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7 Days Zen Shiatsu and Meridian Yoga Retreat in Evia, Greece

  • Sunshine House, Neofitou Street, Agios Nikolaos, 34100 Greece

7 Days Zen Shiatsu and Meridian Yoga Retreat in Evia, Greece

  • Sunshine House, Neofitou Street, Agios Nikolaos, 34100 Greece

Shiatsu, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Greece

Come and join this life-changing retreat and give yourself the chance to learn important skills and gain knowledge that will connect you to your body, improve your health, and make you more calm, peaceful, happy, and strong. During the retreat, you will learn about Shiatsu, Meridian yoga, Qi gong movement, Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda and nutrition. You will also learn to accept and listen to yourself and others. Take this opportunity to be present and aware!

Highlights

  • Meridian yoga exercises
  • Qi gong movement and Shiatsu practice
  • Learn about Chinese medicine principles
  • Ayurveda and nutrition health tips
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Sunshine House is a traditional, old country home and grounds of five generations, situated on the island of Evia, Greece. It is used as a kind of sanctuary, exploring healing techniques of the East and the West, where many may come to learn, share, and grow.

The aim of Sunshine House is to promote simple living and community gatherings anchored in deep spiritual practice. They open their doors to all those in search of this. Accommodations are in single, twin, triple, or dorm rooms. During your stay, you can use the swimming pool, steam baths, and bicycles.

Course details

In this retreat, you will learn Shiatsu from the basics until you will be able to do a full-body Shiatsu treatment. You will learn a series of meridian exercises (energetic channels that flow in our body), yoga asanas (postures), and Qi gong movements in order to release energetic blockages and gain vitality, inner silence, and peace.

You will learn about the functions of the meridians, the five-elements theory, based on traditional Chinese medicine, and receive important tips for a healthy lifestyle, as well as learn nutrition recommendations according to Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. The retreat will also include awareness through the body sessions with fun activities in order to develop awareness in your body with your friends and enjoy your time together.

About Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Japanese therapy in which hand pressure is applied to certain points in the body in order to activate the body’s energy (Qi or meridians). It is based on the same principles as acupuncture. The purpose of Shiatsu treatment is to release energetic blocks that cause pain and disease, allowing energy to flow throughout the body. By applying pressure to the tissues, you gain relaxation, flexibility, and release of pain.

In Shiatsu, you activate the meridian channels. The term “meridian” comes from the traditional Chinese medicine and describes the energetic channels that move and flow inside the body. Chinese medicine discovered 12 main meridians that are responsible for the circulation of Qi (life energy or prana). People often carry blockages in one or more meridians, which can result in pain, problems, and disease.

In this retreat, you will learn how Shiatsu works by both feeling (receiving) and doing (giving). You will work in pairs on mattresses on the floor and practice the prone (lying on the belly) and supine (lying on the back) positions. By the end of the retreat, participants will be able to give a full-body Shiatsu treatment.

About Meridian yoga and Qi gong

For many years, Yaor has been investigating the impact of the meridian systems over the body and after he felt the great impact of the practice on his own body and mind, he decided to teach. Yaor developed a unique combination of meridian exercises, Hatha yoga, and Qi gong movements, which work together harmoniously, balancing the body and mind and helping people connect with their bodies and love themselves.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Introduction

Day 2: Introduction to Zen Shiatsu and the five elements theory

  • 09:00 Introduction notes, explaining the full program schedule, and expectations
  • 09:30 Awareness through the body and fun activities
  • 10:00 The principles of Shiatsu, theory, and demonstrations
  • 10:30 Tea break
  • 10:45 Meridian yoga exercises
  • 11:15 The principles of Shiatsu and practice
  • 11:30 Prone position
  • 12:45 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Prone position
  • 15:45 Tea break
  • 16:00 The five elements theory, meridian functions, and nutrition
  • 17:30 Break
  • 18:00 Qi gong and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3: The metal and earth elements - The prone position

  • 07:00 Meridian yoga exercises: Metal and earth elements plus six basic exercises
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:15 Prone position
  • 10:45 Tea break
  • 11:00 Prone position
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:45 Prone position
  • 17:00 Break
  • 18:00 Qi gong and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 4: The fire element - The supine position

  • 07:00 Meridian exercises: Fire element plus six basic exercises
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:15 Trial session on the prone position
  • 10:45 Tea break
  • 11:00 Notes on trial sessions and questions
  • 11:30 Supine position
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:45 Supine position
  • 17:00 Break
  • 18:00 Awareness through the body
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 5: The water and wood elements - The supine position

  • 07:00 Meridian exercises: The water and wood elements plus six basic exercises
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:15 Supine position
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Supine position
  • 16:00 Preparations for trial session
  • 17:00 Break
  • 18:00 Qi gong and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 6: The supine position plus trial session

  • 07:00 Meridian exercises, each student guides one or two exercises plus somatic movements
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:15 Supine position
  • 12:15 Lunch break
  • 13:30 Preparations for one-hour trial session
  • 13:45 Trial session on the prone and supine positions
  • 14:30 Tea break
  • 14:45 Trial session - continuation
  • 16:00 Trial session feedback
  • 16:45 Awareness through the body and fun activities
  • 17:45 Break
  • 18:00 Qi gong and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 7: Trial session on the teacher including personal feedback

  • 07:00 Meridian yoga, Qi gong, and somatic movements
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:15 Trial session on the teacher including personal feedback
  • 11:15 Tea break
  • 11:30 Awareness through the body
  • 12:15 Lunch break
  • 13:30 Summary
  • 15:00 Goodbye

Homework

  • Day 3: Prepare for trial session for next day on the prone position.
  • Day 5: Prepare one or two meridian exercises to guide for the next day. Decide together who guides what to avoid having the same exercise.
  • Yaor Guy Barhum

    Yaor is a Zen Shiatsu therapist with seven years of experience. He also teaches Meridian yoga and Qi gong classes in Israel. Over the past few years, Yaor has been guiding Shiatsu and Meridian yoga workshops in Israel, India, and Europe, at resorts, healing centers, and several festivals. He has a senior diploma in Zen Shiatsu therapy, traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, and Bach flower remedies. He has also completed a course in Ayurveda and herbs at Anjali School and learned Thai massage with Sunshine Network in North Thailand.

This yoga retreat will take place on the island of Evia, Greece.

The retreat includes three vegetarian meals a day. Sunshine House serves mostly organic and locally grown food.

The beach is only 10 minutes away by bicycle from Sunshine House. There are possible excursions to various locations, such as Delphus, secluded beaches on Evia, or to the hot springs. There are experienced therapists offering high-quality Thai massages for an extra charge. There are also many local fish taverns and seaside cafés nearby.

  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Accommodation VAT
  • All classes and instruction
  • Use of swimming pool, steam baths, and bicycles

Driving directions from Athens

  • Take the national highway, exit for Halkida.
  • Cross the bridge and at the traffic lights, turn right towards South Evia.
  • At the next traffic lights, turn right for Lampsakos.
  • Go through the town and then go straight ahead towards Bourtzi.
  • After you enter into a village called Agios Nikolaοs, you will pass a gas station on your left.
  • A bit after, you will see a kebab place on your right called To Kati Allo and a round sign on your left saying K.A.P.H.
  • After that, take the second street on the left, called Odos Neofitou.

Arrival by bus

You need to take the bus from Athens International Airport (ATH) to Athens (X93 Kifisos Intercity Bus Station - Athens Airport Express). There is a direct connection to the intercity bus (KTEL) in terminals Kifisos and Liosion. Tell the driver you would like to get off at the bus station to go to Halkida (Liossion KTEL station).

The bus from the airport to the bus station to get the next bus to go to Halkida costs 6 EUR one way. The bus will drop you at the bus stop and you walk round the corner to find the bus station. The bus leaves from platform five every 30 or 60 minutes depending on the day. It takes around one hour and costs 7.5 EUR one way.

When you arrive in Halkida, you can take a taxi to Sunshine House. It takes 10 minutes and costs around 10 EUR.

Arrival by taxi

If you want to come by taxi from Athens International Airport (ATH), the cost is between 100 and 120 EUR.

Arrival by train

Take the subway line three (blue line) from Athens International Airport (ATH) to Syntagma and the take the line two (red line) direction Anthoupoli and get down to Larissas station.The ticket costs 6 EUR. The train to Chalkida leaves every hour, it takes 1.5 hours and costs around 6 EUR.

When you arrive in Halkida, you can take a taxi to Sunshine House. It takes 15 minutes and costs around 15 EUR. It is not recommended to take the train since you might need to change trains, it is also slow and a little bit more expensive.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.