september 19-25, 2019

#honeysinsicily with co-host kayla mendez
‘Photography & creative direction edition’

Amore, amore, amore! What’s not to love about Sicily?
The island is the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, with it’s breathtaking views and delicious cuisine,
it will be a full week of feeding the heart, mind and soul. Our retreat will take place in Palermo and Mondello, which is in the Nothern part of the island.
The white sandy beaches are only a few miles away from where we’ll be staying - so you can take a dip and sunbathe everyday.
And adventures to Cefalù, Monreale and other beach towns await us. If you’re not in love with Sicily yet, we’ll make sure you do!

Join us and you will experience Sicily to the fullest. Fly to Palermo airport, where we’ll pick you up and bring you to our private villa in Mondello where we’ll spend 6 nights, and explore Sicily over the week. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Over the week we’ll visit Palermo City and a variety of Sicilian beach towns and villages neighboring Palermo, such as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy — Cefalù.
Get ready to soak in the sun and take a dip every day, visit white sandy beaches, tickle your taste buds with an authentic Italian cooking class,
wine tasting, go on adventures and explore the endless mazes of mysterious, inviting and little cobbled streets.
Explore Sicily’s rich and colorful history, admire its beauty, eat eat eat and so much more!


Amidst all the fun, we will of course focus on you and your development throughout the week and beyond. In these stimulating surroundings we host our workshops given by Cynthia Ritsma, the founder of House of Notoire, and Florida-based based photographer Kayla Mendez. Cynthia’s workshops will cover: storytelling, personal branding, communications and digital marketing, as well as a business one-to-one consultancy session. Kayla is an experienced editorial, travel and portrait photographer and will give workshops in: “how living a creative life can transform your business”, photography best practices (how t shoot: composition, lighting, editing, styling and more), and a creative photowalk where you will utilize the tools you have learned during the workshops.

Furthermore, you will engage with kindred spirits from around the world;
HONeys that share the same passion, curiosity, the urge to express themselves, a burning motivation, and the ambition to reach for the stars.

The HONey’s retreats are all about:
Fun, Focus & Friendship!

Co-host Kayla Mendez

Co-host Kayla Mendez

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travel with sicily experts

Our host, Cynthia, is an experienced world traveler who will take you to all the best spots on the island. Her team knows Sicily well and together with a (English speaking) local tour guide we will explore the island. We will work with a fixed team of drivers throughout the trip; so you'll always have a friendly and familiar face. So all you have you to do is relax and enjoy!

our stay in mondello, SICILY

We will stay in a beautiful, private, beach villa located in Mondello (Palermo) for six (6) nights. At walking distance to the beach! You have the option to choose from a shared room with one other guest (shared king sized bed) or choose a single room (with a kingsized bed).
*villa subject to change depending amount of attendees

Image: Alan Dodd

Image: Alan Dodd

What's Included?

  • 7 day itinerary packed full of refreshing and exciting Sicilian adventures

  • 6 night stay in luxury private accommodation

  • All your meals, snacks & beverages
    *alcohol not included, unless stated otherwise by host

  • Air-conditioned shuttle transportation to and from Palermo airport to accommodation, and during all retreat activities.

  • A variety of activities such as day trips to Palermo city and Cefalù, authentic Italian cooking class, creative workshops, guest speakers, and so much more!

  • Hands-on creative workshops with Kayla Mendez

  • Business one-to-one consultancy session with Cynthia Ritsma

  • Professional Photographer

  • Curated welcome gift bag

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare

  • Travel insurance

  • Additional food or beverages outside of event program

The Workshops


Personal Branding

One-on-One Consulting with HON

Creative & Business Transformation

Photography Best Practices

Creative Photo Walk

Workshops given by cynthia ritsma (founder h.o.n) and co-host kayla mendez.

*Workshops and schedule subject to change. Attendees will receive a more detailed schedule prior to the event.

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your investment

Join us and you will experience Sicily to the fullest. Invest in an experience of a lifetime!

Retreat Date: Thursday 19 - Wednesday 25 September, 2019.


One Time Payment of: €1599
or Three instalments:
- 1st instalment €650 deposit
- Two (2) instalments of €474.50
full balance must be paid by 20/08/19*


One Time Payment of: €1399
or Three instalments:
- 1st instalment €650 deposit
- Two (2) instalments of €374.50
full balance must be paid by 20/08/19*

*read terms & conditions
discounted offers are non-refundable