4 – 11 AUGUST 2018
With Massimo Cantara
HOLISMOS YOGA HOLIDAY
We have been organizing yoga vacations and yoga retreats for over 20 years in several countries in Europe. In this period we have acquired a lot of experience and in 2014 we gave birth to “Holismos Yoga Holidays”. We love yoga and we enjoy the practice in beautiful natural settings. With this project we intend to share the passion and love for yoga with others, experiencing, with new friends, an interesting, relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
With great care we have chosen for you the best possible locations at the best possible price. We love to share the beauty of these places with people that likewise, believe in the value of practice, wellness, relaxation, friendship and evolution. The island of Favignana is the latest location we have chosen for you and can’t wait to discover the natural beauty of the sea, sunbathe in the golden beaches and taste the delicious Sicilian food. We would be happy if you would consider spending with us this truly wonderful week.
Saturday 4th: Arrival, welcome aperitif, Chill out, after dinner illustration of the program and brief meditation
Sunday 5th: 7,30 – 9,30 yoga (asana, pranayama e meditation)
Monday 6th: 7,30 – 9,30 yoga (asana, pranayama e meditation)
Tuesday 7th: 7,30 – 9,30 yoga (asana, pranayama e meditation)
wednesday 8th: free day
Thursday 9th: 7,30 – 9,30 yoga (asana, pranayama e meditation)
Friday 10th: 7,30 – 9,30 Yoga (asana, pranayama e meditation)
Saturday 11th: 7,30 – 9,30 (asana, pranayama e meditazione). Greeting and departure
During the week we will propose two evenings of practice, participants will have a chance to deepen their practice of Meditation, chanting and asana. We will fix the days during the initial briefing.
To book your place you’ll need to pay a deposit of 200 € non refundable after the 30th of June.
Not included in the price are: your plane ticket and any other transportation, the hire of any locomotion (bicycle or scooter) the main meals.
Supplement for private single room: 300 €
Hatha yoga represents one of the many branches of yoga and one of the main aspect of practice explored in the Raja Yoga. In the 20th century, hatha yoga, particularly asanas (the physical postures), became popular throughout the world as a form of physical exercise, and is now colloquially termed as simply “yoga”.
Many modern schools of hatha yoga in the West derive from the school of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who taught from 1924 until his death in 1989. Among his students prominent in popularizing yoga in the West were K. Pattabhi Jois famous for popularizing the vigorous Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga style and B. K. S. Iyengar who emphasized alignment and the use of props.
Another major stream of influence within and outside India has been Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887–1963) and his many disciples including, among others, Swami Vishnu-devananda – founder of International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres; Swami Satyananda – of the Bihar School of Yoga; and Swami Satchidananda of Integral Yoga. In India, Baba Ramdev of Haridwar has popularized yoga among the masses in the 21st century.
Yoga’s combined focus on mindfulness, breathing and physical movements brings health benefits with regular participation. Yoga participants report better sleep, increased energy levels and muscle tone, relief from muscle pain and stiffness, improved circulation and overall better general health. The breathing aspect of yoga can benefit heart rate and blood pressure.
Massimo Lived and studied in England for more than ten years and speaks fluent English. He is a member of Three Treasures Yoga, an international recognized yoga school. Massimo is a registered yoga teacher with SYM (Shiatsu Yoga Mediterraneo) as well as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher. He is also a qualified kinesiologist and Cranial Sacral therapist.
In 1999 he founded Holismos, a centre for yoga and complementary therapies in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, and in Varese, Italy near to the Swiss border. He also teaches Anatomy, Physiology and bodywork for yoga Teacher Trainings. Massimo spent 12 years practicing Shorinji Kempo (2° Dan) but trained originally as a percussionist, playing for many years in various groups in the UK and in Italy. Massimo teaches a solid classical style of yoga sprinkled with ideas and suggestions from his back ground in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kinesiology and percussion.
The hotel Antichi Mulini is located in an old windmill in open countryside, surrounded by greenery and overlooking the sea. Furnished in typical Sicilian style, warm, welcoming and frescoed with G. Mattò’s “Mattanza” paintings. The large room exhibits objects and memories of the restaurant itself and the traditional Sicilian culture. The typical Sicilian cuisine of the Antichi Mulini restaurant is based on fresh fish catch with traditional recipes and excellent typical wines from the rich cellar of the restaurant. The restaurant “Antichi Mulini” offers tasty themed nights often enlivened by the live traditional Sicilian music.
The rooms are cleaned every day and they are provided with tv set, air conditioning and fridge. Every room is provided with bathroom and shower and can be arranged with twin or
double beds as requested.
The island is often referred to as La Farfalla on account of its shape which has been likened to a butterfly aflutter over the blue sea. Its proper name is in fact derived from favonio, the prevalent local wind, although in Antiquity, it was known as Aegusa. In more recent times, the fortunes of the island have been inextricably linked with the Florio family (see MARSALA) after they invested in a tuna fishery here, down by the harbour, where a prominent tower still marks the skyline. Favignana covers an area of about 20sqm. The west “wing” is dominated by Montagna Grossa which, despite its name, rises to a mere 302m. The eastern part of the island, on the other hand, is flatter and harbours the island’s main town. The jagged coastline is interrupted, here and there, with short stretches of sandy beach.
Many terrestrial and underwater archaeological finds, dating back to the Paleolithic era, testify to the permanence of people coming from every corner of the Mediterranean, which have given rise to the history of the Western world This is the largest protected marine area in Europe where large prairies of poseidon, as a large submerged tropical forest, provide a valuable habitat for the reproduction of many species of fish, a great variety of resident and migratory birds, extraordinary cetaceans, Caretta Caretta sea turtles and less sporadically the rare Monk Seal.
THINGS TO DO IN FAVIGNANA
There are many things you can do to fully enjoy the Island. Here are some suggestions for you to check out:
- Scuba diving in the bay of Cala Rossa, voted as the second most beautiful beach in Italy
- Visit the numerous caves along the coast accompanied by the localk fishermen.
- Diving amongst the relicts and the shallow water of “Secca del Toro”
- Contemplating the sunset from “Punta Sottile” or enjoy the the panorama from the Castle of Saint Caterina.
- Visit the museum of “ex Stabilimento Florio” or visit the ancient quarries of Tufo and the underground gardens
- Visit the museum of sea shells.
- Visit the archeological area of San Nicola.
- Visit the Island by bicycle or on the back of a donkey.
- Enjoy shopping and taste the local delicacies.
Favignana, according to a TripAdvisor recent survey, is been rated as the third most beautiful Island of Italy and in the top ten of all of Europe. Cala Rossa is been voted second most gorgeous beach in Italy.
HOW TO GET THERE
Come raggiungere Favignana (a 7 km di distanza da Trapani):
Via mare: in traghetto da Genova, Napoli e Livorno a Trapani o Palermo.
In aereo: Aereoporto Falcone-Borsellino (Palermo) o anche Aeroporto di Birgi (Trapani).
For early birds, booking before 31ST of May the price is è di 580 €
After the 31st of May the price is 620 €
To book your place you’ll need to pay a deposit of 200 € non refundable after the 30th of June
Price includes: the hotel in shared occupancy with full continental breakfast, yoga lessons, and guided excursions.
Not included in the price are: your plane ticket and any other transportation, the hire of any locomotion ( bicycle or scooter) the main meals.
Supplement for private single room: 300 €