Summer Sanctuary

Yyoga Retreat

Sicilian Bliss - Yoga, Meditation, and the Path to Liberation

Yoga Retreat in Sicily, Italy

August 3, 2023 to August 10, 2024

Near Noto and Marzamemi

Escape to our Sicilian Sanctuary for a transformative summer retreat, where you can disconnect, recharge, explore, and savor freedom. Here, amidst the whispers of history and the gentle caress of Mediterranean breezes, we will embark on a journey of renewal, guided by the wisdom of yoga.

Your hosts, Colin, Monica, and Robbie, will guide you through a wide array of spiritual teachings, time-tested methods, and meaningful yoga classes, all centered around the theme of liberation.

Ancient yogis discussed two kinds of freedom: one to embody states of bliss through meditation and introspective practices, almost transcending the physical body. The other to experience freedom within the body and stability while engaging with the world, providing a sense of balance and groundedness amidst life’s busyness.

We invite our retreaters to explore these different states of freedom through a holistic blend of yoga postures, movement, mobility training, breathwork, meditation, sound, and other subtle practices. Together, we’ll address the challenges of being a spiritual seeker in these turbulent times and delve into tools we can utilize to transform the energies of fear, insecurity, and isolation. Our shared explorations will steady our hearts, enabling us to actively participate in the world with presence, purpose, care, and a renewed sense of freedom.

As the sun sets over the Sicilian horizon, bask in the warmth of newfound wisdom. Feel yourself open to the beauty of life’s simplicity. Join us on this ancient island of wonders, where every moment is an invitation to rediscover the infinite potential within!

Secure your Spot

Our retreat center is a fully renovated 19th-century farmhouse, known as Masseria, nestled in the breathtaking natural landscape of southeastern Sicily. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, it offers easy access to historical sites such as Noto, Siracusa, Modica, Scicli, and Ragusa.

The venue beautifully blends traditional Sicilian architecture with modern amenities, providing you with the ideal sanctuary to unwind and reconnect. Some classes will be conducted in a charming yoga shala, a spacious and light-filled sanctuary designed to inspire and elevate your practice. Other sessions will be held on the outdoor yoga deck, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Our accommodations exude rustic charm while offering contemporary comfort. Each room is carefully designed to provide a peaceful retreat, featuring cozy furnishings, en-suite bathrooms, and private outdoor spaces to bask in the Sicilian sunshine.

Gather in our communal dining area, where you can connect with others over delicious meals made from locally sourced ingredients, capturing the essence of Sicily’s culinary heritage.

Immerse yourself in our lush outdoor spaces, from tranquil gardens adorned with fragrant citrus trees to secluded meditation spots perfect for finding stillness and serenity. Enjoy a refreshing swim in our sparkling swimming pool or unwind in the shade of ancient olive trees, soaking in the timeless beauty of the Sicilian countryside.

This tranquil Italian paradise invites you to delve into your yoga journey in perfect harmony with nature.

We recognize this is your well-deserved break, so relax or explore as you wish. All sessions are optional. Whether you prefer to sleep in, chill by the pool, or go out, enjoy your holiday your way – we fully support you. Here’s a quick overview:

Morning practice 1: Brief lecture + energizing / awakening class
Morning practice 2: Slow / gentle practice
Hearty and norishing brunch
Afternoon practice: A themed mini-workshop or a more relaxing / introspective session
Traditional Mediterranean dinner
Evening chill

South of Sicily offers a wealth of cultural, historical, and natural attractions to complement your retreat experience:

Ragusa: Discover the Baroque beauty of Ragusa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the historic center of Ragusa Ibla, with its picturesque streets, ornate churches, and stunning palaces.

Modica: Delight your senses in Modica, known for its exquisite chocolate and splendid architecture. Marvel at the Baroque landmarks scattered throughout the city, and indulge in the decadent flavors of Modica’s famous chocolate.

Scicli: Step back in time in Scicli, another UNESCO-listed town renowned for its Baroque architecture and rich history. Wander through the winding alleyways lined with elegant palazzi and churches adorned with intricate facades.

Noto: Admire the architectural splendor of Noto, a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque architecture. Stroll along the grand boulevards and admire the ornate facades of palaces, churches, and civic buildings that give the city its unique charm.

Syracuse (Siracusa): Venture to Syracuse to explore its fascinating blend of Greek, Roman, and Baroque heritage. Visit the ancient Greek theater, the Ear of Dionysius, and the picturesque island of Ortygia, with its charming piazzas and historic landmarks.

Vendicari Nature Reserve: Immerse yourself in nature at the Vendicari Nature Reserve, a pristine coastal sanctuary teeming with biodiversity. Birdwatchers will delight in spotting flamingos, herons, and other migratory birds in this protected habitat.

Mount Etna: Embark on an unforgettable excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano. Explore volcanic landscapes, hike scenic trails, and witness breathtaking views from the summit of this majestic natural wonder.

Agrigento: Journey to Agrigento to explore the Valley of the Temples, one of Sicily’s most iconic archaeological sites. Marvel at the ancient Greek ruins, including the well-preserved Doric temples dedicated to gods such as Hera and Concordia.


Additional Activities

  • Massage by appointment (deep tissue, craniosacral, shiatsu, Thai massage, facials, and Reiki)
  • Wine tasting experiences
  • Boat excursions
  • Live music events
  • Cooking classes
  • Sound healing sessions

Colin Wolf

Within the depths of Colin’s being lies a harmonious fusion of architect, sound alchemist, yoga and pilates teacher, and philosopher, each facet contributing to a transformative journey that commenced in 2005, when he immersed himself in the timeless art of yoga. As he delved further into this ancient practice, a profound revelation emerged—a disconnection with his corporeal self, a profound realization that echoed within the structured realms of his architectural background.

A pivotal moment in his journey occurred when he attended a mesmerizing gong bath in London. Captivated by the ethereal power of sound, he felt an undeniable urge to integrate its magic into his practice and teaching. Following a scientific methodology developed by the prestigious British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), Colin pursued BAST’s Group Sound Healing training. Since then, he uses gongs and other instruments to bring his students on a profound journeys and soundscapes.

In 2014, he co-founded Yyoga in Brussels, an urban sanctuary, dedicating his time to nurturing this space and guiding his students along their own transformative paths.

Envelop yourself in the transformative aura of Colin’s sessions, where the enchanting alchemy of sound becomes a gateway to liberation. With seamless finesse, he guides you on a celestial journey, harmonizing body and soul through the enchanting blend of yoga and sound. As you venture deeper into this mystical realm, you’ll find yourself transcending the ordinary and awakening to a profound state of being.

Monica Montanaro

Monica began her yoga journey at 17 upon discovering her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. It was during a period of profound loss while residing in Surrey, UK, that she found her “yogic tribe.”

Deeply captivated by Vinyasa Yoga, Monica underwent her first teacher training in Slovenia in 2011, marking a transformative turning point. Since then, she has been steadfast in her studies under Venkatesh at the Atmavikasa Center of Yogic Science in Mysore, honing her practice of asana, pranayama, kriyas, meditation, and pain management.

Monica’s passion for Vinyasa also led her to train with Jason Crandell, blending dynamic creativity with traditional and contemporary yoga in her teaching. With a sharp wit and unwavering dedication, Monica excels in inspiring students to reach their fullest potential.

Ever the eager learner, Monica’s yoga practice has expanded to include Yin. She has recently completed a vigorous meditation training under Andrea Boni drawing inspiration from tantric practices.

Robbie Makroczy

Robbie is a harmonious fusion of a modern yogi and a daring philosopher. He is a fearless explorer of new horizons, a spirited adventurer who loves to venture into unexplored realms seeking the Truth. Attuned to the elements of nature, Robbie’s main desire is to unlock the secrets of existence through wisdom teachings, silent reflections and heartfelt connections with other sentient beings.

His spiritual journey spans more than 25 years, during which he has traversed through an array of sacred paths and yoga traditions, deeply inspired by ayurveda’s holistic wisdom, the transformative practices of tantra, and the gentle touch of reiki’s healing energies. He finds his center through the traditional practice of hatha yoga while exploring the fluidity of mindful flow, the contemplative depth of yin and restorative yoga, and the soul-soothing essence of meditation.

In 2014, he co-founded Yyoga in Brussels, an urban sanctuary, dedicating his time to nurturing this space and guiding his students along their own transformative paths.

Robbie’s classes combine philosophy, conscious body movements, mindful breathing, playfulness, introspection, and relaxation techniques designed to open the body and mind, challenge, energize, heal, and induce calmness. He places special emphasis on creating a warm and transformative environment for students of all abilities in order to facilitate their self-inquiry and growth.

He believes that life is so much more than what we perceive through our senses and there is a loving source we can tap into to find a deeper purpose, more courage, lightness, and liberation in our everyday existence. As an eternal student, Robbie continuously studies from nature, the universe, yogis, philosophers, artists and healers from all times and places of the world.

Classic Room (Shared)

  • Early Bird – 1595 EUR
  • Regular – 1695 EUR

Superior Room (Shared)

  • Early Bird – 1795 EUR
  • Regular – 1895 EUR

Deluxe Room (Shared)

  • Early Bird – 1895 EUR
  • Regular – 1995 EUR


  • All rooms are shared with a fellow retreat participant
  • Early bird until May 31, 2024
  • Payment plan available: pay in 4 instalments without extra costs

Save 100 EUR
Bring a loved one, book, and pay together to save 100 EUR each.

Prefer Some Alone Time?
Privatize your room for an additional 600 EUR. Available for Classic Rooms only.

What Does My Package Include?

  • Your chosen shared room for 7 nights, featuring luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, towels, and complimentary organic toiletries.
  • 2 wholesome meals daily: a hearty brunch and a nourishing dinner.
  • 3 enriching sessions every day including physical practice, meditation, breathwork, mantra chanting, sound practices, and lectures.
  • Coffee, tea, and fruits available throughout the day.
  • Access to all the amenities offered at the retreat center, including inviting common areas, a refreshing pool, and a serene indoor and outdoor yoga studio.
  • Plenty of time between classes for rest and excursions.
  • A folder with information on hikes, sights, restaurants, bars, shops, wellness services, and activities to enjoy during your free time.

What is Not Included in the Package?

  • Transportation and transfer to retreat location.
  • Excursions, activities and extra services.
  • Extra beverages on the retreat location.


About the Meals

  • Farm-to-table, wholesome, healthy brunches and gourmet dinners prepared by our talented local chef.
  • Select from a variety of options including vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian dishes.
  • Each meal is crafted using locally sourced, organic ingredients, ensuring a delicious and satisfying dining experience.

Arrival and Departure

First Session
Our first official session together will be held on the morning of August 4.

Early Arrival and Extended Stay
If you choose to arrive early or stay longer on the island, you can arrange your own accommodation nearby. There are plenty of options available.

Arrival Day Schedule 
Ideally, you arrive on Saturday,  August 3. Check-in begins at 15:00, and we will be there to greet you. You are welcome to come to the property at any time. There will be an optional grounding practice in the evening, and we will have dinner together. If you arrive later and cannot attend this session, that’s perfectly fine.

Departure day schedule
Our retreat will conclude with a morning practice on August 10 at 10:30 AM. We will have a brunch afterwards, and then say our goodbyes.

Getting There

  • Travelling by plane is the most convenient option.
  • The nearest airports are Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) or Comiso (CCI).
  • You can rent a car from the airport.
  • Transfer can also be arranged for an additional fee.