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Urban Sanctuary Presents
The Yoga of Sensuality
sacred self care for woman

a day long urban retreat in Zurich, Switzerland
Sunday October 13th, 2019

A provocative one day retreat into sensuality as a vital aspect of self care. Based on the transformative Sanctuary Self Care Retreats created by Alexandra Macdonald and Sheila Chacko, this ‘’Urban Sanctuary’’  will give you an opportunity to explore and understand your sensuality as the basis and nexus of your health and wellbeing, as well as the source of your creativity and self-actualization.

The transmission and practices employed during this workshop will be informed by yogic teachings and meditative awareness, embodiment practices, shadow work, inquiry and sharing, and education about the female body and the cultural context of being a woman in today’s world.

This unique immersion will be an informative and transformational journey into a rich and deeply empowering subject; that of embodied sensuality as being absolutely fundamental to the thriving of women in all areas of their lives.

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Why you should attend?

• You would like to take better care of yourself on all levels- physically, emotionally and spiritually
• You would like to release blockages to your creativity
• You feel that your energy levels are often low
• You don’t prioritize time and space to care for yourself
• You would like to cultivate inner radiance and vital energy
• You would like to be more authentic in relationship to self and others
• You don’t give yourself permission to feel and/or express your sensuality
• You are curious about what sensuality has to do with self care
• You love yoga and want to explore what yoga and meditation have to do with sensuality
• You would like to develop a more healthy and informed relationship to your body and your menstrual cycle
• Your intuition to join is sparked for no good rational reason!

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What to bring
This one day retreat will include yoga asana and movement practices, journaling and inquiring, theoretical teachings, seated meditations, group sharings, and more…

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a journal, a pen, water bottle, personal yoga mat (if you prefer, mats are also available at the studio) and a shawl to cover yourself.

Sunday October 13th 2019
9h -17h30

Gobinde Studio
Kernstrasse 25
8004 Zürich

160CHF early bird - before September 20th
190CHF  thereafter

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Spring 2020. Details coming soon….

Day breaks over the Enchanted Valley. The gentle hum of your breath and the soft lilt of birdcall are the only sounds, and yet, something magical, something potent, is stirring.

This is your day. Your gift.

This is your Sanctuary.

Are you ready?

Immerse yourself in an intimate setting for 5 nights and 6 days of sacred self-care at Eremito, a modern day hermitage and luxurious eco hotel in the spiritual heart of Italy.  This retreat is thoughtfully designed for the modern, busy woman who yearns to connect with her own innate feminine wisdom and intuitive knowing.
No woman needs another to do list.  The concept of Sanctuary is an exploration and invocation of what it means to truly love and care for Self — extending far beyond a set of practices. Our shared intention will be to plant these seeds and create a foundation from which self-care becomes a moment to moment practice — intuitive, adaptable, and as unique as you are — a way to live and breathe in harmony with nature and in reverence for this sacred life.


A typical day during Sanctuary

  • Dawn & Dusk Body Temple Practices of deep yoga, movement, and meditation

  • Wilderness Practices to connect with your true primal nature in the wild beauty of the surrounding forests

  • Circles for ceremony, ritual, and sharing 

  • Nourishing, delicious, and beautiful plant based meals

  • Eremito's signature Silent Dinner

  • Ample time for rest, integration, and sleep

  • Daily access to the jacuzzi and steam bath  

  • Being held in a community of supportive women

Intuitive Self Care

  • How to create, conserve and preserve Ojas (meaning the 'fluid of life' in Sanskrit)

  • How to cultivate and circulate Soma (meaning the 'elixir of life' in Sanskrit)

  • How to navigate the portal of our heart (In Ayurveda, the seat of Ojas is in the heart)

  • How to connect to and honor our womb wisdom

  • How to cultivate and trust our intuition as the basis of true self care

  • Creating space for sacred silence to observe and process

  • Sustainable movement practices that nourish the blood, fluids and bones

  • Restorative practices that recalibrate the nervous and endocrine systems

The Eremito is located in Umbria, Italy, approximately half way between Rome and Florence.  We are so pleased to be hosting this retreat at Eremito as it is the truly perfect place to support the inner journey we will take together. Please read all about it at


Timing & Arrival

Sanctuary begins on Friday May 3rd at 5 pm and ends on Wednesday May 8th at 11 am, although it is possible to remain for lunch if your travel plans allow, with final check out at 3 pm. 
Please plan to arrive between 3-4 pm on Friday May 3rd for check-in.  

  • By car, Eremito is located approximately 30 minutes from the Fabro exit off the A1 highway.

  • By train, the stop is Fabro-Ficulle.

  • By air it is best to fly into Rome or Florence. From the airport you can reach Eremito easily by train to Fabro-Ficulle or rental car.

  • From the Fabro-Ficulle train station the Eremito offers transport to the hotel for € 30 each way.

  • Private transfer is also available for a fee from the airport in Rome or Florence.


Your tuition includes full board for 5 nights and 6 days as well as the 3 practice
sessions per day and many other surprises!
The Full Board includes:

- A celluzze (a private or shared room) with private bathroom (shower/toilet)
- Vegetarian meals with organic products grown on site or locally
- Tea and herbal infusions during the day
- Free daily access to the Relax Area (Spa), Turkish bath and Jacuzzi
- Transfer in jeep (3km) from parking point if you arrive by car
- Service and 10% VAT

For further information and bookings contact

Places are limited to ensure an intimate setting for deep work, claim your space now!

Who we are
Sheila and Alexandra are friends, soul sisters, yoginis and mamas who have dedicated their path to the practice and embodiment of Yoga, well beyond the execution of postures on a mat. Though the grace and beauty of embodied prayer through asana and movement is indeed a fundamental part of their path, for them Yoga must eventually filter into each and every aspect of one's life, from the way we take care of ourselves on a day to day basis, to the way we communicate with others and make important  choices and decisions in life.

For the Sanctuary Winter Immersion, their shared intention is to create a cauldron of transformation  in which each woman present can experience her own inner wisdom and soul-resonance whilst being held in sacred space.

For more information...
Sheila Chacko
Alexandra Macdonald 

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