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Time to take a break from the relentless daily stress of life. Perhaps you’re looking for a way to slow down and let go of all that stuff that’s dragging you down. Out to Explore's yoga holidays do just that. You’ll learn ways to reduce stress by simple practices that you can continue and build on at home. You will reconnect your senses and find the balance you need to be happy. All this while you explore the raw beauty of this amazing Greek island.
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You will be accommodated in Explorer's Rest. It is set back on a quiet lane in Argasi at the foot of Mount Skopos. It is a single villa divided into four studios set in a small olive grove. There is parking available in the gardens to the front of Explorer’s Rest.
Hiring a car enables you to explore the island in your own way and at your own pace. The studios provide compact home comforts. There are two ground floor studios. They have been refurbished and both can accommodate up to three adults with the option of an extra Z bed for a child.
The first floor studios are basically equipped and can accommodate up to two adults each.
Voyager and Wayfarer studios both bear characteristics of their names, reflected in their color schemes and décor. The spirit of the sea explorer and the wandering wayfarer are invoked in the carefully selected furnishings, pictures, ornaments, and books.
Both studios have full kitchens giving you the freedom to choose whether to eat out or prepare some great home cooked food. The bunk beds too reflect the sense of adventure that Out to Explore like to share with their guests.
The balconies have French windows with pull down mosquito nets for your comfort and convenience, and enjoy views of the foothills of Mount Skopos. Perfect for enjoying a sundowner. Both studios have flat screen TV, safety deposit box, free air conditioning, and Wi Fi.
Nomad and Fernweh offer basic accommodation for the happy holiday maker and explorer on a budget. They are accessed via stairs at the rear of the building that lead to a shared terrace at the entrance to the studios.
From here, you have a panoramic view of the sea and coast all the way to Zakynthos town as well as being able to watch the sun rise over the coastline. The balconies on the other side of each studio enjoy views of the foothills of Skopos and the surrounding lush green area.
It is a perfect place for watching the sinking sun, below the horizon. The balcony windows have pull down mosquito nets. Both studios have kitchen, refrigerator, wet room old style shower room, TV, safety deposit box, and free Wi Fi.
You will enjoy many excursions in this retreat. Such as:
Your first beach yoga will be at 'Secret Beach' which is only accessible by boat. After the speed boat journey, you will have a little snorkeling tuition before yoga and then share a picnic on the beach together.
This is a unique experience of the island of Zakynthos with Jackie, founder of Nefis Travel. You will journey off the beaten track to the most traditional villages on the island, completely away from mass tourism, and largely untouched by time. You will have the opportunity to see real Greek island villages and experience day-to-day life in rural Zante. You will visit an olive oil factory as well as a monastery as you explore the hidden treasures of Zakynthos.
Naturally, you take in the view of the famous shipwreck bay from above and learn a thing or two about Greek culture, history, traditions, and mythology along the way. You will stop for lunch at Kampi, located high along the Zakynthian white cliffs offering the most breathtaking, panoramic sea views in all of Greece. Here, you can enjoy delicious home-made Zakynthian meals while being serenaded by guitarist Nico and Jackie. The uplifting sounds of traditional Zakynthian folk songs are utterly enchanting.
Fora, in Greek, means momentum. Fora, in Latin, means outdoors, outside. This synthesis outlines the main idea of getting out, and regaining your connection with what you need so much. The island of Zakynthos can generously provide earth, sun, sea. Walking in nature revives, trains, and awakens both the body and the mind, while it puts a brake on the fast pace of modern day life. With Fora, you find tracks and hidden treasures which the instructors will share with you.
On this occasion, you will start at Limni Keri and guide you along the coast to Marathia and the breathtaking untamed west coast. Along the way, you will get to know about flora and fauna. You will find a small taverna for lunch and finish your hike with a cooling swim in the sea. The trekking is approximately eight kilometers.
Xigia beach is found along the east coast of the island. It is a tiny bay with white sand, and sea water has a stunning turquoise color. This is due to the sulphur spring that feeds into the sea giving the sea water here the reputation of being healing. After the beach yoga, there will be ample opportunity to explore the nearby caves and try a little snorkeling.
As you head back to Explorer's Rest, you will stop at the ancient fortress overlooking Zakynthos town. You will enjoy a stroll around the pine forest exploring the Venetian ruins, and taking in the panoramic views of the coastline right the way to Kefalonia.
You will explore Plakakia by taking the natural stone steps down to the sea to find the purest white rocks and breathtaking views of the ocean. From there, you will explore northwards along the west coast to Porto Roxa. The atmosphere will capture you and you will find that the ocean meditation will linger in your memory. As the sun sets over Roxa, you will stay and eat together at the taverna on the sea.
Zenways (Zen Ki Yoga)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)
Yoga became a part of Barbara's life in her mid 30s. After practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for two years, Barbara Clother created the Zen Yoga Studio in Argassi as a base for sharing Zen yoga practice. Barbara has been involved in performance arts since childhood, she always enjoyed the emotional release she got from movement. One of her greatest pleasures is helping others find their path and connect with their joy, enabling them to continue their practice in their own daily lives.
Claire Masser is a massage therapist specializing in sports massage, Swedish massage therapy, reflexology, Indian head massage, and on-site massages. She works from the Christchurch. Claire specializes in holistic massage therapy that provides relief from stress, aids healing from injury and illness, anxiety, aches and pains, depression, and a host of other issues that affect many of us day to day. She has an experience of providing remedial massage for the disabled and elderly. Claire also provides massage for sporting events or in the workplace, pamper parties, and holiday breaks.
Ioannis is a web developer turned freediver who has recently moved to the island of Zakynthos from Athens to reconnect with his roots and the sea. He is a certified as a freediver, and he is training daily to be an instructor. Ioannis has been doing yoga daily for the past four years, and it has helped him greatly with breath control, flexibility, relaxation, core strength, and balance.
This retreat takes place in Agarssi, Zakynthos, Greece. Argassi village is situated in the southern part of the island, on the east coast, three kilometers southeast of Zakynthos town and 5.8 kilometers from the airport which is about 10 minutes by car.
Argassi is an ideal base on the coastal road between Zakynthos town and the Vasilikos peninsular. During the summer season (May to October), Argassi resort, based along the sea front, enjoys the benefits of a tourist resort.
A small but good selection of excellent and varied tavernas, restaurants, beach bars, and shops. The narrow sandy or shingle beach has a lively water sports center and also harbors the remains of a Venetian bridge built in 1805.
Throughout the retreat, you will be served daily breakfast. Breakfast consists of a continental style selection including croissants and local pastries, fresh breads, toast, and accompaniments like local cheese, ham, and eggs. Along with those, you can have fresh fruits from the trees such as apricots, plums, oranges, figs, and melon. There will be yogurt, cereals, and muesli. Gluten free options are available upon request in advance. You will also be served fruit juice, teas, and coffee.
There is also a picnic supper included on one of the excursions which will feature vegetarian home made goodies, and fruit or sweets etc. After the Greek cooking lesson, you all will eat lunch together. This will also be a vegetarian meal depending on what is in season. When you have evening yoga practice at locations away from Argassi, there will be a suggested and optional venue for meals. The suggested venues are carefully selected in keeping with the desire to support local businesses who share an ethos of care for the environment, local customs, and traditions.
It is always wonderful to eat and share a meal together when the opportunity arises but it is also great to have the freedom to choose exactly what you would like to eat so you are not restricted. For this reason, Out to Explore do not include other meals in the package.
You are welcome to use the swimming pool at Edelweiss Hotel, which is the opposite of Explorer's Rest. If the beach is more your thing, then Argassi Beach is a 10-minute stroll away. There are regular buses that can take you to Vasilikos and the gorgeous beaches along the Vasilikos peninsular. Gerakas Beach, at the tip of the peninsular, is one of the main sites under the protection of the National Marine Park for the conservation of loggerhead turtles.
You can find out more about the National Marine Park's work by visiting their observation station at Gerakas. During your free time, you may like to explore some of the more creative activities that Zakynthos offers. Argassi is the home of Afrodite, a local potter who will teach you how to make a piece pottery using old fashioned techniques at the Spinspot pottery.
You can also ride a horse on an unspoiled beach beside the ocean, or explore by sea, or enjoy a kayaking trip to the blue caves organized by them. They can also organize bicycle and car hire for you. They are always on hand if you need any tips or advice.
In this retreat, one massage session is included in the price. You can choose from sports massage therapy, reflexology, Swedish massage therapy, Indian head massage, and onsite massage. Additional massages can also be booked upon request at an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Out to Explore will pick you up from the airport.
There are all year round flights leaving every day from Athens which take approximately 45 minutes. There are also regular flights to and from Kefalonia, Corfu, Kithira, and Preveza.
During the tourist season, April to October, there are direct charter connections between Zakynthos and a number of European cities. Some of the larger charter airlines, Ryanair and EasyJet, fly to Zakynthos. Transfer from the airport can be done by taxi, costing approximately 16 EUR. Alternatively, you can collect a hire car from the airport either by booking online in advance or you can hire a car when you arrive.
Please book your ticket to Kyllini. The national bus company (KTEL) runs a daily coach service with direct connections to the cities of Athens, Patras, and Thessaloniki via a short journey on the Zakynthos-Kyllini ferry. The trip from Athens to Kyllini lasts roughly four hours and 30 minutes. From Kyllini, there is a direct ferry boat link to Zakynthos. The ferryboat ticket is included in the price of the bus ticket.
From the bus station in Zakynthos town, you can either take a bus to Argassi or a taxi costing approximately 8 EUR.
All year round there are daily ferry routes from the port of Killini, on the Peloponnese coast, to Zakynthos. Two companies operating are Ionian Group and Kefalonian Lines. During the tourist season, May to October, there is a ferry connection which is Ionion Pelagos between Pesada in Kefalonia and Saint Nikolas port in Zakynthos. %All year round, there are daily car-ferry routes from Venice, Ancona, Bari or Brindisi (Italy) to Patras (Greece). Then, by car or bus (KTEL) to Killini's port, and by ferry to Zakynthos.
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