Pilates and Wellness in Greece

About This Event

A week long stay on the eastern Pelion peninsula at a retreat overlooking the prettiest of seas, the Pagasitic Gulf. This really is a retreat where the emphasis is on treat. Staying in a beautiful waterfront house, join a group of maximum ten people for yoga sessions on a wooden platform in an olive grove where the sea laps at your toes. It is one of the most stress free places imaginable, with the warm air bringing out the aroma of wild thyme and lavender as you breathe in deeply.

The pilates and wellness retreat is a combination of physical exercise, meditation and relaxation. It involves:

Early morning meditation on the beach

Daily Pilates and meridian stretching activation:
A whole-body stretching programme combined with gentle physical exercise. An energising mixture of Pilates and Tai Chi practices which takes place in the open air, with balls, hoops, bands and other apparatus used to gently stretch and awaken the body. The programme can be adapted to all ages and needs. No previous experience in either practice is required.

Evening QiGong sessions:
A series of stretching and rhythmic movements combined with mindful breathing: inspired by QiGong, the synergy of movement and breath activates the energy channels of the body, nourishing and relaxing the organs and body systems.

Singing Bowls sessions:
Meditation and relaxation with the help of singing bowls vibrations: sonic, sensory vibration that help the body enter a state of deep serenity.

It is also possible to chart a personal training programme as well as a complete personalised wellness plan, involving holistic massage, reflexology and other sessions.

As with our yoga programmes, our groups are small, normally a maximum of 10 people, and because some people like to come on their own we do welcome solo travellers who wish to share.

Dolphin’s Leap is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful place to relax and reconnect with yourself. First, photographs can’t truly capture how stunning the location is. There are so many places to relax and enjoy the views, whether from the pool, the sea platform, or the terrace. Second, the yoga sessions were perfect. The instriuctor was warm and encouraging to everyone, and always had new poses to try so that each class was unique (not easy with 11 classes over the course of the week). The classes were challenging but I felt mentally and physically refreshed and inspired after each one. Third, the food and accommodations were excellent. Every meal was delicious and healthy with fresh and local ingredients. The rooms were comfortable and airy, with large windows providing natural light and sea views. Pippa and Nick are wonderful hosts with so much interesting information about the house and the area. It was an amazing week.

Event Highlights

  • * 2 group csessions each day on our stunning sea-front yoga terrace
  • * 3 healthy veggie meals, including wine
  • * Sunset meditations every evening
  • * Optional massages, boat trips, beach meditation and scenic walks along the coast

Schedule

* 08:00 – 08:30 Optional beach meditation
* 08:30 - 10:00 Morning pilates class
* 10:00 - 10:45 Breakfast
* 13.00 - 14.00 light lunch
* 14:00 - 18:00 Free time, beach, pool, village tavernas, massage treatments, boat trips
* 18:00 - 19:00 Evening QiGong class
* 19:00 - 19:30 Soundbowl meditation
* 20:00 Dinner served on the terrace

Venue Highlights

* Luxury villa, 30 metres from the beach
* Stunning sea views
* Infinity pool
* Yoga terrace and sea platform
* Tavernas just a 10 min stroll away
* Miles of beautiful coastal footpaths to explore

Accommodations

Guest accommodation for the retreat is in 6 luxuriously appointed beautiful twin bedrooms all with sea views and air conditioning. Four bedrooms are ensuite and two bedrooms have a shared bathroom. There are plenty of outdoor terrace areas if you want to find a quiet place to read and drink in the wonderful sea views. Meals are served on the al fresco dining area overlooking the sea.

Menu/Cuisine

The retreat price includes a delicious breakfast served with home baked fresh bread, fresh fruit and a selection of cereals, yoghurt and honey, a light salad lunch and a two-course evening meal served with local wine. The food is prepared using only the freshest seasonal and local ingredients, including oregano, mint, thyme, rosemary and olives from our own garden. All meals are served on the terrace overlooking the sea.

The evening meal will include a selection of dishes to cater for every taste. Local wine will be served to guests at dinner if required (at no extra cost). Otherwise a range of soft drinks and fruit juices will be served at all meals and will be available at all times throughout the day.

The precise menu will be developed in discussion with guests to take account of any special requirements or preferences. It will also vary according to the fresh local produce available at local markets.

THE FOLLOWING MEALS ARE INCLUDED:
* Breakfast
* Lunch
* Dinner
* Snacks
* Drinks

THE FOLLOWING DIETARY REQUIREMENT(S) ARE SERVED AND/OR CATERED FOR:
* Organic vegetarian
* Vegan

Directions

Recommended airports: Volos (VOL)/Thessaloniki (SKG)
Alternative airport: Athens (ATH)

Transfers: We can arrange door-to-door transfers from Volos and Thessaloniki Airports. Please contact us for details. If you fly into Athens Airport you will need to make your own way to the property. Again, please contact us for details.

Arrival by car:
If you prefer to hire a car and drive to the property yourself, please let us know and we will email you directions.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

After having just completed my RYT 200 I have been inspired to further my yoga journey and my own personal journey inward. I have fallen in love with yoga and how it has changed my life and I just want to continue to explore so I can share this beautiful gift with as many as possible. Jessica
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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