Welcome back to your essential simplicity
Renew your radiance from the inside out on this odyssey to magnificent Greece: the land where the gods once walked the earth and you'll feel like they still do! Luxurious lodgings, authentic adventures, amazing hikes and swims, and gourmet local food await.
In Greek, the word for foreigner is the same as the word for guest: You will be warmly received as an honored guest on this island of mythic beauty. Step away from the entanglements of daily habit, and enjoy this glorious, 8-night retreat to nourish your vitality, luxuriate in the simple clarity of the crystalline sea, the pure light, tap deeper currents of wisdom in your body with yoga – and return home revitalized and refreshed.
• Morning and afternoon yoga overlooking the sea
• Luxurious, friendly and spectacular 5-Star hotel & spa
• Fresh, Greek farm-to-table meals (organic whenever possible) • A Foodie's delight - creative local restaurants on the island and in Athens, as well as our hotel's excellent restaurant.
• Healing bodywork and spa treatments
• Guided exploration of Athens' ancient acropolis and temples
• Daily outings to hidden beaches, swims, island hikes, and local culture • Meet local artisans and other inspirers
• 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 with a walk 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 enjoy dinner out together that evening, strolling in the vibrant locals' foodie scene. 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 energizing morning yoga to awaken mindful presence, cultivate strength and stability, and invite more ease and clarity to life. Follow with a dip in the incredible pool if you wish – before 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 hikes, exploring, and enjoying local culture, history, villages, boutiques and more to enhance your experience of this mythic land where the human hand has worked in harmony with nature for millennia.
Early-risers can enjoy sunrise coffee and snacks before yoga, while admiring Homer's mythic "rosy-fingered dawn" spread her magic colors over sea and sky. Or, 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 traveled here with my family for entire blissful summers. I've been fascinated with Greek mythology all my life and earned 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 unmatched revitalizing effect of this mythic place, for the light, and for the unforgettable joy experienced here with the Greek people.
The simplicity of Greece offers an auspicious context for the practices of yoga. All levels of yoga experience are welcome.
Morning yoga sessions are energizing and dynamic, with clear, personalized alignment instruction. We bring mindful awareness to access the innate intelligence of the body. Emphasis will be on refining stability and strength through integrated core awareness and functional movement, to support great vitality as we progress on the path of life.
Meaningful traditional yoga infused with some of the latest evolutions in fitness and biomechanics make the practice both accessible and playfully challenging for all levels. Our purpose will be to connect to our self and thereby open with mindfulness and presence to the day ahead.
Over the week we will explore some of 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. (except one lunch out in Athens). This trip is a foodie's delight! Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, just let us know.
•Twice Daily Yoga •Full use of spa facilities: pools, hammam, sauna, jaccuzzi •Guided tour of the Acropolis in Athens, and the new Acropolis Museum including fees •30min Aromatherapy Massage • 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, with a cabin
•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.