Ellas Retreat

Ellas Retreat offers Kriya and Kundalini yoga, Vipassana, conscious dance, Hatha yoga, Tantra, conscious diet, meditation, and various other courses.

  • Palairos, Greece

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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

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.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Marika Ristanovska from United Kingdom

    PROS Pros: Beautiful place and beautiful people

    10 Value for money
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    Organizer response: Dear Marika It was such a pleasure to have you here, your serene nature and you light full personality. Looking forward to share with you again in the future! Love First Teona & Basu

    2017-Jul-27 09:34:27

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    Review by Elizabeth Lewis from United Kingdom

    A grddd

    CONS Cons: no negatives

    PROS Pros: 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.

    10 Value for money
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    Organizer response: Dear Liz Thank you for sharing and being here with us, I am looking forward to have you again here, it was such a pleasure to share and practice together with you and Idi. All the Best in anything you do! Love First Teona

    2017-Jul-24 16:38:27

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    Review by Kerry Dixon from United Kingdom

    Perfect place to reset and reconnect

    CONS Cons: Could be a little tidier. It is a bit shabby in places and it would be great to have a well kept garden to relax in as outside space is limited. Breakfast table too small to accommodate everyone comfortably and chairs need replacing.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    7.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    5 Food
    7.5 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Dear Kerry Thank you for your lovely impressions :) Funny enough that after your departure we arranged the table in the garden where we normally eat breakfast :) Now there is a shade there and it looks lovely! I take your feedback with love in my heart! Thank you and see you again soon! Love First! Teona

    2017-Jul-20 20:38:52

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    Review by Monica Ruiz from United Kingdom

    Perfect spot to switch off and connect with yourself

    CONS Cons: Only thing I could say is that, as a personal preference, brunches were mainly sweet dishes - and I am a savoury person!

    PROS Pros: 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

    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    7.5 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Dear Monica Words cant express my gratitude for you being with us here. Thank you for every moment. Looking forward to meet you again soon! Love First! Teona

    2017-Jul-20 16:46:18

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    Review by Kathrine Maceratta from United Kingdom

    Great location and accommodation. Great holiday experience!

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Dear Kathrine, thank you very much for your review, we look forward to welcome you again to our upcoming retreats, and remember you have a 10% off from now on and forever!! Love First Teona

    2017-Jul-13 16:56:57

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    Review by Gemma Lindsay from Israel

    Out of this world yoga retreat!

    PROS Pros: 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!

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Dear Gemma Thank you very much dearest. Glad to meet you and beautiful to practice together! May we meet again! Love First! Teona

    2017-Jul-10 14:52:35

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    Review by Farah Rahman from Netherlands

    CONS Cons: It was too short! Im counting down days until i can visit again!

    PROS Pros: 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.

    10 Value for money
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    Organizer response: Dear Farah You have captured my heart forever with your smile and purity! Love to you and thank you for being here! Love First Teona Papadopoulou

    2017-Jun-30 07:05:21

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    Review by Grace Flavin from United States

    Stop what you're doing and go to this retreat

    PROS Pros: 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.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Dear Grace Thank you so much for your lovely review! May we unite again soon! Looking forward to meet you again really, you are wonderful! Love First Teona

    2017-Jun-28 18:12:39

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    Review by Anonymous

    Retreat full of peace, perfect for relaxing and reflecting

    CONS Cons: The village was very small so be prepared for that. The yoga wasn't exactly what I was expected or used to.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    7.5 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Thank you dear Christy for your review! In Ellas Retreat we are offering authentic yogic practices that are based on the sutra of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali : Chitta Vritti Nirodha, that means: Yoga is the silencing of modifications of the mind. Love First! Teona

    2017-Jun-23 05:46:23

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    Review by Ilze Kiers from Netherlands

    Best place in the world!

    PROS Pros: 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!!

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Thank you dear Ilze, it was amazing to have you here! I wish we meet again soon! Love First Teona

    2017-Jun-21 14:51:14

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    Review by Iuliia Kryvenok from Ukraine

    The best yoga retreat ever

    CONS Cons: I liked everything

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

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Dear Iulia, thank you very much for the review! Looking forward to meet you again. You re a beautiful soul and a true mother :p. It was lovely to have you here! All the sweetest and the kindest! Teona

    2017-Jun-15 04:29:15

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    Review by Anonymous

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

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    PROS Pros: Everything about it. The nature, the environment, the teachers, the schedule, the facilities and last but not least THE FOOD!

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
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    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-16 15:22:42

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    Review by Tanya Collins from United Kingdom

    Total Bliss

    CONS Cons: mosquitoes :)

    PROS Pros: 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.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
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    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-15 06:59:10

  • Review by Josefin Arnell from Amsterdam
    10 out of 10

    "I did my first Vipassana, 14 days silent retreat at Antonios Guesthouse. The place is magic, the mountains around, the view over the bay, misty mornings and rainbows. The houses are simple and clean and the beds comfortable. It was not always easy going through the retreat itself but Antonio and his girlfriend are making sure your stay will be for your best comfort. The food is amazing, like amazing for real. A mixture between microbiologic, vegan and raw. As being intolerant they also prepared special things for me, which I really appreciate. They make you feel very welcome and at home. It is far the best retreat I have experienced. I will definitely go back very soon! Thank you!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Georgios Zolotas
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Marin Markuze from Riga, Latvia
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Left a piece of my heart in Lefkada. Truly wonderful workshops, and we were very spoilt and well taken care of. One of the best part of the retreat is the food! Delicious and cleansing, I came back from the retreat glowing and few pounds lighter! I would absolutely recommend this retreat to other people!"

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  • Review by Manouchito from Vitre, France
    10 out of 10

    "The room, decently sized is clean and taken care of. The garden is quiet and restful, perfect for an afternoon nap or a book session. The guesthouse is a walkable distance of everything in Palairos; beach, bars, restaurants, and any activities. And the restaurant next to it is amazing as well. A complete review wouldn't be complete without mentioning how helpful is Tony and most of all, friendly. Thanks for making our stay amazingly easy and comfortable."

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  • Review by Melinda from Bekecsaba, Hungary
    10 out of 10

    "According to our experience Antonio's Guest House has everything that one would need for a fresh, exciting or in contrary cozy or slow vacation time. There are nice, simple, practical yet comfortable rooms. Here's warm hearted, charismatic, friendly, flexible hospitality awaited with a sheltered garden with plants and shade too. To nourish our body and soul there was possibility to join excellent, creative, authentic variety of fresh food and drinks even workshops, retreats, diving programs. The house is well located in Paleros and is in a short romantic walking distance from the sea to enjoy the sun, shore, and weather. It is the best if you come and check it out yourself! We had a very nice time at Antonis's."

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  • Review by Giorgos from Nicosia, Cyprus
    10 out of 10

    "I have stayed at Antonio's Guest house, at a time when I was participating at a short workshop on meditation. Headline: I have been there for one week, but when I was leaving I had the feeling if I was living there for an entire year. It was the first place I have been to feel so comfortable in a so short amount of time. The people, the place, the food, the village. I dont know but honestly when I was leaving it was hard to realize that I was actually just one week. For this, I am impressed with the place."

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  • Review by Adi from Israel
    10 out of 10

    "A lovely place to stay! Very relaxing atmosphere, a short walking distance from clean and beautiful swimming spots, great yoga deck, nice and clean rooms and bed sheets, useful small kitchen in the room, and beautiful garden to sit and enjoy your book. Paleros is a great place and Antonios guest house is an excellent choice!"

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  • Review by Slavvek from Gdansk, Poland
    10 out of 10

    "Great place, great host, great food! Following good reviews, we booked almost a week to Antonios. That was an excellent choice! Comfortable room, efficient A.C., pleasant surroundings, but above all the great hospitality we have experienced from Antonio, his family and all the staff - attentive but unobtrusive - making us feel like home. The New Mill Tavern, just round the corner, run by Antonios family, offered us a taste of real Greek cuisine; we dined there every day, with great pleasure, hosted as if they were cooking especially for us. The place is located about five minutes from the seaside and the beach. The big advantage is that Paleros is slightly off the tourist track, so if you look for relaxing, slow time, not so far from the crowded Lefkada, Antonios Guesthouse seems to be a perfect choice."

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  • Review by Lisa H. from Leipzig, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga paradise. This must be Nirvana. For doing yoga courses, I spent 2014 some weeks in Antonios Guesthouse - a quiet paradise for those who seek for silence and peace in-and outside. I was in constant enjoyment, having a great balanced time under the Greek sun or in my beautiful room, always surrounded by lovely people. Daphne and Antonis, the owners, are two really special, shining souls that spread their warm energy in the whole guesthouse so that everybody can be sure to have a harmonious time there! They were cooking with so much love the most delicious and healthy meals I ever could imagine. Just the food is already a reason enough to come around. Thank you for everything, I hope to come back soon. Om Matangi namaha!"

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