Tuesday 26. September – Sunday 01. October 2023
Check in from 14 hrs onwards,
welcome circle at 17 hrs
Check out at 11 hrs from rooms,
leaving property latest 14 hrs
About the retreat
A romantic Italian getaway to our favourite volcanic isle. They say love sweeps you off your feet, and our Pantelleria retreat definitely gets our heart beating a little faster.
Guided by our co-founder Steph Cusack and Birjiwan, you can await mesmerising practices that explore poetry and presence, with morning movement on either the shaded terrace or the serene indoor practice space and evening rituals under the vast starry sky.
Afternoons spent exploring the island on foot or in a little fiat - and one day even by boat! - are just as wonderful as the ones lazing by the pool. Our well-balanced program leaves plenty of time for both.
Last summer, we hosted our first she she retreat in Pantelleria and fell instantly in love. Cast like a pebble in the Strait of Sicily, the island is scattered with hot springs and buildings from volcanic stone. The island has a wild, un-touristic and rural character. It is the perfect place for us to welcome you, in the midst of the Mediterranean with a kiss from the shores of Northern Africa.
This retreat takes its name Daughter of the Wind from the island itself: the original Arabic name Bint al-Riyāh pays tribute to the winds which blow from the Tunisian coastline. Like on all she she retreats, we embrace moments of serenity and quiet reflection, although there’s nothing like a strong breeze to awaken the wild woman within.
During our days together, we have several highlights that are unique to our Pantelleria retreat, including candlelit yin on the rooftop, mud-bathing in a volcanic lake, al fresco dining enjoying seasonal Italian classics, and there are even whispers of wood-fired pizza.
We are delighted to return to this mystical island location and immerse in a multi-sensory week of both inspiring and restful moments which will nourish both body and soul.
Embrace the freedom to be swept away by the wind's natural guidance.
About the stay
The heart of our retreat is a timeless building in the archaeological site Parco dei Sesi. The most spacious retreat home we have stayed in thus far, the property consists of a collection of traditional dammusi built from volcanic rock, with space for both companionship and solitude.
Only 200 meters from the sea, Parco offers several spacious terraces overlooking the ocean sunset and the northern coast of Africa. Gather together for dining or swimming, or take time for yourself, breathing in your surroundings and admiring the untouched mountain scenery. As is typical for Pantelleria, you will have access to the property’s rooftops for sweeping views of the ocean. You will also find that each building harbours its own unique work of art, and the rooftops are adorned with curving white lines, where weather-worn cracks have been repaired.
Each day at the retreat begins with a peaceful morning, where you can witness the breathtaking sunrise over the volcano while savoring a comforting cup of coffee or tea. This tranquil start is followed by an invigorating movement practice led by either Steph or Birjiwan, and on a special occasion, a combined practice led by both teachers. Afterward, you'll have time to yourself for reflective journaling or refreshing with a shower, and then we gather again for a delightful and nourishing brunch.
Throughout the retreat, we have planned two captivating excursions to immerse ourselves in the island's raw natural beauty. These include a visit to the enchanting Venus Lake and an adventurous boat trip that offers the opportunity for an ocean swim. On the remaining three days, you have the freedom to embrace the essence of a retreat in your own way. Whether you choose to relax and unwind on the property, bask in the sun by the pool or take relaxing walks to explore the area on foot, or head out to discover the hidden gems of the island, the choice is yours.
In the afternoon, enjoy delicious aperitivo snacks that serve as a relaxing interlude before we reconvene for the evenings. This time is dedicated to either a cooking workshop, another movement or mindfulness practice, or simply enjoying the breathtaking sunset while sipping refreshing drinks on the rooftop.
Our dinner are a celebration of Italian classics, featuring family-style vegetarian dishes served on a long table set al fresco. As the evening unfolds engage in meaningful conversations with newfound friends, or simply surrender to an early and restful sleep.
Rooms and Rates
The rooms are categorised based on their size and facilities, and while each room is unique, they were all designed with the same care, love for details and the use of raw materials, curated objects, and art. Every room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom.
It's important to note that during the retreat, we will be spending most of our time outdoors, so there's no need to overthink it—rest assured that each room is an excellent choice. For more impressions and specific details on available rooms and suites, please check out Parco's website by clicking here.
Shared occupancy, sleeps two guests, price per person:
Deluxe Bedroom with 1 double bed: 2900 EUR
Deluxe Bedroom with 2 single beds: 3000 EUR
Junior Suite with 1 double bed: 3100 EUR
Suite with 1 double bed: 3350 EUR
Master Suite with 1 double bed: 3500 EUR
Our group enjoys exclusive accommodation as we have privately hired the entire property for our 5 night stay
Movement and Mindfulness
Steph Cusack and Birjiwan bring a diverse range of practices and expertise from hosting over 30 retreats
Savor the delectable Italian cuisine in our home-cooked brunches, aperitivo and dinners
Embark on an enchanting trip to Lake Venus, a make-your-own pizza night, and a boat trip around the island
We'll pick you up and bring you back
Not included is airfare, alcohol and massages
How to get there
Discover Pantelleria, an enchanting Italian island that is closer to Africa than Italy itself. Its remote and untouristy nature is precisely what makes it so special. While reaching the island may require a journey, the reward is immeasurable. Just picture yourself swimming inside a (dormant) volcano... This unique experience is well worth the extra effort, and once you're there, you'll understand why Pantelleria is a hidden gem waiting to be explored.
We recommend flying to Palermo on the 25th or sooner, allowing yourself to embrace the Sicilian energy. Stay at for example at Hotel Incanto, near the famous street Ballaró market. It's also a great opportunity to meet up with another guest and enjoy dinner together! We will connect everyone closer to date, so also transport to the airport can be shared.
The following day, 26th of September, after breakfast (you must have a granita!), you can catch the 13:50 flight to Pantelleria with Danish Airlines, which takes only half an hour and can be booked on DAT.dk. If you prefer to travel directly in one day, there's also a later flight available at 19:30. Rest assured, we will eagerly await your arrival and welcome you with a special dinner before the official start of the retreat. Transportation will be arranged for both arrival times.
For your return journey on October 1st, you have the option to depart in the morning at 09:35 or in the afternoon at 15:50 to Palermo, or at 12:10 to Catania. We will make sure to organise transportation accordingly.
After checking out from the rooms at 11 hrs, feel free to relax on the serene terraces or take a refreshing dip in the pool until the shuttle transports you to the airport. Rest assured that you won't miss out on anything on the day of departure should you leave in the morning, as we host our closing circle the night before. We will however serve a last breakfast (or snack bag to go for the early departures) and goodbye hugs!
How to get around
As a group, we will embark on an half day trip to Lake Venus and enjoy a full day boat trip departing from the harbour. Transportation arrangements will be taken care of by us.
During the daily free time slots, if you prefer a more relaxed and leisurely experience, spending your free time at Parco Dei Sesi, there is no need to rent a car. You can fully immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings and enjoy the serene atmosphere and finally finish reading that book or writing down future plans. For a dip in the ocean, you can walk there about 15 min, or rent one of the hotels e-bikes.
If you wish to explore the island and visit its beautiful beaches, towns, and more, we highly recommend renting a car or scooter. It provides you with the flexibility to venture at your own pace and discover the wonders of Pantelleria. Get a small Fiat, the iconic car of Pantelleria, or for those with more confidence and experience, a Mehari*. We will provide you with our recommended car rental options when you make your booking.
*Mehari's have old-timer manual transmission pull sticks, we recommend only renting these if you know of to drive them.
To book a spot at this retreat, please follow all steps below:
First: Check availability at the bottom of this page
Second: Place a 500 EUR (shared) or 1000 EUR (solo) non-refundable deposit, mentioning your name, billing address + the retreat’s name: DOTW in the transaction
Third: Email us the payment confirmation: screenshot of transfer and your preferred room option (if you forgot to add your address to the transfer, email it please)
Limited spots. First come, first serve.
Please note only once we have received your deposit or a proof of payment, your spot is reserved.
The full amount is due 15 August, please make sure to set a reminder in your calendar and pay on time to hold on to your reservation.
*Legal Notice: By transferring your deposit, you indicate that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions on our web page: sheshe-retreats.com/terms-and-conditions
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Master Suite: Available
Junior Suite: Available
Deluxe Bedroom Double bed: Booked
Deluxe Bedroom Single beds: Available
Solo Deluxe Bedroom: Available
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