Splendor of the sun Yoga retreat

with Pernille aven lupai

Splendor of the Sun yoga retreat Sardinia italy

Sardinia, Italy
June 6-13, 2020

[Re]treat yourself to a week of radical self care.

I am so excited to welcome you, to one of the five blue zones on this planet, the beautiful island Sardinia (Italy) in the Mediterranean sea. For a week filled with yoga, meditation, ceremonial rituals, deep relaxation, self-exploration and delicious food, in a beautiful eco resort sanctuary, in the north of the island.
On this magical retreat, we will invoke and celebrate the Sun, as it reaches its high point of the year, just before Summer Solstice. We will be igniting our inner heart fire, rediscover our radiance and celebrate the abundance of life. Allowing our bodies to move freely, our hearts to blaze open and hear the echo of the radical YES to life.
The Splendor of the Sun yoga retreat will be a celebratory journey of you, filling your vessel with radical self care, in a beautiful eco-retreat center surrounded by nature in all its magnificence.

Join Pernille Aven for the Splendor of the Sun Yoga Retreat to Sardinia June 6-13, 2020.

the yogic practices and retreat program

Every morning you’ll wake up in beautiful surroundings: Slowly reawakening while sipping herbal tea and a some fresh fruit for you belly, before starting the first Yoga Sadhana Practice, which will include: pranayama (breathwork), Myths (storytelling), chanting (singing mantras) and moving into our asana practice (vinyasa flow style - movement of your body, mind and spirit). This practice will open up your body in a rejuvenating, free and joyful way. Leaving you feeling warm, cleansed and sparkling from the inside out, ready to meet the day under the splendor of the sun.

Later in the afternoon/evening we will rejoin in a more gentle yoga asana practice with lots of opportunities to dive deep into our hearts and closely feel into what is moving through the body and tap into the currents of any transformational change going on within. When we find ourselves in a more slow pace in gentle hatha/restorative/yin yoga, we are devoting ourselves to reflection and contemplation, balancing the rush of our busy lives. We will also be exploring a variety of the traditional yoga practices and will include yoga nidra (yoga sleep), meditation techniques, journaling and ceremonial rituals to reconnect and remember the forces of energy that runs through us as an embodiment of love and vessel of all life.

Here is an example of a the daily program*:

Wake-up to herbal tea and fruit
8.00 Morning yoga practice
10.30 Brunch
Free time
17.00 Afternoon yoga practice
19.30 Dinner

*The program might change a bit, be open for slight changes

Tuesday will be a silent-day.

On Wednesday we will eat breakfast followed by our morning yoga practice, and then go on a excursion (it is voluntary to participate, but will require pre sign-up, and an additional fee / else you will be able to discover the Island on your own that day). Pernille Aven will go on the excursion and lead a yogic ritual and meditation, and we will have a local guide to talk about the place we visit. More info to come about the excursion closer to the retreat or upon sign-up.

On arrival- and departure-day (Saturdays) there will be one meal and one yoga practice. All other day there will be two.

The Food

The restaurant in Balaiana only serves organic, natural and sustainable food. Valentina and Pierre (the chefs) are clearly passionate about a vibrant, healthy cuisine. Their aim is always to make delicious, satisfying food that everyone will enjoy. You will find typical Sardinian delights as well as a creative dishes influenced by the east.
Everyday there will be served vegetarian Brunch and Dinner for the retreat guests. The food is of biological or biodynamic origin, using local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible, and you will experience that Sardinia a place where seasonal veggies are super-tasty. In all meals you will taste our favorite spice they use: lots of love.

Pure and fresh water from the mountains and healthy herbal (ayurvedic) teas is available with all the meals and fresh fruit before yoga.

The ACCOMMODATION - Balaiana eco resort

Sardinia is one of the 5 blue zones in the world where people not only live longer, but better. A stunning collection of ancient stone formations, lakes and quiet beach coves can be found nearby to the beautiful eco-retreat center Balaiana where we are staying. It is super-stylish, modern whitewashed walls with simple, natural bedding and eco-ethno-chic details. It is designed by yogis, for yogis and offers the perfect frame for a peaceful, therapeutic and transformative retreat.

At Balaiana we will be practicing in the 120sqm Yogahall with wooden floor or on the 80sqm open space platform.

Dining Hall & Outdoor Areas: There is a beautiful, dining room adjacent to the main kitchen where guests can enjoy our delicious organic meals together. We also offer a terrace in front of the dinning room and various cosy and beautiful outside spaces for relaxing as well. You can walk to our own lake and find yourself a special place for your meditation or the time for relaxing.

Cozy Living Areas & Fireplace: There is a cozy, communal living room area with couches and a library shelf.

Pool & Retreat Amenities: Relax around our lovely outdoor pool with hang out in a hammock in one of our pagodas or enjoy a massage with our bodyworkers.

Located 40 minutes from Olbia airport, Luogosanto (the nearest city) is the cultural centre for Gallura, in north-eastern Sardinia, drenched in history and culture, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.

Sardinia is a magnificent island waiting to transform you with every breath.

Room options and prices

Single Occupancy DKK 9.850 (only 2 rooms available)
Double Occupancy DKK 8.500
Triple Occupancy DKK 8.000

A 2.500 DKK non refundable deposit is required to reserve your space upon booking, the rest is to be paid within 2 months after the booking.
NB. After March 15, the full price has to be paid with the booking.
Payment Plans can be arranged if needed - let us know if you would like that option.

the goodness included

  • Accommodation for 7 days / 6 nights at the beautiful eco resort Balaniana in Sardinia

  • 2 daily yoga sessions (Sadhana), morning and afternoon/evening

  • Breakfast/Brunch & Dinner, organic, vegetarian and locally produced

  • Transformational exercises, journaling, ceremonies, rituals and much more

  • A week of full radical self care - a life transforming journey and breathtaking experiences


To save your spot you need to fill out the Booking Enquiry form, just click the button below, it will take you there.

You’ll receive a booking confirmation with details of how to pay your DKK 2500 deposit.
Please don’t book any flights until you have received a booking confirmation.

For other questions about this retreat please write us an email

Not included in the price:
Flights to Sardinia (IT) - Airport transfer to Balaiana (car rental is advised) - Travel insurance - Optional activities and sightseeing - Massages - Snacks and additional meals - Alcoholic beverages

About Your teacher and facilitator on the retreat

pernille aven lupai retreat

Pernille Aven Lupai

Pernille Aven is an entrepreneur of heart, a yoga teacher and business consultant. A priestess, magic facilitator and co-creator of True North Sisters.

Her teachings aim to inspire, empower and connect you deeper to your Self, through playful exploration, intuitive listening and bodily wisdom. She is on a mission to accelerate your personal growth and awaken your desire for living a wild, authentic life.

Read more about Pernille Aven here

The Splendor of the Sun calls us to engage deeply to our essence as divine beings, full of love, compassion and passion. To celebrate and energize our own vessel, will call us forward, show up in life and live from the heart.

Join Pernille Aven for a reactivation of body, mind, and spirit through dynamic flow, embodied movement, rituals and play. Together we will go through the depths of our intuitive bodies, through meditative movement and contemplation on our own inner dharma dance. We will partner up to really see each other, to witness the universal remembrance of compassion and healing. We will reconnect to our primal nature and celebrate life and the radical YES to all it brings.

Other details and good to know information


Arrival from 15.00 on Saturday June 6th we will start with an opening circle and then have dinner, followed by a nice yoga nidra to get you setteled in.

Check-out from rooms is after breakfast at 10.00 Saturday June 13th. Depart after the closing circle at about 12.00

TRAVEL and getting there

The Eco-retreat is located in northern Sardinia, 20 minutes drive from the Costa Smeralda. Olbia airport is approximately 40 mins away (recommended airport). The exact location of Balaiana is here.

Group taxis can be arranged for around €70 one-way split between 1-3 people if you decide not to hire a car.

There are a couple of Car-hire firms recommended by the retreat centre, so please ask us for details of those when you book, or use your airlines recommended ones as they usually offer great deals when booking.

If you are planning to hire a car (which we recommend) and would like to offer a lift to another guest who may be arriving at the same time as you, please let us know, so we can coordinate.


The food served on retreat is 100% vegetarian and served buffet style.
If you have any severe food allergies or special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can inform the kitchen in advance.


Ideally please bring Eco/biodegradable personal products.

Please be conscious about how much hot water and electricity you use during your stay. Use of the Air-con will be charged per room if you use it, to discourage use.

Please participate in the recycling system at Balaiana.


Bath towels will be provided but we won’t be offering additional beach or pool towels. You might bring a light towel or a couple of sarongs.

Basic yoga props are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you wish.

Refillable water bottle, notebook and pen, a good book and sunglasses.

It is generally warm in Sardinia in June, but there can be cool weather too. A light windproof jacket may be handy especially for coastal visits and hiking and warmer shawls and long sleeves may make you nice and comfy in the mornings/evenings.

Walking shoes or boots may be a nice addition for enjoying the local trails.

Don’t overpack.. we tend not use so many different clothes on retreat, we usually wear light, comfortable and adaptable clothes. Clothes that layer-up well, clothes we don’t need to wash everyday, clothes in which we feel free and relaxed…  go in for natural fibres vs synthetics, styles that you feel un-self-conscious in. Travel as light as you can and your back will thank you for it.