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Divine Vibrations: Full Yoga practice–Sound, Body, Heart

Kirtan Chanting Sanskrit Mantra Meditation Yoga with Gaiea
Yoga Asana & Breathing with Vivi
Ayurveda with Elena Yoga

TEACHER(s)
Gaiea Sanskrit
Vivi Letsou
Elena Beurdeley
DATE
26th- 30th Sept, 4 nights
CATEGORY
Retreat
PRICE
From €750-1380

Our Invitation for You

Gaiea’s Invitation: Delve into the power of sacred sounds of Sanskrit, and as you experience them become part of your being, lose your (small) self to the wonder of your (true) self and ultimately become present and available to beauty and grace!

Vivi’s Invitation: Renew body and mind through Yoga Asana practice. We will move our body in beautiful aligned ways, free the joints, stretch the muscles, and strengthen our core while breathing deeply and joyfully!

Elena’s Invitation: Treat yourself to a deeply rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage and let nature do its miracle!

Program Description: Kirtan, Sanskrit & Chanting with Gaiea, Dynamic & Restorative Yoga with Vivi, Ayurvedic Therapy with Elena

Chanting & Sanskrit with Gaiea
In Sanskrit chanting the nuance of sound and pronunciation is touched upon and we explore how powerful it is to use various parts of body in connecting with sound vibrations that have been around long before we came along and that will continue to exist long after we are gone.

In Kirtan there is the space to let your sound come through, whatever that may be, follow your heart and release what needs to be released.

In Satsang there is the opportunity for discourse on the great teachings found in ancient Sanskrit texts and also to share what is arising for you in your daily practice. The power of a group gives strength to the practices and supports you in the pursuit of your goal.

In yoga and physical movement we connect to the vehicle that carries us through and thereby become grounded and steady.

These four things, Sanskrit chanting, Kirtan, Satsanga and yoga will form the cornerstones of the retreat.

Abhaya Yoga with Vivi

Abhaya Yoga is created by Vivi Letsou and inspired by the mudra that signifies Abhaya–NO FEAR.

Abhaya Yoga classes combine movement and flow, vinyasa style, with a strong and therapeutic alignment.  We are inspired by the Tantric Philosophy that sees the intrinsic goodness in all, and use positive uplifting themes in tandem with asana ques.  Every class is a journey of empowerment for body and spirit. Classes end with meditation and a positive affirmation.

What happens in an Abhaya Yoga Class?
We move with precise principles of alignment, strong energy, and awareness through a dynamic sequence of asanas, following our breath, and our inner intention—Iccha!
Inwardly this alignment of body, breath, and concentration feels therapeutic: all layers of our existence get harmonized.
We feel strong and healthy, more balanced.
Outwardly we witness the miracle of transformation.

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

Ayurvedic Treatments with Elena
Ayurveda teaches us the way to live healthy and in harmony with nature. Ayurveda is a sophisticated and comprehensive holistic health care system that originated in India some 5,000 years ago. It works with both the body and mind promoting self knowledge in order to live free of dis-ease.

MASSAGE THERAPY– Abhyanga massage:
The aim of Ayurvedic massage therapy is to detoxify, rejuvenate and balance the mind and body.
Traditional Ayurveda herbal oil massage using specific ayurvedic techniques on the body and head with warmed medicated oil. The purpose of abhyanga is to lubricate and cleanse the body. applying oils can aid in balancing all three doshas. Abhyanga helps prevents ageing, nourishes, induce good sleep, enhances blood circulation, improves complexion and relaxes mind.

Daily Schedule

7:15 am Morning Meditation, Optional
8:00 am Morning Ayurvedic Drink or Detox Juice
8:30 am   Asana—Dynamic & Therapeutic Yoga Practice, with Vivi
9:45am Chanting with Gaiea
11:00 am  Brunch
11.00-18.00 Free time: Rest, Walk, Swim
Extra Options: Sanskrit or Voice Consultation private,
or Enjoy a nice massage
17:00 Tea
18.00-19.30 Kirtan and Satsanga / Meditation
19:30/20.00 Dinner & enjoying the sunset
21.00-22.00 Optional: Yoga Nidra deep rest leading to good night’s sleep

Week Schedule
Please include arrival day schedule and departure day schedule.
Usually here we list…

By 17:00 (not before 15:00 please)
18:30 Welcome circle… Easy introduction practice, dinner, and early bed time.

Normally after brunch… Latest by noon…
Sometimes we may have to ask for an early room check out by 10.00—11.00am

An open heart and a beginner’s mind

No prior experience is needed

Βεβαίωση Σεμιναρίου η Πιστοποίηση

Type: Sanskrit & Yoga Asana
Credit:   15 Hours Credit, Higher Education
Subject: 300 Hour Certification, 500 Hour Certification
Organizations: NYSY Studios & Yoga Alliance Continuing Education

Short Biography of the Teacher(s)

Gaiea Sanskrit

It is a strange occupation to write a biography when all that is past is gone and all that is to come is unknown and yet it is helpful to read about the moments that led up to this one in which you read this now.
Gaiea attended St James School in London where she learned Sanskrit from the age of 4, and went on to read Sanskrit at University of Oxford. She has taught Sanskrit for Yoga London, The Ayurveda Institute, Jivamukti Yoga and East London School of Yoga. Her life is dedicated to further exploring the depth and power of the sounds of Sanskrit. She has combined a love of Sanskrit with exploration of the voice knowing that through connecting with your voice and expression there is a key to connect more deeply with yourself. Gaiea visits India yearly for a month to study with voice and Sanskrit teachers. She performs, writes and records songs, leads regular Kirtan (chanting) and Sanskrit, Philosophy & Meditation workshops in London, and is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique (psycho-somatic work which explores the innate connection between mind and body, heal one, heal both, and heightened awareness of the way you move).
Gaieasanskrit.com
Youtube.com/gaieasanskrit
Instagram.com/gaieasanskrit
Facebook.com/gaieasanskrit

Short Biography of the Teacher(s)

Vivi Letsou

Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts,
Director of NYSY Studios,
Co-founder of Zen Rocks, and Avocado Vegetarian Café,
Certified Teacher Yoga Alliance 500 hours,
Certified Teacher BASIPilates™, Creator of Abhaya Yoga

Vivi is a strong and charismatic Yoga Teacher and Teachers’ Educator. Through her journey of teaching Yoga, practicing Zen, making films in California for 20 years, and then building the vibrant NYSY Academy for Yoga & Pilates and co-founding the well-loved Avocado Vegetarian Café in Athens, she has been able to find a way of Yoga practice that makes us strong in all levels and helps us to triumph even amidst difficult challenges.

Having taught in the traditions of Ashtanga, Anusara, and Vinyasa Yoga, Vivi has created Abhaya Yoga—a style that combines dynamic alignment-based asana, with an empowering philosophy rooted in Tantra and on the Buddhist path of compassion for all beings. With passion and enthusiasm, Vivi shares this incredible Abhaya Yoga journey with friends who are ready. Zen Rocks is the culmination of Vivi and Eraj’s vision to create an environment that fosters growth, healing, community, and positive life shifts. She invites friends and students to enjoy their stay at Zen Rocks and embark on their unique journey of deep healing and personal transformation.

www.nysystudios.com
www.abhayayoga.com
Facebook: Vivi Letsou, Abhaya Yoga

Short Biography of the Teacher(s)

Elena Beurdeley-Kürten

Elena, is a certified Ayurveda nutrition and lifestyle practitioner, massage therapist and yoga instructor. She studied Ayurveda and Yoga to heal her own hormonal and digestive imbalances after having spent 12 years working internationally – including 5 years in Asia – for large hospitality groups. What she gained was not only improved health, but also a new sense of freedom and inner peace. She then chose to make it a life priority to share those practices with those who wish to improve their health and make peace with their body and mind.

Elena studied Ayurvedic Herbal Medecine, Diet & Nutrition and Massage Therapies under the supervision Dr Deepika Rodrigo (Principle physician and Director of the Ayurvedic Clinic, principle lecturer and Director of the Ayurveda Institute UK and Director of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK) and Dr Wathsala Wijesinghe (B.A.M.S, MSC, M.D.). She studied Sanskrit and practice sound therapy with Gabrielle Burnel (Gaiea Sanskrit). She is a registered Yoga Alliance International Yoga Teacher.

She leads retreats in Greece, animates workshops in Europe and offers one-on-one consultation and massage therapy using her personal experience and knowledge of Asian medicinal and spiritual tradition. She is also part of the Rosenberg Ayurveda Health & Retreat Centre team, in Germany.

Value & Prerequisites

Triple or Quadruple Room 750€
Double Room 880€
Single Room 1,380€

Morning Tea or Ayurvedic Drink
2 meals a day, Brunch and Dinner
Sanskrit, Chanting, Yoga Teachings

Auyurvedic Therapeutic Massage:

Nutrition Consultation 90 minutes:    65€

First Abhyanga Massage, 75′:                75€
Abhyanga Relaxing Massage, 60’:        65€
Abhyanga Relaxing Massage, 90’:        85€
Abhyanga Relaxing Massage, 120′:     ​​ 110€

Register

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

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!

Let us know about your needs and preferences and we can pre-arrange the perfect nurturing massage or related therapy session for you.

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