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Asana-Zen Transformation Retreat:

from Yoga Asana Practice to Zen Meditation

A 50 Hour Teaching Training Retreat

TEACHER(s)
Vivi Letsou
DATE
20-26 April, 2020
CATEGORY
Teaching Skills #301: Sequences & Adjustments
PRICE
From 1,060€

Our Invitation for You

A journey of transformation, that starts with body practice, with ASANA,
both dynamic and restorative-therapeutic,
Uplifts the HEART with elevating Tantric Philosophy,
and guides us to stillness with ZEN Meditation…

Let this vacation be not just a mere vacation but a total life transformation.
 Are you ready to feel good all over again?
To feel powerful, healthy, alive, and open to fall in love with every moment in life, every being, and especially the most intimate one inside you?

Retreat Program Description

Our potential for energy, creativity, and well-being is limitless. Yet, our daily stress and self-imposed limitations are constricting this natural flow of energy. When was the last time we felt fresh, happy, and alive, just like we did when we were children? This retreat in the heavenly healing embrace of nature in Mani has one single purpose: to refresh, recharge, and restore the spirit of health, energy, happiness and creativity in ourselves.

Vivi Letsou and her team of experienced Yoga teachers and massage therapists will be your expert, compassionate, and joyful guides on this ideal vacation retreat focused on YOU!

• Energizing Yoga & Meditation sessions will open and strengthen your body.
• Nature walks, swimming, kayaking, massage, and/or simple luxurious laying back and resting are there for your own joy and restoration.
• Get ready to feel great as layer upon layer of stress and tension shed from your body and mind.
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• Delicious meals with fresh local produce, and ALIVE energy will be prepared for you in the tradition of our Avocado Vegetarian Café in Athens.

*The secret key to limitless energy lies in you: Breath, Movement, Meditation, and Deep Rest through Yoga Nidra, will help you to recover this key to total restoration

Join Vivi in this full journey from physical strength to inner freedom,

and boundless creativity
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Schedule

Sample Itinerary—full schedule provided on site

7:15       Meditation
8:15      Morning Ayurvedic Drink, Tea, Light snack
9:00      Abhaya Yoga: Asana—Dynamic & Therapeutic Practice
11.15      Brunch
12.30     Free or Creative Time / Swimming /Excursions/Rest
18.00     Restorative & Therapeutic Yoga
19.45     Dinner
21.15      Zazen or Yoga Nidra

15:00    Welcome to your room/Familiarize yourself with Zen Rocks
18:00 Welcome circle… Easy Introduction practice
20:00 Dinner & Relaxation. Early bed time.

7:15   Meditation
8:15  Morning Ayurvedic Drink, Tea, Light snack
9:00  Abhaya Yoga: Asana—Dynamic & Therapeutic Practice
11.00 Brunch
12.00 Departures (you may be asked to bring your bags to front desk before brunch)

Anyone who would like to deepen their practice & understanding

Love and Curiosity for the Yoga & Zen Practice
Readiness to change your life and feel empowered

Ask us for a Reading List for this program

A few words about Teachers/Facilitators

Vivi Letsou

Bachelor’s of Science–Aeronautics, Master of Arts–Theater Arts,
Director of NYSY Yoga & Pilates Academy
Certified Teacher: Yoga Alliance 500 hours, BASIPilates™
Creator of Abhaya Yoga

A visionary and activist for positive change, Vivi loves to share the way of Yoga and Zen, two paths she has sought to combine for over 20 years, while a filmmaker in California. She returned to Greece in 2004 with a strong impetus to join and create enlightened communities.

Through her journey of teaching Yoga and practicing Zen, Vivi has been able to find a way of Practice & Action that makes us strong on all levels and helps us to triumph even in challenging circumstances.  Amidst the Greek economic crisis, 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 fostering community and a compassionate/healthy lifestyle. Recently they completed another life long dream, building Zen Rocks, a stunningly beautiful retreat center in Mani/Southern Greece, dedicated to re-building human potential through the healing practices of Zen, Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, Exercise, meaningful nutrition, and restorative living.

Her vision is largely inspired by Zen Buddhism and the teachings of her respected Zen master, Reb Anderson, from the San Francisco Zen Center. In the last few years, she has been been an avid follower of courses by the phenomenal Sally Kempton on Tantric Texts on meditation. On the yoga-pilates path, Vivi has practiced and taught in the traditions of Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa, Bhakti Flow, Anusara Yoga, and BASI Pilates.

Vivi’s passion for a brave and upright way of being is effervescent. She would like every Abhaya Yoga class to be a journey of self-discovery, where students recognize their own power, beauty, and potential for positive change. Hundreds of bright yogis and yoga teachers have emerged from her workshops and teacher training programs, now spreading their unique light and holding the mirror for others, making our whole planet brighter!

When you are ready for POSITIVE CHANGE,
your life will CHANGE POSITIVELY!

Early Bird for Registrations 3 months in advance
€1.060 for Triple or 4 bed Room
€1.200 Double Room
€1.600 Single Room
Normal Pricing, Registrations within3 months of Retreat Date
€1.260 for Triple or 4 bed Room
€1.480 Double Room
€1.800 Single Room

Accommodations, 6 nights
Daily Yoga classes & meditation
Τwo delicious vegetarian meals a day (brunch and dinner) and Light Breakfast
All yoga equipment and accessories
Biodegradable toiletries

  • Transfer to and from Zen Rocks Mani
  • Transfers around Zen Rocks and the area
  • Additional therapeutic treatments or private yoga sessions where applicable.

Value

Packages

Welcome to the Path of Abhaya Yoga
Abhaya Yoga stands for
#Strong Alignment—Fearless Action

Double Room

Double Room

Deluxe Triple Room with Sea View. This triple room features a balcony, dining area and minibar. Share a room with two of your friends or two other retreat guests.

Triple Room

Triple Room

Deluxe Triple Room with Sea View. This triple room features a balcony, dining area and minibar. Share a room with two of your friends or two other retreat guests.

Quadruple Room

Quadruple Room

Deluxe Quadruple Room with Sea View. This quadruple room features a balcony, dining area and minibar. Share a room with three of your friends or three other retreat guests.

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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: info@zenrocksmani.com

From Athens to Zen Rocks Mani with car: 3 hours (260 km) via A7
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 Kallianeika.
6. When you reach Kallianeika, 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. At this point leave the asphalt road and enter a smaller cement farm road.  Drive 300 meters on cement, and then another 300 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.
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. May you relax and enjoy.

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!

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