SICILY | YOGA + TASTES OF PALERMO - La Vita in Equilibrio

SICILY | YOGA + TASTES OF PALERMO

" Sicily is the clue to everything. " Goethe

Imagine a maze of crumbling grandeur where you can abandon yourself to the mysterious charm of winding vicolos and medieval markets, gothic palazzos and ancient ruins — a place where the salty air leads you like a siren past eternal crossroads of fallen empires and faded frescos.

Last September we set out on our all-inclusive Sicilian adventure! La Vita in Equilibrio took us to this fabled island in the Mediterranean sea. Our Escape began in the vibrant and flamboyant city of Palermo. Famed for its storied past and street food culture — this is a city at the edge of Europe, at the center of the ancient world, a place where Arabesque mercati rub shoulders with baroque churches, a place where centuries of art and history collide in a display of bedlam and beauty.

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Staying in the heart of Palermo, our boutique hotel Baglio San Giovanni is in the lively and joyful area of centro storico. We greeted each morning with a guided meditation, followed by a warming yoga class focusing on the chakras to recharge the body’s energy centres. Weather permitting, our morning practice took place on a yoga terrace above the Mercato de Capo . Following this, we indulged in a café breakfast Sicilian-style, before taking some precious moments for riposare — the lovely Italian word for relaxation.

The rest of our days were spent in the ancient heart of Palermo, wandering the colourful markets with fruit stalls piled high resembling works of art, breathing in the dazzling aroma of spices, and savoring street food delights. We took out guests on a tour, exploring the aphrodisiac properties of Sicilian spezzi. We lunched and dined at restaurants serving local specialties that captivated the senses. In Sicilian cuisine we find a tradition of flavourful simplicity — and like an artist’s palette, it is a delicious testimony to the intricate tapestry of cultures that settled here.

The architectural splendour of Palermo left us in awe as we searched the labyrinthine streets for stories left behind by Norman Kings and Arab dynasties, the glittering gold of Byzantine mosaics and the particularities of Sicilian Baroque. We were enchanted by a street food walking tour that was both informative and mesmerizing!  This old world charm sets a backdrop for a city that is abuzz with modern art and fashion. Our Escape provided time for some shopping along the glamorous Via Liberta, as well as scoping out upcoming designers, as we uncovered the secrets of Sicilian style. Here at La Vita in Equilibrio we adore mixing things up a little and included a special stop to Palermo’s most notable vintage haven: Mercurio Vintage. Our time in Palermo was left on a high note with an outdoor concert. With the great and good of Palermo we experienced a night of 100 cellos – famed for performing Beethoven to Bowie!

Mid-week we journeyed to the seaside oasis of Marsala — famed for its picturesque salt-pans, sweet wine and amber sunsets. We find repose at the beautifully appointed and luxurious villa on the sea. During this part of our Escape we slowed down and focused on renewal and restoration as we practiced yoga and meditation in the tranquil haven of our villa’s rose garden. Our activities on Sicily’s west coast included a private wine tour, a day trip by boat exploring the exquisite isle of Favignana and charming sunset aperitivi by the Masala’s famed salt-pans.

Notwithstanding the magic of wine and art, the yoga highlight of our trip was a sacred meditation in Selinunte. Here in ancient Phoenicia we breathed in the air of lost civilizations and experienced yoga amongst the ruins.

Our Escape culminated hilltop gazing over the picturesque vineyards of Fina Cantina, as we sipped on our aperitivo, watching the sunset over the Egadi Islands. In true Sicilian style, we wined and dined together one last evening, having created a memorable tavola of stories and flavours to remain with us per sempre.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note that because La Vita in Equilibrio Yoga Escapes and Retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike to work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.


Hold deposit is non-refundable.

Hold deposit (minus $200 Euros service fee) is transferable to another attendee.

Full balance due 42 days before start date of retreat.

No Cancellation requests other than transferring to another participate found by the original participant.

No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance (see below) and that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the escape/retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early.

We recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. We encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you or your family have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the escape/retreat. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation.

We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats will be refunded.

Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date. LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.

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LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats and all persons involved in retreats (herein after referred to as “AGENTS”) act only in capacity as AGENTS for the participant in all matters connected with travel, sightseeing journeys and transportation, and as AGENTS hold themselves free of responsibility for any damage occasioned by any cause.

AGENTS will not be responsible for any damages or expenses or inconveniences caused by late departures or change of schedule, strikes or to their conditions, nor will be responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any of the participant’s belongings.

All prices quoted are correct at time of printing, include the cost of operation of the journeys, and are subject to currency changes. AGENTS shall not be responsible for personal injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage, irregularity or property damage as a result of force majeure or for any other losses or damages incurred by any person or journey participants caused by any delay or change of itinerary or arising out of any act, including, but not limited to, any act of negligence, any person acting for or on behalf of AGENTS for transportation, accommodation or sightseeing provider or any other person or entity rendering any of these services or accommodations being offered in connection with this journey.

This agreement supersedes all previous oral or written communications, representations, or agreements between the parties. Participants assume the risk involved when participating in yoga, foreign travel, and any and all activities and/or pursuits voluntarily undertaken while participating in the retreat.

Participants agree that any and all disputes between Participants and LA VITA IN EQUILIBRIO Yoga Escapes/ Retreats shall be governed by UK law.

Participants agree to mediate any and all disputes prior to the institution of any litigation. In the event of any litigation between the Parties to this agreement involving their respective rights or obligations, such litigation shall take place in the United Kingdom and the prevailing party shall be entitled to recovery of reasonable solicitors fees and court costs of litigation.

In regard to the stay during the yoga escape/retreat, AGENTS will provide safe, careful instruction and safe premises, but ask that each participant to take personal responsibility for their own self-care and (in the unlikely case) for any injuries incurred during retreat.

Modifications are given to students with specific needs. If participants are unsure of their physical ability due to previous injuries, they should seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner beforehand.

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