8 Days Shambhala Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Pelion, Greece

Kalachackra Teachings Yoga Retreat Greece

This retreat is dedicated to the exploration of authenticity, vulnerability, intimacy, and the journey of embodied spirituality. Willing to become deeply intimate with your lived, embodied experience is a ‘shortcut’! This is a gathering together for eight days of self-growth workshops, open-hearted talks, dialogues, silent and guided sitting, standing and walking meditations, yoga practice, pranayama, yoga Nidra, hiking, swimming in the most beautiful beaches of Greece. In a supportive, non-judgmental, accepting, healing field of safety and goodness, you will explore more insightful and intuitive states of yourselves.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily self-growth workshops
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Excursions to visit the ancient villages and to swim at the most beautiful beaches
  • Silent hikes in the rich natural environment full of unique medicinal plants
  • One life coach session in Greek, English, or French
  • Vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


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

Airport transfer included: Nea Anchialos Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

The retreat will take place in beautiful, elegant stoned villas located at a walking distance of Milopotamos beach. They are tastefully decorated with a wide range of facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. They are fully equipped with kitchen, garden, sea view rooms, swimming pool, environmentally friendly.

Auroyoga International Academy Sambhala Yoga Holiday Program Greece

Self-acceptance vs self-denial or self-conditioning

In the intimacy of your awareness, in the acceptance of every single experience, in the light of your connection with your true self, accept and embrace yourself. Live your own unique, authentic heart journey by:

  • Letting go of role-playing
  • Bowing deeply to your true selves
  • Accepting yourselves
  • Discovering your authenticity
  • Honouring your divinity

Self-acceptance: changing from the person you thought you were (conditioning) into the person you really are!

Self-acceptance: changing from another, “better” person that you’re not yet ( self-denial) into the person you really are. Your role-playing and denying your true self is confining! Playing roles that are incompatible with your essence, imitating individuals or characters that think, feel, vibrate differently, and have a different purpose than yours in this life is in contrast with accepting and acknowledging your own essence, your true self. By accepting your true self you honour your experiences, your karma, your divinity; you become aware of your uniqueness!

Accepting the reality, even in the midst of pain is a challenge:

  • How can you learn from your challenges, your grief, your failures, your illnesses?
  • How can you start embracing yourselves exactly as you are?
  • How can you accept yourselves more fully, love more deeply, and be heartful and mindful in the midst of grief, loss, separation, divorce and challenges of intimate human relationships?

Breathe deeply! Observe the inhalation and exhalation process, stay silent, feel your body, connect with the energy that surrounds you, hold your deepest longings, your deepest dreams, and your challenges in the loving arms of the eternal now!

Roads to bliss

In this retreat, transformative spiritual practices as well as nature adventures, meaningful inner and outer explorations will be introduced. Your activities will include meditation, pranayama, body and heart opening Auroyoga classes, self-discovery, self-acceptance and self- healing workshops, delicious vegetarian, vegan, and raw vegan meals, hiking, swimming and snorkelling and peaceful time in close contact with the nature and the ocean in the magnificent Pelion. This unique retreat combines yoga and meditation practice with guided cultural tours, enlightening workshops and hikes in an unforgettable scenery. The goal is to strengthen not only your body but your soul as well. To find serenity, to celebrate real life with joy and to connect with yourself on a deep level.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive at Nea Anchialos National Airport (VOL) or at the bus or railway station in Volos. Participants will be welcomed, provided a cold drink, refreshing face towel, and escorted to the waiting vehicle. Airport or Volos railway or bus station pick up is included.
  • You will be driven directly to the villa. People who arrive earlier can enjoy the beach, relax, or get a massage.
  • In the evening there will be pranayama, meditation, and Auroyoga practice
  • Welcome dinner celebration with traditional vegetarian / vegan / raw vegan local recipes at the villa (inclusive).
  • Evening informal talk about Pelion, healing, mythology, spirituality. An overview offering some helpful tips on Greek culture, ancient philosophy, manners and customs, as well as some basic Greek phrases. Maria will explain the healing yogic journey you will undertake during the retreat and answer your questions.

Day 2

  • Pranayama, meditation, and Auroyoga practice (2 hours)
  • Breakfast
  • Consultation session (one per person - inclusive)
  • Hiking in the forest around the village to collect medicinal herbs
  • Swimming and snorkeling at Milopotamos beach
  • Free time
  • Evening self awareness workshop
  • Meditation
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Pranayama, meditation, and Auroyoga practice
  • Breakfast
  • Swimming and snorkeling at Fakistra beach
  • Free time
  • Evening self awareness workshop
  • Meditation
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Pranayama, meditation, and Auroyoga practice
  • Breakfast
  • Excursion at the Milies Museum of Pelion Art and at the Milies Library with rare manuscripts
  • Free time
  • Evening self awareness worksop
  • Meditation
  • Dinner

Day 5

  • Pranayama, meditation, and Auroyoga practice
  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class: learn to prepare healthy delicious Pelion food.
  • Free time
  • Evening self awareness workshop
  • Meditation
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Pranayama, meditation, and Auroyoga practice
  • Breakfast
  • Swimming at the well known for its natural beauty Plakes Beach
  • Free time
  • Evening self awareness workshop
  • Meditation
  • Dinner

Day 7

  • Pranayama, meditation, and Auroyoga practice
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking in the mountain around Vizitsa village to visit the old restored mansions and the ancient monasteries.
  • Free time
  • Evening self awareness workshop
  • Meditation
  • Farewell dinner celebration at the village of Mouressi

Day 8

  • Pranayama, meditation, and Auroyoga practice
  • Breakfast
  • Relax, packing, drop off to airport or bus or railway station
  • Possible last massage or farewell consultation with Maria (optional / non-inclusive)

Included excursions

  • Beautiful hikes and excursions in the mountain and the beach in the rich natural environment full of unique medicinal plants which you can recognise and collect
  • Swimming excursion at the beautiful beaches of Milopotamos, Plakes, Fakistra, the most beautiful beaches of Pelion
  • Visit to an organic farm in the village of Koropi to get acquainted with the organic farming in Pelion, with the organic apple and oil production and the different medicinal herbs and teas available in the mountain.
  • Guided cultural tours in historical places such as Vizitsa, with many ancient restored mansions, and Milies Library with ancient manuscripts and an archeological museum, and the Volos Archeological museum with rare ancient findings.

Instructors

Maria Karastergiou
Maria is a spiritual nomad who quits her Paris and Athens based psychotherapy practice and lecturing at the university to travel the world. She founded Auroyoga Academy to help people connect with their yoga practice on a deep spiritual level. She believes that Auroyoga practice is a powerful tool in helping people achieve balance, inner strength, and self-growth in their life. She teaches Auroyoga, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and several courses based on the Eastern and Western contemplative and psycho dynamic approaches and Agni yoga.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Pelion, Greece. It is a place of unparalleled beauty, highly developed culture, ancient mythology and healing energy. The healer Chiron was living there in a small cave. It's also the birthplace of Achilles and Jason of the Argonauts. With stunning scenery, luscious nature, silky sandy beaches, crystal clear sea, spring waterfalls, and winding cobble-stoned paths that compose a mosaic of subtle beauty, Pelion is a place that offers both mountain and sea views simultaneously.

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

General

  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Delicious vegetarian, vegan and raw vegan brunch and dinner from fresh, mostly organic ingredients are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore the surroundings
  • Go hiking in beautiful scenery
  • Enjoy the stunning views
  • Swim in the turquoise water of Pelion beaches
  • Enjoy horse riding in the mountains
  • Diving, surf and kitesurf beginners and advanced lessons
  • Book yourself a Thai, aromatherapy, or Shiatsu massage
  • Take part in contemporary sculpture and painting workshops where your talent, creativity, and good energy will be put in work in order to create inspirational works of art
  • Experience life coaching sessions and consultations

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Consultation sessions
  • Meditation and pranayama practice
  • Self-growth workshops
  • Beautiful hikes and excursions in the mountain and the beach
  • Visit to an organic farm in the village of Koropi to get acquainted with the organic farming in Pelion
  • Guided cultural tours in historical places such as Vizitsa, Milies Library and the Archeological museum in Volos
  • Daily delicious vegetarian / vegan brunch and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Cooking class
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Nea Anchialos National Airport (VOL) or at the bus or railway station in Volos

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Friday September 14, 2018
Departure: Friday September 21, 2018

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