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  • Date: Sep 21 2019 - Sep 27 2019
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Date

Sep 21 2019 - Sep 27 2019

MINDFUL QIGONG PILATES

Retreat Date

Sep 21-27 2019

Location

Lafkos, Pelion

Price

810€

Group size

Max 7 participants

Imagine yourself practicing Pilates and meridian stretching under the glowing Greek sky. See yourself embracing life-changing empowerment under the mountain of the hearty Centaurs. Visualize yourself receiving the benefits of Zhineng QiGong inside a protected bay’s peacefulness. The program has been built and is put into action by high level specialized and educated instructors aiming to offer a holistic proposal for both seclusion and contact. The hotel has been selected with attention and care, spotted on the Pelion mountain, at the traditional eagle-nested village Lafkos, with the wonderful people and the breathtaking view, for relaxation and recharge at most favored natural shelter.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 Pilates and meridian clearing sessions
  • 6 Morning meditations
  • 6 Singing Bowl mindfulness sessions with NLP interventions and guided visualization
  • 6 ZhiNeng QiGong sessions
  • Daily brunch and Greek dinner with local recipes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • A day mountain hiking
  • A self massage instruction

Tailored personal wellness plan (on demand)

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 6 nights accommodation in shared Loft Suite, Junior Suite or Loft Villa (for exclusive use of the houses, please check availability)
  • 6 Pilates and meridian clearing sessions
  • 6 morning meditations
  • 6 Singing Bowl mindfulness sessions with NLP interventions and guided visualization
  • 6 ZhiNeng QiGong sessions
  • 6 brunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Daily 3.5 hour group sessions
  • A day mountain hiking
  • A self massage instruction

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Tavel insurance (RECOMMENDATIONS: http://www.globelink.co.uk,  https://www.allcleartravel.co.uk/travel-insurance/europe/ )
  • Transportation (on demand we can arrange transportation from
  • Thessaloniki or Volos)
  • Tailored personal wellness plan (personalized holistic treatments)

BOOKING STEPS

  • Check for availability ([email protected]eia-ygeias.gr)
  • Book for the Retreat
  • Get air/transport tickets
  • E mail air/transport details to confirm your booking

STORY TELLING

We narrate a series of specially selected local mythology and traditional stories in an inspiring environment. You re-connect with the creative and symbolic right brain side to balance out the rational and logical left side.

WELLNESS PLAN

It is also possible to chart a personalized wellness plan, involving holistic bodywork, reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy and other sessions, offered in the free time.

RELATION TO NATURE

The area offers a range of nature activities such as mountain hiking, canoeing, kayaking and swimming etc.

INSTRUCTOR

Ioannis E. Dovros is a Holistic Therapist. He supports people in both physical and psychological health and specializes in physical training for chronic disease. He is a qualified psychotherapeutic group facilitator and has worked in the field of addiction. Interested in holistic therapeutic treatments, he has trained in Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Sound Massage, Holistic Massage, Asian Massage, SuJok and Clinical Pilates. He is also teaching pilates teachers and reflexologists as well as continuously researching his field.

ACCOMMODATION

Esperos Suites & Villas is a marvel of local traditional architecture, located in the village of Lafkos in south Pelion. Built out of wood and stone, it blends harmoniously with both the village and the amazing natural surroundings. Aesthetically sublime, its elegant modern design combined with the fascinating scenery and the enchanting view create an imposing set which satisfies every sense and offers time enduring images.
The Suite & Villas are fully furnished and their size varies from 50m2 to 90m2. They provide air-conditioning, fireplace, central heating, flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen.Every single Suite & Villa is designed in a way which secures your privacy and calm, while our highly professional and discreet staff takes care so you can enjoy the famous Greek hospitality.
One of the jewels of Esperos Suites & Villas is the pool “Infinity” from where you can enjoy the uninhibited view to the Pagasitikos gulf while listening only to the sounds of nature.
View more (http://esperospelion.gr/)

The origin of the Centaurs is dark. An interpretation that seems reasonable is that they were a wild breed of people who lived in the mountains of Thessaly. They were initially engaged in riding and hunting bulls and other beasts. A myth reports that a king of the area had instructed these horsemen to bring back the oxen or bulls that had escaped. The horsemen then led the lost animals back to the grasslands by piercing them with the “vucentro” (long stick with a sharp edge to disturb the cattle and guide them). Thus, the etymology of the word Centaur can be explained as the “centron” + “taurus” (spike + bull).
Centaur Chiron, described as “righteous” by Homer and “wise” by Pindar, was the most sensible centaur, the son of Oceana Filyra and Saturn. He was particularly known for his wisdom and knowledge. He was polite and kind, unlike some of the other fierce centaurs. He taught medicine to many and the science of medicine (especially surgery) and hunting for Apollo’s son, Asclepius. Chiron educated Achilles and made him an expert in the use of drugs and weapons. He also guided Jason, the leader of the legendary Argonaut Expedition.

Pilates and meridian clearing

We instruct you through a whole-body stretching program combining Pilates and meridian clearing practices. The program takes place under the vigorous sun with the help of balls, rings and other devices. You focus on breath control by activating the diaphragm to improve the activity of the deep muscles. You increase awareness of the neutral position and the range of the pelvic movement to activate the deep muscles. You learn the right connection between the head, neck, spine, chest and pelvis for proper body posture. The program is suitable for all ages, tailored to personal needs, and is great at increasing vitality. No previous experience is required.

Singing Bowl Mindfulness

We guide you into the meditative experience of the Tibetan singing bowls, where the vibrations stir the alpha and theta brain waves and help the body enter a state of deep serenity. You feel the self-healing forces of the body activated by the impact of yoga nidra and the effect of the sounds.

NLP interventions

NLP interventions and guided visualization are softly integrated in the singing bowls mindfullness sessions. You get in touch with the true needs of your organism as a whole, awakening your inner wisdom that makes deep and positive change sustainable. You explore psychosomatic symptoms and listen to their hidden healing message from a holistic perspective. Neuro-lingustic programming is applied in a group setting to compliment change in any area of your life, relationships, career, health, or spirituality. Systemic family or group constellations may be offered to enable you towards a positive transformation in your life.

ZhiNeng QiGong

We offer you a series of both dynamic and static QiGong, combining motion sequences as well as static healing postures. You become familiar with deep meditation techniques that put the self in the centre. You enact ZhiNeng QiGong, a type of moving meditation that puts the same emphasis on body and mind, activates the energy channels of the body, nourishes the organs and body systems and increases mental and physical consciousness. Zhineng QiGong combines “Qi” the energy of life, “Gong” daily effort and practice, “Zhi” wisdom and intelligence, and “Neng” ability in all its aspects.

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Hourly Schedule

8:30 - 9:00
Morning meditation
9:00 - 10:00
Pilates and meridian clearing exercises
10:00 - 11:00
Brunch
18:30 - 19:45
ZhiNeng QiGong session
20:00 - 20:30
Singing Bowl mindfulness, Symbolic story-telling, NLP interventions and guided visualization
20:30 -
Dinner served at the square of the village, at a local tavern with variety of local recipes with selected products

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