Embodied Wholeness Island Retreat
August 29 @ 15:00 - September 5 @ 11:00€540 - €680
Welcome to the magical, heart centered Yoga and Living Compassion Retreat on the gorgeous volcanic island of Stromboli, Italy!
We are all on a journey to wholeness. We know the joy of aligning our hearts with what we do and who we’re with when everything feels just right. We’ve also felt the pain of separation and disconnection when life doesn’t meet who we truly are. Embodied Wholeness is the process of bringing this heart centered alignment into our awareness and into our power so our life and relationships more and more fully reflect our deepest values.
The island of Stromboli is a perfect place to take steps towards our truest self. This year’s retreat will be dedicated to self-connection that supports authentic and meaningful ways of living. Freedom is a state of being to act from who we are. To have the courage to express and live our core values in relationships, work and daily life. To move inward and towards inner alignment, we will practice yoga, meditation and emotional integration methods daily to cultivate connection and well-being on all levels.
- Morning yoga and meditation to start the day
- Free time to explore the island and enjoy the beaches
- Afternoon Emotional Integration practice
- Evening yoga and meditation practice
- Special group trips and activities
8.00 – 10.30 Morning Session: Yoga, Meditation
10.30 – 12.00 Breakfast/Brunch
12.00 – 16.00 Free time to explore the island
16.00 – 19.00 Afternoon Session: Emotional Integration
19.00 – 20.30 Dinner
20.30 – 22.00 Evening Session: Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation
This retreat is meant to be accessible for everyone. You can arrive when it’s good for you, and bring your wife or husband, kids or pets, and we want to keep the price low and accessible for everyone.
In addition to spiritual practice, we will enjoy time with the sea and sand, excursions around the island and visiting the epic peak of the volcano. Welcome to a week of growth, regeneration and beauty!
You are warmly welcome to join us for a week of shared stillness, movement and relatedness. The retreat will be held in the heart of winter, during a time when nature sleeps deep in the earth and light is scarce.
We invite you to lean back and rest, allowing the body and mind to unwind from the demands of everyday life. We invite you to rejuvenate your energy by enjoying the winter landscape, meeting yourself and others from a space of heart-felt presence and eating absolutely delicious vegan & gluten free food. Together we celebrate the end of yet another cycle and support each other in orienting towards a more integrated and sustainable new year.
Casa Flora is located just above Stromboli village, walking distance from the piazza and beaches. There is shared accommodation, double room, and single room options. More info at:
We like to hold food together in a family atmosphere. We have a fully equipped kitchen available to prepare brunches, snacks and some dinners together! Our request is to keep the food at Casa Flora vegan or vegetarian. A welcome dinner will be made by our amazing host Sara, and is included in the retreat. Breakfasts and lunches are open, and we often get together and bring fruits, bread, etc. for brunch together, and some go out to nearby cafes for the local cuisine.
We also arrange time to go to Ginostra for an aperitivo and Stromboli village to eat, including at the Osservatorio, a restaurant at the base of the volcano, and those dinners are not included in the retreat.
Island activities are optional. We like to take a boat trip around the island to see the sunset at the village of Ginostra and then the eruptions of the volcano from the sea.
We also love to hike up the volcano and see the crater and eruptions from closer up. This is a once in a lifetime experience to see the incredible power of nature. If conditions allow, we stay to meditate on the beauty and energy of the living Mother Earth.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a towel, sunscreen, beach clothes and a water bottle for the seaside time.
For the hike, good boots are necessary and they can also be rented on the island, a headlamp, and warm clothes since it gets cold on the mountain at night.
Arrival is from 15h00 onwards on the 29th of August. If you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave luggage at the house until its ready for us. Departure is between 10h00 and 11h00 on the 5th of September.
We will start the retreat after the welcome dinner with arrival mediation,introductions and an overview of the program.
PRICES AND WHAT’S INCLUDED
All teachings and retreat activities, the welcome dinner at Casa Flora, and accommodation are included in the retreat price.
Island excursions, the rest of the food, and transport to and from the island are not included.
Accommodation options per person (currently approximate, still checking with the venue for final prices):
Shared room with 4 beds, shared shower/WC: €540
Double room shared shower/WC: €590
Single room shared shower/WC: €820
Double private apartment private shower/WC: €620
TRAVELLING TO THE VENUE
Stromboli is one of the Eolian islands and can only be reached by boat. The nearest ports are Messina and Milazzo (better connected), not far from Catania, and there is also a good boat connection from Naples. The cost to get from an airport to Stromboli and back is about €100.
Option 1 – Catania in the morning 29th August: Fly or take train to Catania that arrives in the morning by 12h00 to catch a bus to Milazzo (1h45min trip) arriving on-time for the last boat to Stromboli: 16:30 – 19:15 Milazzo – Stromboli – 2h 45m with Libertylines.
Option 2 – Catania in the afternoon 28th August: If you have a later flight, then there are many options to stay a night in Catania or Milazzo. They are both great places to visit too! Then it’s easy to catch a morning or midday bus and boat Milazzo – Stromboli.
Option 3 – Naples in the morning 29th August: Fly or take train to Naples that arrives by 12h00 to catch the fast boat to Stromboli: 14:30 – 19:00 Naples Mergellina – Stromboli – 4h 30m with SNAV or Alilaura.
Option 4 – Naples in the afternoon 28th August: Fly or take a train to Naples that arrives by 17h00 to catch the night boat to Stromboli: 20:00 – 06:00 Naples Mergellina – Stromboli with Siremar.
For those who want to spend as little time on a boat as possible, the one from Messina is only 1h35 minutes. Let us know if you need more information about that option.
Mironel de Wilde
Mironel is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) and an RYT200 certified yoga teacher. He has studied and practiced various forms of spiritual and personal growth since he was a teenager in the 1990’s and committed to yoga as a spiritual path in 2001. He began teaching yoga in 2004 and has trained and taught across Europe, Asia and North America. His first contact with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in 2014 changed his life perspective. He has been living and sharing NVC since then and continues to study in depth with some of the most experienced and innovative NVC trainers in the world. He is also a film-maker and you can see more of his offerings, articles and films at mironeldewilde.com.
Gloria is a yoga- and tantra teacher and social psychologist focused on the profound practices of yoga, meditation and tantra; the expansion and refinement of consciousness and heart-based living.
Gloria began her serious study of yoga 20 years ago. After she found the esoteric and tantric practices of yoga and meditation, she committed herself to the ancient sacred yogic and tantric tradition. She moved abroad to live near her beloved teacher Advaita Stoian, to deepen her understanding of spirituality, yoga, tantra, meditation and self-inquiry. During the years abroad she graduated as a yoga and tantra teacher.
Gloria has always had a deep interest in human psyche and the different levels of human consciousness. The quest to understand hidden potentials deep within, led her to graduate with Masters of Social Sciences, majoring in Social Psychology, minoring in Psychology. Gloria wrote her Master Theses on Mindfulness Meditation and in her academic studies combined social psychology studies and methodology with her personal experience in meditation.
November 2017 Gloria graduated from a profound and vast tantra teacher program that lasted for 5 years, specializing in the awakening of kundalini. In addition to weekly yoga classes and workshops, she teaches tantra course with new practice and theory given weekly with curriculum lasting over many years.
In 2018 and 2019 she participated yet to new yoga teacher trainings (Vinyasa RYT 300hrs, Hatha RYT 200hrs), this time with the world known yogi Gokulchandra Das, to learn the subtle gokulyoga system of bandhas and marmas, meditation and yoga philosophy. In addition to teaching yoga and tantra Gloria works as a wellness and awareness consultant for individuals, groups and companies.