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7 Days Meditation, Gaga, and Yoga Retreat Greece in Paros Island

Seafront Yoga Holiday Greece

Tao’s Center is happy to present a unique combination of Gaga and yoga workshop on the beautiful relaxing island of Paros, Greece. Gaga and yoga is a special opportunity to experience movement using two systems - Gaga as developed by Ohad Naharin and yoga taught by Ouvi Lifshitz - that offer methods in which awareness emerges naturally through movement. Join Tao's Center and unleash your true potentials!

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Ouvi & Ohad
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • 2 daily Gaga sessions
  • Daily mindfulness practice
  • Relaxing and peaceful island
  • Clear beaches all around
  • 6-night accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in four different family hotels that are located right by the sea, in the nearby fisherman village of Ambelas, only 25-minute walk from the center or a three-minute drive. All hotels have been renovated in the past two years, but have kept their local, simple, and comfortable hospitality. Each of the rooms in each hotel has its own bathroom, air conditioning, small fridge, and kettle.

Eleana Studios

Eleana Studios is a simple hotel with nice, clean, and comfortable rooms newly renovated located 150 meters from the beach of Ambelas in Paros. You can enjoy the magic of nature and the tranquility of the sea just a step from the studios. Paradise for children as well as adults, Eleana Studios provide you with all the comforts for a relaxing holiday that will keep it unforgettable. In a quiet and welcoming environment, you are sure to enjoy every minute of the day. You will enjoy authentic hospitality and a variety of excellent facilities and services just a stone's throw from the beach of Ambelas, a place ideal for rejuvenation and relaxation. The studios here are fully equipped with all the comforts, combined with the tasteful and quiet family environment, Eleana Studios’ always friendly prices, and Parian hospitality, which will guarantee you unforgettable holidays.

Christiana Hotel

Christiana Hotel is a simple and basic hotel with sea and garden view rooms with a nice Greek food restaurant just in front of the sea and a swimming pool. It is one of the most beautiful hotels of the area which could satisfy even the most demanding customers with its warm and hospitable atmosphere. The view to the open sea, the calm wind, which during the summer months flows quiet and peaceful, offers you something dreamy and enigmatic.

Margarita Studios

Margarita Studios is a boutique hotel with newly renovated comfortable rooms, a delicious Greek food restaurant, and a nice swimming pool located three-minute walk from the beach. The Margarita Studios with 17 distinctive guest bedrooms, suites, apartments, and houses located throughout the resort are completely renovated and transformed into deluxe rooms made for one, two or three guests, for couples, or families, for singles or for honeymooners, into elegant suites and into stylish stone houses.

All materials are connected to the area of Paros, the people and their origin, Cyclades, introducing a new accommodation concept, offering more than just comfort but an entire living experience. All details are chosen with care. The emphasis is placed on natural materials such as marble baths and natural Greek fabrics to create the desired ambiance. With complimentary Wi-Fi and breathtaking views, you’ll have no problem unwinding and feeling right at home.

Each room has comfy beds, crisp white linens, high-quality duvets and pillows, fluffy white towels, a modern en-suite bathroom with high-pressure showers, high-quality bathroom fittings, and premium natural skincare toiletry products.

Ambelas Mare

Ambelas Mare is an upgraded seafront unit that has been renovated, modern, and comfortable with kitchens and large sea view terraces. Ambelas Mare apartments in Paros has six luxurious apartments which may accommodate from two to six persons. Their beautifully decorated and spacious apartments are a guarantee for a pleasant stay, with private roofed verandas offering a relaxing view of the sea. There are four apartments that can accommodate four to six persons, with two bedrooms, two baths, lounge, fully equipped kitchens (refrigerator, oven, dishes, glasses, cutlery), Jacuzzi, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, etc. The other two apartments can accommodate two to four persons, with one bedroom and one bath with bathtub, fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, oven, dishes, glasses, cutlery), Jacuzzi, air conditioning, satellite T.V., telephone, etc.

Program

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body, developed by Ohad Naharin. The Gaga sessions will be led by Ohad Fishof, an interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of sound, dance, performance, and visual art. He is a long-term collaborator with Batsheva Dance Company and has worked closely with choreographer Ohad Naharin. Yoga by Ouvi Lifshitz is a methodological practice without a method. Being one of Israel’s leading yoga teachers, she teaches yoga practice in an organized-methodological way without belonging to any particular school of yoga.

Gaga

Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

Yoga

Every method of yoga is the result of particular insights, therefore limited by the founder’s own awareness and individual thoughts. But yoga, as a “tradition of freedom”, calls upon each practicing individual to form their own perspective and to develop their unique practice. Ouvi Lifshitz, an established Vinyasa yoga teacher living and working in Israel, teaches practice based on five principles: asana and Vinyasa, compensation, target position, and numbers. These provide a framework in which physical, mental, and spiritual practices are not confined to someone else’s understanding but rather gives the practitioners the freedom of finding their own way.

Daily schedule

The workshop daily schedule includes morning yoga practice, breakfast, noon and afternoon Gaga sessions, evening meditation, lunch, and free island time. At 20:00 on June 17, 2018, an open Gaga intro will take place, free of charge.

  • 09:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 11:00 Light breakfast
  • 12:30 Gaga session
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free island time
  • 19:00 Gaga session
  • 20:15 Mindfulness
  • 21:00 Free evenings

Instructors

Ouvi Lifshitz
Ouvi Lifshitz is one of the leading yoga instructors in Israel, leading trainings, workshops, and ongoing lessons in Israel and overseas. Combining her theoretical interest, her self-growth process, and practice and teaching intensively for many years, she understood that every method is limited to the personality of its founder. She has formed a path that allows practice and methodological teaching without committing to a specific style or method, putting an emphasis on a detailed knowledge of the theoretical background of yoga as well as its meditative basis.
Ohad Fishof
Ohad Fishof is an artist and musician working in a diverse range of fields including sound, dance, video, performance, and installation. Fishof became a collaborator of Batsheva Dance Company and worked closely with Ohad Naharin, the creator of Gaga movement language. Since 2004, he is a teacher of Gaga as well as dance, performance, and audio master classes and workshops. Currently, he is creating music, dance, and performance in Israel and worldwide, as well as teaching at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design and at Hamidrasha Art School in Israel.

Retreat location

Paros is a magical island in Greece. Whether you visit or live here, you’ll immediately feel at home. After a short while, you will realize you are enchanted with its simplicity and serenity. The colors, the very simple and powerful nature, the vast sky, the stones, being so far away from

the rush of the world, and simultaneously so close to real life as you always knew they should be. Being part of the Cycladic Islands but different from its more touristic neighbors, Mykonos and Santorini, Paros kept its authentic Greek atmosphere, yet offers anything you may need or think of.

Nearby places

  • Ambelas - 25 minutes' walk / 3 minutes' drive

Food

Tao's Center restaurant provides the vegetarian meals for this retreat, including a light breakfast with tasty porridge, rich local fruit salad, assortment of dried fruits, rich Greek yogurt, honey, coffee, and fresh lemon grass tea from their garden. A delicious lunch with Mediterranean or Asian style dishes, such as curry, lentil rice, stir fried vegetables, bean noodles, fresh salads, and more.

All of the food is vegetarian, vegan, or raw. A lot of locally grown seasonal fruit, vegetables, spices, and herbs as well locally produced olive oil, cheeses and other goodies are used. Healthy nutrition is a very important to Tao's Center and to their yogis, so they make sure to deliver the very best food they can, with the help of their amazing chef from Thailand, Pan Swan.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Lunch

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Raw food
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)

At Tao’s Center, various massages, therapies, healing, and personal counseling sessions are offered. All are given by Tao’s Center home teachers and therapists as well as by guest ones, all high-level professionals and most experienced. Holistic treatments, acupuncture, Ayurvedic and Thai massages, healing, aromatherapy, astrology, and many more are all on Tao’s Center treatments list. The treatments are given in Tao’s Personal Sessions rooms and last between one to 1.5 hours.

What's included

  • 4 workshop sessions per day
  • 6-night accommodation
  • Daily light fresh breakfast and vegetarian lunch in Tao's Center restaurant

What's not included

  • Flights and ferry to the Island
  • Dinner

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH), Mykonos International Airport (JMK), or Santorini (Thira) National Airport (JTR). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

For getting to Tao’s Center, you first need to get to the island of Paros. This can be done through Athens or, in the summertime, through the neighboring islands of Mykonos and Santorini. From Athens International Airport (ATH) to Piraeus, you can use the Metro, bus (98A), or a taxi. By Metro, it takes about one hour, bus or taxi takes 40 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the traffic. From Athens International Airport (ATH) to Rafina and Lavrio ports, it’s best to take a taxi.

Between June and September, there are international charter flights to Mykonos Island National Airport (JMK) and Santorini (Thira) National Airport (JTR). From both airports, there are daily ferries to Paros, the trip time ranging from half an hour to three hours.

Arrival by ferry / boat

Daily ferries from Piraeus port to Paros travel all year round. The trip is four hours long. In the summertime, faster ferries (three hours long) are available also from Rafina and Lavrio ports.

Arrival by taxi

From the airports or the port in Paros, Tao's Center will be happy to reserve a taxi transfer to the hotels or to the center.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
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