A) July 2-July 9, 2017Yoga Retreat  in Loutro Chanion (Crete)


B)  July 12-July 19: Yoga Retreat in Ikaria island 


C) July 12-July 17:  Teachers'Training Course in Ikaria


Please see below all the details!!

All our Retreats:

Our yoga lessons take place daily at dawn and  sunset, in beautiful open air sites. For the rest of the day, we are offering group activities, as boat trips to tranquil beaches, hiking, or visits to places of archaeological and cultural interest. Our aim, is to offer ''an insider's view'' of the islands, and a restoring, fulfilling week full of yoga, meditation, nature, life long inspirations. Participation in all additional group activities are optional.

Our lessons & teaching style:

Our Yoga and Meditation lessons are tailored, to welcome a general level of practitioners. However, our main priority is to acknowledge our students' individual capacities and needs and to enable a personal improvement. To achieve that, we are  two long experienced  teachers co-leading the classes. Classes include Hatha Yoga, Pranayama breathing, guided Meditation and relaxation, elements from Scaravelli, Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Therapeutic Yoga, The yoga of circle and cross, Transcendental Meditation,  and other holistic disciplines such as Thai massage.

This summer, you can join us in   the islands of  Crete and Ikaria.

With out retreats we aim to gain greater physical & mental health, have deeply restful and

joyful holiday.

All lessons are taught by   Isidora  and Sofia (daughter and mother) both in English and Greek. 

These are a live outcome of the two teachers' methods, in dialogue.

The lessons also include extended  Pranayama breathing exercises, techniques for Mindfulness, restorative yoga

for therapy and re-energisation, yogic exercises and routines  for control weight, balance of

metabolism and the nervous system.We are  inspired from Hatha Yoga, Iyengar,

ashtanga, Partner Yoga and Vinyasa systems.  Hatha  Yoga is the type of Yoga that includes both physical

exerices, Pranayama and 

meditation. Our lessons take place at dawn, and on sunset. The natural environment of the island plays a crucial

role in the development of  our yoga classes. Not only because inspires us in relation to the words we convey our

teaching, but also because we actually use our natural surroundings, similarly for instance to parkour, for the

implementation of  our practice. We identify the  potentialities for navigating in the natural environment of the

island and adapt our practice accordingly, by moving through it, over and under its features. Participants are

closely instructed and encouraged to develop alternatives to techniques that are tailored to their personal needs.

A)Yoga Retreat in Loutro Chanion (S.Crete): July 2 -  July 9, 2017

This Yoga retreat is ideal for  a tranquil type of holiday. Ideal for families too, as Loutro, is a small seaside village in south Crete, with no cars, where kids can play safely and carefree.

The total Cost of Participation includes: All Yoga & Meditation Lessons (28hrs), breakfast with Cretan delicacies, 7 nights accommodation, optional programme.

Total Cost of participation: In a single room:459 euro

                                                                         in a double shared room: 375 euros

You can book your place with a deposit of 100 euros. (The deposit will be excluded from the total participation cost). You can complete the total cost payment until June.

What about Loutro Chanion (S.Crete)? :

In Loutro, all distances are easily walked, while short boat trips, and  hiking, will be part of our optional daily schedule. There is a Health & Medical centre in Sfakia. In Loutro, there are a few food and market facilities, tavernas and cafes.

How can I get to Loutro, in Crete?
 

It is better if you fly to the Chania airport.
From Chania airport, you can take the local bus(ktel) to the picturesque village of Sfakia, which connects with frequent boats  during the day with Loutro, and you can arrive in Loutro in 15 minutes.
The bus, and boat tickets cost, is fixed, around 20 euros altogether.

There are direct flights to Chania or Crete island from most cities abroad. Or if you are already in Greece, you can fly directly from Thessaloniki or Athens, or by boat from the Pireus port.


B) July 12-July 19, 
Yoga Retreat in Ikaria island


We simply love Ikaria island, and we always return here to run a yoga retreat.

So, this is our  5th yoga retreat in Ikaria!

We love Ikaria's particular culture and strong community feeling. Ikaria also has a rich flora

and fauna, worthily comparable to Crete and has been acclaimed as one of the world's 5 Blue

Zones , as this island's residents reach the highest age of living.


Alongside to our yoga & meditation lessons, we offer a versatile in activities programme,

including hiking, visits to magnificent villages, live music and dance festivals organised by

the local community, hiking tours etc. We will be touring around Ikaria on a private bus or if

you prefer to move independently you can hire a car on your own. We are staying in Kerame

hotel, which is 1 klm outside from Evdilos village. The hotel has a lift. And each room has a

kitchen with a cook. 

Total Cost of participation in our Ikaria Yoga Retreat is:

In a single room 503 euros,

in a double room 384 euros.


That includes 28hrs of Yoga & Yoga Nidhra lessons, breakfast, 7 nights accomodation.

All rooms  have a fridge, kitchen table and a cook.


How can I get to Ikaria?

You can fly from abroad (i.e London) directly to the Greek islands of Samos/Kos/Limnos(i.e with Ryanair), or to the cities of Thessaloniki and Athens and from there- fly or take a ferry to Ikaria(flights with Skyexpress, Aegean Airways, Astra Airlines). If you need further assistance with organizing your trip please click here or  contact us.


c) Teachers' Training course in Ikaria: July 12-July 17, 2017


This course is taking place in Atheras-Kerame hotel. As the lessons start early in the

mornings, it is highly advisable that you book your accomodation in the same hotel.
 

This is an intensive five days course of Yoga, that includes both Theory and Practice. The course's fee is 300 euros.
 
The cost of 5 night accommodation, in a single room is 217 euros, or in a double shared room is 132 euros.

Who is this training course suitable for? 

The course is suitable for all health professionals, yoga teachers, or anyone who wishes to have a deep insight in Yoga and gain teaching 

skills, taught by Sofia, a 46 years of experience teacher. The course is certificated by the Eyzein respectable Yoga School recognized from the International Yoga Federation.

Please Contact us for more details on the theme and the daily schedule.

Past Yoga retreats

Ikaria & Leros, Greece 2016

Ikaria & Astypalea, Greece 2015

Andros & Ikaria, Greece 2014

Ikaria 2013

Paxoi 2012

Ithaca 2011

Kithira island 2010

Karpathos island 2009

Nisiros island 2008

Mytelene island 2007

Santorini 2006


Every summer, we have an unforgettable time in our Yoga Retreats in the Greek  islands. We enjoyed, the islanders' 

hospitality, cuisine, customs, and of course the islands' clean air, the natural, unspoiled beauty. The islands' have been an inspiration for 

our Yoga teaching, we've all become healthier, re-energized physically and mentally, and that helped us to go on healthier and happier

 through the winter. This summer, we are in front of an ethical dilemma: Can we run our annual yoga retreats  in our beloved Greek 

islands in the middle of this dramatic refugee crisis?

After a lot of thought, we have decided that we should run our retreats and not turn our back  to the islands that have hosted us with such 

hospitality all the years before. We have been always trying to 'support' the least touristic islands of Greece with our yoga retreats. And it is 

now in these islands where the locals together with foreigner volunteers too,work daily on rescuing,offering food, roof and warmth to the 

people who have been enforced to become refugees. Their actions inspire  hope, admiration, and are 'a real lesson of  solidarity, 

compassion and appraise of life'.  

Isn't that what Yoga Philosophy and practice should all be about? Becoming a better human. Of course, we still hold respect for 

every individuals' personal need to have a restful time in our yoga retreat, and this is what we continue to offer as well. But, in this 

summer's retreats we will all get deeper in our practice and face the insuperable ethical  elevation that derives from conscious action, 

solidarity and giving. This summer's retreats are devoted  to all the volunteers and islanders, whose work  we would also 

like to'support' financially, by offering  10% of the profits from our retreats and Training Course, to them. At the 

moment, we have decided to offer this percentage to the organisations Leros Solidarity Network, Better Days For Moria

and Ikaria Citizens Initiation. 


More About Our Yoga Lessons 


More About the Natura Dance Lab & our optional programme

In every Yoga Retreat we provide you with an optional programme of other activities on the island other than the Yoga lessons. These are 

visits on certain sites of the island, hiking or even folk dance classes. local cuisine lessons, Greek language, etc.  Part of our optional 

programme on our second Yoga Retreat in Ikaria island,  is the NATURA (ΦΥΣΗ) DanceLab. This lab is 

open to all those who want to experiment with their creativity and experience the environment through movement. No

previous dance experience is required, but the will to research and desire to get involved. The lab will be in outdoor spaces in the 

magnificent seacoast environment of IkariaWe will find together a creative way to relate to the Nature, the others and ourselves. It will be

 a place of conscious listening and personal exploration. Our surrounding will inspire us and we will share the dance! Each meeting will 

include: Moving with the gravity, exploration of the support and the momentum that we can find from the ground Improvisation: body-

mind approaches and Contact Dance. We will explore pressures, support, weight, balance and imbalances with each other and with the 

space.We will stimulate our senses and perceptions to generate harmony with the environment the other and of ourselves.Voice work: we 

will find integration of our vocal expression with our movement.Development of collective scores with site-specific 

approaches. Observation on the experience and sharing of the dance.

 


 





 

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