“Rhodes’ Freedom”, Greece
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:00 PM –
Monday, August 27, 2018 10:00 AM
A NOURISHING AND TRANSFORMATIVE WEEK IN BEAUTIFUL WILD RHODES, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, ONE OF THE MOST SPIRITUAL ISLANDS OF GREECE. YOU WILL ENJOY MEETING NEW LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS IN THIS INTIMATE AND PRIVATE RETREAT, WITH THE GREEK BACKGROUND MELBOURNE YOGA TEACHER ELLI GOLD BEING YOUR GUIDE.
You are invited to join Golden Light Retreats and Melbourne yoga teacher Elli Gold, on this unique yoga retreat journey to Rhodes, Greece. Living is about expressing and connecting to your Inner Truth, finding your Deepest, Truest Self. A life-long process which requires patience, compassion and self-acceptance, values that can be forgotten or neglected in the noise of everyday life and day-to-day responsibilities. This retreat was designed to serve exactly that purpose, to provide you with a beautiful opportunity to withdraw from the world, and cultivate your freedom, reconnect with your Self, all in the breathtaking landscape of elegant Rhodes. According to ancient Greek mythology, Helios, God of the Sun, chose Rhodes as his Island, and since then, he has been showering it with sunshine. Not bad, right?
Greece is one of the most spiritual lands in the world. With Sun, abundant Blue as far as the eye can see, where Sea and Sky merge, and all senses rejoice, where Mother Earth gives more than you could ever dream for, you will feel the land’s high vibration as soon as you set foot on it. Our group leader Elli, who comes from Greece and has the Greek hospitality in her DNA, has her heart into taking every keen soul around and showing them Greek Paradise. During your stay, you will find peace and quiet to find yourself, all amongst ancient ruins, astonishing landscapes, endless stretches of blue and the salty breeze on your face.
You will be made to feel better-than-at home by the team upon arrival at our stunning retreat oasis, followed by a week full of ample time to yourself to spend as you will, along with heart-warming travel experiences pleasing for all your senses, and life-transforming moments.
You will enjoy twice daily Ashtanga Yoga, along with meditation on the retreat’s beautiful garden next to the pool overlooking the ocean, where you will practice in front of the most majestic real-life canvas you can imagine. Elli teaches the most traditional Yoga style, from which you will embrace the essence of Yoga, initiating movements from the inside out, waking up the energetic, emotional and mental body through the ancient art of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga, paired with Pranayama and Meditation.
Whether you are a more experienced yogi or a complete beginner, the classes will be tailored to your experience and we welcome beginners along with a warm heart. But, this experience is so much more than just a yoga retreat. At Golden Light Retreats, we aim for you to have a truly unforgettable holiday, which involves spending time with yourself, immersed in mesmerizing panoramas, tasting the most traditional pieces of gastronomic heaven of the healthiest cuisine in the world- the Mediterranean Greek diet- and excursions that will indulge all your senses, making memories for life.
New and intermediate yogis will be benefited much by getting strong foundations of a holistic life philosophy of Yoga through Self-development & wellness workshops and a strong practice. And the more dedicated yogis will excel through the teachings of Yoga Sutras, experience them practiced on an ancient fertile land of high vibrations and rich history. The gems of this retreat include unique Chakra cleansing practices, based on Tantra and Kundalini Yoga, unique Ancient Greek Meditation styles revived straight from authentic Stoic practices, and some more surprises..
And now let’s take a look at our journey.
Butterfly Villa, our most beautiful refuge reflects a mixture of traditional and modern architecture, overlooking the island’s magnificent coast. Located on the cliff edge of the famous “Butterfly Valley” and on the top of a magnificent green hill, its grand pool deck and balconies give you nothing else but the most breathtaking views. It is built on 8.000 sq.m land, surrounded by beautiful gardens and trees which offer a secluded and peaceful environment, perfect for relaxation and privacy. From the moment you arrive, you will soak in the vibes of the island, that will reach you with the salty healing sea breeze of the Aegean, and will be made to feel at home. The gorgeous pool with sunbeds and parasols, as well as the open air lounge set the ideal atmosphere to connect with old friends and new, dine together or find a quiet place to journal and reflect. The inviting mesmerizing panorama will allow you to unwind and surrender, and it provides a divine setting for us to ground, replenish and transform during our Yoga practice. This stunning home, as well as the island itself, will be our sanctuary away from all the rest. We look forward to welcoming you into this lovely piece of Paradise.
Our Retreat Villa has 6 bedrooms, of which two are twin share, two are double and two master bedrooms (see section below), all with access to large balconies opening up to a relaxing sea or mountain view, which will make every moment of your stay peaceful. The twin share and double (non-master) bedrooms have shared bathrooms with one other room.
Deluxe & Superior Rooms
The two master bedrooms of the villa (Deluxe & Superior) have one queen bed plus a single bed each, en suite bathrooms, with the Superior Bedroom boasting a Jacuzzi.
Here’s a glimpse of the villa bedrooms:
Our gorgeous Retreat Home reflects a mixture of traditional and modern architectures and represents the most luxurious, yet humble in its way, dreamy escape in a Mediterranean setting beyond comparison.
The Villa Features:
- Large bedrooms, with stone walls and modern fittings
- Jacuzzi in the superior master bedroom
- Beautiful big pool, open for access 24/7
- Big outdoors patio with BBQ
- Mediterranean coastal landscape
- Small gym
- Free WiFi throughout the villa
- Fully equipped kitchen & laundry area
YOGA & MEDITATION
Elli’s classes weave strength and balance, breath work and meditation, with a practice that awakens the body, while teaching the mind to relax and let go, with patience and discipline which comes from the heart. Elli got her training in traditional Ashtanga, Hatha and Karma yoga from one of the very few Senior Level 3 Yoga Australia Yoga teacher, Samir Rane, who comes from an Indian lineage of Yoga Gurus along his family’s generations. For Elli, Yoga is therapy. It is a way to meet one’s self, heal one’s self, grow, and transcend. Her teaching techniques address body, mind and spirit, unfolding gradually all layers (Koshas) of one’s being. She believes that everyone is their own teacher and healer, something reflected in her practice, where she strives to be the mediator to help her students find and nurture their, sometimes neglected, natural abilities.
If you have never practiced Yoga before, or maybe you have been taking classes consistently, or even practiced a bit at home and are keen to experience it more fully, our Yoga practice will be tailored to your own ability and capacity. Many people nowadays have experienced the types of Yoga that are more widespread in the West, like Vinyasa, Yin and Hot (Bikram) Yoga- elements of which we will be having in our practices too- but never having experienced the beauty and art of Ashtanga or Hatha Yoga, which are now starting to spread from people with appreciation to the old, traditional and holistic. Ashtanga, the spine of Yoga, on which every other style of Yoga practice is essentially based on, is a practice that should not be missed. It is the most ancient practice created over 3,000 years ago and is possibly the most meditative, psychologically boosting and self-developing of all. Hence, beginners, intermediates and advanced yogis are all welcome to be part of our tribe, with “You are Yoga” being our mantra, since you are the one that will be uniting body, mind and spirit through your practice, and in your life.
During the retreat, we will be also running workshops that will provide insight and shed light into many areas of our lives that could make all the difference if improved-upon. We will be focusing on the breath, which is our single most important physical feature that can hold the key to manifest many life changes. Elli will provide you with some unique insight on how your mind (brain) and heart works, what being stressed/relaxed means in “brain” language (brainwaves) and how to learn to control your own mind. Here, you will learn very rare information, coming from her biochemical engineering background in combination with her knowledge of neurofeedback, that very few know and use, and practice ways to implement them and improve the quality of your life. We will also be discussing Yoga Sutras that are the backbone of the Yogic philosophy, still very applicable to everyday life in this era, and we will be ‘translating’ them into tools on how to build meaningful life foundations, eliminate stress, increase your sense of well being and happiness, improve relationships, understand our subconscious and bring its wisdom and honesty into our conscious..
In addition to the group classes and workshops, for the more keen ones there will be an option to book an exclusive one on one yoga session with Elli (at own cost).
FOOD, LEISURE & WELLBEING
At Golden Lights Retreats, we aim to create an appealing experience for all the layers of your being. Apart from the Yogic facet of our trip, food, leisure activities and wellbeing are areas we focus on for all our retreats, aiming to have all of your senses satisfied. Take a look at Rhodes as a solo traveler depicted it, to have a little taste of what it will be like.
Healthy, delicious food will be on the menu every day, with nutritious Greek-style breakfast in the morning, and with a vast selection of fresh, local dishes in the many tavernas and restaurants of the island, with Dodekanese (the island complex that Rhodes belongs to; literally means twelve islands) known for the delicious seafood dishes in Greece.
There will also be many other activities and extra options, like indulging yourself for a nourishing massage or spa treatment, appreciating the ancient culture and learning about it in our private guided tour in the archaeological site of Lindos, or just driving down to one of the numerous long beaches and relax for the day. A day trip to neighbour Island Symi is not to be missed; it is Elli’s favorite place on Earth, an UNESCO protected island of magnificent beauty, with no cars, and an absolute culinary paradise. And not to forget our tour to the Valley of the Butterflies- a protected valley that Rhodes is known for, almost out of a fairytale, inside a forest, with streams and waterfalls, and everything around you covered in butterflies..
All the aspects of your trip “are Yoga”, in the sense that they are all uniting to create this unique, grand experience for you to always remember.
Many of our travelers join our retreats on their own. If you are travelling solo, we welcome you with a warm heart and we feel grateful that you chose us on your journey. We will pair you up with another traveler of the same gender, or sort you out with your own room for a supplement. Easy!
MEET ELLI GOLD, YOUR RETREAT LEADER
– YOUR RETREAT PACKAGE –
$1799 Per Person TWIN SHARE Mountain View
$1799 Per Person DELUXE BEDROOM DOUBLE BED Mountain View *TWO PLACES LEFT*
$1899 Per Person SINGLE DELUXE BEDROOM Mountain View *ONE PLACE LEFT*
$1899 Per Person DOUBLE BEDROOM Sea View
$1899 Per Person SUPERIOR BEDROOM DOUBLE BED Sea View *TWO PLACES LEFT*
$1999 Per Person SINGLE SUPERIOR BEDROOM Sea View *ONE PLACE LEFT*
Option for single occupancy of a double bedroom available, starting from $2999
* Special discount on group bookings – inquire today
- 6 Nights staying at Butterfly Villa, Theologos, Rhodes
- Retreat activities hosted by Golden Lights Retreats Yoga Leader, Elli Gold
- Healthy & nutritious Greek breakfast daily, and one dinner (Lunch & dinner can be bought whilst out & about at nearby beach bars or Greek Tavernas, with a wide variety of dishes of local land produce and fresh sea food that must be experienced, as well as beautiful local wines)
- Local fruit, hot teas and coffee
- Sunrise and sunset Ashtanga & Hatha Yoga with meditation on our yard, to cleanse, tone and rejuvenate Body, Mind & Spirit
- Daily Guided meditation (including Ancient Greek Meditation and Chakra Meditation)
- Greek welcome ceremony with local wines
- “Breath is a Bridge” Workshop
- “Master your Life with Wisdom of the ancient Sutras” Workshop series on mindfulness
- Tour in the Valley of the Butterflies
- Arrival and departure Rhodes airport transfers
- Free Parking
- Golden Retreats Luxury Bag
OPTIONAL excursions and experiences at an extra charge
- Individually tailored One on One yoga Class with Elli for 1 hour 15 minutes ($80)
- Day trip to neighbour Island Symi
- Greek Cooking class & dinner at home
- Guided tour of the Ancient Palace of Lindos; a clifftop acropolis of key importance and awe-some, outstanding views
- Massage/Spa treatments, scrubs, manicures & pedicures at discounted rates
- Shopping & Photography tour at the Old Town of Rhodes- go back in time inside the Castle of the Knights of St. Johnand, an all-made-of-stone city
- Travel insurance
- Airport taxes
- Visas if applicable
- Car/Scooter rental
- Meals not stated
- Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
- Transfers not linked with included group excursions/activities
- Laundry and items of personal nature
- Excursions/activities not listed in the inclusions
~ WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU ~
- Your Passport
- Travel Insurance
- Your Driving Licence (with an international Permit, if you wish to rent a car/scooter)
- Camera with a lot of memory space (you will need it) & charger
- Mobile with international Roaming activated/Greek Sim card & charger
- Plug adaptors/converters
- Sunscreen (lots of it)
- Beach Towel
- Flip Flops & Sandals/comfortable walking shoes
- Swimming Suit
- Sunscreen & Sunglasses
- Light clothes for the day
- A scarf & light jacket for the night/when on the boat’s deck
- A notebook & pen, for journaling or taking notes from the workshops
- A good book to keep you company on the beautiful beach days..
- A watch, to keep track of time for our daily schedule activities
- Any medication you are on, or emergency medication for a special condition i.e. (EpiPen if severely allergic to something)
- Foreign currency card/Cash in Euros
- Your lovely self !
This retreat is highly limited and we expect places to fill up quickly.
BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW by e-mailing [email protected] or phone +61 422 637 380