Sat, Apr 16



Mind & Body - Yoga Intensive

Yoga Alliance CEUs - with Ameriga Giannone

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Mind & Body - Yoga Intensive

Time & Location

Apr 16, 3:00 PM – Apr 23, 10:00 AM

Noto, 96017 Noto, Province of Syracuse, Italy

Retreat Details

Join  Ameriga at Danena Sicily this April 16th -23rd for a Yoga Immersion.

This is not your typical yoga retreat, as  it  includes plenty of multi-style yoga practices, meditations, embodied rituals, and daily laboratories and satsang on self-development.

During  the week, besides from grasping some important concepts  related to yoga and Eastern Philosophies, you will also learn about  Western modalities  of conscious relating, such as non-violent  communication, NLP, and Mind  Body therapy.

This intensive course is a great immersion to the world of yoga and  conscious living, and you will leave with practical tools to bring back  into your daily life.

An  optional activity to join is rock-climbing around the stunning  canyons  of the Siracusa region, while those who need relaxation can  find plenty  of it at our centre, with body treatments and relaxation.

Yoga Alliance CEUs

If  you are registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, this retreat  counts for  35 hours of CEUs (continuing education credits) and it’s  part of Prema  Vinyasa Yoga 300 hrs Teacher Training course.

This is for you if you:

  • Love the idea of a transformative retreat with more than just the physical part.
  • Want   to take your yoga practice to the next level, are intrigued to learn   new poses and challenging transitions under the lens of functional   anatomy.
  • Are willing to be challenged on and off the mats.
  • Want to take steps to learn more about yourself through yoga and other techniques.
  • You   are a team player and want to share your story as well as get inspired   by the stories of the other participants, while having fun with a   supportive group.
  • Are looking to make new connections with inspiring & positive people.
  • You want to find out how your greatest failures have been your greatest teachers.
  • Feel a bit stuck and are looking for clarity.
  • You   are a yoga teachers and want to learn how to handle group dynamics and   conscious communication, while receiving plenty of inspiration and   healing.


The  day will start at 8 AM with a pranayama or meditation session  followed  by a 2 hour Vinyasa Flow. Expect creative, slow, deep and  intense  sequences, leading to a peak pose, and garnished with Indian  philosophy,  psychology, immersive music and kirtan. Ameriga has a  reputation for  taking her students’ practice to the next level, so  prepare to explore  postures that you might have only seen in books, in a  safe and  functional way.

If  you are a seasoned practitioner you will thoroughly enjoy the new   challenges, and if you are new to yoga you will feel always included  and  supported in trying out new postures.

After the morning class you’ll enjoy a wonderful energising brunch. The food is naturally plant-based and local.

During  the day you can use your free time for a massage , to visit  the beauty  of Southeast Sicily, go to the beach, have a one-on-one   life-coaching/NLP session with Ameriga, or simply relax by the pool at   the beautiful venue.

In  the evening we will meet again at 5 PM for a class/satsang during  which  we’ll explore yoga philosophy, buddhism, conscious  communication,  notions of Transactional Analysis, narrative coaching,  NLP, and Mind  Body therapy.

At  6 we’ll go back to our mats for either a workshop on a family of   posture (such as inversions, backbends, handstand, arm-balances and so   on), a relaxing Yin Yoga session and meditation.

Our wonderful sit down dinner will be served at 7.30.

There  will be a day off during the retreat during which you can enjoy  sightseeing or just relaxing at the pool.

For those interested, you can  go on a rock-climbing mission in some  of the stunning canyons of the  area with Ameriga and an alpine guide.

What will you learn as a yoga teacher?

This  course teaches soft skills that are usually not taught in a 200  hrs TT  course, yet are essential to a yoga teacher who wants to  develop a  community.

Through the course you will learn:

  • To hold space for your retreat groups, teacher trainings and workshops.
  • To hold space for sharing circles.
  • The  “Art of listening” to your students in a  holistic way, where  everything comes into play at once – body language,  intuition, the  environment, and the goal is not to find out details but  to uncover  feelings for the speaker.
  • And introduction to the art of asking powerful questions.
  • You will receive plenty of inspiration on how to bring powerful themes to your yoga classes and share them.


6 -10 am - We respect silence

8.00 - 8.30 Pranayama or Meditation

8.30 - 10.30 Vinyasa Flow

11.00 Brunch

Free time

4.30 - 5.45 Evening program: Workshops, Satsang, Class.

6.00-7.00 Evening Practice (workshop, yin yoga)

7.30 Dinner


Ameriga (ERYT500, MA Yoga Studies, Life Coach)  is often described as  an “unconventional” yoga teacher that thrives in  empowering students  to take their yoga practice to the next level, and  to reflect deeply on  their life. In her intense, powerful and  transformative classes she  eclectically blends together different styles  of postural yoga and  through her understanding of functional anatomy,  she invites the students to find depth in the poses by exploring them,  instead of  “performing them” according to an ideal shape.

She  offers 200 and 300 hrs Teacher Trainings, and has extensive  international experience teaching masterclasses, yoga festivals and  retreats. To complement her yoga teaching, she has a life-coaching  practice and conducts groups of self-reflection both online and in   person.

Ameriga  has studied with some inspiring teachers worldwide: Shiva  Rea (with  whom she completed over 300 hrs of trainings), Meghan Currie,  Vinay  Kumar (Pranavashya Yoga), and several Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga  teachers,  starting with Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci, who inspired  Ameriga to  study Sanskrit, yoga philosophy and anatomy.

She has also trained  extensively in Yin Yoga with Jo Phee, studying also for advanced modules  such as cadaver dissection.

Ameriga loves to live in nature in Sicily, where  she  kitesurfs and rock-climbs. She is also an avid student of Tibetan buddhism and Sanskrit, and loves to play kirtan with her band, the Bhakti Sisters.