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Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat with Natalia Knuchel & Tanja Forcellini in Sardinia, Italy

From October 3, to 10, 2020, AIRYOGA teachers Natalia Knuchel and Tanja Forcellini invite you to join them in Northern Sardinia for a unique Yoga and Mindfulness week at the wonderful Eco Retreat Center Balaiana. 

In addition to daily Yoga and Meditation practice, the schedule offers enough time for excursions to the magnificent beaches, to enjoy the Sardinian sun or simply to relax the body and mind, prioritizing many aspects of self-care. 
The daily routine at this unique place of power - far away from everyday life - includes the practice of Yoga asana, Mindfulness exercises, Breathing exercises and Sitting in Silence.

Every morning we will explore our body and mind for an hour with Mindfulness exercises and Meditation. In the Yoga class that follows, we will work to synchronize breath and movement towards a powerful dynamic flow, playing with our physical potential, and merging the mind, body and heart into an energetic state of balance and freedom. After class we will enjoy a rich vegetarian brunch. During the day there will be plenty of time and opportunities for an excursion to unspoiled beaches or for a few quiet hours at the pool. In the evening we will practice Breathing exercises and dive into a gentle Asana practice. We will devote ourselves to the dissolving quality of restorative postures and taste the permeability of body and mind. An extended final relaxation will give our entire system time to absorb and feel the effects of the practice. 

This Yoga and Mindfulness week is suitable for beginners as well as experienced Yogis, who are looking to refine and expand their practice. It is geared for anyone who wishes to benefit from the profound effects of a daily Yoga and Meditation practice - including Breathing and Mindfulness exercises - which can be easily integrated into daily life. All this will be combined with a healthy vegetarian diet and lots of time for rest and self-care. 

All classes will be taught in German, alternating between Nataliai (Yoga classes) and Tanja (Meditation, Mindfulness, and Breathwork). Both teachers are fluent in English and German, for questions or exchange outside of class times.


Natalia Knuchel and Tanja Forcellini will lead this Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat from Saturday, October 3, to Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Balaiana Eco Retreat, Northern Sardinia, Italy. 


The teachers
Natalia Knuchel completed her Theatre and Dance education in Zurich after her Primary school teacher education. She then moved to Amsterdam to deepen her studies in contemporary dance at the SNDO (School for New Dance Development), consequently performing in dance theater productions in Germany and Switzerland.
Throughout her journey as a professional dancer, Natalia has been influenced and inspired by Yoga Asanas, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation and Thai Chi. Her desire to share the gift of Yoga with others led her to attend the Teacher Training at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas in 2013. Within the whole spectrum of dance, meditation and yoga, Natalia has been particularly influenced by David Zambrano, Frey Faust, Simone Aughterlony, Denise Lampart, Ivan Wolfe, Doug Keller, Anya Porter, Manuela Peverelli and Stephen Thomas. 
Natalia’s classes are dynamic and powerful. She emphasizes precise alignment and a steady connection to the breath. Natalia offers verbal and hands on adjustments to support her students in a gentle manner. Her classes help students find balance on and off the mat and integrate it in their daily lives.
To find out more please visit www.yoga-mit-natalia.com

Tanja Forcellini discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga during one of her journeys to the Far East in 1999. Yoga has led her to find answers to the many questions she has encountered on her personal life journey - answers that lay hidden deep within herself. Tanja attended the Yoga Teacher Training in 2004 at Centered Yoga in Asia, where she received certification as a Yoga instructor recognized by the Yoga Alliance. After her pregnancy in 2008, she also attended the Perinatal Yoga Training at Birthlight UK. After that time, life guided her more and more towards silence, and silence moved her from Yoga to Meditation. The loving and conscious contact with, and careful perception of one's own body are the focus of Tanja's classes, as well as the connection of breath and movement. Since 2017, Tanja has been attending continuing education courses on mindfulness meditation and resilience building. In addition, she completed the Hormone Balance Teacher Training with Salome Noah. To deepen her own practice on the mat, Tanja regularly attends retreats and trainings with internationally recognized teachers. Her spiritual practice is deepened through the challenges of everyday life and especially through stays in an ashram in northern India.
For more information please visit her website www.yogatanja.com


The Retreat Center
Balaiana Eco Retreat is located in the beautiful North of Sardinia, close to the town of Luogosanto. The retreat center’s architecture is in the typical local style of Stazzu, incorporating a lot of local granite and wood. There is a lovely little lake on the property. On small trails you can wander through the cork oak forest and hang out on large granite rocks. The swimming pool is a convenient way to relax, cool off, or do some laps. The next village is Luogosanto and can be reached by foot in 1.5 hours or by car in 10 minutes. 
Balaiana Eco Retreat provides us with exquisite vegetarian, mostly organic, local food, cooked with love and passion. Most ingredients are sourced from the surrounding farms and from the center’s own garden. It doesn’t get any fresher than that! Lunches can be organized and paid for individually by the participants.
For more information and photos of the Balaiana Eco Retreat please visit http://yoga-sardinia.com/

Accommodation
Up to 15 participants can be accommodated in double or in a limited number of single rooms. All rooms with private shower/toilet. The rooms are simple, but tastefully decorated with a good eye for details.


Daily Schedule (subject to modifications)
7:30 to 8:30 am: Meditation and Mindfulness practice
8:45 to 10:15 am: Yoga
10:30 am: Brunch
afterwards free time, Beach, Pool, Excursion
6:15 to 7:45 pm: Breath work and Yoga
8:00 pm: Dinner

Exceptions:
•  On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, we will finish the daily program after the morning practice and breakfast, giving the body and mind a chance to recover, and to have time for a daytrip to the beach, town, etc. The dinner out on this day is organized and paid individually by the participants.
•  On Wednesday and Saturday there will be breakfast instead of brunch.


Cost per person in Euro
Euro 1’290.- for accommodation in a double room
Euro 1’790.- for accommodation in a single room (limited number)

Included in the price
•  7 nights of accommodation in double or single room (limited numbers) 
•  2 vegetarian meals per day (brunch/breakfast and dinner)
•  all classes (taught in German)
•  yoga mats and props
•  bed linen and towels

Not included in the price
•  Travel to/from Sardinia
•  Rental car or transfer to/from the retreat center
•  Lunches
•  Dinner on Wednesday
•  Day trips
•  Massages


Check-in / Check-out
You should aim to check in at the Retreat Center on Saturday, October 3, 2020 in between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. We are unable to receive guests before that time, so please organize travel arrangements accordingly. There will be a meet & greet at 7:00 pm, followed by an opening dinner. For late check-ins in between 10:00 pm and 12:00 pm the retreat center charges 30 Euro per person.

Your first class will take place on Sunday morning of October 4, 2020.
On Saturday, October 10, 2020 the departure is at 10:00 am latest.


Travel / Transfer
Sardinia can be reached by ferries and airplanes. The nearest ports are Olbia (1-hour drive from the Retreat Center) and Arbatax (3 hours’ drive from the Retreat Center). Balaiana Eco Retreat close to Luogosanto, is a 45 min. ride from the airport Olbia. Easy Jet has flights from either Basel or Geneva to Olbia. You can also take a Swiss flight from Zurich directly to Olbia. It is worthwhile to book ferries and flights as soon as possible, as these are much cheaper if booked early. 
You can also request a taxi transfer from the port/airport of Olbia to the Retreat Center and back. One-way costs 70 Euro per car for up to 3 people. A minivan for 4-8 people costs 90 Euro each way. 


Rental car
Renting a car is recommended for the week. The retreat center’s location is wonderfully secluded, the next village is Luogosanto and can be reached by car in 10 minutes, some nice beaches are a 20-minute drive away.
If you book early, a rental car for 4 persons will be around 250 Euro per week, so around 65 Euro per person/week excl. petrol. Cars can be rented directly at the airport (no taxi costs to the Retreat Center in this case). We recommend renting cars together in order to share the costs and ride to and from the airport/port and reduce the number of cars rented. We suggest you book and rent your car at www.billigermietwagen.de or www.holidayautos.com


Massages / Treatments
Balaiana Eco Retreat offers different massages and therapies. These treatments are not included in the price and need to be paid cash in Euro.


Bookings / Further terms
For more information or to book please email Tanja at tanja@yogatanja.com


A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of 500 Euro per person is required. Upon receipt of the deposit your registration is binding.
The remaining costs are due on September 1, 2020. Cancellations after September 1, 2020 will not be refunded.

If one/both teachers is/are unable to lead the retreat due to unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to replace the teacher/s with equivalent one(s). 

Insurance is the responsibility of each participant. We recommend a travel insurance. 

Changes in the program and daily schedule may apply.

The participant waives any claim against AIRYOGA/yogatanja/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.