Ellas Retreat

Ellas Retreat is a yoga meditation center: offers Kriya and Kundalini yoga, Vipassana, Contact dance, Hatha yoga, Tantra, Meditation, and various other courses.

Instructors 3

Basu Deva

Basu began his sadhana in 1997 and in 2002, he was initiated in Kriya yoga by Swami Shankarananda Giri. He has been received and practiced in the presence of several respected teachers in India and Thailand and has developed deep experiential understanding in Kriya yoga, Kundalini yoga, Tantra, Qigong, and mindfulness meditation. In 2008, Swami Shankarananda Giri gave him the allowance to introduce and guide others into Kriya yoga. He has been giving courses and retreats in India, Thailand, Greece, and Austria since 2000.

Teona Papadopoulou

Before practicing yoga and Tantra, Teona was involved with shamanic practices and rituals. After being encountered with the science of Kriya yoga, she realized that yoga was her way for to live the truth she had experienced. In 2013, she began her yoga and Tantric sadhana, and after a year, she took a Hatha yoga teachers training course in Sivananda Yoga. She lived, served, and practiced at the Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Center in Berlin for about a year and in 2017, she was initiated into Kriya yoga by Swami Shankarananda Giri and into Tantra by Guruji Raj Kumar.


Ann fell in love with Contact Improvisation in 2010, while she was studying contemporary dance and improvisation and composition in Oslo, Norway. After some years on and around the performing arts scene, her interest turned to yoga and Tantra. Since 2015, she has studied with meditation teachers in Ireland, Greece, and India, and been teaching in various yoga teacher training in India. At the same time, Contact Improvisation has been an ongoing love story. The playfulness, honesty, connection with other dancers, and the joy of movement are what bring her back to the dance floor.

Reviews 34

Moyin L'esperance

from Seychelles, October 2017

"Yoga and meditation ...and the beach =happiness..."

Relaxed friendly atmosphere ...met a lively and beautiful set of people...


from Great Britain, October 2017

"Such a beautiful place "

I did the one week hatha yoga retreat. The location is absolutely perfect. Beautiful beaches with stunning scenery, sunsets and stars at night. Teona was a lovely instructor who was very committed to her practise. Good value for money. Amazing food and the local places to eat are also wonderful. I really enjoyed the yoga and meditation - a perfect introduction for a beginner or at any stage.


from Netherlands, September 2017

"I'll be back!"

Very relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful environment. Enough time to enjoy the beach and sun. :)

Veronika Pechová

from United States, September 2017

"Little bit of India in Greece"

I had very special time in Greece with Teona, Basu and all other amazing people I met during this retreat. Yoga practice was nothing I expected but during all course I felt like it was designed for me. I must admit that I feel like I found very natural way of doing yoga and learnt so much every single day. We did yoga in the morning on a deck with a view over the sea and if we were early enough we could meditate during the sun rise.

Brunch with Teona was always delicious. I couldn't believe the variety of meals. Every day we tried something new and different, everything vegetarian and mostly plant based.

The place itself is situated in a village, with few restaurants and shops where we could find everything we needed. It is not a very touristy place so lying on a beach was very relaxing and calm.

The retreat is a great way to spend your vacation as a solo traveler as there are always very friendly people. Also you can always choose to spend time alone or resting and talking with others on a garden. Overall I feel very grateful to spend my vacation in this special place. Love first.

Pam Wood

from Great Britain, August 2017

"Love Your Way!"

The intelligent and informational inspiration of Teona & Basil's guidance enabled in me in a deep way to reconnect to the core of me. I liked what I saw.

Sisi Yang

from Great Britain, August 2017

"The experience purifies my life! It's more than a holiday!"

If you're looking for modern (California) yoga and learn challenging yoga poses, this is not the place for you.

But there is so much more than just the yoga technique. Yoga is about love, life, happiness and living at present. You'll experience these while here.

We had 3 hours meditation, hatha yoga and nidyi yoga early morning, then a heart warming breakfast and sharing session with the fellow yogi. During the day, there's plenty of choices for leisure, beach and food to keep us occupied. The most significant though for me is the support and love from Teona, Basu, Emil, Julian and from every other people I meet during this trip.

The yoga/meditation session, the instructors and the small town environment just purify me completely. Wish I can stay longer!!

Kashmir Rai

from Great Britain, August 2017

"Exhilarating experience! "

I came to the retreat with my mother and we did not know what to expect as this was our first yoga retreat. Upon arrival, we knew we choose the best place. Teona and Basu were extremely welcoming and truly magnificent teachers. The daily brunch was delicious and there was always something different cooked with a variety to choose from. The location of the morning yoga/meditation really allows you to immerse yourself into the practice.

The surrounding village is quiet and everyone we met was very friendly. The close proximity to the beach allowed us to try a new restaurant every day with an incredible view. Lefkada was only a drive away where we tried kayaking and saw some beautiful sea caves. Another short car journey away is Vathiavali beach - my personal favourite, as it had a great atmosphere and was not over crowded. The food and drink in the small bar/cafe were also great.

The time really flies at Ellas Retreat so embrace and learn from every moment.

Emma Mak

from Great Britain, August 2017

The whole experience was beautiful! It was a perfect retreat to disconnect and to just 'be'. Teona was amazing, and her food is a massive bonus. Would highly recommend

Lisa Boddenberg

from United States, August 2017

"Ellas retreat "

Teona was very kind, accommodating and made the experience much better. She answered my questions promptly before I arrived and also made sure that there were plenty of selections for breakfast for my vegan diet.

Marika Ristanovska

from Great Britain, July 2017

Beautiful place and beautiful people

Elizabeth Lewis

from Great Britain, July 2017

"A grddd"

The area is great - the outlook from deck on which we did the meditation/yoga is so beautiful. I loved the accomodation - comfy beds, good quality bed linen, great shower, balcony. I loved the brunches after the yoga sessions, preparing the food together and eating on a big table in the shade. There is a fabulous beach nearby. The area is reasonable its not touristy. At first I found the yoga part of the sessions to slow and not dynamic enough - but that wasn't too important - the meditation was relaxing and holding the poses for several mins was the yoga / asana challenge. I met an interesting bunch of people. Last but not least Teona is a lovely person and very endearing. Thanks Teona for a great week I hope to see you again.

I found BookYogaRetreats website clunky to use and I needed to phone a few times to check on the booking, but each time I spoke to a really charming person who sorted my query immediately.

Kerry Dixon

from Great Britain, July 2017

"Perfect place to reset and reconnect"

The guided sunrise yoga and meditation was excellent. Teona's lyrical, relaxing voice settled the mind.

Post breakfast discussions led by Besu and Teona were so interesting

Relaxed atmosphere

Yoga deck is an amazing place to have the learning.

Monica Ruiz

from Great Britain, July 2017

"Perfect spot to switch off and connect with yourself"

This is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever been in the Mediterranean. Small lovely fishing village with all amenities you need (ATM, restaurants, supermarket and souvenir shop) all at walking distance. A quiet place to enjoy the beautiful and clear waters, the blissful sun and rejuvenating yoga practise. You can always rent a moped / car and explore the area in case you want to see more, but for me it was just what I needed.

Teona and Basu and the team were amazing and I will definitely recommend the retreat - be aware the practise is mainly focused on breathing, meditation and traditional Hatha - which for me was perfect as I have been lately used to do a more dynamic type of yoga, so complemented wonderfully.

Until next time Teona, thanks again for having me xx

Gemma Lindsay

from Israel, July 2017

"Out of this world yoga retreat!"

Deciding to do the yoga retreat in Palairos with Teona was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

Everything was brilliant! The accommodation was lovely - comfy bed and big room with ensuite shower/bath. The garden was beautiful and the location was great - only a 5 minute walk down into town where there were all the shops that you could need - supermarket, bakery, pharmacy etc. The restaurants in town were all delightful with delicious Greek food - Anna's was my absolute favourite - cheap and delicious with impeccable service overlooking the sea.

The 'private beach' is about a 15 minute walk away - the nicest beach that iIhave ever been to. The beach in town is also nice - and you can get food and drinks bought to you there from the restaurants.

The yoga retreat itself was great - on a deck overlooking the sea every morning. I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga - I felt myself improving every day especially with the deep breathing and meditation. Doing yoga in the morning sets you up for a great day, especially with the brunch afterwards.

Teona's cooking was wonderful - I had no idea that vegetarian food could taste that amazing! I had a fantastic stay and met some lovely people - I even extended my stay there!

Thank you for everything Teona, I will definitely be back!

Farah Rahman

from Netherlands, June 2017

Teona was a great teacher, guide and cook. She really cares about you and does her best to make it a personal and comfortable experience for all.

I loved the quaint little seaside village with just enough entertainment and warm people.

Most of all i loved the community spirit that grew almost naturally as we did many activities together ; even cooking together.

Overall it was a great experience that encouraged me to grow.

Grace Flavin

from United States, June 2017

"Stop what you're doing and go to this retreat "

I loved everything about this retreat. Teona is a great instructor and leader for the retreat. I loved walking every morning to the yoga deck and being able practice in such a beautiful area! You have the rest of the day to do whatever you like in the village or elsewhere. Many beaches close by and cabs are easy to find. The food is amazing! Teona cooked for us two nights and we went out in the village the other nights. The water is clean to drink, but everywhere offers free bottled water and bread :) I traveled by myself and stayed in the 1 bedroom 1 bath. Everything was clean, fresh, organic and you can feel the love of having an authentic experience in Greece.


from Canada, June 2017

"Retreat full of peace, perfect for relaxing and reflecting"

The little village has pristine rocky beaches and crystal water. Everyone was very friendly, the accommodations are basic but nice and comfortable. It's a great retreat to go to alone. You can make friends or spend time alone if you like. The breakfast was delicious and I'm glad I got a chance to deepen my meditation practice.

Ilze Kiers

from Netherlands, June 2017

"Best place in the world!"

I loved everything about this retreat. The hostel had a great vibe and I loved staying there, also a lot of room! The yogadeck at the sea was a wonderfull place to start the practice in the morning. Teona is a great teacher and lovely person. Would recommend to everybody!!

Iuliia Kryvenok

from Ukraine, June 2017

"The best yoga retreat ever"

Whole days were full of yoga, great meals, understanding, support and love


from Switzerland, October 2017

Walk the talk - das trifft für das ganze Team von Ellas Retreat voll und ganz zu. Glaubwürdig und echt. Basu führt die Teilnehmenden klar und strukturiert in die eigenverantwortliche Praxis.

Chloe Synajko

from France, September 2017

The place to do the yoga, the garden to relax together

Nicola Needham

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Yoga practice "

Teachers were truly excellent, knew an awful lot and were very passionate about their practice. Questions were encouraged. The location was okay ; but for me quite noisy as dogs were barking almost continually , l felt it a great distraction . The practice was half in the locations garden , the noisy space; on the beach was a somewhat quieter practice. The food was beyond brilliant ; covered most diets ; raw, vegan, glutton free and so forth ; HUGE thanks to David who happened to be passing through , lucky us !!! Accommodation better than basic , able to make drinks any time , good fridges in the rooms , hot showers , comfortable beds . Felt the yoga was more important than the business side , a good trait to have . Airport easy easy ! Was picked up as arranged.

Aleksandra Sokolova

from Latvia, October 2017

"Kriya yoga course"

I've been in Ella's Retreat in Palairos course and although I didn't really understand what I've signed up to, I'm glad I did. It was the first time I practiced actual yoga, not just acrobatics. We meditated and talked about yoga a lot, which gave a wee glimpse on how drastically daily life can improve if kriya yoga became a daily practice. Love the views from the yoga platform!

Nicola Kew

from Great Britain, September 2017

"Truly Healing"

My perfect retreat, I met the most amazing people and such a warming environment. I've been drawn to shamanism for many years, coming to this retreat has made me realise why. We also had the option for yoga and meditation on the platform which for me was just perfect. Also learning a lot from Teona such a beautiful soul

Anastasia Vainshtein

from Israel, September 2017

"Such a nice and deep experience"

That was my first trip to this magical place. It was so amazing! Our teachers (Basu and Ann) are great people! I could feel their positive energy and unconditional love sharing with us all the time. The program was intensive and after 7 days retreat I could really noticed a lot of changes in my mind and my body. A very special gratitude to Teona, she is a very nice person. Her food is very tasty, she takes care a lot about people are staying there. I'm looking forward to come to Ellas retreat again and spend as much time as I can! Thank you my dear friends, it was a special period in my life!


from Germany, May 2017

"Great experience, absolute beginner as well as advanced levels are we "

Everything about it.

The nature, the environment, the teachers, the schedule, the facilities and last but not least THE FOOD!

Tanya Collins

from Great Britain, May 2017

"Total Bliss"

everything! the teachers were amazing full of information, love and understanding. the course structure was perfect and managed very well. the food was just amazing with vegetarian and vegan and gluten free and dairy free. the location was perfect quiet and serene. accommodation was amazing also. the whole retreat was just the best if ever been on and hope to join again many times in the years to come.

Sabrina Perivier

from France, October 2017

"1st unforgettable yoga retreat!"

L'ambiance générale, les plats végétariens cuisinés avec amour, les organisateurs de cette retraite, Basu, Teona, Antonis, Daphné et les volontaires. Un groupe inoubliable rempli de bienveillance, de compassion et d'amour. Je conseille vivement cette retraite à toute personne qui souhaite éveiller sa conscience et progresser dans son développement spirituel.

Testimonials 5

Georgios Zolotas

Ellas Retreat Facebook page

I have completed two Vipassana retreats with very good results there with the invaluable encouragement and guidance of Martin Pack. Food was very good and nature around the house very beautiful. There you can find the ideal conditions for that kind of deep inner purification in harmony and peace.

Marin Markuze Latvia

Ellas Retreat Facebook page

Amazing place Beautiful people Great super healthy food Wise teachers Life changing practice THANK YOU!!!

a traveler

Antonio's Guest House website

It has been a wonderful and life-changing experience. Everyday the food was a gift of love from the organizers! I would absolutely recommend this retreat! It was a great experience and I wish to everybody to have a similar one, especially in a difficult time of their lives. I would not change anything, for fear that the output would not be equally good.

a traveler

Antonio's Guest House website

Highest quality Vipassana practice and teaching. Health beyond expectations and lots of variation. If you look for a retreat that can open you to yourself this retreat will do it.

a traveler

Antonio's Guest House website

Well organised. beautiful setting, well cared for and very well fed. Too eat this type of healthy food, i would normally be a little skeptical. But i can honestly say that all the hard work that the organisers put in to create this type of was more than worth it. I was recovering from a sickness when i arrived am i am convinced that the food had a major part to play in my recovery. The benefits one gets from these types of retreat are vital for our spiritual growth. I know sometimes it can bring up difficulties but i also know this is what i need to work with. I know this is deep practice where they say no pain no gain. For me the gain was having the difficulties, seeing them and working with them. I think this vipassana practice is a must for all those who want to learn about themselves. I would have stayed longer. The meditation space for me was a little too dark, I think i would have liked this space somewhere else if possible.

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