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Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat with Frank Schmid & Tanja Forcellini in Sardinia

Find your equanimity and your inner compass during this week of Yoga and Mindfulness at the magnificent Eco Retreat Center Balaiana in the North of Sardinia.

Study the true nature of your mind/body and heart connections. Let all your senses be immersed - by the smells of the surrounding myrtle trees, the awesome views of the landscape of Gallura, the turquoise blue of the refreshing Mediterranean Sea and its white sandy beaches in short driving distance from the center.

Each morning we inquire gently within through mindfulness practice and meditation. Afterwards we energize and strengthen our bodies through Yoga postures. Then we enjoy a healthy and wholesome brunch. The afternoons can be spent individually. Enjoy the facilities of the center, the beach is a 20-minute drive away or visit nearby villages. In the evening we meet for breath work, Yin Yoga and dinner.

This Summer Yoga week is suitable for both beginners and more experienced participants, who want to deepen their practice and experience the changes and healing effects of a steady Yoga, meditation practice, breath work, combined with healthy food, stillness and plenty of time to rest.

All classes will be taught in German, alternating between Frank (Yoga classes) and Tanja (meditation, mindfulness, and breath work). Both teachers are fluent in English and German, in case of Q&A in between the classes. 

Frank Schmid and Tanja Forcellini will lead this Yoga- und Mindfulness Retreat from Saturday, July 24, to Saturday, July 31, 2021 at the Eco Retreat Center Balaiana, North Sardinia, Italy. 

The teachers

Frank Schmid started growing in the Swiss Alps, then Zurich, New York and San Francisco. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, for 10 years. He received his Hatha Yoga teacher training from Ifat Erez in Canada and at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India and he studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley. 
Frank’s daily practice reflects in his classes which he leads with a strong sense for detail, individual safety and fun. For those who take his classes, it is a quiet lesson in self-exploration, opening up body and soul to accept and work through the practice, which at times mirrors the challenges of life. 

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
Eco Retreat Center Balaiana is located in the beautiful North of Sardinia, close to the toen of Luogosanto. The retreats 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 lapses. The next village is Luogosanto and can be reached by foot in 1.5 hours or by car in 10 minutes. 
Eco Retreat Center Balaiana 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 centers own garden. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. Lunches are organized individually by the participants.
For more information on Balaiana Eco Retreat and to see pictures please visit http://yoga-sardinia.com/

Up to 15 participants can be accommodated in double or in a limited number of single rooms. All rooms with private shower/toilette. The rooms are bright and tastefully decorated with love and 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: Dynamic Yoga
10:30 am: Brunch
afterwards free time, Beach, Pool, Excursion
6:00 to 7:45 pm: Breath work and Yin Yoga
8:00 pm: Dinner

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, we will finish after the morning practice and breakfast, to help the body and mind 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 1’390.- for accommodation in a double room
Euro 1’960.- for accommodation in a single room (limited number)

Included in the price
• 7 nights of accommodation in double or single (limited numbers) rooms 
• 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, July 24, 2021, 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 Euro 30.- per person.

Your first class will take place on Sunday morning of July 25, 2021.
On Saturday, July 31, 2021 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). Eco Retreat Center Balaiana, close to Luogosanto, is a 45 min. ride from the airport Olbia. Easy Jet has flights from either Basel or Geneva to Olbia. We recommend to book early to take advantage of better prices. 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 Euro 70.- per car for up to 3 people. A minivan for 4-8 people costs Euro 90.- per way. 

Rental car
For this week we recommend a rental car. The retreat centers location is wonderfully secluded, the next village is Luogosanto and can be reached by car in 10 minutes, some nice beaches are 20-minute drive away.
If you book early, a rental car for 4 persons will be around Euro 250.- per week, so around Euro 65.- per person/week excl. petrol. Rental cars can be rented directly at the airport (no taxi costs to the Retreat Center in this case…). We recommend to rent cars together, to share the costs and ride together to and from the airport/port and reduce the number of cars to rent. 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.

Retreat feedbacks - this is what the participants say about our Sardinia Retreat:
"Wonderful, I liked it incredibly well. The food, the rooms, the furnishings, everything! I'm still raving about the food. I found the timetable well chosen and executed. I also liked the fact that we had a big break in between so that we could do something. In the evening I found the practice very relaxing and beautiful". 
Babette, Zurich

"The week was well thought and well organized, so that we could enjoy it blindly. Because it was so well organized, there was enough room for spontaneity and freedom and there was never any stress or confusion, that was so relaxing! I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you again from the bottom of my heart that I had a wonderful week, you made me happy".
Simone, Zurich

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

A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of Euro 500.- per person is required. 
The remainder is due on June 1, 2021. Cancellations after June 1, 2021 won’t 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. 
The participant waives any claim against Yogatanja (organizer), AIRYOGA and the teachers for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.