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This is a mini-retreat with a total of 4 nights, including 2 nights camping in the mountain. You can enjoy 3 full days of activities such as some gentle hiking, yoga, meditation and yoga Nidra from a small cooperative of different teachers. Also, visit the stunning mountain range of the Gennargentu in Sardinia and get back to basics. Enjoy a complete break from civilization and technology and give yourself the chance to get away from it all. Find some of that elusive peace and quiet!
During this yoga retreat, you will be accommodated at a hotel for 2 nights and camp for other 2 nights. Your camp ground, located in the heart of the Gennargentu Mountains, is a peaceful place that is completely isolated. There are no roads, no Wi-Fi, no phone signal, no mod-cons. All the things that you will see are just nature, fresh air, spring water, and peace. This is for people who want to experience a complete break from civilization, who enjoy or want to experience traditional camping and not “Glamping”. There is no hot water, no flushing toilets, just a basic outdoor cold water shower and a basic communal hole-in-the-ground toilet.
On the site, there are 2 “Pinetta”, traditional shepherd structures, a very basic toilet and a cold shower from the natural spring. You can either bring a tent or reserve a place in the Pinetta, which will be a communally shared space. There are no beds, no sheets or pillows and so you will need to bring a sleeping bag and any mats or cushions you may wish to sleep on for your own comfort.
During this retreat, there will be a range of meditation, yoga (Hatha, Kundalini, Gong, and Nidra), and hiking activities as well as periods set aside for silent reflection. You can enjoy sitting around the campfire in the evenings, chatting, singing kirtan, and chanting along with Tibetan singing bowls, gong, and other instruments. All classes will be with a small cooperative of different teachers.
You will arrive on Thursday with a transfer in the afternoon from Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) then you will be taken to a local hotel where you can get a warm shower, an evening meal, and relax. On Friday morning at 09:30, the 4×4 vehicle will arrive at the hotel and you will be heading to the campsite in the heart of the Gennargentu mountains, set up camp, and begin the retreat activities.
On Sunday evening, you will return back down the mountain to the hotel where you stay the night and can again enjoy a warm shower. On Monday morning, you will head back down to Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) to connect with your flights back home. Notes: Guests will need to speak either English or Italian.
Alexandra has been practicing Hatha yoga and meditation for over 15 years, and started teaching in 2009. She has qualifications in pre- and postnatal yoga. She is also a Reiki practitioner. Alex is a founding member and president of Yoga in Sardinia, a non-profit cultural association. The association aimed at promoting the benefits of yoga, meditation, and holistic health. She has also recently launched an online mindfulness-based stress management course.
Sujjan Saroop Singh Manu
Sujjan is a Gong master and Gong yoga master. He also other ancestral instruments, such as crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, percussion and guitar, and vocal harmonisation. He is founder and president of Altrove Qui Ora and offers unique, healing experiences grounded in the use of sound. Sujjan is also a Kundalini yoga teacher and is qualified in oriental disciplines. He now concentrates his energies on working with yoga centers throughout Sardinia and Italy, leading group and individual vibroacoustic healing, Kundalini yoga, and yoga Nidra.
Ilaria Jagatpal Montis
Ilaria has practiced Kundalini yoga and meditation, and organises and conducts group meditations. She has delved into the science of mantras according to Vedic tradition with master Krishna Das. She teaches and has qualification in mindfulness from CISM Rome. She also attended the school of the Egyptian-Essene therapies with Bernard Rouche in Rome. Currently, she is leading the "Sacred Sardinia" project, which integrates her expertise in archaeology and her experience on the path of inner spirituality, especially through yoga and meditation.
The campsite you will be staying at is nestled within the mountain range of the Gennargentu, Province of Ogliastra, Italy. The neighbors include eagles and other birds, Mufflone (a type of deer native to the area), as well as friendly Sardinian donkeys, free-ranging goats, sheep, and cow. The site is fenced off to ensure no wildlife wanders in and to keep the area clean.
Included in the price is an evening meal and breakfast at the hotel for your stay on Thursday and Sunday. The food at the campsite will be provided from Friday evening until Sunday lunchtime. Your breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be simple. There will be seasonal vegetarian food and where possible, locally sourced and produced. For Friday lunch, you will need to arrange to bring a packed lunch, you can purchase a panini or alternative choice at the supermarket next to your hotel on Friday morning. You will need to bring eating utensils for your own use and be responsible for washing up your own utensils at the campsite.
The nearest airport is Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG). A representative from Yoga in Sardinia can pick you up at the airport but this service is not included in the price. Yoga in Sardinia recommends you not to book your flights until after the closing date of booking date on 30th May 2017. For more information, please send Yoga in Sardinia an inquiry.
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