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Yoga in Sicily

July 24 - 31, 2017 (WAITLIST ONLY)

with Mike & Gabriela Baiocchi

Siete Nostri Ospiti! (Be Our Guest!)

Step out of the ordinary and into Italy. For 8 days and 7 nights, you’ll be at home in breathtaking Sicily, where the locals celebrate the best of life: romance, relaxation, pasta, wine, and friends. Take in a deeply relaxing Yin yoga class before bedtime, or practice meditation with your tea as the soft winds blow off the coastal rocks and up to the rustic local villa. Or start your morning with an engaging Vinyasa class before breakfast. Every day offers new opportunities to swim in crystal blue coves, hike in the nearby Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, sip coffee from the main piazza, or simply wander through the town delighting in the sights and sounds of one of the most spectacular places on earth.


  • 7 Nights’ Accommodation (private or shared bedrooms, private bathrooms, daily cleaning, beach towels & umbrellas)
  • Daily organic breakfast & juice/coffee
  • Traditional 5 Course Sicilian Dinners
  • Nightly Aperitivo (happy hour)
  • Transfers to/from hosted day trips
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Wine tasting & lunch at a local natural winery
  • Hike & Swim Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve, entrance fees and light lunch
  • Visit to stunning Scala dei Turchi (Turkish Steps)
  • Taxes and fees

**All meals can be made vegetarian.
Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated, but need to know in advance.

  • Location

    Scopello Italy offers one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. But don’t take our word for it! La Tonnara di Scopello is among the most coveted filming locations in Hollywood. The tuna fishery, likely the only remaining remnants of a tuna fishery in Italy, sits in the middle of a cove surrounded by olive trees. Accommodations for the fishermen (“tonnare”) still remain under the watchful presences of a medieval tower. La Tonnara di Scopello is featured in films such as Ocean’s 12, Largo Winch, and Sicilia.

    The city of Scopello offers sweeping ocean views, century old traditions, expansive history, fantastic shopping, delicious food, and clear blue waters. Whether you’d like to walk along the quiet beaches of San Vito lo Capo or spend a rigorous day hiking along the white rock cliffs, you can find it here.

  • Practice

    We offer yoga and meditation classes daily. All experience levels are welcome to join, and all yoga and meditation classes are completely optional. If you feel like joining us daily, then you are absolutely welcome. If you decide to spend the time on your own exploring the village or relaxing in the villa, that is also completely fine. This is your retreat to enjoy as you wish. (Classes range from Yin to Vinyasa.)

  • Food

    Federico Fellini, renowned Italian filmmaker once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” We couldn’t agree more. In Italy, food is love and life. Italian food is known for its simplicity. As a guest on our retreat, you’ll eat your way through Scopello, Italy with the fervor and love of a true Italian. Italians take their food seriously, often dining for hours over fresh pasta and flowing conversation.

    At breakfast, Marisin serves flakey homemade pastries, fresh local fruit and juice, homemade jams (the marmalade is made from oranges and lemons grown in their front yard), local honey, meats, and delicious bread, fresh from a wood-burning oven. In the evenings, you’ll dine on five-course meals with fresh, local ingredients. Salvatore and Marisin Tranchina, the owners of Pensione Tranchina, collect all of their ingredients from their own neighborhood and transform these modest ingredients into works of edible art. Of course, you can’t truly experience Italy without trying Italian olive oil. Marisin and Salvatore make their own olive oil from 200 year-old olive trees on their property. You’ll get to enjoy it with fresh ricotta and fabulous company.

  • Lodging

    For 8 days and 7 nights, you’ll be staying in a family-owned bed and breakfast adored by locals and visitors alike. Nestled atop the picturesque hills of Scopello, this quaint 10-room guesthouse is lovingly cared for by owners Marisin and Salvatore. The Villa sits just 2 km from the Zingaro Nature Reserve and is just a short walk from the local village. All guest rooms feature a private bathroom, mini fridge, and comfortable accommodations. Some rooms have ocean views and balconies.

Itinerary +

Sample Day:

8am – Begin your day with an invigorating Vinyasa yoga class
10am – Head down to the kitchen for a home cooked Italian style breakfast of fresh bread, jams, cheese, meat, and fresh fruit
11am – After breakfast, spend a couple of hours doing whatever you wish. Take a walk along the beach, go shopping for treasures, or sip an espresso while taking in the gorgeous views from the village.
12pm – In the afternoon, we’re heading to a local winery for a tour and a tasting.
3pm – Once you’re thoroughly relaxed and full of delicious wine, we’ll return to the Villa for an afternoon siesta. Take the time to read, take a nap, or rest at the hotel.
8pm– Each evening, we’ll all come together for a 5-course dinner served family style in our private restaurant.

“The trouble with Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later, you’re hungry again!” ~ Henry Miller

Teachers +

Gabriela Baiocchi

Gabriela Baiocchi

Gabriela is one of the leading influencers on the Seattle yoga scene. Apart from her role as Studio Director at Bala Yoga, Gabriela teaches private in-home yoga around the Seattle community. After completing her 200 Hour training with master teacher Les Leventhal, Gabriela practiced alongside teachers such as Annie Carpenter, Johnny Kest and More.
Michael Baiocchi

Michael Baiocchi

Michael found yoga during his career as a professional athlete and martial artist. The need to find more balance in his life is what quickly brought yoga to Michael. Michael’s classes are challenging but grounded. Earthy and playful, they are built around simple sequences that let students cultivate strength and calmness of mind. Students experience the physical richness of the practice as well as its moments of humor and inner-awareness.



Details +


Arrival and Departure Procedure

Palermo. – Falcone Borcsellino Airport
Transfers from Palermo airport to scopello

Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
Visa is not required for stays in italy.



  • Recommended $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits.
  • Additional food and beverages including alcohol.
  • Flights and transportation to and from the retreat location.
  • Tipping


  • light rain coat
  • hat / sunglasses / bathing suit / sun screen
  • warm clothes just in case / fleece
  • swim / beach towel
  • games
  • travel books
  • iPod/music player
  • camera
  • books
  • any special dietary foods
  • toiletries
  • Yoga props & mat
  • Bug spray

Cancellation Policy:
Deposits secure your spot on the trip and are not refundable. Refunds for the balance payments vary depending on timing. For cancellation requests submitted with more than 30 days of retreat date: 100% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. For cancellation requests submitted within 30 days of retreat date, 50% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Cancellation requests within 14 days of the retreat: sorry but no refunds given, no exceptions. Nobody books a retreat with the intention of canceling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits will be granted for failure to attend, complete or for arriving late or leaving early.


Early Bird Double Occupancy (Jan 28-April 16) $1999
Regular Price Double Occupancy (April 16-May 30) $2299

*Private occupancy available for an additional $600. Pricing listed is for shared occupancy.
*Partial sea view rooms available for an additional $200/person

$500 Deposit
Pay in Full by May 30, 2017

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