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7 Days Intensive Luxury Yoga Retreat in Greece

  • Aegialis Hotel & Spa, Periferiakos Aegialis-Tholarion 84008, Amorgos Island, Greece

Overview

Yoga Retreat Greece

Life can be busy and stressful sometimes so this luxury yoga retreat is a perfect opportunity to take care of yourself, replenish, rejuvenate, relax, and have time to just be. It is an opportunity to review unhealthy habits and to develop new behaviors. Healthy food, yoga, and rest will re-energize your batteries and assist the bodys healing process. Take the time to honor your bodys mind and soul away from distractions and spend time with like-minded people in a five stars retreat located on the beautiful Greek island of Amorgos.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 workshops and evening meditation and chanting
  • Transportation to and from Amorgos port
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Welcome pack

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Guest will be accommodated in the only five stars hotel in Amorgos island with minimal, yet luxury room design, comforts, and exceptional room service to provide you ultimate indulgence. All rooms offer amazing views of the Aegean sea and the Aegiali beach and you can chose to stay in superior classic rooms or superior modern rooms.

Superior classic rooms

These rooms are decorated with handmade forged iron beds, classic line furniture, and designer linens. The guest can enjoy breath-taking views of Aegiali port and Nikouria island from the room's veranda.

Superior modern rooms

These room feature state of the art facility in a minimal Cycladic design mentality and present a subtle, elegant and modern comfort. They are furnished with sofa beds, handmade furniture, and 32-inch flat screen TVs. You can also enjoy the splendid view of the Aegean from your private balcony.

Two experienced yoga teachers will lead this retreat, Julie Bladon (Jayadevi) and Jackie Dorrian (Jagdambe Ma), who will teach yoga classes in a variety of styles including Akhanda yoga, classical Kundalini yoga, Yin yoga, Sivananda yoga and yoga Nidra.

This mixed program is perfect if you are starting your yogic journey and wish to explore different styles or if you are more experienced and wish to immerse yourself in your practice.

During the six-night retreat, each day will consist of two yoga classes, meditation plus additional workshops (yoga Nidra, developing your home practice and evening meditation and chanting).

Deepen your practice

Developing your practice can be challenging especially when you have a busy life and schedule. Being on retreat gives you the chance to attend two classes per day which will give the chance to notice the progress and the positive effect this is having. Distractions are limited so you can be sure that you fully focus.

Create a new perspective

We all benefit from going to a new place, seeing the world and ourselves through different eyes. You will have time to contemplate, to review what is out of balance, and where you need to make changes in your life. This safe space will allow you to grow and learn.

Navigate life changes

Life is in constant change, some of which can be challenging. A retreat allows you to step outside of your everyday life, to gain deeper understanding and create clarity. It may be that you consciously decide to attend a retreat in order to work through a change in your life or the outcome of a relaxing retreat may be a new perspective which leads to change.

Time to meditate

You will be away from distractions, feel relaxed and in the moment leading to a peaceful space in which to develop your meditation practice. This is a perfect time to develop new habits.

Take a digital detox

By switching off from technology, you can find space and balance.You can evaluate your relationship with technology and develop a more balanced approach. Understand that you can press pause, reconnect with yourself and those around you, save your life experiences and feel recharged.

Rest and relax

On retreat you have the permission to fully relax. You can tune into your body, rest when you need it, allow your body and mind to de-stress. You are free to replenish as you wish and you are free from demands.

Eat well

All of the hard work is done for you, you will enjoy nutritious and delicious meals. It is an opportunity to review unhealthy habits and to develop new behaviors. Healthy food, yoga, and rest will re-energize your batteries and assist the bodys healing process.

Make new friends

You may travel as a group or solo but it is guaranteed that you will meet like-minded people on retreat. Retreats are perfect if you are traveling alone as you have the chance to spend time with others or enjoy your own space if you wish.

Schedule

September 29, 2016

  • 02:00 Ferry arrival at Amorgos
  • 10:30 Next morning practice opening ceremony

September 30 - October 4, 2016

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Yoga and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 - 16:30 Free time
  • 16:30 - 18:15 Yoga
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner

October 5, 2016

  • 06:00 Breakfast
  • 07:00 Board ferry at Aegiali Port
  • 10:00 Closing Ceremony will be on held on the ferry

Julie Bladon

Julie is a qualified yoga teacher, lomi lomi (ka huna) bodyworker, Reiki master, and writer. She was given her spiritual name, Jayadevi (meaning 'power goddess') by Swamiji at her mantra initiation ceremony at the Meenakshi Ashram. She began her exploration with yoga nearly 20 years ago initially as a means to deal with the stress of university studies, but over time she developed a wider awareness of yoga benefits in her life.

Balance, healthy breathing, asana, meditation, and deep relaxation are a key focus in her yoga teaching. Julie creates a sacred and safe space for students to reach their full potential. You will leave her classes feeling renewed, rejuvenated, and calm. These classes will support not just good exercise for the body but a focus on your overall well-being and clarity of mind.

Julie completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Meenakshi Ashram in Madurai, Southern India. She continues to pursue her education in yoga and the healing arts. She recently returned to India to complete her 300-hour Akhanda yoga teacher training with Yogi Vishvketu at Anand Prakash Ashram, Rishikesh. This ongoing process of learning is what provides the fresh insights that inspire her work.

Julies joy is teaching authentic yoga from the heart. It is an inspiration to see the development and growth of students. She has a passion for yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) and loves to share the benefits of this powerful practices both in person and online.

Jackie Dorrian

Jackies commitment to working and supporting people has developed in a life-long passion. Her journey to present has been an interesting one. She gained vast knowledge in aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Reiki, yoga, and meditation and she traveled to various parts of the world.

India is a country that Jackie holds dear to her heart as it is here that she has been able to research, learn, and develop her skills further within the disciplines of Ayurveda and yoga. In 2011, she had the honor to complete her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India with Yogi Vishvketu.

Jackie has been active in the Healing Arts since the 1990s. Her own journey of transformation truly began in 2006 and since then, her life has flourished. Jackies practice is seamlessly connected through yoga, meditation, and healing, each of these modalities blending and influencing one another. Two years ago, in a leap of faith, she took the courage to resign from her full time post as a senior manager in order to pursue her dream.

She is now fulfilled in pursing her passion full time teaching, mentoring, and providing for others yoga, healing, Ayurveda, massage, meditation, and Reiki in which she is now a qualified master. Jackie is in the ideal position to help others to find the best and the most positive sense of themselves, having a strong sense of her personal dharma (purpose in life).

Amorgos

Amorgos is a remarkable island on the south-eastern edge of the Cyclades group, where traditional customs are still interwoven into a landscape as rich in beauty as in its history and culture. Originally inhabited by seafarers from Asia Minor in the fourth Century BC, the island now cradles people who enjoy a lifestyle that has been shaped by a varied and dramatic past.

The length of the island is 33 kilometers and its width is between one and a half to six kilometers. There are three mountain peaks, Krikelos (822 meters) to the north, Profitis Ilias (699 meters) in the middle and Korax (607 meters) to the south-west. The dramatic mountain scenery provides a fine backdrop to some excellent walking. There are two ports on the island - Katapola, and Aegiali, and several beaches along the coast line. In Aegiali, the beach is long and sandy, and starts from the edge of the fishing village Ormos.

Aegialis Hotel & Spa

Ideal for relaxing getaways or affordable luxury vacations, Aegialis Hotel & Spa offers best six season experience on Amorgos, Cyclades. From hiking tours, wellness escapes, even up to your wedding planning.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Beauty salon
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Breakfast and dinner are cooked with organic ingredients from the hotel's own garden. Restaurants chef is specialized in Greek traditional food and uses recipes of the owner's grandparents. He prepares local dishes such as patatato (Amorgian breed goat marinated in local red wine, slowly cooked in a cinnamon flavor tomato sauce with potatoes or fava(Amorgian yellow peas cooked with fresh onion and rainwater, served in puree style, topped with sweet onions, fresh herbs, wild mint and virgin Amorigian olive oil.

International cuisine can also be prepared. The restaurant proposes special meals such as stuffed pork file (with sweet red peppers, Ladotiri cheese, potato souffle with thyme flavor and prone sauce) and vegetarian meals such as the veggie delight (a synthesis of grilled marinated food with thyme, melted Ladotiri cheese, rocket pesto, balsamic glaze, and a portion of wild aromatic rice).

Exclusions

  • Lunch, drinks, and snacks can be purchased from the hotel at extra cost.

Cooking demonstration

If you would like to learn traditional Amorgian recipes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, Aegialis Hotel and Spa invites you to learn from the chef how to make fava, favatokeftedes, vegetables croquette, methismena amorgiana dessert, and many more delicious Greek dishes.

Herbal tours

Amorgos has a huge variety of herbs, hosting around 600 species of plants, which is about 30% of the Cycladic flora. Amorgian herbs are known since the antiquity for their quality and medical benefits. You are more than welcome to join herbal tours and discover these healing features of each flora and the ways to use them!

Hiking tours

Amorgos is famous worldwide for its hiking trails. There are several marked historical paths to explore the different areas of the island on foot. Most of them are old donkey routes that connect the villages of Amorgos. Try the path from the village of Tholaria to the village of Langada. It's a traverse which rewards spectacular views of the entire valley of Aegiali and the four villages of Tholaria, Langada, Ormos, and Potamos. This path is easy to navigate and well-marked. Another choice for guests who enjoy hiking often is the path from Aegiali to Chora and the Monastery of Virgin Chozoviotissa. This path is declared as one of the most fabulous hikes in Greece offering sea views of both sides of the trail. Feel free to enjoy the landscape and to see the famous Amorgian Herbs.

Scuba diving

With the help of an experienced instructor, you'll explore and discover the vast depths and incredible kingdom of the Aegean sea. Experience everything from its underwater plant life to its multitude of colorful creatures. Required equipment is provided so that you can have an aquatic experience you will never forget.

Beautiful hands

  • 10 minutes nail art added on any hand treatment (5 to 10 EUR)
  • Gentlemans (18 EUR)
  • Semi-permanent manicure (35 EUR)
  • The looks (22 EUR for 35 minutes)
  • The manicure (30 EUR for 50 minutes)

Body treatments

  • Amorgos natural after sun relief (45 minutes)
  • Antioxidant chocolate treat (60 minutes)
  • Cellulite reduction (70 minutes)
  • Detox seaweed wrap (60 minutes)
  • Lalon Idor ultimate moisture (100 minutes)
  • Rejuvenating golden therapy (120 minutes)
  • Sculpting stretch firming cure (70 minutes)
  • Slim boost (70 minutes)
  • Tonifying cooling care for tired legs (40 minutes)
  • Warming mud wrap therapy (60 minutes)

Exfoliations

  • Hammam savon noir glove exfoliation (40 minutes)
  • Natural Amorgian body exfoliation (40 minutes)
  • Wake up exfoliation (40 minutes)

Facial care

  • Cellular regeneration (60 minutes)
  • Corrector treatment - oily and acne skin (70 minutes)
  • Deep cleansing (70 to 80 minutes)
  • Eye contour treatment (35 minutes)
  • Men's skin care (50 minutes)
  • Spa-prestige, all skin type hydration (45 minutes)
  • Youth intervention for mature skin (70 minutes)

Haircuts

  • Children (12 EUR)
  • Gentlemen (15 EUR)
  • Ladies (20 EUR)

Hair treatments

  • Damaged hair repair (20 EUR)
  • Hair washing as a service (5 EUR)
  • Moisturizing therapy (10 EUR)
  • Nano-keratin treatment (120 EUR)
  • Soothing softness refreshment (7 EUR)

Holistic treats

  • Anti-cellulite massage (50 minutes)
  • Aromatherapy healing massage with essential oils (50 minutes)
  • Face and scalp massage (30 minutes)
  • Foot massage (30 to 45 minutes)
  • Hot stone therapy (60 to 90 minutes)
  • Oriental massage (50 minutes)
  • Soothing moisturizing massage (40 to 90 minutes)
  • Swedish classic massage (30 to 60 minutes)
  • Traditional Thai massage (90 minutes)

Hydro-therapies

  • Amorgian glamour (140 minutes)
  • Jet lag and cumulative fatigue recovery (120 minutes)
  • Private Jacuzzi (60 minutes)
  • The detox deluxe (60 to 90 minutes)
  • The ultimate head and hair (110 minutes)
  • Together (90 minutes)

Styling

  • Bridal styling (with one rehearsal)
  • Quick styling (7 EUR)
  • Styling long hair (20 EUR)
  • Styling short hair (15 EUR)
  • Styling with iron (28 EUR)

Technical applications

  • Balayage (20 EUR)
  • Combination of two colors (43 to 48 EUR)
  • Flash (35 EUR)
  • Hair dying only bangs, roots, refreshment (20 EUR)
  • Hair dying (33 EUR for short hair and 39 EUR for long hair )
  • Hair tints (35 to 50 EUR for half head and 40 to 65 EUR for whole head)

Waxing

  • Abdomen (10 to 20 EUR)
  • Armpit (12 EUR)
  • Arms and shoulders (18 EUR)
  • Back (20 to 30 EUR)
  • Bikini line (15 EUR)
  • Brazilian (22 EUR)
  • Cheeks (8 EUR)
  • Chest (20 to 30 EUR)
  • Chin (8 EUR)
  • Every spot separately (8 EUR)
  • Eyebrows cleaning (5 EUR)
  • Eyebrows shape (10 EUR)
  • Half leg - Brazilian (38 EUR)
  • Half leg and bikini line (30 EUR)
  • Half leg (18 EUR)
  • Upper lip (8 EUR)
  • Whole leg and bikini Line (40 EUR)
  • Whole leg - Brazilian (48 EUR)
  • Whole leg (28 EUR)
  • 1 free 30-minute Swedish massage
  • 2 workshops to deepen your practice, develop your home practice with evening meditation and chanting
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 10% discount on face and body spa treatments
  • A blissful yoga Nidra session where you will enjoy complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation
  • Arrival and departure transfer from and to the port of Amorgos
  • Daily buffet breakfast with organic ingredients from the hotels own garden
  • Daily dinner
  • Free use of internet
  • Free use of Lalon Idor Spa facilities like the sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool with sea water, gym
  • Morning and afternoon yoga and meditation classes
  • Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in all guest rooms.
  • Welcome pack to help you unwind and familiarize with the place
  • Airport transfers
  • Flight to Athens
  • Lunch, drinks, or shopping
  • Return ferry from Athens to Amorgos
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

The closest international airport is Athens International Airport (ATH).

Arrival by bus

Express bus X96 leaves every 20 minutes during the day and every 40 minutes at night from the airports Arrival Level (between doors four and five) to Karaiskaki square in Piraeus, right outside the ferry harbor. The ticket costs 5 EUR and the trip takes from about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and a half.

Arrival by taxi

This is the most hassle-free way. Duration is 45 to 60 minutes.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Julie Bladon an inquiry.
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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I really loved the space created. Particularly appreciated the suggestions for daily practice which I will take away. I enjoyed the discussion in the studio in some sessions, and Friday morning interactive session was excellent. I liked having time to ask about postures and learning from other people’s questions in the group. Thank you."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The place and people were very enjoyable, and a good mix of personalities. You two have been very accessible and welcoming."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you, Julie and Jackie for a wonderful week full of joy and fun. It has been very interesting to experience different types of yoga practice and different teaching styles. I feel I have learned a lot and have been convinced that I can include daily yoga practice into my usual routine. You are both excellent inspirational teachers and I appreciate your hard work planning the sessions and all the smooth organisation. Thank you again for your patience and kindness."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Good, caring, and friendly group. I felt very comfortable being part of it. Thank you, Julie and Jackie for making the retreat such a pleasurable experience. What a fantastic experience, thanks to you two. Thank you! Yoga will never be the same again."

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  • Review by a traveler from Devon, England
    10 out of 10

    "Just to let you know that your class today was wonderful. I was completely in tune with you and as for the relaxation, well, wow is possibly the best way of describing it. It was a truly moving experience that I have never been able to experience before. I have not stopped smiling and repeating the word wow all afternoon! That was an extremely meaningful and spiritual encounter for me."

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  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, England
    10 out of 10

    "I love that every one of Julies yoga classes is different and she always gives a range of options to suit the beginners and more advanced students. Julie has taken me from complete novice to confidently practicing yogic poses in a matter of weeks. I love the weekly yoga classes, they are a fantastic way to relax, rejuvenate, and keep your body supple and strong."

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  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, England
    10 out of 10

    "I look forward to attending Julies yoga class, it's a highlight of my week. It's my time to relax, re-energize, and have the best night sleep after the classes. I love it!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, England
    10 out of 10

    "Julies yoga Nidra workshop was amazing. The yoga session was just what I needed and the Nidra was a wonderful experience. I left feeling fully restored, calm, and full of energy. I would recommend the Nidra class to everyone."

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  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, England
    10 out of 10

    "R-e-l-a-x-e-d blissful Nidra workshop. I was just floating through this evening and I think itll be an early night. Huge thank you to Julie Bladon. It was wonderful."

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