SPRING RETREAT || April 4-6th, 2014
RENEW, NOURISH, DETOX & REJUVENATE
A transformational weekend for practice, nature and purification at the four-star Thermae Platystomo Resort & Spa. Shed your winter skin and enjoy amazing raw meals, healing thermal waters and the beautiful countryside as you quiet down, rest and renew body, mind and spirit.
The sacred element of water has long been associated with the divine feminine and the ever-present emotion of love. Like water, we are always moving, changing form, and renewing from one moment to the next. Time spent connecting with water reminds us of the ways in which our inner landscape mirrors the outer landscape, and encourages us to be more gentle and forgiving with ourselves. When we surrender to the flow and changing nature of our lives, our transitions can be more graceful and our hearts opened toward the love of the journey.
Mornings will begin with mouna (silence), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation, followed by asana practice (postures). In our yoga sessions, we will explore Kriya Yoga, as outlined by master Patanjali: Tapas || Purification, Swadhyaya || Self-study, Ishwara Pranidhana || Surrender. On Saturday, we will do a light fast from words and food, with plenty of time for gentle walks in the surrounding nature, thermal spa in the luxurious indoor hot springs pool, journaling, rest and contemplation. There will be a light meal in the evening, following healing practices to nourish body and spirit.
The weekend will include practice in one of Greece’s most beautiful indoor spaces for yoga, a discussion on yoga philosophy & history, sitting in silence, a hike amongst the clear streams and the rolling hills of the lush countryside, sharing circles and a vibrant raw gourmet buffet with plenty of time for quiet introspection as well as playful exploration.
You will stay in the Xenia’s beautiful semiprivate rooms with en-suite bathrooms; if you do not have a roommate, you will be paired with someone on the retreat. Early bird pricing: Double occupancy, 150e (50e deposit before March 20th). Thereafter: 170e. Use of room as single occupancy: please add 50e to your costs. Rates include: Two nights in the comfortable Xenia guest house, use of the hotel’s thermal springs pool (slippers & bathrobes provided), three amazing mostly raw buffet meals, nature walks, dharma talk, three yoga asana classes & meditation sessions.
Early check-in begins @ 4pm on Friday. You are very welcome to take the day off & enjoy the area and thermal pool. Meals are vegan, mostly raw, healthy, vibrant; let us know if you have allergies or specific dietary needs and we will do our best to honor them. Fresh fruit & hot tea will be available at all times.
Deposit or payment in full required to reserve your spot. For more information, check out Thermai Platystomou website. Questions? Feel free to contact tinazym ATgmail.com, or 6955 670 455.
Immerse yourself in the loving embrace of nature and healing waters, as we explore, connect and integrate the flow of the earth’s energy through each one of us.
Return home with a deeper divine connection, confidence, support, direction and a lighter and more spacious body, mind, heart and soul.
~ Retreat Schedule (subject to change)~
~ Friday, April 4th:
4:00pm onwards: Arrivals, rest & spa (for those arriving late, you may have your thermal spa on Sunday)
8:00 pm: Introductions & Intentions, Dinner
~ Saturday, April 5th:
9:00 am: Morning Sadhana: Dharma Talk, Mouna, Pranayama, Meditation
10:00 am-12:00 pm: Asana Class ~ Tapas: Fire & Discipline; Inversions and a solar, heat-building core-igniting practice
12-3pm: Rest & spa
3pm: Silent walking meditation and sitting in silence (outdoors, weather permitting)
4:30 pm: Dharma talk: Introduction to the History & Philosophy of Hatha Yoga
5:30-7:00 pm: Asana Class ~ Swadhyaya, study of self: A lunar, restorative practice.
7:00-8:00 pm: Yoga nidra (guided relaxation)
8:00-10 pm: Dinner
9:00 am: Morning Sadhana: Mantra, Pranayama, Meditation
10:00 am: Asana Class ~ Ishwara Pranidhana, surrender & faith: Hip Openers & Arm Balances
12:30 pm: Brunch buffet
2:00 pm: Closing Circle & Farewells
Late check-out: 4pm. For those who wish to continue, there will be an afternoon visit to the incredible natural thermal springs of Thermopylae, about 30 minutes by car en route back to Athens.
“As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.” ~Emmanuel Teney