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...

Ikaria and Fournoi July 9 - July 16

About Ikaria and Fournoi Islands

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. Fournoi archipelago is one of Greece’s great unknown island gems. Its low-lying vegetation clings to gracefully rounded hills that overlap, forming intricate bays of sandy beaches and little ports.
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

In Ikaria, we will spend the first 6 nights of our yoga retreat, at Kerame hotel which is 1 km away from Evdilos village.

In Fournoi island, we will stay at Archipelagos hotel on July 15. However, if you prefer, you have the option to spend all nights in Ikaria.

The cost is 575 euros in a single room or 420 euros in a 2 persons double shared room. It includes 6 nights accommodation in Ikaria and one night acocmodation in Fournoi, breakfast with 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. As part of our optional programme, we will get to Fournoi island from Ikaria by a local ferry. That is a 45min journey. We plan to spend the last night of the retreat(July 15 in Fournoi).However, you could spend an extra night in Fournoi or remain in Ikaria. There are ferries that connect Fournoi with Ikaria, Samos and Pireus. For more related to the ferries timetable please check viva.gr or contact us.

Ikaria Teachers Training July 9 - 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.

kalymnos July 19 - July 26

About kalymnos

"Kalymnos is globally known for its sponge-diving activity that roots back in antiquity and for its dramatic mountains that draw climbers from all over the world. Its western flank is particularly spectacular with skeletal crags towering above dazzling blue waters. The enticing, car-free islet of Telendos is immediately offshore, a mere 5 minutes in a water taxi. While its sponge-fishing heyday is long past, Kalymnos remains inextricably entwined with the sea and holds a strong music culture which is related with its sponge diving tradition. The departure of the sponge-fishing fleet was accompanied by big festivities with violin and lute players playing until the next morning as no one knew if the divers will ever return... In recent years, the island's activities have expanded from climbing alone. Add to this diving, plus hiking and a host of interesting little museums and cultural experiences, and you begin to see why Kalymnos is now on the Greek islands must-visit list."
(Lonely Planet)

Cost of participation

We will be staying in , in Panormos, Kalydna Island hotel just 100m distance from Kantouni beach.

The total cost of participation (including VAT) is 430 euros (per person) in a two persons room or, 550 (per person) in a single room. That includes 7 nights accomodation, breakfast with local delicacies, and all our Yoga & Meditation lessons (28hrs).

You also have the option to participate in a range of daily group activites; Hiking, cave touring, boat trips and visits to the most authentic, beautiful and interesting culturally sites of Kalymnos. We will learn about the iecosystem, history, food, we will meet and enjoy music played by our local friends, and we will also spend valuable time in the tranquil neighbour smaller islands: Telendos and Pserimos- where there are no cars at all, with our meditation lessons taking place outdoors, at the waterfront.

How to get there?

By sea:The most economical way is to get a ferry from the port of Athens (Pireus). Furthermore, Kalymnos is connected by ferry with the islands of kos. That is only a 45min travel by slow ferry-25min by a fast ferry. You can check the ferries timetable here. You could also contact the Pireus port (0030)210 4226000. For further assistance to book your tickets please contact us.

More specific information that might though change every summer

By air: You can fly from abroad directly to Kalymnos-or directly to Kos and then take a slow or fast ferry from Kos to Kalymnos. The slow ferry trip is only 45min long or 25 min by a fast ferry. If you prefer to arrive in Athens/Thessaloniki from abroad, then you can check a flight to Kalymnos/Kos with Aegean airlines, skyscanner and other air companies.

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:
- Isidora-Sevasti Liakou, National Bank of Greece, ΙΒΑΝ: GR6301102100000021000672101

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 and options for gluten free persons and vegans. A typical breakfast offers: bread, home made cake and marmelades, butter, yogurt, eggs, cheese, local seasonal fruits, cereals and musli, milk, honey, tomatoes-cucumber-olives, homemade pies or Halva, tea-coffee, juices, and herbal local tea made by the yoga instructors every morning.

Our accomodation this year at our Kalymnos yoga retreat, is at

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