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NEW! Retreat in Motion, in Sardinia, Italy


Crystal clear seas, sandy beaches, granite rocks and verdant vegetation will be the setting for the next Retreat in Motion on the sacred island of Sardinia.

You are invited for a full immersion into the sacred places and pristine nature of Sardinia, to experience transformation, new insights, and fresh inspiration.

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At this Retreat you will:

-           Honor the summer solstice and celebrate in a sacred place

-           Explore the sacred, historical and mysterious places on this ancient island

-           Swim in crystalline waters

-           Experience SoulCollage ®

-           Rest and rejuvenate body and soul in beautiful surroundings

-           and much more…

THE ISLAND

About Sardinia

Emerald seas, and a shoreline dotted with charming coves, beaches of snow white sand… this is Sardinia! It is an island that strikes visitors with its natural contrasts, the lights and colors of a region that boasts ancient traditions and wild, pure nature.

Sardinia is an Italian island in the western Mediterranean. It is a mainly mountainous region, though without high peaks. It offers a vast and charming, yet bittersweet, natural environment. Large area s of the island are still untouched with luxuriant forests that are home to hundred-year-old trees. There are small desert and marsh areas inhabited by deer, wild horses and raptors.

The story of Sardinia is lost in the mists of time. Archaeological evidence scattered throughout regions such as menhir, dolmen, domus de Janas. Sacred wells, tombs of the giants and countless Nuraghe complexes are the tangible signs of its prehistoric past. Huge stones have been guarding secrets for 4000 years. Open your eyes and your soul to perceive the vibration of the stones that tell a distant story. Visiting the island offers an opportunity to tread the time-honoured paths through both nature and history.

We will celebrate the Summer Solstice in a magical location in a land full of mysteries and ancient beliefs.

THE ACCOMMODATIONS

Two different hotels will welcome us during our retreat, one located in the northeast in the Gallura region, the other in the heart of central Sardinia, near Oristano.

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Tenuta Pilastru Country Resort

The Tenuta Pilastru Country Resort , consists of a central building and small houses located on one level and distributed over the property of the Estate.

The Farmhouse, situated in Gallura (North-East of Sardinia), is a typical “Stazzo” turned into a comfortable rural vacation centre. The Estate covers 150 hectares. In an enchanting setting, rooms and apartments have been integrated with the old dwelling dating back to 1840 in full harmony with nature, immersed in the Mediterranean vegetation and the mysterious granite of Gallura in Northern Sardinia.

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ROOMS AND SPA

All rooms are furnished and decorated in rustic style with a great view of beautiful Gallura. Some rooms are in the main building called "Lu Pastrucciali", others are located in the typical “stazzi” in the farmhouse.

They have air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, bar-fridge, bathroom with shower and/or tub and hair dryer.

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SPA TREATMENTS

Modern, comfortable, relaxing.

Massages and other spa treatments are not included in the Retreat Fee. It is necessary to make reservations in order to enjoy your treatment during break times. Please remember that the prices are in Euros. You may use credit cards and be billed directly by the Residence Office. Click to see the list of treatments. 

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SU BAIONE COUNTRY RESORT

Su Baione Country Resort is a countryside residence located in the historical heart of Sardinia. The structure is situated within a 10-hectare cork oak forest, immersed in uncontaminated and evocative natural surroundings.

The structure boasts the following features: a restaurant specializing in the finest dishes of Sardinian cuisine, with a hint of added flair. An indoor bar with covered loggia is the ideal spot to enjoy cocktails and aperitifs in the summer. An outdoor swimming pool, situated in the cork oak forest, and a fitness centre to help you stay in shape during your stay.

The building surround charming flowery courtyards. The wide rooms enjoy views on the park or on the olive orchard. All the rooms are guaranteed comfortable in every season.

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EXCURSIONS

During our excursions we will walk trails and visit ancient places that have been used for millennia. We wlll learn about the Nuragic population while being expertly guided through archeological sites.

We will drive an average of 2 hours one way, to reach locations and trail heads, and then we will walk the rest of the way. The hikes are not strenuous but you need to be in good health and be able to walk and climb occasionally. The exact schedule is not yet available. Due to the changeable wind conditions in the area the final details of the schedule will not be decided until several weeks before the Retreat begins.

Guided tours are offered in collaboration with Ilaria Montis, archeologist and founder of Sardegna Sacra along with other local guides:

SANCTUARY OF SANTA CRISTINA

The most representative, best preserved and most mysterious Nuragic well temple is located near a village in central-western Sardinia. The name derives from the adjacent rural church of Santa Cristina, dating back to the 11th century. Only part of the apse remains, along with 36 typical houses called muristenes that still host the pilgrims during the celebration of novenas in mid-May to honour of St. Cristina and at the end of October in honour of the Archangel Raphael.

The well temple itself dates back to the Late Bronze Age (12th century BC), set in a sacred enclosure (themenos) shaped like a 'lock'. Built with finely worked basalt blocks using special techniques, the temple is a jewel with perfect geometric shapes. The site was dedicated to the water cult, which attracted Nuragic people from all over the island. The water reaches a tank, dug into the rock, from a perennial spring, allowing the level to remain constant all year round.

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NECROPOLIS OF SANT'ANDREA PRIU

The Pre-Nuragic necropolis of Sant'Andrea Priu is a vast and spectacular archaeological burial area among the most extensive in the Mediterranean. The burial complex is made up of twenty Domus de Janas dating back to the Neo-Eneolithic age. Three domus in the necropolis will amaze you with their size and state of preservation. The 'Tomba del Capo' (Tomb of the Head) has an area of 250 square metres and contains 18 rooms arranged like a maze around two main spaces. The necropolis was in use for many years. In the Roman era and then the Byzantine era, the 'Tomba del Capo' was turned into a rural church built into the rock, one of the first during the period of the persecutions. It has been re-plastered several times and is frescoed with scenes from the New Testament. It was named after Sant'Adrea (Saint Andrew), which is where the name of the site comes from.

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NURAGHE LOSA

On the morning of June 20th, the Summer Solstice, we will await the sunrise together in this ancient and fascinating place.

The Solstice is a special day, an astronomical time full of spiritual meaning, acknowledged and celebrated as a sacred moment in prehistoric Sardinia at least since the Neolithic age.

The Nuraghe Losa is in the shape of an equilateral triangle, whose longest sides coincide to the solstitial axes. The sides of this giant exactly face the two points where the sun rises and sets on the day of the solstice. The astronomical orientation of the nuraghe is key to discovering the real meaning and purpose of these extraordinary monuments.

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SUMMER SOLSTICE

On the Summer Solstice we will celebrate the turn of the season. If the amazing cathedral in the village of Sovana is open we will witness the magical journey of the light. The Bishop doesn't always grant permission to witness this stunning occurrence, yet every year we ask. We will not know until the last minute if permission will be granted. Otherwise we will enjoy our Solstice ritual in a beautiful sacred spot on the grounds of the Residence, or next door in the Sant'Egle farm near two Etruscan tombs. Each place holds its charm and magic, and sacred energy, so we cannot go wrong. We will adjust to what is available and tune into this precious cyclical moment, with drumming, sounds, movement, and images. 

ALTAR OF SANTO STEFANO

In the fields of Oschiri, surrounded by enchanted forests, stands a 30 feet granite altar carved with a precise sequence of a series of geometric engravings. The rock “board” was called “rock altar” because is located in front of the Church of Santo Stefano, which gives the name to the place. Close by, scattered in a grove of Mediterranean scrub, you can see a necropolis with eight domus de Janas. Scattered around are rocks used as niches. It is difficult to tell what is natural and what was formed by human hands. On the wide granite wall of the altar are engraved motives of different shapes, including: triangular, quadrangular or semi-circular marks, surrounded by many cup marks and crosses. This place is truly unique!

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SAILING IN THE NATIONAL PARK OF THE MADDALENA ARCHIPELAGO

In the strait of sea between Sardinia and Corsica known as Bocche di Bonifacio, there is a galaxy of islands and islets surrounded by turquoise waters. It s one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, under special protection due to its ecological importance.

The National Park of the Maddalena archipelago was created in 1994 and is the first of its kind in Sardinia. It covers more than 20,000 hectares of sea and land. It embraces 180 kilometres of coast and includes more than 60 islands big and small, comprised of granite and schist, sculpted by wind and currents. Among these, the highlights are Budelli, Caprera, Razzoli, Santa Maria, Santo Stefano and Spargi, unforgettable destinations of boat tours.

This isolated paradise reveals the wild nature of one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Budelli, one of the brightest gems of the Maddalena Archipelago. It is famous for its turquoise waters and for the Spiaggia Rosa, the Pink Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. Its pink colour is derived from minute fragments of a microscopic sea creature called Miniacinia miniacea, carried to the shore by the currents.

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You can find more information about Sardinia on www.sardegnaturismo.it

COSTS FOR THE RETREAT, TRANSPORTATION (FLIGHTS OR FERRIES ARE EXCLUDED) ACCOMMODATIONS, MEALS AND EXCURSIONS

TRANSPORTATION:

Transportation will be provided by minivan included in the cost of the retreat.

The flight is not included in the price. A meeting time at the airport of Olbia on June 18, will be determined.

Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. A waitlist will be maintained in the event of any cancellations.

What is provided: All basic SoulCollage® supplies will be provided for you (images, glue, blank cards, Exacto knives, scissors, plastic sleeves).

What to bring: any special images to use and any SoulCollage® cards that you would like to explore more deeply. More information will be forthcoming.

REGISTRATION PROCESS AND DEADLINES FOR PAYMENT

Registration and payment is only available on this website.

CANCELLATION POLICY: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

If you cancel on or before Feb 1, 2020, Mariabruna will issue a full refund of your program fee, less a $75 administrations fee. If you must cancel after Feb 1, 2020, but before April 1, 2020, and we are able to fill your spot from our waitlist, we will refund all charges, less a $75 administration fee for each.

No refunds can be offered after April 1, 2020. This means that no refunds can be offered if you fail to attend, or if you leave the event early, or if you become ill. A bad weather forecast does not constitute a valid reason to cancel.