Slow Art Retreat / Salina Island, Sicily / June 16-22, 2017

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Slow Art Retreat / Salina Island, Sicily / June 16-22, 2017

3,500.00

The Art of Slow Living on the Aeolian Island of Salina

A six night retreat in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, on the Aeolian island of Salina in Sicily, Italy--  and staying at Hotel Signum-- a magical place I swore to return to one day!! I designed this retreat on the sparkling Mediterranean to rejuvenate & inspire, to connect creatives while making time for self care. Our mornings will begin with a luxurious breakfast, followed by a meditation, a short Italian lesson, and a slow art workshop. The workshops will include modern calligraphy for all levels with Diva (me!) and travel photography for Instagram with Carolyn Stritch of @theslowtraveler.  See itinerary for workshop details. In the afternoons you're welcome to take time for yourself of to join the group for optional excursions exploring the island (hiking, shopping, wine-tasting, swimming, etc.). We'll meet again for evening drinks & dinner out at lovely restaurants, sampling the local fare with stunning sea views. On Day 4 we'll see the islands by boat, stopping at secret swimming spots & for lunch at Da Alfredo (the BEST granita in the world!). Our last night together we'll have a decadent farewell dinner at the Michelin starred Signum restaurant. 

Fee:  $3500

To reserve your place you can pay the total amount (non-refundable) or give a $1500 deposit (also non-refundable) to be paid in full by May 1st. 

JOIN BOTH RETREATS, June 11-22nd! More on the first retreat HERE.

Quantity:
REGISTER

What's included:

  • Shared Accommodations, 6 Nights (2 beds per room with en suite bathroom - we will pair you up unless you request to room with someone in particular)
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • Boat Tour / Day Trip (with Lunch)
  • 4 Slow Art Workshops
  • Daily Meditation & Daily Italian
  • Spa Entrance (access to thermal baths)

What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • Optional Activities

 

Prospective Itinerary:

DAY ONE

Travel day (We're arranging transportation from the Catania Airport in Sicily. Be there by 12:30pm to be eligible for a group pick up, otherwise we can arrange private transport for a special fare of $150) 

Check in at 5:00pm

Meet at 6:00 on terrace for welcome drinks & dinner

DAY TWO

Breakfast 

10-1:00 Meditation, Italian, Slow Art Workshop - Modern calligraphy with Diva: Learning the fundamentals, practicing our A-Z's, advanced students design their own alphabets! All materials provided.

FREE TIME to relax or explore on your own -or- *Optional* Visit another side of the island, Pollara, where Il Postino was filmed! Lunch with a sea view at the popular l'Oasi cafe, stop for a peek into the town church, & take a nice walk down to the cove for a swim at the rocky beach. Meet at Al Cappero (a caper farm!) in Pollara for dinner.

6:00 *Optional* Meet at Signum terrace bar for aperativi 

7:00 Dinner at Al Cappero in Pollara

DAY THREE

Breakfast 

10-1:00 Meditation, Italian, Slow Art Workshop - Modern Photography: Shooting & editing for Instagram success! Get an inside look at Carolyn's personal approach to telling her travel story with breathtaking images, while building a strong online presence.

FREE TIME to relax or explore on your own -or- *Optional* Visit Santa Marina, the port town, for lunch and shopping at the local boutiques filled with local art, ceramics, and other charming gifts. Take breaks for gelato, a granita, or to walk along the marina. Meet for dinner at Trattoria Cucinotta in Santa Marina.

6:00 *Optional* Meet at Signum terrace bar for aperativi 

7:00 Dinner at Trattoria Cucinotta in Santa Marina

DAY FOUR

Breakfast 8-9:45

10:00 Meditation and briefing with Diva & Carolyn

11-6:00 Boat tour and day trip in the islands, lunch at Da Alfredo in Lingua  

FREE TIME (dinner/evening out) *Optional* Dinner at La Pinnata del Monsu, known for their fresh seafood and outstanding cannoli.

DAY FIVE

Breakfast  

10-1:00 Meditation, Italian, Slow Art Workshop - Modern Calligraphy: Practicing with Italian words & phrases, designing custom motifs & crests inspired by the island.

FREE TIME to relax or explore on your own - or- *Optional* Take a spa day at Signum! Book a treatment, enjoy the natural thermal baths, or lounge by the pool with an icy drink. Grab lunch in town, walk down to the rocky beach of Malfa for a picnic and a swim. 

6:00 Meet at terrace bar for aperativi 

7:00 Dinner at Al Cappero in Pollara

DAY SIX

Breakfast 

10-1:00 Meditation, Italian, Slow Art Workshop - Modern Calligraphy with Modern Photography: Fine-tuning our designs with Diva, Styling for photoshoot with Carolyn, Reviews with feedback.

FREE TIME to relax or explore on your own -or- *Optional* Grab lunch to go and join a guided hike at Monte Fossa, an extinct volcano and scenic fairyland! Visit a renowned family winery for a delightful wine tasting experience. Reserve your spot for this day trip, transportation to/from hotel included.

6:00 *Optional* Meet at terrace bar for aperativi 

7:00 Farewell dinner at Signum, formal attire encouraged

DAY SEVEN

Breakfast

Travel day (We're arranging transportation to the Catania Airport. Join the group for a morning departure, exact time TBD) 

 

Optional Excursions:  

Wine Tasting:  Visit a family winery that has been on the islands for generations, known for their award winning Malvasia. Reserve with payment by April 1st.  $45

Guided hike at Monte Fossa:  Walk through a magical forest to the highest point on the island for the most spectacular views. Reserve with payment by April 1st.  $25

Spa Treatments: If you'd like to reserve a treatment I will send you the spa menu (entrance fees to use the thermal baths already included in trip fee). Reserve by April 1st. 40-120€