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Transform all areas of your ashtanga yoga practice in stunning Salento during this unique family friendly ashtanga yoga retreat with Sarah Hatcher.


Family and Ashtanga Yoga Liberation Retreat
with Sarah Hatcher

8 – 15 April  2023

Description of the retreat


Join Sarah Hatcher for a full week of vibrant Italian culture and yogic liberation in stunning Salento with guided and Mysore style ashtanga yoga, pranayama, chanting and meditation. Families and children welcome!

 Morning classes begin with pranayama and meditation followed by conducted or Mysore style of ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice. 

 Afternoon workshops will consist of specific investigation into asana, chanting and singing class and/or restorative yoga. 

 Families are welcome to come to the retreat. Children will enjoy Salento’s playground with a playhouse, swings and a slide; the pool, the near-by beach and endless adventures in the garden will offer a safe and delightful time for all ages.

Yoga classes will be conducted for adults only so please plan to bring a childminder with you or get in touch with Sarah if you are in need of one.

All levels are invited; no experience in ashtanga yoga is required. 

Sanka cakra asi dharinam

During the retreat we will deepen our understanding of these allies that support us in Dharinam (concentrated yogic practice):  

Sanka the divine conch – we will raise awareness of our ujjayi breath through pranayama, meditation and chanting;

Cakra the wheel – cultivating stillness in our minds and bodies while seated or while in asana; let’s map back to the origins of the practice and rediscover surprising places of joy and reflection buying time for ourselves and our highest self to come out while in practice;

Asi  – the sword – use discriminative awareness to cut through any unwanted thought patterns and habits in order for transformation to take shape.


Please plan your travel plans to arrive on Saturday, anytime after midday and leave the following Saturday by 12 pm. 

Daily Mornings Class: 7-9:30

Afternoon Class: M, W, Th and Friday 4-6:30 pm

Saturday Breakfast and Travel 





6 days with an international teacher 

6 morning sessions

3 afternoon in-depth classes

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The YIS retreat centre is located in Zollino, in the heart of the Salento. Twenty minutes from both coasts and from cultural centres such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.

Our yoga retreats are also an opportunity to get together, share good moments, pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Salento in a peaceful environment. Give yourself an energetic recharge through vegan and vegetarian organic food, eco-sustainable tourism and relaxation in our spaces.

Our staff are at your disposal for the entire duration of the retreat to advise you about the must–see places in the Salento, organise excursions, guided tours, gastronomic tours, transfers, rentals and anything else to make your stay enjoyable.

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The Location

Our retreats take place at Agricola Samadhi, a unique organic farmhouse because it proposes something more than just recreation.

In this charming oasis, the lifestyle revolves around well being: you can combine your stay with a SPA, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and a wide range of massages and more.

You can regain your well being through a variety of top–level yoga classes. There is also a SPA Healing Centre and the HQ of YIS, Yoga In Salento, a European leader in yoga retreats, for years a favourite destination of the best internationally renowned teachers in the world.

An energy recharge and psycho–physical well being will be the most precious gifts of your stay that you’ll take home with you, together with the new friendships you’ve made during the retreat.


7 nights

6 brunches

7 vegetarian dinners

1 breakfast

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Yoga In Salento - ritiri yoga, corsi di yoga Lecce

Via Stazione, 116, 73010 Zollino LE, Italy

Sarah Hatcher has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 2000. Sarah has been a devoted student of David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg. She also has studied with Shri K Pattabhi Jois, and Sharath Jois. She studies Sanskrit with David Miliotis at Ashtanga Yoga Orange County.

Sarah was the founder and Director of Ashtanga Yoga Boise, Idaho USA from 2008-2011.

From 2011-2012 Sarah moved to Philadelphia USA to study with David Garrigues, assist him with the opening of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia, and teach while he was traveling. 

Currently Sarah is a Senior Yoga Teacher registered in the Yoga Alliance UK. Sarah has most recently been based in Edinburgh, Scotland where she was the Morning Mysore Director at Meadowlark Yoga from 2014-2019; Sarah currently runs the Hayoka Mysore Programme in Dublin, Ireland where she conducts daily a daily Mysore programme. She teaches workshops and retreats throughout Scotland and Europe. 

Besides her daily asana and yoga sutra chanting practice, the most exciting new series has been becoming a mother; the birth of her son Dashiel in 2014 and the birth of her son Calvin in 2019 has been her most intimate and focused yogic practices yet. Becoming a mother has made her appreciate the practice of ashtanga yoga even more: she is grateful for Guruji’s teachings for constantly making her investigate her higher self; it is through daily practice that Sarah learns how to be her best and care for others in most sincere way.

When Sarah isn’t on her mat chanting or practicing, she is playing with her son and her husband Tim, often walking in the hills; cooking, and staying fit and healthy.


Follow Sarah and get in touch:


@ashtangaseradee (Instagram)

Sarah Durney Hatcher (Facebook) (Website)

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