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Cancellation and Refund Policy for Retreats

PLEASE READ THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BOOKING. Do not hesitate to contact me ( should you have any questions.


In order to reserve your spot for this retreat, you may either pay in full or pay a deposit and then pay the remainder before or by August 15, 2018. Upon receipt of your payment, I will send you a confirmation of your deposit/payment.


Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. I wish I could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but I have costs already going into play when reserving retreat centers. I have designed the cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.


  • If you cancel more than 75 days before your retreat start date, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat.
  • If you cancel 50 – 75 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 25% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 15 – 49 days before your retreat start date, 50% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 50% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 14 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.


You may TRANSFER your reservation to another person subject to the procedures in this paragraph. Such transfer must be made no later than September 10th, 2018. In order to make the transfer, the owner of the reservation must contact me and provide contact information for the person who receives the transfer. The transfer between transferor and recipient may be as a gift or as a sale between the two parties, which will be considered completely independent of Manja Podratz and Yoga With Manja. Transfers made without communicating it to me will not be manifested to the final attendee list and there will be no refund of the ticket price. To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to:


I have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if I do cancel a trip due to personal circumstances such as illness or death in the family, I will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. I cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that I must cancel a retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, I cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator I work with.


To join the retreat you must have travel insurance. The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Travel Insurance can protect you in case:

•  you cancel your participation in the retreat
• retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
•  lost baggage
• medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured

Ideas About Happiness – Yoga Retreat in Sicily

Besides loving yoga I really love nature and I love teaching about a healthy lifestyle. I strongly feel that living in harmony with all of the creation supports our well-being as a human community and our personal growth. Therefore, I love hosting retreats and inviting you to escape your daily list of chores every once in a while to go visit new places, get to meet new people, learn about foreign cultures, and most of all, really dedicate time to a committed practice.


Join me for a yoga retreat in Sicily, Italy this fall from September 22nd thru September 29th, 2018.

We will be staying at the beautiful, clifftop Villa Saracena south of Taormina, with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna.

Arrive just in time to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with a special guided meditation. This time of year asks us to reflect on which chapters/projects/cycles are ready to come to a close, what do we need to finish/let go of?

It also creates space for something new thus inviting us to set an intention from here on: How can we become more true to ourselves, do as we speak, and realize our full potential?

Explore the Ancient philosophical writings by Aristotle and Plato (who spent most of his life on Sicily). Study the Philosophy of Happiness and compare it to the teachings of the Baghavad Gita. These Greek and Indian teachings are about the same old and are remarkably similar in their approach to happiness.

This is a retreat that combines yoga, healthy living, positive affirmation of life, cultural studies, and spending time in nature. Besides visiting archaeological sites in Agrigento, Siracusa, and Taormina, you will also hike Mount Etna, visit Vendicari Nature Preserve to watch migrating flamingos, and visit an olive farm to watch the olive harvest.

 Every bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and access to the balcony. This venue allows the quietness and space for a yoga retreat. And it comes with a hidden gem - a path hammered into the rocky cliff behind the villa leading down to the sea for private access to swimming in salt water or to seek a silent meditation spot. Our villa features private chef-service, clifftop pool, sauna, and stunning views.

The fee for this retreat includes (click to see the Itinerary):

  • Accommodation in a deluxe single or double room for 7 nights: rooms can be furnished with two separate twin-size beds or one queen size bed - to your preference.
  • Daily maid-service, mid-week linen change.
  • Guided yoga practice twice daily. 
  • Guided meditations and posture clinics to deepen your personal practice.
  • Hands-on cooking class in Taormina.
  • Three meals per day, Sicilian/Italian plant-based cuisine.
  • Transportation from and to Catania Airport.
  • Transportation to daily tours.
  • Private boat tour along the pristine coastline courtesy of our nice landlord.
  • Hike on Mount Etna and tour of vineyard on volcanic soil.
  • Visit of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - one of the best-preserved sites of Greek Ancient temples in the world!
  • Visit of the Greek Theater and Isola Bella in Taormina.
  • Visit of the Neapolis and baroque center of Siracusa.
  • Visit of Roman archaeological sites in Piazza Armerina and Morgantina.
  • Talks about the ancient philosophy of creation, healthy living, honoring body and soul, and IDEAS OF HAPPINESS.

The fee does NOT include:

  • flights
  • travel insurance (REQUIRED!)
  • massage and Reiki services (can be booked at the venue)
  • spending money for tips, souvenirs

"The Secret Of Change Is To Focus All Of Your Energy Not On Fighting The Old But On Building The New." - Socrates

Do you really wanna be a part of this but need a little extra time to prepare yourself financially? You can secure your spot here by paying a deposit now, and paying the remainder by July 31, 2018.

Deposit Single-Occupancy-Room $650.00

Deposit Double-Occupancy-Room $500.00

Or you can pay in full here:

Single-Occupancy-Room $2,350.00



Double-Occupancy-Room $1,950.00/per person


Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the itinerary, yoga practice at the retreat, travel preparation, registration process and forms of payment accepted.

You can find my cancellation and refund policy here.

Usui Reiki Certification Courses

Location: Simply Life Learning Center (inside Full Circle Massage) 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36604

Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the practitioner channels universal life force energy by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes and restore physical and emotional well-being.
Level I:   February 10th 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Level II:  February 11th 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Level III: February 25th  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Master Level)
The focus of Level I is on self-healing and helping others.
This level covers:
* History of Reiki
* Benefits and Principles of Reiki
* The Chakra System
* Hand positions for self-healing
* How to begin and end a session
* Specific techniques to make a session most effective and enjoyable
* Hands-on practice
* Level 1 Reiki Attunement
*** Registration for Level I Certification Only $105.00
 The Level II course will begin Reiki practice on each other.
Level Two continues with:
* Review Level I
* Gassho
* Reiji-Ho
* Reiki Chiryo
* Sacred Traditional Reiki Symbols
* Distance Reiki - Working through Space and Time
* Additional Non-traditional Reiki Symbols
* Level 2 Attunement
*** Registration for Level II Certification Only $150.00
Level III, also known as the Master Level or the Mystery Level, will focus on learning advanced energy healing techniques:
* Complete Usui Reiki III/Master Attunement
* Instruction on how to give Reiki attunements for Reiki I&II, ART and full Reiki Master.
* Practice in doing attunements
* Aura Clearing (Psychic Surgery) taught and received by each student
* How to protect oneself and others from psychic attacks
* Healing prayers and blessings
* Advanced Reiki meditation that harmonizes the energy of the chakras.
* The values and spiritual orientation of a true Reiki Master. 
*** Registration for Level III Certification $350.00
Whoever wants to take his/her Reiki practice to the Master Level and already received attunements for Level I and II but hasn't practiced in a while or wishes to receive a refresher attunement is welcome to attend the Level I and II courses at a 50% discount. Repeating the Level I and II training can reconnect you to the Reiki practice, boost your intuition and screening abilities, and remind you of the techniques necessary to master before being able to teach Reiki to others.
To claim this special offer, bring your certificates with you and pay at the door.

Yoga 101

Seated Poses, Yin Yoga Poses, Mudras

Standing Poses, Standing Balances


Heart Openers

Twists and Binds

Arm Balances

Core Strength