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Let's Meet in SICILY!

Escape with me. Where matriarchal mythologies abound. Where goddesses and mermaids enchant. Where pilgrims journeyed to make sensual offerings. West of Italy's boot, the warmth and flavors of the Mediterranean beckon. The land yields its fruit, the sea its catch. The old world calls us to delight in new ways. Let's sojourn in Sicily.

Poolside Cabana| Peacock Pavilions

for reading, Writing & EATING

This gathering is designed for writers, book lovers, and foodies in search of communal solitude. For those captivated by narrative, place, and the prospect of stealing away to read, write, or eat! Retreat to stillness, reflection, and salacious food. Allow the sensuality of Sicily to inspire. I welcome you to join me for a delicious getaway with mountain and Mediterranean views.

The Sufi Scribe Room | Peacock Pavilions

for a carefree journey

I've done the homework for you. Just pack your bags, choose your flight, and meet me there. Each excursion is thoroughly researched. Every activity hand-picked. I've made sure your accommodations are not only clean and comfy, but designed to inspire. I understand the importance of stillness, so I work diligently to protect your peace. I take care of you, so you can nourish your creativity or indulge in quiet reading, writing, or savory reflection. I value the richness of gathering like minds, diverse in experience, from every corner of the globe, and make space for lively discourse. I highly respect our impact on the places we visit and offer deeper insight into local culture. 

Atlas Pavilion | Peacock Pavilions

for A SENSUOUS experience

day ONE

On arrival day, you'll be transported from Catania Airport (CTA) to Monaci delle Terre Nere, a peaceful stay on a lovingly restored historic villa and organic farm set in eastern Sicily. I'll introduce you to your private space, then gather to break bread and take part in a welcome feast prepared in your honor. After dinner, we'll gather under the stars and gaze up at the stories the constellations offer with the help of a local astronomy guide.

day two

Sleep in, or meet on the yoga mats for an eastern sunrise practice. A fully organic breakfast is offered daily and sourced directly from the estate. We'll sit beside the lava stone pool for a writing workshop inspired by the food and flora of Sicily. Lunch will be followed by free time to explore a good book, work on a writing project, or follow our expert sommelier through the vineyards for a wine-tasting tour. Later, enjoy an evening meal that takes its cues from the slow food movement. We'll end the day on horseback, exploring eastern Sicily's countryside.

day three

After breakfast we'll hop inside a helicopter for a magnificent tour of Mount Etna. An experienced pilot will give a bird's eye view of Mungibeddu (the beautiful mountain) and aid in uncovering the volcano's hidden treasures. Upon return to the estate, we'll gather in the kitchen where our host chef will lead us on a culinary adventure that ends with a belly full of handmade pasta. The late afternoon affords free time to explore a good book, work on a writing project, or take a stroll in the herb garden. After dinner, we’ll come together for a lively book club style discussion on stories influenced by Italian cuisine.  

day four

Sleep in, or energize to a sunrise yoga practice. After breakfast, we'll gather in the garden, olive groves, and vineyards of the estate for a photographic portrait session incorporating discoveries and observations made during the retreat. We'll travel to neighboring Taormina for lunch. Afternoon offers free writing and reading time on ancient ground, a Greek Theatre erected in the third century BC. Upon return to our estate, we'll dine hillside then meet for an evening of classic Italian cinema under the night sky.  

day five

Our farewell breakfast will be followed by final reflections. You'll taxi you back to Catania Airport for a safe return home or transfer to your next destination.


September 13-17, 2019


open to a maximum of ten participants

*FIVE SPACES REMAINING*


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What's Included?

Meals, Beverages & Snacks

Activities & Excursions

Ground Transportation

Catania Airport (CTA) Transfers

Your Choice of Accommodations

A Welcome Gift Inspired by the Locale

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what's Not Included?

Your Flight (Airfare) 

Health & Travel Insurance

booking options

The Shared Suite with Sofa Bed, luxury linen, organic towels and bathrobe, private sofa bed, shared en-suite bathroom, shared writing desk and sitting area, fireplace, individually controlled air-conditioning, evening turndown service, and either mountain, vineyard, garden, or sea views. Perfect for travelers arriving solo - we’ll pair you with another guest. Maximum two creatives per suite. (SOLD OUT) 

The Shared Suite with King-size bed, luxury linen, organic towels and bathrobe, private king bed, shared en-suite bathroom, shared writing desk and sitting area, fireplace, individually controlled air-conditioning, evening turndown service, and either mountain, vineyard, garden, or sea views. Perfect for travelers arriving solo - we’ll pair you with another guest. Only one remaining, maximum two creatives per suite. (€2990 Full Pay, Per Person | €825 x 4 Installments)

The Private Room with King-size bed, luxury linen, organic towels and bathrobe, en-suite bathroom, writing desk, fireplace, individually controlled air-conditioning, evening turndown service, and either mountain, vineyard, garden, or sea views. Maximum one creative per room. (SOLD OUT)

The Couples Suite includes a King-size bed, luxury linen, organic towels and bathrobe, en-suite bathroom, writing desk, sofa/sofa bed and sitting area, fireplace, individually controlled air-conditioning, evening turndown service, open loft style or split level layout, and either mountain, vineyard, garden, or sea views. Only two available, maximum one creative couple per suite. (€5590 Full Pay, Per Couple | €1550 x 4 Installments)


Meet Your host

Each Story Rebels experience is designed by founder Malika Ali Harding, an American writer and photographer residing in Holland. At the heart of her services is a desire to guide the world’s creative class toward greater well-being. When you support her studio, she also give back to organizations fighting the epidemic of mass incarceration in the United States.

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Testimonials

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This was the best traveling experience I’ve ever had. Once I booked the retreat all the details were taken care of and all I had to do was show up, be present, and live in the moment.
— Morgan | www.morgansmark.com
The retreat felt like a dream and it was really fun being transported. I loved the writing exercises and special time for reflection. I’d rather spend money on experiences like this than just a bunch of wasteful stuff.
— Laura | www.lauraboersma.com
Culinary feasts, sweet treats, sacred patterns, chamber of dreams, couscous, pompons, rebelicious.
— Amy | www.womenwhodraw.com/amy-findeiss
...a storybook experience..paths through bamboo, palm and cactus...creating our own meals over coals...every detail carefully thought out. I would go again and again and again.
— Carolyn | www.carolynhopperauthor.com

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About

At Story Rebels, culture, creativity, and play are fused through immersive experiences that take participants out of their ordinary. Engaging workshops and retreats integrate writing with exploration to spark and nourish inspiration. Founded in February of 2018 by American writer and photographer, Malika Ali Harding, Story Rebels is headquartered in Amsterdam, but you can wander along wherever you find yourself on the map.


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See you in sicily!