Italy – June 07 – June 13, 2025

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$3,199 USD

(per person)

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The Essence of Sicily

Yoga Retreat with Steph Zavala & Alicia Rudolph

Spend a magical week in the enchanting landscape of Sicily basking in the sunshine of the Mediterranean on this 6 night/ 7 day Yoga & Meditation Retreat.

Join your hosts, Steph, Alicia & Breanna on a journey of a lifetime to the Italian island of Sicily where we’ll swim in warm Mediterranean waters along rugged and sandy coastlines, explore mountaintop sandstone villages, and uncover centuries-old ruins. Your days will be full of mindful movement, meditation, and zero KM locally sourced and locally grown meals prepared by a private chef. You’ll have the opportunity to dig deep and take the journey inward to discover or reaffirm what makes you feel most alive!

Retreat Leaders

Steph Zavala

Retreat Host

Alicia Rudolph

Retreat Host

Azma Ousmand

Co-Founder

Yoga and Workshops

Align with The Gods

Sicily is known for The Valley of Temples, an archaeological site of ancient Greco Roman temples to honor the gods. This workshop will cover # Hindu gods and goddess, including what they can represent in our own lives. Our practice will tune into the poses and practices that align to Hindu deities to delve deeper into the inner journey of our practice.

The Journey Within Yourself

Somewhere within each of us there is a place that is complete, whole, and at peace. Perhaps you’ve been led to believe differently or told otherwise – but within this sacred aspect of the capital “S” self, there is no fixing to be done. This workshop will discuss the concept of connectedness and the Anandamaya Kosha, the “bliss body”. Practice will include meditation, breath work, asana and journaling/reflection.

Itinerary

Day 01 - Welcome to Paradise

Upon arrival and check-in, we’ll start our retreat with a welcome yoga and meditation session to set a calming tone for the week ahead. In the afternoon, a grounding workshop will help everyone connect with the serene Sicilian environment. The day concludes with a delightful Sicilian cooking class and a shared dinner, offering an opportunity to bond with fellow retreat participants.

Day 02 - Root & Restore

We’ll begin our morning by setting intentions for the week, followed by mindful meditation and yoga led by Alicia and Steph. Afterward, we’ll indulge in a beautiful Mediterranean breakfast before enjoying some free time to ground ourselves in the luscious Italian surroundings. Later, we’ll join a cooking class with our wonderful on-site chef, learning to make fresh pasta and pesto with freshly picked basil.

After lunch, you can take a walk to the sea for some sunbathing or enjoy a bike ride around the area.

In the late afternoon, we’ll gather for our first workshop, followed by dinner and a sunset meditation. The day will conclude with a chance to stargaze under the clear Sicilian sky.

Day 03 - Coastal Wonders

Early morning yoga and meditation along the Mediterranean is followed by breakfast and departure for the stunning beaches of Scopello!

We’ll spend the early afternoon basking in the sun and enjoying the warm sea and later we’ll head into Scopello town, perched in the mountain above the beach for lunch and shopping.

We’ll return to our villa for dinner and some R&R.

Day 04 - Islands of Bliss

Today we explore the pristine islands off the coast of Sicily. After breakfast, we’ll head to Marsala and sail to the Egadi Islands – considered one of Italy’s best kept secrets. We’ll visit the unspoiled beaches of Favignana and Levanzo islands and have the opportunity to snorkel.

We’ll return back to our villa for dinner and a dreamy night after all of the adventure out at sea.

Day 05 - Enchanting Erice

We’ll start the day with a morning meditation and a yoga practice to awaken our minds and bodies. We’ll fuel up with a delicious breakfast before we head out to explore the mesmerizing, walled 12th-century medieval village of Erice with mountain charm, sensational sea-and-valley views and explore the striking Castello di Venere. This well preserved medieval town offers breathtaking views and fascinating history.

After a few hours exploring, we’ll return to our villa for dinner followed by a beautiful yin yoga practice and a meditation.

Day 06 - Unwind & Wine

Early morning yoga and meditation along the Mediterranean is followed by breakfast and a free morning and afternoon to relax and unwind before our final workshop.

Late afternoon, we’ll depart for a local organic wine producer (the first in Sicily), where we’ll get an insider’s look at how the local wine is made before sampling some of the world famous Marsala DOC wine and local appetizers as the sun sets in the horizon.

The day will conclude with a farewell dinner, celebrating the wonderful week we’ve shared in Sicilian paradise.

Day 07 - Serene Farewell

Our final Yoga & Meditation practice for our last morning together followed by breakfast before we say our see you laters and part ways.

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$3,199 USD

(per person)

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$3,199 USD

SHARED TRIPLE ROOM

Shared room with 3 beds and private ensuite bathroom with private garden, terrace or balcony, natural lime-washed walls and hand-made tiled flooring.

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$3,399 USD

SHARED DOUBLE ROOM

Shared room with 2 beds and private ensuite bathroom with private garden, terrace or balcony, natural lime-washed walls and hand-made tiled flooring.

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$3,899 USD

SINGLE ROOM 

Room with 1 bed and private ensuite bathroom with private garden, terrace or balcony, natural lime-washed walls and hand-made tiled flooring.

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Retreat Inclusions

  • 6 Nights / 7 Days at our historic 18th century farmhouse retreat center immersed in nature along the blue Mediterranean sea, surrounded by antique salt pans, vineyards, and olive groves in Sicily
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle from Palermo Airport at selected times
  • Delicious and traditional Sicilian breakfast, lunches at the villa, and dinner prepared by a private chef with high quality and local “0 KM products” with most produce grown directly on the farm
  • Daily Yoga/Meditation including sunrise/sunset classes
  • 2 Workshops/Activities with Steph & Alicia
  • Traditional Sicilian Cooking Class
  • Visit beautiful Scopello beach and town, consistently voted one of Sicily's best beaches
  • Explore the mesmerizing, walled 12th-century medieval village of Erice including visiting the Castello di Venere plus shopping and dining
  • Boat Ride to the unspoiled Egadi Islands including Favignana and Levanzo
  • Visit Sicily's first organic wine producer and taste local wines and appetizers
  • Bike Rentals to explore splendid views over vineyards, windmills and the magical colors of the Mediterranean Sea

Retreat Exclusions

  • Airfare to/from TPS (Trapani-Birgi Vincenzo Florio Airport)
  • Travel Visa to Italy - Not required for US or Canadian passport holders. Please check for entry/exit requirements based on the passport you hold
  • Travel Insurance (medical & trip cancellation) is mandatory to protect you in case of any unforeseen emergencies. Proof of purchase is required before trip departure.
  • Gratuities/souvenirs - at your own discretion
  • Lunches on Tour Days

AVAILABLE PACKAGES 

$3,199 USD

SHARED TRIPLE ROOM

Shared room with 3 beds and private ensuite bathroom with private garden, terrace or balcony, natural lime-washed walls and hand-made tiled flooring.

BOOK NOW

$3,399 USD

SHARED DOUBLE ROOM

Shared room with 2 beds and private ensuite bathroom with private garden, terrace or balcony, natural lime-washed walls and hand-made tiled flooring.

BOOK NOW

$3,899 USD

SINGLE ROOM 

 

Room with 1 bed and private ensuite bathroom with private garden, terrace or balcony, natural lime-washed walls and hand-made tiled flooring.

BOOK NOW

QUESTIONS?

Retreat Location

Breathe in the Beauty of Sicily.

The story of this place goes back to 1920 when our grandfather farmed these lands with grapes, olive trees and few animals. Despite the harsh conditions of that age, locals never lost hope and passion to make it a better place. Since 2007, we share this beloved space with the same passion and dedication.

The area belongs to the environmental protection network Nature 2000, because it is a habitat for dolphins and seals. It is a completely private, low-to-zero crowded people location and can be accessed only through our properties or via a boat. The beach is covered with small white pebbles and bits of sand. The crystal blue and turquoise waters will blow your mind.

Booking Terms and Conditions

A $500 USD non-refundable initial deposit will secure your spot on the retreat or you may choose to pay in full.

The remaining balance will be split into instalment payments with the total amount due 60 days prior to the retreat start date.

Alternate payment plans are available, please email us at hello@startyouradzenture.com to set up a plan that is flexible for you.

Please note, our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Initial deposits are strictly non-refundable.
  • If cancelled between 120 to 60 days of the Retreat start date, 25% of the Retreat price paid is forfeited. Any remaining balance paid may be used as credit for future bookings up to one year of the cancellation date.
  • If cancelled 60 days or less prior to the Retreat start date, 100% of the Retreat price paid is forfeited.
  • If you choose to join the Retreat after the start date or leave the Retreat prior to the end date, there are no refunds.

Please do not book your flight until you have received a confirmation to do so. You will be provided with instructions on when to arrive/depart.

An information package will be sent 30 days prior to departure and will include the retreat schedule, recommended packing list, and trip details.

It is your responsibility to confirm your passport has 6 months validity prior to departure from your origin.

COVID-19 Information

Currently there are no requirements or restrictions. Subject to change as per government regulations.