8 Days Authentic Hatha Yoga Retreat with Oona Giesen on the Greek Island Paros

Relaxing Yoga Retreat Greece

Come and join for a one week yoga holiday on the beautiful Greek island Paros. Aliki fishing village and yoga with Oona, the perfect combination to really unwind from your daily life and enjoy a relaxed holiday. Yoga holiday, no bootcamp, with classes starting at 10:00. (If you are an early bird, you can go for a swim first.)

This yoga retreat, taught by a highly qualified and international recognized instructor with 25 years teaching experience, is perfect for all levels; it does not matter what level of experience with yoga you have. The small classes allow for individually focused attention, ensuring that you get the maximum results from your daily classes. With emphasis on alignment and on the connection between the mind, the body and the breath, you will leave with a fresh and positive outlook going forwards which you can continue back home. Yoga for people of all ages and all body's; yoga is for everybody.

Oona was chosen by 2 million member of the Luxury Travel Guide to be the best yoga holiday in Europe for 2018. She started the first yoga school on the island Paros in Greece and although she has a softer approach, you can feel the influences of B.K.S. Iyengar strongly in her classes. She broke her spine in a very bad car accident in 1998 and since then recovered herself extremely well with her yoga. In this proces she became expert by experience in managing back pain with yoga.

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Highlights

  • 7 times breakfast
  • 6 morning yoga classes
  • Welcome and goodbye dinner
  • A well-experienced and international recognized and rewarded yoga instructor
  • Transfer to and from hotel
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Paros Airport
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Accommodation

During this retreat you will stay at the Aliki Panorama Hotel. Aliki Panorama Hotel is a small family hotel with 12 rooms and 26 beds. Single rooms, double rooms (shared) and a family apartment for four people. The rooms in the front overlook the village towards the sea. The rooms in the back have a view tot he mountains. There will be a swimming pool with sun beds on one side, and on the other side a huge terrace, with a bar and lounge area from which you can see a beautiful sunset, and enjoy a nice drink.

The hotel is located in Aliki, a small authentic fishing village at the south coast on the beautiful Greek island Paros. The hotel is located only 3 minutes walking from the centre of the village and the beach. A bit more to the left and the right you can find more nice beaches on walking distance.

Program

The stunning and intimate island location brings a whole new level of calmness and tranquility to your yoga practice, with basic, down to earth yoga practice. Piso Aliki and Oona's yoga, the perfect combination to really unwind from your daily stress, to relax and enjoy your holiday.

This is basic, traditional Hatha yoga, suitable for everybody. No chanting, no chakra’s, no mystification. Practicing asanas (postures) in combination with breathing/meditation to get the best result. A practical course to prepare you (hopefully) to start practicing on your own as well.

Yoga classes

  • 10:00 - 12:30 daily (Sunday - Friday); so enough time left to enjoy the island, sea, the sun, the relaxed Greek lifestyle
  • Classes will start and end with 10 minutes of breathing
  • Classes will be given in English
  • Authentic down to earth yoga classes with focus on alignment of the spine, and the connection between the three pillars of yoga: the mind, the breath and the body
  • No chanting, no mystification; but down-to-earth practice
  • Props will be used (pillows, blankets and belts) to adapt the exercises to your own level
  • Small groups of maximum 12 people ensure enough personal attention and correction
  • Everybody works at his/her own level
  • Classes will be given in an open way where there is space to ask questions
  • The atmosphere is friendly and non-competitive.

Instructors

Oona Giesen
Oona Giesen started practicing Iyengar yoga 45 years ago when she was 8 years old. She was trained by Agnes Hillen, Margriet Post, Victor van Kooten and, most of all, her mother Jeanne Buntinx, who were trained personally by Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar and were the founders of the Iyengar yoga movement in the Netherlands. Her first yoga holiday in 1975 in France with Agnes Hillen-Mineur was the inspiration for what she is doing for 25 years now: organizing yoga holidays. Recently she won a prestigious international award, chosen by 2 million members of LTG to be the best yoga school in Europe for 2018.

Retreat location

The yoga courses will be held on Paros, one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades in Greece. The yoga school is located only 100 meters away from the sea. The Cyclades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, between Athens and Crete, known for its natural beauty and spectacular architecture. Paros is also the most centrally located island of the Cyclades where ferry boats go daily to different islands. The yoga school is situated in Aliki, a small authentic fishing village on the south coast of Paros and is the perfect destination for travelers and holidaymakers who have an interest in yoga and meeting new people. The school is open all year round and offers specialized, intensive yoga courses throughout the summer months (April - October). There are several lovely beaches close by, a few tavernas, restaurants at the seaside, and beautiful sunsets to enjoy in the afternoon. No nightlife, no discotheques, just calmness, and tranquility, except for an occasional traditional village party. The stunning and intimate island location brings a whole new level of calmness and tranquility to your yoga practice with basic, down to earth yoga practice. Aliki and yoga with Oona are the perfect combinations to unwind from your daily stress, relax and enjoy a fantastic holiday.

Nearby locations

  • The center of the village - 3 minutes on foot
  • The sea, 100 meters
  • Yoga school - 15 minutes on foot

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing

General

  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Food

You will have two dinners at Apoplous Restaurant, right on the beach of Aliki. The Mediterranean diet is known worldwide to be the most healthy food. In general, Greek food is very suitable for vegetarians, and any personal wishes are no problem for the restaurant. Aliki is a fishing village; if you like fish, you can not get it more fresh; the same day they catch the fish, it will be on your plate.

You will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast every morning to kickstart your day with the nutrition that will perfectly compliment your yoga practice. If you prefer not to eat before yoga class, you can take the breakfast up to your room (with refrigerator) and save it for after the yoga class.

The hotel has a simple basic restaurant, that serves all kind of juices and healthy snacks, salads, toast, sandwiches, fruit salads, and more. And a menu of the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

The small fishing village Aliki has four nice beaches on walking distance. One beach provides sunbeds/umbrella's and has a restaurant, the other beaches are natural, and without these services. Aliki and yoga; the perfect combination to really unwind from your daily life. If you want to see more of the beautiful island, you can hire a car and go around. Oona will tell you what are nice places to visit.

You can go on a boat trip with the Rofos boat with captain Ilias on board, an experience you will never forget. You can experience swimming and snorkeling in turquoise waters and the pirate cove. Masks / snorkels are provided and light lunch and drinks are served. The boat is also suitable for people who cannot swim. This trip is optional and has an additional cost of 35 EUR p.p.

Other things to do are:

  • Scuba diving
  • Hiking over old Byzantine paths (35 EUR)
  • Wind- and kite- surfing
  • Rent your own (sailing) boat
  • Horse riding
  • Get a massage
  • Greek language lessons

What's included

  • 6 morning yoga classes (Sunday - Friday)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (welcome and goodbye)
  • Transfer to and from the hotel

What's not included

  • Boat and airplane tickets to Paros
  • Insurance
  • Optional boat trip on the Rofos boat with snorkeling in turquoise waters (35 EUR)
  • Optional hikes (35 EUR each)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

You can fly to Athens, Mykonos or Santorini and from there take the boat to Paros. From Athens, you can also fly to Paros new airport in about 30 minutes. Both Aegean Air and Sky Express offer flights between Athens and Paros.

Once a week Astra Airlines offers a direct charter flight from Vienna to Paros.

Airport: Paros Airport Airport transfer included: Paros Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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 90 days before the arrival date.

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Important: Shared rooms only if somebody else is available for sharing.
Low season
  • May 4, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • November 2, 2019
Mid season
  • June 1, 2019
  • August 31, 2019
  • September 21, 2019
High season
  • June 29, 2019

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