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5 Days Transform Your Life Guided Meditation & Organic Detox Yoga Awakening Retreat in Corfu, Greece

Bioporos Organic Farm, Vrakaniotika Lake Korission, Agrapidia, Meliteieoi 490 80, Corfu, Greece.

Soul-nourishing Yoga Retreat Greece

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Greece.

Stunning golden beaches, centuries-old natural lagoon, olive groves, carefully crafted wholesome organic meals, hiking, jewelry-making, quintessentially Greek gastronomy class, hand-built outdoor sauna, heart-melting farm animals, star observation, and let’s not forget yoga, guided meditation, and pranayama! This family-friendly soul-nourishing, emotional-cleansing, and body-detoxing retreat are expertly designed to transform all areas of your life by guiding you to discover and grow your inner power for positive and powerful change. Embark on this beautiful 5-day journey for yourself to explore what it truly means to deeply relax, rejuvenate, take care of your body and mind and blossom into the best version of yourself. This retreat is for those who are open to positive life change and are willing to put in the work on conscious, healthy and mindful eating, living and being.

Meet the instructors

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Danai, Landy, Nefeli, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • Grow your inner power for positive life change
  • Remove emotional blockages and stress in your mind
  • Twice daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama sessions
  • Five Guided Mind's Garden Aromatic Meditation sessions
  • Develop stronger psychological and emotional resilience
  • 4 nights stunning accommodation on an organic farm
  • Heavenly daily Mediterranean purely organic meals
  • Hiking to the lake and beaches

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin), Finnish, German, Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:30
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

On Bioporos Organic Farm, next to the Korission Lake, lie two beautiful houses traditionally designed and decorated, embodying the rural and traditional philosophy of the farm and the island of Corfu.

Carefully handcrafted wooden furniture gives a peaceful traditional Greek feel to the two-story houses whose living rooms and kitchens are downstairs and bedrooms upstairs with breathtaking views of the lake and the farm. The unique, artsy style of the houses makes them look as if they’re from a Van Gogh painting!

Program

Are you feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? Do you feel tired all the time or tired of being tired? Do you often find yourself judging, over-analyzing or over-reacting to certain feelings? How does this impact your body and mind?

Does your life often feel disordered and chaotic? Do you feel empty, numb or unable to focus on anything? Are you often overcome with sadness or grief? Are there parts of yourself that you've been refusing to accept or love?

Do you find yourself emotionally blocked or burnt out? Do you feel powerless or isolated for being different from those around you? Do you often feel lonely even when you're not alone? Are you feeling lost, rootless or disconnected from yourself and your inner voice?

Do you feel absent from yourself? Like you're going through the motions in your everyday life, but you're not really there? Are you trapped in fear or the same negative thinking patterns that clutter your mind and steal your inner peace? Do you ever feel oppressed by your own mind?

If you have one or many of the feelings above, you might be wondering, "How can I get rid of them?" - a question almost everyone on this planet craves an answer to. By going to a spiritual guru, chanting a mantra, or living in a temple? These might be temporary solutions for some people, but not for all. In fact, there's no answer to this question once and for all, because you are humans and you can never stop having feelings and emotions.

However, you are capable of controlling the effects of your feelings by changing your reactions to them. There is no feeling in you that is inherently wrong, or bad. What truly matters is not what you feel, but what you do with your feelings. At Mind's Garden, they believe the power for positive change resides within your own mind and it is available to each and every one of you.

This is why Mind's Garden host this retreat - to help you discover that power within you and learn to use it effectively in all areas of your life. This retreat gives you the opportunity to observe your thoughts, emotions, and feelings from moment to moment, without any judgment; to discover for yourself that your feelings, fear, and doubts are not you, they don't define or validate you and you're already complete, connected, and free.

To change your old negative thinking habits and cognitive patterns by consciously working with (not struggling against) your own mind, thus empowering yourself to respond more effectively to the challenges and demands of your everyday life; to understand who you are on a deeper level and learn to infuse your mind with deep awareness, positivity, strength, and rock solid confidence; and to celebrate life as it is and to celebrate love, for however the world changes, love always exists and it is real to all of us.

This five-day Positive Self-transformation Retreat is designed around three key practices:

  • Guided Mind's Garden meditation
  • Mind's Garden yoga
  • Pranayama (breathwork)

In meditation, you'll be given cognitive behavioral and positive psychology-based guidance to work with your own mind - to learn to observe your thoughts and feelings from the inside out, to cultivate non-judgmental/mindful awareness of yourself, to connect deeply with your inner voice and intuition, to develop stronger psychological and emotional resilience, and to explore what it means to take care of yourself and flourish.

In yoga, you'll learn different styles of practices, develop greater body awareness, learn to listen to your body and to let go of the ego mind, and flow into stillness and inner harmony in order to experience the truth of who you are.

In pranayama, you'll learn to tap into the power of your breath, to reverse the "fight-or-flight" response and deeply relax your body, to remove emotional blockages and turbulence in your mind, and to feel perfectly safe and grounded in the present moment using the breath as your anchor.

Now you must be wondering, "what is Mind's Garden?" Mind's Garden is a UK-based wellness business that is on a mission to help people discover and grow the power for positive self-transformation through guided meditation, yoga, and breathwork.

They are a team of passionate individuals from previously diverse backgrounds before they began their individual paths of yoga and self-healing, anthropologist and mathematician from Cambridge University, psychotherapist, mindset coach, architect, Fintech entrepreneur, and graphic designer - brought together by their shared passion for bringing positive changes to people's lives and making the world a little better and kinder one day at a time.

Whether you're a complete beginner in meditation or yoga, or you have been practicing for some time, or you're already an experienced meditation or yoga teacher, this five-day Positive Self-transformation Retreat will empower you with knowledge, wisdom, strength and a fresh perspective on your true self.

You may make discoveries about yourself that you may not like, you may be challenged, and find yourself facing the unknown. You may experience stronger feelings of anger or sadness, since paying attention in a conscious way to your thoughts and feelings and being encouraged to talk or write about them - perhaps for the first time can highlight your emotions.

These are perfectly natural and healthy responses as your practice develops during this retreat, the teachers will be right here to help you move through them with deep awareness and loving kindness towards yourself. Remember that you and only you hold the key to positive self-transformation in your own hand and it's your responsibility to turn that key. But you are not alone. Learn to let others in. Take one step at a time. Pace yourself. Ask for help when needed.

Now you might be wondering, is this all that this retreat offers? Of course not! In addition to five Mind's Garden's signature meditation sessions - guided Mind's Garden candlelit aromatic meditation (including journaling or drawing session), you'll practice various other techniques of meditation, such as Tibetan tonglen, Metta, walking, dancing, breathing, and mindful awareness meditation.

You'll practice Mind's Garden Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Power, Transformational and Yogalates (a dynamic blend of yoga and pilates to get your body moving), and Aerial yoga & Juggling Vinyasa with CircusAid! What’s more, you'll take part in wonderful activities such as heart-opening self-reflection journaling workshop, authentic Greek vegetarian cuisine cooking class, outdoor sauna detox, and purification ceremony, macrame jewelry making workshop, hiking to the beach and the Korission Lake, and more!

Let's not forget heavenly purely organic Mediterranean/Greek/Corfiot vegetarian/vegan food every day, living on an organic ecological Mediterranean farm and amazing views of the lake and golden beaches of Corfu! You can also take private sessions with the teachers to deepen your practice, to heal trauma in the past, or to understand yourself on a deeper level.

Dear fellow humans, be realistic, plan for a miracle! This retreat can be that miracle, are you ready for it?

What you're going to experience

You'll take part in five daily guided Mind's garden meditation sessions, seven short twice daily meditation practices, eight twice daily yoga sessions, six pranayama or breathwork sessions, various workshops or activities, Aerial yoga & Juggling Vinyasa with CircusAid, and private sessions with Mind's Garden teachers.

Meditation sessions

Day 1

Breathing meditation

First Guided Mind's Garden candlelit aromatic meditation (including journaling or drawing session)

Day 2

Mindful awareness meditation

Silent meditation

Second guided Mind's Garden candlelit aromatic meditation (including journaling or drawing session)

Day 3

Metta meditation

Walking meditation

Third Guided Mind's Garden candlelit aromatic meditation (including journaling or drawing session)

Day 4

Tibetan Tonglen meditation

Dancing meditation

Fourth Guided Mind's Garden candlelit aromatic meditation (including journaling or drawing session)

Day 5

Final Guided Mind's Garden candlelit aromatic meditation (including journaling or drawing session)

Yoga sessions

Day 1: Mind's Garden Vinyasa Flow

Day 2: Dynamic Mind's Garden Vinyasa Flow and Mind’s Garden Hatha Yoga on the beach

Day 3: Yogalates and Mind's Garden Transformational Yoga

Day 4: Mind's Garden Power yoga and Yin yoga

Day 5: Juggling Vinyasa with CircusAid

Activities

Day 1: Guided Bioporos Organic Farm Tour

Day 2: Heart-opening self-reflection journaling workshop & Mouthwatering Outdoor Grill Dinner

Day 3: Authentic Greek Vegetarian Cuisine Cooking Class; Hiking to Korission Lake, Birdwatching & Outdoor Sauna Detox & Purification Ceremony

Day 4: Macrame Jewellery Making Workshop, The Power of your Breath Workshop & Star observation

Day 5: Aerial yoga & Circus arts with CircusAid; or Go to the beach or the Lake; or visit the Mavroudis Olive Oil Factory Museum

Private sessions

Psychotherapy

Hypnotherapy

Guided Meditation

Yoga

Pranayama

Fitness

Your Program Schedule

Day 1

13:30 - 15:30 Arrival & Settle in

15:30 - 16:30 Guided Bioporos Organic Farm Tour

A perfect chance to explore this beautiful paradise, meet two generations of farmers and say hello to the donkey, horse, chickens, bees, and goats!

16:30 - 18:00 Pranayama, Mind’s Garden Vinyasa Flow & Breathing Meditation

18:00 - 19:00 Greek Homestyle Welcome Dinner

19:00 - 20:00 Free time to unpack or relax

20:00 - 21:00 Opening Circle

21:00 - 21:45 First Guided Mind’s Garden Candlelit Aromatic Meditation (including journaling/drawing session)

Day 2

7:30 - 9:00 Breathwork, Dynamic Mind’s Garden Vinyasa Flow & Mindful Awareness Meditation

9:00 - 10:00 Yummy Greek Breakfast

10:00 - 11:30 Heart-opening Self-reflection Journaling Workshop

Creatively combining story-telling, journaling, psychoanalysis and self-reflective oracle deck reading, this deeply inspiring workshop will lead you to ask and answer many questions about yourself, to awaken to your most authentic inner voice and to seize your inner power for positive life change.

11:30 - 13:00 Free time to chillax, Get a massage or Take private 1-1 sessions

13:00 - 14:00 Heavenly Mediterranean Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Nap time, Take private sessions or Get a massage

15:00 - 18:00 (Beach time!!!) Breathwork, Mind’s Garden Hatha Yoga on the beach & Silent meditation

18:30 - 20:30 Mouthwatering Outdoor Grill Dinner

With plenty of organic vegetables freshly picked from the farm, you’ll have to complete a ‘serious’ task—grill your own dinner and eat it! :P

21:00 - 21:45 Second Guided Mind’s Garden Candlelit Aromatic Meditation (including journaling/drawing session)

Day 3

7:30 - 9:00 Pranayama, Mind’s Garden Yogalates & Metta Meditation

Mind’s Garden Yogalates is a dynamic blend of Vinyasa yoga and Pilates, harnessing the physical & mental benefits of both practices. Expect to sweat a lot, get stronger and burn those calories!

9:00 - 10:00 Wholesome Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 Authentic Greek Vegetarian Cuisine Cooking Class!

Get to know the evolution of Greek gastronomy through the centuries and learn to knead and bake your own bread and delicious pies in a quintessentially Greek traditional wooden oven.

12:00 - 13:00 Scrumptious Lunch (Enjoy your own cooking!)

13:00 - 15:00 Nap time, Take private sessions or Get a massage

15:00 - 18:00 Hiking to Korission Lake; Breathwork, Mind’s Garden Transformational Yoga & Walking meditation; Birdwatching

Korission Lake is the largest lagoon in Corfu, it’s an invaluable ecological and archaeological treasure that has been left untouched by human activities. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the area, admire its natural beauty, observe many species of birds (hawks, eagles, herons, and flamingoes!), and wander through the Mediterranean cedar forest of Chalikounas while you discover paths that will lead you to stunning golden beaches and breathtaking sunsets.

18:30 - 19:30 Delicious Dinner

19:30 - 21:00 Free time to relax or Star observation

21:00 - 21:45 Third Guided Mind’s Garden Candlelit Aromatic Meditation (including journaling/drawing session)

Day 4

7:30 - 9:00 Pranayama, Mind’s Garden Power Yoga & Tibetan Tonglen Meditation

9:00 - 10:00 Delicious Breakfast

10:00 - 11:30 Macrame Jewellery Making Workshop

With macrame filaments, natural stones picked by you from the beach or lake, pieces of wood, pearls and other decorative materials, you’ll learn to create your own jewelry as a unique souvenir of this retreat!

11:30 - 13:00 Free time to relax, Get a massage or Take private 1-1 sessions

13:00 - 14:00 Heavenly Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Nap time, Take private sessions or Get a massage

15:00 - 16:30 Breathwork, Mind’s Garden Yin Yoga & Dancing meditation

16:30 - 18:00 The Power of your Breath Workshop

You’ll learn to tap into the power of your own breathing, to reverse the “fight-or-flight” response and deeply relax your body, to remove emotional blockages and turbulence in your mind, and to feel perfectly safe and grounded in the present moment using the breath as your anchor.

18:00 - 19:00 Yummy Dinner

19:00 - 21:00 Outdoor Sauna Detox & Purification Ceremony

First, you’ll decorate the sauna with natural stones, herbs and beautiful flowers freshly picked during your hike to Korission Lake. Then you’ll take part in a Detox & Purification Ceremony in the sauna to release the tension, hidden pain and emotional blockages in your body and mind. Finally, you can choose to either step into the outdoor shower or jump into the lake!

21:00 - 21:45 Fourth Guided Mind’s Garden Candlelit Aromatic Meditation (including journaling/drawing session)

Day 5

7:30 - 9:00 Pranayama, Juggling Vinyasa with CircusAid & Final Guided Mind’s Garden Aromatic Meditation (including journaling/drawing session)

Juggling Vinyasa is led by Jill, the founder of CircusAid, an international charity that provides relief from mental anguish while helping build resilience through engagement in circus arts to refugees living in Europe. Jill creatively combines the movements of yoga with circus arts such as juggling and invites people to experience a ‘flow’ state in her Juggling Vinyasa classes, which is an excellent form of meditation that enables connections to occur between the more logical (left) and emotional (right) hemispheres of the brain. Coordination and bimanual hand use are strengthened through repetition and practice of specific motor skills. Participants will increase their physical and cognitive wellness while learning tricks to entertain their family and friends!

9:00 - 10:00 Yummy Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 Aerial Yoga & Circus Arts with CircusAid, or go to the beach or the Lake or visit the Mavroudis Olive Oil Factory Museum

12:00 - 13:00 Closing Circle

13:00 - 14:00 Farewell lunch with Greek wine!

14:00 - 15:00 Departure

Instructors

Danai Siamou

Landy Yan

Nefeli Kalts

Claudia Wang

Jill Maglio

Retreat location

From the deep blue waters of the Ionian Sea, when scorching waves cracked violently and embraced the beaches, the island of Corfu emerged. It is also known as the Mythical Island of Scheria, mentioned by Homer in his epic poem “Odyssey”. Blessed with its subtropical Mediterranean climate, Corfu is a beautiful green jewel embedded harmoniously in the endless blue of the sea and the wonderful sky.

Corfu is located in the northwestern part of Greece, full of natural beauty such as stunning golden beaches and dense vegetation that hosts numerous species of flora and fauna, making the island one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in Europe.

In the southwestern part of Corfu, lies the majestic Korission Lake - a breathtakingly beautiful lagoon totally unspoiled and untouched. The multitude of endemic and migratory birds, rare flora and rich fauna have crowned it one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Mediterranean region.

The retreat venue, Bioporos Organic Farm, is located right next to the Korission Lake, you can admire its stunning beauty at the dinner table while enjoying heavenly organic meals every day! The Farm is one of the few ecotourism destinations in Corfu, they cultivate olive trees, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and also has a small beekeeping unit, while taking care of a flock of sheep, a horse, a donkey, a dog, a kitty and chickens!

You’ll be greeted with heart-warming Greek hospitality from the moment you arrive. Feel free to chat to the lovely farmers and learn about organic farming or Mediterranean living to your heart’s content!

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Mind's Garden offer an experience of profound beauty, grace, authenticity, wholesomeness, human warmth, respect and care. They are passionate about nutrition, healthy diet and food as medicine - you need to eat healthy to be healthy. The Mediterranean diet is renowned for being the healthiest diet in the world.

Every day you’ll enjoy wholesome, abundant and delicious vegetarian and vegan Mediterranean/Greek/Corfiot cuisine such as Yemista, Moussaka, or Spanikopita, made with freshly picked organic vegetables, eggs and olive oil produced on the farm, and let’s not forget heavenly raw salads, vegan pies, fruits, Greek coffee and desserts!

All in all, an authentic Mediterranean culinary experience filled with amazingness! Don’t forget to ask, “what’s on the menu today? - exactly like what the elders used to say back in the days in all Greek houses!

Mind's Garden believe that the key ingredient of amazing food is always love. If you have any allergies or requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. They make it their mission to provide the care and nourishment your body deserves.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Hallal
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
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)

  • Spa treatments
  • Private one-on-one sessions with Mind's Garden
  • Bike hire

You can take pampering personalized spa treatments to deeply relax, recharge, and rejuvenate your body and mind.

What's included

  • 5 Daily Guided Mind's Garden Meditation sessions
  • 7 twice daily meditation practices (6 different techniques of meditation)
  • 8 twice daily yoga sessions (6 different styles of yoga)
  • 6 twice daily pranayama/breathwork sessions
  • Heart-opening Self-reflection Journaling Workshop
  • Guided Farm Tour
  • Mouthwatering Outdoor Grill Dinner
  • Aerial Yoga & Circus Arts with CircusAid
  • Juggling Vinyasa with CircusAid
  • Hiking to Korission Lake
  • Birdwatching
  • Outdoor Sauna Detox and Purification Ceremony
  • Macrame Jewellery Making Workshop
  • The Power of your Breath Workshop
  • Star observation
  • Yoga and meditation on the beach
  • Visit the Mavroudis Olive Oil Factory Museum
  • 12 heavenly organic meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Internet access
  • Unlimited supply of water, organic herbal tea, and coffee

What's not included

  • Private 1-1 sessions
  • Spa treatments
  • Airport transfer
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from the airport

  • When you are about to exit the airport, turn left to Epar.Od Vrionis-Agiou Nikolaou to Melitiei
  • Drive along the street for 3.1 kilometers until you reach the crossroad of Chrisiida
  • At the crossroad of Chrisiida, turn left following the signs towards Benitses/Moraitika
  • Keep driving for 14 kilometers
  • Next, you will meet a roundabout, take the second exit towards Epar.Od. Pontis-Messogis for 1.4 kilometers and turn left in the next crossroad
  • Drive for 2.2 kilometers until you meet a crossroad where you’ll turn right and enter a beautiful rural area
  • After driving for 600 meters, take a right U-turn and drive for another 400 meters before turning left to the next crossroad *Then, drive for 300 meters and you have arrived at Bioporos Organic Farm!

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Corfu International Airport (CFU). The retreat venue is located about 22 kilometers from the airport.

Arrival by bus

If you arrive by bus, take the public Green Bus of Corfu Island, lines B1, B6 or B12, to arrive at Bus Stop Alevropari, where Mind's Garden will be waiting for you to pick you up and take you to the farm. The Green Bus Station is about 15 minute-walk from Corfu International Airport and it should be easy for you to get there either on foot or by taxi. Please let Mind's Garden know in advance your estimated time of arrival at Alevropari Bus Stop so they can be there on time to greet you.

Arrival by taxi

If you arrive by taxi, this is our address : Bioporos Organic Farm, Vrakaniotika Lake Korission, Agrapidia, Meliteieoi 490 80, Corfu, Greece.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 29.04% 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 on arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Monday August 26, 2019
Departure: Friday August 30, 2019

Last 1 ‘Bring a friend or family’ discount available! Only shared triple rooms left! 

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