Experience Sicily and Awaken Your Senses:
2015 Yoga and Creativity Retreat for Women

“The loveliest region of Italy: a stunning orgy of colors, scents, and lights… a great delight” - Sigmund Freud

Nourish your mind, body and soul on a women’s yoga, meditation, and creativity retreat on the magnificent island of Sicily. Immerse yourself in Sicily’s staggering beauty, contrasts, and history in its Southeastern region. Experience a colorful local culture with time-honored traditions at a pace geared to reflection and relaxation.

2015 Yoga and Creativity Retreat for Women

Experience morning yoga and meditation in lush surroundings befitting of  thoughtful yoga practice. Open to your highest self as you work with the eight chakras, energy centers along your spine. To keep the experience intimate and personal, this tour is limited to no more than 12 participants.

Sessions include Kundalini breathing techniques, movement, deep relaxation and meditation to help you reduce stress, release blocks, calm your mind, and be fully present. Appropriate for beginners and all levels.

Enjoy afternoon activities and excursions, at a relaxed pace, with time on your own for individual exploration:

  • Ragusa Ibla, one of Sicily’s Baroque masterpieces
  • Modica, city of 100 churches in UNESCO’s Val di Noto
  • Marina di Ragusa on the sea, the land of Montalbano
  • Donnafugata Castle, one of the region’s most spectacular sites
  • A hands on cooking class with chefs in a historic setting, followed by lunch
  • Scicli, a small town, oozing with charm
  • Ortigia, the quintessentially charming, artisanal center of Sicil

The group will come together for some combination of creativity projects, meditation and deep relaxation in the latter part of the day.

Return home with new perspectives and memories of your empowering journey shared with an amazing group of women.

The Yoga Instructor

Rita London is a Yoga and Meditation instructor with an extensive background in modern dance and creative arts education. Ms. London is an IKYTA certified teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and a certified chair yoga instructor.

Ms. London teaches yoga in New York City. She has designed innovative creative arts programs and experiences for adults and children for cultural institutions for over 20 years, and in smaller settings, using salon events to promote creativity and community. 

The Tour Leader

Karen La Rosa owns and operates La RosaWorks, LLC, a boutique company that specializes in tourism to Sicily. Through very personal attention and deep knowledge of the island, she enables her clients to feel the magic of Sicily, creating memories from fun, interesting, and experiential travel.


Day 1 - Thursday, Sept. 24
  • Mid-day arrival into Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport
  • Transfer to Ragusa and our accommodations
  • Meditative walk in the Iblean Gardens
  • Dinner at the hotel with introductions
Day 2 - Friday, Sept. 25
  • Morning yoga
  • Lunch on your own and afternoon visit to the beautifully Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla, walking along the narrow, winding streets, discovering hidden corners, and beautiful vistas from the many stone stairways surrounding the town.
  • Group meeting for creative time, meditation or deep relaxation
  • Dinner in the hotel
Day 3 - Saturday, Sept. 26
  • Morning yoga
  • Visit Modica, the city of 100 churches that celebrate the Sicilian Baroque.
  • Lunch on your own
  • Self-guided walking tour.
  • Group meeting for creative time, meditation or deep relaxation
  • Dinner at the hotel
Day 4 - Sunday, Sept. 27
  • Morning yoga
  • Lunch in Marina di Ragusa
  • Afternoon visit to the Castle of Donnafugata, one of the province’s most spectacular sites
  • Group meeting for creative time, meditation or deep relaxation
  • Dinner on your own
Day 5 - Monday, Sept. 28
  • Morning yoga
  • Cooking Class in the kitchen of a restored convent, now an important cooking school, followed by lunch.
  • Evening Meditation & Relaxation
  • Dinner on your own
Day - Tuesday, Sept. 29
  • Morning yoga
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Take a morning walk around the charming town of Scicli with its famous Palazzo Beneventano.
  • Group light lunch
  • Arrive in Siracusa.
  • Group meeting for creative time, meditation or deep relaxation
  • Dinner on your own
Day 7 - Wednesday, Sept. 30
  • Leisure time in Ortigia
  • Late afternoon yoga
  • Group meeting for creative time, meditation or deep relaxation
  • Farewell dinner
Day 8 - Thursday, Oct. 1
  • Transfer to Catania airport for mid-day flights

Cost & Booking

Please contact for payment details.

Not included in the tour: Airfare, travel insurance (strongly recommended), personal expenses, meals not specified, yoga mats for your personal use.

Arrival time into Catania’s Fontanarossa airport will be designated to begin the tour. Those arriving at other times can arrange to meet either at the airport at the specified time or at the hotel.  La RosaWorks can help with add on travel before or after the tour.

To reserve a spot, please contact Karen La Rosa at:  kjlarosa@larosaworks.com. You will receive instructions to make the $600 deposit by check, wire transfer or via PayPal. Please fill out the reservation form:

Your deposit will be completely refunded if arrangements cannot be confirmed or the tour is cancelled for unforeseen circumstances. Your deposit is refundable up until final payment is due, prior to which you will receive an invoice.

The Fine Print

  1. Passports
    Travelers must have valid passports that will not expire within the 6 months following the tour.
  2. Luggage
    All luggage must be identified with tags and a personal identifier such as a ribbon or other unique marking.
  3. Cancellations
    Due to tour cancellation charges imposed by the vendors, the following charges apply to tour participants:
    • Over 60 days: $200 Administration cost
    • 59-40 days: 25% of the total tour cost
    • 39 to 21 days: 50% of the total tour cost
    • 20 days or less: 100% of the tour cost
    No refund is permitted once the tour has begun. Travel insurance is recommended to take care of any unforeseen circumstances.
  4. Forced Cancellation
    In the event that the tour does not reach a minimum number of 12 participants, it may be necessary to cancel the tour or surcharge.
  5. Amendments
    This program may be varied slightly to accommodate local festivals, performances and other seasonal events as information becomes available, and include additional activities deemed worthwhile and exciting at the discretion of the tour leader. Unexpected factors, such as inclement weather or sudden closings, may also result in changes. While changes may occur, the range and number of activities will remain the same.

For further information, please contact:
Karen La Rosa at or call 917.225.8415

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Space is limited.
Please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

At A Glance

Tour Dates

Sept. 24 through Oct. 1st, 2015

What Is Included

  • 5 nights accommodation in a single room, in an historic property in Ragusa
  • 2 nights accommodation in a single room in Siracusa
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 unique meals with wine
  • 7 days yoga instruction and creative activities with instructor, Rita London
  • Day trips to Modica, Marina di Ragusa, Donnafugata, and Scicli
  • A cooking class in an historic setting, followed by lunch
  • Transportation to and from the airport, as per scheduled arrival time
  • Private transportation for our group
  • Select reading list and other materials provided by Rita London and La RosaWorks

Tour Cost

Total cost per person is $2695.


Because of the nature and intimacy of this tour, space is limited to 12 participants.

IKYTA Certified Yoga instructor Rita London.

Rita London is IKYTA Certified in Yoga, Certified in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, and is a Meditation Instructor


“You are an amazing planner and organizer and gave us so many adventures and tastes of the multi-layered, multi-sensory Sicily. It made the trip so special and it was a peak experience for me. Sicily is a jewel-- a fertile land, fascinating cultural history, and the people are so colorful and warm. Karen led a seamless tour.”
- Rita L.

“Behind all the talent, you are very genuine, and it really shines thru all you do.”
- Palma C.

“Thank you for an absolutely amazing experience in Sicily.”
- Helen S.

“Thank you for your sensitive leadership, vision, and love of Sicily.”
- Marianne B.

“I am thankful for our time on that beautiful island and for Karen and Rita… perfection.”
- Ann K.

More reviews & testimonials

Donnafugata Castle behind the typical stone walls of Ragusa

Donnafugata Castle behind the typical stone walls of Ragusa

The dramatic waters off Aci Trezza

Beautiful Siracusa

The evocative landscape near Modica

The evocative landscape near Modica

Sicilian Baroque cherubs

Sicilian Baroque cherubs

Tour Cost

Total cost per person is $2695. This itinerary is subject to minor changes and adjustment.

The tour is relaxed and informal. Its focus is on community and sharing, self-discovery and growth in fitting accommodations.


Please reserve your place on the Yoga & Creativity Retreat Tour. Because of the nature and intimacy of this tour, space is limited to 12 participants.

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