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10 Days "Integration" 100 Hours Yoga Teacher Training in Ragusa, Italy

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, Via del larice, 5 Santa Maria del Focallo Ispica (RG)

Integration Yoga Teacher Training Italy

This 100-hour module program is an in-depth, transforming teacher training for passionate practitioners that want to take their practice to the next level. The course covers also pranayama, how to use functional anatomy to create memorable sequences, how to practice advanced yoga poses in a safe way, and how to share Kirtan in your community. It is possible to complete a full 200 Hours Teacher Training course registered with Yoga Alliance by taking the second module "Path to Yoga" held in April every year.

Meet the instructors

Ameriga
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Certificate of completion
  • Learn pranayama: theory and practice
  • 90-minute workshops on specific families of asanas
  • Bhakti sessions through the week
  • Daily delicious organic meals
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Portuguese
Airport transfer available:
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$76 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

During this retreat, you will be staying in Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The team of Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea, and you will see this reflected in your rooms, the gardens, meals, and the service to you. The bed and breakfast are run by Ameriga, the main yoga teacher, and Ettore, who runs the kitesurfing school, with the help of a team of friends that have been enjoying working together for several years.

Many guests have become friends and keep on coming back every season, which creates a beautiful familiar atmosphere. Do not worry if you are traveling by yourself because at Floripa is very easy to make friends with other guests and also with the staff and the dogs. The bed and breakfast are located 30 meters away from the sandy dune beach of Santa Maria del Focallo.

The stunning beach is 13 kilometers long and was awarded the Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its waters. It is the ideal place to relax and have a deep contact with the sea and the elements. Accommodation can be in a private room, shared room for two to five persons, or suite room with a private veranda. The bed and breakfast are composed of three houses surrounded by a lush garden.

All the rooms have been designed for your comfort and relaxation with modern simplicity and color. With hot and cold air conditioning, television, refrigerator, private bathroom, and Wi-Fi, you will have all the benefits of a hotel with the warmth and freedom that only a bed and breakfast can give you. The shared rooms can host four or five persons, with one en-suite bathroom.

There is an extra bathroom on the ground floor that the guests can use, and hot outside showers. It’s a great alternative if you are traveling on a tight budget and would love to be in the good company of other people that share the same passion for yoga and surf lifestyle! If you know you have a snoring problem or are a light sleeper, then Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House would recommend a single room.

Program

The training covers the following topics:

  • Pranayama: theory and practice
  • Bhakti yoga, through Vedic chanting and chanting Kirtan with harmonium
  • Asana Labs: laboratory where poses are examined anatomically to understand "functional alignment", modifications, use of props and hands-on assists
  • A thorough and comprehensive overview of the development of Indian philosophies, religions and spiritual practices. The lectures cover contemporary academic debates, and resources are shared widely, to empower the students to further continue to study on their own
  • Study history and philosophy with an academic approach (the lead teacher is MA in Yoga Studies)
  • Specialty classes on inversions, arm balances, and backbends
  • Plenty of practice teaching time with feedbacks for improvement an amazing sangha, a community of likely minded people who will be your spiritual nest

This training is registered with Yoga Alliance

Daily schedule

Schedule may vary slightly depending on the location of the training and time of the year.

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Light breakfast
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Bhakti Prema Vinyasa Flow
  • 11:15 - 12:00 Pranayama
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lecture
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Lunch break
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Lecture
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Workshop
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Practice teaching, Bhakti, Svadhyaya
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner

Please note on arrival day there is an opening circle, and on leaving day there is a closing circle. Please plan to reach the location of the training by 3 p.m. on the first day, and leave after 11 a.m. on the last day.

Instructors

Ameriga Giannone

Location

Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. It is one of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily. Ragusa is in the Monti Iblei, a large area of high ground, divided up by dry stone walls, and incised with ravines. The town was originally built on a small steep-sided hill with deep valleys on three sides separating it from the high plateau.

After the earthquake of 1693, which destroyed many of south-eastern Sicily's buildings, it was decided to rebuild Ragusa on higher, more level ground nearby. This new planned town was built, with straight streets and a rational layout, but local aristocrats did not want to move and instead built themselves new palazzi on the ruins of the old town.

Nowadays Ragusa has two parts: Ibla (or Ragusa Ibla), the older nucleus on its hilltop, and Ragusa Superiore, the more modern upper town which spreads from the post-earthquake streets into more recent developments. Like all Sicilian towns, Ragusa has its share of ugly modern sprawl, but this is well away from the historic center, which is remarkably unspoiled.

Distances

  • Agrigento, 170 kilometers
  • Catania, 119 kilometers
  • Catania Airport, 115 kilometers
  • Catania port, 110 kilometers
  • Comiso Airport, 66 kilometers
  • Marzamemi, 25 kilometers
  • Modica, 24 kilometers
  • Noto, 30 kilometers
  • Ragusa, 40 kilometers
  • Santa Maria del Focallo Beach, 30 meters
  • Scicli, 30 kilometers
  • Syracuse, 63 kilometers

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Food

During your stay, you will be served three daily delicious organic meals (breakfast, lunches, and dinners). In the morning, you can enjoy a healthy and plentiful breakfast buffet which includes fresh fruit, two cakes with one of them vegan, cereals, eggs, home-made jam, Italian coffee and cappuccino, oatmeal, different types of milk, tea, fruit juices, cereals, bread, occasionally croissants and pancakes, yogurt, biscuits, and cookies.

Vegetarian or vegan lunches and dinners are eaten every day together with the other guests and the Floripa team. Lunches and dinners are always vegetarian or vegan, generally presented as a healthy buffet of locally produced organic food. Gluten-free can be catered for. Wine will be served at dinner time. There are also some restaurants around 1 km away, which can be reached by bike (Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House provides free bicycles).

Finally, there is one common kitchen that can be used to cook your own meals. The closest supermarket is located three kilometers away (5 minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (seven kilometers away). The meals are mostly vegetarian, however, at breakfast, you will find ham and eggs. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House does not serve fish, and they serve meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue.

However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights. The breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are buffet style, so you will find dishes that you can eat most of the time. When you sign up for meals just write a remark with your eating style/special dietary requirements and the cook will make sure to have something for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Floripa is located in Santa Maria del Focallo, a tiny beach village close to Pozzallo, which is a bigger center easily reachable by bike. Pozzallo is a small village where you can try a real Sicilian Cannollo while you go for a walk enjoy the sea view. In addition, from Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, you can also rent a motorbike or a car and have a nice trip of the city here around, like Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli, and Modica. A range of other activities is available during your holiday. Some of these options may include additional costs.

Be amazed by historic sites

The beach town of Santa Maria del Focallo is located only a few kilometers away from Scicli, Modica, Ragusa Ibla, and Noto, which are beautiful baroque cities designated as UNESCO world heritage sites, and are easily reached by car.

Enjoy water sports

Go on an enjoyable banana boat excursion. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House also has a beautiful Lomac boat that can carry up to 18 people. It is great for fishing, diving, and those days without wind when you can enjoy wakeboarding. The boat is offered to guests at affordable prices.

Go exploring on bikes

Take a bicycle ride around the sleepy beach town. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House House has 8 regular bikes (free to use) and 2 electric bikes (for rent) that guests can use every day to explore the Sicilian farms or local dairies. If you wish to adventure even further, you can also rent one of their electric bikes. Behind the bed and breakfast lie miles of dirt roads in the countryside that you can visit freely and safely, away from traffic, enjoying the silence that only the countryside can offer.

Optional tours

A guided tour of the cities of Agrigento and Siracusa or Catania and Ragusa, inclusive of car, driver, and local guide depending on the route chosen is also available at extra cost.

Play beach sports

During the summer months, on the beach you will find courts for beach volleyball and tennis. You can also organize a beach football game with your friends. These courts are available free of charge for guests.

Relax and enjoy lazy days

The bed and breakfast environment is designed to give you maximum comfort, relaxation, and fun for an unforgettable holiday. You can bask in the warm sun and take long walks on the beach, read a book while swaying in the hammocks, or spend some quiet time in the peaceful gardens.

Take kitesurfing lessons

You can learn how to surf, kitesurf, or standup paddleboard.

Workshop

During the week you will be notified when special workshops will be held on arm-balancing, inversions, handstand, backbends, SUP yoga, and more. These vary depending on the teachers' availability and general requests.

Spa treatments

You can book deep-tissue, hot stones, and relaxing massages with local therapists for an additional charge. The garden Jacuzzi can be booked for private use or together with other guests (maximum 5 persons).

What's included

  • Daily 2.5 hours challenging morning Vinyasa flow, sequenced with a peak pose in mind
  • Daily guided pranayama practice
  • 90-minute workshops on specific families of asanas (inversions, backbends, and more)
  • 100 hours certificate of completion
  • Possibility to attend the second module in October 2020 in order to complete 200-hours teacher training
  • Bhakti sessions through the week
  • Daily delicious organic meals
  • 9 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transport from and to the airport
  • Country tax 1 EUR per person per night
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). Transfer from the airport is available for an additional cost of 70 EUR. From the airport in Catania the most convenient way to get to the center is to take a bus to Pozzallo - you will find the bus stop just outside of the arrivals gate on the right, the name of the Company is AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti), you can only buy the ticket on the bus by paying the driver 10 EUR per person. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can arrange a pick-up for you at the bus station for an extra of only 10 EUR between 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 15 EUR from 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The bus goes directly to Pozzallo and the drive takes around 80 minutes.

Arrival by bus

Departure from Catania Aeroporto arrival to Pozzallo. Monday to Saturday: 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. Sundays, and National Holidays (Easter Day, Monday after Easter, 25 April, 1 of May, 2 of June, 15 of August): 11:15 a.m., 5:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m. Please note that at times this schedule can change. If you take the bus from Catania, please let Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House know your arrival time and which one you think you will be taking.

Once you have actually boarded the bus please send a message or call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House so they can organize your pick you up at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10 EUR between 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 15 EUR from 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.). All kinds of transportation need to be paid by cash. Please note to message Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House when you board the bus, not when you arrive in Pozzallo, to give them time to organize your shuttle (otherwise you might have to wait for Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House at the bus station).

Make sure you take the bus to Pozzallo and NOT Pollazzo (which does not exist but it has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island). Alternatively, you can book a pickup service through Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House (70 EUR for a standard car, 80 EUR for two to three persons, an extra fee of 20 EUR applies for all transfer between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time once again to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name.

Arrival by ferry

The nearest port to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is located in Pozzallo where there is a stationary connection with Malta. Another important port not too far away is Catania, 110 kilometers from the hotel.

Arrival by shuttle

From Comiso Airport, you can book this shuttle service: Comiso shuttle. It’s 35 EUR per person to Pozzallo you can ask them to take you directly to the B&B - you can write in the remarks that you need to go to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House in Santa Maria del Focallo. They have been here before. Or if you prefer Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can send a private shuttle (it costs 60 EUR one way for a standard car, 70 EUR for two or three persons).

If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name, but in case you have a problem finding him, please call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. All kinds of transportation need to be paid by cash.

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer available: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$76 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Friday October 9, 2020
Departure: Sunday October 18, 2020

If you have any questions or concerns about travelling to Sicily, please reach out to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House or visit this page.

 

Cancellation policy

If you cancel your booking within 7 days from the check-in date, a penalty in the amount of the total cost of your stay will be charged. 

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