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Abhaya Yoga Healing the Roots Tending the core Retreat

Healing the Roots—Tending the Core

A 3-day retreat with Healing Yoga Practice, Group Therapy, Systemic work
AY #401, Advanced Yoga Studies, 15 hour Credit

500 Hour Advanced Yoga Teachers Diploma--NYSY Academy & Abhaya Yoga

Teacher(s) Name(s)

Vivi Letsou,

M.A., Yoga Educator 500-RYT

Mia Adamidou,



25-27 March, 2022


Systemic Constellations
Group Therapy


Program & Room
From: 240€

Healing the Roots—Tending the Core

Abhaya Yoga Advanced Yoga Studies #401, 12 hours of Credit

Our invitation to you...

In this retreat we take the journey of Healing our Roots,
while Tending our Core, our Essence.

Be ready for a weekend of deep healing, through the transformative practice of yoga, group therapy and work through Systemic Constellations—forming a circle that draws potency from the healing nature of Mani, nutritious vegetarian food, and our strong intention for healing as a group, as humanity, as the planet at large.  Your two nurturing expert guides, Mia and Vivi, are welcoming you to this special healing circle.


Description of the Retreat

Yoga & Healing Circle with Vivi

Vivi will be leading the body-mind practice of yoga and co-leading the healing circle with Mia.

During this deep journey we will be practicing both dynamic and healing-therapeutic yoga with Vivi, aimed at helping us overcome obstacles and move “old rust” through the system.  In the beautiful nature of Zen Rocks your nervous system will be able to relax leaving space for deeper changes to come, and a liberated sense of our body and heart.

Systemic Constellations and Healing Circle with Mia

Mia will lead the journey of looking inwardly through Systemic Constellations.  We will be able to truly see behind recurring issues & themes that are barriers on a personal level as well as relationships- erotic/partnership, family, friendships & professional-wise.

Through exercises and techniques of creative arts therapy and systemic constellation work, we can touch upon and open space to understand, redefine, let-go & finally transform the blockages that are linked to the present, but are deeply rooted in the past. While entering deep into our core, we will discover a new way of connecting to the blessing of our family history and transgenerational stories, honoring all, but moving towards a new way of living. It is a heroic adventure.  We will dive deep into the shadows and courageously bring to the surface those soul qualities that describe who we truly are. This will help us reconnect to our soul purpose, bringing forth the gifts each of us brought at birth in this lifetime on planet Earth- Gaia.  With Her help, all will rejoice with this expansion on all levels, throughout space & time.

Περιγραφή του Retreat

Πρακτική Γιόγκα με τη Βιβή

Η Βιβή μας προσκαλεί στο μοναδικό αυτό ταξίδι μέσα από τον θεραπευτικό ομαδικό μας κύκλο και την πρακτική γιόγκα. Εξηγεί:   «Οι μέρες θα είναι συναρπαστικές και γεμάτες.  Οι καθημερινές πρακτικές γιόγκα και pranayama/breathing/αναπνοές θα φέρουν καινούργια πνοή στο σώμα μας και θα ξεκλειδώσουν ενεργειακά μπλοκαρίσματα.  Καλούμαστε να ανακαλύψουμε μια νέα σχέση με το σώμα με μια πιο υγιή και ελεύθερη ροή.  Το περιβάλλον της φύσης είναι βάλσαμο στο νευρικό μας σύστημα.  Η ομορφιά του resort & η προσεγμένη χορτοφαγική κουζίνα θα μας δώσουν μια ωραία βάση για να ανοιχτούμε… ανυπομονώ να μοιραστούμε μαζί την μοναδικότητα της φύσης εδώ, την μαγική θεραπευτική δύναμη της γης και του χώρου και την διάστασης της ψυχοθεραπείας και της συστημικής με τη Μία.»

Για τη συστημική θεραπευτική προσέγγιση, η Μία, μας εξηγεί…

«Θα εργαστούμε με την συστημική αναπαράσταση στο μεγαλύτερο πεδίο , όπου μπορούν να έρθουν στο φως οι κρυφοί νόμοι των σχέσεων στην οικογένεια , η συστημική συνείδηση , οι φωνές του ευρύτερου πεδίου που με τάξη, ιεραρχία, ισορροπία ευθύνη & Αγάπη όλα προχωρούν. Έχει την ευκαιρία ο κάθε ένας στην ομάδα να δει μπροστά του ζωντανά το θέμα του με την βοήθεια εκπροσώπων από τους συμμετέχοντες. Με ασκήσεις & τεχνικές της ενεργειακής οικογενειακής αναπαράστασης και ακολουθώντας τις κινήσεις του πεδίου , έρχονται στην επιφάνεια πιθανότητες που ούτε καν φανταζόμαστε! Ελεύθερα και χωρίς κριτική και προκατασκευασμένες ιδέες , η ψυχή βρίσκει την λύση και έτσι όλοι φωτίζουν & φωτίζονται ο ένας απο τον άλλον.   Ένα βαθύ Ναι βγαίνει και όλα ησυχάζουν .»


Program Schedule - March 25-27, 2022


Short Biography of the Teachers

About Mia Adamidou

Efthemia ( Mia) Adamidou was born in New York from Greek parents. She currently lives in Athens Greece. She is a Psychologist & Systemic/ Family Psychotherapist since 1999. She also is an energy / holistic therapist, connecting methods & techniques of creative arts therapy, body psychotherapy energy healing, systemic constellation to her work in individual therapy, group therapy & experiential workshops. She is a specialized supervisor for mental health practitioners & specialists in therapy & education.

Mia has workred as a Systemic/ Family Psychotherapist sicne 1999. She also is an energy / holistic therapist, connecting methods & techniques of creative arts therapy, body psychotherapy energy healing, systemic constellation to her work in individual therapy, group therapy & experiential workshops. She is a specialized supervisor for mental health practitioners & specialists in therapy & education.

Since 1997, Mia has worked with drug & alcohol abuse in rehabilitation centers and in prevention programs, in schools with children, parents and teachers, in companies, organizations & mental health care centers in the public & private sector.  For many years she has collaborated with well-known psychotherapists- psychodynamic, systemic, body psychotherapists & creative art therapists in group therapy & workshops.  She has attended many workshops & training programs in which she has formed a new way of working with people and thus uses with respect the term Holistic.

Mia has been facilitating «Inner Child» workshops for adults & therapeutic groups for women, enhancing femininity and their empowerment. She is the founder of “Sacred Sensuality InnerFlow” for Woman’s empowerment, healing & awakening in Greece & is connected with other women’s circles around the world. She holds a vision and strives to co- create with other specialists the new way of partnership, combining the Sacred Feminine & Sacred Masculine in a new Alchemy. Thus, she facilitates groups with women & men together working towards the Divine Union through “Courage & Truth “workshops. Her experience as a family psychotherapist all these years & her love for children has lead her to express her devotion by supporting them through this InnerFlow.

Mia also oes work with the “Wisdom Keepers” Academy for Parents. She has a long background with many spiritual teachers in various paradigms and a strong foundation as a student of esotericism & spiritual practice always linked to personal growth with a deep longing to seek the Truth & to find life’s purpose. She has dedicated herself to this & supports people of all ages & cultures to find their own path.

Since 2009 she is the owner & operator of Inner Flow in Athens City Center for Psychological Support & Creative Expression in Athens Greece.  She also travels around the world to connect with other people through collaborations & workshops, keeping the notion and action of unity alive.

Inner Flow is a portal through which you can learn, cultivate & taking full responsibility for yourself & your life using keys & gifts from relating with like – minded people & uniting through group- work. We aim at reclaiming & moving toward All that we truly are, hoping to expand this into the world, leaving a stronger legacy for the new generation& this planet.

“Each Being is a gem and has a precious place in the bigger circle where we are all connected.”

Vivi Letsou, Creator of Abhaya Yoga

NYSY Academy Director, Co-founder Zen Rocks & Avocado Café

Bachelor’s of Science–Aeronautics

Master of Arts–Theater Arts & Film

Yoga Alliance 500 hours, BASIPilates™

Vivi is a strong and charismatic Yoga teacher and educator.  In Greece she is known as “the teacher of teachers in the yoga path.” Having taught in the traditions of Ashtanga, Anusara, and Vinyasa Yoga, Vivi finally created Abhaya Yoga—a style that combines dynamic asana with strong alignment, flow, and an empowering transformational philosophy rooted in Tantra and Buddhism.   It is her greatest joy to share this path with others, acting as a mirror for people to discover and embody their power, beauty, and hidden talents.  Through Yoga and the intimate environment of a training, Vivi loves to witness this catalytic prosses at work, where the individual and the team are mutually uplifted. 

More on Vivi’s background & philosophy…

A visionary and activist for positive change, Vivi returned to her homeland, Greece, in 2004 with a strong impetus to effect positive change through building enlightening communities.  In her life and work she has been trying to integrate Yoga, Zen, and Tantric Philosophy, the spiritual paths she has sought to combine for over 20 years, while a filmmaker in California.  

Through her journey of teaching and practicing Yoga, Pilates, and meditation, Vivi has been able to find a way of practice that makes us strong in all levels and helps us to triumph even in challenging circumstances.  Amidst the Greek economic crises, Vivi and her beloved husband, Eraj, have managed to create successfully: NYSY Academy for Yoga and Pilates, and Avocado Vegetarian Café—two bright centers in the heart of Athens.  Recently they completed another life-long dream, building Zen Rocks, a stunningly beautiful retreat center in Mani/Southern Greece, dedicated to maximizing our human potential through the healing practices of Zen, Yoga, Tantric meditation, nutrition, permaculture, and restorative living. 

The Abhaya Yoga Tree of Yoga Studies was inspired by the sturdy olive trees surrounding  Zen Rocks.  Studying these trees, she invites practitioners to discover their seed desire or dream–their iccha, to root deeply in their power through yoga practice, and establish a strong trunk for teaching before they branch out to expand and reach their full potential as teachers, communicators, and strong human beings.

Teaching Pilates was a later discovery for Vivi, but she fell in love with the practice, especially through the approach of BASI Pilates.  Now she incorporates Pilates core exercises to all her classes and teacher training programs. 

Teamwork: Our Working Philosophy

Vivi’s passion for a brave and upright way of being in the world is contagious. Hundreds of bright yogis and yoga teachers have emerged from her workshops and teacher training programs, now spreading their unique light and making our whole planet brighter!

Vivi’s gift and passion is to bring excellent talented teachers, artists, and participants together to create opportunities for good working projects, deeper practice, and growth. In California she founded the first Ethnic Dance School with dances from around the world, the San Jose Kinisi Worldance Center, in 1987, and produced Ethnic Dance Festivals and Carnival events for the city of San Jose, raising awareness and appreciation for ethnic arts/dance to the dry silicon valley area.  In San Francisco she worked as the director of the Latin Mission Theater, La Mission, and produced/directed several plays, films, documentaries, like the award winning political documentary, “Hidden in Plain Sight” featuring Noam Chomsky, and the feature film “Skeleton Woman” among others.  “The spirit of teamwork is what leaves positive traces behind, once a project vanishes in past tense,” says Vivi about all this experience. 

Through the years with the amazing team of NYSY they have organized successful Yoga and Pilates Conferences, Festivals, in Athens, and Yoga-Pilates-Meditation retreats all over the Greek islands and now at Zen Rocks in Mani. 

Vivi shares: The motto of our NYSY, Avocado, and Zen Rocks team is:  «Oμάδα όχι Μονάδα» meaning that we work as a team not as an individual unit. Our goal is to be a great support for each other in our common dream to bring more beauty and happiness unto our world. 

Discovering yoga in the 80s, Vivi feels immense gratitude for her first teacher Kali Ray ( ) who illuminated the path of Tri-Yoga, a beautiful flowing vinyasa style of yoga. Ashtanga was the next discovery with senior teacher, Tim Miller ( ), being a true inspiration in dynamic practice. Having the good fortune to study with many inspirational yoga teachers, she is blessed to have heard the simply powerful words of her beloved teacher and friend, Rusty Wells ( ): “Be Kind, Be Love!” and to be taught the grace of Bhakti Vinyasa Flow through the many teacher training courses they have offered jointly in Greece.

Vivi was been greatly motivated by such vibrant teachers as Anusara’s Desiree Rumbaugh ( ), who stands firmly for what she believes: “Love is Stronger than fear.”  Vivi’s deep knowledge of precise structural alignment and therapeutics is largely attributed to her practice in Anusara yoga (,  and her erstwhile teacher, John Friend, ( ). Vivi was the first certified Anusara Yoga teacher in Greece, pioneering a new way of therapeutic practice in her native land.  She is eternally grateful to her yoga sister and mentor, Sue Elkind, of Dig Yoga ( ), for sharing her wisdom for “walking the walk, and talking the talk” in today’s yoga business and ethics. With Sue she studied also pre-natal yoga, and yoga therapeutics with Sue and her husband, Naime Jezzeny  of Dig( ). 

Another exceptional teacher and friend on the path has been the wise Ayurvedic therapist and educator, Arun Deva of Rasayana ( ).  Together they have led retreats to India and offered Ayurveda training courses at NYSY in Athens, and retreats in Mani at Zen Rocks.

Vivi is grateful for all these new and old friendships with great teachers and sincere practitioners. It is her joy to invite great minds and spirits to NYSY and Zen Rocks and to share their light, compassion, wisdom and love with the Greek and international community of seekers and practitioners. 

Through the path of Abhaya Yoga Vivi loves to uplift and empower people so they can embody their full potential. 

Her two favorite mottos:

If you are ready for positive change, your life will change positively.”

“Empowerment through Yoga. Experience it. Teach it.

For over 30 years, Vivi has followed her zen teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson ( ), in meditation retreats at the San Francisco Zen Center ( ), and marveled at the clarity and luminosity of his teachings.  Had she been a better zen student she would have been enlightened by now, but not wanting to miss the opportunity of studying with this rare master, she keeps staring at a blank white wall and trying to open her ears and heart to the Buddhist teachings on wisdom, compassion, and interbeing.  Reb, meanwhile, keeps giving away the secret to Enlightenment: “it is the way we help each other; the intricate way through which we are all inter-connected.”  Vivi’s gratitude also goes to her long time Zen comrade Bernd Bender( ), of Akazienzendo( ), in Berlin, who has invested so much in sharing his compassionate Zen practice with fellow meditators in Greece.   And to Koten Roshi from Saikenji Temple ( ), in Japan, who generously shares his Zen wisdom with the Greek community around the Athens Zen Center.  ( )

Have a question?

All our retreats aim to create a nurturing and welcoming environment for all levels of practice and all student needs. All programs offer the opportunity for a dose of daily good exercise through yoga or pilates, walks in nature and/or swimming in the sea, and both restorative and meditation practice. A weekly program offers a complete experience of well-being. Our teachers are highly experienced and skilled. If a program seems enticing to you, it is probably the one you need. Make a bold step and trust it: Go for it!

Absolutely! Our friendly staff and group of guests/friends will make you feel right at home. Surrounded by good company, with space to be on your own, according to your needs and wishes.
Yes. As long as one understands and respects the philosophy of Zen Rocks, your partner can join in the daily activities, or feel free to relax and follow their own schedule. Your friend or partner will feel warmly welcome at Zen Rocks.

Book early, as soon as you know the retreat you are interested in, and your schedule. Click here to send us your questions or to register. Link: REGISTER

We would be happy to help arrange your transfer from Athens or Kalamata to Zen Rocks.
The retreat is located about 30 minutes south of the city of Kalamata, in a quiet olive grove amidst sea and blue skies. The closest village to us is Kalianeika, about one kilometer from us. There is airport access both from Athens Airport (3 hours from ZR) and from Kalamata Airport (30-40min from ZR).

-Flights to Athens International Airport (ATH) and transportation to Zen Rocks
All major airlines fly to Athens international airport, called Eleftherios Venizelos. Zen Rocks is about a 2.5-3 hours’ drive from Athens. We can arrange a private transport for you and/ or your group or you can rent a car to drive yourself to Zen Rocks. The ride is beautiful, and you can enjoy a direct ride along the new Athens-Kalamata highway, or you can make stops in places like the sites of Ancient Mycenae, Ancient Nemea, the city of Nafplion, and the town of Kalamata.

-Flights to/from Kalamata (KLX)
More and more there are direct and/or charter flights to the small airport of Kalamata from different European cities. Also, new 30 minutes flights have just started from Athens to Kalamata regional airport are very reasonably priced if booked well in advance.
Alternatively, you can fly to Kalamata from the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki.

-Transportation options while in Greece
The way to reach Zen Rocks is either with our luxurious Mini Van for 8 people or by renting a car from Athens or Kalamata and drive around on your own. Our office can assist you with your car rental reservation. Or you can make your booking directly. During your stay at Zen Rocks our minivan is available for hire along with an experienced driver. The rates for transfers with our minivan are in the attached document titled: ZenRocksRates.
Allow us to book your transfer from Athens or Kalamata. Simply email us at:

The retreat is located about 30 minutes South of the city of Kalamata, in a quiet olive grove amidst the sea and blue skies. The closest village to us is Kallianeika.

1. Drive on the new freeway from Athens to Kalamata, and be prepared to stop frequently for tolls. Expect to pay around 15€ each way. It may take you 2-2.5 hours to reach Kalamata.

2. Stay on the freeway and exit Kalamata heading towards Areopolis and Kitries. After the freeway ends, you will pass Lidl, and a café called Cosi on the right, and then the road forks and you see a road sign. At this point you have the option of heading up towards the mountain towards Areopolis and Kardamyli, or taking a right towards the sea and Kitries. You can reach us either way. We are giving you directions through the coastal road here, as it may be easier to find our location this way.

3. Take a right towards Kitries and drive down the coast for about 10-15 minutes. Right as you approach Kitries, the road goes uphill. There is a big retaining wall right in front of you, causing you to almost stop. You see a road sign for Doloi.

4. Make a sharp left up the mountain towards Doloi.

5. Drive for 5 minutes until you reach the village of Kalianeika.

6. When you reach Kalianeika, stop in front of the church and set your odometer to 0.

7. Drive for one kilometer, and you will come to switch back turn where you will see a fence with big cacti and a huge rock. You are getting close.

8. Immediately afterwards, you see a second switch back turn and a couple small signs for Zen Rocks. At this point leave the asphalt road and enter a smaller cement farm road. Drive 200 meters on cement, and then another 400 meters of dirt road. At this point you will see the electrical posts and a cement road up on your left. This is our private drive way to Zen Rocks.

(Attention: our drive way is the SECOND paved road you see on your left. Do not take the first one, right where the cement ends… wait till you drive the extra 400 meters of dirt and pebble road and you come across the electrical wires and big posts… at this point you will also notice that the farm road you are on is covered with the cement of our paved drive way.)
9. Go left on our cement road. It is a sharp incline. Come up on first gear and full throttle. Small cars will do fine if you know how to drive fearlessly.

10. Welcome to Zen Rocks.
As Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn says: YOU HAVE ARRIVED!

Το Zen Rocks Mani βρίσκεται σε απόσταση περίπου 30 λεπτών Νότια από τη πόλη της Καλαμάτας, ανάμεσα σε ήσυχους ελαιώνες, τον ουρανό και τη θάλασσα! Το κοντινότερο χωριό είναι τα Καλλιανέικα.
1. Πάρτε τη νέα εθνική οδό απο την Αθήνα προς τη Καλαμάτα οπου θα χρειαστεί να σταματήσετε συχνά σε σταθμούς διοδίων. Υπολογείστε οτι το συνολικό κόστος των διοδίων θα ειναι 15€ η διαδρομή. Η απόσταση ειναι περιπου 2-2.5 ώρες απο την Αθήνα μέχρι να φτάσετε στη Καλαμάτα.
2. Μείνετε στην εθνική οδό και βγείτε στην έξοδο της Καλαμάτας με κατεύθυνσή προς Αρεόπολη και Κιτριές. Όταν τελειώσει η εθνική οδός, θα συναντήσετε ένα σούπερ μάρκετ Lidl και μια καφετέρια στα δεξιά σας που ονομάζεται Cosi. Σε εκείνο το σημείο ο δρόμος χωρίζεται και θα δείτε μια πινακίδα. Σε αυτό ακριβώς το σημείο, έχετε την επιλογή είτε να συνεχίσετε προς το βουνό με κατεύθυνση προς Αρεόπολη και Καρδαμύλη είτε να πάρετε το δρόμοι που είναι στα δεξιά σας που πάει μέσω του παραλιακού δρόμου στις Κιτριές. Όποιο δρόμο και να πάρετε μπορείτε να έρθετε στο Zen Rocks Mani. Εμείς παρακάτω σας δίνουμε οδηγίες από το παραλιακό δρόμο μιας και θεωρούμε ότι είναι ο πιο εύκολος δρόμος για να έρθετε.
3. Κάνετε δεξιά προς Κιτριές και οδηγείτε στο παραλιακό δρόμο για περίπου 10-15 λεπτά. Στο σημείο που έχετε φτάσει σχεδό στις Κιτριές, ο δρόμος έχει μια ανηφόρα. Στο σημείο αυτό υπάρχει ένας μεγάλος τοίχος μπροστά σας που σας αναγκάζει σχεδόν να σταματήσετε. Εκεί βλέπετε μια πινακίδα προς Δολούς.
4. Εκεί αριστερά προς το βουνό με κατεύθυνση προς Δολούς.
5. Οδηγείστε προς τα επάνω αυτόν τον δρόμο με τις στροφές, για 5 λεπτά μέχρι να βρείτε το χωριό Καλιανέϊκα.
6. Όταν φτάσετε στα Καλιανέϊκα, σταματήστε μπροστά από την εκκλησία και ρυθμίστε το μετρητή χιλιομέτρων σας στο 0.
7. Οδηγείστε για 1 χιλιόμετρο και θα δείτε μια στροφή φουρκέτα, η οποία σας φέρνει προς τα δεξια. Εκεί θα δείτε ένα φράχτη με μεγάλους κάκτους και ένα τεράστιο βράχο. Πλησιάζετε!
8. Αμέσως μετά βλέπετε μια ακόμα στροφή φουρκέτα που στρίβει τον δρόμο προς τα αριστερά. Θα δείτε δύο μικρές πινακίδες για το Zen Rocks. Σε αυτό το σημείο αφήνετε το ασφαλτοστρωμένο δρόμο και μπαίνετε προς τα δεξιά σε έναν μικρό αγροτικό δρόμο από τσιμέντο.
Οδηγείστε για 200 μέτρα στο τσιμεντένιο επαρχιακό δρόμο και άλλα 400 μέτρα σε χωματόδρομο. Ακολουθήστε τις πινακίδες για να μην μπείτε στον ελαιώνα που είναι πριν από εμάς. Περιμένετε να δείτε το σημείο με την πινακίδα του Zen Rocks να δείχνει τον ανηφορικό ιδιωτικό τσιμεντένιο δρόμο στα αριστερά σας. Είναι που θα σας φέρει στο κατάλυμα.
Σε αυτό το σημείο και μόνο θα δείτε και τους στύλους της ΔΕΗ να ανεβαίνουν προς τα πάνω.
9. Κάντε αριστερά σε αυτόν τον τσιμεντένιο δρόμο. Έχει έντονη ανηφορική κλίση, οπότε βάλτε πρώτη ταχύτητα για να ανεβείτε. Ακόμα και μικρά αυτοκίνητα ανεβαίνουν άνετα. Είναι λίγο σα να ανεβαίνετε ίσια πάνω στον ουρανό, στα σύννεφα… Απογειώνεστε λοιπόν.
10. 5 Δευτερόπτα μετά: Καλώς ορίσατε στο Zen Rocks Mani. Χαλαρώστε και απολαύστε τη διαμονή σας!

Όπως λέει και ο δάσκαλος του Ζεν Thich Nhat Hahn: You have arrived! Pause. Enjoy!

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