The setting of this Silent Meditation retreat is ideal. The meditation center is located in a small settlement in the mountains of the Greek island Lefkada. The nature, the views over the sea and surrounding the islands, the sunrise, it is all stunning, and here is no traffic and no noise.
You will receive a genuine meditation and yoga practice from the famous Kriya Yoga tradition lineage of Lahiri Mahasaya, Sir Yukteswar, Yogananda and Shankarananda. Basu is a Kriya Acharya. Meaning his inner development have reached a depth that make him able to transmit the practice efficiently.
Kriya Yoga meditation when practiced regularly brings the mind back to its natural silent state and from this level of consciousness, samadhi can develop. This will bring joy and balance into all your daily activities, you will skilfully deal with difficult situations and naturally you become able to live your life fully.
Ellas Retreat Lefkada - The villa is located in Neochori village on the mountain above Nydri, around 3 kilometers drive from the town.
Travelers prefer this location because of its serenity and quietness.
The hiking around the village and the view of the many small islands that are spread below and around Lefkada (such as the famous island of Onassis, Meganisi with its caves, Madouri island and Ithaca) make this area one of the most spectacular views of the island.
In this retreat, the initial level of Kriya yoga meditation will be given by our qualified teacher Basu. If this practice is successful and the wish is there on a later stage you will be able to take initiation in the full Kriya Meditation.
The daily schedule contains of 2 Kriya meditations supported by mindfulness practice, Kriya Hatha yoga, Nidra Yoga, Bhajan (devotional singing), healthy food and lots of opportunities for hikes in the surrounding mountains.
Kriya yoga belongs to the inner level of yoga ‘meditation’ and was first described by Patanjali in his "Yoga Sutras" 400 BC. The practice is based on the breath, the attention, and the 7 chakras. Even though it is a deep practice it can be learned by everyone. It is very rewarding and it is not hard. One daily mediation can last from 15 min to as long as you wish.
Through the practice of Kriya yoga, the mind is gradually becoming more silent and stable and also Samadhi can be attained (Samadhi is the deepest form of meditation that frees the mind from its egoity).
The simple secret behind the efficiency of Kriya yoga is the subtle connection between breath and consciousness.
Basu is a Kriya Acariya from the lineage of a respected teacher like Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Shankarananda Giri (Basus Teacher)
The purpose of Kriya yoga is to develop inner silence, in this retreat speaking little for 10 days will support this development a lot. You will keep silence inside the meditation center, but you are free to have small conversations when you go for a walk outside the center.
To bring the meditation into every action a daily life it is important to develop mindfulness (self-observation). Mindfulness meditation belongs to Jnana yoga.
Kriya Hatha yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that is using the fundamentals from Kriya yoga. The main emphasis is on the breath, the 7 chakras and self-observation (mindfulness).
In Nidra Yoga we enter deep relaxation by rotating our awareness through the body.
If you wish to develop devotion, singing mantras and devotional songs elevate the energies and open the heart. Bhajans belong to Bhakti yoga.
If you wish you can help with small tasks so the retreat can run smoothly. Helping in the kitchen, watering the plants etc. Serva belongs to Karma yoga.
Remember Ellas Retreat respects your freedom so you choose how much of the program you like to join.
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.
Nobody ever forgets the taste of Ellas Retreat food service. They have lots of experience serving delicious vegan or vegetarian food for retreats. If you have special needs related to the food they will able to adjust for you. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are included in the package.
Aktion National Airport
Transfer available for additional US$57 per person
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$91 per person
Book a flight to Preveza Aktion Airport(PVK). There is a bus to Lefkada town several times during the day and we can help you with arranging timetable and tickets. It is also possible to arrange a transfer from the airport for 50 EUR.
In case you arrive from Athens, there are several buses that can bring you to Lefkada in about 5 hours. The best would be to stay a day in Athens and then take the bus to Lefkada to ensure a beautiful trip. The journey is pleasant and there is a break during the trip for 20 minutes.
If you like to come by taxi from Athens we can arrange a taxi for you but your flight should arrive earlier than 15.00pm to fit the schedule of the taxi drivers. It will cost you 80 EUR. For more information or suggestions please don't hesitate to contact us.
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