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Discover the powerful, transformative practice of mantra with a retreat featuring sun salutations with mantra, pranayama with pranava aum, metta and mantra meditation, and yoga Nidra. This retreat will suit anyone interested in experiencing mantra for the first time or anyone wanting to deepen their existing mantra practice by dedicating a week to immerse themselves in the practice.
During this retreat, you will be staying at Galanias Hotel and Retreat Domos Galanas. The hotel is a peaceful, idyllic place to wind down and relax. Laid on a nice hill overviewing the coast and the beautiful beach of La Torre di Barì, the hotel has been conceived as a peaceful oasis, surrounded by the Mediterranean maquis.
Built in the typical Sardinian style, it is composed of three buildings. In two of them there are 33 rooms and in the main building, the other 10 rooms. Guests are facilitated with reception, bar, restaurant, two panoramic swimming pools with whirlpool, private parking, and garden. There is free Wi-Fi at reception, bar, restaurant, and swimming pool.
All rooms are well equipped and decorated with handmade furniture, created by local craftsmen. Every room has an independent entrance, air conditioning, mini bar, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, TV, and a safe. There is also a suite with open loft. There are two types of room to choose from, namely the garden room and the superior room. Both are private and can accommodate two persons.
The hotel has a yoga shala for group activities. There is also has a small gym and additional massage treatments offered by the hotel therapist, which are available by appointment through the reception.
Mantra meditation is a powerful practice that develops with repetition. For this reason, the retreat will follow a very structured program. The first day will be dedicated to learning the theory, and will include:
The rest of the week will be dedicated to the experiential practice. There will be daily repetitions, in order to develop and deepen the mantra.
Each morning will begin with a sun salutation class with mantra. You will be learning different postures and the mantras. You will be working gently, with the spirit of loving kindness, taking breaks whenever you need to.
The practice will develop over the week, until it becomes a holistic meditational experience of body, sound, and breath. The second half of the morning class will be dedicated to pranayama, to develop the lungs and to open the breath ready for the pranava aum meditation.
In the afternoon, you can continue working with the mantra in your own time, or book a one-on-one mentoring session to discuss your experiences with the practice. Alternatively, you can get out and about or take one of the optional excursions on offer.
In the early evening, there will be a guided metta and mantra meditation, followed by a guided yoga Nidra class. You will be working with the mantra of compassion, om mani padme hum.
Mantra practice has been proved to have significant benefits on physical, emotional, and holistic health. It has the effect of quieting the incessant stream of thoughts that too often takes over your existence.
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.
The retreat will take place in the countryside, near Barisardo, a coastal town in southeast Sardinia. It is situated in a peaceful, mindful region near the sea, well known for its vineyards and local red wine.
Region Ogliastra is in the heart of Gennargentu, home of the centenarians and of Cannonau, the red grape responsible for the fantastic wine made here. Ogliastra is often referred to as the ‘island within an island’. The region offers an abundance of pleasures. It is sheltered away from the overcrowded tourist areas.
The ancient culture is still present in everyday life. Here, it seems like time has stopped long ago. The people of Ogliastra are very passionate about their traditions. There are festivals throughout the year celebrating their history, culture, and cuisine.
The sea is beautifully transparent turquoise. This area has miles and miles of sandy beaches. Barisardo beaches will offer you the opportunity to walk over 10 kilometers on the beach without interruption.
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You will be served buffet breakfast and dinner meals every day during the retreat. Lunch is not included, but is available at extra charge. At Galanias, you can dine by the pool with a glass of locally produced wine, while enjoying a range of Mediterranean dishes prepared by the chef. Please inform Yoga in Sardinia if you have any special dietary requirements or restrictions.
You can get involved in many exciting local activities. Simply state at the time of booking what excursions you are interested in, and the hotel will send you further information and pricing details.
Excursions include boat trips, trekking, climbing, diving, kayaking, cycling, canyoning, quad, and horseback riding. You can also visit beautiful nature spots, such as waterfalls, caves, archaeological sites, and plenty of stunning beaches.
Forty kilometers of famous beaches, coves, and sheers can be seen while boating. You are in the most beautiful sea of Sardinia. Here, you can photograph rare wildlife species, such as the seagull, the hawk, as well as the turtle Careta Careta.
It is an area well frequented by divers in search of emotions. By boat, the easiest route arrives to the little isle of Ogliastra. The beautiful south coast has the less known beaches, such as Cala Moresca, the bays of Porto Frailis and San Gemiliano, and Orrì Su Sirboni with the white beach and the famous red rocks.
The region is the canoeist’s ideal habitat, according to anyone who’s been lucky enough to visit and paddle here. Places are visited all year round by those who love nature and its marvels, rather than creature comforts. The coastline lends itself to all open-air sporting and wellness activities. Among these, sea canoeing is the most sought-after. The canoeist’s privileged position and the absolute silence, interrupted only by the noise of the paddle.
The green train is a service operated and promoted by former railways of Sardinia, who provide a wide range of means of transport which allows visitors to experience a fascinating trip through beautiful and unspoilt places in Sardinia.
Many old stations and mountain towns warmly welcome the two diesel locomotives carrying adventurers and locals alike, passing chasmic valleys, iron bridges, and native fauna filled pastureland. Fueled by nostalgia and charm, this friendly service covers distance and time.
Enjoy the unique local natural beauty, from the villages built on top of the mountains to the highlands around the Gennargentu. The plateau of Golgo, Baunei, covers the tortuous passages between the forest, leading to the heartbreakingly beautiful beaches, like Cala Sisine.
Along the way, you will meet old churches, archaeological sites, and breathtaking views of Su Sterru. The territories of Girasole, Villagrande, Elini, Arzana, Ilbono, and Lanusei, are very much appreciated.
You can book massage sessions at the hotel during the retreat.
Please book your flight to arrive either at at Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) or Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB). The hotel can arrange private transfers for you at an additional cost.
There are bus services to the local town of Bari Sardo. However, there may be changes involved and the journey will take some time.