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Join this relaxing yoga retreat to immerse yourself in your yoga practice surrounded by nature while overlooking some of the most breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. The Rou Estate is a venue that is not only unique but also infused in barefoot luxury within beautiful natural surroundings. You will relax your mind, invigorate your senses, and recharge the body and soul through daily yoga practice. You will also nourish yourself with outstanding Mediterranean cuisine created by a local chef.
The Yoga Garden Retreat Company Ltd is delighted to be able to offer you retreat at the well-established Rou Estate which is based in the northeast part of Corfu and directly above the fishing villages of Agni and San Stefanos. Nestled amongst the cypress and olive trees in the hills of Corfu, the Rou Estate was sympathetically restored by a British / Dutch couple in early 2004. Their vision and ethos were to create a haven away from the usual tourist destinations surrounded by views that are not only breathtaking but also have the ability to lift your soul.
The 18 traditional houses within this hamlet is all interwoven amongst the various landscaped paths in which each house has their own unique flavor. The Yoga Garden Retreat Company Ltd is delighted to be able to use four of the houses which are Lavandula, Lillium, Muscari, and Laurus. Each house has their own plunge pool within their own private garden and terraces. A large communal pool is found at the epicenter of the estate and surrounded by cacti and diverse Mediterranean plants.
You will delve deeper into your yoga practice without interruptions to let your practice go further, discover the depths of your practice, and be guided by caring and skilled teachers. During the day, there will be different organized events that range from hiking, wellness talks, yoga clinics, and a trip to Corfu town, as well as the opportunity to relax by the pool.
A typical retreat day will include pre-yoga snack, breakfast, free time (this could involve a hike, local trip, relaxation by the pool or beach, or optional of one on one yoga session), lunch (a variety of nutritious Mediterranean inspired foods with locally sourced or grown seasonal ingredients), afternoon relaxation (massages, siesta, go exploring, hiking, or optional of one on one yoga session), late afternoon yoga (as the sun begins to set, sometimes a yoga Nidra relaxation), dinner, hanging out, going to bed, reading, or stargazing.
Each morning the focus will be on Sangyé yoga. Within a dynamic Vinyasa yoga framework, you will build the foundations to develop a strong conscious practice progressively deepening the asana over the four days. Inspired by yogic and Buddhist philosophy, The Yoga Garden Retreat Company Ltd will bring a deeper meaning to the practice, exploring not only on a physical level but also a practice level that raises the awareness of the present moment mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Through hands-on assists, you will work together on correct alignment, deepening the postures, and gaining insight into the energetics. If appropriate, you may take the opportunity to use a workshop approach, breaking down the techniques to further enhance your skills and understanding. Evening classes will take a more restorative approach, nourishing the body through gentle and somatic movement, along with mindfulness meditation techniques, pranayama, and some yoga Nidra, all culminating in a deep state of relaxation.
Note: The teacher may apply a hands-on adjustment to help modify and correctly align a pose or possibly help you to express a deeper aspect of the pose. If you prefer not to receive assists, please feel free to let your teacher know.
You will get a trip to Corfu Town during this retreat.
Corfu, cradled in history, is the largest island of the Greek Ionian Islands. As illustrated in Gerald Durrell’s “My Family and Other Animals”, Corfu is surrounded by incredible nature and diverse surroundings. The capital city of Kerkyra, also known as Corfu Town, is steeped in sophisticated history with a tapestry of cultural influences from the Venetians, French, and British as well a dose of the Austrian empire. Interweaving through the city are a myriad of pedestrianized streets selling Corfiot local products, from the typical tourist trinkets to some high fashion boutiques. You can savor some Corfu's delights while sipping hot frothy coffee on the Liston promenade, a place that is central to Corfu life. You will be heading into Corfu Town towards the end of the retreat to experience this vibrant town.
Winding up the coast, about 45 minutes from the city, you will reach the Rou Estate. Dotted along the coast are some quaint little fisherman villages with a choice of tavernas serving the usual Greek delicacies. There is a range of pebble and sandy beaches about 10 minutes below the Rou Estate where you can jump into the wonderful Ionian sparkling waters and relax under the Mediterranean sunshine. For the more active recreation, there are a number of beautiful hiking trails located on some part of the infamous Corfu Trail, on along the coast of the north east of Corfu, and on the doorstep of the Rou Estate.
You will be served daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning pre-yoga snack which consists of dried fruits, nuts, fresh juice morning shot, coffee, and tea. Breakfast will be a buffet of homemade granola, yogurts, fruits, local bread, honey, jams, pancakes, and eggs. Meanwhile, lunch will be a variety of nutritious Mediterranean inspired foods made by locally sourced or grown seasonal ingredients. If you have an allergy or specific dietary requirement, please just let The Yoga Garden Retreat Company Ltd know and The Yoga Garden Retreat Company Ltd will tell the in-house chef.