8 Days Yoga and Sailing Retreat with Organic Vegetarian Diet in Sardinia, Italy

Yoga and Sailing, Sardinia and Corsica

Both while sailing and while practicing yoga the present moment is what matters the most. Is the course taken still the right one or do you need to change it? Is your body aligned with the position or do you need to change/adapt your body posture? Yoga and sailing keep you in the present moment. The winds and waves direction and changes, setting sails, steering the boat, asanas, breath and meditation techniques bring your spirit back to the now, for you to regain clarity and strength.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily morning yoga class with pranayama and relaxation
  • Up to three evening yoga classes
  • Basic sailing lessons and boat steering
  • Healthy organic vegetarian brunch and dinners
  • Fruits, snacks, and tea available all day
  • 7 nights accommodation on board of sailing boat Jep 6

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 14

Airport transfer available: Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen

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, Yogaandsailing will organize the yoga and sailing week on a similar boat with the same if not higher equipment as Jep VI.

Size

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

Sail-plan

  • 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

Motorization

  • 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

Program

We wake up in a quiet bay a few laps from the next beach, we take the dinghy ashore and practice yoga with sea view, every day in a new location. After yoga we swim back to the boat (or go back by dinghy) and it is time for our yummy, organic vegetarian (vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free options possible) brunch freshly prepared every day. Afterwards we set sail to the next destination. During the afternoon we sail, swim, snorkel, stand up paddle, sunbathe and sightsee and sometimes we practice yoga also in the late afternoon.

One night, we will sleep in the Bonifacio Marina, the rest in quiet bays of the Archipelago and South-East Corsica.

Is yoga and sailing the right holiday for you?

Yes, if you would like to experience yoga and sailing actively, would like to recharge and disconnect with the help of sea, sun, wind, beautiful landscapes and seascapes.

Is experience in yoga required?

No, it is not and the yoga classes are tailored to the needs of the group. A yoga class usually starts with dynamic positions and continues with static and meditative exercises. By breathing exercises we get in tune with nature and the sea around us, and the waves rhythm increases our concentration. An evening meditation can be incorporated into the program if the group wishes so.

Is experience in sailing required?

No it is not. If you are an experienced sailor, Ghego welcomes you to help run the boat, if you have limited experience this is the chance to learn if that appeals to you.

Sailing route

Yogaandsailing do their best to adapt the route to the group’s needs and to take you to the most beautiful beaches and bays. We are strongly dependent on wind direction and speed, therefore the sailing plan is decided on a daily basis. This makes the itinerary of each yoga and sailing retreat slightly different and unique. We start from Cannigione, a small harbor village and the perfect starting location to La Maddalena Archipelago.

North-East Sardinia, La Maddalena Archipelago, Bonifacio, South-East Corsica 45 sea miles in total, corresponding to a sailing duration of ca. 24 hours.

  • Saturday: Cannigione - Caprera Island, around 6 sea miles/2 hours
  • Sunday: Caprera Island - Spargi Island, around 9 sea miles/3 hours
  • Monday: Spargi Island - Isola Piana, around 15 sea miles/4 hours
  • Tuesday: Isola Piana - Bonifacio (overnight stay in the marina and visit to the harbor town). Around 6 sea miles/3 hours
  • Wednesday: Bonifacio - Sant’Amanza, around 14 sea miles/3hours
  • Thursday: Sant’Amanza - Lavezzi, around 12 sea miles/4 hours
  • Friday: Lavezzi - Budelli (stop and hike to the pink beach), Cannigione (Overnight stay in the marina). Around 20 sea miles /5 hours
  • Saturday: Breakfast on board, check-out around 9 a.m.

Included excursions

La Maddalena Archipelago

Caprera, Spargi, Budelli, La Maddalena, and Santa Maria offer different possibilities for hiking and walking around the islands and to different beaches, Yogaandsailing always makes sure to have enough time to walk to the pink beach in Budelli.

Bonifacio

With its medieval citadel and the typical harbor is always appreciated also for some shopping, restaurant dinner, and a long shower while moored in the marina.

South-East Corsica

The beaches of Rondinara and Santa Amanza give you the perfect opportunity for a nice swim and also for a hike.

Cavallo, Lavezzi

The two French islands always impress the participants, the first one for the exclusive villas belonging to the international jet set, Lavezzi for its rocky and stunning landscapes. In Lavezzi, we anchor for the night and we do a hike together following the path around the island to reach our favorite meditation spot on beautiful rocks facing the sunset.

Possible excursions include

  • Caprera island, La Maddalena island, Capo d'Orso, Spargi island, Razzoli island, and Santa Maria island in Sardinia
  • Bonifacio, Lavezzi island, Cavallo island, Isola Piana, Rondinara beach, and Sant'Amanza beach in Corsica

Instructors

Alessandra
Alessandra begins practicing yoga while working between Asia and Germany, progressively realizing the importance of the body awareness and breath in the midst of the stressful office life. With 28 years old, she quits her job and career life, she lived half a year in a yoga ashram in Germany, where she taught regularly. She spent one year between India, Bali, and Malaysia, integrating her practice with Iyengar yoga, and also studying Ayurvedic massage techniques. Since 2016 she is in a professional course to become a practitioner of the Grinberg Method, integrating bodywork therapy, and yoga.
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 crossed 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, he follows the world tour on a Mauric 64th. Since 1998, Francesco works on yachts from 72 to 110 feet long. He has crossed the Atlantic back and forth 11 times in his life and has more than 80.000 sea miles behind him. He is also the founder of a sailing charter company.

Retreat location

North-East of Sardinia, La Maddalena Archipelago National Park is located on the Strait of Bonifacio. It is famous for being one of the best sailing environments in the world the, strait separates Sardinia from Corsica.

La Maddalena Archipelago is one of the 24 Italian National Parks. It comprises 7 main islands and many smaller ones, two of them inhabited, the others are natural paradises. All within easy reach of one another, they make the sailing easy through crystal clear turquoise water and consistent winds. Every day is a new adventure through stunning landscapes and waters!

Bonifacio, with its medieval citadel on top of a cliff and the harbor with its unique entrance, it is always appreciated also for some shopping, dinner in a restaurant, and for the French touch, it leaves to the food we prepare the second half of the week.

Isola Piana, Rondinara beach, Sant'Amanza beach give us a protection from the wind blowing often from North East (the Mistral), it also offers turquoise blue waters perfect for snorkeling. Lavezzi and Cavallo islands are a must-see before returning to the Italian side of the Strait.

Where do we start?

We start from Cannigione, a small fisherman and harbour village in the North-East coast of Sardinia. It is close to the famous VIP holiday place Porto Cervo. Cannigione is the perfect starting harbor to reach La Maddalena Archipelago in a couple of hours sailing. (How to reach Cannigione see section how to reach us).

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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

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

The food choice is largely based on organic products. However this cannot be guaranteed in all harbors, where they stop also in order to stock up their pantry. Fruits and vegetables are purchased from local suppliers from the region and Yogaandsailing 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 you slip moorings and sail away.

You will be purchasing the last minute fresh produce just before the 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Morning yoga class with classes tailored to the participants
  • Up to 3 evening yoga classes
  • Sailing classes and practice
  • Learn to cook healthy meals with organic, vegetarian and vegan ingredients. At the end of the week, we hand out our recipe book to all the participants. We pay attention that the food is Made in Sardinia as much as possible, fresh, organic, vegetarian or vegan. Fruits and vegetables come from a permaculture cultivation.
  • The 6 S: Sail, sunbathe, swim, snorkel, stand up paddle, and sightsee
  • Experience this paradise on earth, with its constant winds and natural beauties at sea and on earth
  • Swim in the most beautiful beaches of North Sardinia and South Corsica
  • Trek and hike in the Islands of the Maddalena Archipelago
  • Visit Bonifacio citadel and harbour
  • Evening meditation
  • Recharge and detox mind and body in this beautiful natural paradise

What's included

  • 6 x 90-minute yoga classes
  • 7 nights accommodation on board
  • All organic, locally-sourced, and 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, blocks, belts, and eye pillows

What's not included

  • Meals in restaurants and alcoholic beverages
  • Return travel to and from Sardinia
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB). A common transfer of all the participants to the retreat can be arranged. Cannigione is 45 minutes drive from Olbia Airport.

Arrival by bus

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

Arrival by taxi

Alessandra and Ghego can help organize taxis, which cost on average 120 to 140 EUR one way. Please contact them for further details.

Arrival by ferry

From Bonifacio, several ferries depart daily to Santa Teresa di Gallura. From Santa Teresa di Gallura take the main road (the Italian Strada Statale) 125 towards Olbia and three kilometers after Arzachena follow the sign to Cannigione. The car can be parked near the harbor in Cannigione. From the Italian ports of Genoa, Livorno, and Civitavecchia to Olbiam, take highway 125 (the Italian Strada Statale) to Arzachena, three kilometers from Arzachena follow the sign to Cannigione.

Airport: Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport Airport transfer available: Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 74% 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.

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