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Ancient Greek Spiritual Wellness Retreat Greece

Shambhala retreat combines the sacred mountain Pelion with the Aegean archipelago, the ancient wisdom with the modern discoveries, the spiritual practices with the artistic inspirations, the mundane matters with the supermundane, the ancient Greek with the Eastern philosophy, and the archeological treasures with the ancient Greek mythology.

Meet the instructors

Maria
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Highlights

  • 6 days of practice
  • Daily yoga classes with Maria
  • Massage and consultation sessions
  • Guided meditation sessions and workshops
  • Farm tour and tasting and trekking
  • Daily tasty breakfast and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Nea Anchialos National Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Lounge
  • Terrace

The retreat villas as well as the mountain itself will be your silent spiritual sanctuary away from everything. All the villas have a big main patio and terrace, for all to hang out together. The outdoor areas are full of chestnut, walnut, plane trees, hydrangeas, stone fountains, old urns, a vegetable garden, and stones used in the construction of Pelion houses, hence retaining the local architectural character.

The open-air traditional lounge corners provide a serene setting to contemplate and reflect, to let go, ground, replenish, and transform your beings and your yoga practice. The decoration of the interior is constituted from ancient local furniture and objects and inspired from the Greek landscapes and history. They feature the traditional Greek Pelion architecture of stoned houses with white walls and wooden doors and shutters, combined with modern decor and amenities that create an elegant atmosphere, where traditional and modern meet.

Double room

The top bedroom of the villas is one bedroom with a double bed, sharing a bathroom with a bathtub.

Twin room

The top room of the villas is one bedroom with twin beds, sharing a bathroom with a bathtub.

Program

Ancient Greek culture, mythology, and spirituality

Walk through the cobblestone paths of Tsagarada village and you will be instantly immersed in the ancient memories. Pelion was the summer retreat of the 12 ancient Greek gods of Greek mythology and home of the god of medicine Asclepius and his disciple, Chiron the healer. That is why Pelion is famous for its medicinal plants, its special mystical and healing energy, and the subtle beauty of the luscious forests and beaches.

From the moment you arrive, you will soak in the healing vibes of Pelion, that reverberates through the chestnut forests, the beautiful nature, the flowers, the trees, the medicinal herbs, the birds’ songs, the local hospitality, the Pelion architecture, and the natural decor of the retreat home.

Appreciating the ancient Greek history, culture, and spirituality, and learning about it in the private guided tour in the archaeological sites, museums, and libraries of Pelion or in workshops will allow you to leave the retreat more knowledgable, wise, and spiritual through your connection with the ancient Greek reverend philosophers, sages, and mystics. Shambhala retreat is much more than a holiday with a purpose. You are a community and advocate a holistic, spiritual life path full of self-growth, vibrant health, true joy, abundance, sustainability, and deep spirituality.

Meditating in front of the Aegean Sea, healing spa services, cooking classes, hikes to authentic Greek villages and forests, cultural activities, visits of museums and libraries with ancient manuscripts, chanting, yoga classes, pranayama sessions, coaching sessions, art experiences, and delicious local cuisine are among the activities that the retreat is able to offer you. As the retreat starts, Auroyoga International Academy will shift the energy to their spiritual community in Tsagarada, a few kilometers away from Mylopotamos Beach, where they carry on the conscious integration of guests.

This holistic retreat will allow you to immerse yourself in the deep healing nature of the luscious forests of Pelion and of the sacred Aegean Sea waters. On your way to honor the ancient Greek lands, you will facilitate deeper evolution through ancient Greek and Eastern practices as well as bringing in plant medicinal healing, scientific knowledge, and the latest wisdom on vibrational frequency. They believe that nature is a new luxury, that is why 10 percent of their earnings go to support various environmental needs around the Pelion mountain.

With profound shifts happening both internally and externally, are you looking for a place to be physically and mentally nourished, feel rejuvenated, and allow your vibrational frequency to elevate among the community of healers and stewards of the Earth? They believe that it requires bravery to step out of the traditional constructs of a globalized, homogeneous monoculture and to join intercultural heterogeneous communities, and alternative paths, aligning yourself with the wisdom and power of nature and the spatial, cosmic, fiery energies of the future.

It is a requirement to deactivate your old earthly patterns and activate your new spatial wings as children of the Cosmos, reminding yourselves of your responsibility to live in love and synergy. Through their experience, they have identified three key aspects that can directly, effectively, and positively impact their global culture.

1. Consciousness transformation

Integrated ancestral wisdom mirrors life itself. Your teachers provide a supportive environment where people can voluntarily immerse themselves safely in a guided, evolutionary process of self-growth and self-realization. The tools and rites of passage cultivated within this sacred container allow individuals to resolve cultural conditioning and unveil their unique qualities, talents, and skills as well as cultivate these gifts within a social community setting.

2. Natural healing or disease prevention

Through herbal medicinal practices, natural healing modalities, and energy work from around the world, you address sickness and disease on a variety of levels, from psycho-spiritual to physical. By experience, this approach to healing illnesses targets the root of the dysfunctional conditions and eliminates them at their source rather than merely address symptoms. Today, more than at any other time in history, the world needs viable models for this kind of holistic healing.

3.Stewardship and eco-regenerative living

The retreat is fully committed to the preservation of natural resources and the restoration of degraded landscapes, as well as to promote permaculture and natural farming techniques that create vibrant and local food economies. They are planning the creation of food gardens in Greece that will serve as an educational model for others to replicate, providing an example of how to live in a harmonious relationship with Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) and help sustain their yoga community.

What makes this retreat special

Auroyoga is a holistic approach based on ancient Greek as well as Eastern yoga's spiritual teachings and practices. Maria’s yoga classes weave strength and balance, breath work, concentration, and meditation, with a practice that awakens the body, while teaching the mind to relax and let go, with patience, discipline, and love which comes directly from the heart. Maria got her training from reverend yoga teachers across the globe. She considers yoga as art. The art of ethical living, in alignment with one’s self-consciousness with cosmic consciousness.

Her intention, energy, and teaching techniques are unfolding gradually all layers of one’s being, unblocking the blockages, healing past traumatic experiences, balancing and harmonizing the whole being. She believes that everyone is their own healer, something reflected in her practice, where she intends to be the mediator to help her guests find, nurture and activate their inner natural healing capacity. Connecting them with the cosmic light energies. All activities are optional but it is encouraged you to dive into the spiritual program.

Included excursions

  • Visit of the ancient library and traditional museum in Milies
  • Organic farm tour and tasting
  • Tour guide and more challenging trekking

Instructors

Maria Karastergiou

Retreat location

The retreat will take place in Tsagarada, a beautiful secluded village is nestled in midst of Pelion Mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea. Tsagarada, which is a few minutes' drive away in any and all directions. Your gorgeous retreat home is an elegant and traditional Pelion house. Your first glimpse of Pelion and infinite sea unraveling at your feet is simply breathtaking.

From the moment you arrive, you will soak in the healing vibes of Pelion that are reverberated through the chestnut forests, the beautiful nature, the flowers, the trees, the medicinal herbs, the birds’ songs, the local hospitality, the Pelion architecture, and the natural décor of your retreat home.

Unique features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Horse riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Surfing

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served delicious Greek breakfast, dinner, herbal organic teas, and a fresh juice or smoothie daily included in the price. Auroyoga International Academy aims to create an appealing experience for all the layers of your being. Hence, food, cultural and leisure activities, and wellbeing are areas they focus on for the retreat, aiming to provide the best, healthy, delicious vegetarian, vegan, or raw vegan breakfasts and dinners. They deliver the tastiest organic superfood alimentation to provide participants with the highest quality experience.

They source only organic and local products for the menu. Healthy, delicious food will be on the menu every day, with nutritious Greek-style breakfast in the morning, and with a dinner with Pelion local dishes. Pelion being one of the best culinary destinations in Greece is famous for its exquisite unique olive oil and olives which you will be trying out in your organic farm visiting and tasting tour. Traditional Greek cooking lessons will be proposed as an optional choice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Raw food
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)

  • Guided tour in the archaeological museum of Volos
  • Horse riding, surf, and kitesurf
  • Private catamaran sailing day trip to the nearby beaches and islands, swimming, snorkeling, viewing the sunset on the Catamaran’s deck
  • Therapy sessions and massage or spa treatments from qualified therapists
  • Traditional Greek cooking class

Spa treatments

One massage treatment and one consultation session are included in the price.

What's included

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily guided meditation class
  • Greek welcome ceremony with local organic products
  • 'Chakras: the wheels of light' balancing the chakras workshop
  • 'Medicinal plants wisdom' workshop series
  • Organic farm tour and tasting
  • Retreat activities hosted by Maria Karastergiou
  • 1 massage treatment
  • 1 consultation session
  • 6 nights accommodation at a beautiful villa
  • Delicious vegetarian, vegan, or raw vegan Greek breakfasts and dinners
  • Herbal organic teas and a fresh juice or smoothie daily
  • Airport, bus station, or train station transfers
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Tour guide and trekking in mostly good condition trails
  • 1 welcome wellness box

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Visas if applicable
  • Car or scooter rental
  • Meals not stated
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
  • Transfers not linked with included group excursions or activities
  • Laundry and items of personal nature
  • Tipping
  • Souvenirs
  • Excursions or activities not listed in the inclusions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nea Anchialos National Airport (VOL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Auroyoga International Academy will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

You can travel by bus to Volos and then Auroyoga International Academy will pick you up from the bus station.

Arrival by ferry / boat

You can also travel by ferry or boat to the port of Volos and then Auroyoga International Academy will pick you up from there.

Arrival by train

Auroyoga International Academy can pick you up from Volvos train station if you are there.

Airport: Nea Anchialos National Airport Airport transfer included: Nea Anchialos National Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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.
7 days / 6 nights
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