Yoga and nature are harmonious guides that lead us to restoration, connection, humility, and vibrant wellbeing. This immersive experience is designed to teach you embodied practices to open your heart and be guided by love as a service to all beings and to the planet. We ’ll explore ways of using our bodies, breath, mind, and senses to harness the energy that we both extend and receive. We’ll connect deeply with each other, ourselves, the earth and the sea.
Each day will begin with a guided meditation practice, on the Brahma Viharas, or four faces of love. This will serve as our theme throughout the week, with practices designed to help us choose gratitude, compassion, loving-kindness, and equanimity.
Every retreat is unique and, as such, the itineraries are ever-changing! We finalize the itineraries about 3-6 weeks before the retreat, but after 10 years of hosting retreats, we do have a general idea of what most schedules look like.
Most retreats include one-to-two daily yoga classes. One class takes place in the morning, either just before or just after breakfast. After the first class and meal, you have free time to explore, relax, or take part in optional add-on activities. Lunch (if included in your retreat) will take place midday, during this free time. There is then, usually, an afternoon class followed by dinner. Occasionally some teachers choose to offer an evening restorative class or group gathering after dinner as well.
In addition, there is usually one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not have scheduled yoga classes. This is a day for people to take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun!
Again, this is a very general look at what your retreat schedule could be. We work closely with the teachers to design unique itineraries that reflect their style and the group that’s traveling with them. Once your specific retreat itinerary is complete, we will send it out via email, usually two or more weeks before the retreat starts. Please keep in mind all retreat itineraries are subject to change.
- 6 Nights Accommodations
- Three meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day.
- Group ground transport to/from the port on Amorgos to the retreat center
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Free use of spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, and fitness center)
- 10% discount on all 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 super helpful 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.
Colleen Harshbarger, MS, E-RYT500, NBC-HWC
Colleen is a certified health coach, wellness professional and yoga teacher who is passionate about helping people live healthy, vibrant, authentic lives. She started teaching yoga in 1994 and has studied with numerous esteemed national and international teachers and completed training in trauma-sensitive yoga. Colleen weaves together her understanding of yoga, mindfulness and whole person wellbeing to give clients practical tools to fully optimize health, vitality, and connection. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher and continuing education provider with Yoga Alliance, a certified Wellness Inventory coach with WellPeople, and a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach as recognized by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Colleen has extensive experience leading comprehensive, integrated approaches to creating cultures of wellbeing and has done so at Reebok International and West Virginia University. You can learn more about her business Wellbeing Solutions and approach at https://www.wellbeingwv.com.
“I learned a lot, while also having fun. Colleen truly cared about our whole experience from beginning to end.” ~Victoria Carvelli, Previous Retreat Participant
“This retreat provided a welcome opportunity for greater connection to fellow participants, nature, and myself.” ~Beth Nelson, Previous Retreat Participant
“This retreat was an incredible experience! The meditation, yoga and hiking/running activities were catered to each women’s needs and abilities and the fellowship with other women created a positive and welcoming experience. I look forward to the next retreat and would highly recommend it to others!” ~Susan Zerona, Previous Retreat Participant
“This yoga and wellbeing retreat was everything I hoped it would be and more. Relaxing, restorative, energizing. We stayed active without feeling pushed or pressured. Loved the hiking and option for length. Most importantly, I met a lovely group of women interested in spending time active and outdoors whom I expect will be friends in the future.” ~Nancy Spillane, Previous Retreat Participant
“Colleen is a great instructor, she is thoughtful/purposeful in her instruction. Keeping an even rhythm with varying degrees of difficulty.” ~Annnemarie Cash, Student
“Colleen took extra effort to focus on individual needs in private sessions. Lots of great hands-on help with proper form in poses. Great Retreat” ~Kandy Dunn, Student
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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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