GREECE Yoga & Culture Retreat with Julia Ingersoll
The ultimate summer soul-rejuvenation on an enchanted island! This is a magical retreat combining luxury with traditional island life, inspiring yoga, incredible beaches, spa time, and guided exploring.
One week on the gorgeous, pristine, unspoiled island of Amorgos, plus a full day in Athens to experience the pure beauty of the Parthenon.
Type of Event
Retreat begins in Athens, and finishes on the island of Amorgos. We can arrange your return or onward travel.
Retreat fee includes just about everything (except airfare to Greece). The retreat is structured so you will have a wonderful experience with great ease.
Full travel planning and assistance included – please ask!
Ignite your radiance on this odyssey to magnificent Greece, the land where gods once walked the earth!
Amorgos is a pristine and secluded island of rare beauty and rich traditions - an auspicious context for yoga practice.
- Morning and Afternoon yoga
- Exquisite spa-hotel
- Organic cuisine
- Healing bodywork and Spa
- Swims, guided hikes, beaches
- Visits to artisans, healers, monasteries, and other local culture
- Expertly-guided tour of Athens Acropolis, Parthenon, and more
- Rejuvenation and relaxation, Greek-island style!
Bathed in mythic Greek light, we will dive deep into the practices of yoga including asana, pranayama, and meditation. All level of yoga practitioners are welcome.
Come discover the essential purity of this ancient land on the Aegean sea, reflected in the newly-polished mirror of your heart and mind, your body and spirit.
Led by Julia Ingersoll, RTY-500 Certified Yoga teacher and fine-artist, with 20 years experience in Greece.
We will begin the retreat with one night in Athens, at a beautiful 4-star hotel overlooking the Acropolis (ranked #4 Best Rooftop Views of the World), and have dinner out in the romantic old city, the Plaka . The following morning we’ll enjoy a fascinating exploration of the magnificent Parthenon, with a local historian, as well as the splendid new Parthenon museum among the ruins. Later, we'll be taking the ferry together to the island of Amorgos. We stay for a full, luscious week, absorbing the light, the sea, and the life.
I chose this island because it is gorgeous and still unspoiled, allowing a taste of true, traditional Greek life and culture, along with providing a splendid setting for the practices of yoga. We will dive deep, over the week, and explore the empowering archetypes of the Greek goddesses of mythology to empower and enhance our practice.
The movie “The Big Blue”, by Luc Besson, was filmed on Amorgos. A good way to see the scenery!
We will be staying in a beautiful Five-star spa-hotel on Amorgos, with every amenity – but it’s owned by a lovely local family who welcome us as their own, so there is still plenty of local, Greek feeling and color!
Our days on the island typically begin with optional "sunrise coffee club", where we gather for pre-practice java and snacks, and watch Homer's mythic "rosy-fingered dawn" spread her magic light over sea and sky (or you can sleep in!), while some take an early-morning swim. Morning yoga is dynamic and energizing, followed by a bountiful breakfast. The day includes time to lounge on the beaches right below the hotel, or the beautiful, sea-water swimming pool, take advantage of the spa's massages, or simply relax.
On some days, there will be the option to join a hike to explore neighboring traditional villages, discover the herbs and views of Amorgos, visit ancient monasteries perched on cliffs, and take a boat ride to an tiny island just off the coast, in a traditional fishing caique.
We will visit the main town of the island, with its dozens of windmills and labyrinthine, white streets, and check out boutiques, of course, with perhaps a swim in an isolated cove along the way.
Early-evenings we will gather in the beautiful yoga-space for a relaxing, restorative practice to refresh and renew, before dinner.
Nights are filled with stars, sometimes Greek musicians, and always, great company.
Travel support and counsel is available to plan your trip.
You will fly in and out of Athens, Greece, plan to arrive by early afternoon on Tuesday, June 9, if possible. A taxi-driver will meet you to take you to the hotel on arrival. On departure, you may need to stay a night in Athens depending on boat/flight schedules, so plan on an extra night, June 22, in Athens. We will set-up all arrangements for you, according to your plans. You may wish to stay on longer in Greece and visit other islands before heading back to Athens! Let us know, we have travel support to set it all up.
Almost everything is included in the fee– the retreat is structured so you will have a wonderful experience with great ease.
•8 nights accommodation in a beautiful, double-occupancy room with gorgeous view and private bath (1 night in Athens, 7 nights on Amorgos). Singles available at an additional cost, please ask.
•All delicious, organic-when-possible, fresh meals for the retreat, including local wine with dinner. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, just let us know.
•Daily Yoga and Restorative Yoga
•Excursions to the Acropolis in Athens
•Guided hikes, walks, and visits to monasteries, beaches, villages and more on Amorgos, including ground transportation.
•Trip to a small, uninhabited island near Amorgos by local fishing boat
•Impromptu participations in local activities, festivals, or other delights that come up!
Not included: Airfare to Greece, ground transfer to/from airport in Athens, spa treatments, tips, drinks.
Bring: Your willingness to laugh, be amazed, be awed, uncover your own strength, your own joy, your own person.
MORE ABOUT THE YOGA
All levels of yoga experience are welcome, with individual stages of practice and modifications to honor and address each student.
Morning yoga sessions will be dynamic and energizing, with clear, personalized alignment instruction that calls upon the innate intelligence of the body. Yoga philosophy,and stories from the mythology that underlies the yoga tradition as well as Greek archetypes will be integrated into our sessions. Greece provides an inspiring and meaningful context to explore the mythic dimension of yoga, offering ancient wisdom and metaphor to explore our relationship ￼￼￼￼to ourselves and the world. Playful challenge helps each student to discover her own power, beauty, and courage, and advance her practice.
On most afternoons we will also enjoy a restorative yoga practice. All yoga sessions are held in a spacious and beautiful, open-air pavilion.
Greece & Yoga are a match made in Heaven.
ABOUT YOUR RETREAT-LEADER
Julia Ingersoll, RYT–500 certified yoga teacher and acclaimed fine-artist, has been teaching and leading retreats internationally since 2001. Julia is passionate about Greece and has been traveling to the Greek islands almost annually since 1988, to paint, study, and practice. (She speaks "functional" Greek, after all this time!)
A devoted student of yoga since 1991, Julia met her primary teacher, Noah Mazé, in 2010 and has been studying inten- sively with him since. Julia's background is in alignment-based yoga styles, and draws on the major Hatha yoga traditions. Along with Noah, Julia’s main teachers include Richard Freeman, Desirée Rumbaugh, Mark Stephens, and Thomas Fortel.
A former member of the US National Cycling Team, Julia also has a degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a recognized fine-artist.
She is known for her infectious enthusiasm for life, art, and yoga, and for inspiring her students to create lives they love. Julia is fluent in French and Italian, and speaks passable Greek.
Julia is on the faculty of the Esalen Institute. She lives in Big Sur, California.