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8 Days Alchemy of Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Cyprus

Natura Beach Hotel, E704 21, Poli Crysochous 8820, Cyprus

Deepening Yoga and Meditation Retreat Cyprus

This yoga and meditation retreat will take place in a beautiful and unspoiled part of Cyprus, an area of outstanding natural beauty, steeped in the mythology of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love. It is an area held to have a particularly healing and sacred energy and just being in this place seems to deeply heal and uplift participants. With the support of the wisdom teachings of yoga woven into your classes, you will learn and experience much to enrich your health and your life generally. Most importantly, you will be guided toward a rejuvenating body-mind harmony that will allow you to rest in greater health, joy, and inner calm.

Meet the instructors

Shama Sara
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Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Yoga and Ayurveda workshops
  • Sunrise and sunset meditations
  • Beach bonfire and chanting practices
  • Excursion to the Aphrodite Baths and Nature Reserve
  • 7 nights accommodation with stunning sea views
  • Delicious vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer available:
Paphos International Airport (US$71 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

All accommodation is en-suite and spacious, with air-conditioning, a sea view and its own private terrace. There is a mini bar and a safe in each room. The rooms are cleaned daily and towels are provided.

There are two swimming pools, a gym, and sauna at the hotel for your enjoyment. A 5 EUR fee is charged by the hotel for use of the gym and sauna. The hotel provides beach towels and there are sun beds on the sea front, around the pools and in the gardens. There is plenty space to find your own quiet spot to rest in the sun, read a good book, journal or chat with friends. Bikes are available for hire, and there are also tennis courts.

Program

It’s a very precious and blessed occasion when you have time to give yourself solely to yoga and meditation. This week in this beautiful remote part of Cyprus offers exactly that opportunity. It is perfect for anyone wishing to take time away from a busy life to move more deeply into the teachings and practice of yoga and meditation.

This weeks offers a chance to learn and explore the power of yoga to bring transformation to body, heart, and mind for greater health, happiness and peace of mind. It includes but is about much more than the physical aspects of yoga practice.

This week is for anyone who is serious about exploring and developing a connection to the life-enhancing energetic aspects of yoga posture, breath, Yoga Nidra, and meditation. The clear intention of this retreat is to guide participants to connect with the essence of yoga teachings and to know first-hand the "alchemical" transformative power of Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda.

Benefits

  • You will be in a remote part of Cyprus next to a beautiful deserted stretch of beach
  • Your yoga practice is right next to the sea and some meditations are on the beach
  • You will practice Hatha yoga - asana and pranayama - and meditation twice daily
  • The focus will be on the energetics of Hatha yoga practice and how that transforms body and mind
  • The teachings of Ayurveda are woven into the Hatha classes so you can know how to adapt your personal practice for the changing daily needs of body and mind.
  • This approach prepares you for deeper meditation and when integrated into daily life supports happier and wholesome living
  • You will explore first-hand how to build, contain and direct prana (your life-force) through your Hatha yoga practice for greater health
  • There will be time set aside for silence each morning to allow the benefits of the practice to integrate
  • There will be guided inner enquiry practices offered daily to support the releasing and clarifying effects of your Yoga and meditation practice, on physical and mental levels
  • You will be nourished each day by home-made Cypriot vegetarian meals, served three times daily, made from organic and/or locally-sourced, home-made fresh produce
  • Outside of practice, swimming in the sea or pool, resting in the sun, connecting with other retreat participants all add to all-round nourishment enjoyed on this week in Cyprus

The yoga

The yoga classes draw from Shama's training in classical Hatha, dynamic Hatha, Ayurveda, Tantra, Restorative and Yin Yoga styles.They are supported by and informed by her training as an Ayurveda practitioner. You will be practicing outdoors on a yoga platform in the hotel gardens, a stone’s throw from the sea alongside a deserted unspoiled beach, with stunning views of the coast and mountains.

You will immerse in asana (yoga posture) practice not only for it’s fantastic physical effects, but also to build experience, understanding, and awareness of it’s impact on the body and mind energetically. You will look at how to engage different asana practices as a preparation for specific pranayamas (breathing practices) and the effect of those specific pranayamas as supports for various guided meditations.

You are therefore quite intentionally nourishing and harmonizing the physical body, restoring clarity and equilibrium to the mind, but also strengthening your connection with the heart and with spirit.

The morning classes will be a dynamic Hatha practice informed by Ayurveda-Tantra. The afternoon classes will be based on a steady meditative classical Hatha style.

Sunrise and sunset beach meditations

Most mornings and evenings, you will gather on the beach or yoga platform and meditate together as the sun rises over the mountains and sets over the sea. On some nights, you will enjoy a small fire on the beach with sacred chants fireside-chants from different spiritual traditions on the beach. On other evenings, you will enjoy an outdoor candlelit Yoga Nidra practice.

Pre-requisites

Two years’ yoga experience is advised and a telephone chat to ensure that the retreat is right for you. Other than that an open-heart and receptivity to the wonderful ancient classical Yoga and Ayurveda teachings on offer.

The pre-requisites for this retreat are for everyone’s benefit to ensure a successful, safe and happy time for all in a retreat which includes but is about much more than physical yoga posture practice. Prior attendance at LoveYogaHealing classes, or attendance on a workshop or past retreat is recommended.

Agreement to:

Attend all the meditation and yoga sessions

Follow the retreat vegetarian dietary and lifestyle guidelines

Abstention from alcohol once the retreat starts

Maintaining silence during the dedicated silent hours of the retreat

Valid travel insurance

Please know that this is a transformational week in a powerfully healing environment. Due to this and due to the nature of the practices, you can sometimes find yourselves going through sensitive moments of transition and change, which may be experienced as reactivity, resistance, anger, sadness.

This is all part and parcel of the purificatory nature of deep practice and the end result is always wonderful! Be prepared to be moved out of your comfort zone. You will have full support, love and respect from the retreat teacher and other past, experienced participants at all times. On such a retreat as this, both teacher and all participants require your respect, kindness and cooperation.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 Morning sunrise meditation and Hatha yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Pre-lunch meeting / practice
  • 13:30 Light Cypriot style lunch
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga practice
  • 19:30 Cypriot style buffet dinner (vegetarian options only)
  • 20:30 Evening sunset gathering

Included excursions

Please note that on Friday (May 24, 2020) there is no lunch included in and no afternoon yoga to give everyone some extra free time. There is an excursion to the Aphrodite Baths and Nature Reserve, where you can enjoy a light lunch in a taverna. You will eat dinner together as usual and LoveYogaHealing will arrange something special for you in the evening.

Instructors

Shama Sara Palmer

Retreat location

Polis is a small town at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, at the Centre of Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Akamas peninsula nature reserve. You will be staying in a quiet, remote, eco-hotel, set alongside a beautiful stretch of coast in Cyprus.

Here your accommodation and yoga space look out across the sea and are surrounded by peaceful gardens, olive and orange groves, and herb gardens with mountains beyond to three sides. The tranquil, natural setting invites your whole being to deeply relax and restore itself to balance and happiness.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Be nourished by home-grown, lovingly prepared organic vegetarian foods. Apart from the restorative yoga classes and meditations, further nourishment and opportunity to build vigor and vitality is offered during this week through the carefully chosen meals. LoveYogaHealing discusses the food each year with the staff of the hotel to ensure that their lovingly-prepared Cypriot mainly vegan meals support your practice.

Foods in the hotel are made from home-grown organic produce and locally sourced produce. This means the meals are full of nutrients, and LoveYogaHealing takes extra effort to ensure they are easily digestible to support the healing, cleansing, and nourishment of the internal organs that your daily yoga practices will be initiating.

Breakfast is a buffet service, taken with other guests of the hotel, and includes home-made breads, preserves, yoghurt and goats’ cheeses, home-grown fruits and herb teas, and the hotel’s own free range eggs. Lunch is specially prepared for the yoga retreat participants and is 95% plant-based meals with a little optional dairy on the side (yoghurt, goat's cheese) for those who like it. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated, such as gluten-free and dairy-free.

The meals are taken on the restaurant terrace with views across the gardens to the sea. In the evening, you will dine whilst watching spectacular sunsets as the sun starts to go down over the sea. The hotel lounge bar sells juices, water, local wine, ice cream, teas and coffees, and the hotel’s own home-grown organic herb teas.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

In between classes and meal times, you are free to enjoy the peace and quiet of the hotel gardens and beach, or to explore the beauty, history and culture of the surrounding area.

There is the nearby small town of Polis with its many cafes, restaurants and shops. It is just a 15-minute walk away. Alternatively, about a 30-minute walk up the beach is Laatchi with its many waterside tavernas.

Nearby sites of interest include Aphrodite’s Baths and the beautiful nature reserve of the Akamas Peninsula. It's becoming a tradition for the group to take an optional trip to Aphrodite baths and beach where there is a lovely taverna overlooking the stunning coastline on our day off, Friday.

There are jeep tours around the Akamas nature reserve, and boat tours to the wild and deserted Lara Bay and Blue Lagoon. Beyond Polis and further along the coastline are the lovely coastal villages of Argaka and Pomos, again with tavernas serving delicious meals. A little further afield in Paphos (about a 45-minute drive away), are wonderful archaelogical sites such as Tombs of the Kings and the Paphos Mosaics.

Other activities

  • Dive or ride a boat in the sea
  • Enjoy walks on the long deserted beach with stunning coastal scenery
  • Practice biking or hiking
  • Swimming in the sea

Spa treatments

There is a masseuse in the hotel offering a range of massages from aromatherapy to Swedish massage, to Indian head massage, at an extra cost.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Sunrise and sunset beach meditations
  • Yoga and Ayurveda workshops
  • Excursion to the Aphrodite Baths and Nature Reserve
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily organic vegetarian meals (except on Friday)
  • Use of the hotel pool and sunbeds, beach towels

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunch on Friday
  • Drinks and snacks in the hotel
  • Excursions and extra-curricular activities
  • Any massage treatments offered by the hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • Late check out fee (35 EUR for those wishing to use their room after mid-day on the last day of the retreat)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flights to Paphos International Airport (PFO). Transfers from and to this airport is available upon request. From the airport, LoveYogaHealing will have a taxi collect you and bring you to the hotel. If others are landing around the same time as you, LoveYogaHealing will organize shared taxis. It is 50 to 55 EUR, depending on the time of day, for a small taxi. For larger groups, larger taxis are available: these are approximately 80 EUR.

Airport: Paphos International Airport Airport transfer available: Paphos International Airport (US$71 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday May 16, 2020
Departure: Saturday May 23, 2020

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