An authentic Greek beach retreat awaits…
Join Laura Jane Mellencamp and fellow like-minded friends for an intimate yoga retreat on one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, Amorgos. Let yourself bask in the natural beauty of the soothing azure blue ocean and fabulous beaches, hike the ancient footpaths leading through rocky terrain, and explore the incredible traditional architecture while nourishing your body, mind, and soul with yoga, adventure, and community.
After centering yourself in your morning yoga practice, spend the day exploring historic towns, hiking one of seven footpaths on the island (mapped and sign-posted), or visiting the Monastery of the Virgin Mary Hozoviótissa, a 10th-century cliffside monastery and the island’s top attraction. The island is also home to scenic bays, underwater caves, and golden beaches reachable by foot (or by boat) and ideal for swimming and diving. Watch the sunset as you dine on fresh locally sourced Greek cuisine and organic produce while sipping ouzo and laughing with friends old and new.
An Unforgettable Yoga Experience
Using the practice of meditation and the depth of Patanjali’s yoga sutras, Laura Jane has designed this week to support you in finding tools to cultivate greater awareness towards self-healing and transformation. The retreat includes storytelling, chanting, asana, and meditation to truly bring the tools of yoga into your daily life.
Yoga classes will blend the disciplines of various styles of Hatha yoga with the mindfulness of meditation in this like-minded community. They will cover the fundamental principles underlying the therapeutic application of yoga and how to incorporate these principles into your practice. Work to dissolve old blockages, unravel samskaras, and create new pathways to vibrant health and happiness. The end result will be one of the most incredible, unforgettable yoga experiences you will ever have.
This retreat will be shaped by your intention to immerse yourself in the local culture of Amorgos and be open to the adventures that present themselves. This week is a perfect balance between rest and play. Laura has discovered through leading and attending many retreats that traveling together and saying yes to life and its opportunities in the moment create lasting friendships and a gratitude for life’s abundance that will last forever.
Sample Daily Schedule*
Early morning hike on the beach / Mediation
Yoga practice overlooking the Aegean Sea
Free time to explore this beautiful and healing environment
Afternoon practice (asana, chanting, sutra study, and meditation)
*Schedule subject to change
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 2 Whole Foods Meals Each Day (breakfast and either lunch or dinner)
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Amorgos port
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Free use of Spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, fitness center)
- One 30-minute Swedish massage
- 10% discount on Spa treatments
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
This beautifully-designed, family-run hotel is nestled on the cliffs of a quiet and peaceful Greek Island. Conveniently located near the bay and within walking distance of sandy beaches. Every room has simple, elegant decor and boasts views of the sea. The hundreds of reviews comment that the staff is incredibly friendly, welcoming, and superhelpful and most guests leave feeling like they have made new friends. Their chefs provide healthy, gourmet meals that incorporate fresh organic produce from their garden. They offer full services, from spa to gym to pool. Come and enjoy an authentic Greek experience.
Laura Jane Mellencamp
Laura Jane Mellencamp, C-IYAT, E-RYT 500, MA is the founder and director of Yoga Among Friends, one of the Midwest’s premier yoga studios. Certified in 1989, Laura Jane has made the practice and teaching of yoga her life’s work. In 2016, Laura Jane accredited as a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists after a 5-year training program. As a clinical psychologist, she enjoys blending her MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with her yoga therapy to provide clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances that affect the immune system. Her work has led Laura Jane to participate as a premier provider with Chicago’s Integrated Health Network.
“I try to never miss Laura Jane’s wonderful yoga retreats! They are the one time of the year that is just about me. I don’t have to take care of anyone or anything other than myself. The combination of yoga, healthy food, journaling, quiet time, a wonderful guide and amazing friends is just what I need to regenerate for the year ahead. Not to mention that Prana Delmar is a real gem!” ~Kandice Henning
“I am so excited to attend my third retreat with Laura Jane and this amazing community of yogis. There is a reason so many of us keep coming back year after year. Beyond the incredible resort we are staying at (and “incredible” doesn’t do it justice), Laura Jane creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to explore your yoga practice regardless of where you are at in your life. The twice daily practices and daily sutra study, combined with the beauty of the Baja peninsula and the phenomenal food, make this a retreat everyone should experience!” ~Bobby Parkhill
Amorgos is picture-perfect Greek island. From traditional villages to stunning beaches, this secluded island is everything you imagine of when you dream of a Greek holiday. During your retreat, you will have the opportunity to experience the island through various tours and activities. These excursions will give you a chance to discover what makes Amorgos so spectacular. Whether you are learning traditional Greek dance moves, exploring the underwater world of Greece, or hiking through local villages, tours and activities are a great way to make the most of your time in Greece.
Some of the possible options for tours and activities during your Greece retreat include:
- Hiking Tours
- Herbal Tours
- Cooking Demonstration
- Organic Gardens
- Greek Nights (Traditional Greek Music and Dancing)
*Activities not included in the price of tuition
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
Included in the retreat is a shuttle from the local port on Amorgos Island to the retreat center. There are many ways to come to this island and this will depend on your travel plans. Once you register, you will receive complete information about the airports and the ferry options that will bring you to your destination.
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