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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 50 continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance upon the competition of this training. This course is part of Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House’s 300 hours Teacher Training program, which is taught during residential retreats of seven nights/eight days at the retreat center in South Sicily. Each module can be taken independently as a 50 CEUs course with Yoga Alliance, or all together for 300 hours advanced teacher training course.
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.
Ameriga, the lead teacher of this course, has practiced extensively Ashtanga Vinyasa and learned hands on adjustments by personally assisting Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci, and also studying under Kamal Singh and, for vinyasa flow, under Shiva Rea.
(ERYT500) Ameriga's classes are a blend of Ashtanga elements fused into a Mandala Vinyasa flow style practice, with emphasis on intentional movements, playfulness, somatic embodiment, and compassionate adjustments. Her flows are intelligently sequenced to challenge the practitioners into exploring their potential. Ameriga has collected over 2000 hours of trainings in Vinyasa Flow (300 hours with Shiva Rea, Simon Park, Meghan Currie), Ashtanga Vinyasa (with Gregor Maehle, Nancy Gilgoff, Kamal Singh and Lino Miele), Yin Yoga (with Jo Phee), Pranavashya Yoga (with Vinay Kumar).
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.
During your stay, you will be served two daily delicious organic meals (breakfast and dinners) and can order lunch in case you feel hungry as an extra. 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 dinners are eaten every evening together with the other guests and the Floripa team. 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. 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 (Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House provides free bicycles).
Finally, there are two common kitchens 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can learn how to surf, kitesurf, or standup paddleboard.
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.
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).
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.
Departure from Catania Aeroporto arrival to Pozzallo. Monday to Saturday: 09:15, 11:15, 12:45, 14:45, 16:15, 18:45, 20:45. Sundays and National Holidays (Easter Day, Monday after Easter, 25 April, 1 of May, 2 of June, 15 of August): 11:15, 17:45, 21:45. 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.
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.
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.
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