About This Event
This life-changing 5 day, 5 night wellness retreat is scheduled for 28th September to 3rd October 2019 on the beautiful island of POROS in the Saronic Gulf, 58kms by sea from Athens. On this adventure we will challenge you to (re)connect with your authentic self and others. Holistically shift from stress and struggle to greater mindfulness, inner connectivity, and flow: a more balanced you!
This retreat is open to anyone and everyone. We welcome the curious, beginners and even expert yogis to learn, challenge themselves and try new things. Experience change through daily yoga and exercise, experiential workshops, delicious meals with food (fresh from the island), self-reflection, and time spent in nature.
Despina and Natalie, along with our hosts, Rik and Katerina, will facilitate your stay. We hope to nourish your mind, body, and soul through creating a space where you will (re)discover who you are and what you are capable of; a space to simply be, to feel, and to get off the “hamster wheel” for a while; a real opportunity to relax and recharge.
Escape your day to day life and gift yourself the time to break away, treat your mind, body and soul to fresh air, connection, self-discovery and fun.
You cannot always stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. - Anonymous
- Daily Strala Yoga (this yoga is suitable for all levels of yogi, even beginners)
- “Me, Myself and You” workshops
- An evening visit and hike in volcanic Methana
- Nature walks (and just being able to walk everywhere on Poros island if you so choose!)
- A day trip to iconic Hydra (a very unique neighbouring island)
- A visit to the Peloponnese for a sumptuous lunch on an olive farm
- Historical guided walk around Poros
- Sunbathing, swimming and lots of daily time to relax, explore or rest in this special place
- morning yoga on the beach
- experiential workshop until lunchtime (first 2 days, and 4th day) AND/OR a guided adventure (as listed above)
- lunch, rest, relax, explore until evening (final evening features our volcanic hike)
- evening yoga on the beach
- dinner and where-ever the night takes you!
On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th days of the retreat there will also be excursions to Hydra, the Peloponnese and Methana. Some of the workshops and or yoga sessions will take place in these beautiful and unique locations. There will also be an optional guided walk of Poros hosted by Rik and Katerina on one of the days.
Full board including a few lunches and dinners at a beautiful beach side restaurant just down the road can be made available for a small extra charge. If you wish to stay for 6 or even 7 nights we can also book extra nights for you straight after the retreat. Just let us know your personal preferences when you book.
Venue HighlightsImagine having a whole island as your retreat center. So shall it be on Poros! Let the island guide you. Just go with the flow!
AccommodationsA Standard Suite at the Odyssey Suites situated only 100 m from the beach of Askeli in Poros. Odyssey Suites features accommodation with a balcony overlooking the Saronic Gulf.
Each apartment has air conditioning, a fridge, electric kettle and a seating area with a TV and Cocomat beds. The Superior type units have 2 levels connected by an internal staircase. A kitchenette and a dining area are also included. A private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries is standard.
FOOD AND DINING
Breakfast is included, as well as two dinners at Odyssey and a lunch at an olive farm on the Peloponnese peninsula prepared together in the open air kitchen.
The on-site restaurant serves local delicacies such as pies and homemade desserts. Drinks and coffee are provided at the bar. Greek cooking workshops are held frequently as well as special events like group dinners and BBQs with live music in the courtyard.
Rik and Katerina are our hosts at Odyssey Suites. Katerina is passionate about cooking and delivers delicious, fresh and balanced meals.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Includes Meat
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineOdyssey's restaurant provides a wide range of amazing dishes, but guests have an entire island's restaurants, markets and supermarkets to choose from for their dining delights!
DirectionsAirport transfers will be arranged for guests directly from Athens airport to Odyssey apartments on Poros island. This transfer will take about 2.5 hours (including both land and ferry travel).
Cheapest and fastest route from South Africa is with Turkish airlines: 14h35 (be usre to look for this option and choose flexible dates option on website when booking) and about R9000 return at current exchange rates.