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Wellness Yoga Retreat Greece

You all deserve to indulge in a bit of luxury every now and then, or how about every day? This yoga retreat in Greece will provide you with an opportunity to dive deeper into your yoga practice while immersing into Greek island life on Lefkas, an island where time slows down, the days are delightfully long, and where giant cliffs meet the sea.

Meet the instructors

Autumn
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Highlights

  • Guided yoga nidra (yogic sleep)
  • 2 daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Asana Tune-Up and Advance Your Asana workshops
  • Greek cooking class with our beautiful hostess and chef Ourania
  • Roll and release workshop - self-myofascial release (self-massage) workshop
  • Day trip to Porto Katsiki, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches
  • Video and photos to remember your trip
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
08:00

Urania Villas is located on the mountainous island of Lefkas, near the village of Vassiliki. The cluster of luxurious villas sits high up on the hill above a tiny little private beach with views of neighboring islands and beautiful Vasiliki Bay. Although, the villas are on the southwest side of the island and close to the best beaches they also look out over a Vasiliki Bay facing the east. The sunrises are spectacular.

Ourania and her son Ilias are our wonderful hosts for the duration of the week. They are completely dedicated to making sure our week is amazing! The kindness of our hosts and the thought and care that goes into each and every detail is much appreciated.

Gorgeous pools are the name of the game here. We will have plenty of time to swim, relax poolside, read and unwind. You will be encouraged to take advantage of our scheduled excursions, but they would also like you to listen to your body and your own wants and needs, sometimes it means enjoying some quiet pool time while the rest of the group is out and about or taking a nap while the rest of the group is at class.

The luxurious villas are in an incredibly quiet and peaceful area of the island and are surrounded by flora and fauna, if you’re lucky you might even see foxes, dolphins, and owls.

Program

Who is this yoga Retreat in Greece for?

  • real people: people that love yoga, but also love having an evening glass of wine, staring at the stars, and swapping stories
  • yogis that want to go deeper into their practice
  • yogis that want an asana tune-up
  • those who want to adventure and be active during the day and climb into a ridiculously comfortable bed at night
  • those who are inspired by rugged landscapes and the deep blue-green sea
  • those who want to celebrate this awesome thing we call life!
  • those that want to travel with a like-minded community
  • those that need a technology detox (don’t worry there is still Wi-Fi, but I don’t think you’ll want to use it except to brag to friends and family back home)
  • those that need to relax there are only two mandatory events for the whole 8 days!
  • those who need a shift, an ignition, or a jumpstart in life, work, etc.

Who is this yoga retreat in Greece not for?

  • those who want to party every night
  • those who have no yoga experience (yogis should have a basic understanding of standing postures and a willingness to explore and play on their mat)
  • those who don’t want to support others in their growth on and off their mat (we’re all about community, connection, and support)

Yoga retreats are about more than just practicing yoga in a beautiful destination. Autumn takes care and pride in finding the best yoga retreat destinations out there and creating fun, powerful, and immersive retreats that nourish the soul. Get ready for a truly relaxing luxury experience with a bit of adventure thrown in for good measure. The yoga retreat in Greece exceeds all of my expectations of what makes a retreat really awesome: location, nature, gorgeous comfy accommodation, views that take your breath away, amazing food, super fun excursions, hosts that pay as much attention to detail as I do, and obviously great yoga — that’s my job!

Just for fun, do me a favor. Close your eyes and envision your most perfect quiet morning no pets needing to go out to pee, no kiddos to send off to school, no email inbox stealing your attention and peace. Instead, you sit on your terrace overlooking the Ionian Sea and sip on a cup of hot coffee while reading your favorite book or you hike down to the sea and go for a morning swim at your private beach before your first yoga class of the day.

You join the morning yoga practice and are greeted by Autumn, your yoga instructor for the week, the energy in the room is light, bright, and clear. She effortlessly weaves in stories of goddesses that seem to speak directly to your soul while simultaneously teaching the group and offering hands-on assists when you need them most. You leave class feeling vibrant, alive, and empowered and it’s not even breakfast yet.

While this retreat is Goddess-themed, both men and women are welcome to join this. We all embody both the divine masculine and the divine feminine.

What kind of yoga practice can you expect?

  • Fun alignment-based vinyasa morning practices balanced by deeply restorative evening practices and yoga Nidra
  • 1.5 – 2 hour-long sessions
  • Sessions will occur twice a day in the morning and late afternoon
  • Each session will include asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Gently challenging
  • New and familiar yoga asanas
  • Create space and openness throughout your body
  • Release stress and muscle tension
  • Three optional yoga workshops: advance your asana, asana tune-up, and roll and release
  • Fun all-levels alignment-based vinyasa yoga with time to play and try new poses, they are serious enough as it is. Let’s find joy on and off of the mats! Every morning will conclude with a sweet savasana or yoga Nidra.

Restorative yoga with a deep emphasis on relaxation. Each evening yoga class will be a deeply restorative practice that blends elements of restorative yoga, yin yoga, and therapeutic yoga. The evening restorative class will always include bolster-supported heart-opening postures, hip openers, gentle twists, and stretches for the hamstrings, neck, and shoulders. These quiet, contemplative classes are designed to balance and restore the body, mind, and spirit. Autumn will finish the evening class with a guided meditation or yoga Nidra.

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:15 Morning yoga (Vinyasa yoga)
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 16:00 Free time/hike/swim/lounge by pool
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Afternoon yoga (Restorative flow/workshop)
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Free time

Schedule is subject to change.

Included excursions

  • A day trip on a private boat to island and beach hop
  • A trip to famous Porto Katsiki
  • Sunset trip to the lighthouse

Instructors

Autumn Adams

Retreat location

Ambuja Yoga will be calling the Greek island of Lefkas (also called Lefkada) home for your retreat. Urania Villas and yoga retreat center overlooks the deep blue Ionian Sea and provides the perfect destination to get away from the stress of life back home and to hit the reset button. Every once in a while you come across a place – which is so divine, so quiet and beautiful and surrounded by nature that no pictures can do it justice and Urania Villas is one such space. Ambuja Yoga would love for you to join them!

Food

The food at Urania Villas can only be described as fresh, delicious, and abundant. You will enjoy a hearty breakfast after your morning practice each morning. The morning breakfast menu will vary but may include: eggs, cheese, meat, homemade bread, fruit, yogurt, muesli, and more.

Lunches will be a lighter affair because practicing yoga with a full belly is not much fun at all!

Dinner, the best meal of the day, and three courses including dessert! Ambuja Yoga loves Greek desserts! What’s for dinner? Dinner might include stuffed peppers, grilled fish, roasted veggies, falafel, hummus, fresh salad, etc.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

Optional add-ons:

  • massage
  • 1/2 day mountain biking trip
  • paddleboarding or kayaking

What's included

  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Healthy and nutritious traditional Greek meals throughout the week (7 B, 6 L, 7 D)
  • Twice daily yoga and meditation classes (90-120 minutes)
  • Guided yoga nidra (yogic sleep)
  • Asana Tune-Up Workshop (troubleshoot common yoga poses to find the alignment that works for your body)
  • Advance Your Asana Workshop (learn how to prepare your body for more advanced asanas)
  • Roll & Release Workshop (self-myofascial release (self-massage) workshop that utilizes tennis balls and yoga blocks to release tension and tightness in the body)
  • Day trip to Porto Katsiki, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches
  • Boat trip to Meganissi and nearby beaches
  • Greek cooking class with our beautiful hostess and chef Ourania
  • Coffee, tea, and water (local wine available for purchase)
  • Carefully curated goodie bag of local treats and a few surprises
  • Detailed yoga retreat packing list and pre-arrival checklist
  • Pre-retreat support (including guides to both Athens and Kefalonia)
  • Ambuja Yoga will capture your week with video and photos, so you don’t have to think about it!
  • You’ll receive an in-depth guide to the week’s theme, so you can study more or carry what you’ve learned with you after the retreat

What's not included

  • Your transportation to Lefkas (transportation package from Athens available for purchase, however, I recommend renting a car. The drive from Athens to the island is smooth sailing on an easy toll road)
  • Soda, junk food, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Extra add-ons and excursions.
  • Souvenirs or items of a personal nature

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Fly into Athens and coordinate transfer to the island with the group. You could also fly into Aktion or Kefalonia. If you fly into one of these airports you will be responsible for arranging your own transportation. Ambuja Yoga is happy to offer assistance.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 16 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday June 25, 2022
Departure: Saturday July 2, 2022

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