Yoga retreat for 50+

‘Yoga is for every body.’

You might have heard this before but once you step into a studio class full of people you could get the feeling that you misunderstood this message. The average yoga class is filled with adolescents and young adults, who all seem to know exactly what is going on and bend effortlessly into the most amazing shapes.

You did not misunderstand. Yoga is definitely for everyone and every body. It is a tool to explore your own body and to become aware. You will strengthen the connection between your body and mind, as you will learn to strengthen en deepen the relationship that you have with yourself.  You will learn more about who you are and how you function and react on the mat, which will help you understand and see more clearly who you are and how you function and react off the mat as well.

 

 

But yoga is more than asana alone, it is a philosophy, and for some people even a life style. It also focusses on breathing techniques, ethics, mindfulness, meditation and ultimately on  reaching a state of pure bliss. All these tools will help you to reconnect with your authentic self. You can integrate yoga into your life in many ways and find a style/ way that fits you, so that you can experience all the benefits and advantages that this practise has to offer.

In the past years we have heard many times from different people that they would love to discover more about yoga, but what generally holds them back is the fact that they feel they wouldn’t be able to fit into a general yoga class. The reasons vary, some say they feel out of place between all those young and fit students, others feel that their range of motion, mobility or energy level is just too limited to keep up with the class. Some people are insecure because they have no idea what the teacher is talking about.

Whatever your reasons are, we feel that it is a shame that you are missing out! Because we feel so passionately about yoga and all the beautiful things it has brought us and many more people around us. We decided to create a yoga retreat especially for you. A couple of days that will give you the opportunity to explore what yoga is, to enjoy delicious Italian food and to relax in the Sardinian sun.

The group will be small enough so that every one will get plenty of personal attention. You will work through some basic asana (yoga postures) and breathing exercises. You will learn how to flow through a sequence of asana and how you can connect your breath with your movement. You will learn about yoga philosophy and its origins. And you will be guided in mindfulness and meditation practise. All of these classes are optional and on a voluntary basis. The most important thing to remember in this retreat is you. How do you feel, what do you need, what do you like, where do you struggle, what stops you?

You will be staying  at Su Ferreri. This original blacksmiths house is situated in a village in the middle of Sardinia where time seems to stand still. This village, Sorradile, is located on a hillside surrounded by a huge lake, vineyards, olive trees, forest, energetic rock formations and archeological sites. For more information about the house, the owners and the surroundings click HERE.

Come and join us on this beautiful journey inward and onward. Feel free to send us a message with any questions, inquiries or doubts. We are very passionate about yoga and our goal is to share this passion with all its benefits and transforming power with all that want to learn.

 

What to anticipate?

Daily yoga classes

A variety of yoga styles

Personal attention

Yoga posture workshop

Nature walks

Excursions to the beach and an archeological site

Soundscape music meditation (live)

Three home cooked vegetarian meals a day

Italian cooking class

Italian language class

 

Upcoming retreats:

19 June – 25 June

17 October – 23 October

Tickets provide you with the full program, accommodation and three home cooked, vegetarian meals per day (including fresh fruit, water and tea during the day).

We have a limited amount of early bird tickets available for 777 euro.

When the early bird tickets sell out, tickets will be 850 euro.

 

 

 

 

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Root Down Rise Up

∆ Discover Your Inner Warrior ∆

Spring is the moment of growth. A perfect time to recharge, soak up that first sunlight, and connect with your inner strength before we transition into summer. Join us in the annual “Root Down Rise Up’ yoga retreat.
Discover your inner warrior  from the 16th until the22nd ofMay. Treat yourself with a 6 day celebration of You. With yoga, workshops, healthy food, live music and ceremonies. All aligned to (re)gain strength and connect with your inner warrior.

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WALK THE PATH OF THE YELLOW WARRIOR
This yoga retreat you will walk the path of your Yellow Warrior. The yellow warrior is one of the sun signs of the Mayan Calendar. It’s a powerful sign which challenges you to listen to your inner voice, to be fearless and strong and to have determination wherever your life may guide you…
The Yellow Warrior is a great teacher of autonomy, self efficacy, courage and self-inquiry. Because in the end no one knows better what’s good for you than you. For us more the reason to celebrate YOU, right?! Let us take you on a journey inward empowered by a very special full moon energy.
 What to expect in this six day celebrationof YOU?
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Daily yoga sessions

Daily practice aligned with daily energy.

Journal-Yin yoga.

Your Body, your asana; classes that focus on your authentic movement and self-practice.

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Ceremonies & experiences

Live Music & Meditation Journey.
Cacao Heart Ceremonie.
Barefoot walk.
Moonlight meditation.

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Workshops

Introduction to Mayan astrology:
Connect with the warrior within.
SoulCollage.
Your yoga.

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What else?

Three healthy Vegetarian meals per day, prepared with love.
A relaxing day exploring the beauty of the Sardinian island.
A pizza night with fresh homemade wood oven pizza.

Where do I stay? How do I book?

Location

You will be staying  at Su Ferreri. This original blacksmiths house is situated in a village in the middle of Sardinia where time seems to stand still. The village Sorradile is located on a hillside surrounded by vineyards, olive trees, forests, energetic rock formations and archeological sites.
For more information about the house, the ownersand the surroundingsclick HERE.

 

Tickets

– Tickets provide you with the full program, accommodation and three meals per day (including fresh fruit, tea and water during the day).
– We have a limited amount of early birds tickets available for 777 euro.
– When the early bird tickets sell out, the tickets will be 850 euro.

 

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We hope you decide to celebrateyourself this spring! So we can welcome you soon in Sorradile to join us while we walk the path of the Yellow Warrior and connect with Sardiniancuisine, culture and nature.
With LOVE,
the Su Ferreri team.
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Wild Women

 

“It is time” sings the little swift to me when I am outside hanging up the freshly washed laundry. 

“It is time” whisper the pine trees at the little sacred hill where I play with the dogs.

“It is time” roars the water that falls down the rocks in the valley between Sorradile and Ardauli.

“It is time” blows the wind that carries with him the salty scent of the sea.

“It is time” shines the sun with all her heat that makes me want to take of my clothes and dance between the flowers.

 

Time for what you might ask?

 

Time to come home.

Time to break free.

Time to stop.

Time to breathe.

Time to laugh.

Time to cry.

Time to know.

Time to return to your wild nature.

 

Time to gather in this beautiful, mesmerising, authentic and mystic little village in the heart of Sardinia. Time to share your wonder, your pain, your wisdom and your heart. Time to let go, grab hold, stop and go on. Time to ask the questions and find the answers. Yes, it is time, again.

I remember each gathering with the warmest feeling and lightest of hearts. It is an experience of all the senses; all the feels, laughs, hugs, tears and endless talks. It’s resonance lingers long after we go our separate ways again. The connection remains, strong and deep, anchored in our souls.

Every time it is different. Everything that is needed will arise, exist and manifest. I guide the energies that are present, whether they are in plain sight or waiting and wanting to be revealed. I hold a safe space for all of us to stay open, vulnerable and curious. Transformation, revelation, consolation and relaxation are our guests of honour. We all change. We are all affected. And happier for it.

 

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The wildish nature does not require a woman to be a certain color, a certain education, a certain lifestyle or economic class … in fact, it cannot thrive in an atmosphere of enforced political correctness, or by being bent into old burnt-out paradigms. It thrives on fresh sight and self-integrity. It thrives on its own nature. So, whether you are an introvert or extrovert, a woman-loving woman, a man-loving woman, or a God-loving woman, or all of the above: Whether you are possessed of a simple heart or the ambitions of an Amazon, whether you are trying to make it to the top or just make it through tomorrow, whether you be spicy or somber, regal or roughshod—the Wild Woman belongs to you. She belongs to all women.

Estés, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

 

When: 08 June to 11 June

Where: Su Ferreri in Sorradile (Sardinia)

What: We gather for four days to share, connect and rewild.

How much: 75 Euro per night per person, breakfast & lunch, program included

More questions? Want to reserve? Please use the from below to contact me.

Music, Meditation and Throat Singing

Hi guys,

It is Alessandro here. I wanted to take this opportunity to share a bit about one of my passions; music.

I began to experience music as a small child. My parents loved to sing in family reunions, my mother used to sing in a choir with her sister and with the sister of my dad. Singing has been (and still is) for them a moment to release tension, to let emotions flow and to feel a “oneness” with the other singers. As an only child I was encouraged to learn traditional Sardinian songs and to sing them out loud standing up on a chair at the end of family meals at my grandmother’s house. This is how I made a living during my childhood ;).

As a teenager I was in love with my electric guitar, I wrote songs with my cousin and two neighbours, who became my band for 5 years. We did rock gigs in and around Cagliari, my hometown, and happily ruined our hearing. Sorradile was our fountain of inspiration, where we gathered in front of the big fireplace at my grandmothers house and spend days in the nature surrounding the little village. These moments we spend off stage and outside of the rehearsal room made us more connected on stage. I realised for the first time how powerful nature and connection were as a source of inspiration.

The band stopped when I started traveling. On my journeys and travels  I only brought my acoustic guitar with me, which permitted me to explore gentler notes and voices. During this period I didn’t compose music or write songs, but I collected and listened to as much music as I liked, from as many different people, origins and countries as I could. More and more I started seeing the connection between seemingly very different music styles from different corners of the world. I collected instruments with which sounds I felt strongly connected. I love the rooting penetrating vibration of the didgeridoo and the spacey repetitiveness of the hand pan.

At that time electronic music played a marginal role in the styles that I listened to and liked. Later though, I actually discovered that some of my favourite albums had made great use of sampling. This caused a shift in my perception that made me put electronic music on the same level as instrumental/non electronic music.

Then I moved to Sorradile, here I am alone with the songs that are born in my head and all of my instruments. It is this little village of my youth where I find the peace and time to bring it all together. My daily yoga and meditation practise brings clarity and calmness. Before I was too nomadic to translate my inner landscape into music, wandering physically and mentally. I was living my life being caught up by the motions, feeling and dancing to its rhythm. But now there is a sense of settling down, long enough anyway to express what wants to unfold.

My newest discovery is the looping station and looping all of the sudden has become the best way to have my own band (perfect for an only child, I wish I had one when I was 10!) and to jam by myself. Now I am able to reproduce the recollections and memories of my travels and journeys layer by layer.

 

Throat Singing

Throat singing is a style of singing that is found in many regions of the world.
In this singing style, the voice is manipulated to imitate the sounds of nature creating harmonics and overtones. Think about how light becomes a rainbow of colours when it falls through a prism. Now imagine the throat being the prism for sound. The nature of light is also the nature of human voice. They both are a spectrum of frequencies, that can be associated to a colour or sound. The throat can be used to highlight certain frequencies of the voice and mute other ones. In throat singing a fundamental note is sang through the whole song, while overtones (harmonics) change in tonality.

In animistic traditions, the several ways nature manifests itself are considered to be more than their physical conformation and place. They are thought to have a spirit, and the sound they create is a part of their spirit. By mimicking these sounds, is said that humans can harness the power of the spirits of nature.

I got inspired to explore throat singing when listening to tuvan khoomei, the style of a remote region of Mongolia, Tuva. Listening to the whistles of the voices of the Mongolian people, I realised that I grew up with the throat sounds of Sardinia. I too, find inspiration in nature and this is where I borrow the atmospheres that I give back to the air through my music.

 

Yoga and Meditation

Currently I am working on combining my soundscape with another of my other passions; that of yoga. I am exploring how I can support, inspire and guide the practise of asana and meditation. I like to create a sound that brings the listener into my world, into my perception. Because my perception consists of all the music and sound that I have encountered in my life until now. I am influenced and inspired by many styles, instruments and musicians all over this world. And the beauty of music is that even though I create with the intention to share my perception, every listener will be on his or her own journey.

 

 

 

ROOT DOWN, RISE UP

Here in Sardinia we have felt the first breaths of spring already! Oh how delicious to have the warmth of the sun glow on our cheeks again. After a couple of dark, cold weeks and a LOT of time spend hugging the stove in our little casetta, I am noticing a breeze of change sweeping over our island. The breeze reminds us of sand, salty water and floral scents thick on the air. YES! You got it, it smells like a promise and a memory at the same time. It will not be long now. Spring is really on her way. I can almost hear those swallows chatting again in that funny little bird language they have.

So. You know what that means right?! Spring. That means it’s time to reset. Time to shake off those thick layers of contemplation and solemnity. Time to frolic and flutter again. I’d say it is the perfect time to transform all the wisdom and hibernated energy of winter into action. Like the seeds in the soil that spend all winter planning and dreaming, then when spring arrives they are all ready to pop up and go for it. They don’t hesitate but simply activate. They ROOT DOWN and RISE UP.

This Yoga retreat, 18th of May till 22nd of May, is not just about Yoga, it is a CELEBRATION! Of spring, of life, of yoga and obviously, and perhaps most importantly, of yourself. What to expect?

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– Two yoga sessions a day
– Daily meditation practises
– Essential oil workshop
– Sensory chakra Journey
– Fermentation workshop
– Nature expeditions
– Heart opening cacao ceremony
– Sound & Vibrations feaured by AlO
– Three healthy vegetarian meals a day
– Authentic Italian guesthouse
 and hospitality

And of course we haven’t told you everything, we like to keep a few surprises up our sleeves!

Let me introduce to you the beautiful Kim Kuijpers, one of the yoga teachers that will inspire and guide you at this retreat.

A creative spirit pur sang. She rocks her job as art director events at Nachtlab agency. It is up to her to create worlds within worlds, which she does in style with a touch of magic and a dash of the surreal. Eight years ago she started practising yoga, a choice that has led her to a more balanced lifestyle and a deeper sense of awareness. Kim enjoyed the profound experience of her yoga practises so much that she decided to enter a teacher training course at de nieuwe yogaschool in Amsterdam. Her enthusiasm and creativity inspired many of her co-workers to join her yoga journey and now she teaches vinyasa yoga at Nachtlab in her free hours.

Are you up for a celebration, renewal and expansion?! We sure are. Sign up this month so you get the early bird price and you receive the specially prepared missives leading up to the retreat. These missives are like written goodie bags full of the right stuff!

We are very excited to share this journey with you! It will be a energising and grounding experience. Our foundation will be rooted in the earth from where we rise up to meet the light. We are reborn.

See you soon seedlings!

 

♡♡♡ NAMASTE ♡♡♡

Kim Kuijpers

Where the wildlings are…..This is Kim Kuijpers. Creativity and curiosity have always been her life motives. It is her job to create worlds within worlds, which she does in style with a touch of magic and a dash of the surreal. Eight years ago she started practising yoga, a choice that has led her to a more balanced lifestyle and a deeper sense of awareness. Kim enjoyed the profound experience of her yoga practises so much that she decided to enter a teacher training course at de nieuwe yogaschool in Amsterdam. Her enthusiasm and creativity inspired many of her co-workers to join her yoga journey and now she teaches vinyasa yoga at Nachtlab in her free hours.

Start the day energetic, grounded and focused! Rock n roll on the mat!

Sardegna, a well kept secret!

I have talked about this before but I am not sure it reached as many ears as I would have liked. It sometimes feels like we are living in a beautiful, even stunning, but unknown world. How come? Well, Sardegna seems to be only visited in the summer, when the sun is scorching the earth turning her fields into patches of vibrant yellow. Water is scarce as the rivers dry up and the lakes lend their volume to the farmers in the south. People bake themselves golden brown at the crowded beaches, cooling themselves in the clear turquoise waters of the sea. They prowl over the full boulevards to hunt for souvenirs at the many market stalls. Often, the heat is too obvious, too apparent, to do anything but go to the beach.

I am not saying summer in Sardegna isn’t fun or worth experiencing. On the contrary, I completely understand the pull this island has to those who live in other cultures and colder climates. I also understand that visiting another country during the year isn’t possible for everyone. But for those who can travel outside this season, for those who are capable of taking a break in other parts of the year, I need to speak up!

Sardegna is like a well kept secret. Outside of the high season her beaches are almost empty, while the sun still caresses the island and offers her warmth, while the sea still glows after being heated up so many weeks. You can camp almost everywhere with a little tent or camper van. You will be able to actually undertake little trips around the island without melting. Visiting waterfalls, canyons, churches and archeological mysteries. You will be able to go on a hike through forests full with wildlife, a bike tour along nearly empty roads unwinding their way through the landscape. There are festivities and festivals all year long, with traditional clothing, dancing and singing, lots of homemade wines and gourmet foods and the exceptional masks and costumes of the mythical Sardinian beasts.

Visiting Sardegna in autumn means witnessing the awakening of nature, after the long dry summer months. Sardegna will be mostly green during the winter, offering beautiful scenarios full of life, enjoyable temperatures and the sun as a loyal companion. It is possible to visit the uncrowded beaches and sunbath until the beginning of November, with the temperature of the water slowly lowering from the 25° C of the summer till the 15° of the winter.

Autumn and spring are the best seasons to practice outdoor sports. The wind and the swells are consistent, and the sun gives a rest to rock climbers, permitting to climb the otherwise too hot spots (like Castello di Medusa in Samugheo). Trekking’s are also more pleasurable during these seasons, and reaching cala Goloritzè, the canyon of Gorropu or the ancient hidden village of Tiscali are much more fun in these more comfortable seasons.

As the first rains fall, water streams become more consistent. This enlivens the waterfalls and rivers (Sos Molinos, sa Stiddiosa, ecc…) and makes them even more attractive. The hot springs of the village Fordongianus are well worth the visit when the temperatures drop a little and the nights get cooler. The hot water meets the fresh water of the river where it is possible to create little pools of relaxation by placing the river stones just the way it suits you best.

Autumn is the month of the grape harvest, and there are many festivals that celebrate this distinctive and ancient fermented fruit juice, usually accompanied by regional and seasonal products. Autumn in Barbagia is a series of festivities in the heart of Sardegna. Every week, more than 30 villages open their doors to visitors, offering delicacies, showing their traditions and costumes. Cheese, wine, bread and sweets are the protagonists of these lively events. But as the traditions in Sardegna are kept alive, there will be plenty of authentic music, singing and dancing as well.

And last but not least, autumn is also the time for mushroom hunting! There are so many tasty edible mushrooms to be found in the forests around Sorradile. The most wanted one being the porcini, a wide stemmed mushroom with a round cap that has white or yellow spores. My goodness, this mushroom is a tasty one! And to be able to go out and find them yourself and prepare them for lunch is a rewarding and satisfying experience. We often go out by ourselves to hunt these fungi friends but there are several expeditions around this time that you can sign up for that bring a mushroom expert along and prepare the lunch for you.