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5 Days New Year's Eve Yoga Retreat in Greece

  • Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece, Kalamos 19 017, Attica, Greece

Overview

Winter Meditation and Yoga Retreat Greece

Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece welcomes you to the winter yoga practice in Kalamos! The place, nature, the sea view, together with the practice and the silence of meditation will all work together to open your heart. In a light-filled and blessed environment, you live far away from any center of human activity and this will pave the way for you to reflect inward and start the process of tapping into your true self.

Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Hatha and Kriya yoga sessions
  • Ample space and quiet areas for relaxing
  • Free time to visit historical sites nearby
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 4 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Rooms at Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece are comfortable, quiet and warm, away from the bustling city life. In a light full and blessed environment, you will stay far away from any center of human activity, while enjoying homegrown biological fruits and vegetables.

There are seven big rooms. All of them, except one are with three beds. All together there are 20 beds and four bathrooms. There is enough space outside for camping if anybody wishes to. The rooms are simple, comfortable, and always fresh. There are many areas to relax and feel quiet.

Seminars and retreats begin at 18:30. You can arrive a bit earlier. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome to join this retreat. Committed students, brothers, and sisters are warmly welcome to stay with Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece.

Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga helps to gain control over the senses through body exercises. This ancient mother of all the exercises offers a wonderful possibility for good health, long life, and happiness. The combination of the body exercises, breathing techniques, intentional imaginations, and meditation based on peace are the chariot for you to go into a complete new and wonderful life. This is especially recommended for people with the well-known back pain.

“Hatha” derives from the Sanskrit words “ha” (sun) and “tha” (moon). Hatha yoga is one of the ancient disciplines to attain divine consciousness and self-realization. The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj” (to yoke / yoke your mind). Given by the glorious primal (original) Guru Sri Adinath - Lord Shiva, %Hatha yoga shines forth as a straight way for those who wish to ascend to their highest levels.

Hatha yoga is also known as the science of purification. Hatha yoga is considered to be the preliminary practice of Tantra, Raja yoga, Kundalini yoga and Kriya yoga.

Eight stages of Hatha yoga

  • Yama: Restraint, especially external control, like no injury and continence
  • Niyama: Internal control, like equanimity and meditation
  • Asana: Bodily postures
  • Pranayama: Breath control
  • Pratyahara: Control of the senses
  • Dharana: Meditation
  • Dhyana: Contemplation
  • Samadhi: A form of super-consciousness

Kriya yoga

“Kriya” derives from the Sanskrit words “kri” (action) and “ya” (awakens). Kriya yoga, the scientific art of mastering the physical body through postures of relaxation known as asanas, muscular locks called bandahs, and psychophysical gestures known as mudras.

Asana refers to a posture, which produces relaxation. Mudra is a gesture, movement or position, which affects the flow of pranic energy in the body. It also refers to a corresponding psychic attitude. Bandha is a psych-muscular energy lock, which redirects the flow of pranic energy in the human body and awakens the chakras.

Kriya yoga is based on the teaching of Kriya Babaji Nagaraji (203 A.D.). Kriya yoga reveals one’s “union with God”, known as an ‘Integral yoga’. It brings about an integral or complete transformation of the individual on all the five major planes of existence. Surrender to the inner Kriya light and practice Babaji’s dynamic yoga to experience the divine joy physically, vitally, mentally, intellectually, and spiritually.

The Kriya postures enable one to regulate the debilitating effects of stress and maintain one’s balance in all situations. They help the physical body to be calm during meditation. The message of Babaji and Christ is one. Unconditional, impersonal love leads men towards intimate relationship with God, the father mother of the reason of our existence.

Babaji said that the self dwells in all. All are manifestations of the one God. By injuring another, you injure your own self. By serving another, you serve your own self. Love all, serve all, hate none and insult none, in thought, word, and deed. Become a cosmic lover, seeing God in each and every unit of matter.

Marcel

Marcel was born in Switzerland on August 14, 1954, but grew up in the south of Germany. Since his early childhood, he could feel far more inside and outside of himself than his parents and other family members could comprehend. It was normal to feel the other person, to see the lies and the truth, the fear, the ignorance, the ups and downs of the human lifespan.

The more he grew into this world, the less he became able to comprehend, to deal with his true feelings, his inner voice, and he became part of the worldly game. Through countless experiences, a real roller coaster of events, repeating over and over again the same patterns, always very aware when he lost his golden path, he was ready to fulfill his dream.

On Marcel’s first trip to India, already at the time of his arrival, the first strong encounters with locals set something free within himself. His spiritual longing grew stronger and after month of intensive Hatha yoga in Sri Lanka, his path was clear in front of him.

For over 30 years, Marcel has been practicing Hatha yoga and for 27 years, he has been sharing his energy with his students. He is a certified Hatha yoga and Preksha meditation teacher, and he is in service of love and light.

Korina

It’s Korina’s life wish to share with you her Hatha Kriya yoga and Preksha meditation experience, which brought her liberation and bliss!

She will share the practice of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gung for inner peace and energy flow. Energy massage will give you a glimpse of your inner potential and is especially recommended for acute pain.

Kalamos is a small mountain village, 40 kilometers from the center of Athens, the capital of Greece. There is a beautiful view of the sea, Evia Gulf, from Kalamos village, and the beach is just eight kilometers away.

The mountain is ideal for walks and other activities, full of wild flowers and Greek herbs. All seasons are magnificent. The beach of St. Apostoli is just below. A long, clean beach, with a beautiful small fish port, a few taverns (Greek restaurants) and shops. Amfiarium is the ancient healing place with an ancient theater in a very good condition, just five minutes outside the village.

Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece can also arrange for you to visit other beautiful ancient places, like the Acropolis of Athens - Parthenon, Cape Sounion, Korinthos, Peloponnese-Olymbia, and Delphi. The hot springs of ancient Thermopiles is an unforgettable experience.

Greece is still pure and inspiring! The energy of the mountains and the sea purifies the air. The sun embraces all, as love does in our hearts and lives, and Hatha Kriya yoga practice and meditation enhances this process.

Nearby places

  • Acropolis of Athens, Parthenon - 1 hour
  • Amfiarium - 5 minutes
  • Athens, 40 kilometers
  • The beach, 8 kilometers
  • Cape Sounion - 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Delphi - 2 hours
  • Korinthos - 1 hour
  • Peloponnese Olympia, 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Thermopiles hot springs - 1 hour and 30 minutes
Activities
  • Beach nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Massage
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Shop nearby
  • Child care
  • Tour assistance

All meals are included in this retreat, using homegrown vegetables from Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece’s garden. In all retreats, 24-hour water fasting is practiced once a week.

  • Dine at local Greek taverns
  • Explore the mountain village of Kalamos
  • Visit nearby historical sites
  • Walk along the nearby beach

On request, Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece offers therapy massages, inner healing therapies, and health and nutrition advice. Please send Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece an inquiry for more information.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga and meditation practice
  • Delicious homegrown vegetarian meals
  • 23% VAT is not included in the price.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Hatha Kriya Yoga Greece an inquiry.
  • Review by Vanessa
    10 out of 10

    "Forever grateful, for the work we did all together. Feeling my practice getting stronger and deeper, my meditations more light full and life joyful. Thank you my eternal friends, teachers, sisters, and brothers, and thank you Lord, my dearest lover. Bliss, peace in our hearts, peace on earth - Om Shanti"

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  • Review by Ben Moltman
    10 out of 10

    "There is a lot of love and kindness and joy here. It was a provocative and healing week. One that I will never forget and, I am sure will prove to be an important part of my spiritual path. Thank you my brother!"

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  • Review by Marina
    10 out of 10

    "I am the second time here and I know I will miss Marcel and the yoga course. I got a lot of light and loving kindness that has changed my life and I am sure I will come back. I am more open now for the spiritual world. Thank you very much Marcel, your sister, Marina."

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  • Review by Amelia
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga has always been something I’ve wanted to experience. Thank you for giving me a strong basis in yoga and meditation. Even after a short time, I was able to feel benefits physically, as well as mentally. I will certainly be back! Thank you!"

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  • Review by Joe Lone
    10 out of 10

    "Marcel, since my arrival here a year ago, my yoga practice along with the meditation has been most rewarding. My reason for bringing my teaching skills to Chiang Mai were primarily based on the spiritual potential given freely by people like yourself. Yoga with the meditation is the heart of this city. Thank you and the others who have contributed to this city."

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  • Review by Danny from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "This has been a truly amazing few days for me. You have opened my eyes to a whole new world. Thanks for everything: your guidance, wisdom, opening your home to us and of course your fantastic cooking! See you again soon. Big love."

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  • Review by Natasha from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Marcel and Korina, thank you for a fantastic seminar, for all your love and guidance. You have inspired me to progress with my yoga and meditation, and I am looking forward to the path ahead. Love and light."

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  • Review by Michel from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "May you always dwell higher into the cosmic vibrations. As you have helped so many seeds grow and nurture with your love, may you always receive enlightenment so you can continue to show the path. This inner journey is the way to freedom, freedom from all illusions, the way to the truth."

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Attiki, Kalamos, Greece

Hatha Kriya Yoga Sadhana, a yoga centre located in a pine forest above Evia Gulf, offers Hatha Kriya yoga and meditation practices, seminars and workshops.

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5 days / 4 nights

Availability

Arrival: Wednesday December 28, 2016
Departure: Sunday January 1, 2017

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