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MEDITERRANEAN FLOW Retreat

23-30 June 2019 I Sicily, Italy

Join us for a week of mindful yoga practice, life coaching and bodywork sessions in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.

This 7 days retreat is carefully designed to give you the physical and mental space for slowing down and connecting to what brings you a sense of joy and purpose, whilst surrounded by the beauty of nature and a friendly group of other flow-seekers.

 

What is flow? 

When was the last time you were so absorbed in the joy of what you were doing that you completely lost track of time? 

Those who flow as life flows, know they need no other force
— Lao Tzu

One of those instances when you were truly in ‘the zone’ – fully immersed in that awesome feeling of energised focus, laid-back enjoyment and complete involvement with what you were doing. That’s exactly what being in flow is all about. And we want you to experience more of it. 


What to expect?

 During this 7 days retreat we will share daily yoga and meditation classes, group workshops and one-to-one life coaching sessions, as well as integrated bodywork massages.

Our daily yoga and movement practices are suitable for all levels, and will help bring balance to the body and mind. Relax and unwind with healing massages and simple, calming meditations; the perfect setting for you to access that inner place of flow and help you learn you how to drop into it more easily. 

There will be plenty of time to relax by the pool, trips to the surrounding sights and – of course – incredible Mediterranean food and wine.

By the end of the week you’ll feel revitalised, with a clearer idea of how you can successfully move with the flow of life,  while working towards your goals with a more relaxed outlook and an increased sense of momentum. 


Retreat highlights

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Yoga and meditation with James

Your intentions for this retreat will be supported with a daily yoga practice incorporating elements of qigong and mindfulness meditation. James will guide you through nourishing and uplifting practices that help create space and freedom in both body and mind. We’ll explore how to release stress and tension, how to focus the mind, and how to find greater balance in life.

*Classes are suitable for all levels from beginner to more advanced, with individual care and attention for each person.

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Life coaching workshops with Kris

Going with the flow doesn’t mean sitting back and letting fate decide what your future looks like. Rather the opposite.

It’s about painting the ‘Why?’ in your life in such vivid colours, that the ‘What?’ and the ‘How?’ somehow present themselves automatically.

Over the course of two workshops, one private session and personal exercises, Kris will help you reconnect with your ‘Why?’. He’ll also help you find ways to achieve that energised focus and sense of flow on a day-to-day level by applying the concepts of Deep Work. 

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Integrated Bodywork with Alex

This deep powerful combination of Eastern and Western massage modalities, cupping, kinesio taping and aromatherapy, complemented by intuitive touch, restores the internal energy flow of the body by releasing any blockages or stagnant energy, stored within the fascia and the muscle tissues.

Every session is a bespoke experience, allowing the body to be truly nourished, and come back to wholeness structurally, physically, emotionally and mentally.


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Nourishing Sicilian food

Located in the center of the Mediterranean, Sicily has always been a melting pot of culture, art and traditions and also the cradle of the most authentic Mediterranean cuisine. It is based largely on the use and imaginative preparation of the extraordinary vegetables that grow on the Sicilian soil. From oranges to lemons, to basil, mint, capers, wild fennel, saffron, tomatoes and artichokes, everything contributes to create dishes that are unique for taste and nutritional properties

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Traditional accomodation

The Masseria has 13 double rooms. Two rooms with private bathroom, are located in the main building, above the Yoga room. A third room with private bathroom is in a cottage in the garden, with its own private patio. The other 10 double rooms, with shared bathroom – one every two rooms – are located in five cottages in the garden, all with their own equipped private patio and their own kitchenette. All rooms have heating and air conditioning facilities and are elegantly furnished with antique or Sicilian style furniture.

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Sightseeing trips

The Masseria stands in the heart of the Madonie, one of the wildest areas in Sicily, rich in forests, valleys, mountain gorges, medieval villages. You can discover secluded places, cross the Tiberio Gorges by rubber dinghy, raft in the Pollina river, reach the mountain tops through secrets trekking or mountain bike trails. And then there is still Sicily, with its millennial ancient art, its shimmering beaches, its archaeological wonders and the legendary kindness of its inhabitants. 


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Location

Nested in the heart of the Madonie mountain park, a few miles from Gangi – voted “Most beautiful village in Italy” – and about 40kms from the enchanting fishermen village of Cefalù, our retreat is hosted in a 17th century “Masseria”, wonderfully restored with respect to her traditional structure. Surrounded by the silence offered by its enclosed 25 hectares park, at 650 mts above the sea level, you will be able to walk for hours in the secret inner paths and in the hidden centuries-old oak forest, get lost in the labyrinth garden of the 18th century, explore the banks of a “private” river, meditate and practice yoga on the terrace overlooking the mountains and the valley or just relaxing by the infinity pool.

What’s included

  • 7 nights / 6 days choice of shared or single accomodation

  • 3 meals a day vegetarian buffet style, coffee, tea and snacks

  • two group coaching workshops and one 1-to-1 session

  • daily Yoga classes

  • one 60 min bodywork session per participant (additional bookings available on request)

  • full use of all facilities at the Masseria (kitchen, lounges, outdoor infinity pool)

Not included:

  • flights and visa fees (if applicable)

  • return group transfers from Catania Airport (appr. €40pp. depending on group size)

  • extra nights accomodation in Catania

  • additional transfers

  • optional sightseeing tours

  • alcohol

  • personal expenses (tips, meals during transfers stops, etc.)

Retreat schedule

23 June - Arrival to Catania, transfer to the Masseria in the afternoon, introduction and dinner

24-29 June

7 am Yoga

8.30 am Breakfast

10 am Coaching Workshop (24 and 29 June)

12.30 pm Lunch

2-7pm Free time (1-to-1 Coaching sessions, Massages, Hiking, Relaxing)

7.30pm Dinner

10pm Quiet time and sleep

30 June - Breakfast and departure to Catania

*Sightseeing full or half day trip TBC


Your hosts

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James Rafael

James helps people explore, have fun, and find a greater sense of balance and wellbeing through movement and meditation. His classes challenge and nourish in equal measure, leaving you feeling revitalised and uplifted. He teaches a yoga practice that focuses on breath and healthy alignment in the body, whilst approaching it all with a sense of curiosity and humour. James draws from over a decade of daily practice, a lifelong love of movement, from Qigong, and from the mindfulness tradition.

James works closely with private clients across London, and is fortunate to teach at leading global yoga centre triyoga, and top UK clubs such as The Third Space.

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Kris Verlé

As a professional life coach, Kris is on a mission to make personal development as accepted and talked about as personal training. Over the past seven years he’s supported a wide range of professionals in developing a better understanding of who they are, what they want for their future and – most importantly – why.

Through one-to-one client sessions, workshops and writing, Kris helps people explore issues around procrastination, ineffectiveness and lack of motivation. By helping them establish healthy routines, he supports clients in getting past their status quo by starting to live as the best possible version of themselves.

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Alexander Ivanov

Alex is a wellness practitioner, dedicated to creating authentic experiences and developing environment that encourage holistic wellbeing. Passion for traveling and immersing in local cultures has introduced him to the great traditions of Asia. His journey into healing and bodywork had taken him to Thailand, Maldives, Laos, Cambodia and Bhutan, where Alex learnt extensive number of therapies, successfully incorporated in his treatments.

He is an affiliated Thai Massage and Reflexology teacher with TMC Massage school in Chiang Mai and regularly organises trainings and retreats in Europe and Asia. Alex is the owner of AIM Wellness and is the facilitator of this retreat.


Transport Options

  • The nearest airports are Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) and Palermo (PMO)

  • Both airports are well connected to most European destinations with flights by British Airways, Ryanair, EasyJet, WIZZair, Alitalia, Norwegian. For flight options we recommend checking www.skyscanner.net To be on the safe side we recommend not to book any flights before we have reached the minimum number of participants.

  • Group transfers will be from/to Catania however there could be an additional transfer from Palermo if needed

  • When booking your flights, we recommend you plan your arrival time in Catania before 1pm, to coincide with the group transfer at 3pm.  There will be one scheduled pick-up only and timing TBC. Please email your arrival details to us as soon as they are available.

  • If you are unable to make the pick-up,  we can arrange a transfer for an additional cost.

Check-in and Check-out

  • Check-in is after 3pm on the day of arrival.

  • Check-out is 11am after breakfast on the last day. Transfer back to Catania at 11.30am. Please plan your departure flights accordingly with departure after 3pm.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes, a journal and a pen, good book, reusable water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, bathing suit.

All necessary yoga props are available however you can bring your own if you would feel more comfortable.


Payment details

Bank details:

AIM Wellness Solutions Ltd

First Investment Bank

37 Dragan Tzankov Blvd.1797 Sofia, Bulgaria

Acc. number: BG58FINV91501016959401

Swift code: FINVBGSF  (all payments in EUR)

Investment

€1150 pp - Shared room with shared bathroom

€1450 pp - Private room with shared bathroom

€1650 pp - Private room with private bathroom


Terms and Conditions

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of €500 is required to hold your place with the balance due 23 May 2019

Cancelation policy:

Please be sure you will be able to attend before you submit your deposit. All deposits are non-refundable. Payment is due in full 60 days prior to the start of the retreat. If you cancel 60 days or more prior to the retreat start date, you will be issued a refund, less your €500 non-refundable deposit. We cannot offer any refunds, transfers or credits for cancellations for any reason within 60 days of the retreat start date.

Thank you for your consideration with this policy - we hope that you can appreciate the amount of time, love, and energy we wholeheartedly put into each retreat. 


For more information contact Alex at hello@aim-wellness.com or +359899216844 (Whatsapp)