A week of gentle yoga and somatic movement in sunny Greece
with Yonnie and Lisan
16-23th of May 2020
Unwind, relax and rejuvenate.......come on your own or bring a friend and become part of the Spirit of Life family!
After having fallen in love with the beautiful Mani peninsula in Greece, Lisan returns to teach at the Spirit of Life centre for the sixth year and this week she will co-teach with her good friend Yonnie Fraser.
Together, they have many years of teaching experience in the field of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, somatic bodywork, drama and the arts. Their focus will be on sharing the benefits and pleasure that gentle yoga can bring us and how somatic movement uses the unique sensations of the body as a tool to develop awareness, find balance, stay present, self-regulate, feel connected, know and love ourselves.
The program leaves plenty of time to relax, visit the lovely harbour for a coffee or a glass of wine in one of the local taverna, stroll along the beach, visit the neighbouring villages, have a swim in the crystal clear blue sea, go for a longer hike, enjoy a massage or just simply rest.
Optional, are two visits to authentic mountain villages where we’ll meet the locals, dine out and enjoy authentic traditional Greek cuisine. These little villages are hidden gems and far from any tourist traps.
More yang and dynamic oriented, still gentle.
We will begin each session by taking some time to relax and quieten the mind, 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 sense and wake up the body, followed by exploring a well rounded mix of gentle 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.
More yin and restorative orientated to nourish and stimulate our organs and balances the flow of energy in the body. These classes targets the deeper connective tissues, the ligaments and the joints. Because the practise is slow it helps refine our ability to listen to sensations, feelings and thoughts and to just relax with what is. We will also practise some Yoga Nidra or 'yogic sleep' , the state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. The meditation of yoga nidra guides you through a relaxation process that triggers a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which helps to relieve stress as you wind down.
Each day, after our morning yoga session we’ll have a yummie brunch at the centre. (except for wednesday when we have our day off from the yogacentre) On both the evening of our arrival and on departure day, Kerry, ( our host, restaurateur for twenty years and fabulous vegetarian cook) serves us organic Greek 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. You are off course, always free to choose wether you want to join the group or just have diner with your friend or by yourself. And if you need a quiet night and want to stay in, you can make some food in your appartment.
Depending on availebillity your comfortable accomodation is either at, or across the road from the Spirit of life centre. Or you might stay in nice traditional apartments in the lovely village, which is within 15 min walking distance from the yogacentre.
Time schedule (subject to change)
Saturday May 16th arrivals and welcome dinner at the centre at 19.30 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
Free time (walking, beach, resting, massage)
Yoga 17.45 -18.45 Optional: Dinner in mountain village
Tuesday Like Sunday
Wednesday We have a day off from yoga at the centre, possibility of a guided walk.
Thursday Like Sunday and Tuesday (thursday evenening we'll have a Greek dance in the olive yard instead of the yoga, if the techer is available. Dinner in a mountain village.
Friday Like sunday and tuesday, closing ceremony and farewell diner at the entre
Saturday 23th: breakfast and fond farewells
This package includes:
7 nights in a shared room or apartment in a traditional apartment
9-10 classes / 1 dance in the oliveyard ( if it is available)
2 dinners at the yoga-centre
2 evenings out in the mounitainvillages.
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
20-50 euro depending on the amount of people sharing a taxi.
excellent deals for car rental : https://www.servinkalamatas.gr/en/
Rates per person includes 7 nights shared accommodation, 2x dinner, 5x brunch, 1x breakfast & 9-10 yoga classes.
Rates per person: 8700 sek/ 810 euro / 695 Brittish pound / single occupancy 150 pound extra.
Your reservaton is made as soon as you've payed a deposit of 300 euro or 3000 sek.
The remaining amount should be payed before the 14th of April, after the 14th there is no refund possible.
Please contact Lisan if you want to make a booking or need more details:
Bookings can also be made directly through the Spirit of life Centre with a seven-day money back guarantee. If you cancel within seven days of booking, they will give you a full refund. Contact Lisan if you need help with your booking with Kerry, she will happily assist you.
Our retreat is limited to 12 people, we tend to get fully booked each year so don't wait to long with your booking if you want to be sure of your space.
'' I appreciated that we dove deep into the yoga and that every class was different and with something new to discover. I felt that both body and soul relaxed and that I was able to enjoy the whole expeierence. It was also special for me to attend with a dear freind and to deepen the friendship this way. The program was perfect with respect for people to make their own choices and not having to participate all the time. It’s a beautiful venue with great food and comfortable accomodation. I enjoyed te seize of the group and people coming from different countries. It was stimlating and interesting.'' - Lena B (Sweden)
I thought the yoga holiday was just brilliant! The location couldn't have been better and Kerry and Wendy did such a good job of looking after us. Their garden for me was perfect and walking through it on the way to your class was just beautiful. Such a good way to start the day. Not to mention saying good morning to the turkey every day! And then there is something so special being with such a nice bunch of likeminded people doing something we all love. It was great that it was multinational too- always very interesting to meet new people from different backgrounds. The yoga with Lisan was great, I was a little concerned beforehand that it would be very different and I wouldn't be able to do some difficult poses but no I thought the level was perfect. I came home so relaxed and feeling so well and happy, thank you all for such a perfect time! - Kitty (UK)
is from the Netherlands, currently living in Sweden where she runs her own yogastudio and private retreat centre 'Hooyoga'.
Her experience of yoga is that once we start to really inhabit our body and awaken our sensitivity, we start to connect with ourselves and with others from a much deeper place of joy and confidence. It is the tapping into this ongoing process that she likes to share with others. Together with her partner Jan, she offers private yoga and meditation retreats from their lovely old renovated farmhouse near the river Hoo in the Swedisch countryside.
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 study and travel and continues to explore and learn through taking trainings and workshops both online and with inspiring teachers in Sweden and abroad.
'' Lisans yogaclasses are like an adventure, I love how she guides and supports us along the way so we can make our own discoveries, and become more intimate with our body''. Monique de Jong. (Netherlands)
lives in Edinburgh and has worked with children and young people in creative rights based projects all over Scotland for the last 25 years. She did her 200 hour yoga teacher training in a small yoga studio in Jaipur and has since gone on to train in yoga mudra, family yoga, yoga and autism and chair yoga. She currently works for a charity called Projekt 42 - the first not-for-profit wellness centre (encouraging mental health through exercise) in Scotland. Here Yonnie teaches a variety of classes - Relaxing Yoga, Beginner’s Hatha, Yin Yoga and Chair Yoga for Seniors. She also runs Yoga and mindfulness classes for young people with the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Please visit www.thespiritoflife.co.uk for more info on the centre and surroundings.