Join Kelly Carter and Lauren Farina from Shakti Yoga on the gorgeous island of Amorgos in Naxos, Greece. This is the time to let yourself bask in the beauty of the soothing blue ocean to nourish your body, mind, and soul with practice, adventure, and community. Through this retreat, you'll discover that traveling together and saying yes to life and its opportunities in the moment will create lasting friendships and a gratitude for life’s abundance that will last forever.
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During this retreat, you will be staying at a hotel. Each of its room has simple, elegant decor, and boasts views of the sea. The hundreds of reviews comment that the staff is incredibly friendly, welcoming, and super helpful and most guests leave feeling like they have made new friends. They offer full services, from spa to gym to pool.
Your mornings will begin with meditation and yoga practice in the outdoor shala overlooking the Aegean Sea. Meanwhile, the afternoons will be spent exploring the historic towns, relaxing on the beach, hiking the coastline, or doing whatever feeds your soul. Most evenings will be spent with a Restorative practice followed by a group dinner to share the day and enjoy each others' company. This retreat is shaped by the intention to immerse yourself in the culture of where you are and to be open to the adventures that present themselves to you. Furthermore, during your retreat, you can also have the opportunity to experience the island through various tours and activities. These excursions may give you a chance to discover what makes Amorgos so spectacular.
Lauren Farina first started teaching in 2009. She has completed her training with Baron Baptiste and her practice and teaching are rooted in the Baptiste Methodology. She and her sister Kelly opened Shakti Power Yoga in Nashville in 2012. Yoga has allowed Lauren to unfold a strength in her body, an ease in her mind, and an openness in her heart that she did not know was there. Her yoga classes are powerful, playful, and they challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and find more truth and authenticity on and off the mat.
Kelly Carter began practicing yoga in 2006. She has completed teacher training with Baron Baptiste, Johnna Smith, and Sumit Banerjee. She teaches mostly power yoga Vinyasa because it has changed her life. Building the Shakti community with her sister Lauren has been one of her greatest adventures. Kelly is inspired by the leaders and teachers at Shakti Power Yoga and leaders from the Baptiste community who motivate her to continue to move forward and expand her boundaries.
Amorgos is a picture-perfect Greek island located in the regional unit of Naxos, Greece. From traditional villages to stunning beaches, this secluded island is everything you imagine of when you dream of a Greek holiday. Moreover, the beautifully designed family-run hotel is nestled on the cliffs of a quiet and peaceful Greek island. It is also conveniently located near the bay and within walking distance of sandy beaches.
You will be served with three whole food meals each day. Here, you will nourish your bodies with delicious locally sourced Greek cuisine and fresh organic produce right from their garden which the chefs will incorporate to provide healthy, gourmet meals.
If you have dietary restrictions, please be sure that True Nature Travels is aware of this to forward the information to your destination, so they can be prepared for you. Most meals have a protein source (eggs, beans, cheese, nuts, etc.). Also, if you are on a high protein diet, please let True Nature Travels know in advance so they can have something for you. It may be a good idea to bring a protein bar for each day of your retreat.
If you like to snack, True Nature Travels recommends bringing some special snacks with you, but this is not necessary. The meals are abundant and they are confident that you will be well-fed. If you have extreme allergies or strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some supplemental foods so you do not have to worry if you will have what you need. Most of True Nature Travels' centers have alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. Usually, smoothies and fresh juices are offered as well as sodas, tea, and coffee. Extra drinks are not included in the packages and prices vary from center to center.
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH).
Amorgos Island can be reached by ferry from Athens, as well as several Greek islands. All year round, there is a direct Blue Star ferry from Piraeus (port of Athens) departing to Amorgos at 5.30 p.m. every day except for Saturday out of summer season. This ferry also connects the islands of Paros and Naxos with Amorgos. During the summer season (roughly from mid-June to mid-September), there is a Blue Star ferry on Saturday.
In summer, there are also high-speed services on a daily basis, connecting Amorgos to Piraeus and Santorini Island. Mykonos Island is also directly connected to Amorgos several times a week during this season. The rates vary depending on the vessel type as well as travel class. Once you arrive on Amorgos, you will be met and transported to the hotel. This is a five to 35-minute drive, depending on your arrival port (there are two including Katapola or Aegiali).
Included in the retreat is a shuttle from the local port on Amorgos Island to the retreat center. There are many ways to come to this island and this will depend on your travel plans. Once you register, you will receive complete information about the airports and the ferry options that will bring you to your destination. A group shuttle to / from the airport is generally not provided for Amorgos Island, Greece although a shuttle will pick you up from the local port. Please check with True Nature Travels for your particular retreat to make this clear.
In order to utilize these group shuttles, your flights must fall within the flight window guidelines that True Nature Travels provides in their confirmation and "time to book your flight" emails. In the event that the actual arrival time does not coincide with True Nature Travels' windows (such as in the case of flight cancellation or delay,) you will incur the expense of alternative transport.
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