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7 Days Self Catering Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Cardedu, Ogliastra, Sardinia, Italy

Overview

Winter Yoga Retreat Sardinia

Fancy a winter retreat? From October to April, Yoga in Sardinia are offering self catering retreats with a two hour yoga class each day in the morning, either at the beach, or at your apartment, depending on temperature, and weather conditions. Coming to Sardinia during winter for a retreat means total relaxation and peace, as there are virtually no other tourists around, the beaches are all deserted, and you can immerse yourself in creating some real inner peace and serenity.

Highlights

  • 2 hours daily yoga sessions
  • Mindfulness book and double CD
  • Pranayama and mindfulness meditation sessions
  • Discussions and guided relaxation, or yoga Nidra
  • Plenty of time to relax and explore Sardinia
  • 6 nights accommodation in apartments

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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There is a cozy one bedroom apartment with wooden ceilings, and a larger two bedroom apartment with higher, plaster ceilings. Both apartments are side by side, meaning if there is a larger group of you organizing to come together, you will all be in the same location, and the shared garden offers a lovely way to pass a lazy afternoon in the winter sun, reading on the deck chairs or swing seat.

Both apartments have one bathroom each, with a toilet, shower and bidet, and hot water supplied by an electric water heater. There is a washing machine available too. Heating for winter is supplied by calor gas fires and a wall mounted fan heater.

A private room for just one person can be arranged in the summer months for the price of 695 EUR per seven days package. For more information please send Yoga in Sardinia an inquiry.

A two hour morning class is included in the price, which can contain Hatha yoga, pranayama, mindfulness meditation and discussion, and guided relaxation or yoga Nidra.

However, Yoga in Sardinia can also offer you holistic massage, aromatherapy massage or Reiki healing at other times by appointment. Plus, if you want to become a Reiki practitioner, they can arrange a course for you to learn, including atunements, empowerment, and certificates, for level 1 or level 2 Reiki practitioner.

If you wish to add on any other retreat options, just let Yoga in Sardinia know and they can send you a personalized, no obligation quotation for your chosen options.

You can spend your free time exploring the stunning natural beauty of the area, walking, reading, taking a leisurely drive exploring mountains, archaeological sites, waterfalls, lakes, and all the little beaches and coves of Ogliastra.

Take a total break from the hectic pace of life, the constant need to be connected with social media, and manic mental mind streams. Take a step back in time, and live with a slower pace of life for a time, give your nervous system a well earned retreat from the constant stress and never-ending andrenal stimulus.

Alex

Alex has been practising yoga and meditation for over 15 years, and started teaching five years ago. Alex is a founding member and president of Yoga in Sardinia, a non-profit cultural association, based in Sardinia, aimed at promoting the benefits of yoga, meditation, and holistic health. She has also recently launched stress management for a modern world, an online mindfulness based stress management course.

Alex is a vegan, with a strong affinity to the practice of Ahimsa; the yogic non-harming philosophy. She loves to cook vegan dishes, and often shares her favourite recipes on her blog and on her Pinterest.

Alex also blogs about her life in Sardinia and tries to promote the island through her pictures on Instagram, and through her blog, and she has created a featured guide about her local area of Ogliastra on Stay.com. She has also been a featured contributor at Om Times Magazine and has written articles for Waking Times.

The apartments are located approximately 600 meters from the 10 kilometers long beach of Cardedu, which has a mixture of fine and coarse white sand. There are two restaurants within walking distance which are open all year, with numerous other eating options available within a short drive.

The local town of Cardedu has all the essentials open all year, with three supermarkets, one fruit and vegetables shop, a butchers, a fresh pasta shop, and a cake shop, along with various other local shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Nearby places

  • Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) - 1 hour 30 minutes drive
  • Cardedu beach, 600 meters
Activities
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Reiki
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Laundry
  • Local market

Being self catering means you can cook what you want from the stunning local produce available. However, there are also plenty of restaurants offering local dishes and pizzas.

There are plenty of places to visit within the local area. Within a short drive you can find ancient Nuraghe, and abandoned villages to explore, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, beaches, coves, etc.

There is plenty of animal life to keep you entertained, where a Sardinian “traffic jam” is when the sheep are herded along the roads by their dogs, a herd of goats or cows can be spotted on the road, or some donkeys stick their head through the car window to see if you have anything interesting to give them!

Along with the wilder side of Sardinia, offering glimpses of mufflone (a native deer like animal), birds of prey, and lots of fast moving lizards to those with a keen eye.

If you fancy kayaking, mountain biking, or hiking with a local guide, Yoga in Sardinia has some great contacts to help you organize your excursions.

  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Hopi ear candling
  • Indian head massage
  • Reiki healing
  • Swedish massage
  • 2 hours daily yoga sessions
  • 6 nights accommodation in apartments
  • Discussions and guided relaxation, or yoga Nidra
  • Mindfulness book and double CD
  • Plenty of time to relax and explore Sardinia
  • Pranayama and mindfulness meditation sessions
  • Car hire
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Spa treatments
  • Transfers

Arrival by airplane

You may book flights to Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG), which is the closest airport to the location, however, there are two other international airports on the island, Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) and Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga in Sardinia an inquiry.
  • Review by Gillian Aberdeenshire from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "I cannot thank and recommend Alex at yoga in sardinia enough. I had a wonderful holiday. Alex Is a brilliantly patient and friendly teacher and a lovely person. We did yoga in various different places including the local beach which was a stunning location. We did hatha yoga each morning combined with mindfulness meditations and it was a fabulous way to start the day. The rest of the holiday was spent exploring the beautiful beaches, villages and hiking trails. I will definitely be back some day and have already recommended Alex to my friends."

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "The teacher! The lessons were very enjoyable and felt like truly tailored to me and my fellow yogis!"

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "The teacher (Alex) was great no sure how you can improve! Her yoga/mindfulness classes where fun, intimate, varied and in accordance to our level of yoga/mindfulness, she was very open and willing to meet our needs in regards to what parts we need to work/focus on. If anything the retreat reminded me how much I enjoy yoga and mindfulness!"

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  • Review by MG from UK
    8 out of 10

    "The yoga with Alex was amazing. She taught us yoga in a very compassionate and mindful way attending to our specific needs and requirements. I highly recommend the retreat with Alex."

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I appreciated your kind and soft way of yoga teaching, your laughs and informative emails ahead of our stay."

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  • Review by Anna from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Alexandra Redmond is a very fine yoga teacher. Her lessons are intense, with focus on postures that suit the participant best, good breathing, and spiritual balance. During Indra Yoga and Mindfulness her voice is a wonderful and unforgettable guide. What I also appreciate very much is that she teaches only small groups, even if the group consists of only one person, in this case only me!The location was terrific: a beautiful hotel, near a fine, not overcrowded beach, beautiful spacious rooms, and excellent food. Besides, nobody should miss having massages. They are a great experience. I will certainly go back."

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "The teacher was great! The teaching style could not be better!! Go on with that style! It was a stroke of luck to find her."

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you, Alex, for being the warm, supportive, kind, generous, deep, caring and fun person you are!"

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "Alex’s style of teaching has inspired me to start a yoga teacher training!"

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "The style of teaching worked very well for me. it was relaxed, yet inspiring and challenged me. I really loved the flexibility in a practise tailored to our group as opposed to a rigid program."

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "Twist asanas, laughter during the lesson, getting up early is beautiful!"

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed the most - Yoga Nidra – but also, everything! The several hours a day of personal work. The quality of the exchange with Alex as a person and teacher. The sense that Alex has gone through enough to have a lot to give to others. The personal support for my physical needs."

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "The whole experience was great, but if I had pick one it would be the mindfulness; I have never done in group sessions (group of 5); it was very interesting to compare and get feedback off kindred spirits regarding how mindfulness meditation impacts us in our daily lives."

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  • Review by A traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed most the great meditations which I learned a lot & Yoga Nidra to relax. I needed that so much!"

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  • Review by Annemarie from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "I had an amazing week with Yoga in Sardinia. Everything was absolutely perfect. The yoga and meditation classes with Alex were inspiring, relaxing, and wholesome. Alex is a great teacher. She was so friendly and caring towards everybody and really took the time if there was anything you wanted to ask, talk about, or practice some more. She's open about her own experiences in life and the way yoga and meditation helped her, which was especially inspiring for me.Furthermore, spending a week at Galanias Hotel was fantastic. With beautiful surroundings, delicious food, and friendly staff, I couldn't ask for more!"

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  • Review by Annicka from Basel, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "My experience with the Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat with Alex at Galanias Hotel was perfect and fantastic. From the first contact, Alex was very quick to respond and she hung in there through all the exchanges required. There were some glitches in the online payment setup that I hope get fixed, but all totally worth the extra effort.The retreat itself was just what I needed. The combination of yoga, mindfulness practice, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra was phenomenal - Yoga Nidra was new for me, and I love it.Alex herself is a person who "walks her talk" and has a lot of personal experience to back up what she offers, and plenty of humor and openness along the way. For me, with back and hip issues, what we did was tailored to my needs, and at my level of yoga (beginner), I felt perfectly supported. I'm looking forward to implementing some of our practice into my day to day life.In addition to the above, the location is incredible! The pagoda where our work took place is so beautiful, and the view can't be beat. Even in the heat of July-August, the breeze was perfect.And the Galanias Hotel - wow! Unbelievable food, really beautiful aesthetics, with incredibly friendly and charming staff. The walk to the beach is also easy (you pass a fruit stand along the way) and the water is so clear - a perfect way to recharge your batteries and get rejuvenated and treat yourself to affordable luxury!I would definitely love to go again and recommend this without hesitation to people at my level (for more advanced levels, I don't know)."

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "The style of teaching worked very well for me. It was relaxed yet inspiring, and challenged me. I really loved the flexibility in a practise tailored to our group as opposed to a rigid program."

    Yoga in Sardinia website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Alexs style of teaching has inspired me to start a yoga teacher training."

    Yoga in Sardinia website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "The teacher! The lessons were very enjoyable and felt like truly tailored to me and my fellow yogis."

    Yoga in Sardinia website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I appreciated your kind and soft way of yoga teaching, your laughs and informative emails ahead of our stay."

    Yoga in Sardinia website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I learnt how mindfulness works and how I can apply it daily."

    Yoga in Sardinia website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Twist asanas, laughter during the lesson, and getting up early is beautiful."

    Yoga in Sardinia website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "The natural being together, the laughter, and yoga in the sand was enjoyable."

    Yoga in Sardinia website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "This flexibility of schedule is beautiful."

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Sardinia, Italy

Yoga In Sardinia is a non-profit organization with the aim of promoting and educating the practices of yoga, meditation, holistic health, and spiritual wellbeing.

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