Kalos Ilthate : Welcome!
Ignite your radiance on this odyssey to magnificent Greece: The land where the gods once walked the earth – and still do – as each one of us. Prepare to feel like a goddess!
In Greek, the word for foreigner is the same as the word for guest: You will be warmly received as an honored guest in Greece, and it feels like coming home to yourself.
Join us on this glorious nine-day retreat to nourish your vitality, luxuriate in the crystalline sea and the pure light, tap deeper currents of wisdom in your body with yoga – and return home revitalized and renewed.
• Morning and afternoon yoga sessions each day
• Beautiful 5-Star Hotel & Spa overlooking Aegialis Bay
• Delicious fresh Greek cuisine (organic whenever possible)
• Healing bodywork and spa treatments
• Exploring Athens' ancient acropolis and Parthenon temple
• Daily beaches, swims, island hikes, and fun local culture adventures
• Mythology, hidden monasteries, villages, and sacred sites
• Time to re-connect with yourself in the spacious peace of this exquisite setting infused with light, free from habit-based daily distractions
• Rejuvenation, fun, and deep relaxation – Greek island style!
We start in Athens, mythical city of Athena:
The retreat opens on the Hill of Muses for the most magnificent view over ancient Athens. We stay our first night in a beautiful, 4-star hotel overlooking the Acropolis, and we’ll enjoy dinner out that evening, strolling in the vibrant old quarter, Plaka. The following morning we’ll tour the Acropolis, the sacred high-ground of ancient Athens. Guided by an excellent local historian we’ll explore the enigma of the Parthenon, and this ancient culture that holds the very foundation of western civilization. We'll travel by ferry together to the island of Amorgos. There, we’ll stay for a full, luscious week, absorbing the light, the sea, and the life.
Our Days on the island
Our days begin with a mindful, balanced hatha/vinyasa practice that will awaken and revitalize your body. Follow yoga by a dip in the sea-water pool before enjoying a bountiful breakfast. The day includes time to lounge on the beaches right below the hotel, get a massage, or simply relax – and also daily outings with lots of exploring nature and enjoying local culture, history, and healing lore, to enhance your experience of this mythic land where the human hand has worked in harmony with nature for millennia.
Early-risers can enjoy a sunrise coffee and snacks before yoga while admiring Homer's mythic "rosy-fingered dawn" spread her magic colors over sea and sky. Of course you may sleep in!
Enjoy guided hikes on ancient footpaths to traditional villages and hidden monasteries. Discover how the island’s wild aromatic plants (prized since antiquity for their potent healing powers) are crafted into essential oils by a traditional nature-chemist. Be exhilarated by views of this dramatic island, visit ancient sites perched on cliffs, shop the boutiques in the labyrinthine streets of the villages, or take a boat ride to a tiny island just off the coast, in a traditional fishing caique.
Our Retreat Hotel
On Amorgos, our home is a beautiful 5-star spa hotel with spectacular views, owned by a lovely local family who welcomes us as their own. A path leads to two amazing beaches. All rooms are comfortable, with sea views. The delicious meals are organic as much as possible, straight from the family's gardens. There are several yoga-practice spaces all overlooking the bay, an excellent, full-service spa and a juice bar. (We may never leave!)
I chose this island because of its spectacular magnificence, and its rare, pristine, still unspoiled spirit offering a taste of true, traditional Greek life amid dazzling beauty.
Amorgos is a magical island where you can slow down, reconnect with nature, and take luxurious care of yourself with nourishing food, abundant sunshine and starlight, healing sea-water and massages. The island has been known since antiquity as possessing a unique and powerful energetic vibration that favors healing, and the aromatic plants that grow wild here are among the most potent in the world.
My love-affair with Greece dates back to my childhood, when I camped here with my family for entire blissful summers. I'm fascinated with Greek mythology and got my B.A. in philosophy. As an artist, I later attended the Aegean Center for Fine Arts on the island of Paros, and I’ve since travelled to Greece annually for over 20 years: for the light, the unique revitalizing effect of this mythic place, and the unforgettable joy-of-living experienced here with the Greek people.
Greece offers an auspicious and delightful context for the practices of yoga! All levels of yoga experience are welcome, with individual stages of practice to honor and address each student.
Teachings from the wisdom and mindfulness traditions will be integrated in the physical practice, helping us to access greater ease, joy, and well-being in daily life. Over the week we will explore the empowering archetypes of the Greek goddesses of mythology, to discover how they can inform and inspire our daily lives in practical ways.
What's Included and the Full Scoop:
Retreat Fee: $3500 USD
Almost everything is included in the fee. The retreat is structured so you will have a luxurious experience with great ease.
•8 nights accommodation in a lovely, double-occupancy room with gorgeous view and private bath (1 night in Athens, 4* hotel, 7 nights on Amorgos, 5* hotel). Limited singles available at an additional cost, see below.
•All delicious, organic-when-possible, gourmet meals for the retreat, including local wine with dinner. This trip is a foodie's delight! (except one lunch out in Athens). Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, just let us know.
•Twice Daily Yoga •30min Aromatherapy Massage •Full use of spa facilities: pools, hammam, sauna, jaccuzzi •Guided tour of the Acropolis in Athens, and the new Acropolis Museum including fees Private boat trip to uninhabited Nikouria Island for snorkeling •Guided hikes, walks, and visits to monasteries, beaches, villages, and more, including all ground transportation.
•Boat fare from Athens to Amorgos in first-class, cabin included
•Impromptu participation in local activities, festivals, and cultural events as they come up!
(Not included: Airfare to Greece, ground transfer to/from airport in Athens, ferry back to Athens.)
A $500 deposit is due at time of registration to hold your place. The remaining balance is due 90 day before start of the retreat, March 1, 2018. * Prices are for shared occupancy. Limited single rooms are available on request with a $500 supplement . **Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated
The Greek Odysseys are very popular and fill quickly. It is recommended to reserve your space by placing your deposit for registration early.
Our group is limited to a small size (up to 12 max) to enhance the quality of the experience, and will be given on a first-come/first-served basis.
“I’ve had my eye on Julia’s Greek Odyssey trip for years as I knew it would be spectacular given the magical location of Amorgos and knowing from past experience how Julia creates retreats that truly nourish the body, mind and soul. I landed in Greece with high expectations and this trip far exceeded my wildest dreams of what I thought was possible! Meeting new people and forging new relationships is a given on retreat type trips like this but the piece that was unexpected was the relative ease in transitioning into retreat mode and letting go of work, family and all of the busyness at home. I attribute this to Julia’s unique leadership style with providing tools for us to be ‘present’ while on our trip and truly take a retreat by helping us detach by leading us through daily yoga / meditation practice and taking us on meditative walks / hikes through fragrant fields of thyme, oregano and lavender where the aromatic plant essences can put one in a state of spontaneous bliss!! :) I’ve barely left the retreat and I know for sure that I will be coming back to Julia’s retreat in this special place.”
– Holly Johnson, NH, USA