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Experience a genuine and traditional meditation retreat on Shiva from the tradition of Shakti Tantra guided by a master on tantra Guruji Majaraj. Shiva is the consciousness of our own Self, awakening of Shiva consciousness leads to Self Realization. Anyone who wishes to accelerate their inner evolution will benefit. The practice is accessible to everyone. Tantra is a direct way to open your life to a deeper level without having to control and withdraw yourself from normal activities. The meditation blossom in a mystical way when the process aligns you with the most subtle energies of life.
Ellas Retreat Palairos has 16 dorm beds and three double rooms and offer a wide range of healthy food. All the rooms are homely and tastefully decorated and include air-conditioning, and a small refrigerator and hot plate for an emergency lunch or tea. You may relax on the balcony or in the garden at any time of the day and feel completely at home.
The retreat is a traditional tantric meditation retreat - Tantric Sadhana. During the retreat, you will sit many times a day to perform Japa yoga around a Yantra. One day there will be Japa meditation combined with Yagna (fire ceremony). During the retreat, you can still engage in daily activities. Supporting practices: if you wish you can participate in bhajans (devotional singing), aarti (devotional ceremony), seva (selfless service), and Hatha yoga.
The secret behind the practice of Tantra is the subtle connection between awareness and energy. In the Tantric Sadhana, the subtle energy Kundalini Shakti (the energy of awakening) is gradually activated and is leading to an expansion and awakening of the individual consciousness. Tantra is also worship to the god/goddess who gives life to all. A devotional approach can benefit the practice.
Japa yoga is one of the most widely spread forms of yoga in India and Tibet. Most traditions of India are using some forms of Japa yoga, which consists of repeating different mantras. This induces a specific state of meditation which will lead to purification and more awareness. Yantra is a tantric diagram that is used to increase the effect of meditation. The Yantra will be built on the first day of the retreat and will be erased on the last.
For the practice to enter deep inside, in parallel with the Yantra there will also be Yagnas. This meditation will be performed with food offerings as a sacrifice to the fire. It is a widespread practice in India today and done since ancient times.
If you wish you can help with a small task so the course can run smoothly. Cleaning the rooms, cutting vegetables, etc. Seva belongs to Karma yoga.
If you wish you can participate in Hatha yoga it frees the body from tension and helps to balance the energies. This amount of money is for accommodation and food. The additional cost for materials (ayurvedic herbal paste, Yagna offering, etc) and other expenses will be between 750 and 500 EUR dependent on how many will participate.
As it looks now it will be close to 500 EUR. The teaching is on donation. According to the tradition on the last day of the retreat, a donation is given to the teacher Guruji Maharaj during guru puja.
Guruji Maharaj serves as a Tantric Master and Spiritual Guide to hundreds of disciples that have had the fortune to meet him and take initiation into Tantric Mantra Sadhana. Guruji has been guided by 67 Gurus from various mystical traditions over the past 4 decades. His main practices follow the principles of Shaivism and the study Tantra using Mantra, Yantra, Yagna, Kriya and the Sanskar herbal purification process. Guruji Maharaj is under the direct guidance of Maha Guru Sri Bhairavananda, a devotee of Lord Bhairava Son of Shiva and Maa Chandeshwari.
Ellas Retreat Palairos is located in a small and friendly port or village at the Ionian Sea close to the island of Lefkada. It lies at the base of a spectacular mountain and is surrounded by nice sandy beaches. There is a small yoga space in the garden, and a five-minute walk from the retreat center is a big yoga deck with an amazing view over the sea and Lefkada island.
The coastline to the north and south offers dozens of small isolated picturesque gulfs. There are many small restaurants, archaeological sites, monasteries, wineries, hot springs, and hiking opportunities in the region.
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Aktion National Airport
Transfer available for additional US$44 per person
Athens International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$78 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Prevesa Aktion Airport (PVK). The transfer from this airport costs 30 EUR not per person but per drive, so in case there are 2 people coming together they pay the same price.
If a flight to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is more convenient for you please note that in case you like to have a taxi picking you up at the airport, your flight must arrive earlier than 2 p.m. The Taxi from Athens to Palairos will take about 4 hours and the cost will be 70 EUR per person.
In case you are already in Athens or you plan to spend time visiting Acropolis site before the retreat, note that there is a bus leaving from the Central Bus Station (KTEL) at 9 a.m. that comes directly to Palairos. Bus travel duration about 5 hours 30 minutes and cost will be 45 EUR if you book an aller retour ticket.
Other buses with direction to Vonitsa or Lefkada depart from Athens several times during the day, for further information, we will be happy to assist your every step to our retreat center.
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