenette /crockery and is fully furnished in a setting around an internal courtyard of the Agriturismo.

All single beds can be made into double beds.

Some rooms have up to four beds.


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Each apartment dining area is unique.  

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SHARED PRIVATE: TWIN BED W/ SHARED BATH
Features: Private Bath, Fresh Linens, Cozy Apartment

$1,875.00 / Per person

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And each apartment looks out into our center area. 

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ANY APARTMENT CAN BE A SINGLE OCCUPANCY
Features: Private Bath, Fresh Linens, Cozy Apartment

$2,275.00 / Per Person

 

Couples rate (noN practicing spouse or bestie)
$1,575/add on to shared rate above


Travel Deets:

It is recommended to rent a car, which will be useful during your entire stay for tourist outings. 

From the states, it is cheaper to fly to Rome than to Naples. From either Rome or Naples or most of Italy, you can fly to Catania and pick your car rental there.

You can also fly to Comiso airport, which is nearer to our retreat location, but has less frequent flights. 

Upon request SankaplaSiciliy can organize airport transfers and a shuttle bus for beach visits or visits to nearby tourist attractions, all at students' expense.

From Catania Fontanarossa Airport

By Car
Take the Catania-Syracuse Highway E 45 towards Syracuse, take the exit Lentini, and merge onto S.S 194 Ragusa continue towards Ragusa on S.S 514 and s.s 115 Take the exit, towards Marina di Ragusa SP 25. Approximately 1 hour and 30 min

By Bus
There is a bus available almost every hour direct to Ragusa. You can check online on www.etnatrasporti.it From Ragusa there is a bus every hour, which will take you to the junction close to where SankalpaSicily is located.

From Comiso Airport

By Car
From Comiso Airport take SP5, continue onto SP30 and merge onto SS514 towards Ragusa. Take the exit towards Marina di Ragusa SP25. Approximately 30 min
By Bus
There are buses running from Comiso airport to Ragusa town at the time of research.

Tourist Assistance

The amazing island of Sicily has a lot to offer in-between the daily yoga classes, SankalpaSicily will be delighted to help the guests to get a truly Sicilian experience. Upon request we organize airport transfers and a shuttle bus for beach visits or visits to nearby tourist attractions, all at students' expense.


*There are yoga props at the space for you to use. But bring anything that doesn't weigh your bag down too much if you need something else. 

**All participant information must be completed in the retreat registration and waiver below. Please fill it out in its entirety after reading the terms.


YOGA RETREAT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Booking
(a) Your booking is not considered definite and no contract will exist until I receive a 50% (roughly $200) deposit from you and you agree to these terms and conditions. (b) We do not share customer details with any 3rd parties.

2. Payment
(a) The price is the exact amount to be received by me in US Dollars.
(b) The full payment amount is due on or before the first day of the retreat by check/PayPal/Venmo/cash in person.

3. Your Travel Arrangements
All travel arrangements are your responsibility and at your own cost. I shall not be held liable for any consequences arising from delays or cancellations in any of the companies you may have made arrangements with, or for any irregularities in your documentation required for travel. Transfers to/from the retreat are at your own cost, unless otherwise specified. (Mainly for Italy and India!)

4. Travel Insurance
(a) Travel insurance is highly recommended. If you choose to buy insurance we require that your travel insurance covers the activity of this retreat as well as unexpected cancellation, sickness, losses and all the usual risks. You should bring the policy with you in case of an emergency.

5. Your Health
(a) It is your responsibility to let your me know if you have any injuries and to be mindful at all times of your own body’s capability during the retreat. If you experience any injury or discomfort during any activity during the retreat, then you must desist immediately.
(b) It is also your responsibility to consult a doctor with an understanding of yoga to check that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to undertake yoga classes and other physical activities that you may choose to do while on the retreat.
(c) Please advise me of any mental or physical health conditions and dietary requirements before you book. If you have health conditions and dietary requirements (please fill out this form for any dietary restrictions or anything else I need to know about) that may be affected by the activities offered on our retreats I reserve the right to advise you to desist and in the interests of your wellbeing, or others, may decline your participation.
(d) Whilst all measures are taken to ensure a high standard of health and safety, the retreat is situated in the countryside where the land is uneven and I shall not be responsible for any injuries caused by uneven terrain.
(e) Women who are 12 to 28 weeks pregnant should provide a letter from their health practitioner specifying that they are fit to travel and able to engage in the activities that we provide. I would prefer pregnant women to have done a little yoga before they arrive.

7. Cancellation by you
(a) You (or any member of your party) may cancel your booking at any time, providing that the cancellation is made by the person submitting the booking form and is notified to me in writing. Cancellation will take effect the day such notification is received by me. If such cancellation is made within less than 30 days before the start of the retreat, I will retain the deposit of the retreat. However, if another person can be found to take your place, then we may offer you a refund at my discretion.

(b) Bookings are for the stated period of the retreat. There are no refunds for an unused portion of the retreat. If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your Insurance Policy, you may be able to make a claim on your insurance.

8. Amendments by ME
Occasionally, changes may have to be made (e.g., class times or other arrangements), which I reserve the right to do at any time. If your accommodation has to be changed, I will do my utmost to provide accommodation of a similar rating. If a significant change becomes necessary, I will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure.

9. Cancellation by ME
I reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel a retreat. In particular my retreats require a minimum number of at least 75% of the participants to have booked by 30 days before the start date. If this minimum number is not reached by that date I may cancel and refund the money to you.

10. My liability to you
(a) I accept responsibility for ensuring that the retreats are supplied as described and that the services we are contractually obliged to provide are to a reasonable standard.
(b) I do not accept any liability for cancellations, delays or changes caused by war, threat of war, terrorist actions or threats, closure of airports, civil strife, industrial action, natural disaster, technical problems to transport, staff cancellations, unforeseen changes in your personal circumstances or other events beyond our control.
(c) I am not liable for any injuries you may incur. Yoga classes are undertaken at your own risk. I are not liable for any medical or psychiatric conditions, which may develop during or subsequent to the retreat. I am not liable for loss of, or damage to, your personal property.

11. Group Bookings
Where a booking is made on behalf of several individuals the booking is conditional on the person(s) paying having authorization from all the individuals named on the booking form to enter into this contract. The terms of this contract will apply to each member of the group as though they had paid for their own retreat individually and directly to me.

12. No Liability for possessions
(a) It is your responsibility to ensure that your possessions are kept safe at all times. This includes rental cars or other hired equipment.

13. Complaints
If you have a problem during your retreat, please inform the me immediately and I will endeavor to put things right. Please note that I cannot be responsible for the individual behavior of any group member or other guest sharing your accommodation.

14. Privacy Policy
I do not share customer details with any 3rd parties. Any personal information that you provide to me will be used only for the service you requested. This information is used only for administration of the site system and in the compilation of statistics used by us to assess the use of the site. This privacy policy does not cover the links within this site linking to other sites.

15. Photography (for future promotional materials)

I, for good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, hereby irrevocably authorize Jessica Sandhu to use photographs of me and or my property and authorize her and her assignees, licensees, legal representatives and transferees to use and publish (with or without my name) photographs, pictures, portraits or images in any and all forms and media and in all manners including composite images or distorted representations, and the purposes of publicity, illustration, commercial art, advertising, publishing, for any product or services, or other lawful uses as may be determined by the photographer or studio name here. I further waive any and all rights to review or approve any uses of the images, any written copy or finished product. I am of full legal age and have read and fully understand the terms of this release. 


 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

The retreat package includes SEVEN nights at the SankalpaSicily retreat location, 2 daily yoga practices, 2 cooking demos, excursions for adventuring, one massage, brunch and dinner meals (RAW VEGAN, VEGAN and VEGGIE options only), fresh linens, coffee, tea, herbal teas, wine and the experience of being in a yoga community.

Let me know you are interested by filling this out here.


CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds (minus the deposit) up to one month prior to the retreat will be honored if you find a participant to take your place in the retreat or if there is a wait list and your spot can be filled.

After April 25th, 2019 no refunds will be made.


  The dedicated Shala practice space. 

The Shala space

One of the old cow stables has been transformed into a spacious embracing yoga Shala (80sqm) with 3 windows and an attached bathroom. Because of the original stone floor the floor is covered with a 2 cm thick Tatami. There are also some yoga mats, wooden blocks, straps and meditation cushions.


Reserve

Hold your spot by making a non-refundable deposit of $500 to either:

Venmo: @Jessica-Sandhu-1

Or use the Buy Now button below to pay your deposit via PayPal. 

Write check out to: Jessica Sandhu (email me here to notify of the check - I will share an address to send the check to.)

Half of the payment must be made by March 1st and full payment by April 25th, 2019. If you need more time on the entire payment or help with it, just let me know and we can work something out!!

Just commit and come!

Space is limited so reserve your spot!

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Shala space

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Every meal is a nourishing meal.

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Delicious vegan pizza.

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Our beautiful Piazza where we eat!

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The sunsets are magical!

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Looking into our retreat area.

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Watch the gorgeous sunset every night!

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Nearby Punta Secca town.