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Mindfulness seems to be everywhere today. But what is it, actually?
What does it feel like to be mindful? How can mindfulness help with reducing negative experiences, regulating emotions, becoming calmer and more resilient? Let this be a time to connect with yourself and gain practical skills to enhance your personal and professional life.
Mindfulness – Explore how mindfulness can help you to become more awake to your own internal experiences, learn how change becomes possible. Relax with daily mindfulness practices, guided meditations and free time for rest and reflection.
Silence – Experience how spending some time in silence can settle the many emotions that are triggered by talking, or by the anticipation of talking. Notice how increased stillness and relaxation can give rise to new clarity and understanding.
Yoga – Enjoy daily session of mindful yoga suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Learn how to use your breath as an anchor to the present moment and how yoga practices can enhance your balance and flexibility, bringing new vitality.
Christiane Pohl is an executive leadership coach, mentor, facilitator and founder of More Life More Success Coaching who brings creativity and maturity to her coaching and teaching. She has coached over 400 clients, and has developed and delivered customised Meditations and Mindfulness programmes to various organizations. Her personal journey with Meditation began in 1998 she and has practiced Mindfulness since 2013. Christiane is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), meditation and breath work and also facilitates several retreats and seminars each year. She has been based in Greece for 15 years and is a Board Member of the Hellenic Coaching Association (HCA). For more info click here:
Fotini Bitrou (Hatha, Restorative, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga)
Fotini is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). Fotini is a gymnast (Graduate Athens University) and owner of the Kouros studio in Aegina. She was the founder of the classic athletics track team in Aegina of which she was president for 5 years, and she was involved for 12 years with classic athletics (800 – 1,500 meters) and was track champion in many appearances with the National Team of Greece.
more info about Fotini: here…
The retreat will begin with registration at 5pm on the first day, followed by an orientation and welcome meeting before dinner around 8pm. The daily rhythm of the retreat involves gentle yoga, guided meditations, breathing practices, walks in nature, interactive session in groups or pairs, individual reflections, explanations and some free time.
Our experienced facilitators will offer support, guidance, insights and information throughout. The retreat is suitable for both, beginners and experienced meditators. The daily programme may be adjusted slightly depending on the needs of the participants.
Silence – During your time in Silence on day 3 and 4 reading, the use of phones and reading are discouraged, to help stay with your own experiences as they unfold. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets and space opens for insight and understanding to arise.
Diet -Delicious vegetarian cuisine is served at all meals. All food is prepared by us, and either grown on the island or sourced locally. We recommend avoiding all alcohol and to avoid or reduce coffee and tobacco consumption during those 5 days.
However you may imagine the experience of the retreat to be, it will probably be different. Most participants find it deeply refreshing and often life-transforming. The stillness and simplicity of the retreat brings a wonderful and unique possibility for renewal. At the end guidance will be given for ways to continue the practices at home and work.
7.00 am Hatha Yoga for beginners
8.30 Breakfast, Reflection and Relaxation time
10.00 -13.00 Daily collective practices, indoors and outdoors, including guided sitting meditations, working meditation, mindful walking, eating and breathing.
13.00-15.00 Lunch, Reflection and Relaxation time
15.00-18.00 Theory and practices for mindful inquiry, dialogue, listening, principles of mindfulness. Participants will have the opportunity to work in in small groups or pairs.
18.00-19.00 Evening Restorative Yoga
19.30 Dinner followed by evening session with meditation, fun and reflection time, question and answer periods.
* Day 3 and 4 will include periods of silence
Themes covered during the retreat
• What mindfulness is and what it is not
• Dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions
• Enhancing mindful awareness of interal and interpersonal communications
• Increasing resilience and confidence and body awareness
• Increasing focus, clarity and creative thinking
• Benefits of Silence, Yoga and Breath work
• Compassion, relaxation and unwinding in daily life
• Five (5) nights full board
• Three delicious vegetarian meals a day. Drinks and snacks. All our food is prepared from us, either grown on the island or locally sourced.
• transfers to and from the hotel (pick up from the port)
• transfer from the airport to Aegina island
Great Value at 550 € for a shared double room, 650 € for a single room for Accommodation, Meals and Course
Group offer 10+ people: -10% discount
*minimum participants required 6 people, maximum 20 people
All prices and payments are in EURO. Payments can be made:
50% deposit should be paid upon booking to secure your reservation
Balance payable 5 weeks prior to arrival
Paypal Account : firstname.lastname@example.org
IBAN :GR 1902603710000350100194261 (BITROU FOTINI)
If you don’t have a paypal account, click on the option to pay with a debit or credit card to make secure payment.
• 8 weeks before: forfeit of deposit
• 8-4 weeks before: a charge of 80% of total cost applies
• 4 weeks or less non show:a charge of 100% of total cost applies
Please note that all cancellations are only effective once confirmed via email by Purefitness. In the event of unforeseen circumstances requiring compassionate dispensation of cancellation (serious medical issue of the participant, serious medical issue or death of immediate family member), you may transfer fees paid to the next available retreat. If not, should we be able to resell your booking, you will be refunded in full. If you choose not to travel at all, 100% of total price will apply.
Please note that all refunds are subject to commission and/or bank charges.
About Irides Luxury Apartments
Irides luxury studios & apartments are located right on the beach, just outside the village of Souvala in Agious on the north side of Aegina island (vis a vis Athens) in Greece.Irides is like a small hotel – resort situated right next to the sea. You can wake up with the sound of the waves, watch the sunrise above the mainland and start your day with a lovely walk next to the sea. Have your breakfast at our poolside and enjoy the sun & sea afterwards.
There are sunbeds around the pool and on the beach in front. There are created lots of shaded areas and there is always a small breeze to comfort you. Have your drink next to the pool while looking at the fantastic sunset skies in the afternoon. The studios & apartments are comfortable and have balconies or terraces with view towards the sea. more info here…
About Aegina island
Aegina has been an island of exceeding importance over the ancient and modern times. It was the first capital of the contemporary Greek State. The city of Aegina (where the central port is located) is situated on the west side of the island. It is really picturesque and humming with life all year round. The church of Saint Nicolas, small and picturesque, welcomes the visitor as he enters the port. The Archaeological Site of Kolona (Column) together with the Archaeological Museum as well as the Museum of Folklore and History of the Municipality of Aegina will give the visitor an insight to the island’s history, life and art during the ancient and contemporary periods. The best way to get to know the town is by wandering around the beach and through the narrow streets and alleys where one finds monuments of the era of Kapodistrias (Greece’s first governor), neoclassic buildings, beautiful old houses as well as many interesting shops, cafés, taverns and bars for relaxation and entertainment. more info here…