JOIN US ON OUR Sicilian Summer Yoga Retreat!

This retreat by far, was the most magical experience of my life. An experience that I will take with me until I breathe my last breath. The love, beauty, family, community and food were intoxicating. Thank you for this experience.
— Kristina Komorowski

June 28th-July 6th, 2020
Scoglitti Sicilia Italia



3 person shared suites- $1650 per person- SOLD OUT

2 person shared Suite- $1850 per person- SOLD OUT

Private Room (Queen Bed)- $2000 per person ($3800 for Two People) - ONE ROOM STILL AVAILABLE

All registrations require a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.

All Rooms are Ocean Facing with a private balcony. 

Guests can be matched up in a double or 3 person occupancy room if traveling alone.

Rooms given in order of reservation.

*Prices go up in January 2020.


Scoglitti Sicily is situated in a gulf of the southern part of the Mediterranean Sea. To me, its the most magical place on earth. I invite you to come with me to my Hometown for a once in a lifetime experience and if you've already been with me, a twice in a lifetime experience!

This retreat is an opportunity for you to get away, rest, meet new people, practice yoga on the Sea, bask in the Sicilian sunshine, eat delicious traditional food, and immerse yourself in the spectacular local culture. 

This retreat package price includes:

9 days / 8 nights’ accommodation at Al Gabbiano Hotel Sul Mare + all linen + towels.

2-3 delicious meals per day. A morning Breakfast buffet and a traditional Sicilian Lunch at Al Gabbiano Hotel Sul Mare. (Wine included with lunch.)

~Dinners provided include Sunday June 28th, July 1st Pizza Dinner, and Final Group Dinner on Sunday July 5th. All other dinners are on your own. 

1 complimentary gelato at DolciDea 

1 complimentary  panino at Don Panino (We recommend you use this voucher for one of your dinners.)

A Daily Yoga Practice + Mediterranean Meditation -

Unlimited water**

4 Optional Excursions  

Mediterranean Sea access. Guests walk straight out of the hotel onto the private beach. Umbrellas, towels, & beach loungers provided.

Access to bicycles to explore Scoglitti and paddle boats/canoes to explore the Sea at no additional costs.

Transfer  to and from at the start and finish of the retreat (Sunday the 28th at 4:00pm and Monday the 6th at 6:00am to and from Catania Airport)***

Assistance and advice in arranging optional excursions****

Use of the WIFI



*There are many excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity renowned for their Sicilian cuisine, we invite you to explore a new one for your dinners on your own. Dinners can range in price from 10 to 30 Euro a meal. Vegetarian options for daily breakfast & lunch. Please specify your preference upon registration. Please note there are no gluten free or dairy free options available. Maybe in 20 years we can get the Sicilians there, but for now their will be lots of gluten and dairy served. 

** You can’t drink the water in Sicily. Bottled water will be provided.

***Please note that there will be 1 scheduled pick up and drop off. Transfers outside of the scheduled pick-up and drop off are not included. Please plan your flights accordingly. If you book outside of this time transfer will cost between $60 and $120. 

****We will have 3-4 scheduled excursions. These are optional with no additional fees. 

The nightlife in Scoglitti is marvelous. Many Sicilians come out at night to stroll through the town piazza. They walk, visit, eat gelato, gossip, tell stories, share recipes, drink wine, and have a grand ole time. Join in! 



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Elissa created a truly amazing and healing yoga retreat experience. It was like a real life experience of Eat, Pray, Love. The mornings were spent with a skillful, but accessible yoga practice on a peaceful Mediterranean beach. Followed by a delicious and healthy seafood and pasta lunch. There was enough time built into the schedule for personal reflection or exploration of Sicily. Every detail was carefully considered. And the best part is that you were welcomed as part of Elissa’s huge Sicilian family.
— Katie Desmond
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Sample Day:
7:30-10am – Head down to the open air terraza for an Italian style breakfast of fresh bread, yogurt, croissants, jams, cheese, meat, fresh fruit, an assortment of pastries, soft & hard boiled eggs… etc

9:30-11:30am – Begin your day with an invigorating yoga class. Classes will be held on either the sandy Mediterranean beach & wooden open air beach cabana. (3 mornings during the retreat) 

11:30-12:30- Free time to lounge on the beach, take a walk or nap, journal, visit with new and old friends.

12:30pm –Return back to the Hotel for a Sicilian Lunch. Lunch is a 2 course meal with bread and wine provided. 

2-4pm Rest time or Afternoon Excursion. Most afternoon excursions will be from 2:30-6:30/7pm. The Tours of Scoglitti will be scheduled on Friday and Tuesday afternoon from 2-4pm.

4:00-6:30pm If there’s no afternoon excursion , spend a couple of hours doing whatever you wish. Take a stroll along the beach, take another nap, make a new Sicilian friend, go shopping for treasures, sip on a café, meet my family, enjoy local gelato, take it all in.

6:30-8:30- Sunset Yoga (3 evenings during the retreat) 

8:30-10:30pm- Dinner on your own in Scoglitti- Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. We recommend using your panino voucher for one of your dinners. We will also be pointing out our favorite restaurants and delis on our afternoon tour of Scoglitti. We will have a group meal planned for Thursday evening and Wednesday Evening.

10:00-1:00am- The nightlife in Scoglitti is VIBRANT. Locals come downtown after their family meal , dressed to the nines, prepared for an evening of strolling around the town’s square and visiting with one another.

I came for the yoga by the seaside but was captivated by the charm and warm welcome of this small Sicilian village. I found the atmosphere invited whatever level of solitude or socialization I desired. I will cherish the connections that I found with friends new and old as well as the memories of exploring Ragusa, Modica, and Scoglitti. This was not just a yoga retreat, this was an experience of a lifetime! And the food- don’t even get me started on all the delicious cappuccinno, risotto, seafood, gelato, and wine! Elissa and Greg, you made us feel like family. I’m so lucky I got to be a part of it!
— Emily Cogan Nieckarz

                                                       Optional Excursions:

Sunday-  Join us for a local walking tour of Scoglitti. Learn where the best gelato in town can be found, scope out the local churches, discover where to buy fresh fruits and veggies. We'll point out where fantastic traditional Italian take-out, pizza, and fish restaurants can be found and you'll probably meet my family and friends along the way! 

Monday- Walk a few blocks with us to Scoglitti's open air market. Purchase lots of treasures and take in the sights. 

Tuesday- Take a trip to Ragusa Ibla (the Hollywood of Sicily) and the birthplace of my baby sister. Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view is breathtaking, the gelato delicious, and the churches are all traditional  Sicilian Baroque. This sloping area of tangled alleyways, stone houses and baroque palazzi on divine squares makes Ragusa's historic centre truly quite magnificent.

Thursday- Drive to Modica the attractive historic town in south-eastern Sicily.  Modica is particularly famous for its chocolate, and it is an appealing destination for food-lovers, making a great day-trip destination.

Modica is situated in the dramatic landscape of the Monti Iblei, a range of high ground divided up by deep valleys and surprisingly populous towns. Important in Medieval times, Modica was rebuilt after the great earthquake of 1693 and now boasts fine late-Baroque architecture as well as a medieval old town.

We'll enjoy a tour a chocolate factory and then have time to explore the city. 

Saturday- We’ll drive 12km to the nearby town of Vittoria for a morning of open air Sicilian markets. A great place to purchase herbs, spices, and lots of other local treats.

This retreat met all of my expectations and then some! I love yoga and Elissa is one of the best instructors I’ve ever experienced. She is truly a master and was sensitive to the needs and limitations of everyone in the group. She brings light and happiness to everyone she encounters. The hotel is beautiful, on an incredible beach and everything is well done from the food to the maid service. I truly enjoyed connecting with my Italian roots - the food, the language, the warm hospitality delivered by the locals - it was all perfect. Scoglitti is a lovely little town; I find myself yearning to return. Elissa did a terrific job in helping everyone in the group connect with each other. I’ll admit that I was a bit apprehensive to go on this trip by myself, but that disappeared immediately. I quickly made new friends and always had someone to eat or walk, or expore with me. I highly recommend this retreat - I came home completely energized and recharged and with some great memories.
— Janice D'Aloia



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I understand that yoga requires and includes physical movements. I realize that yoga also provide relaxation, stress relief, stress education and awareness. As with any physical activity, the risk of injury, even serious or disabling, is always present and cannot be entirely eliminated. If I experience any pain or discomfort, I will notify the instructor, adjust my posture and listen to my body. I will not push my body too far and will ask for support from the teacher if needed.

Yoga is not a substitute for medical care or diagnosis. Yoga can work well in conjunction with traditional medical care. I will practice yoga only after discussing it with my doctor and gaining their approval. I affirm that I alone am responsible to decide whether to practice yoga. I hereby agree to irrevocably release and waive any claims that I have now or hereafter may have against ELISSA CIRIGNOTTA AND HAPPY MINDFUL PEOPLE..

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1. That I am participating in yoga classes offered with Elissa Cirignotta, where I will receive information and instruction about yoga. I understand that yoga requires physical exertion which may be strenuous and may be strenuous and may cause physical injury. I am fully aware of the risks involved.

2. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician prior to and in reference to my participation in yoga classes. I warrant and represent that I am physically fit and have no medical condition that would prevent my full participation in yoga.

3. In consideration of participating in yoga, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injury or damages, which I might incur as a result in participating yoga.

4. I knowingly and voluntarily waive any claim I might have against ELISSA CIRIGNOTTA  for injury or damages that I may sustain as a result of participating in this program.

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6. By booking with us and paying the non-refundable deposit or full payment.


Baggage and person effects are at owner’s risk through the program.

Exclusions in the Published Tour price:

The Tour price does not include:

  • domestic and / or international air or transport fares prior to or post our retreat

  • costs associated with obtaining passports and visas

  • arrival and departure taxes

  • personal travel insurance any other insurance charges

  • medical expenses

  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary

  • personal expenses including but not limited to laundry, presents, phone calls

  • additional activities and the hire of tour guides or transportation not specified in the itinerary

  • Tips & Gratuities (Recommended $10/day for hotel cleaning and morning coffee staff.)

All guests are requested to provide Happy Mindful People/Elissa Cirignotta with their international flight schedules no later than 60 days prior to departure.

It is the guest’s responsibility to ensure settlement of any charges made by a hotel. All hotels require Your passport on check-in for extra services ordered directly by You such as room service, mini bar, laundry, communication charges such as telephone, fax, email or items of a personal nature.

REGISTRATION: Enrollment in our classes/retreats is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  We accept cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. The full balance of the retreat is due by March 1, 2019.  

REFUNDS: No refunds or credits of any payment will be made for notification of withdrawal within 60 days of the start of the retreat.  Prior to that time,  up to 90 days in advance we will refund your payment at 50%.  If the spot is filled within the 60 day mark you will get a full refund. 

Payment plans are available for an additional 10%. 

Passports and Visas Policy:

It is Your responsibility to ensure that Your Passport is current and has a minimum of six (6) months validity after the end date of the retreat and at least two blank pages for immigration and visa stamps. Visa requirements vary for different nationalities and depend on the countries visited during the Tour. You are advised to contact appropriate consulates to ascertain visa requirements. Passport and visa requirements are not our responsibility. Happy Mindful People and Elissa Cirignotta are not liable for any loss or expense due to  failure to have a valid passport or visa. We cannot be  held responsible for any delays, damages and/or losses, including missed portions of the retreat related to improper or insufficient travel documentation.

Our total liability arising out of or in connection with any retreat however they arise, will not exceed your cost of the retreat  You indemnify Us, our affiliates, employees, agents, contributors and licensors from any direct, indirect, incidental, special consequential or exemplary damages incurred by You, however caused including, but not limited to, loss of profit (whether incurred directly or indirectly), any loss of goodwill or business reputation and any other intangible loss.

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We cannot wait for you to join us for our Italian adventure!

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