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Walk through the cobblestone paths of Tsagarada village and you’ll be instantly immersed in the ancient memories. Pelion was the summer retreat of the 12 Ancient Greek gods of the Greek Mythology, and home of the god of medicine Asclepius and his disciple, Chiron the healer. That’s why Pelion is famous for its medicinal plants, its special healing energy and the subtle beauty of the luscious forests and beaches. Appreciating the ancient Greek history, culture and spirituality, and learning about it in the private guided tour in the archaeological sites, museums and libraries of Pelion or in Auroyoga workshops, will allow you to leave the retreat more knowledgable, wise, and spiritual through your connection with the ancient Greek reverend philosophers, sages and mystics!
The open air traditional lounge corners provide a serene setting to contemplate and reflect, to let go, ground, replenish and transform your beings and yoga practice. The retreat villas, as well as the mountain itself, will be the silent spiritual sanctuary away from everything. They look forward to welcoming you into this lovely piece of Heaven. The retreat home consists of three stone villas.
All the villas have a big main patio and terrace, for all the group to hang out together. The outdoor areas are full of chestnut, walnut, plane trees, hydrangeas, stone fountains, old urns, a vegetable garden and stones used in the construction of Pelion houses, hence retaining the local architectural character. The decoration of the interior of the 3 house-villas, is constituted from ancient local furniture and objects and inspired by components from the Greek landscapes and history. They feature the traditional Greek Pelion architecture of stoned houses with white walls and wooden doors and shutters, combined with modern decor and amenities that create an elegant atmosphere, where traditional and modern meet.
Shambala Retreats are much more than holidays with a purpose. We are a community and we advocate a holistic, spiritual life path full of self growth, vibrant health, true joy, abundance, sustainability and deep spirituality! Swimming in the Aegean Sea, Healing spa services, cooking classes, hikes to authentic Greek villages and beaches, art experiences and delicious local cuisine are among the activities that the retreats are able to offer you.
Shambala Retreat combines the Sacred Mountain Pelion with the Aegean Archipelago, the ancient wisdom with the modern discoveries, the spiritual practices with the artistic inspirations, the mundane matters with the supermundane.
You are invited to join Shambhala Retreat and Maria Karastergiou, on this unique yoga retreat journey in Pelion Mountain, in Greece. With a generous sun, abundant Blue as far as the eye can see, where mountain and sea merge, and the soul rejoice, you will feel the land’s high vibration upon arrival! Amongst ancient ruins, mystical landscapes, endless stretches of blue, old monasteries, chestnut forests, Maria is guiding you through a luminous, exciting, and blessed practice to the core of your Self: your Consciousness. You can join Maria in the mystical village of Tsagarada, in Greece, for eight days of personal and spiritual exploration. Maria is teaching a simple but profound truth: from these dark times (from Kali Yuga) we’re shifting to Beauty and Harmony (to Satya Yuga). To facilitate our shift the Agni Yoga Teaching was sent to humanity!
Agni Yoga, the latest yoga given by the Higher Sources, the fiery path, is guiding human beings how to master the element of Fire, the Fiery Cosmic Energies that started reaching our planet lately. Hence it leads one to a balanced contact with the fiery cosmic energies that will reach our planet at the prescribed time”, was affirming the Teacher of Agni Yoga in 1938.
Getting strong foundations of a holistic life, of Yoga as a spiritual path, through Self-growth workshops and a graceful practice in an ancient land saturated with high vibrations, healing energy and rich history and culture is a blessing! The gems of this retreat include unique Agni Baptism, Chakra cleansing and balancing practices,
Sound Healing Practices, Ancient Greek Meditation and secret knowledge concerning the ancient Greek Mysteries, ancient wisdom of the healing properties of Pelion medicinal plants, initiation to the Ancient Greek Culture etc.
In this retreat, we will embrace the essence of the art of Yoga, initiating silence, inner peace, deep breathing, conscious movement aligned with conscious breathing, a deep, spiritual, holistic fiery practice including history and philosophy of yoga, Pranayama (breathwork) and Asanas (body postures), with Maria guiding you through the Ujjyii Breathing, the Badhas, Dristhis, Kriyas and Mudras. Soaring high in the subtle realms through
meditation you’ll get a glimpse, an intuitive insight of higher, profound realities, connecting deeply with the Higher! We will meditate in various ways, all stemming from Eastern and Western Yoga traditions and teachings. Ancient Greek Meditation, Metta Meditation, mental exercises, guided imagery, Sankalpa, positive affirmations and Dharana (single-pointed concentration) techniques, will be explored.
Finishing the practice with a Nirvanic Yoga Nidra session which means “yogic sleep” in Sanskrit, and is a deeply restorative meditation-based Yoga technique, practiced lying down in Savasana, which gives the opportunity to ground, revitalize and restore physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. You will be guided and supported to experience a profoundly relaxed state. The science of Yoga Nidra involves a change in the pattern of your brain waves, in particular the alpha and theta waves, which will be trained during each session. With consistent practice, the altered brainwave function ultimately leads to a more calm and relaxed sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, thus to a more balanced and harmonious life! Healing divine melodies of Tibetan singing bowls will be guiding you through your Yoga Nidra relaxation.
Letting go and ascending through these purification and healing spiritual practices, is contributing to clear old, unconscious, outdated patterns, and blockages. Facilitating thus the purification, evolvement, expansion and blossoming of your consciousness. Stillness, serenity, silence, gratitude, santosha (contentment), satya (truth), harmony and balance can all be side-effects of this practice.
Spiritual practices, stunning surroundings, Asana practice, meditation and Self-growth workshops, are there to help you to let go of the past, break away from your habits, cleanse, strengthen and align your body, purify, nourish and reconnect with your Soul, to remind you to become your Priority during these challenging times and connect with the Higher!
Our yoga retreats are intercultural, international, and inclusive, honoring all people, all nationalities, cultures, tribes, languages, religions, and spiritual paths.
Auroyoga is a holistic approach based on the ancient Greek spiritual teachings and Eastern Yoga practices. “Maria’s yoga classes weave strength and balance, breath work, concentration and meditation, with a practice that awakens the body, while teaching the mind to relax and let go, with patience, discipline and love which comes from the heart. Maria got her training from reverend yoga teachers across the globe. She considers Yoga as an art. The art of ethical living, in alignment with one’s self consciousness and cosmic consciousness. Her intention, energy and teaching techniques are unfolding gradually all layers of one’s being, unblocking the blockages, healing past traumatic experiences, balancing and harmonizing the whole being. She believes that everyone is their own healer, something reflected in her practice, where she intends to be the mediator to help her guests find, nurture and activate their inner natural healing capacity. Connecting them with the Cosmic Light Energies!
All activities are optional but it is encouraged you to dive into the spiritual program.
Maria is a spiritual nomad who quits her Paris and Athens based psychotherapy practice and lecturing at the university to travel the world. She founded Auroyoga Academy to help people connect with their yoga practice on a deep spiritual level. She believes that Auroyoga practice is a powerful tool in helping people achieve balance, inner strength, and self-growth in their life. She teaches Auroyoga, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and several courses based on the Eastern and Western contemplative and psycho dynamic approaches and Agni yoga.
The retreat will take place in Tsagarada, a beautiful secluded village is nestled in midst of Pelion Mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Tsagarada, our beautiful secluded village is nestled in midst of Pelion Mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea, which is few minutes’ drive away- in any and all directions. Our gorgeous retreat home it’s an elegant and traditional Pelion house. Your first glimpse of Pelion and infinite sea unraveling at your feet is simply breathtaking. From the moment you arrive, you will soak in the healing vibes of Pelion, that are reverberated through the chestnut forests, the beautiful nature, the flowers, the trees, the medicinal herbs, the birds’ songs, the local hospitality, the Pelion architecture and the natural décor of our retreat home.
At Shambhala Retreats, Auroyoga aim to create an appealing experience for all the layers of your being. Hence, food, cultural and leisure activities and wellbeing are areas they focus on for all their retreats, aiming to provide the best, healthy, delicious vegetarian/vegan/raw vegan breakfast and dinner, inviting a private chef to their retreat.
Healthy, delicious food will be on the menu every day, with nutritious Greek-style breakfast in the morning, and with a dinner with Pelion local dishes. Pelion being one of the best culinary destinations in Greece is famous for its exquisite unique olive oil and olives which Auroyoga will be trying out in their organic farm visiting and tasting tour. Traditional Greek cooking lessons will be proposed as an optional choice.
You will receive a special gift of free 45 minute healing massage from a qualified therapist.
Nea Anchialos National Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Nea Anchialos National Airport (VOL). Auroyoga International Academy will pick you up from there to take you to the venue.
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