Sicily Retreat – FAQ’s

What makes the Minareto Resort special?
The Minareto Resort is a 5 star gem in Syracuse, offering a rare sandy beach experience in an area known for its rocky coastline. Nestled in the Bay of the Latomie within the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, the resort boasts exclusive beach access with umbrellas and towels for guests, a pool, and a top-notch restaurant. Learn more here: Minareto Resort

If I choose to share a room during the retreat, will I have to share a bed?
No, you will not have to share a bed if you opt for a shared room. The rooms are equipped with king-size beds that can be converted into two separate beds. You can specify your room arrangement preference when booking, and we will make the necessary accommodations to meet your needs. You can also adjust your request as we get closer to October.

Can I bring my spouse who does not practice yoga to the retreat? Is it suitable for friends or others who might not participate in the yoga sessions?
Absolutely! Your spouse, friends, or family are more than welcome to join the retreat, even if they do not participate in the yoga sessions. Our retreat is designed to cater to a variety of interests beyond yoga, such as guided cultural tours, culinary experiences, and leisure time in beautiful settings. While you enjoy your yoga sessions, your companions can participate in other activities offered at the resort or simply relax and enjoy the environment. This retreat is about more than just yoga; it’s an immersive Sicilian experience that has something for everyone. So, feel free to bring along someone special to share in this unique adventure.

Do I need to have a lot of experience in yoga to join this retreat?
Not at all! The retreat is designed for individuals of all yoga levels, from beginners to more experienced practitioners. The yoga sessions are crafted to be accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of their yoga proficiency. Savonn and Stacey are adept at tailoring the practice to meet the needs of each participant, ensuring supportive sessions for all. This retreat is about embracing wellness at your own pace and comfort level, surrounded by the stunning beauty of Sicily. So, whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years, you will find the sessions enriching and adaptable to your skills.

What kind of activities are included?
Our itinerary is diverse, catering to various interests. History enthusiasts, architecture lovers, gastronomes, and nature aficionados will all find something captivating. Highlights include private boat tours, a hike on Mount Etna, visits to renowned wineries, authentic Sicilian cooking classes and more. We use local guides who speak fluent English and who know the ins and outs of the places we will be touring and visiting.

What makes the La Corte del Sole’s cooking class special?
The class offers an authentic Sicilian culinary experience. People often give the class a 5 star review and praise the engaging teaching style of the chefs, the delicious results, and the beautiful setting. You’ll learn to prepare traditional Sicilian dishes like pasta alla Norma, arancini, and cannoli, guided by experienced chefs Rosario Vaccarisi and Lorenzo Insolia. Find out more here: La Corte del Sole

Is this retreat a good value?
Yes. Our group package rates provide significant savings compared to booking these accommodations and experiences individually. The quality of accommodation, exclusive activities, and expert local guides make this retreat exceptionally valuable for a retreat experience in Sicily.

Why is the trip in October?
With Sicily’s rising popularity, especially after being featured in the recent season of ‘The White Lotus’, tourism has surged in recent years. Visiting Sicily in October offers a blend of pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and vibrant cultural experiences, making it an ideal time for those seeking a more authentic and comfortable travel experience. In October the temperatures are typically in the 70s (Fahrenheit), ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing without the extreme heat of summer.

If the retreat is offered again, will the prices be the same?
Should we decide to offer this retreat in the future, it is likely that the costs will be higher. This is due to the overall trend of rising travel costs in Sicily and Italy in general. Recent data shows that accommodation and restaurant prices in Italian cities, including Sicilian destinations, have seen significant increases (an average of 13.6% for accommodations since May 2022)​​. Additionally, the overall travel cost in Sicily, including expenses for accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing, has been steadily rising.

I want to go but I’m not ready to sign up? If you get close to a sold out retreat can you let me know that may be all I need to push me to sign up?
We understand that making a decision to join a retreat is significant especially when there’s a lot going on. If you’re interested but not quite ready to sign up, we can keep you informed about the registration progress. As we get closer to capacity, we can reach out to you. Please email Savonn to let her know what type of room you are hoping for and whether you would be coming solo or with someone else.