A Season of Wild Hearts, Food & Yoga - Anna Tasca Lanza
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A Season of Wild Hearts, Food & Yoga

We love Italy because it is delicious; because when we are there, we let go of thinking so hard about what we have to do, where we have to go, and what we haven’t done yet. In Italy we are able to let go of the need to do, and we find ourselves remembering daily pleasures and cultivating il dolce far niente—the art of doing nothing.

 

Everything on the to-do list can wait while we practice yoga with the vineyards in view. It can wait while we savor our meals, while we stroll the gardens, and while we take in the wildflowers, poppies, rolling green fields, fresh fava beans and artichokes.

 

The spring is a beautiful time to savor the flavors of Sicily. To indulge in warm ricotta, as all the sheep are out in pasture and the milk is fresh and bright. Citrus season will be mostly over, but we might still catch some blood oranges from the Etna area. Green is really the theme: wild fennel, abundant chards and baby lettuce.

 

We invite you to join us on an exquisite once in a lifetime week of daily yoga (2.5 hours), Sicilian cooking lessons, outside adventure, and the natural pleasures of Sicily. At the Anna Tasca Cooking School, we find an honest connection between slow quality movement, moments and slow quality food.

Sonia Taylor Bach is the director of movement culture at the Yogaloft Cologne. With a masters degree in philosophy & a former professional jazz musician, Sonia became deeply involved in yoga & movement over 20 years ago. Her goal is to drive you to extract more from your practice and more from your life: an honest you, built by new insights, resulting in a clear-cut representation of who you truly are. The metaphysics of yoga or movement may seem ‘complicated’ yet, our bodies have heroic potential, natural intelligence and in combination with quality conditioning, can brilliantly navigate us through life.

Costs

Single Room: €3,000

Double Room: €5,400

Costs include accommodation at Case Vecchie or one of the nearby cottages, and indicated lessons, meals, wine, and excursions.

Example Program

 

Monday, April 22: Settling In
3:00 to 5:00 pm: Check in and settle into your accommodation.
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Introduction and initial slow yoga session.
7:30 pm: Sicilian aperitivo and dinner at Case Vecchie.

 

Tuesday, April 23: Welcome to Sicily
8:00 am: Breakfast around the table.
9:00 – 11:30 am: Mid-morning yoga class.
1:00 pm: Leisurely lunch.
Afternoon to hike or rest.
5:30 pm: Cooking lesson with seasonal ingredients followed by dinner.

 

Wednesday, April 24: Cheese Making
7:45 am: On the road to see local shepherd and cheese-maker perform his daily ritual of ricotta making.* A picnic breakfast is provided.
10:30 am: Return to Case Vecchie for a tour of the gardens.
12:00 pm: Cheese tasting at the table followed by lunch.
3:00 – 5:30 pm: Yoga in the garden.
7:30 pm: Aperitivo and dinner at Case Vecchie.

 

Thursday, April 25: Yoga, Wine and Cooking
8:00 am: Breakfast around the table.
9:00 – 11:30 am: Mid-morning yoga class.
1:00 pm: Leisurely lunch.
4:00 pm: Wine tasting and tour of the cantina.
7:30 pm: Aperitivo and dinner outdoors.

 

Friday, April 26: Artisan Adventure
8:00 am: Breakfast around the table.
9:00 – 11:30 am: Mid-morning yoga class.
1:00 pm: Leisurely lunch.
6:00 pm: Pizza making workshop at local pizzeria.

 

Saturday, April 27: In the kitchen
8:00 am: Breakfast around the table.
9:00 – 11:30 am: Mid-morning yoga class.
1:00 pm: Leisurely lunch.
5:30 pm: Cooking lesson with seasonal ingredients followed by dinner.

 

Sunday, April 28: Goodbyes
9:00 am: Final breakfast and departure at 10:00 am.

*Airfare and transportation to and from Case Vecchie are not included in the price. Please request transportation arrangements at the time of booking if you would like us to book a car to and from the estate.

 

**Please note, due to the seasonal rhythm of life and agriculture in Sicily, planned activities and schedules may change at short notice. If this is the case, an equally engaging activity will be arranged.

 

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