We are going again! Get ready for a Dynamic Yoga intensive in the island of Lesvos. Practice yoga in one of the most beautiful, well-kept yoga shalas in Europe. Every wooden nail is hammered in with love! Milelja retreat center has been hosting retreats for nearly 30 years in a homely and intimate atmosphere, plunged right in between the deep blue Mediterranean and the rough volcanic mountains. We welcome students of all levels and branches of the yoga family tree. You will be given a carefully sequenced somatic education that takes you straight to the subtle heart of yoga posture practice.
Our spring intensive takes place April 7-14th 2015 (for flight flexibility we offer check in already on the 6th of april, giving you an extra day of rest before we begin)
(PS: we are also going in October 2015, click here for more info)
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A typical day:
Each day will begin with a sunrise pranayama session in our warm, wooden yoga hall. From sitting in silence we then rool directly on to the yoga mat for a slow-flowing, dynamic posture practice landing in relaxation and seated meditation. Over the week Birgitte will guide you through 6 progressive practices allowing you to sensitize, recalibrate, mobilize and strengthen your body without struggle or pain. After the morning practice our hosts will serve a full vegetarian brunch buffet (fresh local produce is used whenever possible). Morning yoga is nice to do on an empty stomach. However, if you do need to eat a little breakfast before the morning classes we have fruit, nuts or müsli available in the dining room early in the morning and during the day if you need a snack.
The afternoon sessions will alternate between longer workshops or shorter gentle yoga classes. The workshops will help you clarify the Dynamic Yoga Training Method to make sure it works for the body you have today. Here we will do little explorations together through dialogue and partner work ending with a gentle floor-practice and preparing you to dive deeper the next day. The shorter yoga classes are to nourish and relax you by tuning in to the subtle presence of body and breath. On days with shorter sessions you have some free time between brunch and afternoon class where you can rest, chill at the pool, hike or explore the beautiful nature of the north island. Some days the retreat center arranges a hot pool dip for muscle relaxation. You can also book a massage or treatment in the in-house wellness clinic.
Most nights we will gather for an early home cooked dinner at the retrerat center. For the first and last evening of the retreat we will eat out. The old village of Molyvos is just 20 minutes away by foot and kept in its original narrow streets and stone cottages with lots of lovely tavernas and cafes.
Evenings you will be given the space to sit in silent meditation with the rest of the group before going off to bed. We sit in intervals ranging from 15 to 60 minutes depending on your experience and training. Everyone is free to drop quietly in or out of the yoga hall. Instructions will be given on how to sit comfortably either on a cushion or a chair if needed.
We offer practical silence periods between 22.00 and 7.30 each day (meaning we go quiet, but of course can ask questions or give practical messages). Meditation and silence periods are optional. They are offered as an opportunity to deepen your practice if you have the interest. If you want to take an offline detox from your electronic communication we can fully support that. For those who need to use email, intenret or skype their loved ones during the retreat we have a free wifi zone near the pool deck.
April 6th: As flight connections for the 7th may be limited for last minute bookings hosts have offered early arrival for those who wish to travel already on the 6th of april. The teaching officially starts on the morning of the 8th so feel free to arrive on the 6th or 7th as you like and get a chance to relax and explore the village before we begin. (check in time from 15.00 owards)
April 7th: Arrive at Milelja Retreat Center (check in time from 15.00 owards). Settle into your room and explore the local village and beach. For late arrivals (after 21.00) we will have a simple meal ready you can grab in the kitchen. If you arrive early we will help you book at table in one of the village tavernas. If enough students arrive early on this day we may plan an early evening class.
April 8th: Sunrise yoga class, welcome and introductions over brunch, afternoon workshop, dinner, meditation
April 9th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, soft yoga class, dinner, meditation
April 10th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, afternoon workshop, dinner, meditation
April 11th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, restorative yoga class, dinner, meditation
April 12th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, afternoon workshop, dinner, meditation
April 13th: Sunrise yoga class, brunch, soft yoga class, sharing session, dinner in the village
April 14th: Most will catch an early flight before 7AM. However we have open yoga hall for meditaiton and self practice and breakfast buffet for those who want a slow morning. Check out from the room at 10.00 but feel free to hang out and use the pool area until 12.00
Prices and Booking:
The teaching fee is 399 EUR covering all yoga and meditation sessions (total of 35 contact hours). You can reserve a space by paying a non-refundable deposit of 200 EUR. (The remaining 199 EUR is due before February 1st).Everything else is paid separately and directly to our hosts.
Board and lodging is payable directly to Milelja Retreat Center on arrival. Treatments, dinners outside the retreat center, local transport and flight are not included in the prices. We will do our best to help you organize airport taxis so you can share if anyone arrives around the same time.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.
Food: For 1 arrival meal, 1 departure breakfast, 5 brunch buffets, 5 dinners, complementary fruit, müsli, tea and water the price is 185 EUR.
Airport taxi: 70-80 EUR
Room prices per person for the whole retreat (7 nights):
Room with terrace and bathroom, spacious balcomy with ocean peek or
Room with Spacious balcony, sharing bathroom with room next door
Double pr. person: 320 EUR
Single: 445 EUR
Room without balcony or apartment. Sharing bathroom with room next door.
Double per person: 285 EUR
Single: 395 EUR
23 m2 apartment with terrace, bath & Kitchen
Double per person 360 EUR
Single: 490 EUR
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen
Double pr. person: 400 EUR
Single 590 EUR
40 m2 luxurious apartment, Terace, bath & Kitchen
Triple per person 330 EUR