Yoga, Gyrokinesis & Pilates Retreat in Greece, 28th September – 5th October

Receive a complimentary additional 45-min private class with Miriam, Anja or Mareile when you book through Soul Seed Travel. Fill in the form to make an enquiry or booking and we will get back to you within 24 hours. You can also contact the team direct on retreats@soulseedmedia.com.

Description

Yoga, Gyrokinesis & Pilates Retreat in Greece, 28th September – 5th October

We created this retreat just for you. Lots of delicious body movement brought to you by our senior teachers Anja Kursaweand Miriam Friedrich-Honorio. Our days will consist of several movement classes – Pilates, Yoga and Gyrokinesis, mixed with private one-on-one sessions and enough time to enjoy the wind, the sea and for you to just be you!

Fall in love with Paros, just like we did, on our first visit. Being nature and outdoor lovers, we found the perfect retreat location that gives you that sense of complete freedom right by the beach. We secretly call this retreat our ‘feel good’ retreat, as we invite you on this exploration of your body and mind.

You will be in the hands of three wonderful teachers who have found their calling in working on a deep level. Anja will lead us through her unique and very special Pilates and Yoga classes, while Miriam will introduce us to the three-dimensional movements of Gyrokinesis®. Mareile, your host, will ensure your well-being and offer private sessions.

Paros is one of the Cyclades most traditional islands. Situated in the Aegean Sea and small enough to be explored in a day, it is best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Think with whitewashed sugar houses, paved streets and blue-domed churches, the perfect place for a quintessential Greek retreat.

Accommodation

Our venue and home for the week is am impeccably run retreat centre located on a quiet beach. The yoga shala is a peaceful space with the sunlight filtering through its reed curtains.

How to get there

You can get to Paros by either boat or plane. On departure and arriving days we will provide a free pick up from either location.

By plane:
 Aegean Air flies from Athens to Paros. Depending on the season you could also catch a  flight to Mykonos island and from there its a 45-minute boat ride to Paros. Search for your flight here.
By boat from Athens: 
There are two options: Pireaus port and Rafina port.
1) Rafina port is closer to the airport and you can get there either by taxi or bus.
By bus will take you about 45 minutes and it costs 3 Euros.
By taxi it will take you less time but more money.
2) Piraeus port is further from airport than Rafina, and you can get there by bus, metro or taxi. The metro and bus are both very convenient because they will leave you just a few meters from where you get the boat to Paros.

Depending on the ferry company, the trip from Athens to Paros will take between 3 – 5 hrs. Search for your ferry below.

Our retreat will officially start in the early evening of September 28th, giving you all day to arrive at the venue.

Retreat schedule

Our retreats are meant to be fun and rejuvenating, so we design our schedules with the aim to find the perfect balance between exercise, organised group activities and time for yourself. A typical retreat day starts with a morning Pilates or Yoga class followed by a healthy breakfast.

Private sessions are usually taught before lunch and the afternoons are free for you to relax, explore or take a spa treatment. Our evening class is in the late afternoon, leaving enough time before dinner to refresh and get changed. Meals are typically, (but not necessarily) taken together and we will do our best to cater to special dietary needs.

On some days we might have an excursion planned (included or optional, depending on the retreat) and we usually have one or two longer, specialised movement workshop (lasting 2-3 hrs) during the retreat week. just keep in mind: whatever the programme, this is your week, so you’re encouraged to take the time you need, go at your own speed, and try and let go – whether that means diving in deep into the movement practice, or taking a day to rest and relax. Our hope is for you to cherish the time with yourself (or with friends) in a magical setting away from the daily grind.

Teachers

Miriam Friedrich Honorio
Miriam was educated as a dancer and teacher of contemporary dance and dance improvisation in Rotterdam. She subsequently worked as a dance teacher at the Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and as a choreographer and dancer for several theatres.

In addition to Pilates, Miriam works with the Gyrotonic Expansion System® and Gyrokinesis® in her studio. She is a Gyrokinesis® Master Trainer, Gyrotonic® Master Trainer, Archway and Jumping Stretching Board Master Trainer and specialised on all the additional equipment.

A BASI Faculty member since August 2006,  Miriam has the distinction of owning the first BASI studio in Germany. Her studio, Dynamic Arts in  Freiburg, is also an Education Center for the German Pilates Association, the Deutsche Pilates Verband.

GYROTONIC®, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and GYROKINESIS® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with permisson.

Anja Kursawe
Anja Kursawe was born in 1970 in Berlin and trained over eight years in acrobatics as a child. Moving to London she took up professional dance studies and Pilates education, and has since been working internationally as a dancer and teacher for many companies and theatres.

Over the years she added other movement techniques and certifications to her repertoire in order to keep the body and mind healthy and protected. Her expertise includes Pilates, Yoga, ZEN Shiatsu, body-psychotherapy and other holistic body techniques. Anja has been teaching since 1999.

With the foundation of pilateslab-berlin in 2000 she also created ´intelligent bodywork´ – her very own technique which she spreads since 2016 in teacher training programmes. Her method is based on the principles of Pilates, Yoga, Physio and Psychotherapy and ZEN Shiatsu. She also founded bodyinsight-anjak where she defines her work as a personal trainer. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious NEOS award as Germany’s best female personal trainer.

Mareile Paley
Mareile is an internationally recognised, innately talented Pilates instructor with a deep passion for the human body and its inextricable link to mental wellness.

Always active and interested in expanding her horizons, Mareile discovered Pilates in 2005 in Hong Kong. In 2007 she became certified through Core Pilates NYC and has since worked in studios from Hong Kong to Paris. Never tired of learning, she is also a personal trainer, a BASI Pilates teacher and currently studies Waking Energy with Jennifer Kries.

In 2009 Mareile founded Pilates Retreat Asia to combine her passion for movement and travel and to share the beauty of connecting deeply with others through oneself.

Mareile is featured in the 2013 Pilates documentary “A Movement of Movement”, which portraits her passion and love for Pilates and features her home in Turkey, where she runs her small private studio. An eternal optimist, Mareile continues to pirouette through life as a steadfast business owner, insatiable traveler, passionate movement teacher, creative entrepreneur, forever loving graphic designer, devoted wife and patient mother of two hyperactive boys.

What makes your retreat special?
3 Teachers! Each participant will receive a private one-on-one assessment as part of your retreat. We pride ourselves in our small group sizes with a lot of individual attention.

Cuisine

All food on the retreat is vegetarian.

Room options

Shared Room 
Our venue’s rooms are designed in harmony with the quiet rustic environment that one expects of a Greek Island. Comfortable and homely, each room has its own style and color palette. The rooms are laid out for sharing and each has an en-suite bathroom and a little outdoor sitting area. If you don’t have a friend to share with, we are happy to find you a room mate.

Single Room
For a privacy and extra comfort a few rooms are available for single occupancy. We suggest you book early if you prefer a room to yourself.

Bring a non-participating spouse or friend
Ask for our special rates for bringing a non-participating friend, spouse or older child.

Extend your stay
 if you wish to arrive early, we are happy to offer you extension nights at a special rate. Please ask for details.

Retreat Price

Prices are in Euros

Shared Room  €1650*
Single Room  €1850*

Includes

  • 7 nights soul refreshing accommodation
  • daily delicious vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • one-on-one assessment / private session with Mareile, Miriam or Anja
  • daily morning and evening Movement classes (Pilates, Yoga, Meditation, Gryokinesis®)
  • Introduction to Gyrokinesis® lead by Miriam Friedrich-Honorio
  • Shiatsu massage workshop by Anja Kursawe
  • 60-min body treatment or massage
  • surprise excursion with dinner
  • free time to explore the island, go shopping or take some rest
  • round trip local transfer to/from Paros airport or port

Does not include

  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • alcoholic drinks and meals outside the venue (except on excursion day)

Optional activities

  • additional private classes with Anja, Mareile or Miriam
  • excursion to Antiparos or Naxos
  • kitesurfing lesson

Booking

To enquire about or make a booking on this hiking and yoga retreat in the Lake District, fill in the form. You can also contact the team direct on retreats@soulseedmedia.com if you have any questions.