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8 Day - Self Awakening - Meditation and Kundalini Yoga All-inclusive Retreat in Evia Island

Edipsos, Euboea, Greece

"Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung.

This retreat is designed for those who are interested in taking a break from the restless activity, expansion and improvement of the modern world in order to slow down, relax and connect with nature, recharge, rejuvenate and turn focus within to find the blissful inner peace, harmony, and joy.

Whether you are dealing with stress, anxiety, or feeling stuck and not seeing the direction in your life - this retreat will help you to slow down and trust your natural rhythm; to allow your life to unfold without urgent demand and to accept yourself as part of a far greater flow than you can see; to experience benefits of a deeply relaxed emotional, mental, energetic and physical body; to gain clarity and, above all, harmony with the whole.

Awareness is our right. It is a mundane thing. You don't have to do anything. The moment that you're beyond your personality, your self-identity, just allowing your life to be lived out without interference, it’s the moment that you're aware. When you relax into surrender, into the integrity of your form you will see that life just unfolds. Then you are part of the existence and you are no longer a separate personality.

The Retreat is taking place on a beautiful island of Evia, from November till April, when the weather is ideal for hiking in the forests, nurturing yourself in the hot thermal waters and enjoying the tranquility of the place offseason.

Meet the instructors

Natalia & Joanna
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Highlights

  • Yoga Nidra session
  • Daily circle ceremonies
  • A deep immersion into Kundalini Yoga practice and Meditation
  • Time for relaxation and exploring the beauty of natural surrounding
  • Delicious organic traditional Greek cuisine - brunches and dinners
  • Detox juices, herbal teas, coffee, and water
  • Natural thermal spa therapies by the sea
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Small group (2-3 people)

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Athens International Airport (US$60 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen

During the retreat you will be staying in a cozy spacious penthouse with a fireplace and panoramic view over the see. It has 3 private bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and big open space with an equipped kitchen, dining area and living room.

Program

This retreat is dedicated to immersing in a deep state of relaxation and openness via specially designed activities and deeply peaceful and healing program which match your comfort level and personal needs.

Daily Meditation sessions will help you to cultivate the pure awareness that remains unattached, deep and therefore, becomes profoundly powerful.

Learn to quiet the chatter of the "monkey mind" and listen to the silent sound of the breath emanating from the heart. Turn within and make a wonderful discovery of what is in a very heart of yourself, of your being... Inner silence and quietude.. Still, serene, unchanging..

Daily Kundalini yoga classes include Asanas, Kriyas and Pranayamas will help you grounding in the physical body and connecting with the energy flow within. This energy manifests itself in a mood of tranquility and joy, clarity of awareness. All you have to do is to relax and allow it to flow freely

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, which help to release stress and tension and offers ultimate relaxation.

Kundalini Dynamic Meditation. Being fully immersed in the shaking and dancing of the first two stages helps to “melt” the rock-like being, wherever the energy flow has been repressed and blocked. Then that energy can flow, dance and be transformed into bliss and joy. The last two stages enable all this energy to flow vertically, to move upwards into silence. It is a highly effective way of unwinding and letting go at the end of the day.

Evening sacred ceremonies will give you an experience of connection and union with others, of being present and open.

Fire Ceremony

Take some time to be with fire in a sacred way. Let it enchant you, purify you, and empower you as it has done for countless others throughout the centuries. The ritual is designed to help us clear any obstacles so that we may attain more perfect harmony with ourselves and the spiritual realm.

Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony represents purity, tranquility, respect and harmony.

Tea had long been valued by Ch'an monks in China to keep them awake during meditation. According to legend, when Bodhidharma, the founder of Ch'an (Zen), struggled to stay awake during meditation, he ripped his eyelids off, and tea plants sprang from the discarded eyelids.

Chado, which "The Way of Tea", isn't a ceremony involving tea. It is just tea; just this moment, fully experienced and appreciated. Through meticulous attention to every detail of preparing and drinking tea, the participants enter into a shared, intimate experience of tea.

Cacao Ceremony

The word ‘cacao’ originally comes from the Mayan words Ka’kau and Chokola’j - which means to drink chocolate together. Cacao ceremonies are a centuries-old ritual seen as the ultimate heart-opener and a powerful tool to dive deeper into your inner soul. A warm sensation in your chest. You feel softer, more present and loving.

The daily program:

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Morning meditation & Kundalini Yoga class
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Brunch
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Resting time
  • 13:30 - 17:30 Group activities
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:30 Evening Sacred Ceremony

Included excursions

Visiting serene and tranquil places such as monastery, mountain forest, waterfalls, bathing in hot thermal springs, particularly beneficial for the human body, will help you to slow down, relax, maintain a degree of natural inner rhythm, tune with the healing frequencies of the nature and be in touch with the physical world and the physical body.

Hot Thermal Springs in Edipsos

Edipsos is famous for its thermal springs that heal and rejuvenate ever since Antiquity. Hippocrates and Aristotle visited the springs and wrote about its benefits and the rare microclimate they create. The sea is always warm and the sun shines 300 days a year, tempting visitors for a dive even in winter!

According to mythology, the precious water flowed for the very first time when Hephaestus beat the land with his hammer. It was a favor to goddess Athena, who believed that the thermal springs would keep Hercules healthy and powerful! The springs of Aidipsos are more than 80. The composition of the waters in combination with their high temperature is particularly beneficial for the human body. The temperature of the waters ranges from 28 degrees Celsius to 86 degrees Celsius. The waters are rich in magnesium, calcium, and iron while their properties are extremely healing. Nature has also chipped in for a rare combined experience where the warm water gushes from the sea bed, a rare phenomenon that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world. Relaxing and rejuvenating bathing in hot waters of thermal springs combined with swimming in the winter sea with beneficial effects of the contrast temperatures gives an amazing revitalizing effect to the body and general well-being.

Drymonas waterfalls

Drimonas is a mountainous village in Northern Evia at an altitude of 580 meters. Its name is probably derived from the dense oak, oak, and pine forests surrounding it, or from the harsh cold weather prevailing in the area during the winter. The waterfalls of Drymonas make up a place of inexhaustible natural beauty located at an altitude of 620 meters. The path between the greenery is truly wonderful! You will enjoy a relaxing walk in splendid scenery of rich vegetation listening to the calming sound of running water and birds singing in the trees...

Monastery of Saint David

This Monastery, standing at the foot of the mountains of Kavalaris and looking out onto the village of Drimona is a significant monument in the area of North Evia, but also for the whole of the island of Evia and Greece. It was built on a beautiful spot, with natural beauty of trees and water springs. The monastery was founded in 1550 and has very rare hagiography as well, as historical relics there are exhibited in the monastery’s museum. Immerse in the deeply peaceful and healing energy of the place!

An Ancient Olive Tree

The "Mavroelia" (Black Olive Tree), which has been proven to be thousands of years old by its natural dimensions, is the rear monument of nature.

"Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing." /Joanne Raptis/

Instructors

Natalia Khoroshun

Joanna Bakogiorgou

Retreat location

This retreat is taking place in Edipsos, a place blessed by nature! Edipsos is famous for its thermal springs that heal and rejuvenate ever since Antiquity. Hippocrates and Aristotle visited the springs and wrote about its benefits and the rare micro climate they create. The sea is always warm and the sun shines 300 days a year, tempting visitors for a dive even in winter!

The amazing combination of mountain and sea gives unlimited possibilities for walks overlooking the endless blue and discover areas with lush vegetation, intoxicating aromas, and beautiful landscapes. The beaches of the area stand out for the purity of the waters.

Food

The retreat program includes a light early morning breakfast, a late morning brunch, served on the terrace with spectacular sew view, and a dinner, served by the fire place, all prepared with artistry and love, with local fresh ingredients. You will also have unlimited access to the snacks and drinks available, as well as the possibility of personal involvement in the preparation of the daily menu. The coffee machine, juicer and kitchen tools are at your disposal at any time.

The daily diet consists of fresh organic vegetables and fruit, yogurt, seafood, cheese and sweets made locally. They also respect your dietary preferences (vegetarian, vegan, raw, etc.). At or prior to your arrival let the organizer know about your diet restrictions or preferences and they will adjust the menu to your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast/brunch and dinner
  • Daily Kundalini yoga classes (1.5-2 hours each)
  • Daily Meditation sessions
  • Excursions around the island
  • Unlimited beachfront gorgeousness, swimming, sunning, enjoying, and savoring
  • Free toiletries
  • Yoga mats
  • Water, juice, coffee, and tea
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Professional photos from the retreat

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Tickets for archaeological sites
  • Restaurants, personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional bookings for massages on-site
  • Optional day trip to Meteora/Delphi/Athens
  • Transfer from/to airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH).

You can take a bus from Athens to Edipsos and Lila Yoga Retreats will pick you up from the port of Edipsos.

Airport: Athens International Airport Airport transfer available: Athens International Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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