A place or condition of great happiness where everything is exactly as you would like it to be.
The team behind TAU/ism Greece is delighted to invite you to create this condition within you, on a week-long private yoga and relaxation retreat, experiencing the magic of one of the best kept secret islands in the Greek Cyclades.
Sparkling turquoise waters and golden sandy beaches bring the mythological to life nowhere more serenely than on the island of Antiparos, whose town of iconic eucalyptus covered white stone houses cascade into a fairy-tale town built around a 15th century castle. Visitors enjoy the outdoor activities of hiking, cycling, diving, windsurfing, cave gazing, and now coming into the seat of their true essence with TAU/ism Retreats.
TAU/ism presents Yoga Elektronika to offer a fusion of holistic practices - awareness through breath, expression through movement, healing through music - in a blissful location.
To achieve this we have also partnered with the exceptional couple behind Statheros Garden, where only in a few years they have created an Oasis - a private and secluded garden estate with its own farm, where each room is named after a local flower with its own veranda or terrace, and all just a few minutes away from the most stunning Pangia Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of the Island. The residences and garden estate will be open only to our retreat guests.
A first of its kind retreat combining the teams behind event creators TAU/ism Greece, movement as medicine practitioners Yoga Elektronika, and the private estate of Statheros Gardens.
What will the retreat include?
A few metres from Panagia Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, we will be staying at Statheros Garden, located less than a kilometre from Antiparos town. Refreshed by the shades of the green crown of Tamarix trees which overlap the blue water, and a remarkable 5,300m2 garden, a true green oasis rich with a variety of plants, Statheros Garden is the ideal place for those who want to be close to the attractions of the village without giving up the serenity of an intimate, and truly special atmosphere.
A stone's throw from the complex there is a hospitable tavern, famous for the quality of traditional Greek dishes, with a relaxing sea view. At Statheros Garden everything is designed to offer pleasure, a stay with maximum respect for privacy and absolute well-being. All the rooms are organised so as to be spaced from those of the neighbours in order to experience that unmistakable sense of oasis in nature, in maximum freedom and exclusivity.
There are 9 rooms, recently built, varying in size from 20 to 50 square metres. All rooms have either large terraces or verandas that guarantee maximum privacy. Equipped with every comfort, the rooms combine the charm of the local architecture with the comforts of the most modern design choices. Large spaces and functional and refined furnishings participate in creating value for a lifestyle that can only seduce. In each accommodation there is air conditioning, a safe, free wifi ,mini bar, large rain shower , hairdryer, complete set of bathroom accessories, beach towels, smart TV, private parking.
Yoga with Melina:
Melina Linden's approach to yoga is inspired by ecstatic dance practices. Swedish English born in Athens, Greece Melina studied Biology at the University of Thessaloniki, and is a Psychology graduate with first class Honours from the University of Southampton, where she specialised in cyber-psychology, statistics and nutrition, becoming published in the Journal of Technology in Human Services.
It was her later travels around the world - including to the source in India - which evolved her academic expertise into an ability to work with individuals through the arts of yoga and meditation. She obtained a 200hour Vinyasa & Ashtanga yoga instructor accreditation in 2018, and has since taught in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, South Africa, Greece, Nicaragua and Mexico. She has taught Anatomy and the Philosophy of Teaching, while hosting various workshops in the arena of Alignment and Meditation. She works with individuals, groups and brands, such as the likes of Fendi, to impart the knowledge and application of yoga for people of all ages and abilities.
One of Melina's favourite quotes is "everything in moderation" and this informs her belief that balance is key to health and longevity. Combining the science of psychology with the spirituality of yoga she herself overcame depression and gained a deeper understanding on what it means to find inner peace. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with people who want to reprogram their mind, gain more control, peace, confidence and clarity. She offers tangible methods and practical tools to reduce stress and increase vitality.
Breathwork with Lia:
Lia Ikkos is Soho House's Mykonos Roc House resident breathwork facilitator for summer 2022. A graduate of the Michaël Bijker Life Awareness Project Breathwork Instructor Training. Her practice evolves from sacred theatre practices distilled through generations of folklore and formalised through the methodology of Gardzienice Theatre, Poland, where she lived and worked from the depths of the forest for over two years, much like the yogis of the mountain - away from society in a space devoted to spiritual actualisation. Breathwork is the basis for her practice as a performance maker, singer and actor, as it holds the keys to seizing the life force within and connecting the internal and external planes of awareness. As a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as well as the Guildhall School of Music (Juniors) as a classical vocalist, and from the National Film & Television School as an entrepreneur and immersive event creator. She is the co-founder of TAU/ism and also of Yoga Elektronika.
Breathwork came to Lia as she recovered from the traumatic experience of losing her voice. Searching for over a decade, it was through breathwork that she reprogrammed the connection between body and mind which allowed her to retrieve her voice and return to her love of singing. She is passionate about showing others avenues to deep states of connection to self, and hence to the world around, transforming fear into compassion and worry into wonder.
Meditations, Storytelling and Cooking with Muna :
Reset your body clock and habits with a guided process to get up and rise with the sun. Waking up earlier can affect your levels of joy, new studies show, as well as prep your performance for the day. Morning meditations cleanse your amygdala, helping you rise above the chaos. These meditations look out across the Aegean Sea - resetting your visual cortex, allowing the water to deeply penetrate your subconscious and soothe your soul.
Muna is the co-founder of TAU/ism and her daily morning practice of meditation has transformed her life over the last decade and is now sharing it with others. Storyteller extraordinaire having helped companies from tech, finance to the public sector build their brands and grow their marketshare, Muna has began to write regularly over the last few years and believes it has become an essential part of her wellbeing routine.
From 2002 to 2007 she founded and ran one of Notting Hill's most beloved institutions Book and Kitchen which combined a bookshop with a world class music and events venue featuring some of the world's most illustrious musicians, thinkers and artists, as well as a cafe serving freshly made food from her own recipes.
Yoga Elektronika curates a safe space for vulnerability and non-judgement, a space for movement medicine with a live DJ who reflects the elements brought by each individual in sound, to guide them through a cathartic journey. The power of music is unparalleled and universal, allowing the body to access and express the deepest stores of memory and experience. Yoga Elektronika's core principles are
🧿Awareness through breath
🧿Expression through movement
🧿Healing through music
Antiparos does not have an airport or a big port but it is reachable by a 7-minute ferry boat ride from Paros island. You can see the daily ferry boat schedule from Pounda (Paros) to Antiparos here. You can see the bus schedule in Antiparos and Paros here.
Paros is reachable by boat or by plane, from Piraeus (the port of Athens) or Rafina and from the other Cycladic islands like Mykonos or Santorini. Ferry tickets from Piraeus (the port of Athens) or Rafina to Paros are available online. It is highly recommended to book your ferry tickets to Paros well in advance (especially if you plan to take a car to the island) if you are planning on visiting the island during the months of July and August. By booking a round trip ticket you can expect considerable discounts on your ticket prices as well. Loyalty cards will get you a discount on the car fee.
Recommended booking platforms:
Ferries - https://www.ferryscanner.com/en/ferry
Local Flights - https://www.volotea.com/en/
International Flights - https://www.skyscanner.net
We will be ready to facilitate your journey to Statheros Gardens on your arrival to Paros or Antiparos. You may like to consider renting a car, motorbike, bicycle for the duration of your stay, or you can look for the local bus itineraries.
REVIEWS OF Yoga Elektronika
"Everything was amazing. Very nice experience! Music, yoga,dance, my favourites."
REVIEWS OF STATHEROS GARDENS
"Fantastic! Brand new, spacious, nice design, great bed and bathroom, beautiful view, great location. Nikos, the host, was very attentive and would go the extra mile to assist with anything needed. Many thanks and will definitely visit again!"
"Beautiful place, can't wait to come back. We loved our stay here. The property felt brand new, very clean and was very comfortable. Beautiful setting, very quiet and relaxing. And the gardener gave us fresh pears and watermelon from the garden whenever he saw us sitting on our patio."
"Wonderful true Greek experience. Very nice room, very clean and extremely friendly hosts. We slept amazing. Christina showed us all the nice places to go in Antiparos. She is a fascinating lady and very thoughtful. In short, true Greek experience thanks to her detailed care, the amazing location next to one of the few remaining family taverna at a nice non-touristic beach."
"Relaxing, comfortable, friendly accommodation in a great setting. Beautiful, tastefully decorated accommodation set out in lovely gardens, five minutes' walk from a pleasant beach & taverna and easily accessible for the chora and the rest of the island. We had a great few days here and look forward to visiting again."
"Perfect stay. The room with the patio, the garden and the owners who are a very kind couple." Martina, Italy
Kitti, UK; Louiza, Cyprus; Laura, Italy; Emilia, Denmark
REVIEWS FOR LIA IKKOS
“Lia’s performances were magical and created a beautiful atmosphere in the galleries.”
Imogen Willets, The Royal Academy of Art
“The audience stood still and couldn't move because of interest... At the end they moved around as tough it were nothing - I mean hiding they were touched.”
Vanya Grozdanova, Sofia Underground Festival Director
REVIEWS FOR MUNA (BOOK AND KITCHEN)
"Books and Kitchen is the perfect place to browse and be inspired by books that have been carefully selected with evident passion by the owner who also happens to be a brilliant chef! The salads and cakes are really delicious, and the place is so unpretentious and welcoming it almost feels like a second home."
"Possibly the best book shop in London. Great selection of both new and old books with excellent curation and advice. Add to that the incredible cafe at the heart of it and you have one of my favorite spaces. The sunken garden in the back is spectacular in the summer. Brilliant."
"Muna runs such a lovely book shop and wow the delicious salads that she serves outside are amazing too. If you want a stimulating conversation too this is the place to be!"
"A neighborhood institution. Relaxed vibe, a well-curated selection of books, great food. One of my favorite stops in Notting Hill."
Opportunity for guests to arrive a day before the activities begin to relax and acquaint themselves with the beautiful island of Antiparos.
The team will be there to make sure that everyone is picked up from the port and checked-in. Welcome boxes will be available in each room, with local delicacies, itinerary and an excursion to the beach for those who wish to dive right into the beautiful azure seas and the opportunity to be together in the Terrace before dinner in the Local Taverna.
Included - Welcome boxes, Beach walk, Drinks on the Terrace, and Dinner
Photo of one of the verandas at Statheros Garden