Yoga Retreat in Naxos Island, 22nd – 28th September

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Description

Yoga retreat in Naxos Island

Still undiscovered by most foreigners, Naxos is the biggest island of the Cycladic islands. Its size means you get it all: high mountains, scenic hiking trails, authentic hilltop villages, fertile soil, white-washed chapels, sandy beaches and historical sites. Apollo’s ancient temple will welcome you as the ferry reaches Naxos’ port. This is the perfect spot for a magical sunset.

Naxos grows vegetables, fruits, olives, produces thyme honey, and its cheeses and potatoes are famous throughout Greece. All these foods form the basis of Naxian cuisine. While on the island, look for family-owned tavernas, where the chef is between 60 and 80 years old; they are the best.​

Naxos has the best beaches in the Cyclades. Among the most famous are: Plaka, Agios Prokopios, Orkos, Mikri Vigla, Agia Anna and Panermos. Soak up some sun and explore a different beach every day. If you are into water sports, visit the west side of the island where you can kite surf, wind surf or just enjoy the sights.

Accommodation

You will stay in a traditional stone white-washed villa that evokes the ideals of Greek simplicity and luxury. Each room has either partial or panoramic sea view. Don’t just take our word for it, join us and come see for yourself. We have hosted two retreats in this hand-picked haven that keeps us coming back.

The stunning scenery, wonderful heart-warming owners, their so typically Greek hospitality, and last but not the least, the food!! Prepare yourself for a gastronomical love affair, as you savor exceptional local dishes at one of the best, most well-renowned, restaurants of Naxos Island.

Located only steps from the beach, the venue offers everything and a little more to deliver an unforgettable vacation. Ostria Inn beach hotel is ideally located for all those travelers wanting to discover the secret, unspoiled side of the island of Naxos. Its unique Cycladic architecture is surrounded by lush gardens with a flowering bougainvillea encircling the infinity swimming pool. All these make it a very special location to retreat to.

By the way, would you care to know that the hotel’s overall score on Booking.com is 9.5?

Yoga

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 there always will be two teachers in the morning classes, one leading the class and the other offering adjustments. This way, irrespective of experience, all students are supported in their practice.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a precise set sequence, a dynamic form of yoga which produces heat in the body in order to purify it. Its main focus is on the breath and movement linking. It is considered a moving meditation as the students draw themselves inwards through the use of drishti, bandhas and breath.

It is not necessary for the participants to be familiar with the sequence – guided classes are also a great way to start Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga – where everyone breathes and moves together.

Vinyasa Yoga, sometimes called Flow Yoga, is a contemporary style of yoga where students move freely from one pose to another using breath. It offers variety and freedom to choose from many poses, thus being unpredictable and creative. No two classes are alike. You will enjoy Vinyasa yoga classes every morning.

Cuisine

Local fresh produce including royal figs, wild thyme honey, juicy oranges and lemons will energise and nourish your body and soul. We fully support the Mediterranean diet not only because we’re in Greece, but it has long been known as one of the healthiest diets.

Brunch is served after the morning class and usually includes Greek yogurt, wild-thyme honey, eggs, cheese, fresh fruits, bread, home-made marmalade, juice, coffee and more. Snacks such as home made energy bars, walnut bars, carrot cake and tea will be offered to you before the afternoon class. Dinner is a variety of fresh vegetarian options prepared with love by our in-house chef. A well-deserved dessert is a must.

Schedule

– 90-minute Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow yoga classes each morning, themed and thoughtfully planned
– One 75-minunte Restorative and one Yin yoga session in the afternoons
– Two workshops exploring more technical and often misunderstood aspects of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga such as art of floating, transitions, jump back, jump through, arm balances, headstand, lotus prerequisites and preparation. There will also be space to meet the group’s specific needs.
– One afternoon can be free for your self-practice. Teachers will still be available for you to ask any questions, maybe work with them on things you have seen in the classes and wish to explore.

Included

– daily yoga classes
– professional and experienced yoga instructors
– 6 nights accommodation
– daily breakfast and dinners

Not included

– We will organize a port transfer to and from the villas because we want you to be relaxed once you set your foot on the island. The additional cost for a taxi up to four people is 60 Euro one way.
– Taxi if you don’t arrive with the group.
– Alcohol, beverages
– Flights
– Travel insurance

​Teachers

Joanna Vladescu and Martin Sittek.

Martin Sittek
(Czech Republic)
​Martin started practicing yoga regularly in 2008 once he realised that it brought peace, relaxation and balance to his otherwise sedentary and stressful lifestyle.

​Starting first with traditional Hatha yoga classes, he later transitioned to more dynamic styles of Vinyasa yoga. Inevitably, he developed a curiosity about other aspects of yoga. He quit his job and traveled to India in pursuit of an overall practice of yoga. He never looked back.​

After completing 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Sampoorna Yoga India, he attended 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala. He learned the art of adjustment and alignment from Kamal Singh during 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh.

In 2018, he completed a 40 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course with David Swenson in Italy. David is one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.

Martin attended workshops with David Robson at Purple Valley in Goa, India. He continues his studies with Regina Elhers, certified by K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

​Martin understands the challenges of deepening a yoga practice through years of dedicated personal experience. He uses this knowledge to help his students learn. Martin has a great sense of humour. He facilitates, encourages and inspires his students with his devotion and knowledge.

​Martin has a Master’s Degree in Thermal Engineering and a diploma in International Business and Management.

Joanna Vladescu
(Greece)
Joanna started practicing yoga in a studio in Athens in 2005. Unwilling to miss a class, she knew that she had found a beautiful practice, both physically and mentally.

Since 2009 she has completed workshops and advanced studies with first generation teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage including: Manju Jois, David Swenson, Eddie Stern, Laruga Glaser, Kristina Karitinou, Rolf Naujokat, David Garrigues.

Joanna completed her teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga in San Francisco and another one in Advanced Vinyasa Yoga in Goa, India. She also did a 50 hour Teacher Tune-up course with Noah Maze. She is dedicated to her Ashtanga practice, always looking for a teacher. When she’s in India, she continues her studies with Regina Ehlers.

​Joanna practices and teaches primarily Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga and handstands. She likes to inspire people to adopt Ashtanga as a therapeutic method of self-transformation and self-discovery.

​In her class, she emphasises the bandhas and breath, that allow us to make our practice more than just physical exercise. She gives modifications for all body types as she believes yoga is for everyone and everyone has his/her own limitations. The yoga pose is not about how it looks, but how it feels.

She is funny, caring, inspiring and gives full attention to her students. She will take your practice to the next level with precise verbal and hands-on adjustments. Joanna has taught in more than 15 teacher trainings. Joanna is a Thai Massage Therapist and has a degree in Economics.

How to get here

HOW TO GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO ATHENS CITY CENTER:

We suggest you arrive to Athens the day before the retreat starts because the ferries to Naxos Island leave early in the morning. Use the opportunity and visit Acropolis and the old town of Plaka.

From Athens (ATH) airport, there is a regular bus (X95) which can connect you with the city center. The bus is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and it runs every 30-45 minutes.​

HOW TO GET TO PIREAUS PORT FROM ATHENS CITY CENTER:

Take the metro (green line) to Pireaus port. The walking distance from the train station to the ferry’s departure Gate is about 6 minutes.

We will create a Facebook group for all participants and connect before the departure. This way we will arrange to travel to Naxos together.


Retreat Price

Prices are in Euros

Single occupancy in a superior room with queen size bed and garden view 1440
Double occupancy in a superior room with queen size bed and garden view 1120
Shared twin superior suite with sea view 1400
Shared twin premium room with partial sea view 1280
Shared twin room with sea view 1054
Shared twin room with partial sea view 1022
Early bird discount: €100 off when you book your spot by 31st of May 2019.

A non refundable deposit of €300 euro is necessary to reserve your spot. The remaining amount is to be paid in cash on the first day of the retreat.

Booking

To make an enquiry and book this yoga retreat in Naxos Island, send your request to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on retreats@soulseedmedia.com.