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9 Days Kriya Yoga Meditation and Hatha Yoga Retreat in Greece

Kriya Yoga Meditation and Kriya Hatha Yoga Retreat in Greece

Why learn Kriya yoga? By practising 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

  • Bhajans
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Kriya Hatha Yoga
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious breakfast, lunch and snacks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Danish, German, Greek, Russian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Accommodation

Ellas Retreat Paleros is situated at the picturesque port of Paleros. The retreat house has seven (7) rooms with access to a relaxing garden and great views of the Ionian Sea, the island of Lefkada and a spectacular view of the marvelous stone mountain (Serekas) that rises next to Paleros. All the rooms are homely and tastefully decorated and include air-conditioning, a small refrigerator and a 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. There is also a yoga deck at the garden and a yoga shala 5 minutes away from the location, where you can practice and enjoy the view to the Ionian Sea and Lefkada island.

Ellas Retreat Yoga Retreat Program

Kriya yoga

On the path of 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.

Kriya yoga was made famous in the west by Paramahansa Yogananda. He wrote the book "Autobiography of a Yogi" which became a 'most read' for all who are interested in yoga.

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 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 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 task so the course can run smoothly. Cleaning the rooms, cutting vegetables etc. Serva belongs to Karma yoga.

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

Paleros, where the event will take place, is a village located 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, restaurants and bars in close proximity. The coastline to the north and south offers dozens of small isolated picturesque gulfs for camping and water activities. Its location and the mild winds make Paleros a hot spot for sailing and diving. There are many archaeological sites, monasteries, wineries, hot springs, and hiking opportunities in the region. Visitors of Paleros can experience a back to nature lifestyle by visiting local farms, tasting homemade products and becoming part of a Greek family.

Nearby places

  • Paleros Village - 5 minutes

This Meditation Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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 are 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
  • Snacks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
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

Massage therapy and electro-acupuncture are available on request and with additional costs.

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodationn
  • Daily delicious breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Daily Kriya yoga sessions
  • Daily Kriya Hatha yoga sessions
  • Mindfulness meditation session
  • Yoga Nidra

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) or you can book your flight to arrive at Preveza Aktion Airport (PVK). From there you have the options to either take a bus or hire a taxi through Ellas Retreat Paleros.

Arrival by bus

From Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH), take the city bus (X93) or a taxi to KTEL Athens Long Distance Bus Terminal (taxi fare is around 30 EUR and the bus cost is 6 EUR), from there buses depart for Lefkada. With this bus, you make a stop in Vonitsa (19 km away from Paleros), and Ellas Retreat Paleros will pick you up. Bus trip duration is around 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Arrival by taxi

  • Ellas Retreat can hire a taxi for you that will pick you up at the airport, and bring you to the area of Paleros. Taxi trip duration is around 4 hours and it costs 70 EUR per person. Please note that your flight must come earlier than 3 p.m. If you come to Preveza Aktion Airport (PVK). The taxi trip duration is about an hour and it costs 40 EUR.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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.