Join Lisan and Lisa for a yoga and walking holiday in the stunning region of the Mani in the Peloponnese
4-11th of May 2019.
Longing for a week of inspiration, sunshine,
beautiful impressions and rejuvenation?
After having fallen in love with this amazing region in Greece we’ll go back for the fifth year. This week combines delicious gentle hatha yoga with 2 guided walks and 2 visits to authentic mountain villages where we’ll dine out, meet the locals and enjoy authentic traditional Greek cuisine. These little villages are hidden jewels and far from any tourist trap.The guided walks are from a couple of hours on the monday to one whole day on wednesday and will lead us along the gorges, mountains and ancient kalderimi (dry stone footpaths). Here you can discover the real Greece, explore the surrounding foothills and the ancient Byzantine sites. There is also plenty of time to just relax, visit the lovely harbour for a coffee in one of the local taverna, stroll along the beach, have a swim in the crystal clear blue sea, or just simply rest...
Gentle Hatha yoga
Through her years of practising, Lisan has developed her own style and her yoga has become a slowing down, a process of undoing, an invitation to connect with the simple joy of our being. The invitation is to focus on opening, strengthening and softening, balance and flexibility through a meditative approach. The classes are suited for both beginners and more experienced practitioners.
Morning classes are more yang and dynamic oriented. We will begin each session with taking some time to quiet the mind, by focusing on the present moment, becoming aware of the breath and creating space between the breaths. Then we will move into some somatic movements to wake up the body followed by a well rounded mix of hatha yoga poses. At the end of the class we return to the same quiet meditative state again, which of course, we never really left.
Evening classes are more yin and restorative orientated to nourish and stimulate our organs and balance the flow of energy in the body. It targets the deeper connective tissues, the ligaments and the joints. Because the practise is slow, it helps develop our inner listening. The restorative poses, with the help of bolsters, pillows, blankets and belts, offer the body relief from tension and stiffness and allow for the experience of deep relaxation.
Each day, (except for wednesday when we ave our walking day) after our morning yogasession, we’ll have a yummie brunch at the centre. On both the evening of our arrival and on departure day, Kerry, ( the owner of the centre, our host, restaurateur for twenty years and experienced vegetarian cook) serves us fabulous Greek (organic) cuisine with plenty of mezes and organic wine. On the other evenings we wander down to the local village to enjoy a meal by the harbourside. The family run tavernas offer fresh fish and a good selection of vegetarian dishes. Two nights are spent in the mountainvillages.
is either at the Spirit of life centre or in shared traditional apartments in the lovely village within walking distance from the yogacentre. The walk takes about 15 minutes.
Time schedule (subject to change)
Saturday May 5th welcome dinner at the centre at 7 pm
Yoga 8.30 –10.00
Free time (walking, beach, resting, massage)
Yoga 17.30 -18.45
Dinner in the village/ or stay at your own apartment
Yoga 8.30 -10.00
Yoga 17.30 -18.45 Dinner in mountain village
Tuesday Like Sunday with the option of taking an extra guided walk/tour with Lisa (additional costs)
Wednesday Guided hike with Lisa. We have a day off from yoga at the center.
Thursday Like Sunday and Tuesday ( if the teacher is available we have a greek dance in the oliveyard instead of the yin yoga) Dinner in a mountainvillage.
Friday Like sunday and tuesday, farewell diner at the entre
Saturday: Breakfast and fond farewells
This package includes:
7 nights in a shared room or apartment in a traditional apartment
9-10 Yoga classes / 1 dance in the oliveyard ( if it is available)
2 dinners at the yoga-centre
5 brunches, 1 breakfast
2 guided walks
Flight to Kalamata
5 dinners á 10-15 euro in the villages
Around 5-10 euro pp for transport on days of shared outings
Transport from the airport Kalamata to the yogacentre: return ticket around
30-50 euro depending on the amount of people sharing a taxi.
excellent deals for car rental : https://www.servinkalamatas.gr/en/
Rates per person: 7 nights shared accommodation including 2x dinner, 5x brunch, 1x breakfast & 2 yoga classes per day:
Early bird price 800€ / 8250 sek when payed for in full by 01-03-'19
Single occupancy 950€/ 9750 sek ( some 2-pers apartments have one bedroom and a bed in the livingroom so perhaps no need to book a single room when you come with a friend) After 01-03-'19 both rates go up with 50€/ 500 sek each.
If you are from England you might want to book directly through the Spirit of life Centre.
Our retreat is limited to 12 people, you can secure your space with a 300€ deposit.
The remaining amount should be paid at the latest 2 weeks before arrival.
Cancellation policy: In case you cancel before 01-04-'19 the full amount will be paid back minus 100 euro cancellation fee. Thereafter no refund is possible.
I've enjoyed several yoga holidays in different places but spirit of life is now my favourite. Kerry & Wendy have created a place with a magical quality based on a combination of ancient land and customs, deep love of Nature and respect for yoga and healing. Lisan is a wise and generous yoga teacher and gave us a wonderful week of practice and inspiration. Thank you to everyone involved.
Lisan has a wonderful ability to lead us into deep relaxation and to let us proceed at our own pace during the week. Lisa took us on two gorgeous walks, she knows a lot about the area and obviously enjoyes sharing her love for this region with others. Altough quite stressed upon arrival, after one week I feel both rested and strong again. Thank you so much Lisan and Lisa!
is from the Netherlands, currently living in Sweden where she has her own yogastudio. Together with her partner Jan she offers privat yoga and meditation retreats from their lovely old renovated farmhouse. Lisan is a certified Hatha yoga teacher, trained at the Yandara Yoga institute in Mexico, she is also certified in Medical Yoga through IMY MediYoga® in Stockholm and did a Restorative Yoga teaching training with Marla Meenakshi Joy. She loves to travel and continues to explore and learn through taking courses and workshops with inspiring teachers in Sweden and abroad.
has her roots in Denmark but grew up in Sweden where she has been running her own massage company for the past fifteen years. The last five years she has spent a lot of time in Greece as a walking-guide and health inspirator. She will be your walking/tour guide and massage therapist during your stay. Lisa is certified in Swedish Classic massage, Facial Reflexology By Lone Sorensensistem, a touch of TCM and Shiatsu. Her biggest interest is our connection to mother nature and how we can learn to take better care of oureselves and the earth that we live on.
We hope to see you and spent some magic time together in the beautiful Mani!
Please contact Lisan for booking or any question www.hooyoga.com -
Please visit www.thespiritoflife.co.uk for more info on the centre, accomodation and surroundings.