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Join Wai Chung Yoga in a yoga retreat set in the beautiful atmosphere of Arillas, Corfu. Immerse in 2 daily yoga classes, with free time go to the beach and rest. Nurture the body, mind and soul with Insight yoga (Hatha lineage), meditation, and yoga Nidra relaxation. Set in natural surroundings served with wholesome local food, excursion, and friendly warm welcome with a smile from the local family looking after us. 6 months very regular practice or once a week for a year minimum yoga experience necessary, mixed abilities with options and modifications provided.
Set in a peace and quiet location. Nikos Apartments is a family run setting situated just over a kilometer from Arillas beach, on a large piece of land, most of which is used to grow vegetables for the family’s vegetable and fruit shop. The complex consists of two buildings with apartments and maisonettes, a large swimming pool, a pool bar and a restaurant.
The apartments have 2 bedrooms, a shower and toilet, kitchen and lounge area. Some have balconies or a private small garden area. You can choose from private apartment to shared 4 people in one apartment.
There are also 4 maisonettes which have 1 double bed upstairs and 2 single beds downstairs, with one shower and toilet, open plan kitchen and lounge. It has a private patio with table and chairs. This is suitable for a couple, a family or 3-4 friends sharing.
In this yoga retreat, Wai Chung will be holding space for you to transform your unique yoga journeys, empowering the inner alchemy and physical regeneration so you and the whole group blossom with pure energy naturally and with ease. Wai will bring together Yoga postures, pranayama, meditation, chanting, energy work and breath journeying.
On Tuesday arrival you will be welcomed with an evening meal, get to know who's in the group over an orientation for the week. The week will begin with an opening celebratory ritual with a short Sanskrit opening chant to welcome and start the journey with the group.
Thereafter, there will be two yoga classes a day, based on the Hatha Yoga lineage which Wai teaches her adapted known as 'Insight Yoga', based on the core essence and the five elements of nature. You will experience sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, and optional discussions on yoga philosophy as brought with your experiences. We encourage a healthy lifestyle; Vegetarian, vegan and special diets are catered for (at a little extra cost). We do highlight that this is a conscious retreat connecting with the hearts. There is plenty of free time to enjoy at the beach, by the pool or just do nothing. We have one day where you we go on a private boat trip where we will go snorkeling and have lunch in another part of Corfu Island. This day there is no evening yoga class but a later gathering.
Arillas is the base of Green Corfu and one of the most beautiful villages of Corfu. It is situated in the north-west corner of Corfu, 37 km from Corfu town. It combines a breath taking landscape with a great variety of things to do, ranging from walking and swimming to meditating and participating in the local culture. Arillas, has long been walked by Sannyasins and yogis creating a rich ambiance of peace and a laid back lifestyle. The positive energy of the place is something you will feel right away and attracts many people to come back again and again!
Arillas is blessed with a beautiful setting in a fertile, green valley, with a stream running down from Kavadades and Magoulades. The surrounding hills are full of green-silver olive groves, sloping down towards the shore. The seaside itself is dominated by cliffs dropping down to a golden sandy beach and crystal clear waters. The main boulevard of Arillas is a couple of hundred meters wide and this is where access to the beach is easy. Along the boulevard you will find nice restaurants serving local homemade food, Mediterranean cuisine and of course fresh fish. There are also a couple of nice cafes and beach bars with great sea views. Both to the north and to the south, the beach extends for hundreds of meters, flanked by high cliffs of clay, offering privacy for nature lovers but also a natural cosmetic! Indeed, many people use this clay to cover their whole bodies with it. When you wash it off afterwards, your skin feels silky smooth.
Vegetarian food will be served and special diets catered for (with a little extra cost). All breakfasts and dinners are offered at the restaurant in Nikos Apartments, while on one of the nights we will dine out in a local tavernetta at a local family run seafood restaurant (excluded from the price)
Taste the pure, fresh ingredients straight from the owners’ farm, traditional Greek dishes cooked with love, making the meals so special. Using local, and wherever possible, organic products.The village restaurants offer a wide range of local dishes but we prefer if you can maintain a vegetarian diet for the retreat to embrace the ethos of Ahimsa (non harming). There is an option to have non vegetarian food on the night we have a meal out.
There is lots of free time to enjoy the beach and explore the islands beauties and nearby villages. Nearby activities include hiking, cycling, walking. Quad bikes, scooters, car and bicycle rentals are available in town, if you wish to use the lunch time to go explore. We will have a few walks planned and hopefully a visit to Nikos Olive farm and factory.
Body massages acupuncture, osteopathy, reflexology and healing treatments are available on site upon request and extra charge Cost between 30-60 EUR per treatment.
Pre-booking is recommended as appointments could be fully booked. The therapist and treatment availability will be sent to you in the beginning of May 2017 for you to pre-book.
Arrive at Corfu International Airport (CFU). From London Heathrow, flights with British Airways (recommended for 6pm check in and making the most of your time at retreat). Also from London Gatwick flights with Easy Jet. Please try to arrive in Corfu between 3pm – 4.30pm. Please do not arrive on late flights after 9pm as you will miss settling in and it is too late for pick up and check in.
The journey from Corfu airport to Nikos Apartments takes approximately 1 hour taxi ride or drive. A minibus will be arranged for arrivals at 3:30pm-4:30pm.
Make sure you book your tickets well in advance. For information, visit: skyscanner.com. Another option is flying from Athens to Corfu: https://en.aegeanair.com and major airports. Or coming overland with the ferry.