11 Days Kriya Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Greece

Kriya Yoga Retreat Greece

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Why learn Kriya yoga? By practicing Kriya yoga the mind returns to harmony, in the same way that Hatha yoga (asanas) brings the body in harmony. In this course the initial level of Kriya yoga practice will be given. If this practice is successful and the wish is there it will be possible on a later stage to take an initiation in the full practice. The course contains of a structured practice of Kriya yoga and Mindfulness meditation combined with Kriya Hatha yoga, Nidra Yoga, Bhajan and healthy food.

Highlights

  • Kriya yoga meditation
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Kriya Hatha yoga(attention and chakras)
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Foodpath catering
  • Bhajans
  • Serva

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Greek, Russian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15

Airport transfer available:
Aktion National Airport (US$47 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga deck

Ellas Retreat Palairos has 16 dorm beds and three double rooms and offer a wide range of healthy food.

All the rooms are homely and tastefully decorated and include air-conditioning, and a small refrigerator and hot plate for an emergency lunch or tea. You may relax on the balcony or in the garden during any time of the day and feel completely at home.

Ellas Retreat Greece Yoga Retreat Program

Kriya yoga

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. Through the practice of Kriya yoga, the human evolution is enhanced and Samadhi can be attained. The secret in Kriya yoga is the subtle connection between the breath and consciousness.

Mindfulness meditation

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

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).

Nidra yoga

In Nidra Yoga we enter deep relaxation by rotating our awareness through the body.

Bhajans

If you wish to develop devotion, singing mantras and devotional songs elevates the energies and opens the heart. Bhajans belongs to Bhakti yoga.

Serva

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.

- Daily program

  • Kriya yoga meditation
  • Sun salutation
  • Breakfast
  • Serva
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Lunch
  • Kriya Hatha Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Dinner
  • Kriya yoga meditation

A silent retreat

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.

Instructors

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.

Location

Ellas Retreat Palairos, is located in a small and friendly port or village at the Ionian Sea close to the island of Lefkada. It lies at the base of a spectacular mountain and is surrounded by nice sandy beaches.

There is a small yoga space in the garden, and a five-minute walk from the retreat center is a big yoga deck with an amazing view over the sea and Lefkada island.

The coastline to the north and south offers dozens of small isolated picturesque gulfs.

There are many small restaurants, archaeological sites, monasteries, wineries, hot springs, and hiking opportunities in the region.

Nearby places

  • Aktion National Airport (PVK) - 30 minutes
  • Paleros village - 5 minutes

Food

The food served is home-made vegan or vegetarian and macrobiotic. It is provided by Ellas Retreat's partner Foodpath.gr, as products they use fresh and local, mostly organic and often from their own garden. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat tours
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking, diving, and sailing
  • Kite surf classes
  • Photography classes
  • Wild life observation

Spa treatments

  • Accupressure massage treatment
  • Electro acupuncture

What's included

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 3 daily sessions of Kriya yoga meditation
  • Daily Kriya Hatha yoga
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Nidra yoga

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Transport and transfer

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Prevesa Aktion Airport (PVK). The transfer from this airport costs 30 EUR not per person but per drive, so in case there are 2 people coming together they pay the same price.

If a flight to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is more convenient for you please note that in case you like to have a taxi picking you up at the airport, your flight must arrive earlier than 15.00 pm. The Taxi from Athens to Palairos will take about 4h and the cost will be 80 EUR per person.

In case you are already in Athens or you plan to spend time visiting Acropolis site before the retreat, note that there is a bus leaving from the Central Bus Station (KTEL) at 09.00am that comes directly to Palairos. Bus travel duration about 5h 30min and cost will be 40 EUR if you book an aller retour ticket.

Other buses with direction to Vonitsa or Lefkada depart from Athens several times during the day, for further information, we will be happy to assist your every step to our retreat center.

Airport: Aktion National Airport Airport transfer available: Aktion National Airport (US$47 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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