Greece yoga holiday
All rooms have incredible sea views, are light & airy with air con.
Small group, infinity pool, sandy beach & steps to sea * daily 3 vegetarian meals; 2 yoga sessions (am & pm).
Wine served pm.
Recommended flight is London Gatwick to Volos on Saturdays with Easyjet
Description of Greece yoga holiday
A week long Greece yoga holiday 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.
On this holiday we have two yoga sessions a day, and in between times just chill out and enjoy our infinity pool, vegetarian meals or swimming and snorkelling at the nearby beach, with steps right down to the sea from our garden. Everything is on the doorstep, with the village just ten minutesí walk away and so you donít need a car as we also provide a group transfer from the airport, at Ä40 per person each way. There are two options for travelling here, with a direct flight from the UK into Volos, although most visitors come via Thessaloniki as there are more flights. Accommodation is in twin bedrooms either with shared or ensuite bathroom.
2023: 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 16 Sep, 23 Sep
14 Reviews of Greece yoga holiday
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020 by Yasmin HanspallAmazing. I am still feeling the benefits from it. It was everything and more. Met some lovely people. Felt relaxed, calm, in the present and also had fun. It is a real escape and will definitely be back one day! Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jul 2018 by Anna StrackeI truly enjoyed this holiday and came away recharged and happy and I shall continue taking Yoga lessons. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jun 2018 by David ClewsThe whole retreat is fabulous from start to finish. Nick and Pippa are excellent hosts, the yoga instructor, Bonnie, fabulous attitude and teaching. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2017 by Rebecca BurtonYoga was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2017 by Janet PattersonThere were many highlights - Seeing dolphins out in the bay while practising morning yoga. Early morning swimming in the cool clear Aegean Sea. Hiking to the local taverna. Far surpassed my expectations particularly the yoga... Read full review
Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Susan RubenThe highlight was meditating on the beach in the morning, then a swim in the clear cool sea. Really good, yoga was challenging but fantastic place. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2016 by Amy AlexanderFantastic and the website photos are a true reflection of what to expect - infinity pool, blue skies, sea views and well appointed rooms. ...Take the leap of faith and book the holiday - you will not regret it. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Oct 2016 by Su WinsburyFabulous. I would love to make it an annual treat to myself. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jun 2016 by Mike SuttonSo many memories, including the beautiful villa with incredible places to practice yoga or just sit and relax. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2015 by Lucy MossOutstandingly brilliant. Easily the best holiday I have ever been on; I have already booked in for next year. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Sep 2015 by Catherine WindrossIt was an absolutely fabulous holiday, everything and more than expected. The level of yoga teaching was exemplary. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Sep 2015 by Jo NichollVery high quality yoga instruction, sympathetic to all levels of experience. Very relaxing to be so close to the sea. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by Carol TaylorAll of the holiday was memorable, from the yoga sessions, to the clear blue sea and wonderful scenery, and our excellent hosts and accommodation. I loved this unspoilt area of Greece. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Dec 2014 by Ragani LindquistAmazing - I left the holiday feeling healthy, refreshed and very relaxed - it was exactly what I needed after a very busy, stressful period in my life and I would not hesitate to go again. Read full review
PlanetOur house, just above the water's edge, forms a natural break between the forest and the sea and so it is not uncommon to hear a nightingale in May and June, see a tortoise cross the footpath or find yourself surrounded by an array of colourful butterflies and camouflaged insects darting between wild flowers. This is an incredibly unspoilt corner of Greece and to preserve this we have planted only the minimal amount of cultivated plants in the vicinity of the house and left the surrounding slopes bare to encourage the colonisation of forest flora. We also have a responsibility in ensuring that the olives trees which dot our slopes, some of which are hundreds of years old, are preserved. With careful pruning and management we are gradually achieving this and through doing so expect our harvest to improve. We harvest our trees in January and February and take our olives to the local press in Argalasti to produce our own extra virgin organic olive oil which we serve to our customers.
At the beginning of the season there is always much work to do clearing up the beaches. Winter storms will bring debris onto the beach and although there is a huge amount of wood which is swept in by the tides, to a greater degree plastic in all shapes, forms, colours and sizes finds its way. This needs immediate removal and recycling. It is a big job and we take an active role in ensuring that the beach is left debris free for the summer months. During the peak season of July and August, when the Greek people take their holidays, there is greater pressure on the local community to keep the beaches and the villages clean and tidy and free from litter. Although most of the people using the beaches are local and our location is surprisingly unspoilt as far as tourism is concerned, there is little awareness about litter in Greece and we are helping to create awareness about this by setting an example in clearing the beach daily ourselves and also strategically placing bins and empyting them regularly.
PeopleTo preserve the local design of the region we have constructed our house in the local Pelion style using the services and the expertise of local builders and craftsmen to achieve this. Our stone masons, carpenters, plumbers and electricians all come from a village within a few miles of the house. We have purchased from local suppliers all our materials, i.e. Pelion stone slates for flagstones, Pelion stone roof slates and Pelion stones for the stones walls. Some of the most basic of techniques have been employed in the construction from using an old fashioned band saw for making the window frames, ledges, doors and cupboards to the fashioning of individual stones on site for the flagstone terraces and stone walls. We have continued to use the services of the local builders and tradesmen in the ongoing maintenance of our property thus still creating a source of income for them. With regard to local tourism income we have four locally owned tavernas in the village which are guests frequent. We also recommend our guests hire cars and taxis through local firms.
We encourage our guests to use the ancient footpaths to explore the local area on foot. The opening up of the footpaths in Pelion has been backed by local walking groups and a local charity called the Friends of the Kalderimi who are actively involved in both preserving and improve the local walking tracks that once were the ancient mule tracks of Pelion. They have volunteer groups and working parties who meet regularly on footpaths to carry out work, relying on donations to achieve this. The footpaths exist in incredibly beautiful areas, criss crossing the mountains and stretching down into the seaside villages. Many of the footpaths are well known and well trodden by walkers but others are in danger of disappearing. As we are located just above a beautiful footpaths which is frequently in use and especially by our guests we invite them to contribute to this worthy cause.
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