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Coronavirus update

UK holidays and also holidays to Crete are all going ahead as scheduled

Please follow this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient with us,  we are a small company of only two staff

We are working through all our holidays in date order and will be contacting each participant with updates.

Please do not pay us any holiday balances that have become due until we have spoken with  you.

We will respond to all emails, however we kindly request that wherever possible you wait until we make contact with you. We will talk with both teachers and the venues about each individual holiday and then inform you of your options.

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

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Brexit - travel rules have changed.

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Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Flybe Airline Failure - what to do if it affects you

1) Get current information on everything so you can make informed decisions:-
First check with Flybe's website for up to date accurate information.
If you booked via Travel Republic (who are ABTA and ATOL bonded) then also check on their website, both under your individual booking and in their help section
Read your Travel Insurance Policy to see what you are covered for in the event of an airline collapse. This will depend on your level of cover.

2) Getting your money back in the event of airline collapse
If you booked via Travel Republic they should refund you as they are both ABTA and ATOL bonded at the time of writing this information
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid more than £100 with a credit card then you should be able to claim a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 rules
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3) Rebook a new flight so that your holiday can go ahead.

Please Note: Any payment to Free Spirit Travel is governed by our terms and conditions, deposits are non-refundable, final payments are refundable as per the table on your booking form. Please talk to us if your flight is cancelled and you cannot travel. If Free Spirit Travel cancels the holiday for everybody then you will receive a full refund, if you personally cancel your holiday you will only receive a refund within the booking form terms and conditions, you may however be able to claim on your insurance policy and we can assist with this.

Brexit and how it affects your travel

Check your passport - you must have 6 months left on your passport on the arrival date.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)  which gave free, or reduced rate, healthcare when visiting the EU has been replaced with the UK Global Healthcare Insurance Card (GHIC).

This is free of charge, visit to obtain yours. You can continue to use your old EHIC until it expires. Neither of these cards covers Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Do not forget to take out additional travel insurance as these cards do not cover all costs should you become sick or injured when in an EU country.
Remember that the GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays

My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

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Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

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Kadermo Finland

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  • Rural Finland

    From £420

    Astanga yoga retreats. Whilst 5 nights is great we highly recommend a 12 or 19 day stay to gain the full benefits and knowledge offered at this retreat.

Imagine an island with no shops or cars and very few people, a perfect yoga retreat.  Try to come for as long as you are able, this is a true retreat and the befefits are amazing.

Here is a unique opportunity to experience yoga in untouched and idyllic surroundings, far away from city lights, where the sun rises at 4 am and sets at 11 pm. this island is called Kadermo and is situated about 10 km north east of Hanko. Where else can one listen to such silence, broken only by the sound of an owl hooting in the night, a woodpecker hacking away at a pine tree, a deer crying out in the morning mist?

You will stay in one of two houses. Both are old fashioned, traditional villa style, such as was common in the twenties. Water is from the well and hot water is available in the sauna, please note the toilets are also ecological as there is no running water on the island.

We now also have a Café on the island where you can enjoy coffees, healthy cakes and piano music.

This is a yoga retreat, a place to go to improve your yoga techniques, relax and concentrate fully on your well-being. 

As well as yoga there may be spontaneous boat excursions to other islands, swimming, sauna, canoeing and much much more.

This is a yoga retreat with a programme that goes across two consecutive weeks. If you have not studied with Stefan Engstrom before then it is recommended that you commence on the first week of each course.

It is possible to arrive on the second week, however please talk to the Free Spirit staff first if you need to do this.

Astanga Vinyasa yoga, often referred to as aerobic yoga, is a dynamic system gracefully blending together the breath with movement, promoting flexibility, strength, stamina, balance, breath control and relaxation. 

This retreat is suitable for beginners provided they are fit, reasonably supple and prepared to take 2 - 3 days to settle into the routine.

It is preferable to come for two weeks as the retreat is geared towards an instructional first week and a second week of taking your new yoga skills and incorporating them into your own practice. For those people planning to come for one week we suggest attending the instructional weeks wherever possible.

Stefan Engstrom (left), your teacher, has been practising yoga since 1990, learning with Pattabhi Jois and other teachers.

A typical day at the retreat








Pranayama  + Lectures or Yin Yoga




Sauna & Free Time

This is  Stefan's home for five months of the year.

A two storey house up on a rock overlooking the sea. It has four double bedrooms for guests. The house is built in an old fashioned traditional villa style as was common in the twenties.

For the retreats we normally take only a small group of students to be able to create a nice close-knit group and a family atmosphere.


Please check all travel details with the office before you purchase your flights


Flights - Fly to Helsinki, plan to arrive by 2.30 pm on the arrival day specified,  you need to catch the 4pm train from Helsinki to make the 6pm transfer from Hanko  - or arrive a day early / leave a day later and stay in the Helsinki Youth Hostel.   Plan your departure flight for the evening or you could stay overnight in Helsinki.


Transfers - You are responsible for travel by train to Hanko where you will be met and transferred to the island by boat.  Transfers are at 6pm from Hanko station on the outward journey and you will be transferred back to Hanko station at 1pm on your departure day.


Includes - Accommodation, full board, yoga


Not Included - Flights, transfers to Hanko from Helsinki, insurance.

Cost - 5 days: £420 / Two weeks(12 days): £800 / Three weeks (19 days): £1140

(For a single room please add 35% to the above prices)

Deposit is 15% payable in the UK, balance is paid on arrival in Finland

  Dates: Sunday - Friday Programme Teacher
June 25rh

Astanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga asanas, Pranayama and Yin Yoga

 Stefan Engstrom
 July 2nd

Astanga Yoga 

Ashtanga yoga asanas & Pranayama and Anatomy of Wholeness & Support;

 Stefan Engstrom
 July 9th

Astanga Yoga 

Ashtanga yoga asanas (self practise - no teaching)

 Stefan Engstrom
 July 16th

 Astanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga asanas, Pranayama and Anatomy of the pranic-body & psyche.

 Practical exercises with  Psychosynthesis; teacher

 Stefan Engstrom
 July 23rd

Astanga Yoga 

Ashtanga yoga asanas, Pranayama and Anatomy of Wholeness & Support

 Stefan Engstrom
 July 30th

 Astanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga asanas, Pranayama and Yin Yoga;

 Stefan Engstrom
 Aug 6th

 Astanga Yoga

 Ashtanga yoga asanas (self practise - no teaching).

 Stefan Engstrom
 Aug 13th

 Astanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga asanas, Pranayama and Anatomy of the pranic-body & psyche. 

Practical exercises with  Psychosynthesis;

 Stefan Engstrom

David Gorman

 You can also combine the above retreat week or weeks with one of the four weekend workshops mentioned here below. The additional cost is 240 euros payalbe directly to Stefan. .
Weekend Midsummer (Friday 23rd till Sunday 25th or Monday 26th of June).
Weekend July (Friday 14th till Sunday 16th or Monday 17th of July).
Weekend August (Friday 4th till Sunday 6th of August).
Weekend August (Friday 25th till Sunday 27th or Monday 28th of August).