Yoga retreat in Greece
IN THE GREEK ISLANDS
10-17 JULY 2021
Overview of our yoga retreat - Summer 2021
Join us for a transformative week of yoga on the ancient and unspoiled seashores of Greece. This summer we take you to the Caribbean of Greece - Lefkada Island. Located in the heart of the Ionian Islands, in Northwest Greece, the island is boasting one of the most natural landscapes and some of the most scenic beaches. Lefkada is an island where time passes a bit slower and the reason the island is famous is the beaches. You may have seen photos of its beaches, but trust us, they are far better than in the pictures. Some of the most popular beaches are Porto Katsiki, Egremnoi, Kathisma, and Milos beach.
Practicing yoga in a studio with panoramic view over the Ionian Sea and Ithaca Island is one of the most beautiful experiences you will enjoy this summer. Enjoy the benefits of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga in the mornings, and yin, restorative yoga or workshop-style classes in the afternoon while watching the magical sunset. Feel energized, nourished and at the same time grounded.
Spend your free time exactly as you like. Delight yourself with a massage, swim in the private swimming pool, discover your favorite beach, visit the traditional villages or take a boat trip to the nearby islands. The choices are endless.
Yoga retreat in more detail
What kind of yoga will you practice?
The retreat welcomes all levels of practitioners. Whether we see ourselves as beginners or advanced in our practice, we all have something to learn. We provide support and challenge to suit each individual's needs.
Modifications and variations will be given throughout all classes and you will always have both teachers in the morning classes, one leading the class and the other offering personal support and hands-on adjustments when needed.. This way, irrespective of experience, all students are supported under the right guidance.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a precise set sequence of asanas, a dynamic form of yoga that produces heat in the body in order to purify it. Its main focus is linking the breath with the movement. Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional style of yoga and it's considered a moving meditation as the students draw themselves inwards through the use of drishti (focus point), bandhas (energetic locks), and the breath.
It's not necessary for the participants to be familiar with the sequence – all classes will be guided and this is also a great way to start practicing Ashtanga Yoga – where everyone breaths and moves together. You will practice Ashtanga every other morning.
Vinyasa Yoga, sometimes called Flow Yoga, is a contemporary (modern) style of yoga where students move freely from one pose to another using breath. Vinyasa classes have music and offer variety and freedom to choose from many poses, thus being unpredictable and creative. No two Vinyasa classes are alike. You will enjoy Vinyasa Yoga every other morning.
Scroll down to find out more details on all the classes that will be taught during this yoga retreat.
Food - all-inclusive
We fully support the Mediterranean diet not only because we’re in Greece, but because it has long been known as one of the healthiest diets. Local fresh produce including figs, honey, juicy oranges, and lemons will energize and nourish your body and soul.
Breakfast is served after the morning yoga class and it is prepared with lots of love by Urania herself, the owner of these amazing villas. A typical power breakfast usually includes porridge, almonds, nuts, Greek yogurt, honey, eggs, cheese, fresh fruits, home-made bread, home-made marmalade, fresh juice, coffee, tea, and much more.
Light lunch, such as home-made energy bars, walnut bars, carrot cake, lentil soup, hummus, will help you stay energized during the day.
Dinner is a variety of fresh vegetarian options which include salads, appetizers, home-made pies cooked with love again by master chef Urania. A well-deserved dessert is a must :-)
The family environment and the love that is put into the food preparation are what make this yoga holiday an unforgettable experience. Urania's food is simply amazing.
Please let us know in advance in case of food allergies and intolerances.
The yoga retreat center
Words cannot easily describe the beauty of this place. Urania's Yoga Retreat Center is a true paradise on earth.
This peaceful and secluded spot bestows an immediate feeling of tranquility and peace that will make your summer yoga retreat in Greece a rich and unforgettable experience. You will have complete privacy so you can relax the moment you set your foot at the villas.
You will enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Ionian sea and Ithaca island, not only from the yoga studio but also from your bedroom and from the breakfast area. Actually from everywhere.
Practicing yoga while enjoying stunning view of the sunset and the Ithaca island, the mythical home of Ulysses, will stay with you for the rest of your life. With the luxurious furniture, the natural materials, and dominant stone-walled villas, you can barely distinguish what is a design and what is nature.
The retreat center consists of 5 luxurious stone villas and one yoga studio. Each villa has three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with filtered water, and a washing machine so that you can do your laundry.
Each room has its own ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, safe box, and luxurious Coco-Mat mattresses and pillows. You will sleep like a baby :-) Beach towels are included.
Each villa has its own swimming pool and a spacious terrace with an amazing panoramic sea view where you can relax and enjoy the silence.
For additional information on the villas and more photos, please visit https://uraniavillas.gr
Single: 1 double bed (180cm x 200cm)
Shared Twin: 2 single beds (100cm x 200cm)
A typical day on your yoga retreat
08:00-09:30 Morning yoga
10:30-18:00 Free time
18:00-19:15 Evening class
* Schedule is subject to minor changes
What IS included in the price:
all yoga classes
2 experienced yoga instructors will teach you amazing yoga classes
seven nights' accommodation in luxurious villas so you can pamper yourself in style
daily delicious yummy breakfasts, light lunches, and dinners to nourish your body and soul
top-quality yoga mats and all necessary props so that you can travel without your yoga mat
What is NOT included in the price:
transportation to the villas and back to the airport. This can be arranged by us and you can share the cost with the rest of the participants. Please find more travel details as you scroll down.
day trips to the other small islands. The cost is about 20-25 euros and totally worth it.
car rental (the car can be rented from the villas)
Your yoga instructors and retreat hosts:
Fly to Preveza or Ioannina airport
The closest airport to Lefkada Island is called Aktion International Airport (PVK), located in Preveza town and only 62 km from the yoga center. This airport is well connected with major European cities during the summer and it's the one we recommend you fly into.
If you arrive at the PVK Airport, a taxi to the retreat center costs approximately 60-70 euros. Shared taxis can be arranged upon request of the participants.
If you cannot find a flight to PVK Airport, the next airport is Ioannina (IOA) which is 176 km away from the yoga center.
Things to see on Lefkada Island
Every journey starts somewhere...
Lefkada island is slowly developing in tourism but still remains a traditional Ionian island that has retained its color, authentic character, and calm pace of everyday life. It offers mountainous villages, mountain biking opportunities, stunning beaches, and great hikes. These trails lead to waterfalls, forests, white beaches and small forgotten villages.
Lefkada has got the best beaches in the Mediterranean Sea with crystal clear water, steep rocks behind you which reflect their color in the water and give the sea that amazing turquoise color. The most famous beach called Porto Katsiki is just a 15-minute drive from the villas. Don't miss the lighthouse and the monastery of Saint Nicholas which are a bit further down from Porto Katsiki. Egremnoi beach is only 10 minutes drive and worth seeing. Other stunning beaches are Milos and Kathisma to name a few.
A rental car, scooter, or ATV can be easily rented from the villas. Urania's son will make one phone call and the car will be brought straight to the villas.
We usually organize an optional boat trip to other small neighboring islands such as Meganisi, Ithaca, and Onasis' private island called Scorpios. Here, you will have the opportunity to swim in even more breathtaking waters.
Vasiliki is a beautiful waterfront fishermen's village only a 10-minute drive from the villas. It has a few supermarkets, many places to eat fresh fish, have drinks right by the beach, and explore really nice shops with souvenirs and traditional products. Other villages worth visiting are Nidri, Athani, Eglouvi, famous for its renowned lentils, and Saint Nikitas.
Another option is to stay by the swimming pool, read a book, enjoy the view, and listen to the silence. Or, sit on your marble terrace, enjoying a cup of coffee, and the company of new friends. The choices are many and they are all yours.
Visit our Lefkada yoga gallery...
Yoga retreat dates...
Yoga retreat prices...
500€ deposit is needed to reserve your spot.
The remaining balance in total of 50% of your package price is to be paid 30 days before the retreat start date.
The remaining balance is to be paid in cash upon arrival.
In solidarity with the current Covid-19 crisis, the deposit for a cancelation requested 30 days or more before the retreat start date will be transferable to another on-location/online course, retreat, or to a replacement student, sourced by the initial student.
Guarantee Step #1
the participant needs to cancel due to COVID-19 government and/or travel restrictions on the side of the country where the retreat is carried out.
the participant needs to cancel due to COVID-19 government and/or travel restrictions on the side of the student's country of departure.
the participant needs to cancel due to COVID-19 health-related issues.
Guarantee Step #2:
For those who do not meet the above criteria but are unable to attend the retreat, the deposit is non-transferable and non-returnable.
And why the 30 days? As I am sure you can appreciate; booking venues, flights, and the retreat center are just some of the upfront costs we are responsible for. 30 days gives you as much flexibility as possible, whilst giving us just 4 weeks to try to fill your spot.