Join us for a 7-day yoga and macrobiotic diet retreat nourishing your body, mind and heart. Enjoy daily yoga practice, mindful breathing, meditation and healthy food based on the macrobiotic principles, in Evia, Greece. Take some time off to relax, swim in the beautiful sea, explore this beautiful island and seize the Greek summer.
Please register early. Limited space – small group.
For registrations or more information:
The participation includes 7 nights accommodation in a double room, 13 morning and afternoon yoga lessons, freshly prepared daily breakfast, brunch and dinner, pool facilities, introduction to the macrobiotic diet and philosophy. Please mail us for price info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Optional costs: Single accommodation, deep relaxation oil massage, private macrobiotic counseling, Private Yoga Therapy Sessions
Indicative daily programme:
07:30 – 08:00 Light breakfast
08:00 – 10:00 Morning Yoga
17:30 – 19:00 Yoga practice
There will be one day free for a longer excursion and dinner at a tavern.
Families and children are welcome. Let us know if you need info for the family package and details.
Villa Averoff, is a charming 19th century historic property located on the island of Evia, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Greece, two hours drive from Athens.
Surrounded by verdant mountains and close to a beach (5klm) the villa consists of two traditional mansions, each one with its own character and charm, with wonderful terraced gardens and an inviting swimming pool.
The day begins with different breathing techniques (pranayama) to establish breath awareness and to find the optimal way of breathing to support our asana (physical) practice. The morning lessons are more yang, energetic and dynamic followed by meditation and relaxation. The evening lessons are more yin, restorative and healing. During the lessons we are going to de-stress, recharge, learn and have fun. We will focus on the alignment of different asanas depending on different body types and health conditions. Our practice will be physical but yet not about the physical. We will explore the five layers of being (koshas), the main energy channels and centres in our body (7 chakras & 3 main nadis) and the five sub-energies called prana vayus (currents of life force).
Katerina is a gifted hatha yoga Yoga teacher, teaching in both dynamic and restorative/therapeutic styles. For the last 5 years she has been teaching a variety of yoga classes in Belgium and lately in Greece. She has led gentle hatha classes, dynamic Abhaya yoga practice, restorative and yin yoga, yoga for pregnancy and other subjects in two main studios in Brussels, where many students were able to enjoy the benefits of her skillful and compassionate teaching. Her lessons reflect her view of yoga as a means to develop a strong body, open mind and courageous heart through an energetic flow with grace, alignment and balanced breath. She has completed numerous trainings and workshops on hatha, vinyasa, anusara, pre and postnatal, aerial and restorative yoga by dedicated teachers from Europe, USA and India. Abhaya Yoga (no fear), a method created by her teacher Vivi letsou is always a source of inspiration because it points to the liberating path of self-discovery and fearless action in life. Currently she is studying Yoga Therapy in London with the aim to help people with different musculoskeletal problems, autoimmune diseases, psychological and other conditions. Her joy is to help people of all ages develop strength, vitality, and good health, and a joyful attitude in life.
The essence of Macrobiotic diet is balance and adaptation to the environment and to the needs of each individual. Each meal is prepared with a variety of ingredients such as grains, vegetables, beans and bean products, seaweed, fermented products, nuts, seeds and fruits; mostly organic. All the meals are 100% vegan and sugar free. The menu of the week is specially designed to support the yoga practice.
Experienced Macrobiotic chef and counselor, Kostas studied at the Kushi Institute of Europe (Art of Life, Level 3 Graduate) and spends his time cooking for yoga retreats, workshops and events that promote a mindful way of living. He gives private and group cooking lessons and seminars on the macrobiotic diet focusing on each individual’s needs and prepares macrobiotic menu suggestions for restaurants. He is a member of the team ONE Project (oneproject.gr) introducing and promoting the macrobiotic nutrition and philosophy in Greece through seminars, lectures and macrobiotic products.
Activities: Rest, swim or explore
This part of Evia is green and stunningly beautiful, with so much to do. Hikers will enjoy the hiking routes that lead in the forests, gushing rivers, mountain lakes and wondrous canyons.
Just a few kilometers away a horseback riding offers lessons to beginners or experienced horse lovers. There’s also an animal farm just a few minutes away with deer, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, ducks, chickens and turkeys, offering a very entertaining visit for children.
Needless to say there are some great beaches around the property, some more secluded than others, depending on what you feel like. The beach of Agia Anna is beautiful and with watersports options in summer.
You can visit the remains of Ancient Kirinthos, birthplace of Canthus the Argonaut, a settlement at the beach of Kria Vrisi just 4 km from the Villa. Built between 1600-1000 BC, it was once one of Evia’s biggest seven cities and participated in the Trojan Wars.
To have a glimpse at the island’s more recent history and local tradition you can visit the folklore museums of Agia Anna and of Limni as well. The latter also boasts a collection of interesting archeological finds from the region.
Another fascinating attraction in this part of Evia is the Kleisoura castle built by the Franks in 1205, lying about 15 minutes away. There’s also a Venetian tower hidden in the island’s vegetation.
See you there,
Be well, happy, and strong!
Katerina and Kostas ॐ