About the Retreats

OUR RETREATS’ AIM

Our aim is to offer 'an insider's view' in the islands with respect to their particular culture and environment, together with a restoring week of yoga & meditation. Learn more...

TEACHERS & GUIDES TO THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

Sofia and Isidora, two yogis who represent two different generations-the older and the younger, and also mother and daughter. Active in teaching yoga, Sofia, for more than 45 years, and Isidora for the last 15 years. Learn more...

OUR TEACHING STYLE-TEACHERS’ NOTE

All lessons are taught in English and in Greek; And they are an instant outcome of our "live teaching dialogue". Learn more...

TIME & SITES OF THE LESSONS

Our yoga lessons are daily at dawn and at sunset, in the beautiful open air sites of our settlement and of the islands that we visit in each retreat. Learn more...

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

The total cost of participation includes 7 nights accommodation including breakfast. Learn more...

WHO IS IT FOR

Our Yoga and Meditation lessons are tailored to welcome a general level of practitioners. However, our main priority is to acknowledge our students' individual capacities and needs and to enable a personal improvement. Learn more...

EXTRA PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

After the lessons we offer optional group activities, such as boat trips, nature and cultural walks, visits to places of special archaeological and cultural interest.

OUR RETREATS’ ETHOS & THE HUMAN REFUGEES CRISIS

Every summer, we have an unforgettable time in our Yoga Retreats in the Greek islands. We enjoyed, the islanders' hospitality, cuisine, customs, and of course the islands' clean air, the natural, unspoiled beauty. Learn more...

Nisiros July 1 - July 8

About Nisiros

"Nisyros is very much off the tourist radar – apart from the day trippers from nearby Kos who come to witness the magnificent volcano. Yet for those seeking an island of natural beauty, goats wandering meadows stippled with beehives, soaring mountain views and wildlflowers, intimate Nisyros is just the ticket. Mandraki, is a sleepy little fishing village garlanded with chic cafes, while hilltop villages Nikea and Emborios are stunning. ..Those who chance a visit often return, again and again."(Lonely Planet).

Cost of participation

We will be staying in the main settlement called Mandraki, in the beautiful and quiet Porfyris hotel.

The cost is 445 euros in a single room or 340 euros in a 2 persons double shared room.

The price includes 7 nights accommodation in Porfyris hotel, breakfast, all our Yoga & Meditation lessons. If you wish to participate in one of our optional activities (i.e a boat trip) you need to pay extra for your ticket.

How to get there?

You can arrive to Nisyros by ferry, via the neighbor islands’ of Kos or Rhodes. From Kos it is a short and low cost boat trip to Nisyros with Panagia Spyliani company, or Dodecanisos Express. There are daily routes, several each day.

From most big cities abroad, there are low cost and direct flights to Kos and Rhodes islands. (i.e London to Kos with Ryanair, Berlin, Aegean airlines, Elinair, Astra airlines if your travel from a Greek city etc). For assistance to book your tickets please contact us.

Ikaria July 11 - July 18

About Ikaria

We love Ikaria's particular culture and strong community feeling, authentic dance and music festivities, its plurality in herbs, plants, the richness of landscapes, the crystal clear blue waters, the slow pace of lifestyle. Ikaria has been acclaimed as one of the world's 5 Blue Zones, as its residents reach the highest age of living.
Alongside to our yoga & meditation lessons, we offer a versatile programme, including hiking, visits to magnificent traditional villages, live music and dance festivals organised by the local community.

Cost of participation

We will be staying at Kerame hotel which is 1 km away from Evdilos village.

The cost is 540 euros in a single room or 400 euros in a 2 persons double shared room. It includes 7 nights accommodation, breakfast with Ikaria's organic delicacies and all our Yoga & Meditation lessons.

If you wish to participate in one of our optional activities you need to pay extra for your ticket.

How to get there?

You can fly from abroad (i.e London) directly to the Greek islands of Mykons/Samos/Kos (i.e with Ryanair) and from there it's a short ferry trip to ikaria.

Alternatively, you can fly to the cities of Thessaloniki or Athens and from there fly to Ikaria (flights available with Skyexpress, Aegean Airways, Astra Airlines). For assistance to book your tickets please contact us.

Ikaria Teachers Training July 11 - July 16

Who is it for?

The teachers training course is suitable for health professionals, yoga teachers, or anyone who wishes to have a deep insight in Yoga and gain teaching skills, taught by Sofia, a 46 years of experience teacher.

The course is certificated by the Eyzein respectable Yoga School recognized from the International Yoga Federation.

This is an intensive five days course of Yoga, that includes both theoretical and practical lessons.

Cost of participation

It is taking place in Atheras-Kerame hotel. As the lessons start early in the mornings, it is highly advisable that you book your accommodation in the same hotel.

The fee for the course is 300 euros. The cost of 5 nights accommodation for a single room is 217 euros or 132 euros for a shared room.

How to get there?

You can fly from abroad (i.e London) directly to the Greek islands of Mykons/Samos/Kos (i.e with Ryanair) and from there it's a short ferry trip to ikaria.

Alternatively, you can fly to the cities of Thessaloniki or Athens and from there fly to Ikaria (flights available with Skyexpress, Aegean Airways, Astra Airlines). For assistance to book your tickets please contact us.

Book your place

If you wish to book a place in one, or more of our retreats, you can pay a deposit of 80 pounds or euros at:
- Isidora-Sevasti Liakou, Natwest Bank, account number:22769706, sort code:56-00-13

Or, if you prefer paying in euros you can pay your deposit at:
- Sofia Chagipanagiotou, Eurobank GR 1702602520000150100545162

When you make a payment please give your full name as a reference. The deposit will be excluded from the total participation cost. You can complete the total cost payment until June.

OUR RETREATS’ AIM

Our aim is to offer ''an insider's view'' in the islands with respect to their particular culture and environment, together with a restoring week of open-air yoga & meditation.

A week to rest and isolate-a week to strengthen and connect. Connect with physical persons, places, the nature and your own nature. Through daily yoga & mindfulness lessons, we create new healthier habits in the clean energy of less touristic Greek islands.

YOUR TEACHERS & GUIDES TO THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

Sofia and Isidora, two yogis who represent two different generations-the older and the younger, and also mother and daughter. Active in teaching yoga, Sofia, for more than 46 years, and Isidora for the last 15 years.

Isidora Liakou

instructor

Sofia Chatzipanagiotou

instructor

OUR TEACHING STYLE - TEACHERS’ NOTE

All lessons are taught in English and in Greek; These are an instant outcome of our "live teaching dialogue". We are mainly inspired from the following systems: Restorative yoga for therapy and re-energization, yogic exercises and routines for control weight, balance of the metabolism and the nervous system, Hatha Yoga, Transcidental Meditation, Pranayama-The art of breathing, Hindu and classical Greek philosophy, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yang Yoga, Scaravelli, Ashtanga, Partner Yoga and Vinyasa. But mainly, we teach our own styles, which are the Therapeutic Yoga of the Circle and the Cross and Creative Yoga, that reflect our personal training and education. We also offer daily routines that are adapted to our group and are repeated each day in order to offer a sense of familiarity and development to each practitioner.

Sofia & Isidora

Sofia has a great experience in working with people who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, minor Parkinson, arthritis and other. Isidora, has a long experience in teaching yoga to adults of learning and physical ‘’special abilities’’, performers, dancers, and practitioners of various capacities or age. Our particular teaching style, long and versatile experience enable the lessons to be beneficial and challenging for all.

TIME & SITES OF THE LESSONS

Our yoga lessons are daily at dawn and at sunset, in the beautiful open air sites of our settlement and of the islands that we visit in each retreat. The natural environment of the island plays a crucial role in the development of our yoga classes.

Not only because the environment inspires us in relation to the words we convey in our teaching, but also because we actually use our natural surroundings, for the implementation of our practice. We identify the potentialities for practicing Yoga and meditation in the natural environment of the islands and adapt our practice accordingly, by moving through it, over and under its features. Participants are closely instructed and encouraged to develop alternatives to techniques that are tailored to their personal needs.

WHO IS IT FOR

Our Yoga and Meditation lessons are tailored to welcome a general level of practitioners. However, our main priority is to acknowledge our students' individual capacities and needs and to enable a personal improvement.

Participants are closely instructed and encouraged to develop alternatives to techniques that are tailored to their personal needs. To achieve that, we are two long experienced teachers co-leading closely, all classes.

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

The total cost of participation includes 7 nights accommodation. Breakfast is included as well, and that consists of local delicacies and fine products of Mediterranean diet, such as olive oil, olives, local yogurt, fruits and options for gluten free persons and vegans.

Our accomodation this year at our Nisyros yoga retreat, is at Porfyris hotel in Mandraki and at our Ikaria yoga retreat & T.training at the Kerame hotel, in Evdilos.

All rooms have a shower, toilet, fridge, (in Ikaria a full equipped kitchen as well)with modern standard facilities , a terrace, and have views of different sites of the islands. Use of common areas of the hotels are free.(Pool, garden, terrace). You can choose a single room, or a 2 persons room. More options of rooms, for more than two persons, are also available.

OUR RETREATS’ ETHOS

The islands' lifestyle and landscape are an inspiration for our Yoga teaching; In each yoga retreat we become healthier, we re-energize physically and mentally, and that helps us to go on healthier and happier through the winter. We enjoy, the islanders' hospitality, sense of community, slow pace lifestyle, cuisine, customs and of course the clean air, and the natural unspoiled beauty. A week to rest and isolate-a week to strengthen and connect. Connect with physical persons, places, the nature and your own nature. Through daily yoga & mindfulness lessons we create new healthier habits in the clean energy of less touristic Greek islands.

The last few summers, we are in front of an ethical dilemma: Can we run our annual yoga retreats in our beloved Greek islands in the middle of this dramatic refugee crisis? After a lot of thought, we have decided that we should run our retreats and not turn our back to the islands that have hosted us with such hospitality all the years before. We have been always trying to 'support' the least touristic islands of Greece with our yoga retreats. And it is now in many of these islands where the locals together with foreigner volunteers too, work daily on rescuing, offering food, roof and warmth to the people who have been enforced to become refugees. Their actions inspire hope, admiration, and are 'a real lesson of solidarity, compassion and appraise of life'. Isn't that what Yoga Philosophy and practice should all be about? Of course, we still hold respect for every individuals' personal need to have a restful time in our yoga retreat, and this is what we continue to offer as well.

Part of our profits from our Yoga Retreats in 2016 in Leros and Ikaria islands, were given for the financial support of locals' and foreign volunteers work to improve the life of refugees in Leros. We are hoping that we can keep offering this minor financial support with our future retreats.

Contact

Please contact us using the form below for further information or to register your interest.

Themistokli Sofouli 72Β
Thessaloniki 546 55

info@isidorayoga.com
isidoraliakou@yahoo.com

231 041 5211