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Gina invites you come and join a small group of yogis in her soul home which is Greece. Her yoga retreats have been described by Queen of Retreats as incredibly nurturing! Journey home to yourself through body education and exploration. This retreat is located on the stunning island of Lefkas, a piece of heaven, in the Ionian archipelago on the western side of Greece. The exclusive nature and high quality of the villas in a private location, set high on a hill overlooking the balmy Ionian seas, coupled with healthy essentially vegetarian meals and with daily Hatha, Yin or Restorative yoga, invite your body and mind to a sensory dance to peace and wellbeing.
The interior rooms of the villas are separated by two floors with an interior staircase. On the first floor there is a kingsize bedroom with a jacuzzi bathroom and breathtaking views over the Ionian sea. The open plan area is a large living room with a large 4-5 person sofa and a fully equipped kitchen and dining table, All areas have access to a full length terrace. On the ground floor there are 2 large rooms, either twin-bedded or kingsize with jacuzzi shower or bath rooms and there is also a smaller central area with a kitchenette and toilet. Some rooms are larger and more superior than others so please book early to get the best choice.
Gina is keen not to set rules, however the flavour of this retreat tends to attract women of 40 + who are working full/part time or are entrepreneurs. They are often single, married and or mums, where life pace is relentless, often stressful and personal time is scarce. Time totally alone away from everything and everyone is a precious gift and given in abundance on this retreat, so you can let your natural healthy balance return both physically and mentally.
The unique blend of Yoga and Gina’s nurturing teaching style really creates the environment for connecting and bonding to your feminine essence. Women have a unique way of just ‘getting’ each other and bonding with others also often happens without any effort over meal times. Women ‘of a certain age’ have so much knowledge and experience of life’s trials and tribulations and the by-product is wisdom that can be such a great help to others.
History has shown that these retreats bring out a sense of wanting to share your soul with people who you can be yourself with. It’s very healing and comforting to know you are being really heard. Many of us keeping giving out, so it’s such a beautiful thing to see the nods and hear the murmurs of women who really understand where you are at. Unless we ‘undo’ where we are, we can’t access the inner longings and beauty of who you really want to be. You have time and space to go there on this retreat.
You may meet new best girlfriends. This retreat gives you the chance to mix as you please, at meals times and in between Yoga.
Some knowledge of Yoga and meditation is preferred but a desire to self nurture and learn a new way to self care is really what the retreat is all about.
Arrival day. Welcome group hug and evening meal together.
Opening ceremony, twice daily yoga (Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and pranayama.
Your day off to explore Lefkas. Breakfast only will be provided. Trips will be offered at the welcome meeting, but it is highly recommended for your exploration and freedom that you hire a car for this day or the whole week.
Twice daily yoga (Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and essential pranayama. On Saturday evening, there will be a closing ceremony to complete our journey then our farewell meal.
Departure day. Breakfast included.
Please be advised that there will be no yoga classes on the arrival and departure days, as well as on the free day (Thursday).
Gina is a Yoga teacher, relationship coach and complementary therapist and an ex long termer in the UK aviation project world. In 2008 after 15 of years practicing various styles of Yoga Gina decided to train as a teacher to deepen her understanding of Yoga’s incredible benefits. Gina has developed a very sound way of teaching Yoga based on her own direct experience. She focuses on safe movement and natural alignment of the body’s joints.
The retreat venue sits high on a private hill and has magnificent panoramic views of the Ionian sea and other islands such as Ithaca and Kefalonia. Lefkas, or Lefkada as known by the locals, is one of the most picturesque of the Greek islands and has the famous white beach of Porto Katsiki only a 6 kilometres from the retreat venue. The east coast of Lefkas is a sailers paradise and the west side, a rugged mix of mountains tumbling down to beaches and seas that make you feel like you are in the Caribbean.
Your meals will be created by chefs who deeply care about your health and well being. Their kitchen is always open to you. You will be offered essentially vegetarian meals on most days which are included in the price.
A typical day starts with a pre-yoga teas/fruits in your villa, followed by a late brunch after yoga. Lunch follows and then in the evening dinner will be lovingly prepared for you and served to your table in a group setting in one of the villas. Timings for all meals are very much go with the flow on the day depending on how you are feeling which has worked amazingly well for all guests.
Thursday's lunch and dinner are not included in the price.
The rest of the day between yoga and meals can be spent lazing in the sun, heading down to the sea for a swim or gazing at the exquisite scenery. There is a private beach below the villas, ideal for those partial to the very energetic 45 minute hike down. There you will find a tiny pebbly cove and if you are lucky you can spot dolphins swimming close by. The area belongs to the environmental protection network Nature 2000, a habitat for dolphins and seals.
You can also enjoy the breath taking views from your room or sun terrace to relax and renew your spirits. A wide range of watersports including diving are available down on the coast in the nearest town of Vassiliki.
On the day off previous guests have really enjoyed a private boat excursion run by the local diving club. There are 2 options of varying length and cost (30 EUR or 50 EUR per head) depending on the group choice, which will take you to some of the fabulous little turquoise coves along the local coast of Lefkas where you can snorkel and swim. All equipment provided.
The following treatments are available at an additional cost:
Please book early for best deals. The island is joined to the mainland by a very short bridge and Preveza is the closest airport.
You can fly direct to Preveza which is the closest airport just onto mainland Greece. You can also fly to Athens or Thessaloniki airports on the mainland (transfer by car is about 5 hours).
From other countries
If you are flying in from other countries, please select Preveza Airport as the closest airport or Athens or Thessaloniki.