Workshops, Retreats, Professional Development

2018 Sicilian Summer Yoga Retreat!

June 22nd-29th 2018
Scoglitti Sicilia Italia


$3000 Early Bird Price (Double Occupancy Queen Bed *Price for 2 people) with $500 Deposit.

$1750 Early Bird Price (Double Occupancy – 1 Queen 1 Single * Price per Person) with $500 Deposit.

$1650 Early Bird Price (Double Occupancy- 2 Single beds * Price per Person) with $500 Deposit.

$1400 Early Bird Price (3 Person Dorm style room –1 Queen 2 singles * Price per Person) with $500 Deposit.

Early Bird Price Ends January 1st.


All Rooms are Ocean Facing.

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

Rooms given in order of reservation.


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. This retreat is an opportunity for you to get away, rest, bask in the Sicilian sunshine, eat delicious traditional food, and immerse yourself in the local culture. 

This retreat package price includes:

8 days / 7 nights’ accommodation at Al Gabbiano Hotel Sul Mare + all linen + towels.

2 delicious meals per day. A morning Breakfast buffet and a traditional Sicilian Lunch at Al Gabbiano Hotel Sul Mare.*

~Dinners provided include Friday Evening Pizza Night & Thursday Group Dinner. All other dinners are on your own. 

A Daily Yoga Practice + Sunset Mediterranean Meditation with Elissa

Unlimited water**

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.

Transfers to and from at the start and finish of the retreat (Friday the 22nd and Friday the 29th to and from Catania Airport)***

Assistance and advice in arranging optional excursions****

Use of the WIFI

Tourist Tax – this is levied on overnight stays for non-residents in visitor accommodation.


*There are many excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity renowned for their Sicilian cuisine, we invite you to explore a new one each evening. Dinners can range in price from 10 to 30 Euro a meal. On Friday Evening we will have a group Pizza dinner in the downtown Scoglitti area. 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 2 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 are two scheduled pick up and drop off times. Transfers outside of the scheduled pick-up and drop off are not included. We will announce these times once we have collected participants arrival times. 

****We will have 4 scheduled excursions on Monday-Wednesday from 1pm to 6:30pm. These are optional and are an extra $20 per excursion.

Not Included:
Airfare, Additional Activities & Excursions, Baggage Fees, Trip Insurance, Tips & Gratuities (Recommended $10/day).


Sample Day:
7-10am – Head down to the open air terraza for an Italian style breakfast of fresh bread, jams, cheese, meat, fresh fruit, an assortment of pastries, soft & hard boiled eggs… etc

9:45-11:45am – Begin your day with an invigorating Vinyasa yoga class. Classes will be held on either the sandy Mediterranean beach & wooden open air beach cabana.

12:30pm –Return back to the Hotel for a Sicilian Lunch.

2-4pm Rest time

4:00-6:30pm 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.

6:45-7:30pm- Mediterranean Meditation. From the town's position Sunsets over the sea can be enjoyed all year long. 

8pm- Dinner on your own in Scoglitti

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Sign up for Optional Excursions. 1:30-6:30pm

Sunday- 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.

Tuesday- 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.

Wednesday- Enjoy an afternoon out at Sea with a local fisherman.


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! Yoga doesn’t start until 9:45am the next morning.

Delicious Local Restaurants: 

Viri Ku Cè :: Via Riviera Lanterna, 29

Trattoria Del Pescatore:: Via Venezia, 15

Sakalleo Gourmet Restaurant Sakalleo Srl :: Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 12

American Delight:: Via Messina, 93, (My Papa opened this pizzeria 32 years ago!) 

Ristorante Al Porto :: Piazza Sorelle Arduino, 8


Best Gelato in Town: 

Bar Pizzeria Cavallo :: Via Messina, 83


Best Afternoon Cafe: 

Dolcidea :: Via Plebiscito, 15E


Best Delicious Panino & Deli: 

Don Panino :: Via Trieste 


Flying into Sicily: 

If possible I recommend flying in and out of another European city. This often cuts the costs tremendously and allows you to see a new place. Paris, Venice, Amsterdam, & London are notoriously some of the cheapest cities to fly into. From there you can find $15-$75 flights in and out of Catania. 

If you want to stay entirely in Sicily for your vacation check out Turkish Airlines for round-trip tickets.   If you plan to add another European city check out Iceland Air.  I often search through all my options at Matrix Airfare before I make a purchase. This is a third party database that has an extensive overview of options. You then must go to each respective airline and make your purchase. 


8 days / 7 nights (June 22nd-29th 2018)
Deposit to hold space = $500

Final balance due 60 days before retreat start date.

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



Happy Mindful Teachers

Professional Development for Educators, School Counselors, & School Psychologists.



This on-site Professional Development is open to the entire school staff. Includes materials for workshop, resource downloads, and PDUS.

An online questionnaire may be used to customize the presentation to the unique interests and goals of the school.


You really made mindfulness fun and relevant for school psychologists. Not only will your attendees have skills to use with their students, but they will be more able to address their own well being.
— Oregon School Psychologist Association President

This workshop is open to anyone interested in cultivating and incorporating a mindfulness practice into their home, classroom, or private practice. 

Workshops can range from 1.5-3 hours as we explore playful ways to familiarize our kids to calming postures, invigorating whole body movements, deep breathing techniques, and mindfulness practices that will leave you and your students calmer and more deeply connected to the mind/body. You'll walk away with ideas for how to build a movement & mindfulness routine at home or in the classroom, ideas for teaching fundamental emotional regulation skills, and tools for helping kids de-escalate from intense emotions.


Educators receive CEUs for this Workshop.





Elissa’s enthusiasm for sharing the gifts of yoga is a joy to be a part of. The time in the workshop flew by with lots of laughs and lots of learning. If you’ve ever felt the benefit of mindfulness practices in your own life and you want to see these benefits in any young people you ever interact with, this workshop has so much to offer that I’m amazed we got it all in.
— April MacKay
Elissa has an infectious passion for supporting children in their journey as they grow into happy, capable, and confident people. She is well versed in the research supporting the merits of mindfulness practices and has used this knowledge to create routines, structures, and activities for children of all ages and abilities that foster mindfulness and the development of our mind-body-spirit connection. Her workshops are great for anyone who is looking to introduce mindfulness and yoga into their classroom, counseling practice, or home.
— - Caitlin, Elementary School Teacher and Yoga Instructor (RYT 200)