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GREEK ISLAND YOGA RETREAT
ANDROS ISLAND, GREECE

RELEASE AND RE-ALIGN
YOGA & MYOFASCIAL INTEGRATION RETREAT
June 1 – June 7, 2019

 

LIFE IS LIVED BETTER SLOWLY

The Heart: Our intention is to explore this magical Greek island while diving into daily practice of Vinyasa yoga integrated with the practice of Myofascial Release which will transform your energy and your flow. We invite you to join us to heal yourself from the inside out and to learn to release the energies that are blocked within us and create a positive energy shift in your life. Come away with optimized body function and feeling deeply restored! Discover Transformation and Rebirth as we Re-align with our essence and flow. This retreat is a space for you to immerse yourself with the local culture and experience the Greek way of living…Slowing down and being present in the moment. We will slow down, connect, laugh and enjoy the simple pleasures of all that Greece has to offer. We are here to bring you home to your “roots” within yourself, as well as, share the warmth and hospitality that one can only experience in Greece!

The Mission: Our bespoke, eco-friendly retreats will take you on a journey of self-discovery providing transformation, release, relaxation, balance, perspective, vibrance and deep exploration without and within. Build authentic community in daily practice, experience personal awakening through presence, and discover cultural experiences combined with the healing power of nature. Our retreats always contain creativity, laughter, fun and wisdom. All levels of experience are very welcome.

Experience: Renew your senses and feel captivated by your life! This Eco-friendly retreat will be full of dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, Myofascial & Self Release workshop/learning, replenishing time in nature, tasty farm to table cuisine, and a community of travelers all called to revive and replenish their souls on this charming island. Discover your true power of healing and transformation combined with lazy beach days, sacred monasteries, downtown strolls, and soul-reviving hiking trips, where Andros island’s ethereal nature invites you to unwind and let yourself simply be. Return home feeling whole and Awake.

We’ll practice yoga daily, with Vinyasa and Myofascial classes in the morning and learn “hands-on” techniques and self-release tools to take home with you for your own daily practice. All classes will be practiced outside on one of our beautiful terraces, overlooking the blue Aegean sea. We may take our mats one day to the nearby beach for a gentle practice. After our classes and meals, you have free time to relax, explore, or take part in optional excursions.

All registered Yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance will recieve 10 Ceus. All NJ Physical Therapists, PTAs and Massage Therapists will also receieve 7 CEUs such that you will have one full day of class (the day will be determined at the beginning of the retreat).

The Island of Andros: Andros, the northernmost island in the Cyclades, is a rare, unspoiled and quiet island in which you will experience authentic Greek culture and hospitality. A true gem amidst the Aegean, due to its natural beauty and its untouched timelessness. This is a perfect eco-friendly destination to reconnect with nature and the sea. Shy of mass tourism, enriched with crystal blue beaches, a network of hiking trails, and an understated beauty, all awaiting for you to savor the moments and enjoy the slow life!

Accommodation: Our beautifully Greek designed villas, are nestled on the mountains and have a panoramic view of the magnificent blue Aegean sea. They are located in an incredibly peaceful area of the Greek isle of Andros, near the capitol of Chora. The cluster of villas sits on a hill above a secluded beach, take a walk down the property and jump into the crystal waters. Every room has simple, elegant decor and everything at our villas is aimed to enhance the culture and natural beauty of Andros. No two rooms are the same and all are booked on a first come first serve basis.

The Retreat Includes:

7 island days/6 nights
1 daily yoga practice
1 daily Myofascial practice
2 Singing Bowl Classes & Sharing Circles
Daily breakfast & lunch, & three dinners
A beach day in one of Andros well hidden beaches
Greek cooking and/or Pastry demonstration
A stroll in the town of Chora followed by dinner
Happy “Opa” Yoga Hour featuring Greek Wine
Group pickup to and from Andros port upon arrival and departure
Guided support in completing your travel arrangements from Athens airport to Andros

Optional Activities (Extra Cost):

Hiking Tours
Beach hopping
Day trip to Mykonos island
Olive Oil Museum Tour & Tasting
Water-sports: paddle board, windsurf, scuba dive
Explore Ancient Monasteries and Traditional Villages
Visit Local Producers: Organic farmer, Bee keeper, or Cheese maker

Whats not Included:

Airfare
Alcohol
Tips & Gratuities
Car Rental
Travel and Health Insurance
Extra Excursions & Activities
Transfers to and from Athens to Rafina Port

Daily Schedule*

8:00-9:30 AM     Vinyasa Yoga Class Daily

9:30-10:30 AM    Breakfast

10:30-12:00 PM  Myofascial Class Daily

12:00-1:00 PM    Lunch

1:00-6:00 PM     Free Time

6:00-7:00 PM     Yoga Flow & Singing Bowls- Two Classes
Sharing Circles- Two Classes

8:00-9:00 PM     Dinner

*Schedule is subject to change

The Practice:

Our Yoga classes will be a blend of yoga styles drawing on Vinyasa, Hatha, and Meditation. Sal will use specific alignment yoga practices to improve patterns in the way we hold our body and creative sequences to become attuned to our energetic body. Each session will include asana, pranayama, and mediation. In our Myofascial classes, we will be teaching “hands on techniques” to learn to release fascia, in addition, we will also be using foam rollers for teaching Self Release.

Fascial Release, is applying sustained pressure to our Fascial restrictions in order to restore and enhance motion, eliminate pain, and to facilitate release of the fascia. Maria will be teaching you “hands on techniques” on how to release fascia while in different positions and Yoga postures, as well as to Self Release with the Foam Roller in many different positions and Yoga poses. Get ready to Release your Fascia in this guided class using self-release and gentle movement with foam rollers! Our classes are 1.5 hour long sessions occurring daily in the mornings. There will be some optional evening classes of Flow yoga and Singing Bowls with Sal as well as Sharing Circles.

Teachers:

Maria Alfieris, who loves to return to her Greek Roots, is a masterful teacher and powerful leader with a joyous spirit and open heart. On paper, you will learn that Maria is a Physical Therapist, a Myofascial Master, and a Reiki Virtuoso. She brings her gifts and talents of healing thru Fascial Release which she has been teaching for 34 years. She has given a series of courses in Myofascial Mobilization and incorporates into her work the understanding of emotional causation of disease and dysfunction. She specializes in teaching her students to Release Fascia with their heart and hands as well as self release with foam rollers.

What her credentials don’t tell you is that her calling in life is to help people stand in their own truth, release old patterns, and begin leading authentic and fulfilling lives. Maria’s style for leading retreats is one that begins with the soul, moves through the heart, and elevates the individual. Through, “hands on techniques”, she guides you toward freeing your fascia which helps you release patterns of emotional & physical pain that have been holding you back from reaching your full wellness potential.

Her healing workshops and one-on-one sessions are designed to blend her knowledge & experience of physical therapy, myofascial release , energy healing, and her spiritual trainings. Through healing past wounds, her students can then step into lives filled with peace, purpose and true fulfillment. Maria will facilitate the release of the false self which lies in the Fascia so the Emergence of your True Self (self-love) can take place….RETURN TO YOUR ONENESS WITH FASCIAL RELEASE.

Salvatore Macaro, is a dedicated teacher blending his knowledge and experience with humor and lightheartedness. He seamlessly integrates his education in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga with his 18 years of dance and gymnastics experience into dynamic, flowing classes. Sal attained his Yoga Alliance Certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Wendy Gross Pinto of the Yoga and Healing Center. His classes are fun, creative, explorative, flowing and he offers practices that connect and balance the body, breath and mind. All of his practices include Pranayama and Meditation.

Join him on your mat to flow, find your Zen, or have him help you find your bodies own alignment and facilitate movement which will strengthen and lengthen your body. His Vinyasa flow nurtures the soul and focuses on proper alignment and muscle energy. The goal is to maximize the body’s core stability, strength, agility, creating longevity and bliss! His classes are designed to offer you the excitement and energy of the local environment, but also to use that energy to inquire deeply within.

The integration of Maria and Sals work brings a very Unique blend of Release and Re-Alignment. Our intention is to facilitate opening all of your energy centers to balance your mind body and Soul. We are here to help you enhance your Motion and Movement in your inner and outer worlds. We are here to bring you back to your Oneness and UNITY WITHIN.

Pricing:

Single Accommodation
Twin Bed $2200 USD per person
Double bed $2500 USD per person
Queen Bed $2700 USD per person

Shared Accommodation
Twin Bed $1900 USD per person
Double Bed $2100 USD per person
Queen Bed $2300 USD per person

Early Bird Special Rate: Book your retreat by March 15th and save $200