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6 Days Sightseeing and Yoga Retreat Athens, Greece

Yoga Holidays Greece

Namaste Healing Studio is way more than a yoga retreat. Join this break to explore the location and some of its surroundings with guided tours combined with daily yoga and other therapeutic sessions. Enjoy wonderful, healthy, and vegetarian meals and explore the historical sites while doing walking meditations. The retreat will have sessions of Qi Gong or sound therapy and meditation.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Qi Gong sessions daily
  • Vegetarian Greek cooking classes
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Exciting sightseeing and guided tours
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will be staying at Namaste Studio, a converted apartment in the Athens suburb of Cholargos. Place is limited to four persons maximum. Available accommodation is two double bedrooms suitable for couples or people willing to share, one bathroom with shower shared with all occupants, one separate toilet also shared, one fully equipped kitchen, studio space with satellite TV.

The accommodation is more suitable for families or small groups of friends. You will have the relaxing experience of living in a home in Athens away from your home.

Program

All yoga classes will be led by Namaste Healing Studio professionals and passionate teachers and will include asanas and pranayamas designed to assist you in getting the most from your short break in Athens. Qi Gong and sound therapy sessions will be at introductory level and they will help you to raise your spiritual level and enjoy your stay in this historic city.

Day 1

  • 19:00 Qi Gong session
  • 20:00 Vegetarian evening meal and presentation / confirmation of the program

Day 2

  • 09:00 Morning meditation
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Visit to the Acropolis, walking meditation, followed by a visit to the award winning Acropolis Museum
  • 19:00 Evening yoga session
  • 20:00 Evening vegetarian meal

Day 3

  • 09:00 Morning meditation
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Qi Gong
  • 12:00 Greek cooking class - learn how to cook a vegetarian version of a classic Greek dish and eat the results
  • 16:00 Visit to the temple of Poseidon in Sounion with walking meditation
  • Sunset at Sounion
  • Stop at Vouliagmeni for cocktails on return trip to Athens

Day 4

  • 09:00 Morning meditation
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Visit to marathon and archaeological sites, Yoga on the Beach (weather permitting)
  • 18:00 Christmas Vegetarian meal.

Day 5

  • 09:00 Morning meditation
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Guided tour to Plaka and free time for shopping
  • 17:00 Sound therapy
  • 18:00 Evening vegetarian meal

Day 6

  • 09:00 Morning meditation
  • 10:00 Breakfast

Please note that guests are responsible for organizing their own flights to Athens International Airport. All guests will be met on arrival and transported to the Namaste Studio. People who arrive early can relax at the studio or explore the local area. On departure day, guests are responsible for organizing their own flights from Athens International Airport. All guests will be taken from Namaste Studio in time for their departure. People who are departing late will be offered suggestions for things to do depending on the actual flight time.

Included excursions

Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

The Parthenon on the Acropolis, one of the symbols of the birth of western civilization, is the must see site for all visitors to Athens.

Sounion Peninsula

The Temple of Poseidon (god of the sea) perched on a hill overlooking the sea at the very tip of the Attiki is the perfect outing for fantastic views and sunsets. Stop in Vouliagmenis for ice-cream or cocktail on the return trip.

Marathon

Escape to the relative peace and quiet of ancient Marathon. Visit the ancient tomb and the museum and then spend the afternoon relaxing at the beaches in Schinias followed by a vegetarian meal at the hosts’ summer house.

Plaka

The Plaka is old Athens, like a small island in the middle of the city, somewhere, where you can minimize contact with the aspects of modern Athenian life, many people find unpleasant, cars, pollution, noise, and crowds. The Plaka is a great area to be in, if you like shopping, eating, wandering around or just plain hanging out watching people. It adjoins the Monastiraki flea market area where you can find souvenirs of every type and to every taste. There are archaeological sites to wander around or cafeterias to sit in for those of you who do not like to shop.

Instructors

Manina Papagianopoulou Irvine
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Manina is a teacher of physical education with a degree from the Kapodistrian Greek University. Fifteen years ago, she started her journey to discover yoga and its benefits. Her interest is particularly in the spiritual part of yoga training. She is a certified yoga teacher (200-hours RYT Yoga Alliance, Rishikesh, India). She is also a certified pranic healer and Arhatic yogi and has attended many seminars in both Thailand and India ranging from hypnotic regression to mystic dance. Her real passion is guided meditations utilizing a large variety of techniques.

Location

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. It dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political, and cultural life in Greece.

Features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Food

All food supplied during the retreat will be lacto-ovo vegetarian. Food will be traditional Greek style prepared using fresh, locally available produce. Some meals have not been provided so that guests can go out and explore the variety of tavernas and cafeterias for which Athens is famous.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Pranic healing sessions can be arranged at an additional cost of 30 EUR per hour. Tarot card readings are also offered.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All Qi Gong and sound therapy sessions
  • All yoga and meditation classes
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Organized trips
  • Transportation from and to Athens International Airport (ATH)

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tickets for the museums and the archaeological sites
  • Travel insurances

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Namaste Healing Studio will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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