Swaha Yoga Retreat
“Offering your Highest Self to the Divine”,

through Yoga and Music

with Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy


 SwahaYoga embodies the qualities of integration and devotion, and encourages each individual to explore their full potential in themselves, on all levels.

As we unfold the freedom of our spirit we move “out of the box” of limited consciousness into inspired creative awareness, One with that Divine field of limitless potential and expression.

Inspired by Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and informed by intelligent “natural body” alignment principles, SwahaYoga is designed ultimately to tap the creative spark within, and approach Yoga from all sides of the Eight-limbed practice.

On this glorious retreat in Sicily we will begin the day with a Mysore style practice or a Led Practice, suitable for all levels…with easier modifications for beginners, and more challenging variations for the intermediate or advanced student. Working on your asana practice with Ron is like looking under the microscope with the vision of a true genius!

In the afternoons we will explore chanting and mantra’s, as well as some Restorative/Yoga Nidra practice to facilitate deep healing and integration.  We will study the Vijnana Bhairava Tantric text, a gorgeous scripture with Shiva teaching his beautiful consort Parvati about meditation and how to realize the Self.

Enjoying wonderful food, and a few trips to nearby sites, as well as great company of fellow yogins, this week offers a time to delve deep into the gift of your spiritual practice on all levels.

About the Location
Borgo degli Aranci is surrounded by a wonderful garden as well as a beautiful orange grove which ensure complete privacy.

Situated near the town of Fiumefreddo on the east coast of Sicily about halfway between Catania and Taormina, Borgo degli Aranci is a good base from which to visit Taormina, Catania, and Mount Etna.
A visit here is the perfect opportunity to discover true Sicilian hospitality and experience authentic Sicily.

Borgo degli Aranci is reached by a long track running through the organic orange groves and boasts fabulous views in all directions.

The views from the gardens to the sea are interrupted only by large expanses of orange groves, while in the opposite direction, you will become hypnotized by the sight of Mount Etna.

Accommodation at Borgo degli Aranci is spread over 3 buildings: Cedro, Mandarino and Pompelmo.

The large and subtly designed pool fits well with the lawned terracing and the buildings. There are plenty of shaded areas for outdoor dining and relaxing. There’s a large covered patio beetwen the houses, furnished with a dining-table and chairs, overlooks the swimming pool and the orange groves

Let me know what time you arrive. //Therese.
Prices and Transport.

We arrive on the 3rd of October, and leave on the 9th of October.

Shared double bedrooms, brunch and dinner is served, we can make tea and snacks in the kitchen, and we get to taste local products.

We are picked up. If we are 3 its 20 eur or, we share a taxi, 120 eur. 
Let me know what time you arrive.
We try to arrange to be picked up together.  //Therese.

Price: 8800 kr.

If payment is to be made from abroad, contact me at therese@yogakala.se for bank and payment info.

Directions from Catania Airport
Leaving the airport follow the AUTOSTRADE (motorways) sign and take the motorway A18 direction Messina. After about 50 km take the exit towards FIUMEFREDDO. After paying your toll, turn right towards Fiumefreddo and follow the curvy road down. After 1,2 km go over level crossing and then after another 100m turn right.
This street’s name is Via Principe di Piedimonte, go straight on for 700m and then turn right into Via Maccarone, opposite a Tamoil petrol station. Then, after 200m, turn left into Borgo Valerio.
Follow this road round under a bridge and then after 300m you will see a yellow sign “ Valerio “. Turn right here.
You will see Etna in front of you ( clouds permitting ).
After 1,2 km you’ll see the gate on our left, just before the bridge on your right.

Ron Reid
Ron is one of Canada’s top teachers, as well as a celebrated international Master teacher.  His approach is inspired, informed and non-dogmatic.  He is co-owner and director of Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada, and has been teaching since 1988.


Marla (Meenakshi) has been teaching for over 25 years, and is co-owner and co-director of Downward Dog Yoga Centre.  She brings her healing touch as a Shiatsu Therapist, and her years of study in India to her palate as a long-time teacher of Ashtanga, Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Sanskrit and Chanting.

Teaching Master Classes, Teacher Training, Workshops and Retreats around the globe for the past 15 years, Ron and Marla teach yoga with care and passion.  In addition they share a love of music, as recording artists collectively known as SWAHA.