8 Days Sail 'n Yoga Retreat in Sardinia, Italy

  • Pontile dei Fiori, Cannigione (OT), Sardinia, Italy


Sailing and Yoga Vacation in Italy

  • 7 days with instruction
  • While sailing, it is important to be always focused on the present moment. Is the course taken still the right one or do we need to change it? Does the wind change or is it dead calm now? Developing and having plans are right and helpful. But especially while sailing the sense of being here and now develops. Often we need to be flexible and adapt to the present wind situation, so sailing means to develop a sense for the present moment. This can turn out useful in daily life. Sometimes we forget the here and now and we hold on to something which was still right yesterday, but which is no longer right today.

    Is yoga and sailing the right holiday option for you?

    Yes, for all those who would like to experience yoga and sailing actively, would like to recharge one's own energies with the help of the sea, sun and wind. In this holiday you will live together on a sailing boat like a team, cooking, tidying up after meals and keeping one's own cabin and bathroom clean together. if afternoon or evening is not spent swimming, sailing or sightseeing then you will also have 3 evening yoga sessions for 75-90 minutes. Relax time is guaranteed and big cleanings / final cleaning of the boat will be done by the skipper and the yoga teacher.

    Here and now

    Yoga helps to feel our bodies. Always and continuously. Through asanas, concentration exercises on both body and breath and through meditation techniques, you bring your spirit back to the present moment, obtaining clarity and strength. Yoga helps you to feel what you really want in order daily define your life on something new and right for the present moment. Yoga and sailing combines the yogic capacity to feel the body with the development of a feeling for the here and now needed for sailing.


    • Certified yoga teacher
    • Up to 3 overnight stays in harbors
    • Healthy organic vegetarian brunch and dinners
    • Morning 90 minutes yoga class with pranayama and final relaxation
    • Early morning and afternoon fruits, snacks and tea before morning and evening yoga
    • Up to 3 evening yoga classes fro 75-90 minutes
    • Basic sailing lessons for those interested
    • 7 nights accommodation on board
    • Evening meditative practice
    • Airport transfers included
    • Certified skipper

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, English
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    JEP VI is a Beneteau First 51, with three comfortable double cabins with private bathroom, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dining area with leather sofas, teak interior, plasma TV and stereo. Furthermore, JEP VI is equipped with a card table with all the necessary equipment for a safe navigation. On deck you can eat in the shade of the awning, lye in the sun or use the dinghy to reach the fabulous Sardinian beaches.

    In case unpredictable causes (Force Majeure) make Jep VI unavailable for the holiday week, Altamarea will organize the yoga and sailing week on a similar boat with the same if not higher equipment as Jep VI.


    • Length: 15,63 meters
    • Width: 4,54
    • Draft: 1,80


    • Cutter

    Sails and equipment

    • Halyard and sheets in spectra
    • Hydraulic Vang and hydraulic Back-stay
    • Jennaker with sock
    • Navtec
    • Rod Rigg
    • Rollable foresail
    • Rollable Genoa
    • Running backstays in Kevlar
    • Spinnaker with sock
    • Standard battens mainsail


    • 3-blade Gori folding propeller
    • Consumption: 6 liters / hour (included in the holiday price)
    • Perkins 80 HP

    Additional equipment and amenities

    • Deck in Teak
    • Motorized dinghy
    • On the deck: audio-speakers, shower, table, passerella, awning
    • VHF, log, autopilot, eco, GPS, plotter, radar, Ssb, ais, Epirb, 12 volt system, 220 volt system, portable generator, wheel, boiler, 2 electric refrigerators, stereo-CD, TV, solar panels, Duogen

    Waking up in a quiet bay a few laps away from the next beach where the yoga class will take place. If the beach is a little further away, then we take the dinghy ashore. Should we sleep in a marina overnight then the yoga class will take place on a quiet dock. After the yoga class, there will be time for swimming or back to the boat by dinghy, enjoy a healthy and tasty brunch, and set sail to the next destination. Depending on the sail plan and wind conditions, the yoga class could be held in the afternoon. This is discussed in team with the skipper and the yoga teacher day by day.

    Experience in yoga is not required. It is tailored to the needs of your holiday. A yoga class usually starts with dynamic positions and continues with static and meditative exercises. By breathing exercises you will get in tune with nature and the sea around you, in order to concentrate within yourselves. Alessandra tailors the program to the needs of the group. For those who are interested an evening meditation can additionally be incorporated into the program.

    Experience in sailing is also not required. If you are an experienced sailor, then Altamarea welcomes your participation to join in with the running of the boat - if you have limited experience then this is a chance to participate and learn if that appeals to you.

    Below you will find 2 possible sailing routes examples that will provide an idea of the area where you will sail. Altamarea does their best in order to adapt the route to the group's needs but all must be reminded that they are very much dependent on the wind speed and direction so they will do the actual plan on a daily basis. You will begin your holiday in Cannigione - a perfect starting location and gateway to the archipelago.

    Sailing route 1 - Around North Sardinia and La Maddalena Archipelago

    • 45 sea miles in total, corresponding to a sailing duration of ca. 22 Stunden (together with slipping lines mooring / anchoring).
    • Saturday: Cannigione - Caprera Island. Around 6 sea miles / 2 hours
    • Sunday: Sailing around Caprera Island. Around 8 sea miles / 3 hours
    • Monday: Caprera Island - La Maddalena Island (overnight stay in the marina). Around 4 sea miles / 2 hours
    • Tuesday: La Maddalena Island - Spargi Island. Around 5 sea miles / 2 hours
    • Wednesday: Spargi Island - Santa Teresa di Gallura (overnight stay in the marina). Around 10 sea miles / 4 hours
    • Thursday: Santa Teresa di Gallura - Santa Maria Island. Around 12 sea miles / 4 hours
    • Friday: Santa Maria Island - Cannigione (overnight stay in the marina). Around 12 sea miles / 5 hours
    • Saturday: Breakfast on board. Check out around 9:00 a.m.

    Sailing route 2 - From La Maddalena Archipelago to Corsica and back

    This sailing route highly depends on the wind strength. Around 45 sea miles in total, corresponding to a sailing duration of ca. 26 Stunden (together with slipping lines and mooring / anchoring).

    • Saturday: Cannigione - Caprera Island. Around 6 sea miles / 2 hours
    • Sunday: Caprera Island - Razzoli Island. Around 12 sea miles / 5 hours
    • Monday: Razzoli Island - Bonifacio (overnight stay in the marina). Around 12 sea miles / 5 hours
    • Tuesday: Bonifacio - Capo Testa 14 sea miles / 6 hours
    • Wednesday: Capo Testa - Santa Teresa di Gallura (overnight stay in the marina). Around 3 sea miles / 1 hours
    • Thursday: Santa Teresa di Gallura - Spargi Island. Around 7 sea miles / 3 hours
    • Friday: Spargi Island- Cannigione (overnight stay in the marina). Around 10 sea miles / 4 hours
    • Saturday: Breakfast on board. Check out around 9:00 a.m.

    Excursions to the islands of La Maddalena Archipelago, where you will do some sightseeing. Some days you pack your yoga mats and hike to some amazing spots with beautiful view and practice yoga in stunning places. Some days you simply swim to the beach and practice there.

    Excursions possible to:

    • Bonifacio
    • Santa Teresa di Gallura
    • Caprera island
    • La Maddalena Island
    • Capo d'Orso
    • Spargi Island
    • Razzoli Island
    • Santa Maria Island
    • Santo Stefano Island.
    • Alessandra (for invoices only)

      Alessandra was born and grew up close to Bologna, Italy. She studied at the University of Bologna and then continued her studies in Vienna. Upon graduation she worked first in the development cooperation sector and then for a consumer goods multinational. Eight years ago on a Sunday morning she was dragged by her housemate to the first yoga class of her lifetime, and since then she has never stopped. She began practicing yoga in the Sivananda style. At that time she was living in Southeast Asia, so she took the opportunity to explore the techniques of Buddhist meditation.

    • Francesco

      Francesco begins his navigator career in 1994 as a sailing instructor in Sardinia. During this time he travels the routes of the Mediterranean. In 1996 he crosses the Atlantic for the first time and navigates two years a variety of sailing boats between the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela and the United States. After that follows the world tour on a Mauric 64th. Since 1998 Francesco works on yachts from 72 to 110 fts long. This work leads him to sail around the Mediterranean and to cross the Atlantic again.

    There are probably few places in the world which offer better sailing environment than the Maddalena Archipelago. The archipelago comprises 7 main islands and other smaller ones and makes up one of the 23 Italian National Parks. It is located on the Strait of Bonifacio, a few miles away from Corsica. The islands of the Archipelago are all within easy reach of one another, making your journey easy through crystal clear turquoise water and consistent winds. Every day is a new adventure through stunning landscapes and waters. The sailing route of the week is between 45 and 65 nautical miles (or between 22 - 26 hours of sailing) and is customized to the group and of course the wind and weather conditions.

    Francesco and Alessandra are both culinary foodies, and love to source and eat fresh produce. Only vegetarian meals are prepared in Altamarea galley, comprising:

    • Snack/fruits and tea/coffee before the morning yoga (the emptier the stomach is before yoga, the better)
    • Brunch after the morning yoga session
    • Afternoon snacks/fruits & drinks
    • Dinner after mooring/anchoring

    The food choice is largely based on organic products. However this cannot be guaranteed in all harbors, where we stop also in order to stock up our pantry. Fruits and vegetables are purchased from local suppliers from the region and Altamarea also makes sure to introduce to you plenty of local Sardinian specialities. Alcoholic beverages are not available on board, but can be brought or bought in Cannigione before we slip moorings and sail away.

    You will be purchasing our last minute fresh produce just before our initial departure from a local supermarket, so this will give you the chance to stock up on any alcohol and snack requirements.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Brunch
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snacks
    • Drinks
    • Enjoy fresh local organic and vegetarian food prepared on-board
    • Learn or simply enjoy sailing *Participate in chores on board
    • Practice yoga every day with classes tailored to the participants abilities
    • Recharging your energy level with the help of yoga and Sea, Sun and Wind
    • See the stunning views
    • Snorkeling
    • Swim and suntan around the most beautiful beaches of North Sardinia
    • Trekking and visit to the beautiful Islands of the Maddalena Archipelago
    • 6 x 90-minute yoga classes
    • 7 nights accommodation on board
    • Airport transfers
    • All vegetarian meals
    • Bed linens and towels
    • Evening meditative practice upon request
    • Final cleaning of the boat
    • Fuel and water consumption on board
    • Sailing around one of the most beautiful Mediterranean archipelago
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming
    • Up to 3 overnight stay in harbors
    • Use of dinghy (with the skipper)
    • Yoga mats
    • Entrance tickets (national parks)
    • Groceries
    • Fuel
    • Meals in restaurants and alcoholic beverages
    • Return travel to and from Sardinia
    • Travel insurance

    Arrival by airplane

    The airport Olbia-Costa Smeralda (OLB) is the closest to Cannigione.

    Arrival by bus

    Take the city bus number 2 or 10 of the Olbia city bus lines direction Olbia center. Get off at "Via Mameli" and from there into the bus number 601 of the Sardinian regional buses direction Arzachena / Santa Teresa di Gallura. In Arzachena get off at the third bus stop where you'll get on the bus number 604 direction Cannigione (ask the driver if in doubt on where to take the coincidence).

    Once you know your time of arrival and you wish to reach them by bus Altamarea can send you the timetables of the local buses and help you find the best travel solution for you.

    Arrival by ferry from Corsica

    From Bonifacio depart daily several ferries to Santa Teresa di Gallura. From Santa Teresa di Gallura take the main road (the Italian Strada Statale) 125 towards Olbia and 3 kilometers after Arzachena follow the sign to Cannigione. The car can be parked near the harbor in Cannigione.

    Arrival by ferry from Italy

    From the Italian ports of Genoa, Livorno and Civitavecchia to Olbia. From Olbia, take highway 125 (the Italian Strada Statale) to Arzachena, 3 kilometers from Arzachena follow the sign to Cannigione.

    Arrival by taxi

    Altamarea can help organize taxi transfers. Please contact them for further details.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 75% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    , Italy

    Altamarea gives you the chance to live in the sea with its offers of sailing school, charter agency and nautical services in all seasons of the year.

    Speaks English

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    8 days / 7 nights

    Pricing information

    There are additional expenses for this retreat. Please check the note from each package. Airport transfers can be arranged for the price of 25 EUR/person.

    Saturday June 10, 2017
    (8 days / 7 nights)

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