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Welcome Letter

The best place in Heaven is on Earth
 Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear friend!

Thank you for choosing Zen Rocks for your uplifting retreat! We would like to full heartedly support you to have the most enjoyable, restorative experience here. As you are preparing to join us, we will also making preparations to receive you. Zen Rocks is a great place for deepening our mindfulness and wellness practice. Let us support each other to delve into the journey of finding “Peace with Every Step.”

Allow us take a moment to introduce our retreat center.

Our Mission at Zen Rocks

“Each human is an island of excellence” says Panditji Tigunait, one of our favorite teachers. Building this retreat is a dream born out of the wish to see us as people regain our potential to be happy and whole, and rediscover our own excellence.  Also, to see humanity rediscover the way to live in harmony with nature and other beings, without using and abusing animals, resources, and other beings on the way.  Planetary happiness starts by reconnecting with our own personal well-being, our natural joie-de-vivre!

Our feeling is that you are coming here to this special place, because your life purpose and needs at this moment accord with what our land has to offer: relaxation, healing energy, a chance to reconnect with our vital powers, with nature, and each other— all beings near and far.

Βreathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know it is a wonderful moment!
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Mindfullness verse by Thich Nhat Hahn

Your Mission at Zen Rocks

Before coming to Zen Rocks, take a minute to write down your goal for this retreat.  How can we help you realize your intention?

Ingredients necessary for Transformation

Nature: The earth is especially healing here. Otherworldly beauty, quietness, stillness. 

Connection: Inner connection with our own self. Inter-connection with other supportive human beings.  

Exercise: Daily body conditioning. Open, stretch, expand. Strengthen. Feel Alive.

Resting: Let the nervous system relax and unwind. Decompress. 

Nourishment: Vegan & Vegetarian meals cooked with love and care & delicious local seasonal ingredients. 

Meditation:  Daily relaxation and meditation restores health & energy levels.

Massage: An excellent means to relief to the body and open the channels of energy. 

Elements: Connect with fresh air, solid earth/trees, sea & water, heating sun, spacious ether and refresh all our body elements. 

Community: A friendly supportive community is vital to help each of us blossom!  

Aim High:  Reaching our highest potential on all levels of our existence and supporting each other on this goal could be our joint target.  Realizing our inter-being and inter-connectedness, is our deepest and highest aim in our practice at Zen Rocks. Daily Meditation helps us to stop and watch and discover the way!

Daily Schedule

The centerpiece of our practice is daily early morning meditation, usually Zen Sitting in Silence.
Also silent, slow, walking meditation.  Feel free to join us after you look at the schedule. 
After meditation, we usually start the day with morning tea, continuing with a moving body practice like yoga or Pilates, and then a brunch consisting of fresh, local, and yummy foods. 
For the rest of the day, enjoy a good rest, walks and swims in nature, meditative and restorative practices, and a positive, uplifting way of thinking and feeling.  Above all, you are encouraged to honor your needs and truly nurture yourself with a good measure of rest and activity.  Let us know if you need to miss parts of the retreat schedule.

Water Usage

Please be mindful of your water usage. Water is extremely limited during the summer months.  Thank you for keeping this in mind as you prepare to travel to Mani, an area known as rocky and arid.  The sea is blue and magical, so the water element in our bodies can be fully satiated with a good swim. Showers can be brief and pleasant.  It may be a good idea to bring a drinking bottle, if possible.  Drinking water comes to Zen Rocks from Taygetos Mountain through the town system; we also filter it.

Energy Usage

Please be mindful of your Energy usage.  Turn lights and fans, heaters, and air conditioners off when you are not in the room.  Please do not leave doors and windows open when the Cooling/Healing system is on in your room.

Connectivity at Zen Rocks

Our motto here at Zen Rocks is: DISCONNECT TO CONNECT.

We ask that you please get ready to unplug phones and internet communication as much as possible.  There is very limited access to WI-FI while at Zen Rocks.  No telephone landline.  The rooms do not have a TV.  Your mobile phone should work here, but there is not always access from all the rooms. There is little outside noise; only the sounds of nature, crickets, cicadas, and other animals.  We connect with what is present in this moment, and with our deeper need for inner connection and restoration.

Art Paintings & Room Objects

The beautiful paintings in your rooms, made by an inspiring local artist, D Mani, and other objects you may like may be available for sale.  Ask us if anything strikes your fancy.

Some Rules for Harmonious Living at Zen Rocks

–Enjoy music softly and privately (use your earphones if possible)               

–Speak softly, but laugh from your heart ☺             

–Encourage positive habits through kind speech, positive thinking, healthy food and drink consumption            

–We can take this great opportunity to enjoy ourselves in nature and ease on habits & substances that curb our healthy state of being:  Alcohol consumption, Meat consumption, Smoking & Drugs.  

–Please do not bring any meat products, hard alcohol, or drugs of any kind on the land. Thank you for respecting these Zen Rocks parameters.   

–We try not to limit or judge habits, but to offer alternatives for all of us to discover a truly natural and wonderful state of being. 

–Smoking is NOT permitted in any INDOOR AREAS.  Please ask about designated areas for Smoking.                   

–No chemicals; please abstain from throwing chemicals & papers of any kind down the drain due to the sensitive sewage system.  

–Use only biodegradable products.  Zen Rocks provides natural biodegradable shampoo & soap.      

–Please be conscious of the use of linens; we do not use chlorine in our Organic Natural linens & towels.  Help us treat them with care.

–Please kindly try to not use heavy creams or oils during your stay as much as possible. For example,  Ayurvedic oils tent to leave permanent stains on the sheets. You are welcome to use your products and take a warm shower before going to bed.  

–Clean Feet… we recommend you use different slippers indoors and outdoors.  If you like to walk barefoot outside, please wash feet when you come in and certainly before you jump to bed.  

–Super clean, is our Zen mentality at Zen Rocks. Being mindful of everything we use and cleaning up after ourselves is the best way to follow the tradition of “Leaving no Trace.” 

–Karma Yoga is the tasks we do together as a community to take care of the space we jointly inhabit; i.e.  cleaning our dishes, our practice space, etc.  

–We have 3 dogs and 3 cats on the land. They are super-friendly and sweet; please try not to feed them.  Please let us know if you would rather not have them around. We will keep them away. 

–Recycle and Save Resources.

–Lastly:  After the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we are taking all the precautions, and following all precautions and hygienic guidelines at Zen Rocks for your comfort, safety, and ease of mind.

Note:  In accordance with regulations we also ask that you present a negative Self Test taken within 24hours from your arrival at Zen Rocks, and/or upon arriving on the spot. 

Thank you for trust and for making yourself at home at Zen Rocks!

Meals

While at Zen Rocks you can enjoy fresh seasonal vegetarian, and as often as possible Vegan meals, with local products and delectable extra virgin organic olive oil, lovingly harvested from the olive trees of our land.  

Adhering to a vegan diet is a good way to offer healthy and light sustenance to our bodies; it is also a great way to nourish our compassion, take care of all beings, and protect our planet and ecosystem. 

We regret that we cannot cater to individual dietary or medical needs. Please bring your own supplements as necessary.

Use of Alcohol

Most of our practice retreats, i.e. meditation and yoga programs, are alcohol free.  In some retreats, a glass of wine may be offered with dinner, a decision that is up to your retreat teacher/leader. 

Please keep alcohol consumption to a pleasant and healthy level. There will be a charge for your second glass of wine.  Please inquire about cost.

Specialty Coffee & Extra Costs

Your morning tea and/or first cup of specialty Organic coffee is provided free of charge.  Additional shots of espresso or cappuccino type of coffee are charged at 3€ each.

Pets

Although we love animals, we regret the fact that we cannot under any circumstances accommodate any additional pets at Zen Rocks. For the sake of peace and safety of your pets, please leave them at home.

Things Provided

(in Small Retreat groups only—for larger groups, please bring your own personal practice items)

  • Yoga Mats
  • Yoga Belts and Blocks
  • Meditation Cushions
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Biodegradable toiletries
  • Room Towels/Sheets/Linen

Things to Bring

  • Personal yoga mat and cushion; it is a good idea & health precaution to have your own
  • Sturdy Shoes or boots,  if you plan to hike
  • Indoor slippers, outdoor sandals or shoes
  • Your Water Jugg
  • Rain-coat and warm clothes in the winter
  • Swimsuit   all year around
  • Please bring your own Towels for the beach, suntan lotion, sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Note pad for writing information
  • Flashlight or headlamp if you like to walk in nature in the dark
  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable products please)
  • Prescription medicine, if required
  • International converter kit for rechargeable items, or bring extra batteries
  • Specialty Nutrition Items that you may need in your personal diet

Things to leave at home

  • Non-essential electronics
  • Excess Clothing
  • Excess anything
  • Loud Music or Noisy games
  • Alcohol, Chemical Substances, and Meat products
  • Extra Oily creams and Oily products

Your trust in coming to Zen Rocks

Thank you for joining us at Zen Rocks. We hope you will your intention for spending this valuable time with us will be fulfilled. Excellent experienced teachers and our whole hearted staff will support you with love and care.

Let us know

Please always be sure to communicate with us about how your needs are being met while at Zen Rocks.

Gratuities

Gratuities are not included in the retreat prices.  If you feel inclined to leave a gratuity for the kitchen, room service and reception team, your generosity will be kindly received.
Retreat Organizers often ask: “What is customary for tipping?”
An offer of 3-10% of your retreat package price, or cost of stay is considered generous.

Flying, Directions & Transportation Options

Contact Information:

Zen Rocks Mailing Address
Zen Rocks
c/o Vivi Letsou
Kallianeika, West Mani, 24150 Kalamata, Greece contact@zenrocksmani.com

Telephone & Whatsapp
(connection does not always work)

For emergencies & questions please contact
Vivi at 6934-21-20-39
or you can also contact, our Athens Studio manager,
Sofia at 6943—07-30-97

Our NYSY Studios, Aiolou 43 Str, Monastiraki, Athens, Greece.

Tel. +(30) 210-32.32.004, info@nysystudios.com, www.nysystudios.com 

In case of an emergency also try: 

Avocado Vegetarian Restaurant/Cafe, 30 Nikis Street, Athens, Greece

+30-210-323.78.78, ask for the manager in charge.

We look forward to welcoming you to Zen Rocks.
Thank you for trusting us with your presence.
May your stay at Zen Rocks be a totally joyous, restorative experience!

Zen Rocks Mani

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Single Rooms are available at our sister location off-site.
We provide transportation.

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