Sicilian Summer:
with Victoria Erickson + Cole Chance

July 18th – 25th, 2020

“And anyone who has once known this land can never be quite free from the nostalgia for it.” 
D. H. Lawrence, Writer 

There are some places you may have missed though you’ve yet never quite known ….  Sicily is one of these places. It is the isle of myth, passion, and intensity. Sicily, it is said, has produced more writers than anywhere else in Italy as it is a muse that seems to dance itself across time steeped in mystery, enchantment and unwavering beauty. This is the isle where golden light, winding roads, fruit trees, wildflowers, rolling hills, mountain ridges and turquoise seas blend together as softly as the hues in an oil painting. Sicily is that evocative. It is that poetic. It is that richly and painfully inspiring.
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Cole Chance and Victoria Erickson have chosen Sicily for their 2020 summer soiree which is equal parts creative writing, yoga, and Sicilain exploration. We will have 7 days,  infused with both inner and outer movement, to open our creative channels and weave of our experiences, musings, feelings, and imaginations into words.  

We will be staying at the dazzling Danena Estate - a 19th century farmhouse amongst olive trees on a country lane in southeastern Sicily. There is a beautiful pool (and so delicious in July), nearby sandy beaches, walking trails, and plantations filled with almonds, watermelon fields and olives.  We have excursions planned in nature, medieval villages, and we will take to the sea with a special boat adventure.

Logistics:

You will be flying into Cantina, Italy. We will meet at 4 pm in a central location in town. HIGHLY recommended to come a day early to acclimate and join the group refreshed after pasta, tiramisu, and a good night's sleep!

We will arrive back to Cantina at 12pm on the 25th so book tickets out no earlier than 3pm.

Nearest towns: Noto, Rosolini, and Siracusa
Included:

Daily creative writing classes with Victoria Erickson that will cover many styles of writing to catapult your flow state and creative drive.

Daily yoga classes with Cole Chance that will both soften and energize your body and mind. 

A beautiful boat ride on the sea!

A visit to lovely nearby Italian towns.

Transport to and from the town of Cantania, where we will gather before we head to the countryside.

Daily Healthy vibrant vegetarian food to nourish you from the inside out.  3 meals a day, one of your meals will be on you when we go into town.  (Any additional meals outside the property will be yours as well.)

Not Included: 
Massages, extra excursions/activities, one meal out in town. 

Serenity. Relaxation. A feeling of home.

“Going to Sicily is better than going to the moon.”Gabrielle Garcia Marquez

Victoria Erickson is an author and creative writing coach. She spent years writing for various blogs, local magazines, and newspapers on a variety of subjects, and now writes for herself and also helps brands and beings with a specific style of editing. Her work is a form of paragraph surgery- injecting and she molds creativity, story, depth, and life into anyone’s social media streams, speeches, wedding vows, and books.

She has been coaching creative writing all over the world through workshops, retreats and seminars for five years, focusing on writing from the body, as well as how to layer, notice and play with rhythm, elements, and energy within a paragraph. 

Victoria believes that when you’re writing from a primal, intuitive place, life can be wondrously free, fiery, energetic, and extraordinary. 

Cole Chance
Cole has been a seeker all her life. It has brought her into the depths of addiction, to all corners of the world, and most importantly to the path of yoga. Through this practice, she has begun to understand, unravel, and explore the most fascinating of all landscapes... the inner one. There is always room to find more freedom and come closer to wholeness, both on and off the mat. 

Cole’s teaching style reflects her desire to support her students discover on their own unique journey to their desired life. Her philosophy is to live big, love wide, listen deep, and ALWAYS leave room for possibility!

Testimonials

"It's always such a sweet surprise when artists live up to their artistry! Thank you again, Victoria, for a challenging, inspiring, expansive, and wonderful experience. You are a gem in what often feels like a treasure less realm. Looking forward to our souls converging again in the future."

- April Rose from Writing From the Roots with Victoria Erickson in Austin, Texas
"Colorado burst with a vibrancy of color and soulful warriors this weekend. I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Denver for a writing alchemy retreat that was led by Victoria Erickson at the Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens. The flow of energy and connections shared with each individual has made my heart burst with love and gratitude. I left inspired with my soul reinvigorated. Bravery, vulnerability and raw truth o
utpoured from each beautiful soul. It was incredibly special to witness the courage and fierceness of the written word erupt from the pages that bared the flow and stream of conscious thoughts.”

- Jori Frances Smith from Writing Alchemy with Victoria Erickson in Denver, Colorado
“Traveling back to the states with the word, “unfuckwithable” in mind after such an amazing adventure in Peru with my wonderful new friends. I’m so at peace and in touch with myself, nothing negative can bother me.”

- Alexis Ann from Wanderjourneys Peru creative writing and yoga retreat
"Victoria, for a challenging, inspiring, expansive, and wonderful experience. You are a gem in what often feels like a treasure less realm. Looking forward to our souls converging again in the future."

- April Rose from Writing From the Roots with Victoria Erickson in Austin, Texas
“Sometimes you meet women who just unravel you, lift ou, love you and feel like home all at once. Thank you Victoria  for bringing this space of alchemy to the surface. I bow deeply to you.”

- Sara Martin from Writing Alchemy with Victoria Erickson in Denver, Colorado
“This has been one of the most transformational, soulful, magical, and meaningful experiences of my life. So grateful & blessed to have embarked on this journey with the 8 beautiful souls I had the honor of traveling with for 10 days.”

- Carmen Carreon Smith from Wanderjouneys Peru creative writing & yoga retreat