We're packing light and heading over to the magical Greek island of Skiathos for our third year in a row;
Skiathos is one of the Sporades group of islands in the Aegean Sea where much of Mamma Mia was filmed.
We will make ourselves at home at the much loved traditionally greek style Villa Ella for the week, with the beautifully kept garden which overlooks the sea being our outdoor yoga studio. All the twin bed self-catering balcony suites are sea-facing with the idyllic position of watching the sun rise every morning.
You will unwind fully into the simple Greek island tempo of life and maybe have a little bit of fun too....
Suitable for all levels of experience - Every Body is a Yoga body.
Highly recommended for anyone wanting to combine a holiday of movement and relaxation to restore the body and soul.
SPIRIT > meditation, vinyasa yoga flow, yin ADVENTURE > hiking, beaching, boating NOURISH > Healthy Greek
28th August - 3rd September
50% DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO MAKE A BOOKING, BALANCE TO BE SETTLED
1 WEEK PRIOR TO RETREAT BEGINS
We've planned a week long yoga holiday for you at South African owned Villa Ella, one of the original villa's on the island. A lot of love has gone into maintaining the beautiful lawn and garden of agapanthus, roses and olive trees that Ella created. It is in this sacred space overlooking the sea, that we will meet every morning and evening for our outdoor yoga and meditation.
There will be plenty of time to explore Skiathos: it's town and very beautiful beaches on your own; but we have planned two excursions over the week that we would love you to join us on if you so wish:
1. A four to five hour hike from the Villa through the Magic Forest,
to the Kechria monastery and home through the olive groves. Picnic included.
2. A boat trip with picnic.
A healthy Greek breakfast of seasonal fresh fruit, yoghurt, nuts and honey and is included every morning after yoga with (Italian)
coffee or tea. Two picnic lunches are included with the two excursions. The rest of the lunches and all dinners are up to you.
There is a little supermarket across the road to stock up on, aswell as lovely tavernas on the beach in front of us. Also, it is only a 10 min walk from Villa Ella to explore the many tavernas and restaurants in Skiathos Town for dinners.
There will be a welcome fish braai at the Villa on night one.
The accommodation for our Retreat consists of five balcony suites on the top floor of the Villa, with the most pristine views of the sea and of the sunrises and sunsets.
All the rooms have twin beds (apart or pushed together) with their own balconies and kitchenettes. All rooms are either en-suite or have their own private bathroom and shower. The balcony suites are sea-facing except for Room No 1 which has a view of the mountain.
All rooms at Villa Ella have aircon and free wifi and there is room service every day. *All rooms are sharing, no single occupancy.
From SA we recommend Turkish Airlines for shortest distance and layovers. From Athens there is a 30 min flight to Skiathos with Olympic Air / Sky Express. For all Ferry or Flying Dolphin bookings go to Alkyon Travel alkyontravel.gr. We will do our best to advise you on your best route.
*You can check in any time from 10am on the first day of your Retreat, but do try and arrive by 5pm in time for our special 'group welcome' and class. There will be one morning class on the last day before you depart.
We will send you a "what-to-bring", but when in doubt, pack less.
Essentials are a light yoga mat, yoga wear, good walking shoes, sunglasses, sunhat, swimming costumes and an open mind.
A TYPICAL DAY ON THE RETREAT*
Dynamic Vinyasa Flow
7 - 8.15am
excursion / free time
10am - 3pm
3 - 5 pm
6 - 7.15 pm
DINNER AT A TAVERNA
* subject to change