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This yogadventure excursion will allow you to Seek the Sacred™ at Meteora - recognized since antiquity as a temporal space obviously touched by the divine. You will immediately feel the magic in this spiritual place, and Holistic Hellenic hopes you will find a bit of your own divinity within as well with yoga, meditation, self-discovery, and adventure in a very holistic and Hellenic way.
Join Holistic Hellenic at the four-star Hotel Meteora in the quaint village of Kastraki - voted as one of the most beautiful small towns in Europe 2019, by Codné Nast Traveller. The Meteora Hotel combines craftsmanship, luxury, and natural beauty. It is one of the most fascinating hotels in the beautiful area of Meteora. It opened in July 2006 and boasts both comfort and recreation facilities. Special attention has been given to detail in the decoration.
The hotel complex embodies the architectural tradition of the region and at the same time minimal style features. Nikos Valsamakis and Piotr Barelkowski, both of them distinguished architects, put their signatures in the design and construction of the hotel. It is built on the highest point of the Kastraki area and visitors can indulge in the awesome sight of the Meteora Rocks from every single corner of the hotel. The hotel caters to the satisfaction of the most demanding guest both within the hotel premises and the region.
Hotel Meteora offers free parking and Wi-Fi throughout the estate grounds, hosting a wonderful taverna serving delicious Greek and international fare. There is an indoor as well as outdoor workout space as well as a gorgeous pool area to enjoy. The hotel boasts indoor and outdoor spaces with all the latest amenities. At the hotel reception, you can get all the information you need for your stay and excursions in the area including
They offer lovely private or double-occupancy rooms with all amenities, en suite, and amazing views of the majestic runes.
The interior of the hotel is decorated in a tasteful minimal style combining the picturesque landscape of the area. The hallways are decorated with exquisite photographs of Kostas Balafas, a renowned Greek photographer.
The hotel surroundings are marked with the enchanting beauty of the natural landscape of the area providing the following facilities.
The idyllic, red-roofed town of Kastraki has one of the best backdrops imaginable: the famous Meteora monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by wildflower-filled countryside on mainland Greece. It is hard to imagine a more impressive view than opening your blinds and seeing Byzantine buildings situated on pillars of rock stretching a thousand feet into the sky.
You will practice your morning yoga asanas under the runes then explore their mystery with hikes during the day, including visits to ninth C Byzantine monasteries. You will also hold philosophy debates in the amphitheater or visit estate wineries in the area before ending your days with restful yoga Nidra or sound-baths before sleep. You will be immersed in a pastoral paradise, perfect for photography or painting if that is your passion as well.
In between yoga sessions, they will offer many and various excursions such as tours, some private, to the Byzantine Monasteries built on top of the runes, beginning in the 900s. When you see these monasteries, you may wonder how they were built without modern technology? It is perhaps the result of their enduring mystery what the ambition of human nature touched by the divine can accomplish.
During this retreat, you will take part in two hikes led by local guides to the Meteora monasteries.
Maria is a Grafts Hellas fitness private school graduate and a certified 200hrs International Yoga Alliance instructor from Yoga and Budo Center - which is recognized by the Hellenic Government (Long life Education Center 1), as a member of the Hellenic Yoga Association and of the International Yoga Teachers Association (Australia), and is a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200, RYS 300) of the Yoga Alliance (U.S.A) and Yoga School 500h of the Yoga Alliance International (India). Maria is also an Acroyoga International (Solar and Lunar Immersion) certificate holder.
Eleni earned her International Yoga Alliance (IYA) certified 200-hour YTT from Yoga Passage in 2013 and her specialized 50-hour Nidra certification from Yoga&Beyond in 2019 both certified IYA studios (Canada). She also earned her 50-hour mind or body certification from Blissology in Ucluelet, B.C. April 2019. Eleni is trilingual (English, Greek, and French), has an MBA from Paris, and a successful international marketing career. She also has a Master in Philosophy, specializing in Business and BioEthics.
As a sales director for a global luxury brand, Tracey came to her yoga practice as a way to reduce stress, by learning how to relax both body and mind. She went on to complete her 200-hour Yogacara YTT on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2015. Tracey was introduced to sound healing and alchemy crystal bowls on the beautiful island of Kauai and continues to attend many pieces of training and workshops to hone her skills. Ever since she has infused her yoga offerings with the healing sounds of Tibetan and alchemy crystal bowls.
This September yoga adventure will be held in the shadow of the majestic Meteora runes - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kastraki has been consistently being recognized as one of the most charming villages in Europe, with the historic town of Kalambaka also close by and ready to explore.
The Meteora monasteries and nunneries, built on top of the rocks, are the most important monastic complex in Greece second only to Saint Athos. The Meteora monuments are among the most important historic monuments of the world and belong to the UNESCO World Heritage monuments. They are the most important monuments in the area of Thessalia (Central Greece) and the most distinguished monuments in Greece second only to Saint Athos. The rough, once hardly accessible peaks of the imposing rocks were reached by the first hermits in the 11th century.
The first monastic commune was set up by Saint Martyr Athanasios the Meteoritis in the 14th century on top of the Megalo Meteoro. For more than 600 years, there had been a flourishing community of 24 monasteries and a number of individual sketes and hermitages. Initially, monks used to ascend the rocks using scaffoldings supported by beams embedded in the rocks, and later nets and rope ladders were used. Nowadays, there are only four monasteries and two nunneries.
Huge numbers of visitors from all over the world flock to the place daily for meditation and prayer. The monasteries and nunneries are nowadays easily accessible through a well-maintained road network and staircases carved inside the rocks ensure a safe ascent to the top of the rocks.
Visitors can get acquainted with the monks’ and the nuns’ everyday life, indulge in the overwhelmingly magnificent landscape, Byzantine architecture and iconography, and study invaluable religious manuscripts. Kalambaka - a small town and Kastraki - a small village are situated at the foot of the Meteora rocks: picturesque and attractive with hospitable inhabitants, rich cultural life, and modern tourist infrastructure.
It is a picturesque village of high historical interest and it is located between Kalambaka and Meteora. The landscape (among the beautiful towering rocks of Meteora) is so awesome that gives the visitor the impression that the village is protected by the rocks. The village was set up during the Ottoman Occupation era when a number of small settlements united. The first settlers were Greeks from Epirus who took refuge here to escape the infamous despotic ruler of Ioannina, the Turkish-Albanian Ali Pasha. The village took its name after a Byzantine castle, ruins of which can still be seen.
Visitors can tour the old quarters of the village (protected under Conservation Laws), stroll in the narrow streets, and admire the old traditional houses. A unique experience. Besides the well-known Monasteries of Meteora which are a stone throw away from Kastraki, visitors can also visit old temples. Kastraki is today one of the most touristic villages of the region. It boasts a number of traditional tavernas and a wide range of alternative ways of entertainment.
Kalambaka, the most important inland touristic hub of Greece, is the capital of the namesake county, which lies in the northern part of the prefecture of Trikala and the seat of the Munipacility of Kalambaka. The town is built on the foot of the Meteora rocks on the left bank of the Pineios River in the area where it enters the plain of Thessaly. The ancient name of the city was Aeginion, and thus it is mentioned in the Hellenistic and Roman times because of the great importance of its geographical position.
The name 'Aeginion' is testified by an inscription located in the eastern part of the Church of Saint John the Baptist. There are many monuments that someone can visit in the town, the greatest of which is the Church of Holy Mother’s Assumption which is located in the northeast part of the town under the very high rock of Aea. Kalambaka is now the first inland touristic town in Greece because of its vicinity to the rocks and the Monasteries of Meteora.
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During this holiday, you will be served a daily breakfast buffet and three in-house communal dinners, all with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options included in the price.
During your free time, you can try a private tour of Meteora nunnery, professional yoga-pose photo-shoot with Meteora rocks backdrop, or Delphi temple-site excursion at additional costs.
Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
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