- DAY 1:Fellowship of no more than five people starts at Abbasanta train station, central on the island. Safe car park included. From there a transfer to one of the water rich Green Lungs of Sardinia: the Montiferru Area, ‘Iron Mountains’. Dinner in a famous Sardinian 7-spring-village and instruction on how to keep cool better from now on in hot weather: practice! Night in an old volcano village and its ‘keep cool in hot summer’-tips.
- DAY 2: Today not just visiting waterfalls in the Montiferru. We will also úse them! Excursion to other waterfalls and how to use them, even when they are small. Second evening in a volcano village, boasting probably the ‘coolest’ terrace bar on the whole island of Sardinia!
- DAY 3: Transfer to explore cool places in the eastern part of the island, stepping up the level: visit to spectacular rocks with several cold-water pools, and a fantastic place to jump. Short transfer to the village of healthy centenarians: how did they manage to keep their body and mind and heart so cool, to make their body stay so well?
- DAY 4: Transfer back to Abbasanta, visiting three cool places, literally, and archaeologically: into the earth, into deep past: cave, tower, flow. Strange satisfied feeling guaranteed, back in the car or train. Do you wish to stay another night in Santu Lussurgiu, than we will arrange.
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LOOKING FOR & FINDING COOLNESS IN HOT SARDINIAN INLAND
Everybody seems to think that during hot Sardinian summers it’s best to go to the sea for coolness. What a mistake! It can be terribly hot at the coast. come and develop plan B: cool places in the inland! They are places that indeed offer coolness: a hand-selected – pre-tested in hot conditions – mix of waterfalls, pools, streams. Learn tricks on how to keep cool, not only now, on the short run, but also on the long run for life. Tips, experiences, meaningful conversations, good food, good company, with a sportive guide and instructor who is sporty but not at a fanatic level, experienced and still playfully wise. Some hiking, discovering, swimming, climbing out of water, picnic lunches and, great food. We will be more IN Sardinia than just ON Sardinia.
Transfers with our own 9-seater minivan, also visiting off-the-beaten track destinations. At destinations ‘along the road’ we also ‘look behind’, where most people don’t look. This means that the exact locations – even on the sites you might recognise on the pictures – are disclosed only during the week. We just do not want everybody to go where we go. Sorry, it is better for nature too.
Welcome to a unique 4 days, quite a Sardinian experience, and you will remember the lessons, insights, tricks, that make you stay healthy longer in life. No less! Because this retreat also includes inspiration on the happy healthy longevity champions on this island. More than a book or documentary can give: experience!
The temperature here is logically much lower than in the blazing sun… When we walk to this kind of places, we take water shoes with us, so we can easily indeed swim or dip into them. More than about just finding these places it’s about experiencing, feeling, and living them. Great places also to have a light picnic lunch.
The first place where we sleep and fantastically eat is in one of the finest of Borghi Autentici d’Italia, an official Authentic Hamlet in Italy. We stay in a 14th Century stone house, wisely built also to keep cool in Summer. Inspiration also there! The atmosphere of the village also at night oothes a serenity that gives sparkle. We also discover several cooling places nearby: from famous healing spring sources to hidden little waterfalls in lush surroundings.
We also go to places that are known, and then… we go a little bit further for the extra experience. Only then we see the places that only locals know: ‘Hey! That is where we all learn how to swim! How did you find this place?’. More than just walking along the water we also walk through the water, and be sure that you’ll make some ‘jumps for joy’ this week! With the rest of our stuff not far away, we venture out there, where water shoes are really compulsory. Yes, we also go off the beaten track, but we always do our best to minimize the risk of injury. The serious goal is to reach by the end of the week is to be in a better shape – mentally and physically! – than at the start. We care for one another and use our heads too.
Sometimes the places that we visit are just 5 minutes of steep stairs in the rocks away from the car, and sometimes 1 hour away! It’s not about quantity, but it’s the quality, and the willingness to also ‘go where few people go’. Respectfully so when we do a picknick lunch in these environments: we keep it cool and clean. And you know what: nature seems to like our mindset, gradually offering us more and more beauty, which is of course in the eye of the beholder, and that’s us! Proud to be here and to be healthy and positive, experienced and considerate.
After some time in the West, we go to the opposite side of Sardinia, in the East. Just to dive – if you like also literally, in safety! – into deep beauty, like you see on the photo. This is a famous place, that most people observe from a distance. But having followed me for some days now, by now you know: I will take you a bit deeper than that; round a few extra corners and ah, that’s why: extra beauty! Now here you see a courageous jump, but know that you are never forced into something. It will take some climbing here and there, but we will always help each other to make it doable, probably easier than you’d expect when you see this picture. In general: don’t be afraid of some extra effort, some extra meter, okay? For extra beauty. Come if safely venturing a bit more appeals to you too.
Well, we are on a very special island, you know! Visiting longevity hotspots that put Sardinia on this list of these world inspiring places. We know all the ins and outs: we put them into practice!
Okay, back to practice! Keeping cool is also knowing how to find refreshing water. We learn the way shepherds used to care for their wells, and how to keep them clean and healthy. Just one of the tricks and experiences that reconnect to a life humans used to have. Now we have water from the tap, yes, but could we still survive in the wild? What is edible, drinkable, what did the local experts do to survive? We keep it mild of course, and help one another.
And even when it doesn’t seem like much – the water level, I would say – you’ll feel the difference between actually going inside, touching it, and keeping it at a distance, perhaps even criticising it?. Immerse yourself in the quality, not in the quantity. It is Summer, you know, but even then, if you pick up the hints and tips and tricks… Come if glasses are half full for you, instead of half empty.
On this cool journey we sleep in an ancient volcanic village and in a mountain agriturismo – with pool – more to the east.
And even if we walk in the sun, which is inevitable, they are ‘cool’ places anyway. Not exactly on the way, but hey, again: walking a few extra metres is worth the while! Come along, there is much hidden beauty to see!
LOGISTICSSTART & FINISH: 19 July 2022 to 23 July 2022, start at Abbasanta and finish also there.
-For full board: breakfast and dinner at a hotel or restaurant or at home, and picnic lunches with local Sardinian products only; 1100 euro pp. Meals include local wine and home-made liquor and special rich water and coffee. All programmed transfers together to sites we visit are included too. Private transfers: surcharge. At the end of the week, you have gained a deeper understanding and personal trust on how to effectively, practically keep alive the lifestyle tricks of people that remain healthy and free for a very, very long time in life. And you will have seen how friendly and ‘cool’ Sardinia is, full of positive energy & humanity. We hope that next time you bring your own people on Sardinia, you will be their ‘pathfinder’!
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