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8 Days Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Sardinia, Italy

8 Days Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Sardinia, Italy

  • Galanias Hotel, Via Belvedere, Bari Sardo 08042, Ogliastra, Sardinia, Italy

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Italy

Relax, unwind, and rediscover your inner peace in the warm Sardinian sunshine and the transparent turquoise seas. Practice gentle Hatha yoga and pranayama with a warm, open, and joyful teacher and discover profound relaxation as you are guided by her soothing voice through deep yoga Nidra practices. You will learn some new tools on how to maintain that sense of tranquility for when you return to your daily life.

Highlights

  • Daily Hatha yoga practice
  • Varied pranayama practices
  • Mindfulness discussions in a group
  • Guided mindfulness meditation and visualizations
  • Guided yoga Nidra practices
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Galanìas Hotel is a peaceful, idyllic place to wind down and relax. It is ideal for couples in search of a sanctuary. Overlooking 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 by three buildings; two of the buildings consists of 33 rooms and in the main building, there are ten superior rooms. The hotel has a pool, restaurant, bar, and a bespoke yoga shala for group activities. The hotel also offers a small gym and massage treatments by appointment.

All rooms are well-equipped and decorated with handmade furniture created by local craftsmen. Every room has an independent entrance, air conditioning, minibar, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, television, and a safe box. There is also a suite with open loft available and no smoking rooms. The owners of the hotel are passionate and the hotel reflects this with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You will feel as if you are a guest of the owners' own home.

During this retreat, there will be five days of activities. The exact itinerary will be set by the retreat leader, Alex, before your arrival. Generally, you will enjoy a morning class of Hatha yoga and pranayama with a short relaxation and an afternoon class of mindfulness meditation and discussion, followed by a guided yoga Nidra class. The classes generally last approximately one and a half to two hours, depending on how much discussion the group engages in during the sessions.

  • Alexandra Redmond

    British School of Yoga International Yoga Federation (Hatha Yoga, Prenatal Yoga)

    Alex has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 15 years and started teaching in 2007. Alex is a Reiki II Practitioner and teaches Hatha yoga, mindfulness, and yoga nidra. 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.

The hotel is situated four kilometers from the town of Bari Sardo and 600 meters from the sea and the beach. There are beach bars and restaurants within walking distance, as well as a diving school, which also offers paddle boards and snorkeling.

Tortolì and the port of Arbatax are within ten kilometers of distance. The island of Sardinia has three airports; Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) is the closest, followed by Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (IOLB), and Alghero - Riviera del Corallo Airport (AHO).

This area of Sardinia, Ogliastra, which is often referred to as the “island within an island”, offers the heart, soul, and eyes an abundance of pleasures. It is sheltered away from the overcrowded tourist areas such as Costa Smeralda, Olbia, Alghero, and Cagliari; it offers some of the best beaches on the island.

The east coast offers protection from the “maestrale”, winds that often batter the western coast. The sea is a transparent turquoise and, unlike Costa Smeralda, this area has miles and miles of sandy beaches. Cardedu and Bari Sardo beaches offer the opportunity to walk over ten kilometers of beach without interruption.

The area also offers a diverse range of natural attractions; mountains for walkers, mountain bikers, and climbers, woodlands for nature lovers and explorers, and beaches galore for the sun worshipers. It is perhaps the perfect location for those needing an oasis of nature, calm, and bliss, far away from all the modern glitz and constant barrage of materialistic pressures and demands of the modern western society.

Nearby places

  • Barisardo, 4 kilometers
  • The beach, 600 meters
  • Tortolì and the port of Arbatax, 10 kilometers

Daily breakfast and dinner are included in the price. At Galanìas Hotel, you can enjoy local and seasonal produce in a range of Mediterranean dishes prepared by the chef everyday. You can dine by the pool with a glass of locally produced wine. Special dietary requirements can also be accommodated. Please let Galanìas Hotel & Retreats know when you book, so the chef is aware of any dietary restrictions and can prepare the meals accordingly.

There are a lot of activities available locally, from scenic train journeys to boat trips, diving, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, and horse riding, to name a few. If you're a fan of nature, there are also places of natural beauty that you can visit, such as waterfalls, caves, archaeological sites, and plenty of stunning beaches. The reception staff can organize excursions for you, including transfers to the port, if required.

Below are the treatments offered by the hotel that you can book at an additional cost:

  • Californian anti-stress massage
  • Head, face, and neck massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Reflexology
  • Thai massage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast and evening meal
  • Daily Hatha yoga and pranayama sessions
  • Guided yoga Nidra sessions
  • Mindfulness meditation and discussion sessions
  • Alcohol and beverages
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Car or bike rental
  • Lunches
  • Optional excursions
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG). It is the closest airport to the hotel. Alternatively, you can also arrive at Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (IOLB) or Alghero - Riviera del Corallo Airport (AHO). Transfer from and to the hotel is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

There are bus services by ARST to the local town of Bari Sardo from the airport, however, this means of transportation take longer and there may be sudden changes involved.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Sardinia, Italy

Galanìas Hotel & Retreats is located only 700 meters from the sea on Sardinia’s east coast. The hotel offers yoga retreats in a bespoke yoga shala with views of the Torre di Bari.

  • Availability: The Meditation Retreats of this organizer are available 77% of the time.

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