Santorini Greece, June ’18

 

“Santorini’s Love”, Greece

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:00 PM –
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 10:00 AM

A STUNNING AND TRANSFORMATIVE WEEK IN BEAUTIFUL SANTORINI, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE AEGEAN ARCHIPELAGO, ONE OF THE MOST SPIRITUAL ISLANDS OF GREECE. YOU WILL ENJOY MEETING NEW LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS IN THIS INTIMATE AND PRIVATE RETREAT, WITH MELBOURNE-BASED 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 Santorini, 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 with love, and cultivate your freedom, reconnect with your Self, all in the breathtaking landscape of dreamy Santorini.

Our Philosophy 

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 the Greek Paradise. During your stay, you will find peace and quiet to find yourself, all amongst ancient ruins, volcanic landscapes (the Phoenix rises from its ashes), 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 spacious rooftop terrace with a breathtaking view, 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, Ancient Greek Pythagorean Meditation and some more surprises..

And now let’s take a look at our journey.

OUR STAY

Exo Gonia, our beautiful secluded village is nestled in midst of the vineyards of Santorini, overlooking the Aegean Sea, which is few minutes’ drive away- in any and all directions. Our gorgeous retreat home used to be a winery in 1879, now transformed into a gorgeous, warm and traditional Santorini cave house. From its balconies and terraces, your first glimpse of Santorini and infinite sea unraveling at your feet is simply breathtaking. From the moment you arrive, you will soak in the vibes of the island, that are reverberated through the architecture and natural decor of our home. The open air traditional lounge corners set the ideal ambience to connect with old and new friends, dine together or find a quiet place to journal and reflect. The inviting mesmerizing panorama, along with the healing sea breeze sweeping around and through you, will allow you to unwind and surrender. And of course, the private open air Yoga rooftop terrace provides a divine setting for us to let go, ground, replenish and transform in our Yoga practice. This gorgeous home, as well as the island itself, will be our sanctuary away from everything. We look forward to welcoming you into this lovely piece of Heaven.

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Retreat Rooms

Our Retreat Home consists of five villa-houses. As mentioned earlier, the home used to be an old winery, so is built to be naturally cool. As a result, guests sleeping in most of the rooms will be needing the duvets, apart from the top “Terrace House” room, that is air-conditioned. All the houses has their own adorable patio-gardens, with a bigger main patio and terrace, for all of us to hang out together. The outdoor areas are decorated with local earth elements such as “pori”, Santorini’s volcanic stones used in the island’s houses, hence retaining the local architectural character. The interior of the house-villas, down to their luxurious bed linen choices, is inspired by components from the Greek landscapes and history. Our Retreat Home terrace also boasts one of the best sunset spots in Santorini..

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Superior Rooms

The “Blue House” and the “Terrace House” are our two Superior Rooms. They are separate villa-houses that are still part of our home complex, but feel more private and secluded. The “Blue House”  features the traditional Greek Cycladic architecture of white walls and blue doors and shutters, with modern decor and amenities that create an elegant atmosphere, where traditional and modern meet.

The “Terrace House” is the most sought-after option as it is at the highest point of the villa and features its own terrace/balcony with a stunning view that one cannot get used to.

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All of the villa-houses are integrated with Santorini’s raw, sublime landscape, in harmony with the natural environment and traditional architecture, giving the feel of peaceful, therapeutic energy that make guests feel at home.

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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 motto, 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 what your experience will look like, as Chillout Channel put it..

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 Santorini being one of the best culinary destinations in Greece. And not to forget, that Santorini is famous for its exquisite unique wines, like Vinsanto, which will be trying out in our wine tasting tour.

There will also be many other activities and extra options, like inviting a private Chef to our home for a Greek cooking lesson and dinner, indulging yourself for a nourishing volcanic spa treatment, appreciating the ancient culture and learning about it in our private guided tour in the archaeological site of Akrotiri, or just driving down to Red, White or Black Beach and relax for the day, with the best views imaginable.

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.

TRAVELLING SOLO

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

MEET ELLI

 

– YOUR RETREAT PACKAGE –

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

$1649 Per person SINGLE IN LIVING AREA *TWO PLACES LEFT*

$1799 Per Person CAVE DOUBLE BEDROOM *TWO PLACES LEFT*

$1899 Per Person DELUXE DOUBLE BEDROOM

$1899 Per Person DELUXE TWIN SHARE *TWO PLACES LEFT*

$1999 Per person SUPERIOR DOUBLE BEDROOM

Option for single occupancy of a double bedroom available, starting from $2899

* Special discount on group bookings – enquire today

INCLUDES:

  • 6 Nights staying at Affoura Home, Exo Gonia, Santorini
  • 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 that carry a unique Volcanic essence)
  • Local fruit, hot teas and coffee
  • Sunrise and sunset Ashtanga & Hatha Yoga with meditation in private Yoga rooftop, to cleanse, tone and rejuvenate Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Daily Guided meditation (including Ancient Greek Meditation and Chakras Meditation)
  • Greek welcome ceremony with local Santorini wines
  • “Breath is a Bridge” Workshop
  • “Master your Life with Wisdom of the ancient Sutras” Workshop series on mindfulness
  • “Art Space” Winery Tour & Tasting
  • Arrival and departure Santorini airport transfers
  • Wifi
  • 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)
  • Private Catamaran Sailing Day trip to Volcano and nearby islands, swimming in the volcanic hot springs, viewing the world famous breathtaking Santorini Sunset viewing while chilling on the Catamaran’s deck, and much more ($120)
  • Greek Cooking class
  • Guided tour in the archaeological site of Akrotiri (Minoan Bronze Age settlement, one of the oldest archaeological sites in Greece)
  • Horse Riding on the beach
  • Massage/Spa treatments, volcanic scrubs, manicures, pedicures at discounted rates
  • Shopping & Photography tour at Ia- the picturesque village on the edge of the cliff with the most beautiful sunset on Earth!

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • 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
  • Tipping
  • Souvenirs
  • 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

 

View from Ia, Santorini