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Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

with Sarah Durney Hatcher

17th - 23rd August  2024


About the Retreat

Each morning begins with seated meditation followed by pranayama and chanting. Sarah will then lead students in led class and/or Mysore style of ashtanga yoga. Sarah uses verbal cues, hands-on adjustments and demonstration to teach; she has been trained by her teachers David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg and has practiced through Advanced B series of Ashtanga Yoga. Students new to ashtanga yoga are very welcome as are students practicing the advanced series.

There will be four afternoon workshops for exploration of asana, bandha, mudra, and philosophy and chanting; the afternoon workshops will fill your cup full of yoga! Each student will receive a 1:1 during the retreat as well with Sarah 


From Sarah: "This is my third year returning to YogApulia. Each time I come, I bring my bright energy, my unwavering  love of ashtanga yoga and a soulful and caring heart for the students who attend. I am grateful to be returning in August of 2024 and I look forward to some time in the sea swimming, the lovely food Mark and Nicola and their amazing stuff create for us all, and quiet time devoted entirely to my students and to yoga." 

What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation

  • 2 delicious plant based meals daily, to include breakfast/brunch and evening dinner

  • Light snacks and refreshments including, a selection of teas, coffee, water & fruit

  • Wi fi internet connection

  • Daily Ashtanga self-practice 

  • Chanting, pranayama and  meditation

  • Workshops x 4

What's not included?

  • Flights

  • Transport to/from the retreat centre ( YogApulia can help organise local taxis, this will be an additional cost paid direct to the taxi driver)

  • Travel/medical insurance

  • Massages - available upon request at additional cost

More about Sarah


I grew up in Reno, Nevada USA and spent most of my youth skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Lake Tahoe. When I was seventeen, I began to practice hatha yoga to strengthen and heal my knees from competitive skiing. Five years later in 2000, I saw an Ashtanga yoga demonstration while studying at the University of Oregon, and from that point on, I began to practice Ashtanga yoga as much as I could and I haven’t stopped since.

I began learning from Nancy Gilgoff, Christine Hoar and Randa Chehab. My interest to study more led me to Mysore to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2008 and finally, to my beloved teachers David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg. I also found a love for Sanskrit and Vedic chanting and began studying with David Miliotis at Ashtanga Yoga Orange County.

I practiced for eight years before I began to teach in the Mysore method. From 2008-2011 I founded Ashtanga Yoga Boise in Idaho, USA where I learned how to manage, own and operate a studio and run a successful mysore programme.

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

In 2012 I moved to Scotland where I began a Mysore programme in Aberdeen at Love Yoga; offered workshops in Glasgow, retreats at Ecoyoga Scotland and later became the Morning Mysore Director at Meadowlark Yoga from 2014-2019. I am a Senior Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. I teach workshops throughout Scotland and Ireland and offer retreats in Spain and Italy.

David Garrigues has taught me the third series of practice and I am currently working on the fourth series in which I am learning from both David and Dena Kingsberg. My daily yoga sutra practice keeps me balanced and at ease to quiet the intensity of the physical practice: also motherhood requires me to have a still seated practice so chanting and meditation have become just as important as the physical practice. 

I have two sons, Dashiel, born in 2014 and Calvin, born in 2019. Returning to advanced practice after two children has been more than a challenge but a rewarding discovery of self which requires investigation on and off the mat. I am experienced and capable of helping mothers adapt their practices while pregnant and will guide mothers after birth in a practical post practice to get their bodies safely back into traditional ashtanga yoga practice.

Becoming a mother has made me appreciate the practice of ashtanga yoga even more: I am forever grateful for Guruji's teachings for constantly making me investigate my higher self; it is through daily practice that I learn how to care for others in the most sincere way and teach in this same spirit.

When I am not on mat chanting or practicing, I am playing with my sons, climbing or studying Sanskrit.

Accommodation and Facilities

Our retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves.  


Accommodation consists of six twin rooms  and one double room all with private ensuite bathroom. All rooms have been renovated to a high standard using locally sourced materials, to create a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard provides the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade.


Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.

Food plays a central role in both our yoga practice and life. We believe food should be varied, unprocessed and nourishing to promote energy and wellbeing. The food we serve is predominantly plant based with some vegetarian options. All produce we source and grow at YogApulia is local, seasonal and organic wherever possible. 

Refreshments are also available throughout the day and include tea, coffee, water & fruit.

The international airport at Brindisi is approximately 40 minutes drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 55 minutes drive. Hiring a car in Puglia is relatively inexpensive and provides a great way to explore the surrounding countryside, local historical towns and beaches. Both Bari and Brindisi airports have a large selection of hire car companies including Avis and Hertz. It is recommended to book a car before your arrival. Alternatively, we can arrange a taxi to collect you on your arrival.

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