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. 13 or 8 days? The complete retreat is 13 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 daily Hatha Yoga and Bhajans. 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 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. So if you are devotional, it 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 to develop devotion, singing mantras and devotional songs elevate the energies and open the heart. Bhajans belong to Bhakti yoga.
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. Serva belongs to Karma yoga.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Preveza-Aktion (PVK) or Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). The nearest airport to Palairos is Preveza-Aktion (PVK) which is 30 minutes from the retreat location. Ellas Retreat can arrange a Pick-up for 25 Euro.
If you are visiting Greece from abroad, you will most likely arrive at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). Ellas Retreat can arrange a taxi pick-up from Athens airport for you at a cost of 80 EUR per person.
For other airports, it is also possible to arrive via Thessaloniki and take a long distance bus to Lefkada where we can Pick You up.
From the airport, you can take the X93 city bus to the long distance bus terminal. From the bus terminal, take the bus to Lefkada. This route should take you to Vonitsa, a town that neighbors Palairos, distanced just 19 kilometers away from where Ellas Retreat can pick you up 10 Euro (One bus in the morning stops in Palairos). The fare is 34 Euro for the bus. The bus trip duration is about five hours, include the 20-minute break along the road.
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