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The Art of Living in Sardegna, Italy

With an insuperable view on the sea, the villa Le Ninfe is situated just in front of the beach, with direct access through the garden. There is where the art classes, yoga practices, and meals will happen, making this all-inclusive art retreat one of the kind.

Meet the instructors

Maria Cristina & Linda
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Highlights

  • Ceramic and majolica workshop
  • Dharma-inspired yoga practice
  • Time out for optional activities
  • Harmonic gong bath
  • Sailing trips and horseback riding
  • Other recreational activities available
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Mediterranean meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Cagliari Elmas Airport
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Accommodation

Villa le Ninfe

There is where the artist, Maria Cristina Contu, lives, dedicating her summers to teaching in her garden, surrounded by typical Sardinian trees and with a breathtaking view of the sea, of which the villa has direct access to the beach.

With all the comfort and simplicity that Sardinia is an outstanding example of, the garden is perfect for yoga classes, painting lessons, relaxing moments in the shade, a bar for breakfast and sunset aperitifs, and even harmonious baths under the indescribable starry sky. A Jacuzzi will also be available to guests all day, as well as spots to cool off or sunbathe in.

The classes will take place in a spacious and nature-lighted studio or in the patios.

  • Double bed - shared bathroom
  • Double bed - private bathroom
  • Double bed - ensuite - private terrace on the sea and independent access
  • 2-bedroom flat - Private terrace on the sea and independent access - kitchen and living room

Gioiello sul Mare

This gem is perfect for a group of friends or a family, with space for up to four guests. With a private kitchen, one bathroom shared between the two rooms, and a terrace, it has all it needs to be a cozy apartment two steps away from the beach, with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Included in the rooms are bedsheets, towels, soap, hairdryer, beach towels, and air conditioning unit. A washing machine and ironing board are also present.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 2 bunk beds (see picture)
  • Beth room facing the sea, visible thanks to the big window in the living room / kitchen

Program

Experience a unique blend of creativity and tranquility at Mediterraneart ltd's all-inclusive art and yoga retreat in Sardinia, Italy. Set in a stunning garden overlooking the sea, guests will immerse themselves in ceramic art workshops and rejuvenating yoga sessions.

Perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families, this five-day retreat offers Mediterranean-inspired meals, homemade wine, and craft beer for a truly unique experience. Additionally, each evening activity such as horseback riding, sailing, and gong bath was planned to enhance your retreat experience.

Under the expert guidance of the artist and owner, Maria Cristina Contu, as well as the Dharma yoga teacher Linda Varcamonti, you will able to master your skills and find the peace and the joy that only art and yoga can give.

Alternating free time from lessons with harmonic gong bath, sailing trips, horseback riding, and other recreational activities, allows you to clear your mind from daily commitments and fully dedicate yourself to enjoyment and physical and mental well-being.

Ceramic and majolica workshop

Create what you like, how you like. In this workshop, you will learn about the different types of clay and their uses, then mold them into your favorite object under the expert guidance of Cristina, who has been a ceramist for over 30 years.

Discover the secrets behind majolica, glazes, and color mixing. All pieces will be delivered ready to use at the end of your workshop. This experience is perfect for any age and ability, combining fun and creativity.

Dharma-inspired yoga practice

Find your inner child and find your peace. Dharma yoga is a graceful yet challenging form of yoga that emphasizes a holistic approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Founded by Sri Dharma Mittra, this practice incorporates classical yoga postures, breathwork, meditation, and devotional chanting to help students cultivate self-awareness, inner peace, and strength. The practice will be open to beginners and those new to yoga.

Time out

Each day, after the lunch is served al fresco, Mediterraneart ltd will take you all to experience some of the outdoors activities included in the program, such as harmonic gong bath under the starred sky, horseback riding along the Poetto Beach, and sunset on the boat in the Sardinian coast.

It will be the best way to finish your day-class, make new friends, or have a deep conversation with yourself. The activities will not be mandatory, but your presence will make a huge difference. If there is anything else that you might like, they can also accommodate other activities such as parachute, hiking, and tours.

Schedule

Thursday, 18th - Arrive at Cagliari airport

Yes, you've arrived! Mediterraneart ltd will take you from the airport to drink your first Italian caffè on the longest beach in Europe, before they take you to your accommodation. There, you will have some time to unpack before the welcoming aperitivo, and dinner will be served in front of the sea.

Friday, 19th

Mediterraneart ltd will let you start the day easily with a gentle yoga practice in front of the sea, before the breakfast is served. On this day, you will be modelling clay and creating your own design, learning how to create your unique piece, starting from learning the different clays, designing, modelling, and refining before it finally gets fired.

The lunch will also be served al fresco, and during the four hours free, you can go back to any of the teachers for tips and consultations, or enjoy the advantage of having the beach just in front of you.

Suijan will guide you with his gongs, for a unique harmonic bath under the starred sky, then the dinner will be quietly served.

Saturday, 20th

Early morning practice will take place in the garden, within a meter from the beach. After breakfast, it will be brushes out and Cristina will reveal to you the secrets behind the beautiful Italian ceramic, so famous all around the world for having vivid colors and the perfect finish.

The lunch will be served between the two parts of the class, and then the evening will be spent in the back of the house. After dinner is served, the group will be ready to say goodbye to the day. Pranayama will happen with the sea sound only.

Sunday, 21st

Participants will start the day with a dynamic practice, then after breakfast, you will be ready to be back in the studio. Do you remember your first masterpiece? Well, it has been fired and on this day, it will be your turn to add some colors to it. You can decide between different techniques, guided by the artist and her assistants.

Lunch will then be served, and afterwards, Mediterraneart ltd will take you to the port, wherein you can enjoy the cleanest sea with a fun bunch of future new friends.

After dinner, Linda will guide you to your last pranayama of the retreat. Please take your time to emphasize with the beautiful people you ended up meeting, the time spent together, and how the experience has had an impact on you.

Monday, 22nd

Mediterraneart ltd can take you to the airport and give you a huge hug, hoping to see you very soon. Take with you your artist tote bag, your ceramic pieces, and hopefully, some of your favorite memories as well.

Included excursions

  • Gentle yoga practice in front of the beach every morning
  • Harmonic gong bath
  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Boat tour

Instructors

Maria Cristina Contu

Linda Varcamonti

Location

In the realm of Greek and Roman mythology, nymphs are ethereal beings exuding an aura of mystique and allure as they dwell in the depths of forests, mountains, rivers, and springs. Revered as minor nature deities, these captivating creatures symbolize fertility, beauty, and untamed wilderness.

Legends depict nymphs as muses who inspire artists and poets to seek their essence of beauty and mystery in their creations. Their profound connection with nature makes them emblematic of well-being and harmony, mirroring the holistic approach of practices like yoga that emphasize the unity of mind, body, and spirit akin to the nymphs' bond with the natural world.

Embracing this mystical link between art, wellness, and beauty lies at the heart of "Le Ninfe," your villa - an oasis wherein art and yoga retreats intertwine. There, artists and practitioners can draw inspiration from the serenity and splendor of nature, uncovering new depths of creativity and renewal by immersing themselves in the mystical energy of the nymphs.

Let "Le Ninfe" become a sanctuary where the enchanting allure of these divine beings infuses every brushstroke and yoga pose, guiding individuals on a transformative journey of self-discovery, artistic expression, and inner peace. Embrace the magic of the nymphs and unlock the boundless potential of creativity and well-being within your artistic haven.

Food

Mediterranean on the table

You will be served Mediterranean-inspired diet, which will be made fresh every day, using organic or biodynamic products when possible, and always local.

The three meals will be served al fresco, surrounded only by endemic trees, unlimited blue sky and sunshine, or in the main dining room.

Cheese and eggs will also be served, while meat will be rarely provided. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available as part of the Mediterranean diet, but if you are strictly either one of them, let Mediterraneart ltd know and they'll be able to make any options according to your needs.

Mediterraneart ltd only serves seasonal home-made food, carefully selected from their local producers and overlooked by their nutritionist.

During the balanced Mediterranean meals, you will also enjoy home-made red and white wines, as well as unlimited beer on craft. Coffee and teas will also be available.

The barbecue, just next to the sea, will let you taste some of Mediterraneart ltd's best fish, meat, and vegetables, and give you a festive spirit at the end of the day, while music is playing.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If there is anything else that you might like to do, Mediterraneart ltd can also accommodate other activities such as parachute, hiking, and tours.

Spa treatments

  • Massage - needs to be booked in advance - 60 GBP

What's included

  • 3 days' tuition
  • Morning and evening yoga practic
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat tour
  • Harmonic gong bath
  • Art materials
  • Yoga mat
  • Nutritionist advice
  • Essentials such as soap and towels
  • Beach towels
  • Transfer
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Unlimited drinks
  • Snacks

What's not included

  • Shampoo, conditioner, and sun cream
  • Swimming suit
  • Flight ticket

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG). The transport is included either at the airport or at the main city, which is 10 minutes away via train.

Airport: Cagliari Elmas Airport Airport transfer included: Cagliari Elmas Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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