What to expect
This week-long retreat takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the Okreblue retreat centre located at Fizili beach on the Greek island, Paros.
Every morning starts with meditation and pranayama. If the weather allows, this will be taught on the beach with an optional dip in the cool ocean afterwards, to build up strength and resilience! After breakfast, we will continue with a strong(ish), fluid yoga practice that focuses on mobilizing, strengthening and stabilizing the body and easing the mind. Everybody can work at their own level.
After lunch we'll have a break where you can relax on the beach or go for a walk in the beautiful surroundings.
In the late afternoon we come together for some more yoga and awareness practices. The afternoon focus will be on deeply relaxing and restoring the body and mind while beginning to open to the mystery of the present moment.
The day will end with a lovely dinner in Okreblue's famous restaurant Carreta. Please visit the Okreblue website to view pictures of the centre, its facilities, and stunning surroundings.
Open to all levels
This retreat is open to all levels, but not suitable for complete beginners. As a guideline, you should be able to follow the level 1 and level 1-2 classes on EkhartYoga.com with relative ease. It is important you know your boundaries and are aware when to back off to keep yourself safe.
If you are new to yoga and really want to join, follow Esther's Beginners Vinyasa Yoga programme on Ekhartyoga and then practise some level 1 and level 1-2 classes to prepare.
08:00 - 09:00 Meditation/Pranayama
09:00 - 11:00 Breakfast + break in silence
11:00 - 13:00 Hatha/Vinyasa flow
13:00 - 17:00 Lunch/Free time
17:00 - 18:30 / 19:00 Talk, Inquiry, Yin/Restorative yoga leading into Yoga Nidra
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner and free time
20:00 - some evenings there'll be meditation or restorative yoga but this is optional
Please note: To allow for the restoration of body and mind we usually spend the mornings in silence until the morning yoga practice at 11:00.
Wednesday afternoon will be free
Arrival is on Saturday, May 11th. We have an introduction in the evening. Departure is on Saturday, May 18th, after breakfast.
Cost per person
The cost includes seven nights' accommodation, fantastic meals served three times daily, coffee and tea plus a complete yoga, meditation and awareness programme.
€1270 - Price per person in a single room with private bathroom
€1125 - Price per person, sharing with one other person in a twin room (2 beds) with attached bathroom. Some rooms have covered outside bathrooms.
€1085 - Price per person, sharing with 2 other people a triple room (3 beds) with attached bathroom.
To book and secure your place you need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €350.
The remainder will be due by March 10th 2019.
Okreblue Yoga Retreat Center is located on the Greek island of Paros, nestled amongst cedar tree and just a stone’s throw away from Filizi beach.
Angelo and Sasy, who run the center, place respect to the environment, body and soul at the centre of what they do and their accommodation (built with eco-friendly materials, some with outdoor covered showers) and food made with organically grown produce, reflect the simple, natural and fulfilling lifestyle they love to share with their guests. Accommodation ranges from rustic and simple single rooms to simple studios with a kitchen and sea view and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
How to book
To book your space and for inquiries please use the contact box below and we will get back to you with further information.
How to get there
You can reach Paros island by air or by boat from Athens. Please organise your travel so that you can arrive in time for the introduction evening session on Saturday May 11th, if you can't because of connecting flights, let me know. Departure is after breakfast on Saturday May 18th, or earlier if needed.
Aegean Air and Sky Express fly from Athens to Paros. These are the only companies flying this route so best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. It can get busy in the summer months.
For information, visit the Aegean Air website.
Another option is a charter flight to Mykonos island and then a 45-minute boat ride to Paros.
By boat from Athens:
You can take a boat to Paros from Athens from two ports - Rafina or Pireaus.
1) Rafina port is closer to Athens airport and you can get there either by taxi or bus.
By bus will take you about 45 minutes and it costs 3 Euros.
2) Pireaus port is further from Athens airport than Rafina, and you can get there by bus, metro or taxi. The metro and bus are both very convenient because they will leave you just a few meters from where you get the boat to Paros.
Both the bus and the metro take about one hour (the bus a little longer maybe depends on the traffic) to get to Pireaus and cost 10 Euros.
Closer to the time we will collect travel information and we will arrange a group transfer from Paros airport. Or you can either catch the bus from Parikia (port of Paros) to Naousa and then a taxi to Okreblue, or a taxi straight to Okreblue.
Please visit Okreblue's website for the latest travel information, taxi prices and if you would like them to arrange a taxi for you.
She is an internationally experienced yoga teacher, Clarity teacher and therapist. Yoga and Clarity work showed Esther that there is nothing to find and that everything she was looking for is 'right here, right now'.