Luxury Yoga Intensive Retreat – Aegialis Hotel & Spa, Amorgos, Greece
Thursday 29 September – Wednesday 5 October 2016, £695 pp shared room /£825 pp single room
We understand that life can be busy and stressful so this luxury yoga retreat is a perfect opportunity to take care of self, replenish, rejuvenate, relax and to have time to “just be”. Take the time to honour your body mind and soul.
This retreat will be hosted at the Five Star Aegialis Hotel & Spa on the beautiful Greek island of Amorgos. As with all our retreats you will have two teachers so be assured of our full attention.
To book please complete the booking form below and a deposit of £150 is payable upon booking. Full balance due by 14 June 2016. Monthly payment plans are available, please ask for details.
- Deepen your practice
“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” ~ Rumi
Developing your practice can be challenging especially when you have a busy life and schedule. Being on retreat gives you the chance to attend 2 classes per day, you will notice the progress and the positive effect this is having. Distractions are limited so you can be sure that you fully focus.
- Create a new perspective
“The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective” ~ Mother Teresa
We all benefit from going to a new place, seeing the world and ourselves through different eyes. You will have time to contemplate, to review what is out of balance and where you need to action change in your life. This safe space will allow you to grow and learn.
- Navigate life changes
“It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage
Life is in constant change, some of which can be challenging. A retreat allows you to step outside of your everyday life, to gain deeper understanding and create clarity.
It may be that you consciously decide to attend a retreat in order to work through change in your life or the outcome of a relaxing retreat may be a new perspective which leads to change.
- Time to meditate
“In meditation we return to where we already are – this shifting, changing ever-present now.
If you wish to take up meditation, it must be now or never.” ~ Steve Hagen, Meditation Now or Never
You will be away from distractions, feel relaxed and ‘in the moment’ leading to a peaceful space in which to develop your meditation practice. This is a perfect time to develop new habits.
- Take a digital detox
“Spending the majority of our waking lives experiencing reality through a screen, endlessly plugged into our devices, is taking its toll… and we’re realising it’s not the answer. The era of burnout, multi-tasking, tech dependence, fatigue, ‘social media everything’ and information overload is coming to a close” ~ thedigitaldetox.org
By switching off your technology you can find space and balance. You can evaluate your relationship with technology and develop a more balanced approach. Understand that you can press pause, reconnect with yourself and those around you, saviour your life experiences and feel recharged.
- Rest and Relax
“Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream” ~ John Lennon
On retreat you have the permission to fully relax. You can tune into your body, rest when you need it, allow your body and mind to de-stress. You are free to replenish as you wish, you are free from demands.
- Eat well
“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food” ~ Hippocrates
All of the hard work is done for you, you will enjoy nutritious and delicious meals. It is an opportunity to review unhealthy habits and to develop new behaviours. Healthy food, yoga and rest will re-energise your batteries and assist the body’s healing process.
- Make new friends.
“Every person needs a time out, away from stressful jobs, pressures from employers or clients, home responsibilities…. Everyone deserves to enjoy, visit unknown places, try other things, meet a lot of new friends, and feel at the top of the world. Life is full of fun, excitement, and adventure. Thus, vacation is an experience that’s worth remembering for a lifetime. It heals a weary mind and soul” ~ Alon Calinao Dy
You may travel as a group or solo but it is guaranteed that you will meet like minded people on retreat. Retreats are perfect if you are travelling alone, you have the choice to spend time with others or enjoy your own space if you wish.
Two experienced yoga teachers will lead this retreat, Julie Bladon (Jayadevi) and Jackie Dorrian (Jagdambe Ma), who will teach yoga classes in a variety of styles including Akhanda Yoga, Classical Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and Yoga Nidra. This mixed programme is perfect if you are starting your yogic journey and wish to explore different styles or if you are more experienced and wish to immerse yourself in your practice.
During the 6 night retreat, each day will consist of two yoga classes, meditation plus additional workshops (Yoga Nidra, Developing Your Home Practice and Evening Meditation & Chanting).
Day of arrival (Thu 29 Sep)
We suggest that guests arrive in Athens either on Wed 28 Sep (you will need to book your accommodation for this overnight) or book a flight arriving before 1400 on Thu 29 Sep so that you can be at the port in time for the ferry. Most ferries leave at 17.30.
For those arriving on Thu 29 Sep into Athens we can share details of who is arriving as you may wish to meet at the airport & co-ordinate your onward travel to the ferry port.
02:00 Ferry arrival at Amorgos
(Next morning practice opening ceremony and practice will begin at 10:30)
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Normal day schedule
07.30 – 09.30 Yoga & Meditation
10.00 – 11.30 Breakfast
11.30 – 16.30 Free time
16.30 – 18.15 Yoga
19.30 – 21:00 Dinner
NB Lunch, snacks and refreshments can be purchased from the hotel at extra cost.
Workshops (included in the package)
Developing Your Home Practice
Evening Meditation & Chanting
Agenda for departure date (Wed 5 Oct)
07.00 Board ferry at Aegiali Port
10.00-11.00 Closing Ceremony will be on held on the ferry.
– 6 nights accommodation in Superior room
– daily buffet breakfast with organic ingredients from the hotel’s own garden
– daily dinner
– arrival & departure transfer from/to the port of Amorgos
– welcome pack to help you unwind
– twice daily (morning and afternoon) yoga & meditation classes
– a blissful Yoga Nidra session where you will enjoy complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation
– two workshops to deepen your practice (Develop Your Home Practice / Evening Meditation & Chanting)
– one free 30 minute Swedish massage
– 10% discount on face and body spa treatments
– free use of internet
– free use of Lalon Idor Spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool with sea water, gym)
– tea and coffee making facilities are provided in all guest rooms.
– the yoga studio is fully equipped with yoga mats, blocks and bolsters
Cost of this 6 night retreat: Shared room: £695 pp / Single room: £825 pp
– Flight to Athens
– Return ferry from Athens to Amorgos
– Travel Insurance
– Airport Transfers
– Lunch / Drinks / Shopping
For bookings and queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-hosted by Julie Bladon / Jackie Dorrian
Beaches: Beaches of Amorgos
Ferry Bookings: Bluestar Ferries
Booking Form Downloads
Any changes to reservations must be made in writing.
“Really loved the space created. Particularly appreciated the suggestions for daily practice which I will take away. Enjoyed the discussion in the studio in some sessions and Friday morning interactive session excellent, liked having time to ask about postures and learning from other people’s questions in the group. Thank you Thank you Thank you”
“The place & people were very enjoyable & a good mix of personalities. You two have been very accessible and welcoming.”
“Thank you Julie and Jackie for a wonderful week, full of joy and fun. It has been very interesting to experience different types of yoga practice and different teaching styles. I feel I have learned a lot and have been convinced that I can include daily yoga practice into my usual routine. You are both excellent inspirational teachers and I appreciate your hard work planning the sessions and all the smooth organisation. Thank you again for your patience and kindness.”
“Good caring and friendly group – I felt very comfortable being part of it. Thank you Julie and Jackie for making the retreat such a pleasurable experience. What a fantastic experience thank to you two. Thank you thank you! Yoga will never be the same again.”