Yoga Retreat Sardinia

Our Yoga Retreat in Sardinia

We are very excited to announce the details of the first yoga retreat in Sardinia at the gorgeous eco-Yoga Retreat Centre Balaiana.

2018 Retreat Dates:

9-16 June
22-29 September

The Vision

To create a retreat for our community where individuals can come to step out of their routines (and obligations that go with them) deepen their practice, release stress, cultivate new self-care routines and bask in a slower pace in life. All while being looked after by attentive but discreet staff, being fed nutritious and delicious meals from locally produced resources, lounging in the sunshine during the day, eating under the stars, listening to nothing but the sound of silence…

The Location

The gorgeous new eco-retreat space, Balaiana, where all the senses are immersed in nature – the smell of the myrtle trees, the white sandy beaches leading to warm turquoise waters and the powerful energetic pull of the area that draw you to the heart of Sardinia.

The Venue

Balaiana is idyllically situated near the Costa Smeralda in Luogosanto in the north of Sardinia, known for its natural beauty and unspoilt land. The centre is built in the typical Stazzu style of Gallura, characterised by its granite and wood structures. The guest rooms have been lovingly furnished, each with its own unique style. The dining room with adjoining fireplace room and terraces provide an ideal atmosphere for relaxing and socialising.

Outdoors, there is a pool overlooking the valley, 40 hectares to explore including a small lake, and endless paths through cork oak forests and granite rocks. The peaceful setting, natural beauty and warm temperatures make Balaiana an ideal setting for a yoga retreat.

The Yoga

A custom built 120 square metre yoga shala offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. If it’s a bit chilly in the evenings, the heated wooden floors will help to warm – or on those warm summer evenings we can practice outside in the open air studio.

The retreat will be led by Erika Shapiro and Youla Faita, both highly experienced yoga teachers. To learn more about them please visit Our Teachers here.

Each day will start with a dynamic session in the morning and each evening a more relaxing 2-hour wind down. There will be no class on Tuesday evening, to allow for longer exploration of the local area or just to let our bodies adjust to the new pace.

The Food

Made in Italy – of course. We’ll be indulging in two healthy, home-cooked vegetarian meals each day. A hearty brunch following our morning practice and an evening meal at 7.30pm. If Italy is best known for its food then Sardinia is perhaps one of the jewels in the crown – fresh produce, lovingly prepared from the in-house chef will leave you nourished and throughly satisfied.

The Details

What’s Included:
Early morning fruit and tea/coffee before morning yoga Morning yoga session (Sunday through Saturday)
Full buffet brunches (daily)
Sit down evening meal (vegetarian)* (daily)
Evening yoga session (Saturday through Friday except Tuesday)
Accommodation in a double/twin, triple or single room as confirmed at bookings
**Please notify us of any dietary restrictions or requests when booking**

What’s Not Included:
Flights Transfers to/from the airport (we can help to arrange these)
Soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
Treatments
Anything not expressly stated above

Travel:
The nearest airport is Olbia, about 40 minutes’ drive from Balaiana.
The second closest is Alghero, about 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive.
Cagliari is over a 3 hour drive.

Transfers:
From Olbia airport to Balaiana €60 for 1-3 people or €90 for 4-8 people (We can help to coordinate this depending on your arrival/departure times)

Hire Cars:
Approximately €95 for a week (ask for more details or recommendations on companies)

Arrival/Departure:
From 14.00 on Day One By 11.00 on the final day

Optional Additions:
Boat Tours
Wine Tasting
Hiking Trips
Canoeing
Ayurvedic Treatments
Massage

Investment
Single room: £1250 – PLEASE NOTE single rooms are now fully booked for June dates. Only double/triple spaces remain.
Double room share: £990 per person based on two people sharing
Triple room: £890 per person based on three people sharing

**EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS** £50 off bookings confirmed before 31 December 2017. Book early to save!

Please enquire with Yogiyoga by email if you wish to book a single or triple room as we have limited availability. This option can’t be booked online.

Feedback on Past Retreats

The retreat delivered much more than I had expected. I definitely appreciated sharing the human experience with the group for yoga and other activities.

I really appreciated the combination between the energising yoga in the morning the the yin yoga, which is very restorative. Jointly, they create the perfect balance to this retreat.

Classes were put together with thought and balance so the week fit together really well. Food was fantastic.

Delivered great classes – contrasting styles, informative and enjoyable and came away with tools I can use.

FAQs

Who is the retreat catered for?
The retreat caters to all levels, but some yoga experience is recommended. We welcome all ages and physical abilities and can help you modify your practice if needed. If you do have injuries or a medical condition do check with your GP or a consultant that a daily yoga practice for an entire week is suitable. The classes will be in English, but Erika and Youla do speak other languages so do get in touch if you want to see if we can help.
I have never done yoga. Can I come on the retreat?
You are welcome to join us. We would however advise that you take a few beginner classes before coming so that your body gets used to the practice and you learn some of the basic postures. Your body might be grateful to you for gently introducing it to yoga. 6 consecutive days of yoga could otherwise feel quite intense.
Do I need to attend 3.5 hours of yoga per day everyday?
Our retreat is a yoga holiday. We would like you to get the most out of it and return to your day-to-day life refreshed, feeling healthy and energised. This might mean that you won’t want to attend all the yoga sessions and instead take a day off and go on a little day trip. The yoga is available to you but you do not need to attend every single session.
Why 3.5 hours of yoga a day?
We want to offer you the opportunity to grow in your practice and to ask the questions that you can’t always ask in a normal class. The morning practice will be energising to set you for the day. The evening sessions will be calming and soothing and will prepare you for a good night’s sleep. But ultimately this is a yoga holiday, not a boot camp, so do feel free to practice as is best and most nurturing for you and your energy levels. We would also encourage you to ask questions and get the most out of your holiday. You will be more immersed in your practice than you may able to be in your day to day life and it can be an opportunity for you to delve deeper into the practice with the support of your teachers.
What will the food be like?
You will receive a brunch after our morning yoga class as well as dinner. There will be fruit, coffee and tea to snack on before our morning yoga class. All food is vegetarian and made mostly from local produce. Sardinia is well know for it’s delicious food and you will have the opportunity to taste some of the local specialties.
Do I need a car?
You can rent a car or we can have transfers to and from the resort arranged for you at an additional cost.

Terms and Conditions

We require full payment at the time of booking. In the case of a cancelation, we will refund you the full amount minus a 350 pound booking fee up to 3 months before the retreat date. I you cancel 3 months before the retreat and no later than 5 weeks before the retreat, we will offer you a 50% refund. Any cancelations, less than 5 weeks before the retreat will not be refunded. We would suggest that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of a last minute cancelation or for any amounts we are unable to refund.

By joining our yoga retreat and our yoga classes, you confirm that you are physically fit for this retreat and that you will notify your yoga instructor if your medical condition changes. You also confirm that you have informed your yoga instructor of any medical conditions, injuries or medication you are taking, that could affect your practice or that could affect other participants in the class. Please do also let us know if you are pregnant.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance as we, or Balaiana Eco Resort are not liable for any injury to self or loss of personal property during the course of your stay or when travelling to and from the retreat. It is your responsibility to keep all your belongings safe at all times and to make sure that you are adequately covered for your trip. Please refer to the Balaiana website and read their terms and conditions to make sure that you have adequate travel insurance.

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