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Qigong & Hatha Yoga retreat on a sunny Cycladic island

This retreat at a seafront family venue combines Qigong and Yoga to create a holistic, deeply rejuvenating experience.
Taoist Qigong brings forth the qualities of relaxation, fluidity, no effort (wu wei) and meditation in our practice.
Hatha Yoga teaches us the importance of grounding, alignment, breathing, and balance.

Where

Family Villa, Cyclades4422409
Antiparos, Cyclades GR 84007

Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles

Levels

When

May 19 to
May 26
2016
16:00 pmto10:00 am

Additional dates: 29 Sept. -6 Oct. 2016

A typical day:

07:30 -09:30 - Morning Qigong practice
09:30 -11:00 - Breakfast
11:00 -17:30 - Free time (optional excursions & activities)
17:30 -19:30 - Evening Qigong, Yoga and Thai massage practice
19:30 -21:00 - Dinner
21:00 -00:00 - Free time (optional in house games / events, nights out etc)

Price

899 €

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

Half board accommodation in a shared room with own shower/WC, A/C, refrigerator, balcony or terrace
All classes
A cultural excursion by boat
All necessary local transfers

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

Arrival to / departure from destination
Surcharge for single occupancy room
Other than mentioned meals
Travel insuranance

Full Description

IMPORTANT:

A 10% early bird discount applies to this holiday plan when full payment is completed 90 days in advance of holiday's starting day.

RETREAT CONTENT:

Yoga and Qigong should not start and stop on the mat or else these become very poor and "empty" disciplines. Therefore our itinerary provides enough time for you to optionally interact with the people and the environment outside the retreat's frame.

Additional activities will be offered to you during your stay, such as a boat excursion to the ancient settlement on Despotiko island and its breathtaking beaches and an optional, organized night-out to the neighboring cosmopolitan island of Paros.

We prefer to work in small numbers to get to know us better and have true results, therefore a maximum of 24 participants will be allowed. Every level practitioners are welcomed.

BENEFITS:

- You will come closer to a better understanding of the symbols behind the moves of Qigong and Yoga and will gain a clear experience of the energy flow these symbols activate when consciously utilized.
- You will learn a concrete Qigong sequence.
- You will shed new light on your known Hatha Yoga poses.
- You will rest and rejuvenate deeply in our venue right next to a sand beach with crystal clear water.

DIFFICULTY:

Adjusted to your age and fitness. Every level practitioners are welcomed.

HOLIDAY DURATION:

8 days, 7 nights

OPTIONALTRAVEL SERVICES:

Car rental: From € 30,- per day
Motorcycle rental: From € 15,- per day
Bicycle rental: From € 7,- per day
Massage treatments: Special discounted price from € 40,- per hour
We can take care of your need for an additional stay in Athens, caused by inconvenient times of arrival or departure: Prices from € 40,- per single room including breakfast, from € 60,- per twin or double bedroom including breakfast.

ABOUT ANTIPAROS:

An unspoiled countryside on a magical blue canvas, where you can enjoy cheerful times, relaxed moods, friendly people and pure fun until the morning. Antiparos is located very close to the cosmopolitan island of Paros, separated by a narrow strait of only 1.250m.

Antiparos is a quiet island with incredibly beautiful beaches, a few of which can only be reached on foot. It’s the biggest and the only populated one in a chain of small and isolated neighboring islands. Some of these islands were important centers of the ancient Cycladic period and archeological excavations are still taking place there. Short boat trips do transfers from Agios Georgios port to Despotiko Island for a day swim in its sandy and untouched beaches.

Antiparos is well known for its cave, located on the east side of the island, with an impressive large opening and great depth, home to huge stalactite and stalagmite formations, offering an unforgettable spectacle.

Antiparos town is a 20min drive from our venue. Its infrastructure includes a small port, two marinas, a post office and banks and there is also a small medical center and a pharmacy. There are all kinds of elegant shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, many of which boast of their gourmet cuisine. The town is quiet during the day, but in the evening its central stone-paved street bursts with life, people dining or having a drink all along.

On Antiparos one can choose among or combine stylish holidays, exciting excursions, solitary times, crowded fun and carefree living.

VENUE:

This venue is owned by a local family. With great patience and devotion, the buildings have been carefully preserved over the years until recently when they were renovated in their contemporary look.

The venue consists of studios, maisonettes, and a house. Unique hand crafted furniture have been collected from many different places of Greece to decorate the rooms and the house in minimalistic style.
Aiming to the ultimate comfort of visitors, all studios and maisonettes are equipped with high-quality ecological mattresses and feature a private bathroom with bath products and a hair-dryer, a kitchenette with a fridge, a shaded terrace with breathtaking sea view, air conditioning, a TV and a safe deposit box. There is free WiFi close to hotel’s reception.

The rooms are cleaned daily and the sheets and towels are changed every 3 days following an environmentally friendly policy.

The venue, by providing a dedicated yoga platform with amazing views and being only 1 min away from a sandy beach with crystal clear waters, is an excellent choice for a quality, hassle free yoga retreat. Yoga props can be provided under request.

Possible activities in and around this venue:

Guided trekking tours
Diving tours and lessons
Massage or other wellbeing treatments
Cooking classes
Scheduled ferries and local island-hopping boats make it easy to visit Mykonos, Delos, Ios and even Santorini without having to stay there overnight. This option will come handy if you will decide to prolong your stay after our retreat.

Venue facilities:

Breakfast with local products
Café – Snack bar
Laundry service
Free WiFi
Fax – printer service
Free parking

10 REASONS TO TRAVEL WITH US:

- visit all the highlights, a safe distance away from mass tourism
- stay in handpicked, small-scale, family-owned venues
- be guided privately or in a small group, at your preferred pace
- discover unspoiled nature and places off-the-beaten-track
- participate in local celebrations, feasts, and events
- get to know pioneer artisans and experience their art
- taste authentic Greek products directly at the producers’ farms
- meet and exchange ideas with innovative local entrepreneurs
- share our active commitment to eco-tourism and fair-trade
- support selected local sustainable-development projects

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