7 Days 30-Hour SUP Yoga Teacher Training in Sicily, Italy

Transformative Yoga Teacher Training Italy

Join Floripa Surf & Yoga House at the stunning "Blue Flag" beach in Sicily for a transformative program of yoga on stand up paddleboards, in-studio workshops, and plenty of time to spend in contact with nature on the boards. This course is open to yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts. If you are not a yoga teacher but wish to join, please be informed that some of the classes will assume the knowledge gathered in a 200-hour course, while most other activities will be accessible to any seasoned yogi or Pilates teacher.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • All of the course material (boards and paddles)
  • One paddle class with a certified SUP instructor
  • Unlimited use of SUP boards for you to practice during the week
  • Yoga Alliance accreditation upon completion
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (US$82 per person)

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Accommodation

During this course, you will be staying at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The team of Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea, and you will see this reflected in your rooms, the gardens, meals, and the service to you. The bed and breakfast are run by Ameriga, the main yoga teacher, and Ettore, who runs the kitesurfing school, with the help of a team of friends that have been enjoying working together for several years.

Many guests have become friends and keep on coming back every season, which creates a beautiful familiar atmosphere. Do not worry if you are traveling by yourself because at Floripa, it is very easy to make friends with other guests and also with the staff and the dogs.

The bed and breakfast are located 30 meters away from the sandy dune beach of Santa Maria del Focallo. The stunning beach is 13 kilometers long and was awarded the Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its waters. It is the ideal place to relax and have a deep contact with the sea and the elements.

Accommodation can be in private room, shared room for two to five persons, or suite room with private veranda. The bed and breakfast is composed of three houses surrounded by a lush garden. All the rooms have been designed for your comfort and relaxation with modern simplicity and color.

With hot and cold air conditioning, television, refrigerator, private bathroom, and Wi-Fi, you will have all the benefits of a hotel with the warmth and freedom that only a bed and breakfast can give you.

Our shared rooms can host 4 or 5 persons, with one en-suite bathroom. There is an extra bathroom on the ground floor that the guests can use, and hot outside showers. It’s a great alternative if you are travelling on a tight budget and would love to be in the good company of other people that share the same passion for yoga and surf lifestyle! If you know you have a snoring problem, or are a light sleeper, then we would recommend a single room (though in that period they are all fully booked).

Floripa Surf & Yoga House Italy Yoga Teacher Training Program

This SUP yoga teacher training is a comprehensive course for yoga teachers that will give you all the necessary tools to teach SUP yoga once you go back home. Learn how to paddle swiftly and have plenty of practice time in the water! No limit SUP board use is included for the whole week. There will be theory classes combined with practical SUP yoga classes, and evening Yin style yoga classes in the studio.

You will get plenty of opportunities to practice teaching SUP yoga. You will learn how to build a floating studio, understand weather charts, be able to select boards, how to sequence SUP yoga classes, modify yoga poses for SUP, and do mandala sequencing, and how to use the alchemy of yoga to convey a sense of connection with nature during your classes.

During this teacher training program, you will be joining the guests on retreat at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, whilst taking extra theory and practical classes on SUP and SUP yoga to build up towards 30 hours of continuing education credits.

You specialty classes will be:

  • Daily SUP yoga classes (schedule may vary depending on weather conditions, in case of wind the classes will be suspended)
  • 1 practical class on how to create a floating studio wherever you are
  • Theory classes on reading weather charts, SUP yoga poses modifications, mandala sequencing, finding your voice, and the business of SUP yoga
  • On top of this, you will have unlimited use of SUP boards, and the possibility of teaching SUP yoga classes to the other guests, free of charge
  • You will also have access to all the morning and afternoon classes in the studio, and special workshops (inversion and arm-balances, alignment, philosophy etc.)

Certifications

Upon the completion of this training, Registered Yoga Teachers will be eligible for 30 continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance.

Schedule

June 4, 2018: Arrival day

Settle down and meet the other guests and participants. There will be an opening circle with an introduction to the course and a Yin yoga class in the studio for you to unwind from your travels.

June 5 to 8, 2018

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Practice SUP yoga in the water (if the weather does not allow, you will practice in the studio from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.)
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Theory class
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Time at the beach for paddling or practicing teaching
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Optional workshop in the studio
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Relaxing Yin yoga class to stretch out after a long active day

Please note that schedule may vary depending on weather condition, but it will generally follow this outline.

June 9, 2018: Exams day

June 10, 2018: Departure day

This is the end of the program. You may check out at 11:00 a.m.

Instructors

Ameriga Giannone
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga) Ameriga's classes are a blend of Ashtanga elements fused into a Mandala Vinyasa flow style practice, with emphasis on intentional movements, playfulness, breathe work, and compassionate adjustments. She offers several variations for most poses, hence the classes are suited for both beginner and more advanced levels. When she is not teaching, she travels the world to study yoga and follows her teachers.The ones that inform her style the most are Shiva Rea, Simon Borg, Meghan Currie, Elena Brower, Gregor Mahele,and Kamal Singh.

Location

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is located in the south of Sicily, in the small village of Santa Maria del Focallo. This is a quiet beach town that lies on the back of a 15-kilometer long dune beach. It is very safe, and you can explore it by bicycle easily. If you want to get out of the town and reach for bigger centers, Pozzallo is only five kilometers away and there you can find all sorts of amenities and services. Ispica is another beautiful ancient town that is strongly suggested you visit to get a glimpse of real Sicily.

Nearby places

  • Agrigento, 170 kilometers
  • Catania, 119 kilometers
  • Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), 115 kilometers
  • Catania port, 110 kilometers
  • Comiso Airport (CIY), 66 kilometers
  • Marzamemi, 25 kilometers
  • Modica, 24 kilometers
  • Noto, 30 kilometers
  • Pozzallo, 5 kilometers
  • Ragusa, 40 kilometers
  • Santa Maria del Focallo Beach, 30 meters
  • Scicli, 30 kilometers
  • Syracuse, 63 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing

General

  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pet care / grooming

Food

During this course, you will be served three daily delicious organic meals. In the morning, you can enjoy a healthy and plentiful breakfast buffet which includes fresh fruit, two cakes with one of them vegan, cereals, eggs, home-made jam, Italian coffee and cappuccino, oatmeal, different types of milk, tea, fruit juices, cereals, bread, occasionally croissants and pancakes, yogurt, biscuits, and cookies.

For lunch, you can usually chose between the dishes of the day or a vegetarian buffet. Vegetarian or vegan dinners are eaten every evening together with the other guests and the Floripa team. Dinners are always vegetarian or vegan, generally presented as a healthy buffet of locally produced organic food, accompanied with water and wine. Gluten-free alternatives can be arranged if requested.

If there are meals that are not included in your package, then you can “pay as you go” (price ranges from 6 to 18 EUR). There are also some restaurants around one kilometer away, which can be reached by bike. Finally, there are two common kitchens that can be used to cook your own meals. The closest supermarket is located three kilometers away (five minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (seven kilometers away).

The meals are mostly vegetarian, however, at breakfast you will find ham and eggs. Floripa Surf & Yoga House do not serve fish, and you will be served meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue. However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights.

The breakfasts and dinners are buffet style, so you will find dishes that you can eat most of the time. When you sign up for meals, just write a remark with your eating style and special dietary requirements and the cook will make sure to have something for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Floripa is located in Santa Maria del Focallo, a tiny beach village close to Pozzallo, which is a bigger center easily reachable by bike. Pozzallo is a small village where you can try a real Sicilian Cannolo while you go for a walk enjoy the sea view. In addition, from Floripa Surf & Yoga House, you can also rent a motorbike or a car and have a nice trip to the city here around, like Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli, and Modica.

A range of other activities is available during your retreat. Some of these options may include additional costs.

Be amazed by historic sites

The beach town of Santa Maria del Focallo is located only a few kilometers away from Scicli, Modica, Ragusa Ibla, and Noto, which are beautiful baroque cities designated as UNESCO world heritage sites, and are easily reached by car.

Enjoy water sports

Go on an enjoyable banana boat excursion. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House also has a beautiful Lomac boat that can carry up to 18 people. It is great for fishing, diving, and for those days without wind when you can enjoy wakeboarding. The boat is offered to guests at affordable prices.

Go exploring on bikes

Take a bicycle ride around the sleepy beach town. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House has eight regular bikes (free to use) and two electric bikes (for rent) that guests can use every day to explore the Sicilian farms or local dairies. If you wish to adventure even further, you can also rent one of their electric bikes. Behind the bed and breakfast, lie miles of dirt roads in the countryside that you can visit freely and safely, away from traffic, enjoying the silence that only the countryside can offer.

Play beach sports

On the beach just in front of the bed and breakfast, you will find courts for beach volleyball and tennis. You can also organize a beach football game with your friends. These courts are available free of charge for guests.

Relax and enjoy lazy days

The bed and breakfast environment is designed to give you maximum comfort, relaxation, and fun for an unforgettable holiday. You can bask in the warm sun and take long walks on the beach, read a book while swaying in the hammocks or spend some quiet time in the peaceful gardens. Every weekend, it is possible to participate in an extra arm-balancing and inversion workshop.

Optional tours

A guided tour of the cities of Agrigento and Siracusa or Catania and Ragusa, inclusive of a car, driver, and local guide depending on the route chosen is also available.

Take surfing lessons

You can learn how to surf, kitesurf, or standup paddleboard. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House offers discounts on lessons, rentals, and even a photo session on request. Surfing lessons also include the use of a van for transporting equipment.

Spa treatments

You can book deep-tissue, shiatsu, hot stones, and relaxing massages with local therapists for an additional charge. The garden Jacuzzi can be booked for private use or together with other guests (maximum five persons).

What's included

  • Yoga classes in the studio
  • All the course material (boards, paddles)
  • One paddle class with a certified SUP instructor
  • Unlimited use of SUP boards for you to practice during the week
  • A SUP yoga manual
  • Yoga Alliance accreditation
  • All meals (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners)
  • 6 nights accommodation

How to get there

Driving directions from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)

  • Once you exit the airport, take the road towards Syracuse Primosole.
  • Continue on the ring road until Highway A18, and take the Rosolini exit.
  • At the exit, go left until the first roundabout, and turn left again.
  • Merge onto Highway 115, and follow the signs to Ispica-Ragusa.
  • At the Ispica roundabout, leave Highway 115, and take the second exit to Pozzallo.
  • After 800 meters, turn left at the Focallo Santa Maria del Borgo Village Marisipica sign.
  • Turn left again along Road 67 for 2 kilometers.
  • Turn left at the sign indicating SP67.
  • Turn immediately right, and at number 5 you will find the Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). You can book a pickup service through Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House (70,00 EUR for a standard car). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time once again to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name, but in case you have problem finding him, please call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

Arrival by bus

From the airport in Catania, the most convenient way to get to the center is to take a bus to Pozzallo. You will find the bus stop just outside of the Arrivals gate on the right, the name of the company is AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti). The bus goes directly to Pozzallo and the drive takes around 80 minutes. You can only buy the ticket on the bus by paying the driver 10 EUR per person. All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.

Please make sure that you take the bus to Pozzallo, and not Pollazzo (which does not exist but it has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island). If you take the bus from Catania, please let Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House know your arrival time and which one you think you will be taking. Please send a message or call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House once you have actually boarded the bus (not when you arrive in Pozzallo, otherwise, you will need to wait for them), so they can organize your pickup at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10 EUR).

Bus schedule, departing from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) with arrival at Pozzallo

  • Monday to Saturday: 09:15 11:15 12:45 14:45 16:15 18:45 20:45
  • Sunday: 11:15 17:45 20:45 21:45
  • Sunday: 08:30 15:00 19:00

Please note at times this schedule can change.

Arrival by ferry

The nearest port to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is located in Pozzallo where there is a stationary connection with Malta. Another important port not too far away is Catania, 110 kilometers from the hotel.

Arrival by shuttle

From Comiso airport, you can book this shuttle service, Comiso shuttle, it is 22 EUR per person to Ispica, but if you add an extra 8 EUR, they take you directly to the venue. You can write in the remarks that you need to go to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House in Santa Maria del Focallo. They have been there before.

GPS

  • Latitude: 36.72296800977594
  • Longitude: 14.91648316383361
Airport: Catania-Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer available: Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (US$82 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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