ASHTANGA YOGA RETREAT

7 NIGHTS - ASHTANGA YOGA RETREAT
WITH BELA LIPAT AND CLIFTON OTTENS

 

 

 

IN AMORGOS, GREECE
27 SEPTEMBER - 4 OCTOBER 2018

Highlights    

•    Daily Ashtanga - Mysore and/or led class    

•    Daily Meditation and Pranayama class    

•    Beginners introduction to Ashtanga yoga (where applicable)    

•    4 afternoon Yoga Workshops and Philosophy Talks    

•    30-minutes Swedish massage        

•    Daily Breakfast Buffet and Dinner  

•    1 afternoon hike with Clifton  

•    7 nights accommodation in Twin-Share or Single Superior Room

Escape to Amorgos! 

In the spectacular setting on the island of Amorgos, you will stay at Aegialis Hotel and Spa, awarded by CNN for being one of the top five yoga destinations in Greece.  Start each morning with meditation and pranayama classes with Bela.  Followed by Ashtanga Mysore style or led class.  In the afternoons, you will have yoga workshops with Clifton on alignment and technique, and end with some meditation and philosophy talks.  

Your home away from home will be Aegialis Hotel and Spa featuring Superior well-appointed rooms with your choice of Single or Twin-Sharing rooms with balcony overlooking the sea.  Daily breakfast buffet and dinners are included.  There will also be plenty of time to kick back and enjoy the stunning views, relax by the pool, indulge in a massage and spa treatments, go to the beach, or explore the island. Come join us for a retreat like no other.

Treat yourself to a week of yoga, meditation, sun, sand, spa, and relaxation!    

Accommodation

You will stay at Aegialis Hotel and Spa on beautiful Amorgos Island, awarded by CNN for being one of the top five yoga destinations in Greece. Accommodation choices are either Twin Sharing or Single Room.  All are Superior rooms with handmade forged iron beds, classic line furniture, and designer linens to set the mood. These rooms feature state-of-the-art facilities with a minimal Cycladic design mentality giving an elegant, yet modern and luxurious comfort.

The hotel and spa features an Olympic-size sea-water pool with free sun loungers, umbrellas, and showers, and spa and gym facilities.  Aegialis is located within walking distance from the sandy beaches Aegiali and Levrosos.   Each room offers a flat screen television, free Wi-Fi internet, direct telephone line, air-conditioning, a private balcony, a fridge, coffee and tea facilities, kettle, hairdryer, safety box, bathrobes and pool towels, slippers, and a bathtub. You are free to access the spa including sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool, and the fitness center.


 

Location  

The retreat will take place in Amorgos, Greece. Life on Amorgos is magical. There is literally a magnetic field underneath the island so you can feel the energy the moment you arrive. Geographically, the island is located in the southern Cycladic region, between Mykonos and Santorini. Yet, Amorgos, with its unspoiled beauty and the natural energy, makes it the perfect place for your yoga practice.  Amorgos is a remarkably unspoiled island at the south-eastern edge of the Cyclades group, where traditional customs are still inextricably interwoven into a landscape as rich in beauty as in its history and culture. Originally inhabited by seafarers from Asia Minor in the fourth century BC, the island now cradles people who enjoy a lifestyle that has been shaped by a varied and dramatic past. This is a place that appears untouched by time, but where the inhabitants quietly preserve one of the best-kept secrets of the Aegean region.

There are two ports on the island, Katapola and Aegiali, where ferries, catamaran, and hydrofoils call connecting Amorgos to other islands and the mainland. There are several beaches along the coastline. In Aegiali, the beach is long and sandy, starting from the edge of the fishing village Ormos. Levroso, Psili Ammos, and Hohlakas are a 15-minute walk from the port, while they can also be reached by small boat on a regular schedule.

On the other, steep side of Amorgos, below the Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa, lies the beach of Agia Anna, famous for the clear blue and turquoise waters. Here is the location where the famous movie “The Big Blue” was filmed, making Amorgos known around the world.

The Practice

On the first morning, we will have a led class including technical details of the vinyasa and the postures from KPJAYI Authorized Ashtanga Teacher Bela Lipat.  The following days, we will have Mysore-style morning sessions.  The classes are suitable for all levels, focusing on both practice and philosophy as well as an opportunity for you to ask any questions.  

We welcome both beginners and more experienced practitioners.  For those completely new to the practice, Clif will hold a separate Beginners Introduction on the first morning as needed.  

In the afternoons, depending on the needs and condition of the participants, Clifton will lead classes in alignment and technique.  You will get personal attention and correction with the practice adapted to your personal level.  Classes are in English with Bela and with Clifton, Dutch and English.

Food


All meals will bе organic and hand-picked from the hotel's garden. Your daily brunch served on buffet daily with organic ingredients from the resort’s own garden plus fresh orange juice.   Dinner includes vegetarian and vegan dishes are included.  In case you have any food allergies,  just let us know when booking and we will take care of it.
The following meals are included:
    •    Brunch
    •    Dinner

 

The package includes:

*7-night accommodation Twin-share or Single,  in Superior room with private balcony and sea view
*Daily Yoga classes morning and afternoons
*Breakfast served on buffet daily, with organic ingredients from our own garden, and fresh orange juice.
*Dinner daily, including vegetarian and vegan dishes
*Arrival and departure transfers on Amorgos (port-hotel-port)
*Free use of Spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, fitness center)
*Free use of Yoga shalas and yoga equipment
*One 30-minute Swedish massage
*One afternoon hike with Clif (please note that there will be no afternoon Yoga session with Clif to give way for the hike)
*10% discount on Spa Body Treatments
*Unlimited Internet access

Sample Daily schedule
    •    06:30- 9:00 Meditation, Breathwork, Asana practice with Bela
    •    9:00- 10:30 Breakfast and free time - Hiking, sightseeing tour, spa treatments, swimming pool, other optional group activities
    •    16:30- 18:30 Yoga Workshop with Clif
    •    18:30- 19:15 Meditation/Yoga Nidra/Philosophy talks with Bela
    •    19:30 Dinner time

Instruction in English and Dutch

Optional Group Excursions - Not included
    •    Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotisa
    •    Saint Irene's chapel
    •    Trekking
    •    Visit a traditional essential oils distillery
    •    Virgin island Nikouria

How to get there

Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH).  From Athens International Airport (ATH), most of the ferries to Amorgos leave at 5:30 p.m. There is one daily connection to Amorgos Island (except on Saturday during the winter) from Piraeus port, Athens. Ferries dock alternately at the two ports of Amorgos Island, Katapola and Aegiali (which is closest to the hotel).

We suggest that you arrive one day earlier in Athens or book a flight arriving before 1:00 p.m. so that you can catch the 17:30 Blue Star Ferry to the island of Amorgos from Piraeus port, arriving at about 1am.

By bus to port
Express bus X96 leaves every 20 minutes during the day and every 40 minutes at night from the Athens International Airport (ATH) arrivals level (between entrance number four and five) to “Karaiskaki Square” in Piraeus, right outside the ferry port. The ticket costs 5 EUR. The trip takes from about one hour and 15 minutes to one hour and a half.

 By train to port
The subway will take you from Athens International Airport (ATH) to Monastiraki station.  There you will change to line one (the green line). The end of line one is Piraeus station, just outside the entrance to the ferry port. The journey time from Athens International Airport (ATH) to the port of Piraeus is about one hour. Trains are every half hour with the first service departing the airport at 5:30 a.m. and the last service at 11:30 p.m.

By taxi to port
This is the most hassle-free way. The drive from the airport to the port takes 45 to 60 minutes.

 

Early- Bird Rate before May 31, 2018
Twin- Share Superior Room     896euros
Single Superior Room          1155euros


Regular Rate after May 31, 2018
Twin - Share Superior Room   1050euros
Single Superior Room           1295euros

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