Yoga and Hiking

7 DAYS RETREAT

April to October 2018

This retreat is an ideal getaway that will relax you and revitalize you.  Yoga and hiking is an ideal combination for nature enthusiasts, people who want to explore nature as well as themselves!

Yoga and Hiking Retreat at Pinakates, Pelion, GreeceYoga and Hiking Retreat at Pinakates, Pelion, GreeceYoga and Hiking Retreat at Pinakates, Pelion, Greece

 

Through yoga techniques we learn how to listen to our body, strengthen it and restore it, we learn how to use our breath to expand and control our prana- our living force, we learn how to relax our body and mind. In this retreat we will learn how to take all these outside our yoga mats and into our hiking activity.

Pelion mountain is located at the southeastern part of Thessaly in central Greece, forming a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasetic gulf and the Aegean Sea. Pelion mountain is well known for its trekking routes of a high variety through stone paved and wild paths.

Schedule

1st day: Airport – Pinakates

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to your lodge in Pinakates village 25 km away from Volos. Once you have checked in, you can walk around, enjoy the view and the silence in the small traditional village before we meet for our welcome dinner. Overnight in Pinakoti lodge.

2nd day: Chania – Agrioleukes – Agios Georgios

Before the sunrise we begin our day with our morning yoga class settling in our breath and harmonizing ourselves with the new environment. We continue our day with our breakfast and we set off for our transfer from Pinakates to Chania. We start our trek walking to the ski center and crossing the slopes until we reach the path. The path takes us at the heart of a beech forest where the rustling of the leaves in the wind is accompanying us throughout the trek. In our way there is a place with water where we will have a small break and a picnic before we reach the Agios Georgios village. In the square of the village it’s time for coffee under the shade of the big plane tree before we return at our lodge. We continue the day with yoga in our yoga sala stretching the body and relaxing the mind. Afterwards dinner at the traditional taverna.  Overnight in Pinakoti lodge.

3rd day:  Pinakates- Kala Nera- Vizitsa- Pinakates

Before the sun comes up we are already on our yoga mats welcoming the new day and energizing our body, mind and senses for today’s hike. After our homemade breakfast we set off for our hiking. On today’s hike we walk down to the sea, to Kala Nera village crossing the old railway track and olive’s tree’s fields with the view of Pagasitikos Gulf. Before we continue we take a break close to the sea taking energy for the ascend. We walk in a traditional stone path until we reach Vizitsa village where we have lunch at the village΄s square. Afterwords we cross two small gorges on our way to Pinakates. When we reach our lodge we take a short break and we head to the yoga sala for mild stretching and deep relaxation techniques. Dinner in the traditional taverna.  Overnight in our traditional lodge.

4th day: Milies-Ksourichti- Tsagarada

We salutate the rising sun in our yoga mats, as we feel its energy circulating in our bodies filling us with prana for the new day. After our breakfast we start from the picturesque village of Milies and visit the famous train station, the old library and the church with the beautiful wall paintings in the square of the village. We then head to Ksourichti via the forest road (at the beginning of the path) through chestnut trees. Before we continue our hike to Tsangarada village and hear the stories from the oldest plane tree in Greece, -more than 12 centuries old- we will have our lunch in a traditional tavern in one of the three squares of the village. Transfer to Pinakates. Long day today and we need a relaxing yoga session to properly close it. Afterwards we head to the traditional tavern for dinner. Overnight in our traditional lodge.

5th day: Sailing cruise to Trikeri

We wake up heading to our morning yoga class with asanas for the body, pranayama techniques to expand our energy and meditation on the connection with nature established the past three days. We continue our morning with our breakfast. Today is a Sailing day and we descend to Kala Nera port by mini bus where our skipper and sailing boat are waiting for us. We begging our sail passing beatiful Afissos, Milina and the islets of the Pagasitic Gulf. Discover unspoilt coves and beaches accessible only by boat. We enjoy the beautiful, green tree- covered Mount Pelion from the sea. There are stops for swimming, and sea food lunch in traditional taverna in Trikeri island. A short walk until the monastery of the island it will be good option after our meal. Back to Kala Nera to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Dinner in a taverna close to beach and afterwards back to our yoga sala for yoga nidra. Overnight in Pikanoti lodge.

6th day: Pelion round tour day.

We wake up for our morning yoga class and after we have our breakfast we set off for a Pelion round tour. We will drive to the traditional villages of Portaria and Makrinitsa, have coffee at the village square which is known as the biggest balcony of mountain Pelion and walk around the picturesque paths. There we can shop for souvenirs and traditional Pelion products. After that it is time to visit the beautiful beach of Agios Ioannis, enjoy the clear water of the Aegean sea, have lunch and then set off to continue our drive through the villages as we return to Pinakates.  Back at the lodge we throw a barbeque dinner farewell party!

7th day: Pinakates –Airport.

After our breakfast at the lodge and full of experiences we travel from Pinakates to the airport.

The cost is 1050 euros / per person

Include: All accommodations, all meals from dinner on day 1 through breakfast on day 6, all picnics, group transfers from and to the airport, all transportations throughout the trip, luggage transportations, services of the tour leader – guide, sailing boat charter and skipper fees  all taxes and VAT.

Trip details

Insurance: Participants should be covered by their own personal travel-health insurance and prior to the trip. The personal insurance must at least cover medical expenses as well as air rescue and the cost of repatriation.

True Adventure is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.

Period: From April to October .

Transportation: We travel by our own mini-bus  or local buses which leaves us to walk.

Accommodation: Hotels in the cities, village pensions throughout the trip (all with private facilities). The trip prices are based on double occupancy.

Food: Every morning we have breakfast in the hotels, picnic lunch en route and a dinner at local tavern. (Vegetarians are welcome on the trips)

Group Size: 6-10 participants.

Difficulty Level: Hike (2) , Yoga beginners, intermediate. The hikes offer a moderate trek with a maximum of 5-7 hours walk on rocky terrain. Participants should be in good physical condition with a little of experience

All yoga classes held by a Bihar school of yoga instructor. Bihar yoga is an holistic system focusing on the development of awareness. Classes consist of asana program (body excersises), pranayama (techniques that use the breath to expand our prana -energy), meditation and Satyananda yoga nidra – a deep relaxation technique.

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