I have been busy working tirelessly on a new and exciting venture and am so pleased to finally invite you to join me on this journey. Teaming up with Nicoletta Polo, Duchess of Palma, we welcome you to partake in Elite Yoga Escape Sicily in August and September 2019 in the gorgeous 18th century palazzo. An unforgettable five-day yoga retreat - suitable for all levels - with twice-daily yoga, breathing and meditation classes in one of the palazzo’s most stunning rooms with marble floors and a ceiling fresco.
Leave the stress of your world behind and escape to your new home away from home. Stay in one of our unique fully-equipped, self-catered apartments with all the home comforts and amenities to make this stay one you won’t want to leave.
Rise and shine
Daily morning meditation, breathing and yoga asana practice based on the Ashtanga primary series. Followed by breakfast with all the delicious delights of local market fruit and baked goods, strong Italian coffee and simply-squeezed fruit juice to give you an appetite for what the rest of the day holds in store for you...
With Elite Yoga Escape Sicily, choose between a selection of must-sees and enjoy a guided tour including sights from Massimo Theatre, the Palatine Chapel, Palermo’s Cathedral and Politeama Theatre to the stunning gilded Monreale Cathedral overlooking Palermo and the sea for picture perfect photo opportunities.
Take time out for yourself to enjoy your own company. Meditate on a contemplative walk through the Botanical Gardens and the Giardino Garibaldi, or enjoy the adrenaline rush of hiking up to the lofty heights of Mount Pellegrino.
For more restorative free time take a day trip to the gorgeous white-sand beaches at Mondello and Cefalu or let us arrange a blissful two-hour spa session and hour long massage at Hotel Porta Felice, the wellbeing Spa across the road from the palace, at a discounted price - specially for Elite Yoga Escape Sicily guests.
However you want your free time to be, whether it be fast-paced, adventure-fuelled or spa session satisfaction, we will arrange it all for you from the moment you step out of the palace to the moment you return.
A Day Cooking with the Duchess
An opportunity to take a cooking class with Nicoletta Polo, Duchess of Palma in her palace kitchen.
After a tour of the atmospheric local markets, delve into local produce and learn about herbs and exotic fruits and flowers in Nicoletta's private garden terrace before coffee and biscuits. Then learn to prepare, cook and decorate the 4-course culinary masterpiece of a lunch that we will share around the silver adorned table in the grand dining room looking out onto the sea views - with recipes to take home! Nicoletta will then give a fascinating tour of her lovingly restored palace that is home to the original handwritten manuscript of Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
Eating in Sicily
As the apartments are self-catered you can choose between taking the skills you’ve learnt from your 'Day Cooking with the Duchess' and putting them to good use in your own apartment kitchen, cooking up a storm with the freshest ingredients from the vibrant markets or exciting your tastebuds with local cuisine from our recommended restaurant list - for which Elite Yoga Escape Sicily will arrange reservation and travel for you, so no hassle is involved in meal time.
After your excursion day out and then free time before dinner, we will regroup for an evening yoga session to wind down and allow the experience of the day to sink in and settle.
Taking your yoga practice home
By the end of your stay you will be feeling rejuvenated from the outside in; with glowing, youthful sun-kissed skin, a whole different mindset and perspective to take back to your everyday life and a new sense of being. Your yoga practice is yours - during your stay here, you will be guided on how to incorporate daily practice into your life with a take home self practice.
More than a yoga retreat
Elite Yoga Escape Sicily is not just about stretching your body but your mind and your senses too. Here’s to living, not just existing. To feeling, not just flowing. To being, not just breathing. Wake up to consciousness. More than a getaway with a fitness regime - this is a full introduction to what yoga really is while being fully immersed in new experiences and diverse culture to discover a deeper layer of you.
Heighten your senses by experiencing the destination; delve into new beginnings, meet like-minded people and discover new delights through the extraordinary location. Lose yourself to find yourself stepping into a world unknown while being open to self-enquiry through twice-daily meditation and practice of the Ashtanga primary series. This is the perfect environment for new neurons to be fired, creating pathways that allow for a deeper connection to the self to be realised.
If you have already been to Sicily, we’re here to give you more, welcoming you to a new dimension of the place you thought you knew… If you haven’t, welcome to the experience. You're in good hands.
Reconnect on this journey of self-discovery. Here’s to a new perspective!
With August and September dates rapidly approaching and interest growing, book now to avoid disappointment. For more information, please see Elite Yoga Escape Sicily at Elite Yoga Escape.