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Holistic Hellenic Yogadventures

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.

Meet the instructors

Maria, Eleni, & Tracey
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Highlights

  • 5 days of practice
  • Morning yoga asana in small groups
  • Evening Yoga Nidra or sound bath sessions
  • Local charming villages and countryside
  • Hikes to the Meteora monasteries
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty breakfast
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

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

  • Rent-a-car
  • Thematic excursions
  • Outings
  • Tour of the Meteora rocks
  • Special services upon arrival

Rooms

They offer lovely private or double-occupancy rooms with all amenities, en suite, and amazing views of the majestic runes.

  • Heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Magnifying mirror
  • Hygiene products
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Flat television
  • Satellite
  • Safe box
  • Telephone
  • Mini fridge
  • Kettle
  • Coffee and tea bags
  • Ιnternet (Wi-Fi access)
  • Fireplace (only in suites)
  • Jacuzzi (in suites)
  • Rooms and facilities for disabled non-smokers’ rooms

Hotel indoor facilities

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.

  • Reception - 24-hour-service
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • Café
  • Bar
  • Fireplace in the lobby
  • Gym
  • Luggage storage
  • Congress or banqueting facilities

Hotel outdoor facilities

The hotel surroundings are marked with the enchanting beauty of the natural landscape of the area providing the following facilities.

  • Outdoor pool
  • Garden
  • Playground (coming soon)
  • Café
  • Bar
  • Spacious private parking lot
  • Outdoor amphitheater

Program

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.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:30 Gentle yoga or Hatha flow with Maria
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast buffet and free time

Or

  • 08:00 - 12:00 Orthodox liturgy service at one of the monasteries, followed by breakfast and tea in town (Kalambaka or Kastraki)
  • Philosophy talk, Hellenic versus Hindu, in an amphitheater with Eleni and Tracey
  • Nature hike or stroll through the vineyards and free time
  • 18:00 Early communal dinner at the hotel
  • 21:00 -22:00 Sound meditation with Tracey

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will take part in two hikes led by local guides to the Meteora monasteries.

Instructors

Maria Skivalaki

Eleni Tsaprailis Vargis

Tracey Kulchyski

Retreat location

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.

Meteora

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.

  • Monasteries: Of The Transfiguration of your Saviour, the Holy Trinity, The Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas( the one who Rests), The Varlaam
  • Nunneries: Agios Stefanos (Saint Stephen), The Roussanou

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.

Kastraki village

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 town

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.

Distances

  • Thessaloniki, 228 kilometers - 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Thessaloniki Port, 228 kilometers - 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia (SKG), 258 kilometers - 3 hours
  • Athens, 351 kilometers - 4 hours
  • Athens International Airport (ATH), 375 kilometers - 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Rafina Port, 370 kilometers - 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Piraeus Port, 360 kilometers - 5 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Parking lot

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga practice (morning asana and evening sound bath Restorative or Yoga Nidra)
  • 2 hikes led by local guides
  • Entrance fees of Meteora monasteries
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 3 in-house communal dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome package and reception
  • Free time to explore local charming villages and countryside, including the hotel’s estate vineyards

What's not included

  • Possible private tour of Meteora nunnery
  • Professional yoga-pose photo-shoot with Meteora rocks backdrop, option to buy photos
  • Delphi temple-site, add-on, date (to be determined)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) Airport transfer included: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
6 days / 5 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Friday September 23, 2022
Departure: Wednesday September 28, 2022

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