Going Into the Light: Cultivate an Inner Sense of Well-Being through yoga with Laura Jane
Join Laura Jane Mellencamp and fellow like-minded friends for an intimate yoga retreat on one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, Amorgos. Let yourself bask in the natural beauty of the soothing azure blue ocean and fabulous beaches, hike the ancient footpaths leading through rocky terrain, and explore the incredible traditional architecture while nourishing your body, mind, and soul with yoga, adventure, and community.
After centering yourself in your morning yoga practice, spend the day exploring historic towns, hiking one of seven footpaths on the island (mapped and sign-posted), or visiting the Monastery of the Virgin Mary Hozoviótissa, a 10th-century cliffside monastery and the island’s top attraction. The island is also home to scenic bays, underwater caves, and golden beaches reachable by foot (or by boat) and ideal for swimming and diving. Watch the sunset as you dine on fresh locally sourced Greek cuisine and organic produce while sipping ouzo and laughing with friends old and new.
Using the practice of meditation and the depth of Patanjali’s yoga sutras, Laura Jane has designed this week to support you in finding tools to cultivate greater awareness towards self-healing and transformation. The retreat includes storytelling, chanting, asana, and meditation to truly bring the tools of yoga into your daily life.
Yoga classes will blend the disciplines of various styles of Hatha yoga with the mindfulness of meditation in this like-minded community. They will cover the fundamental principles underlying the therapeutic application of yoga and how to incorporate these principles into your practice. Work to dissolve old blockages, unravel samskaras, and create new pathways to vibrant health and happiness. The end result will be one of the most incredible, unforgettable yoga experiences you will ever have.
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 2 Whole Foods Meals Each Day (breakfast and either lunch or dinner)
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Amorgos port
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Free use of Spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, fitness center)
- One 30-minute Swedish massage
- 10% discount on Spa treatments
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
This beautifully-designed, family-run hotel is nestled on the cliffs of a quiet and peaceful Greek Island. Conveniently located near the bay and within walking distance of sandy beaches. Every room has simple, elegant decor and boasts views of the sea. The hundreds of reviews comment that the staff is incredibly friendly, welcoming, and superhelpful and most guests leave feeling like they have made new friends. Their chefs provide healthy, gourmet meals that incorporate fresh organic produce from their garden. They offer full services, from spa to gym to pool. Come and enjoy an authentic Greek experience.
Laura Jane Mellencamp, C-IYAT, E-RYT 500, MA is the founder and director of Yoga Among Friends, one of the Midwest’s premier yoga studios. Certified in 1989, Laura Jane has made the practice and teaching of yoga her life’s work. In 2016, Laura Jane accredited as a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists after a 5-year training program. As a clinical psychologist, she enjoys blending her MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with her yoga therapy to provide clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances that affect the immune system. Her work has led Laura Jane to participate as a premier provider with Chicago’s Integrated Health Network.