Join San Francisco-based yoga teacher Peter Walters on luxury sailing yachts, cruising and flowing through the Aegean Sea, drinking in all of what the Greek Islands have to offer.
Ever dreamed of exploring the islands of Greece...on a boat? While practicing yoga each day? And eating amazing food? Exploring and hiking? Living aboard a sailing yacht with new friends? Well, if you answered yes to all of these questions, then this may be the adventure for you!
The northern parts of the Dodecanese Islands offer a variety of landscapes and experiences, both rich in beauty and history. Kalymnos is famous as a sponge-divers island;Patmos has been a destination for Christian pilgrimage since John the Apostle (also known as ‘John of Patmos); The small island of Leipsoi is renowned for it’s local wine, fish and cheese.
These islands belong to a world and history of great myth and magic, bearing witness to the grandeur of the numerous civilizations that chose to live here. A world where the sun appears as a daily painter of landscapes and the Sea reverberates in a myriad of shades to give birth to Life.
During our week together you’ll get soak in both a rich inner and outer experience. You can expect daily yoga, seated meditation, and mantra (chanting) practices with amazing views, new islands to explore everyday, crystal clear waters,, hikes, Greek culture and ancient ruins,, healthy Mediterranean food and more! You'll be immersed (and amazed) by the ocean‘s kind embrace as we saunter (on the water) around the Aegean Sea.
*Please Note: You will be living aboard a 50-100 foot sailboat for a week with 12+ other people. Quarters are cozy, and you won't have a lot of personal space. While this boat and the experience will indeed be luxurious, life at sea and living on boats can be challenging for some people and personalities. Please keep this in mind and be honest with yourself for how you might do in this type of environment. You can't really just go for a walk to be alone, though we will be on land each day. This experience requires patience, kindness, compromise, and a willingness to open up a bit and really be part of this crew of seafaring yogis. There is plenty of communal space to sit on-deck in the shade and also relax below deck. Does this sound like a good fit for you?
**ITINERARY: This is a tentative itineray it and subject to change based on timing, weather, and the captain's recommendations.
* To reserve your spot on this retreat, please make a $500.00 deposit depending on your room selection. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
FULL PAYMENT (due within 60 days of retreat— August 4th, 2020):
When you reserve, you may either pay in full or just pay the deposit. Upon receipt of your payment we will send you a confirmation of your deposit. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.
We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur. Unfortuantely Deposits are non-refundable. If you are able to find someone to fill your space within 60 days of the retreat beginning, your replacement may take your spot, though you will need to handle transfer of finaces directly between you and your replacement. However, if your space cannot be filled, no refunds can be given. We always recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
You will book a flight to Milas-Bodrum (BJ—Turkey), or Cos (KGS-Greece). Bodrum and Cos can easily be reached by regular airlines and charter companies from all major European cities.
*Bodrum, Turkey Arrival: If you fly into Bodrum, Turkey (which is ideal) our staff will meet you at the airport and bring you to the harbor (Transfer not included, but available as an add-on). We will begin and end our trip from Bodrum from Gökova Marina
*Cos, Greece Arrival: If you choose to fly into Greece (likely Athens), you’ll then take a small plane to Cos then a taxi or public bus to the local marina. You’ll then take a short ferry to New Port in Bodrum to meet the boats. You can purchase ferry tickets here. The ferry times are 10:30am and 4:30pm daily so please plan accordingly to meet us for dinner in Bodrum. The walk from the ferry to the sailboats is 5 minutes. (* A Greek arrival will add extra customs/passport control points to your trip).
Arrival and Departure Hotel Accommodation: Early arrivals are possible if you have better direct flights to Bodrum. We have partnerships with 2 hotels at Marina 5 which is in walking distance to the YogaCrusing office and anchorage. Pomelon Club Hotel Oceanfront/Beach and Martı Pension.
Our first gathering will be for dinner aboard the boats. We will spend our first night, 10/3 at dock in the harbor or a nearby creek.
* After getting up, enjoy herbal tea, hot water with fresh lemon and ginger or, of course, coffee!
* Morning meditation and yoga practices, around 07.00 - 08.30am.
* 09.00-10.30 you can expect an extensive, delicious brunch - Mediterranean style!
* Light “lunch” of fresh, local fruits.. At 4pm there will be another snack with biscuits, tea and coffee.
* Depending on weather conditions and schedule, we may sail from 11am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome to help with the sailing, or just lounge around and read your book! We may arrive at a new port and explore the town or go for a hike.
* The exceptional weather invites you to swim, sun bathe and relax from whatever you’re leaving behind back home.
* In the evening, from about 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm we will have our second yoga practice. (The times vary depending on season and schedule.).
After the yoga around 8:00pm you’ll be served a sumptuous dinner of traditional Greek and Turkish dishes.
* Finish the day with a view of the starry sky. The sundeck is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet of the evening (consider bringing along a sleeping bag for warm nights to sleep outside)
This is you sharing a room AND bed with a friend or partner.
*Only select this option if you are signing up with someone else (they can sign-up/pay separately but make sure you’re both clear that you’re sharing a bed. Add their name during the sign-up process)
*All prices are per person.
This is you, in a single bed sharing a room with someone else in a double bed. (room has two beds)
*Cabin has shower and WC.
This is you in a double bed sharing a room with someone else in a single bed. (room has two beds)
Fly into either Cos (KGS), Greece and ferry over to Bodrum Harbor (Turkey), or fly into Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV), Turkey and get an optional airport pick-up, or get a taxi to our Harbor. Bodrum arrival is idela.
Arrive at the Marina where you’ll be greeted by Peter and the crew. Arrival begins at 2pm. and we will leave from the Marina at 5 PM to Kilisebükü and Dinner on board.