Kids are welcome !
7-day yoga and macrobiotic diet retreat to nourish your body, mind and heart. Families are welcome!
Enjoy daily yoga practice, mindful breathing, meditation and healthy food based on the macrobiotic principles, in Evia, Greece. Take some time off to relax, swim in the beautiful sea, explore this beautiful island and seize the Greek summer.
Please register early. Limited space - small group.
For registrations or more information:
The participation includes 7 nights accommodation in a double room, 13 morning and afternoon yoga lessons, freshly prepared daily breakfast, brunch and dinner, pool facilities, introduction to the macrobiotic diet and philosophy.
Optional costs: Single accommodation, deep relaxation oil massage, private macrobiotic counseling, Private Yoga Therapy Sessions
Yoga Instructor: Katerina Koronaki
Macrobiotic counselor and chef: Kostas Jalleelas
Indicative daily programme:
07:30 – 08:00 Light breakfast
08:00 - 10:00 Morning Yoga
17:30 – 19:00 Yoga practice
There will be one day free for a longer excursion and dinner at a tavern.
Families and children are welcome. Let us know if you need info for the family package and details.
Villa Averoff, is a charming 19th century historic property located on the island of Evia, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Greece, two hours drive from Athens.
Surrounded by verdant mountains and close to a beach (5klm) the villa consists of two traditional mansions, each one with its own character and charm, with wonderful terraced gardens and an inviting swimming pool.
The day begins with different breathing techniques (pranayama) to establish breath awareness and to find the optimal way of breathing to support our asana (physical) practice. The morning lessons are more yang, energetic and dynamic followed by meditation and relaxation. The evening lessons are more yin, restorative and healing. During the lessons we are going to de-stress, recharge, learn and have fun. We will focus on the alignment of different asanas depending on different body types and health conditions. Our practice will be physical but yet not about the physical. We will explore the five layers of being (koshas), the main energy channels and centres in our body (7 chakras & 3 main nadis) and the five sub-energies called prana vayus (currents of life force).
Katerina Koronaki - http://www.yogabliss.be/
Katerina is a gifted hatha yoga Yoga teacher, teaching in both dynamic and restorative/therapeutic styles. For the last 5 years she has been teaching a variety of yoga classes in Belgium and lately in Greece. She has led gentle hatha classes, dynamic Abhaya yoga practice, restorative and yin yoga, yoga for pregnancy and other subjects in two main studios in Brussels, where many students were able to enjoy the benefits of her skillful and compassionate teaching. Her lessons reflect her view of yoga as a means to develop a strong body, open mind and courageous heart through an energetic flow with grace, alignment and balanced breath. She has completed numerous trainings and workshops on hatha, vinyasa, anusara, pre and postnatal, aerial and restorative yoga by dedicated teachers from Europe, USA and India. Abhaya Yoga (no fear), a method created by her teacher Vivi letsou is always a source of inspiration because it points to the liberating path of self-discovery and fearless action in life. Currently she is studying Yoga Therapy in London with the aim to help people with different musculoskeletal problems, autoimmune diseases, psychological and other conditions. Her joy is to help people of all ages develop strength, vitality, and good health, and a joyful attitude in life.
The essence of Macrobiotic diet is balance and adaptation to the environment and to the needs of each individual. 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. All the meals are 100% vegan and sugar free. The menu of the week is specially designed to support the yoga practice.
Experienced Macrobiotic chef and counselor, Kostas studied at the Kushi Institute of Europe (Art of Life, Level 3 Graduate) and spends his time cooking for yoga retreats, workshops and events that promote a mindful way of living. He gives private and group cooking lessons and seminars on the macrobiotic diet focusing on each individual’s needs and prepares macrobiotic menu suggestions for restaurants. He is a member of the team ONE Project (oneproject.gr) introducing and promoting the macrobiotic nutrition and philosophy in Greece through seminars, lectures and macrobiotic products.
Activities: Rest, swim or explore
This part of Evia is green and stunningly beautiful, with so much to do. Hikers will enjoy the hiking routes that lead in the forests, gushing rivers, mountain lakes and wondrous canyons.
Just a few kilometers away a horseback riding offers lessons to beginners or experienced horse lovers. There's also an animal farm just a few minutes away with deer, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, ducks, chickens and turkeys, offering a very entertaining visit for children.
Needless to say there are some great beaches around the property, some more secluded than others, depending on what you feel like. The beach of Agia Anna is beautiful and with watersports options in summer.
You can visit the remains of Ancient Kirinthos, birthplace of Canthus the Argonaut, a settlement at the beach of Kria Vrisi just 4 km from the Villa. Built between 1600-1000 BC, it was once one of Evia's biggest seven cities and participated in the Trojan Wars.
To have a glimpse at the island's more recent history and local tradition you can visit the folklore museums of Agia Anna and of Limni as well. The latter also boasts a collection of interesting archeological finds from the region.
Another fascinating attraction in this part of Evia is the Kleisoura castle built by the Franks in 1205, lying about 15 minutes away. There's also a Venetian tower hidden in the island's vegetation.
Comments for our food and yoga lessons:
“The food fed me well. It is a labour of love to make a low calorie, vegan, macrobiotic menu, satisfying to the appetite, the taste buds and the eye but Kostas managed to do so in many interesting and varies ways. And it tasted good too! I felt a physical lightness, never felt hungry and never once took advantage of the second helpings available, despite undertaking two hours of yoga, two long swims and two hikes every day. I am still not sure how it was possible". Queen of retreats team, June 2017
“Really a good discovery! Kostas is an artist. Good taste, good products, good energy!” Myrtille, May 207
"Kostas, I was very happy to eat again your excellent cooking variety. The food was very good, great balanced combinations. It gave me energy and I felt very good". Sima, May 2017
“I had some knowledge of macrobiotics coming into the retreat, so I knew the food could be soothing and delicious. I was not disappointed. Kostas is extremely knowledgeable on the philosophy and practice of macrobiotics, and his insight into Greek and Belgian macrobiotics was especially interesting. The plates were attractively presented, and it was obvious that a lot of love and skill went into each meal. I looked forward to each sitting and was sorry to see to end". Ray, July 2016
"Through your yoga lessons, you have opened my eyes towards some unexplored areas, and helped me to change the way I see the world. Sincerely thank you for this". Katarina
"Your lessons brought me such a positive attitude, inner calm, serenity and other many other positive things; I really don't know how I could thank you for all this energy you gave me". Sandrine
"The yoga instruction was well suited to students of all levels. We had some beginners as well as experienced practitioners. I have been practicing for years, but I learned some new things and I felt fully supported throughout the retreat. Katerina made herself fully available to answer questions even outside of class. Her focus was just the right balance for me between pranayama, vinyasa and release. These days many yoga classes are just a physical work out, but Katerina makes sure we work from a sound basis in breath work, pose integrity and physical challenge". Ray, July 2016
“I really loved how we worked on specific topics, very revealing! Katerina you have such an amazing personality for teaching people yoga! I loved it! Maria, May 2017