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7 Days Summer Yoga Retreat in Samothraki, Greece

May | June | July | August | September, 2020
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Ritu Rai

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Reviews (16)

Amelia Redgrift

from United States, September 2019

"Excellent yoga with wonderful people "

Ritu is an absolutely excellent teacher and has a really wonderful energy. She combines a patient and conscientious attitude with an informality that kept us fully engaged throughout the daily classes. She gave a lot of personal tuition which meant I saw my practice evolve a lot throughout the course of just one week. I continue to return to her advice in my group classes now. Ritu’s guidance on mediation and the philosophy of yoga was also incredibly helpful in our approach to class.

Ritu and Kyriakos are warm and generous hosts. They took good care of all their guests and arranged everything possible to help us experience the most of Samothraki.

The retreat was everything I hoped for—Samothraki is a special place and I would recommend this to anyone looking to experience an authentic version of Greek island life.

Karen Heilman

from Austria, August 2019

"Authentic yoga on wild and wonderful Samothraki island!"

Small group meditation/yoga classes with a truly dedicated and gifted instructor. Delicious vegetarian food prepared with ingredients fresh from the garden. Amazing location for nature lovers, well off the beaten track!

Effie Emmanouilidi

from Greece, August 2019

"Excellent lesson, bad accommodation "

Ritu is an excellent yoga teacher, with real interest to focus on each person's body and needs. Her lesson is very authentic, besides asanas she explains analytically about philosophy and theory of yoga. We started by singing some mantras, it was a beautiful way to start our practice.

Her studio is quiet and peaceful, in an excellent location, and her husband is growing a beautiful garden.

Anonymous

from Netherlands, July 2019

"Back to basics physical and mental transformation "

Foundational hatha and vinyasa package customized to the user’s need, in a room or in nature. The location is no-frills because nature is the spectacle and purely magic. Immerse yourself in waterfalls, hot springs, the sea and the forest to experience a simpler life with a spiritual journey if you desire. Ritu is both caring and knowledgeable and allows her guests flexibility to shape their trip as needed. I returned transformed both physically healthier, balanced and mentally calm with my priorities refreshed.

Elena Lupu

from Greece, July 2019

"Special and Genuine"

First, Ritu is a very dedicated and knowledgeable yoga instructor. She is inspiring and encouraging, which is very important for a beginner practitioner like me. Due to her personal attention to me, I felt myself improving in confidence every day. In fact, Yoga has acquired new "colours" for me: Ritu has dedicated many hours to share her knowledge about why Yoga is an "instrument of manifesting the consciousness" and not merely physical exercise. She has the ability to verbally explain the poses, but also (very important and different than the other instructors I met) she carefully watches and corrects you during the whole process.

Second, the dinners cooked by her husband Kiriakos are so delicious and special. Not only he uses many vegetables from his own garden, but he also adds two very important "ingredients" in his food: dedication and conscious presence during the cooking process.

Third, Samothraki island is very unique and full of powerful energy deriving from nature (my personal opinion is that its uniqueness is more bout the waterfalls, springs, gorges and forest than about the beaches). Ritu and her husband arranged 1 day of hiking (the craziest 11 hours hiking adventure of my life) and half-day of sightseeing on the island.

Last but not least, I am grateful for the bright souls I met during this retreat: the other participant Monika, our guides Nikos and Giorgos, the owners of the bakery...

No words can describe my gratitude for that special week of my life.

Monika Anton

from United Kingdom, July 2019

"The perfect island get away! "

The warm welcome, excellent food, caring instruction and attention!

Gökmen Gemici

from Turkey, June 2019

"Perfect instructor located at a perfect place. "

Best instructor. Very kind and patiently explains everything you might ask for a complete Yoga experience. Best for beginners and advanced Yoga learners. Delicious Greek food. Untouched environment.

Keri Ratima

from New Zealand, September 2018

"An authentic teacher"

This is a person who has grown up immersed in her culture including yoga. The authenticity of learning from such a person is in stark contrast to other teachers who on reflection I feel yoga was more of a commercial business they had completed training in a discipline from another culture and I now question the validity of others teaching something so central to another’s culture.

Stefano Stracuzzi

from Italy, August 2018

"A great, unique experience..."

The retreat turned out to be an extremely interesting experience.

You can either love or hate the island of Samothraki, a paradise of wilderness still shy of touristy activity in the Northeastern part of the Aegean sea. The 2.5h ferry ride from Alexandroupoli is really worthwhile, judging from the unique benefits you can get from your visit to this special place.

Ritu and her husband also provide interesting excursions to the waterfalls, where you can truly be at one with nature. My best advice is that you be open minded towards the island's special flavor and interesting visitors, because you might probably gain a different point of view about life at the end of your stay.

Ritu is a very knowledgeable, friendly and charismatic teacher, who can truly introduce you to Yoga in a proper way, by offering something that is very far from the Western, commercialized fitness-like experience that most people look for.

Simply put, join Ritu's retreat and forget about Instagram's #yogashares and get to work seriously... that's how you can truly respect and appreciate the deepest meaning of Yoga. I'd say this is a unique opportunity to learn about India's purest traditional wisdom within Europe.

My best wishes to Ritu and Kyriakos for her great initiative.

Katalin Hartman

from United States, July 2018

"This adventure can make the world a better place"

It was more than retreat; Ritu is a great yoga teacher with huge knowledge; and a kind person who is taking care of us not just on the classes; but in the free time too; exploring the wonders of Samothraki. I have got much more experience during these days; than i could ever expect. 😊

Nicola Lolli

from Italy, July 2018

"Transformation through Yoga in my favorite Greek island "

This yoga retreat has been an incredible experience for me and I feel completely regenerated. Ritu teaches Gyana Yoga, which translates into “knowledge path”. She is the most passionate yoga teacher that I have ever met. The teaching was comprehensive of meditation and breathing exercises and on one day we had Vipassana.

I had a fantastic time with Ritu and her husband Kiryakoss, who cooked the most amazing organic food, with recipes from Greece and India.

The accommodation was just amazing. The room was very comfortable and had access to an idyllic garten full of fruit trees, in front of the majestic Mount Fengari. The house itself is a 10 minutes walk to the beach and 15 minutes to the waterfalls and to the center of Therma. In Therma you have plenty of Tavernas, Cafeterias and of course the hot springs, which are free of charge. Your body and soul will regenerate in this untouched paradise.

Ritu and her husband are the most hospitable and generous persons and I really felt like being part of their family.

I was able to learn a lot in this week. Ritu helped me to find the power to improve day by day through her constant attention and knowledge of every pose of yoga. She is a very spiritual person and loves what she does. She can transmit the determination to fight against the limits of the body. I benefitted from this week in the form of a stronger sense of balance, more energy and more happiness.

Anna Tauc

from Luxembourg, August 2019

"The perfect retreat to relax and be in nature"

It was an amazing yoga-retreat! Everything was just perfect, the yoga and especially the food! The accommodation is nicely located. Ritu and Kyriakos are both passionate about what they are doing and do everything so that their guests feel good. If you love nature and remoteness, then it’s the place to be.

Tamara Serikova

from United States, July 2018

"Unforgettable..."

- Priceless deep knowledges in yoga and meditatation;

- Yoga and meditation in different locations in the open air;

- Fantastic nature: amazing waterfalls, mountains, sunsets on the sea, hot springs;

- Flexible timing and guiding trough the beauties of the island;

- Extremely interesting communication;

- Spring drink water on the hole island;

- Delicious fresh food.

Deep gratitude to Ritu and Kiryakoss for an unforgettable time!!!