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9 Days 80hrs Teacher Training “Awakening Somatic Intelligence” with Ritu in Sicily, Italy

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, Via del Larice 5, Santa Maria del Focallo, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy

Awakening Somatic Intelligence Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Italy

Take your practice to the next level with this course specifically designed for advanced practitioners/teachers. If you are already a registered yoga teacher (RYT), you will be eligible for 80 continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance upon the competition of this training. This course is part of Bhakti Prema Yoga’s 300hrs Teacher Training program, which is taught during residential retreats of 7 nights/8 days at our retreat centre in south Sicily. Each module can be taken independently as a 80 CEUs course with Yoga Alliance, or all together for a 300hrs advanced teacher training course.

Meet the instructors

Ameriga
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Highlights

  • Daily 2,5 hrs 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, etc.)
  • 80 Continuing Education Credits with Yoga Alliance upon completion (for RYTs only)
  • Possibility to attend other modules in order to complete 300-hours teacher training in 3 years
  • Bhakti sessions through the week
  • Daily delicious organic meals
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 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

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 is 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 is 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 private room, shared room for two to five persons, or suite room with private veranda. The bed and breakfast is 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.

Our shared rooms can host 4 or 5 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 travelling 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 we would recommend a single room.

Program

Awakening Somatic Intelligence

The focus of the this module will be on understanding the bio-mechanics involved in yoga poses and how to access a Somatic experience through our bodies. In this module we will also discuss how to guide our students into embodied experiences through our verbal guidance.

Our module will have a special guest: Ritu @premritu

Ritu is an amazing human being, in 1978 she hitchhiked her way to India where she met Osho and then spent 12 years living in his communes in India and USA. Her life story after that is just as amazing.

Today Ritu works as a Holistic Counselor and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and is one of the facilitator of Path of Love.

During the course, Ameriga will work on how widespread disembodiment is in our societies, why this is even a problem, and how to go beyond the body-mind split and reconnect with every moment as it is experienced by the body, while Ritu will create a different space of enquiry to process the emotions that will come up during the training. .

In our daily meeting with her, Ritu will open a safe space for feeling what is moving in our inner world, welcoming everything that is: anger, frustration, sadness, peace, spiritual insights.

This module will focus on:

  • In-depth study of the musculoskeletal system and how bones and muscles relate to yoga poses. Anatomy doesn’t have to be boring or complicated! In the anatomy lab you will have the opportunity to also do several tests on each other to deepen your understanding of how the joint shape can affect the ability of students to get into specific poses.
  • Learn how to use cues that enhance the somatic experience, rather than referring to musculoskeletal alignment. We will also look at cueing in clear ways that support the bhava of the practice.
  • Understand the uniqueness of each body’s skeletal variation and be able to cue and modify poses to access every body type in the class.

Asana Labs: these classes will focus on the in-depth study of selected asanas. For every pose we will learn how to modify taking into account skeletal variations, use props and kramas, and effective and safe hands on adjustments;

Workshops: during the week Ameriga will teach several 90 minutes workshops on specific families of asanas (usually every other day). After looking at the anatomy and mechanics of the poses with the help of plastic skeletal models, she will guide students to explore advanced poses through partner work. The following workshops will be taught: Headstand, Arm-Balancing, Backbends, Handstand, Vedic Chanting and Bhakti Sessions. Every other day, you will have a Mysore style backbend class.

This course will be taught mostly by Ameriga Giannone, lead teacher at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

Ameriga's classes are a blend of Ashtanga elements fused into a Mandala Vinyasa flow style practice, with emphasis on intentional movements, playfulness, breathe work, somatic embodiment and compassionate adjustments. Her flows are intelligently sequenced to challenge the practitioners and bring them into a place of exploration of their potential. She will offer several variations for most poses, allowing modifications and personal contributions, with the idea that she is a guide, but the real teacher is the one practicing on the mat. Ameriga offers hands-on help when needed, as she believes that the personalize guidance of the teacher can lead the students in deeper expressions of the poses.

Ameriga has studied skeletal variations with Jo Phee, as well as participated to a fascia study that involved cadaver dissection at the Plastinarium in Germany. She has collected over 2.000 hrs of education in Vinyasa Flow yoga (300 hrs with Shiva Rea, Simon Park and Meghan Currie), Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga (with Lino Miele, Gregor Maehle and Kamal Singh), Yin Yoga (with Jo Phee), Pranavashya Yoga (with Vinay Kumar in Mysore). Ameriga studied Oriental Languages and cultures at the University, has a Masters degree in Anthropology, and is a avid student of yoga philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism and Sanskrit.

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.

Food

During this program, you will be served three daily delicious organic meals. 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.

For lunch, you can usually chose between the dishes of the day or a vegetarian buffet. Vegetarian or vegan dinners are eaten every evening together with the other guests and the Floripa team. Dinners are always vegetarian or vegan, generally presented as an healthy buffet of locally produced organic food. Gluten-free can be catered for.

If there are meals that are not included in your package, then you can “pay as you go” (price ranges from 6 to 18 EUR). There are also some restaurants around 1 km away, which can be reached by bike (we provide free bicycles). Finally, there are two common kitchens that can be used to cook your own meals. The closest supermarket is located 3 km away (5 minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (7 km away).

Our meals are mostly vegetarian, however at breakfast you will find ham and eggs. We don’t serve fish, and we serve meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue. However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights.

Our breakfasts 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

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 centre 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 seaview. In addition, from us 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 for 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 electrical 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 etc. These vary depending on the teachers' availability and on the general requests.

Spa treatments

You can book deep-tissue, shiatsu, 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

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • All workshops
  • 3 delicious organic meals per day (breakfasts lunches dinners)
  • Upon the completion of this training, Registered Yoga Teachers will be eligible for 80 continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Transfer from - to the airport
  • Country tax 1 EUR per person per night

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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 pick-up for you at the bus station for an extra of only 10 EUR. The bus goes directly to Pozzallo and the drive takes around 80 minutes.

Below is the bus schedule

  • Departure from: CATANIA AEROPORTO arrival to Pozzallo
  • Monday to Saturday: 09:15 11:15 12:45 14:45 16:15 18:45 20:45
  • Sunday: 11:15 17:45 20:45 21:45
  • Sunday: 08:30 15:00 19:00

Please note: at times this schedule can change: check http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it for the updated timetable.

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 organise your pick you up at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10 EUR).

All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.

Please note: message us when you BOARD the bus, not when you arrive in Pozzallo, to give us time to organise your shuttle (otherwise you might have to wait for us at the bus station).

Please note: 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 pick up service through Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House (70,00 EUR for a standard car). 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.

From Comiso airport you can book this shuttle service: Comiso shuttle, it’s available online at http://www.comisoairportshuttle.it It’s 22 EUR per person to Ispica but if you add an extra 8 EUR they take you directly to our 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 we can send a private shuttle (it costs 60 EUR one way). 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 problem finding him, please call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.

Driving directions from Catania Airport

  • Once you exit the airport, take the road towards Syracuse Primosole.
  • Continue on the ring road until Highway A18, and take the Rosolini exit.
  • At the exit, go left until the first roundabout, and turn left again.
  • Merge onto Highway 115, and follow the signs to Ispica-Ragusa.
  • At the Ispica roundabout, leave Highway 115, and take the second exit to Pozzallo.
  • After 800 meters, turn left at the Focallo Santa Maria del Borgo Village Marisipica sign.
  • Turn left again along Road 67 for 2 kilometers.
  • Turn left at the sign indicating SP67.
  • Turn immediately right, and at number 5 you will find the Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

Arrival by bus

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can provide a shuttle service to Pozzallo / Ispica for an extra costs of 10 EUR. Please contact Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House for more information.

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.

GPS

  • Latitude: 36.72296800977594
  • Longitude: 14.91648316383361

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
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 May 8, 2020
Departure: Saturday May 16, 2020

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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