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8 Days Full Moon Yoga Retreat in Cyprus

  • Cyprus

Full Moon Cyprus Yoga Retreat

Join in this full moon yoga retreat and immerse yourself in the wonderful remote part of Cyprus. You will come together as yoginis and women practitioners honoring the rhythms of the moon and diving into the energy of the divine feminine. The full moon is an essential time to nourish yourselves and reflect your yoga practices. Two daily yoga classes will be designed to support the replenishing of your body, heart, and spirit.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • Chant, drum, and meditate together
  • Special full moon ceremony
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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All accommodation is en-suite and spacious, with air-conditioner, 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.

Your yoga classes will focus on an energetic nourishing of your body, heart, and mind, building steadiness, calm, and strength in body and mind. This is to support the building of “ojas” that will be one of the focuses of all practices and lifestyle recommendations offered during the retreat. Ojas is the subtle essence of the Kapha dosha in Ayurveda and is held to be the source of your vitality, vigour, immunity, and longevity. Ojas literally translates as “glow of health”.

It’s important to spend time to replenish this essence. When the moon is full and the light of the moon shines on you, you will have the perfect condition for building your ojas. Much of your 21st century lifestyle depletes it and yet it is considered in Ayurveda, crucial to your good health and long-life.

You will begin your mornings with Hatha yoga classes, and in the afternoon, you will be guided through Yin and Restorative yoga classes. This combination is to nourish the kapha dosha, soothe the heart and mind, and replenish your energy reserves to build vigor, strength, and immunity. The best part about this is you will be practicing yoga 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.

The yoga classes will be followed by special breathing practices, healing visualizations, and meditations, created to help relieve physical and emotional pain, to nourish the heart, uplift the spirits, to restore positivity, and optimism to the mind.

Full moon

During the three nights of the June 2017 full moon, under the light of the moon and at the edge of the sea, you will gather on the beach to chant, drum, and meditate together. You will practice silent full moon gazing meditation - a beautiful and powerful practice. You will chant and drum as women in a circle, an uplifting, energizing, and regenerative practice. You will practice pranayamas, known to be auspicious especially on full moon nights for re-invigoration of your shakti (female energy and power).

During the day, you will gather at mid-day to create a circle of shakti (female energy) where your focus will be to the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, beauty, and wealth. This will be practical, with guidance on how to move through unconscious limiting beliefs, open to the fullness, and unlimited richness in your hearts from where you can live and move in the world free from any familiar sense; and from a state of completeness, fullness, and infinite potentiality.

Sunrise and sunset beach meditations

Most mornings, you will gather on the beach and meditate together as the sun rises over the mountains and sets over the sea. On the night of the full moon, you will enjoy a special ceremony on the beach.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 Morning sunrise meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Hatha yoga
  • 11:30 Breathing practices, relaxation, visualization, and meditation
  • 12.00 Divine feminine
  • 13:00 Light Cypriot-style lunch
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga practice
  • 19:00 Vegetarian home-cooked Cypriot-style dinner
  • 20:30 Evening sunset gathering or full moon celebrations

Please note that there won’t be any class on your arrival day. The class will start the next day. There will also be no planned dinner or afternoon yoga on Friday. This is to give all participants the chance to explore more of the beauty of Cyprus, or simply enjoy more time relaxing in the hotel grounds, or by the sea.

You will join a one-day excursion to a nearby mountain village with herb garden, apothecary, and a lovely cafe with delicious vegan raw food cakes.

  • Shama Sara Palmer

    Shama learned yoga from her yoga teacher, who taught her the power of the breathing practices of Hatha yoga. She spent a lot of time traveling around the globe to places such as India, Japan, Thailand, Italy, USA, Canada, and the Bahamas, where she learned from and practiced many healing and spiritual traditions, before managing an integrative health clinic in London. She took her teacher training course from Sivananda Ashram yoga retreat in the Bahamas.

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.

Nearby places

  • Laatchi beach - 30 minutes' walk
  • Paphos - 45 minutes' drive
  • Polis town - 15 minutes' walk
  • Gym
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Tour assistance

Apart from the Restorative yoga classes and meditations, further nourishment and opportunity to build ojas is offered during this week. The price of this retreat includes lovingly-prepared Cypriot vegetarian meals to support your full moon practices and the intent to build your health and vitality. Your diet will follow the Ayurveda instructions closely, with reference to the best types of foods to be consumed during the nights of the full moon.

Foods in the hotel are made from home-grown organic produce and locally sourced produce. This means the meals are full of nutrients and 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, goats’ cheeses, home-grown fruits, herbal teas, and the hotel’s own free range eggs. Lunch and dinner are specially prepared for the yoga retreat participants and are 95% plant based meals with a little dairy occasionally. Special dietary requirements such as gluten-free and dairy-free diets can be accommodated.

Meals are taken on the restaurant terrace with views across the gardens to the sea. In the evening, you will dine while watching spectacular sunsets as the sun starts to go down over the sea. The hotel lounge bar sells juices, water, and local wine.

Please note that only breakfast meals will be served on Fridays to allow free time for exploration.

There is a swimming pool, gym, and sauna at the hotel for your enjoyment. A 5 EUR fee is charged by the hotel for the use of the gym and sauna. The hotel provides beach towels and there are sun beds on the sea front, around the pool, and in the gardens. Bikes are available for hire, and there are also tennis courts.

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. Nearby sites of interest include Aphrodite’s Baths and the beautiful nature reserve of the Akamas Peninsula. There are jeep tours around the Akamas nature reserve, and boat tours to the wild and deserted Lara Bay and Blue Lagoon.

A little further afield in Paphos, are wonderful archaeological sites such as Tombs of the Kings and the Paphos Mosaics.

  • 3 daily meals (except breakfast only on Friday)
  • 6 days yoga classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily sunrise and sunset meditation
  • Excursion to a nearby mountain village
  • Full moon ceremony on the beach
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Extra excursions
  • Extra snacks and drinks
  • Spa and massage treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Paphos International Airport (PFO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. This will cost you approximately 55 EUR for a smaller taxi, or approximately 80 EUR for larger taxis.

For information about the booking conditions, please send LoveYogaHealing an inquiry.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Marianna Panayiotou from United Kingdom

    my yoga retreat experience

    CONS Cons: The food could have been more interesting. We were definitely too many people in the room for yoga, so our poses were often compromised. I would have liked a bit more help in getting the poses right.

    PROS Pros: It was very relaxing and enjoyable. Shama was very good and knowledgeable. A great experience!

    5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    5 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-05 06:20:50

  • S
    Review by Susie Rabin from United Kingdom

    Great quiet spot

    CONS Cons: Room was ok. Would have preferred not to be on the ground floor as a single woman - no safe and the window didn't lock - room didn't seem that secure. The food wasn't great. Classes were good, but there was very little feedback when people got poses wrong or didn't understand the pose (she did realise thus was an issue as this was much better on the Sunday).

    PROS Pros: Lovely location. Nice group of people. Good amount and range of sessions

    7.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    5 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-03 07:25:42

  • J
    Review by Jenny Harris from United Kingdom

    An enjoyable experience

    PROS Pros: The whole experience

    7.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    5 Food
    7.5 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-03 06:02:59

  • E
    Review by Elvira Gill from United Kingdom
    7.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-03 05:31:31


  • Review by Anna
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Shama, I thoroughly enjoyed my week with you and very much appreciated energy and enthusiasm and, indeed, your passion for yoga and the Ayurvedic philosophy."

    "I learned a great deal. I have vowed 'not to keep sorting through the garbage' but to just 'throw it out', and I am attempting to put this into practice.I loved the way you taught us, in your calm manner, to meditate (a completely new practice for me and I never thought I would manage it) and I put time aside each day. Your voice comes into my head 'still the mind' and I can just go there now to my 'place'so peaceful. My resting heart rate now reduced from 68 to 63, and I am feeling calmer. I returned to my regular beachside yoga class feeling much more confident and did a yoga workshop this weekend. I felt my body positioning was much better after your guidance. "

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  • Review by Katie from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for everything last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and thank you for all your support when I had my emotional time! I thought the location was amazing I loved it and really enjoyed getting into yoga again. The meditation and chanting were so calming, I have been humming the chanting in the morning when I wake, doing some sun salutations in my garden first thing. Long may it continue! I would really like to come to one of your workshop days and I would love to come again next year! Lots of love and a huge thank you again for such a wonderful week."

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  • Review by Pia Henfridsson from Warwickshire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Shama for the lovely week you put together for us at Cyprus. The full moon retreat was indeed an amazing mind, body, and soul yoga experience. Namaste."

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  • Review by Nikki Weclawek from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I have been on two of the Cyprus retreats and taken huge amounts away from both. I always thought I did yoga prior to these retreats but I now realize I didn't really! With such a great teacher who truly cares, I have finally started to learn yoga; the mind, body, and soul kind! Thanks, Shama."

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  • Review by Cecilia Diana from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the full moon retreat in May 2016. I had the chance to experience this through my friend who now lives in England and knows the talented Shama (since I live in Sweden). A retreat for body, soul, and mind, and I take many new skills, experiences, and friends with me home."

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  • Review by Diana Owen from Warwickshire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing full moon retreat in Cyprus led by Shama, a full program from dawn to dusk (nearly) going deeply into many aspects of yoga and the divine feminine. Thanks Shama for all the fun we had, the joy we shared, and the opportunity to deepen our practice in such beautiful surroundings. This was my second year on these retreats - looking forward to the next one!"

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  • Review by Mandy McLeod from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Shama's dedication to and love of yoga in all its forms shines through in all of her teachings, it's a privilege to share in this. Both of the retreats I have enjoyed in Cyprus have been huge life enhancing."

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  • Review by Lauren from Lemington, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Shama, I contacted quite a few yoga teachers when making my first enquiries, and to be completely honest you were the only person who came back to me and said you would be able to help, which I find quite hard to believe considering that the benefits of yoga during any kind of life-altering situation like that are fairly well documented. As for myself, I truly believe that learning basic beginners poses and breathing exercises helped me immeasurably during my treatment last year, both physically and mentally. I feel that they (combined with traditional medical intervention) helped to keep my immune system healthy, strong, and on track not once during my treatment was I neutropenia, which I've been told is quite rare. Physically, the exercises helped ease general joint pain and my digestive system, and the arm / shoulder ones were a great accompaniment to the general physic exercises I had been set to help improve the movement in my arm post-surgery. I also found the short relaxation exercises you taught me invaluable in being able to mentally deal with insomnia, which becomes part and parcel with all of the drugs. Post treatment, I have found the general mindset that you get from yoga to be brilliant in helping to deal with day-to-day stress: in going back to work, and also having to deal with the events of the last year. My arm is still at risk of lymphedema, and the gentle stretching that yoga encourages I have found to be the best way of helping to keep this at bay, and reducing symptoms when they start."

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  • Review by Karen Dodd from Wellesbourne, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I am 58 years old, female and always loved swimming and exercise but despite being active, I gained three stone in weight over a five year period. I thought I was lazy and greedy until I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I had so many clothes and shoes that I couldnt wear. At the start of this year I began to practice yoga with Shama in Alveston and Wellesbourne, and it has had a big impact on my weight, my shape and my health. Before I started to practice yoga, I had mobility problems due to pain, fatigue and insomnia. I could not work for long periods at the computer or standing due to pain. The pain began as two frozen shoulders which then lead to back pain. I had stopped doing a lot of things for fear of hurting my back. Yoga has given me the confidence to start doing all the things I had stopped doing for fear of triggering pain. I had always swam a lot and for 2 years did not swim which left me feeling weak and tired. I joined Walton Hall so that I could start practicing yoga. And after just four classes, I began to realized I was sleeping all night, waking up earlier, I could now do the gardening and computer work without having to stop. Yoga has given me the ability to work and play in a way I did in my youth. I have always had a happy disposition and a spring in my step, but I lost that due to pain. Yoga over the past 6 months has really healed a lot of the problems I had been having with my body. And through the education given in class, I now know that if aches and pains arise, I have the right understanding to get rid of the pain. One of the reasons I was attracted to yoga was to manage the challenge of my only child going off to university have been able to cope with the separation very well, I know it is early days but yoga has managed my moods through recent stressful events.After yoga I sleep soundly and wake up earlier than ever before have not had the usual reactive depression to these big changes that I probably would have had in the past before I took up yoga. Shama is a gentle teacher and has helped me to maximize my potential within the limits of my body, its strengths and weaknesses. I had a few private lessons in the beginning to learn the practices in detail, and this gave me the confidence to attend more classes and improve my own practice. I now have much more strength, flexibility and general confidence. And regular yoga practice has helped my health in many ways."

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  • Review by Kate Findley from Barford, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Hi, Shama. Thank you so much for helping me with my lower back problems. The exercises you showed me have really worked and I have much less trouble getting to sleep. I was really impressed with the way you assessed my weak areas and designed a program specifically designed for me. I really enjoy your yoga classes too. I have tried yoga several times before and you are definitely the best teacher!"

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  • Review by Katie
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for everything last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and thank you for all your support when I had my emotional time! I thought the location was amazing. I loved it and really enjoyed getting into yoga again. The meditation and chanting were so calming, I have been humming the chanting in the morning when I wake, doing some sun salutations in my garden first thing. Long may it continue! Thank you for the Dropbox photos. They are lovely. I am not sure how to put some of the photos I took in the Dropbox but I will try. If not, I may have to wait till one of my kids can do it for me when they come home! I would really like to come to one of your workshop days and I would love to come again next year! Lots of love and a huge thank you again for such a wonderful week."

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