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Yoga Retreat in Greece

In the beautiful setting of the island of Zakynthos, in the Ionian islands of Greece, immerse yourself for a week of practice. Start each morning with meditation and pranayama, followed by Ashtanga Mysore style or led class. In the afternoons, you will have yoga workshops on alignment and technique or Yin yoga with philosophy talks/Q&A discussion. Leave your worries behind, unwind and allow for magic to happen within. Explore your yoga practice with Bela Lipat for a week in a haven of rest, release, and renewal.

Meet the instructors

Bela
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Highlights

  • 1 full day of noble silence
  • All yoga/meditation sessions on the program
  • Group boat trip to Navagio/Shipwreck beach and the Blue caves
  • Philosophy and Q&A sessions
  • 2 vegetarian meals per day
  • 7-night accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Your home away from home will be a private Tuscan-style villa with a swimming pool set in a lush garden, surrounded by evergreens and olive groves. It is located in the picturesque village of Agios Dimitrios. Daily vegetarian brunch buffet and dinners are included. Outside of practice, unplug and restore yourself, enjoy the stunning views, relax by the pool, go to the beach, and explore the island. There will be one full day of Noble Silence.

Accommodation choices are either twin sharing or single superior rooms with shared bathrooms. Or opt for the luxury of the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and private balcony. All their superior rooms have antique beds, air-conditioners or fans, WiFi access, and free parking. A washing machine is also available for free use.

Program

The practice

Enjoy a week of Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style, and led class! The focus of this retreat is the practice of the Ashtanga yoga method as taught in Mysore, South India by R. Sharath Jois. Each morning you will start the day with meditation and pranayama followed by the Ashtanga yoga practice, Mysore style Ashtanga (self-practice), which is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga (teacher to student). Mysore classes mean the student practices at their own pace and progress through the asanas as and when they are ready. The teacher will go around the class offering one-on-one attention to each student and adjust when necessary. You need to know at least the Sun salutations and the standing postures of the primary series before coming to the retreat.

You will end the retreat with a "led class" of the primary series where the teacher guides all students through the primary series of Ashtanga following the proper Sanskrit Vinyasa count. The classes are suitable for all levels, focusing on both practice and philosophy. Classes are taught in English. Please bring your own yoga mats and practice towels/rugs, and yoga blocks if you use them in your practice.

Mouna, or silence, will be practiced daily until brunch. In the afternoons you will have a technique/alignment class/or Yin yoga.

All yoga/meditation sessions

  • Daily Asana practice
  • Daily pranayama and mediation
  • 2 Yin yoga afternoon sessions
  • 2 technique/alignment classes
  • 2 philosophy/Q&A sessions
  • 1 full day of noble silence

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 10:00 Meditation, breathwork, asana practice
  • 10:30 Breakfast and free time
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Yoga workshop/philosophy/Yin yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner time

No class on the day of the group boat trip.

Included excursions

  • Group boat trip to the famous Navagio beach and the Blue caves

Instructors

Bela Lipat

Retreat location

With its breathtaking landscapes, exotic beaches with sugar-fine sand, turquoise waters, and towering white cliffs, Zakynthos is located in the heart of the mesmerizing Ionian Sea. The island of Zakynthos is named after the son of the Trojan king Dardanos, who founded the first city on the island circa 1500 B.C. Under Venetian rule Zakynthos was referred to as Zante, meaning "fiore di levante" or "flower of the East".

It is the birthplace of Greece's national poet, Dionysios Solomos, and home to the endangered Caretta- Caretta sea-tortoise. Zante is a rhapsody of blues and greens. Boasting Greece’s legendary beach – the Shipwreck or Navagio beach – Zante also has picturesque hilltop villages, traditional monasteries, and dreamy natural landscapes with gorgeous trails.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Meals are lacto-ovo vegetarian (not vegan). It means they serve cheese, eggs, and milk products. The dairy products are lactose.

Special non-gluten/vegan menu/non-lactose or other diets are also available upon request,

with an extra charge of 10 EUR a day per person. Please send an inquiry to Ashtanga Yoga Shala Jyväskylä for more information.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All yoga/meditation sessions on the program
  • 7-night accommodation
  • 2 vegetarian meals per day (brunch and dinner)
  • 1 group boat trip to Navagio/Shipwreck beach and the Blue caves
  • 1 full day of noble silence

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Baggage fees
  • Trip Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

How to get there

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Driving directions from Athens

It’s a 3-hour and 30-minute car ride from Athens to Kyllini Port plus the 1 hour and 15-minute ferry ride from Kyllini to Zakynthos.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (Dionysios SolomosAirport) (ZTH). Transfer from and to the airport is not included.

Arrival by bus

It’s a 4-hour bus ride (with KTEL buses) from Athens to Kyllini plus the 1-hour and 15-minute ferry ride to Zakynthos.

Arrival by ferry/boat

It’s a 1-hour and 15-minute ferry ride, several times a day, from the Port of Kyllini (Peloponese). There are also small boats that cross over from Kefalonia several times a week during the summer.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday June 11, 2022
Departure: Saturday June 18, 2022

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