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Open your heart in Greece! This is a happiness retreat to reclaim your power and creativity. Healing with horses, photography, yoga and the sea - a combination that will leave you feeling loved, empowered and revived! When you are out to find that picture, you are fully focused on what surrounds you right here right now, not thinking of anything else, you are absorbed in the beauty of the moment, right? When you practice yoga you focus and listen to your breath and body, and you feel good. Yes? When you are with horses, you are fully present to their magnificence and grace - have you experienced that? These are all moments of mindfulness. These are moments of happiness. On this retreat you will collect such moments of perfect happiness and learn how to embody them, so you will be able to generate your own happiness anywhere, anytime. This retreat will leave you nurtured, empowered, rejuvenated and alive!
You will be accommodated at Marathon Beach Resort. It is a legendary destination hotel of the 70s, 80s, and 90s in Nea Makri, and has recently been reborn. Situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the historical area of Marathon, just steps away from Nea Makri beach and marina, Marathon Beach Resort is an ideal choice.
The three wings of buildings surround the gardens with palm trees and bougainvilleas and offer direct access to the swimming pool area, restaurants, bars, and shops.
Alternative accommodation is available on the Blue Flag beach of Schinias. Please contact Divine Retreats if interested.
Equine assisted therapy/learning
Being (and learning) with horses can be a deeply healing and transformational experience. Horses touch something deep inside us and bring us back to the essence of our Being. They teach us to be authentic, to be true to ourselves. They help us to come out of our head and into our heart and to reconnect with our potential and inner joy of knowledge, our innate wisdom.
The work with the horses is done entirely on the ground, with highly trained and experienced professionals. No previous experience with horses required. There is no mounting or riding involved.
The sessions will be personalized according to your needs, (i.e. anxiety, fear, mindfulness, setting boundaries, achieving goals etc.), help you identify the inner causes of your issues and assist you in developing skills to effectively deal with the challenges of daily life.
We will use photography to connect to our deepest longings, the whispers in our hearts, and to practice mindfulness, being totally in the present moment and opening up to our own wisdom inside.
Jan Phillips says it brilliantly in her book "God is at eye level, Photography as a Healing Art":
"Photography heals 3 times. The first time is when I am in search of the image, present only to that which is, focused on the moment. By virtue of this absorption in the now, I am released from the often painful grip of past and future.
The second healing belongs to the person being photographed, the honored recipient of pure attention, healed by an artist's loving gaze*.
The third healing occurs when we view a photograph as an outside observer and are moved by its power or beauty. The chance to see the world through another's lens, to be transported to another time, another place, another reality, can heal and transform our own."
Available on this retreat: Your own personal photo shoot with professional Portrait and Lifestyle photographer, Carmen Klammer - A fun experience which may be a healing one too! and it will be a beautiful memory that lasts forever, maybe in a frame in your home, to re-inspire you each time you look at it!
Ah, the sweet joys of yoga practice! Give your body the love it deserves! Gently tell your mind to quieten down, relax, nothing to do right here right now, nowhere to go!
Yoga helps you being more aware, about yourself, your body and emotions; it boosts the flow of healing energy throughout the body and nourishes on all levels, makes you stronger, more subtle, flexible and toned. You will gain endless benefits from yoga and you probably already know about this - if not, feel free to ask!
On this retreat we will practice and develop simple sequences for you to take home. You will learn to trust in your own voice, your own teacher inside, and hence take your practice anywhere with you.
You will have one excursion to Ramnous Archaeological Site with Dr. Niki Markogianni who will lead a meditation in this special high energy place, with following visit to a beautiful beach near the site. Please note that transfer and entry costs are not included. This excursion is an offer, available if participants are interested, and at extra price, divided by the participants.
This retreat will take place in Nea Makri, Greece. You will be accommodated at Marathon Beach Resort. Only the sessions with the horses take place at Hippolysis. Hippolysis is a center that rescues horses, offers them love and a good quality of life and in return the horses help humans through sessions of learning, therapy, and personal growth.
You will be served daily breakfast buffet. For your lunch and dinner, you can choose from the hotel restaurant or the many local tavernas that serve authentic food next to the hotel.
Marathon Beach Resort offers treatments with 15% discount with this booking.
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer from and to this airport is included. The hotel will pick you up at the airport.
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