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6 Day Hiking, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in the Heart of Vikos Gorge, Zagori-Greece

En Chora Vezitsa Hotel, Vitsa 440 07, Zagorochoria, Greece

Greece Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Zagori-Greece

Are you willing to walk the way? Are you willing to walk? Welcome to Zagori with a yoga retreat in the heart of Vikos Gorge! What's most dreamy from a landscape with gorges, forests, and rivers. The program includes hikes, yoga practices, meditation and cooking lessons in nature. You will be hosted at the traditional guest house En Chora Vesitsa in Vitsa, in the heart of Vikos Gorge. The goal is to feel the power of nature and the unique environment of Zagori, through the guidance of our teacher Coralia.

Meet the instructors

Coralia
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Highlights

  • Cooking lesson
  • Morning yoga classes to open up the body and prepare the mind
  • 2 to four hours daily hiking to indulge in pure nature balancing body and mind
  • Yoga classes in the evening to heal the body and relax the mind
  • 3 meals per day (optional vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free)
  • Free pick up from Ioannina city (airport-bus station)
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Ioannina National Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
00:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

A love of nature runs through Vasdeki’s Family. Inspiration of their hotel as much as their profound attachment to Zagorian culture and is the deep passion for the protection of the environment. “This is the way we live day by day, beautifully simple when you know how”.

When creating this place, the couple poured their travel tales, own ethos and personal way of living into the cousert- this is more than just a hotel - its a way of life that feels more like the modern mountain home of good friends.

The hotel “En Chora Vezitsa” allocates 10 big rooms covered in traditional interior and furnishing, a spacious reception, a lounge with traditional fireplace, a traditional restaurant with fireplace, bar and outdoor spaces and courtyards with magical view in the deep green landscape of Vikos.

Program

Day 1

  • 17:30 - 19:30 Welcoming circle, silent walk, AUM meditation or/and Yoga Nidra
  • 20:00 Dinner in the restaurant with fresh salads and local dishes prepared with love and kindness and rest

Day 2

  • 07:15 - 08:30 Chanting: tune-in, pranayama: building up the yogic breath, asanas: flow for healthy joints and spine
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Enjoy homemade breakfast
  • 10:30 Trekking in bridges and villages: Vitsa - Vitsa Steps - Missios Bridge - Kokoros bridge - Vitsa (duration: four hours), picnic prepared from the hotel
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Meditation for prosperity, Yin flow for legs
  • 20:00 Dinner in the restaurant with fresh salads and local dishes prepared with love and kindness and rest

Day 3

  • 07:15 - 08.30 Chanting: raising vibration, pranayama (energizing) breath work, meditation for transformation
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Enjoy home made breakfast
  • 10:30 Trekking: Vitsa - Monodentri - Agia Paraskevi Monastery - Vikos Gorge (duration: three hours), picnic prepared from the hotel (departure for people who signed up for three days)
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Yin flow for kidneys
  • 20:00 Dinner in the restaurant with fresh salads and local dishes prepared with love and kindness and rest

Day 4

  • 07:15 - 08:30 Chanting, pranayama (balancing breath work, meditation on five senses, asanas Hatha Vinyasa (arms, core and inversions)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Enjoy home made breakfast
  • 10:30 Trekking: Vradeto steps - Beloi point of view, picnic prepared from the hotel (duration: four hours)
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Yin for whole body
  • 20:00: Dinner in our restaurant with fresh salads and local dishes prepared with love and kindness and rest.
  • Day 5
  • 7:15-8:30: Chanting, Pranayama(balancing) breath work, Meditation on the breath, Partner yoga
  • 9:00-10:00: Enjoy our home made breakfast
  • Free day ! You can relax with sound healing, do rafting and/or e-bike 18.00-19.30: Asanas : Games of trust and responsibility, Team work
  • 7:30-8:00: Gastronomy lesson
  • 20:00 Dinner in the restaurant with fresh salads and local dishes prepared with love and kindness and rest

Day 6

  • 07:15 - 08:30 Chanting, pranayama, meditation, asanas: sun salutations, gentle flow
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Enjoy home made breakfast
  • Feedback and goodbyes

Instructors

Coralia Batista

Retreat location

The Zagori Region stretches over more than 1,000  square kilometer with altitudes ranging from 500 to 2,500 meters. It is part of the Vikos-Aoös National Park in the region of Epirus, in the northwestern part of Greece. It is a place of great natural beauty and geological significance, while it also boasts a strong cultural identity, steeped in tradition.

Thanks to its wild and unspoiled nature and its distinctive, traditional architecture, Zagori is one of the most strictly protected areas in Greece. It falls under the Greek law for the conservation of the environment, as well as the UNESCO and NATURA regulations.

The NATURA 2000 network (a network of nature protection areas in the territory of the European Union) due to its richness of flora and fauna and its great variety of endemic species. In 2010, the area of Zagori was included in the Vikos-Aoös Geopark, a member of UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network, rendering it an internationally acknowledged natural monument. 

Geoparks are well defined territories which include distinctive geological, natural and cultural characteristics. Human activity of the 18th and 19th centuries, such as the many stone built traditional villages with their surrounding monuments, along with the prehistoric remnants of human activity (Paleolithic hunting bases, Neolithic  settlements, etc.) more than satisfy the requirements for an extraordinary and unique geopark.

The region’s settlements are also strictly supervised by the Architectural and Archaeological authorities due to their cultural value. Zagori is also the area with the most rainfall in Greece; this is clearly visible in its landscape, covered almost entirely by forests, which provide habitats of great ecological value.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Naturally wholesome, flavour-packed simple food is prepared here with Zagori heart-wake up to eggs from happy hens, homemade marmaledes yoghurts and cheeses that taste of the mountains and of course freshly baked loafs of bread

The restaurant brimming with local produce and rooted, traditional cuisine-all with natural creative twists, of course.

With fresh organic foods growing literally on the doorstep, it comes as no wonder that a slow food philosophy hits the foodie agenda here-everything is either soured from ours own produce and up to a max 20 kilometers away, for all the fresh organic deliciousness of Zagori.

Locals supply Zagori with original taste of the land using techniques on hand for generations. Simple, honest and delicious-what more could you ask for a holiday in Zagori?

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Yogic
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)

  • Sound healing with handmade Balinese singing bowls for chakra balancing, clearing and, enhancing
  • Rafting
  • Horse-riding
  • E-bikes
  • Recovery pump therapy (improved recovery, reduced muscle soreness, relieves muscle fatigue, decrease swelling and stiffness, reduce heart-rate and blood pressure)

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Daily trekking
  • cooking lesson
  • 3 daily vegetarian and vegan meals
  • Free pick up from the airport or bus-station in Ioannina
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Sound healing with handmade Balinese singing bowls for chakra balancing, clearing, and enhancing
  • E-bikes
  • Rafting
  • Horse-riding
  • Recoverypump therapy (improved recovery, reduced muscle soreness, relieves muscle fatigue, decrease swelling and stiffness, reduce heart-rate, and blood pressure)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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Availability

Arrival: Friday May 21, 2021
Departure: Wednesday May 26, 2021

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