On our top yoga and meditation retreat in Europe join our intimate group and experience limitless blue sky and sea on the verdant island of Lefkada. Enjoy daily hatha or vinyasa yoga practice, meditation instruction and practice, and cleansing macrobiotics food that will inspire you into a whole new way of living.
Your 7 night stay will be in one of four architecturally designed villas made of local sandstone. Each has a private pool, large deck, sun loungers and umbrellas. Nestled high on a hilltop surrounded by nothing but lush greenery and birdsong, you will at all times have vast views of Ionian Seas and majestic Greek islands. This venue is a jewel in the crown of yoga and meditation retreats in Europe.
This unique meditation and yoga holiday in Europe offers stylishly decorated, spacious, double storey villas for your stay. Each has three ensuite luxury rooms with jacuzzi baths or walk-in showers. Enjoy an open plan living room and fully equipped kitchen. There are full length terraces, endless breathtaking sea views, and private pools with loungers, and outdoor showers. All villas are air-conditioned.
Our chef Kostas Tzallilas will be presenting a range of delicious, healthy, organic macrobiotic meals. The essence of Macrobiotic diet is balance and adaptation to the environment and to the needs of each individual. During the retreat the nutrition is designed in such a way to maximize the cleansing, strengthening and centering effects of the yoga practice and the meditation. Each meal is prepared with a variety of ingredients such as grains, vegetables, beans and bean products, seaweed, fermented products, nuts, seeds and fruits; mostly organic. Meals are 100% vegan and sugar free.
Acquire the tools needed to de-stress
Gain greater peace and relaxation
Learn how to mix meditation with daily life
Learn to let go of what is unimportant
Cultivate greater kindness
Your day includes mindfulness meditation sessions guided by Brian Hilliard. You will learn the techniques and practice of sitting and walking meditation in a beautiful meditation shala with incredible views of Ionian Seas and majestic Greek Islands. There will be talks, discussions, private interviews on request, and some silence for inner reflection. This yoga and meditation retreat in Europe is ideal for learning new tools.
See The Mindfulness Journal for more on mindfulness meditation.
Focus on connecting body and mind through breath awareness
Practice daily hatha flow yoga
Integrate asanas with the 8 Limbs of yoga
Practice yoga nyidra
Get hands-on personal adjustments
Alternate between dynamic and slower paced yoga
Karen Bennett has been practicing yoga since 1996. With over ten years of teaching experience, Karen appreciates the need for the practice of yoga to evolve and change as we move through life. She offers a practice that supports body and mind as it is now, with modifications and progressions as necessary. She loves all things health and well-being, and is also a fully qualified massage therapist with ten years experience.
Our retreats include optional running training. Running with meditation is an introduction to meditation in movement. Reach the zone easily with practical instructions for combining mindfulness and movement. See our post: Running with Meditation.
Take some time to swim, lounge, nap or read at your private pool deck, or take a 45 minute hike to our private pebbled beach with crystal clear waters. You may even spot dolphins and seals in this protected natural habitat.
A 15 minute drive brings you to a world class beach of breathtaking beauty. Enjoy Porto Katsiki where majestic sheer cliffs meet sand, pebbles and turquoise waters. Our nearest Greek port village, Vassiliki, is famous for water sports: diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing. Situated just 10 minutes by car, it sits on beautiful Vassiliki Bay. Explore little cobbled streets with charming boutiques and port side cafes and restaurants. The picturesque beach Agiofili is in close distance to the village.
Awake to the sunrise over crystal waters.
7:00 - 7:45 For runners (optional). Start with a morning run with Brian enjoying gorgeous sea views.
8:30 - 10:30 Light snack, and meet up with Karen for yoga.
11:00 Enjoy a fresh, balanced brunch with our retreat companions on the pool deck.
12:00 - 17:00 The afternoons are at your leisure. Rest, read, write or nap at your private pool. You can meet with Brian or Shannon for private meditation instruction. Maybe you’d like to hike down to the private beach and enjoy a skinny dip, take walks along the country road on this beautiful hilltop, or languish on one of the world famous beaches nearby?
17:00 - 19:00 We meet at our meditation shala of uninterrupted views, where you will be guided through the practice of meditation. There will be talks, discussions and periods of silence for inner reflection. This is suitable for beginners or experienced meditators.
19:00 We gently close our day with a delicious sunset dinner on one of the decks or terraces with exquisite views. Some evenings we will have movies or special events after dinner. It's a time to relax, deepen our understanding of meditation and yoga, and explore the philosophy and practice of Macrobiotics.
"Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden are leaders in their field when it comes to mindfulness and meditation. Brian is an expert guide - soft spirited, practical, full of empathy, tips and appreciation for the challenges of modern life. Shannon stylishly holds the space and ensures everything runs smoothly. Together they are a dream team on the wellness scene."
DAISY FINER, Spa and Health Writer
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