Sun, Sea & Savasana Retreat

September 2016

 

Down in the south of Italy, hidden between the edge of the lush forest of the aspromonte mountain and the coastline of the tyrrhenian sea lies Scilla, a beautiful ancient fisherman's village enchanted by a legend from Greek mythology of a beautiful sea goddess turned into a sea monster. 

This is the location of the Sun, Sea & Savasana Retreat and the perfect place for a yoga holiday with the amazing Mona Lisa Godfrey. For 5 days our home was a charming beachfront. The hotel had a beautiful terrace perfect for yoga and with each sunrise and sunset we would practice with the sea breeze against our skin and the magical energy of Scilla surrounding us. 

Scilla's beautiful mermaid beach with a view of Sicily in the distance.

Scilla's beautiful mermaid beach with a view of Sicily in the distance.

The view from our terrace at Le Sirene hotel. 

The view from our terrace at Le Sirene hotel. 

Yoga facing the magical Tyrrhenian sea. Our practice during the week combined elements of ashtanga, vinyasa, yin yoga and yoga nidra. 

Yoga facing the magical Tyrrhenian sea. Our practice during the week combined elements of ashtanga, vinyasa, yin yoga and yoga nidra. 

In between our yoga sessions we had time to explore Scilla and all its beauty. Sometimes we relaxed on the beach sunbathing under the bright sky, other times we'd go for long walks through the maze of cobblestone streets. Wherever we were our soundtrack was the sea crashing onto the shore. 

Scilla's Chianalea district is a beautiful place to spend the day. 

Scilla's Chianalea district is a beautiful place to spend the day. 

Evenings were spent dining in local restaurants trying out new dishes, everything from organic vegetables, home made pasta and freshly caught seafood paired with local wines. 

One day we went for a road trip to the other side of Calabria. We drove for an hour through the mountains and ended up hillside on the Ionian Coast at a beautiful organic farm. The farm specializes in olive oil, wine, citrus fruits and dairy products all from 100%  organic farming that honours the ancient traditions of the region. 

Azienda Agricola Barone Macri.

On this farm we reconnected with nature and learned about the slow food philosophy. We saw a cheese making demonstration, learned how to make olive oil, played with the animals and admired the cows that spend their days listening to classical music simply because it makes them happy, and happy cows produce more milk. Then we sat down to a delicious organic lunch where everything we ate, the cheese, bread, olives, vegetables, pasta, olive oil and wine all came from just a few steps away. 

The farm cultivates only organic olive trees, oranges, lemons, bergamot, clementines, mandarin and eucalyptus. 

The farm cultivates only organic olive trees, oranges, lemons, bergamot, clementines, mandarin and eucalyptus. 

Enjoying a beautiful day on the farm. 

Enjoying a beautiful day on the farm. 

After lunch we couldn't resist taking a dip in the pool surrounded by views of the majestic mountains.

After spending some time relaxing by the pool we dried off and drove to nearby Gerace to discover one of Italy's most perfectly preserved medieval towns. We ended the day with a stroll through town and stopped to try Gerace's famous granita. 

Feeling healthier than ever from the powerful yoga sessions, fresh air, healthy food and with our skin glowing from the sun we continued our retreat until we said our goodbyes.

It was such an amazing experience spending time near the sea with new friends. If you are interested in joining us on the next yoga retreat please check out the 2017 upcoming retreats page. 

 

By: Michelle Pedulla