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According to the tantric tradition of India this period of Navaratri is the optimal time for establishing a connection with the divine energy. 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. 12 or 8 days? The complete retreat is 12 days but as a service to those who are limited in time, the retreat is open for 8 days as well. Come and you will receive great benefits.
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 during any time of the day and feel completely at home.
The main focus of this retreat is Japa meditation three times a day around a yantra. To support the process of the retreat there will be Hatha Yoga sessions. You are free to decide how much you like to follow and you can still be engaged in daily activities. %During the retreat, you will sit three times a day and perform Japa yoga around a living yantra. Some days, there will also be Japa yoga combined with yagnas (fire ceremonies).
The secret behind the practice of Tantra is the subtle connection between awareness and energy. In the Tantric Sadhana, the subtle energy Kundalini Shakti or 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 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 the 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 the sacrifice to the fire. It is a widespread practice in India today and done since ancient times.
If you wish you can participate in Hatha yoga, it frees the body from tension and helps to balance the energies.
If you wish you can help with small tasks, the course can run smoothly. You can do some works such as cleaning the rooms or cutting vegetables. Seva belongs to Karma yoga.
Yorgos has been introduced to Tantra and Hatha Yoga when he was nineteen years old and started his yogic sadhana with enthusiasm and deep interest in spirituality. Three years later on 2008 he met Swami Shankarananda Giri who initiated him into Kriya Yoga and started serving his guru by organizing Kriya retreats. On 2011 he did his first Vipassana retreat and he did more the following years. On 2014 he connected to Guruji Raj Kumar and started traditional tantric sadhanas. He is introducing people in Kriya and traditional Tantra since 2016 with the permission and blessings of his teachers.
Maria started with Yoga in 2004 as a way to find some calm and to work with her body. When she met Basu in 2011 in Greece she was marveled by how much more Yoga was than what she had experienced so far. As a result she started a more regular asana practice, meditation and did a 2 years yoga teacher training with Yoga Vidya. In 2013 she got initiated into Kriya Yoga by Swami Shankarananda. She got impressed by Vipassana and Zen meditation and started Tantra Yoga sadhana under Guruji Rajkumars guidance in 2017.
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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Daily fresh home-made vegan or vegetarian breakfast and dinner will be served and are included in the prices.
Aktion National Airport
Transfer not provided
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 15.00 pm. The Taxi from Athens to Palairos will take about 4h and the cost will be 80 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 09.00am that comes directly to Palairos. Bus travel duration about 5h 30min and cost will be 40 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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