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8 Days Contact Dance meets Yoga Palairos, Greece

Ellas Retreat, 25is Martiou, Palairos, Aktio-Vonitsa, Aetolia-Acarnania, West Greece, Greece

Contact Dance & Yoga Retreat Greece

In this retreat you will explore how yoga and contact dance helps you to increase your awareness, how both are supporting the awakening process. Lots of opening can happen in this meeting, two of them being: A natural opening into the yoga of self inquiry and the understanding of conscious relationships and relations.

Meet the instructors

Basu & Ann
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Highlights

  • Deepening Kriya Hatha yoga
  • Mindfulness meditation lessons
  • Contact Dance session with Ann
  • Swimming in the amazing Ionian Sea
  • Learning conscious relationships & self-inquiry
  • Everyday Contact Dance jamming
  • Vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights’ beautiful lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Danish, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

During the retreat, you will be accommodated in Ellas Retreat Paleros. There are 16 dorm beds and three double rooms. There is also a small yoga space in the garden and a five-minute walk from the retreat center is a big yoga hall with an amazing view over the Ionian sea and Lefkada Island. All the rooms are tastefully decorated and equipped with air-conditioning, a television set, a small refrigerator, and hot plate for an emergency lunch or tea. You may relax on the balcony or in the garden during your free time and feel completely at home.

Program

Contact improvisation / the honest dance

What makes you dance? What is already moving inside, and how does the dance move you? An invitation to open your bodies and senses to the continuous flow of life, to taste and express what is already moving inside. With contact improvisation, authentic movement, and bodywork, you will take a journey into the body and to the points of contact with others. Explore how to move safely, expand into new pathways of movement, together and alone. In the movement classes, you will be given tools to move, meet, support, and fly. The dance is your teacher!

Mindfulness meditation and yoga

During this retreat, you will practice mindfulness meditation and yoga such as Kriya, Nidra, and Bhajans. To bring the meditation into every action in daily life, it is important to develop mindfulness (self-observation). Mindfulness meditation belongs to Jnana yoga. While Kriya Hatha yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that is using the fundamentals from Kriya yoga. The main emphasis of this practice is on the breath, the 7 chakras, and self-observation (mindfulness). In yoga Nidra, you will enter deep relaxation by rotating your awareness through the body. If you wish to develop devotion, singing mantras and devotional songs elevates the energies and opens the heart. The practice of Bhajans belongs to Bhakti yoga.

Schedule

Morning (Before breakfast)

  • 40 minutes’ mindfulness meditation
  • 20 minutes’ sun salutation

Morning (After breakfast)

  • 30 minutes’ Bhajan
  • 2 hours’ Kriya Hatha yoga and Nidra yoga

Day

  • Free time to enjoy the beach and the surroundings

Before dinner

  • 2 hours’ Contact Dance class
  • 20 minutes’ self-inquiry

After dinner

  • 2 hours’ jam - open dance

Instructors

Basu

Ann

Retreat location

The retreat will take place at Ellas Retreat Paleros, Greece. Paleros is a picturesque village located in 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, restaurants, and bars in close proximity. The village is well-known for its hospitality and simplicity. It is not a regular tourist attraction and this is that makes it an original experience.

The coastline to the north and south offers dozens of small, isolated picturesque gulfs for camping and water activities. Its location and the mild winds make Paleros a hot spot for sailing and diving. There are many archaeological sites, monasteries, wineries, hot springs, and hiking opportunities in the region. Visitors of Palairos can experience a back-to-nature lifestyle by visiting local farms, tasting homemade products, and becoming part of a Greek family.

Nearby places

  • Aktion National Airport (PVK) - 30 minutes
  • Paleros Village - 5 minutes

Unique features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

In partnership with Ellas Retreat Paleros, the FoodPath is running a nutritious catering service wherein vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Enjoying the sun
  • Explore surrounded areas
  • Go for a hike
  • Lying on the beach
  • Massage or other treatments like electro-acupuncture
  • Swimming in the sea

What's included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Bhajan session
  • Contact Dance jam session
  • Daily Contact Dance movement with instruction
  • Daily Kriya Hatha yoga sessions
  • Daily mindfulness meditation
  • Nidra yoga sessions
  • Yoga of conscious relationship and self-inquiry
  • Vegetarian breakfast and dinner

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Transport and transfer

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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