Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

About Travelling

How to I get from the airport to the retreat?

You can reach the retreat locations by car hire, taxi or bus.

The directions can be found at the hotel’s website; please check out our page for your hotel to link through to their site.

The Hotels are also able to arrange airport transfers on request; please contact them directly to get more information about transfers or find out about the new transfer shuttle from Cagliari Airport here.

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What day should I arrange flights for arriving and leaving?

The Retreat runs from Saturday to Saturday, so you should arrange flights for those days. If you are unable to arrange flights for those days, please let us know if you would like to book additional nights at the hotel. Please do not book your flights until you have received conformation of your booking from us.

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What airports are on the island?

There is Olbia (Costa Smeralda) and Cagliari (Elmas) and Alghero (Fertilia). Cagliari is about 1 and a half hours drive and Olbia is about 2 hours drive away and Alghero is about 2 and a half hours. You will need to arrange transfers by bus, taxi or hire a car.

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What is the best airport to use?

The retreat is being held in Ogliastra, the nearest airport is called Cagliari (Elmas) and has great access from all over Europe on many low-cost flights.

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Booking & Payments

What are your payment transaction charges?

Payments made by Bank Transfer are free.

Payments made by credit card or PayPal incur an additional handling fee of 4%.

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Sounds great, how do I book?

Just fill in the Booking Form and one of our Representatives will contact you with instructions and information.

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What if I want to cancel?

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to over any possible cancellation charges from the time you confirm your booking. Please refer to the Terms & Conditions to see our full Cancellation Policy. Charges are set out below:

If the booking is cancelled by the client, for whatever reason, the following charges will apply:

–      After paying deposit and within 45 days before departure: 30% deposit will be charged as cancellation fee

–      After the settlement has been paid and within 30 days before departure: 75% cancellation fee will be applied; in this case will be deducted from refunded amount 35 € handling fee per person as well as bank transfer, credit card or Paypal fees

–      After the settlement has been paid and less than 30 days before departure: 100% cancellation fee will be applied

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How can I pay?

Accepted payments methods for retreats
–      bank transfer
–      Paypal
–      Credit card through Paypal

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How do I book?

Booking can be made in written only, via email [ info@yogainsardinia.com ] or by the booking form.
The booking request should provide the following information:
–      Participant’s name, surname, address, city, zip code, country, email
–      Requested Retreat package
–      Type of accommodation (single, double, shared double for male or female)
–      Preferred diet (no special needs, coeliac, vegetarian or vegan)
–      Requested optional excursions
–      Form of payment

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Do I have to pay a deposit?

Yes, all bookings require a deposit, a 30% non-refundable deposit is requested. Full settlement is due 45 days before departure at the latest. If your full settlement is not received by the due date, we may not be able to confirm your stay.

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Your prices are in Euros, how much is it in other currencies?

All our prices are in Euros and the exact amount you will pay in your own currency will depend on your chosen payment method’s exchange rate on the day, however you can get an idea of the amount by using a currency exchange site such as xe.com

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Are there any discounts?

Yes, at the moment all our prices have an Early Bird rate for any bookings received before the end of February 2016.

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When should I book?

We would encourage you to book as soon as possible, there is an Early Bird Discount available for bookings confirmed before the end of February 2016.

We urge you not to book any flights or make travel arrangements to the island until your booking has been confirmed.

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Organising & Expectations

I can’t come on the set retreat dates, can I get a quote for a different date?

We now offer exclusive, personalised retreats which we can organise outside of the set retreat dates.

You decide the dates and organise how you get to Ogliastra & where you stay and then you tell us what you want included in the retreat and we give you a quote for the retreat services only.

For more information check out the website page here.

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What is a typical day like?

The retreats have a pre-prepared programme, classes are usually held in the mornings before breakfast, in the afternoons there may be one to one appointments with the tutors or you can take a trip or enjoy the free time in your own way, then there is usually an evening class before dinner. You can find a full timetable for the week on the information page of your chosen retreat. Timetables may be subject to change.

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Who is the retreat for, what age range?

The retreat is for anybody who wants to come,  from 0-70 years old, and from all over the world. The only limitations for the classes are that you are able and willing to embrace the subjects covered and that you understand the English language.

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How many days of the retreat are there classes?

There are classes every day from Monday to Friday, leaving your final Saturday free to spend the day how you choose; get in some final rays, take a trip or just visit the local shops in Alghero to pick up your last minute gifts.

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Can I come on my own?

Yes, generally over 80% of retreat clients tend to book alone. Please note that for your own safety and well-being we cannot organise room sharing for you. If you wish to travel solo but want to share a room to reduce costs then you are solely responsible for finding, selecting and vetting your travel partner. You must both book your retreats at the same time in order to qualify to book a twin room at the standard rate.

There are a few websites where you can search for a travel partner:

http://www.wandermates.com/
http://www.travbuddy.com/
http://www.meetup.com/
http://www.triptogether.com/

Please note we do not endorse or support these websites, we offer these links as an opportunity for you to find out more about finding a travel companion, should you wish to do so.

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What will the weather be like?

The weather in Ogliastra is mild: it is, on average, 7°C warmer than London and just 2°C cooler than the Costa Blanca, in the summer months of June, July and August, the temperature reaches 30°C, based on historical averages. You will have around 8 hours sunshine each day, however there may be occasional showers in the months of May, June, September & October, so bring a light waterproof jacket if travelling out of peak season. You can check out more statistics here. The sea temperature is also mild, even in the coldest months, January to March, the sea temperature doesn’t fall below 13°C. From June to September it is around 21-23°C and in July and August it can get up to 24°C.

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What should I wear to class?

Anything that is loose and comfortable and preferably clothing that won’t offend anyone (steer away from revealing, tight fitting clothing or anything with offensive wording please!)!

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What should I bring?

The list is potentially endless, but we suggest you keep it light! Travel documents, credit card, loose comfortable clothing (including underwear!), a light jacket, suitable shoes and personal toiletries. We will supply yoga mats, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. There is a great article you can read about it here.

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Can I come for just part of the week?

We’re sorry, but no. The programmes are designed for people staying the full week and we are unable to offer part weeks at this time.

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Other

Do you have your retreats listed anywhere else?

Yes, we are pleased to partner with some retreat listing sites. These are some of them:

BookYogaRetreats
Soul Seed Media
Lets Glo
Retreatline
HealthandYoga
Light Stays Retreats
Yogafinder
Yoga Trail
YogaHub
Yowunga
Yoga on Holiday
Your Yoga Retreat

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I don’t want to participate in one part of the retreat, is that possible?

During the Hatha Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat Holiday, your time is your own, you can choose to come to one or all of the classes, however discounts are not offered for opting out of all or part of the programme.

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Can I get a massage at the hotel?

It depends on which hotel you are staying at for your chosen retreat. Currently we can offer massage treatments, including Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Reiki, Indian Head Massage and offer various packages which you can book with us at any time during your stay.

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Where can I read the Booking Terms & Conditions?

Click here to read the full Terms & Conditions.

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Do I have to have done Reiki before?

No, the Reiki Retreat is designed for people new to Reiki, however it is also suitable for Reiki Level I Practitioners wanting to progress to Level II.

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Do I need to have done Yoga before?

No, we teach Hatha Yoga, which is a gentle form of yoga and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Our teacher can also adjust any postures to suit your existing physical limitations.

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What are the class sizes?

The class size can vary between 2 and 20 people.

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Can I book time out to go sight-seeing and shopping?

Yes, we have a number of excursions which can be organised at the time of booking, and you can arrange a bike or taxi through the hotel into the local towns anytime during your stay.

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