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7 Days Restorative and Transformational Iyengar Authentic Yoga Retreat in Greece

Mariva Bungalows & Yoga Retreat Center, Samothraki 68002, Greece

Restorative & Transformational Indian Authentic Yoga Retreat

Become creative in your mind and body with a different form of movement. Getting you active and creative at the same time, the aim of this retreat is to give you a holistic approach to yoga. The knowledge of the Asanas and the alignment of the body together with ancient yogic breathing techniques and meditation will help you to be centered in the present with body and mind and therefore will have a regenerative effect on your life. Enjoy a good swim in the crystal clear water of Samothraki, hike to the waterfalls, enjoy the hot springs in Therma or explore the wild island. Seven of the therapeutic and fun journey. You will be introduced to a number of exercises, techniques and healing practices to improve your health and general well-being.

The Ancient practice of yogic breathing techniques is a form of meditation using breath control and visualizations to increase well-being and to reduce stress. In Ritu's yoga classes you work on your body alignment using props or techniques for better results. Yoga postures (asanas) – to obtain physical vitality, mental clarity, subtle body awareness, and correct body alignment. Breathing techniques (Pranayama) – aimed at self-healing, both physically and psychologically. And this island is a volcanic place with beautiful nature and the waterfalls, hot springs thermal which make this place just extraordinary to travel and have the best experience in this retreat.

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Ritu
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Highlights

  • Introduction to Ancient Hatha yoga and philosophy of yoga
  • 6 days of yoga instruction: Morning and evening (total 3-hour per day)
  • Guidance and instruction from Ritu Rai from India (E-RYT200 - YACEP)
  • Full moon celebration. everyone is invited to go for the Great God ancient Temple of Greece (only in September)
  • Relaxing pranayama session (15 minutes) and Mantra Chanting
  • Daily meditation sessions with different techniques of breathing
  • Visit the Kipos beach and Ancient ruins of the museum
  • 1-hour of massage sessions for everyone
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffet

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be staying at Samothraki which has a yoga shala as well, it is close to Griya Vatra waterfalls- 300 meters and Paradisus waterfalls-100 meter and 15 minutes to therma hot springs. the Accommodation has 60 rooms all are bungalow style. There is also reception, dining area, garden, yoga studio, buffet every day.

Program

Yoga instruction for 6 days, Classical Hatha and Vinyasa style from Ritu Rai Indian Yogi, E-RYT 200 RYT 500 - 1 hour 30 minutes Hatha Vinyasa, Meditation-(yogic breathing ), and pranayama (5 types of pranayama).

Instruction in the morning and evening, total 3-hour per day with Hatha, Ashtanga, and Iyengar blend with an awareness of breath. Learn about Breath types for different asana and levels.

Time: Morning from 08:30 to 10:00, Evening from 17:00 to 18:30

  • 08:30 - 08:15 Mantra chanting, pranayama, and Dhyana
  • 08.15 - 09.30 Asana practice, Methodology, Techniques for postures and pranayama, adjustment and alignment, and sequencing
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Meditation
  • Breakfast break
  • Massage one-hour, Energetic healing massage with Thai movement
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Intensive Hatha Vinyasa asana practice

During free time, the organizer can help you arrange activities given on the listing. The following are activities available for an additional cost:

  • Site seeing, per person 30 EUR. If it is in the group of 3 or 2. For private booking is 60 EUR.
  • Underwater diving for certified divers, 100 EUR per person

Instructors

Ritu Rai

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at Mariva bungalows, located on the island Samothraki, Greece near Therma square.

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Hot spring
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Swimming

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Meditation garden
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Room cleaning
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this retreat, you will be served with a daily delicious breakfast buffet in the hotel. Taste local products starting from the morning buffet and explore local cuisine from the nearby tavernas. The hotel has a buffet but they do have also eggs and all kind of things which you can choose on your own in your taste choice.

If you want to choose some fully Vegetarian Food, you can inform Ritu as her husband is cooking for the retreats in his free time delicious greek Vegetarian Food for 15 EUR with full one meal with greek salad, Main dish, Olives, Fresh Olive Oil, and many local organic products.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

An excursion can be provided at an extra cost. To hire a car for 90 EUR for 3 people-single, the prices is 30 EUR per person which will include:

  • Site Seeing for 3 places chora which is mainland of the Samothraki island in top of the mountain with beautiful tavernas which is local and traditional Greek way of life. As well as a beautiful church
  • Visit the white sand beach playa poli and the ancient Greek temple where Poseidon watched the war from top of the mountain
  • Stop on the beach if you want to have some food in playa poli and have a swim. Total of at least 3 to 4 hours journey

On extra cost, Adventure of Yoga with Ritu can arrange these excursions for guests:

  • Kipos beach
  • White Sand Beach
  • Museum of great gods in Samothraki

Activities (on extra charge)

Guest can choose to have these options on their break if they wish:

  • Active dance meditation
  • Thai massage from Katerina (30 EUR for 1 hour)
  • Rebirth breathing session with Sifis A.K. Pagkalinis

Rebirthing is a precise and very powerful breathing technique which when mastered it is also a way of life that leads to excellence, abundance, joy, and spiritual clarity. This circular breathing technique usually conducted through the nose brings very deep healing to the receiver who is washed in blissful sensations and a deep understanding of themselves

Sifis A.K. Pagkalinis is a certified Rebirther, Tantra teacher, Linguist, and teacher of the Greek language.

During your free time, you can visit Chora the center of therma with full of shops, old Castle and Tavern with classical old Greek Live Music.

  • Take a dive at the nearest waterfall, 100 meters from the door
  • Take a relaxing thermal bath, 800 meters from the door
  • Take a swim or relax on the beach bar, 1000 meters from the door
  • Take a hike on the slope of the mountain Saos. Reach the top (feggari) at 1611 meter and feel like God Poseidon when he was watching the Trojan War from there. If you are a true hiker you should know that feggari is the endpoint of the European trail E6 that starts from Spain.

If you are more Adventure or photography person -You can go for hiking to waterfalls of Fonias, Paradisus, Gria and also Visit the Temple of the greats Gods(its an ancient temple where even today on the full moon celebration, It's a day full of Music and climbing and many rituals performed on this specific day in Samothraki).

Spa treatments

This retreat includes one hour of a massage session.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 6 days of yoga instruction: Morning and evening (total 3-hour per day)
  • Daily meditation sessions with different techniques of breathing
  • Introduction to Ancient Hatha yoga and philosophy of yoga
  • Mantra Chanting
  • Relaxing pranayama session
  • Guidance and instruction from Ritu Rai from India (E-RYT200 - YACEP)
  • 1-hour of massage session for everyone

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer (extra charge)
  • Lunch and dinner (extra surcharge)
  • Massage (30 EUR extra)
  • Activities (extra charge)
  • Additional excursions

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Thessaloniki airport. From Thessaloniki airport, take a bus/Flight to Alexandroupoli. From Alexandroupoli, you will have to take the ferry to Samothraki island. Transport from Samothraki port to the venue will be provided.

Note that you don't have to pre-book the ferry, you can also get it directly from the port of Alexandroupoli.

If you want to pre-book it online, the dates will be scheduled after June.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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