Art & Soul Retreat in Greece

Aegiali, Greece

YB
Yoga Beyond The Studio
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6 reviews
Sep 12 - 19, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20
Art & Soul Retreat in Greece
Aegiali, Greece

Yoga Beyond The Studio
  • Facebook verified
6 reviews

$3099
Deposit: $500
Sep 12 - 19, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Soak up the sun, unplug from the stress of daily life and reconnect with nature as you experience activities that nourish and feed your soul.


Practice daily yoga and meditation, swim in the crystal clear blue water, wander the incredible hills of Amorgos, dine on fresh wholesome food, spoil yourself with a massage, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Our 5 - Star Accommodations

Aegialis Hotel & Spa, The only 5 - star hotel in Amorgos island, is a renowned destination for wellness worshipers and yoga enthusiasts, awarded by CNN for being one of the top five Yoga Hotels in Greece!  


Aegialis Hotel & Spa has been a reference point for wellness travellers, thanks to its facilities and services, which are all designed to provide well-being in both spirit and body. 


The main Restaurant, "Ambrosia Gallery", provides a wide variety of gourmet specialties, with lots of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free options etc, all prepared with organic vegetables from our own gardens. 


Between the main sandy beach of Aegiali and the beach of Levroso, Aegialis hotel is a maximum 7-10 minutes walk away from the crystal clear waters of Aegiali bay. 


According to mythology, Amorgos was the island where Ulysses, returning to Ithaki, was attracted like a magnet by Goddess Kirki, and stayed for many years. Every year since, the same magnetic attraction beguiles wellness and yoga enthusiasts, which flock to our island, attracted by its strong revitalizing energy and the abundance of therapeutic herbs, which make of Amorgos the perfect place for spiritual and physical uplift.

The Rooms

Enjoy a Superior room designed with subtle, elegant and modern comfort featuring state of the art facilities in a minimal Cycladic design mentality. 


All rooms have a private balcony offering amazing views of the Aegean sea and the Aegiali beach! 


ROOM AMENITIES

  • 32’’ flat screen TV
  • Private Balcony with sea views
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Box
  • Fridge
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Glass cabin shower
  • Bathrobes, pool towels, and slippers

The unique Amorgian hospitality in combination with the cycladic beauty promises you memories you will always treasure. 

The Yoga

We truly believe that Yoga is for everybody and every BODY.  We also believe that a practice can't really be called Yoga unless it feels good for your body and mind.


Throughout our retreat, Shayna will offer  1 -2 Yoga and meditation classes daily catered towards beginners. Each day we will build on the lessons from the day before ensuring you return home with a new found Yoga practice that you can continue to nurture and grow on your own. 


6 yoga shalas with breathtaking views over the sea and full-yoga equipment will allow us an abundance of different yoga experiences and views. We will also practice yoga 1 -2 times at the nearby beaches.

The Food

Opened in 1993, Ambrosia Gallery Restaurant aims to encourage guests to discover the traditional Amorgian cuisine and also enjoy international dishes. For the last three years, Ambrosia Restaurant is certified by “AEGEAN CUISINE”, an initiative that recognizes firms demonstrating the rich culinary tradition of the Aegean, offering local products at a quality level. 


The Chef specializes in Greek traditional food and uses recipes of the owners’ grand-parents. He prepares local dishes that are available both to meat eaters and vegetarians.


The Restaurant offers a comfortable interior room decorated with paintings from well known artists, such as Michel Constant, and a large outside terrace with an outstanding view over the bay of Aegiali and the surrounding villages. 

The Spa & Relaxation

 A soothing experience of stillness and harmony amid the mind blowing scenery of the Aegean.


Lalon Idor Spa is well known for its healing and transformative energy, dramatically beautiful landscapes, as well as its hypnotic blue waters.


The name of their Spa is taken from the story of the ancient water oracle dedicated to god Apollo, where visitors came seeking clarity and answers in prophetic water readings. Find purity and peace of mind in a nurturing and peaceful atmosphere, allow the nurturing hands of our highly qualified and inspired therapists bring you to a state of stillness and rest, and let the voice of the sea soothe your mind away from your daily responsibilities or musts.


As a part of your retreat package,  enjoy a 60-minute massage, access to all the spa amenities, as well as a 10% discount on all additional face & body treatments

The Activities

Each and every activity included in this retreat has been chosen specifically to deepen your connection to the Greek culture through art, music, and food.


Greek Dance Lessons - Dance holds a special place in the traditions of the island. All year long, there are many opportunities for local people -men and women- to wear their traditional costumes and dance until dawn, to the sound of the lute and violin. A convivial dinner is often the occasion of spontaneous dances (such as Kitsos or Syrtos). Learn the steps, take part to the festivities and discover the art of living. 


Cooking Class -  Learn the traditional Amorgian recipes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.  Hosted by the resident chef, you will be introduced to the most traditional types of greek dishes and how to make them step by step.  Then comes the best part, eating all of our creations!


Ceramics Class  -  Learn the basic techniques of ceramics including theory and practical experience from a renowned artist of the island. Explore the art of pottery and create your personal ceramic souvenir to take home with you reminding you of your amazing trip to Greece!

The Journey

You should plan to arrive at least one day before the start of the retreat and spend the night in Santorini, Greece,  a great way to see more of the country.


Ferry tickets will be sent in advance of the retreat. You will arrive at the Ferry Port in Santorini (approx 20 mins from airport) at the designated meeting time to take the ferry across to Amorgos (approx 1.5 hours).  Ferry tickets will be sent in advance of the retreat.


Once you arrive in Amorgos, you will be greeted by your transfer to the hotel. Look for the shuttle labeled Aegialis Hotel & Spa and they will take you up the hill to the hotel (approx. 30 min drive).


**The remote location of Amorgos works like a natural filter keeping crowds small and the island unspoiled. Because of this there is only one ferry from Santorini to Amorgos each day, it is absolutely imperative for you to be early for the ferry, if the ferry is missed then you will miss the start of our retreat and have to repurchase ferry tickets for another day. **


When the retreat is over, transportation is included back to Santorini through the same shuttle and ferry as when you arrive. If you choose to extend your stay before or after our retreat, ferry tickets can be booked for different dates, once they have been booked they will be finalized and unable to change.

Travel Documents

US Citizens traveling to Greece need a current passport. Check the expiration date to make sure that it does not expire within 6 months of your trip. Visas are not required.


Concerns about the European Economy have had very little effect on tourism in Greece, especially outside the capital. ATMs may limit the amount of money you may withdraw, so it is advisable to manage your cash accordingly. 


Most small businesses prefer cash transactions, but larger hotels and transport companies usually accept Master Card and Visa.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    Spend 7 nights and 8 days at the Aegialis Hotel & Spa on the Island of Amorgos. Each booking is for a superior room with private balcony and sea views.
  • Wine
    Enjoy a complimentary glass of red or white wine with lunch & dinner. Additional beverages may be purchased.
  • Food
    Breakfast served on buffet daily, with organic ingredients from the hotel's garden. Lunch and Dinner daily, including vegetarian and vegan dishes.
  • Private Massage
    Enjoy a 60-minute massage at the Lalon Idor Spa, an ultramodern thalassotherapy (greek seawater therapy) center whose treatments are in perfect harmony with the local elements of Amorgos.
  • Cooking Class
    Hosted by the resident chef, you will be introduced to the most traditional types of greek dishes and how to make them step by step.
  • Greek Dance Lessons
    Dance holds a special place in the traditions of the island. Learn the steps, take part in the amazing culture, and discover the art of living!
  • Ceramics Class
    Learn the basic techniques of ceramics including theory and practical experience from a renowned artist of the island. Create a piece to take home and to remind you of your beautiful time in Greece.
  • Daily Yoga Classes
    Daily yoga classes (1 - 2 per day) designed for all levels of yoga with an emphasis for beginners. As with all of our retreats, we welcome and encourage those who have never done yoga before!
  • Spa Discount
    As a part of our package, you get a 10% discount off any additional face & body treatments at the spa.
  • Beach Excursions
    We will have two beach excursions to nearby beaches on the island. One trip will be a day of lounging and the second will be yoga at sunset!
  • Transportation
    Tickets from the ferry port of Santorini to the port of Amorgos are included. There will be a shuttle waiting at Amorgos port to take you to the hotel. Transportation to Santorini port is on your own.
  • Spa Access
    In addition to your massage, full spa access is available to you at no additional charge. Enjoy use of the indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, fitness center, and Hammam bath.
  • Internet Access
    Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and in the hotel rooms.
  • Yoga Equipment
    All the yoga equipment you'll need for this retreat, including yoga mats, blocks, and straps will be available.
  • Taxes
    VAT, City Tax, and Tourist Accommodation Government Tax are included.
  • Airport to Port
    Transportation from Santorini Airport to the port is not included. Once you land, a taxi is easiest to get to the port. Approximately 20-30 minutes drive.
  • Flights
    Roundtrip airfare is not included.
  • Travel Insurance
    You never know what can happen when it comes to travel. Missed flights, delays, illnesses. You want to make sure you are covered so buy your travel insurance as soon as you book your spot!
  • Gratuity
    Gratuity is not included in the cost of your trip. If you enjoy your experience and the service at our hotel, please thank them for their service with a tip. Usually 5%-10% is customary in Greece.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy (shared room)
Available until Jul 31, 2020only 2 left

 These rooms feature state-of-the-art facilities in a minimal Cycladic design mentality and present a subtle, elegant and modern comfort. 


Enjoy the splendid view of the Aegean from your private balcony.  Each double occupancy can be set up with either one king size bed, or two twin sized beds.


ROOM AMENITIES

  • 32’’ flat screen TV
  • Private Balcony with sea views
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Box
  • Fridge
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Glass cabin shower
  • Bathrobes, pool towels, and slippers

*If you are signing up to room with another participant, please add it to the notes section when you book your spot.*

$3099
Deposit: $500
Single Occpancy
Available until Jul 31, 2020only 1 left

 These rooms feature state-of-the-art facilities in a minimal Cycladic design mentality and present a subtle, elegant and modern comfort.  


Each single occupancy room has a king size bed. Enjoy the splendid view of the Aegean from your private balcony.  


ROOM AMENITIES

  • 32’’ flat screen TV
  • Private Balcony with sea views
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe Box
  • Fridge
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Glass cabin shower
  • Bathrobes, pool towels, and slippers
$3899
Deposit: $500
$3099
Deposit: $500

Double Occupancy (shared room)

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YB
Yoga Beyond The Studio
6 reviews
Our yoga retreats offer the perfect balance of relaxation, exploration, and community. Experience yoga and all its benefits by taking yourself away from the stress of daily life. Our yoga retreats offer a one of a kind approach to yoga that starts with the basics. With each group, we will begin together as a community and work to build our daily yoga practice. There's no ego or judgment in yoga, so come as you are and you will be accepted. Enjoy nature, breath deeply, and be present in every moment.

Reviews

LL
It was the most incredible trip I’ve ever had. Many thanks to Shayna and Mor for planning this fantastic trip. Everybody I’ve met is super nice - the yoga teacher, people in the group, Il Tesoro owner Rita and staff, people we met during vineyards tour and leather factory visit, and the musicians whom we had so much fun with. The food is absolutely delicious. We even had opportunity to learn to cook Italian food from the chef Demonico at Il Tesoro. The environment at ail Tesoro is so pretty and peaceful, which made me want to stay there forever! During the last yoga class, we talked about our experience and feeling about the trip. It was such an emotional moment, I couldn’t help crying. Oh, I already miss the friends I’ve met in this trip. I’m looking forward to seeing them again in future trips!
This was a wonderful & relaxing weekend yoga & wine retreat in Northern Virginia wine country. I'd return to any retreat organized by Shayna & Lisa. They paid attention to every detail, so that the participants did not have to worry about a thing. Highlights included the comfortable, quiet, and friendly accommodations at the Mayhurst Inn. Beginner's yoga sessions daily with guided meditation/opportunity for self-reflection. Delicious wine tastings at three vineyards, with a private winery tour at one, the best lunch at another, and private transportation. And finally, the warm and welcoming hosts and participants. It was a much-needed weekend of self-care, and it didn't disappoint!
The yoga in the vines retreat was an amazing experience! Our instructors, Shayna and Lisa were awesome (very experienced), the setting was beautiful and we all had a blast together wining and dining! Definitely recommend!
Shayna is very detail oriented and goes above and beyond to make sure her guests are well taken care of! Her yoga classes were AMAZING, empowering and perfect for all level yogis. Looking forward to joining her on upcoming retreats! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By Karen Ovalle for Yoga & Adventure Retreat on Mar 26, 2019
Being a beginner at yoga and having a knee replacement, I was a bit concerned about going on a yoga retreat and whether I could keep up with the group. Shayna was wonderful at modifying poses that worked for me. The retreat itself was 5 stars, Shayna organized excursions, special requests with food , Thank you Shayna for choosing an outstanding property. Looking forward to my next retreat with you.
By Cindy Levine for Yoga & Adventure Retreat on Mar 25, 2019
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Shayna is an amazing yoga instructor. I'm a beginner to yoga and can say that Shayna teaches yoga in a way that is always approachable and fun. Her retreats are truly experiences of a lifetime, unique and memorable. Shayna's incredible attention to details means that the retreat is planned very well which is exactly what you need when you're trying to de-stress and relax on vacation. I highly recommend her Yoga retreats!
By Mor Hasson on Mar 09, 2019