Tales of the Goddess: A Luxury Yoga Retreat in Greece, July 2019
We all deserve to indulge in a bit of luxury every now and then (or how about every day?). Our yoga retreat in Greece, will provide you with an opportunity to dive deeper into your yoga practice while immersing into Greek island life on Lefkas… an island where time slows down, the days are delightfully long.
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We recommend flying into Athens a day early. For those arriving early, we will coordinate a get-together to connect in Athens. If arriving on June 29, please arrive no later than 10 am.
We all deserve to indulge in a bit of luxury every now and then (or how about every day?). Our yoga retreat in Greece, June 29 – July 6, 2019, will provide you with an opportunity to dive deeper into your yoga practice while immersing into Greek island life on Lefkas… an island where time slows down, the days are delightfully long, and where giant cliffs meet the sea.
For us, yoga retreats are about more than just practicing yoga in a beautiful destination. We take care and pride in finding the best yoga retreat destinations out there and creating fun, powerful and immersive retreats that nourish your soul. Our yoga retreat in Greece exceeds all of our expectations. Get ready for a truly relaxing luxury experience with a bit of adventure thrown in for good measure.
Yoga Retreat In Greece On The Island of Lefkas
We will be calling the Greek island of Lefkas (also called Lefkada) home for our 7night/8 day retreat. Urania Villas and yoga retreat center overlooks the deep blue Ionian Sea and provides the perfect destination to get away from the stress of life back home and to hit the reset button. Every once in a while you come across a place – which is so divine, so quiet and beautiful and surrounded by nature that no pictures can do it justice and Urania Villas is one such space. We would love for you to join us!
Throughout the week, stories about different goddesses (from all traditions) will be woven into the morning practice. The stories are both empowering and inspiring.
Women and men are both welcome on this retreat.
What does the Yoga Retreat in Greece include?
Seven nights accommodation
Healthy and nutritious traditional Greek meals throughout the week (7 B, 6 L, 7 D)
Twice daily yoga and meditation classes (90-120 minutes)
Guided yoga nidra (yogic sleep)
Asana Tune-Up Workshop (troubleshoot common yoga poses to find the alignment that works for your body)
Advance Your Asana Workshop (learn how to prepare your body for more advanced asanas)
Roll & Release Workshop (self-myofascial release (self-massage) workshop that utilizes tennis balls and yoga blocks to release tension and tightness in the body)
Day trip to Porto Katsiki, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches
Boat/Sailing trip to Meganissi and nearby beaches
Greek cooking class with our beautiful hostess and chef Ourania
Coffee, tea, and water (local wine available for purchase)
Carefully curated goodie bag of local treats and a few surprises
Detailed yoga retreat packing list and pre-arrival checklist
Pre-retreat support (including guides to both Athens and Kefalonia)
We’ll capture your week with video and photos, so you don’t have to think about it!
You’ll receive an in-depth guide to the week’s theme, so you can study more or carry what you’ve learned with you after the retreat
1 hour Thai Massage $80
30 minute Reiki treatment $25
1 hour private yoga $65
1/2 day mountain biking trip (price TBD)
Transportation from Athens (price TBD- depends on the number of people)
What does the Yoga Retreat in Greece exclude?
Your transportation to Lefkas (transportation package from Athens available for purchase)
Soda, junk food, and alcoholic beverages.
Extra add-ons and excursions.
Souvenirs or items of a personal nature
Who is our Yoga Retreat in Greece for?
real people: people that love yoga, but also love having an evening glass of wine or ouzolefkas greek island yoga retreat greece
yogis that want to go deeper into their practice
yogis that want an asana tune-up
those who want to adventure and be active during the day and climb into a ridiculously comfortable bed at night
those who are inspired by rugged landscapes and the deep blue-green sea
those who want to celebrate this awesome thing we call life!
those that want to travel with a like-minded community
those that need a technology detox (don’t worry there is still Wi-Fi, but I don’t think you’ll want to use it… except to brag to friends and family back home)
those that need to RELAX… there are only two mandatory events for the whole 8 days!
those who need a shift, an ignition, or a jumpstart in life, work, etc.
Who is our Yoga Retreat in Greece not for?
those who want to party every night
those who have no yoga experience (yogis should have a basic understanding of standing postures and a willingness to explore and play on their mat)
those who don’t want to support others in their growth on and off their mat (we’re all about community, connection and support)
Meet Your Yoga Instructor
Autumn Adams, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, CPNYT, YACEP
Autumn Adams yoga instructorAutumn founded Ambuja Yoga in 2014 as a way to not only share her love of yoga, travel & adventure but as a way to cultivate intention, courage, grace and joy in her students. Since Ambuja Yoga’s start, Autumn has led 17 yoga retreats in the United States and abroad.
Autumn Adams seamlessly blends her education in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga into dynamic, flowing classes that gently challenge her students to break old habits and move beyond perceived limitations. Autumn’s skilled hands-on adjustments will help you find your perfect alignment.
She hopes her retreat attendees will leave her retreats with a feeling of purpose and with the ability to invite their intention into all aspects of their lives. She encourages her students to be conscious creators… to have the courage to take risks (both big and small), the courage to listen deeply to their body, to their gut, to their heart, the grace to “roll with the punches” on this messy path we call life and to be willing to laugh at ourselves when we “fail”. Learn more about Autumn’s philosophy here.
What kind of yoga practice can I expect?
Fun alignment based vinyasa morning practices balanced by deeply restorative evening practices
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1.5 – 2 hour long sessions
Sessions will occur twice a day in the morning and late afternoon
Each session will include asana, pranayama and meditation
New and familiar yoga asanas
Create space and openness throughout your body
Release stress and muscle tension
Three optional yoga workshops: Advance Your Asana, Asana Tune-Up and Roll & Release
Fun all-levels alignment-based vinyasa yoga with time to play and try new poses… we’re serious enough as it is. Let’s find joy on and off of our mats! Every morning will conclude with a sweet Savasana or yoga nidra.
Restorative yoga with a deep emphasis on relaxation. Each evening yoga class will be a deeply restorative practice that blends elements of restorative yoga, yin yoga and therapeutic yoga. Our evening restorative class will always include bolster supported heart opening postures, hip openers, gentle twists and stretches for the hamstrings, neck and shoulders. These quiet, contemplative classes are designed to balance and restore the body, mind, and spirit. Autumn will finish evening class with a guided meditation or yoga nidra.
Autumn will be available for private yoga lessons throughout the week ($65/hr).
Have you been on a yoga retreat with Ambuja Yoga?
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Have you been on a yoga retreat with Ambuja Yoga before? You’ll receive 10% off of your next retreat. Contact Ambuja Yoga for further details.
Will this be your first retreat? We would love to have you join us. We’re here to answer questions all along the way. Hesitant about attending a yoga retreat? Read about a few of the most common yoga retreat myths on our blog.
More about Urania Villas
Urania Villas is located on the mountainous island of Lefkas, near the village of Vassiliki. The cluster of luxurious villas sits high up on the hill above a tiny little private beach with views of neighboring islands and beautiful Vasiliki Bay. Although, the villas are on the southwest side of the island and close to the best beaches they also look out over a Vasiliki Bay facing the east. The sunrises are spectacular.
Ourania and her son Ilias are our wonderful hosts for the duration of the week. They are completely dedicated to making sure our week is amazing! The kindness of our hosts and the thought and care that goes into each and every detail are much appreciated.
Gorgeous pools are the name of the game here. We will have plenty of time to swim, relax poolside, read and unwind. You will be encouraged to take advantage of our scheduled excursions, but we’d also like you to listen to your body and your own wants and needs… sometimes that means enjoying some quiet pool time while the rest of the group is out and about or taking a nap while the rest of the group is at class.
The luxurious villas are in an incredibly quiet and peaceful area of the island and are surrounded by flora and fauna… if you’re lucky you might even see foxes, dolphins and owls.
What will we be eating?
The food at Urania Villas can only be described as fresh, delicious and abundant. We’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast after our morning practice each morning. The morning breakfast menu will vary but may include: eggs, cheese, meat, bread, fruit, and more.
Lunches will be a lighter affair… because practicing yoga with a full belly is not much fun at all!
Dinner… the best meal of the day and three courses… including dessert! I love Greek desserts!