Orgasmic Italy: Amalfi Coast Women’s Tour and Retreat!
Private Boat Tour * Sensuous Cuisine *Cooking Classes in Family Home * Painting Pottery * Path of the Fairies Mountain Walk * Music * Mozzarella Making *
Join Debra Pascali-Bonaro and her cousin, Graziella Coccia, for a women’s retreat full of pleasure and delight on the Amalfi Coast of Italy including a Private Boat Tour of the Amalfi Coast and Cooking Lessons at Graziella’s family home. Come restore, relax, adventure, cook, taste, splash, shop, paint, journal, dance, and more! June 15 – 22, 2014
What is included:
- Shuttle to/from airport on arrival and departure days
- Safe and professional Ground Transport
- Gratuities for local tour guides and drivers
- 7 nights – 8 days, Air-conditioned room at Hotel Le Rocce Double Occupancy (Private Rooms available upon request)
- Breakfast and Lunch
- 3 dinners
- Workshop Sessions
- Tours of the famous local towns & historic sites
- Cooking Lessons at Private Local Home
- Paint your own Italian Pottery
- Hike the magical Valley of the Fairy’s
- Shopping Guidance
- Private boat trip to explore the small villages on the Mediterranean Sea to swim and explore.
Some items not included:
- Hotel gratuity
- Shopping Expenses
- Dinners that are not included in schedule
- Meals on boat trip day
“Breathing in the fragrances and pure air high above the Amalfi coast, I look out on the Mediterranean sea from my room.” -Roberta
We will stay at the Hotel Le Rocce in Agerola (“Little Switzerland”), a wonderful, safe, comfortable hotel complete with incredible views, sumptuous meals, and meeting rooms and pool where we will come together as women for workshop. From our Hotel Le Rocce the views are stunning. Enjoy coffee, tea or drinks on the terrace overlooking the Amalfi coast. Hotel Le Rocce offers breakfast and lunch that will tantalize your tastes. You will be ready to explore the riches of the region each afternoon and evening.
Explore your Creative Side…
“Ageroleans open their arms and hearts in welcome. From the “biologique” food served in several hundred year old palazzos to mountain walks in the Valley of the Fairies, my stay has been a feast of the senses. There is magic here.” -Roberta
Visit the local shops and watch bread and mozzarella being made. In Graziella’s kitchen, we learned how to make gnocchi, Tiramisu, and classic Italian meals.
Cruising the Mediterranean…
“Most special for me was our boat trip along the Amalfi coast with Panini & Prosecco bubbles and refreshing swims.” -Ursula
There are so many hidden treasures along the Amalfi coast. We will explore many by land, but the most magical is to spend the day aboard our private boat cruising the Mediterranean. Looking back at the majestic Amalfi coast, swimming in hidden coves and through caves on the island of Capri. The blue-green water glimmers and feels like silk on your skin. We will bring lunch on board with Prosecco, or can stop at a local restaurant in a small village only accessible by boat or on the island of Capri. A private Captain will guide us as we explore the pleasure of the Mediterranean. A wonderful celebration of our week long connection.
Path of the Fairies Mountain Walk…
“My heart softens & opens up of the fairytale memory of our enchanting trip between worlds in the Valley of the Fairy’s. A part of me still lingers there & a part of the valley lives as part of me now.” – Ursula
“One day we took a leisurely five hour hike to and through the Valle delle Ferriere, Valley of the Fairies State Nature Reserve. Stopping at a plunging waterfall, stripping to our bathing suits and cooling off, we thought we were in heaven. But heaven was up ahead. Following the stream, continuing to see aqueduct ruins, carefully crossing a tree trunk bridge, we were all stunned to silence as we entered an area with cascades of gentle waterfalls from different stream tributaries. The water flowed softly down the mountainsides in many places, looking like thousands of translucent threads. It felt like a holy place.” -Roberta
About the Guides…
“Debra was so thorough, entertaining, and a great role model for respect, listening, positive framing, and a general gentle attitude. I feel like I gained so much as a doula, but even more just as a person and a god supportive friedn and community member. Thank you Debra for such an incredible workshop.” -Gitty Meyers, Workshop participant
Debra Pascali-Bonaro B.Ed., LCCE, PDT/BDT(DONA) is a resident of the U.S. and has family in Agerola. Debra has been leading and inspiring birthworkers for thirty years, and now looks forward to guiding you, together with a Circle of Women, towards healing and inspiration. Debra has led many women’s workshops and participants come away feeling very inspired and rejuvenated. Debra invites you to join her and Graziella for a week of visioning, movement, and celebration in an Italian Paradise. Debra is professional, knowledgeable, accommodating, and welcoming.
“Debra’s activities are all of the highest character. The orgasmic aspects are all about the pleasure of good company, healthy food and exploring the local culture. Whew. No junior high double dares. Just open and honest conversation. We could say what we wanted and get full support. No judgement, no agenda. Just welcome and trust.” - Gail
Graziella Coccia was born in Agerola and at the age of 10 moved, with her family to San Pedro (CA) where she attended high school. After graduating she followed her heart back to Agerola and is now “a happy wife and mother of two daughters.” Graziella loves nature and country life-style and those are two of the main reasons why she returned to the small town of Agerola. Cooking is one of Graziella’s passions, and she loves to prepare vegetables picked fresh from her garden as well as delicious and healthy Italian dishes.
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Frequently Asked Questions…
Who should attend? This trip is for all women! Join Debra in an inspiring, visionary, journey as you ignite your passion for pleasure and life. Connect with the instinctual wild woman within through creative exploration and immersion in the mystery, passion, and beauty of the Amalfi Coast. There are 3 workshop sessions including: JourneyDance® , Rebozo Massage (a very soothing, comforting wrap technique for the entire body), and Journal, Art & Discussion – the skills from these workshops can be applied to birthwork or healing/relaxation technique used in everyday life with your partner, children, self, or healing arts clientele.
What are the accommodations? We will stay at the Hotel Le Rocce in Agerola, a wonderful, safe, comfortable hotel complete with incredible views, sumptuous meals, and meeting rooms where we will come together as women to connect, celebrate and vision. From our Hotel Le Rocce the views are stunning. Enjoy coffee, tea or drinks on the terrace overlooking the Amalfi coast. Rates are based on double-occupancy rooms with private rooms available upon request.
Where do I fly to in Italy? The nearest major airport to Agerola is Naples. When purchasing your flight to Italy, you will be flying into Naples airport (NAP) or Naples Train Station. For those calling you the country code is 39. After registration you will purchase your ticket and forward us your itinerary. You may want to arrive a day or so early, so you can adjust to the time difference. Please note: you will need to make all of your own arrangements if you choose to do this.
How do get to Agerola? There will be two shuttle vans on the arrival day and one on the departure day to/from the hotel. The van will be available at the most convenient time for all travelers as a group. More information will be given to you upon registration.
Is Italy safe? There are currently no travel warnings for Italy, but you can check for current travel warnings. Amalfi Coast is a one of the countries most popular tourist destinations. As for safety in the streets, there is very little violent crime on the Amalfi Coast. As a traveler you must take common sense precautions against petty crime, just as you would in any tourist resort. To avoid loss, it’s always wise to carry any important documents (like your passport), your credit cards, and most of your money in a travel security wallet or passport holder that can be worn under your clothing.
What about clothing & what should I pack? Bathing suit, comfortable spring/summer clothes, sandals, walking clothes and shoes as the day we hike good closed-toe footwear is required. Sunscreen and clothing that protects you from the sun, such as a hat, are suggested for hike and if you choose additional boat trip. Yoga dance clothes or comfortable loose clothes you can move and dance in for our workshops. Evening-wear in Italy is variable. It is a fun time to dress up to nice casual or whatever you like. It’s summer on the Amalfi Coast – feel your pleasure!
What is the weather mid-June in Agerola? Mid-June in the Campania region of southern Italy, exhibits a typical Mediterranean climate, so be prepared to be warm! The average temperature in the summer ranges from 75-90°F (24-32°C). The rooms at Hotel le Rocce are air conditioned but there is often a wonderful night breeze, so sleeping with the windows open can be a treat.
Shopping Italy is a shopper’s paradise. Debra will share her favorite shops for Italian Pottery, Dresses, Olive oil, and more.
Will I be able to charge my cell phone, camera, & laptop? Electricity in Italy comes out of the wall socket at 220 volts alternating at a 50 cycles per second. You may need an electrical converter available at drug stores or office supply shops.
Immunizations There are no special immunizations required for traveling to Italy.
Can I take medicine to Italy, and can I get medicine while there? Yes, there are pharmacies in Italy that have most common drugs, such as antibiotics, anti diarrhea, cold and flu remedies. If you are on a prescription, you need to bring enough for your trip. Make sure they are in pharmacy bottles with your doctor’s name on the label. Be sure to bring any and all natural remedies you like to have on hand.
What about money? Italy uses the euro, the same currency used in most of Europe. The rate is variable so please check with your bank or a currency office as the time approaches. For ATM look for an Italian Bancomat with the affiliations you need (cirrus, plus, etc.) In Italy, Bancomats are clearly marked (see the picture with the blue Bancomat sign) and are found outside banks, or in behind a door that opens when you swipe your card. You can also find Bancomats in airports and at train stations. There may be a maximum withdrawal limit of 250 Euro and expect a bank fee. Foreign money can be exchanged at most banks which are usually open 8:30am to 1:30pm and 3:30pm to 4:30pm and credit card use in Italy is also an option.
To read more about Debra background and family in Agerola, please read her blog: Vita Nascita: Life, Birth in Campania