Open Your Heart & Receive | June 2021
'5-Day Yoga, Mantra, Voicing & Meditation Retreat'
22.06.21 – 27.06.21
With Marina & Elena
Be In The Now – Avoid Thinking – Hear Yourself – The Truth Is Nature – Be With Us.
The time has come for us to connect with the source of existence to all things. We are called upon to see what binds us to all the things around us and to cultivate the path at which our inner world talks to the outer world.
Have you ever felt the magic of just being in the moment? Of being both yourself and connected to the world, when suddenly many things simply make sense. This is the moment when you recognise that something deeper exists. This is the moment when you open up your heart and begin receiving. To open your heart is to be conscious of the present moment.
Meditation soothes the mind and brings us close to the raw physical state of consciousness through inner silence.
Yoga opens up the flow of energy in your body and helps us to be in the present.
Voicing gives power to our spirit and lets us express who we really are.
Mantras are an ancient chanting technique that brings us to a state of meditation so we can open our heart.
The 5-day retreat will be held in the village of Agios Georgios Nileias. The practice will take place at the Pelion Homes retreat centre.
Pelion Homes Retreat Centre. Agios Georgios Nilias is a beautiful and green traditional village on the slopes of the Western Pelion, 22 km from Volos, between the Pagasitikos Gulf and the Aegean Sea, at a distance of 20′-30 ‘from the nearest beaches and near the village of Milies.
Meet the instructorS
Marina Giotaki is a certified holistic nutritionist with a degree from the College of Natural Nutrition, UK. and a teacher with Yoga Science, Thessaloniki, GR. For the last two years, she has been practised singing and the ancient tradition of Kirtan music, the singing of Mantras in the Indian language of Sanskrit. She is also a passionate cook, nature lover, chef at the Pelion Homes retreat centre and mother of two.
Elena-Niskriya Kazantzidi has worked with voice and sound for fifteen years. She graduated from the Voicing Institute in 2003 and since then has given workshops and one-two-one sessions in Greece, India, UK, Germany and Bulgaria. She is currently studying traditional music and plays the ancient Greek Lyre. She also works as a performer and storyteller. For the last two years, she has been reciting the Odyssey in ancient trails and sacred locations.
Leda Filippopoulou was born in Athens. She studied piano and opera at the Greek National Conservatoire and later harpsichord and mandolin at the Hellenic Conservatoire. In 1999 she moved to Cardiff, Wales to study Early Music Performance at the RWCMD. She’s been involved in numerous concerts in Greece and abroad, both as a chorister and as soloist. Since 2011 she lives and works in Pelion.
Konstantinos Arnis was born in Athens. He studied sound engineering, Traditional Greek and Arabic Music and Traditional Percussion. He also studied the oud next to the Syrian master oud player Ziad Rajab and the Arabic ney next to Charis Lambrakis. Since 2015 he lives and works in Pelion.
In this retreat, we are going to introduce you to some of the paths that cultivate the opening of the heart.
Every day we are going to practise conscious breathing in a combination with Hatha yoga practice appropriate to all levels. Voicing will take place every day after breakfast. It is a technique that gives voice to our emotions and feelings, to our power and love and reveals what is keeping us back, the shadow part.
Every evening we are going to sing mantras and other gathering songs, accompanied by our professional musicians, Lida Filipopoulou and Konstaninos Arnis. While we sing the ancient chants our inner dialogue stops and we connect deeply with the musicians, with the other participants, and with ourselves.
We will eat healthy specially prepared food, most locally sourced from our farm and garden.
There will also be free time for you to spend at the beach, relax in the villas, chill out wherever you are or choose from our additional offerings: a thematic afternoon on conscious eating and healthy nutrition, or hiking on the trails around the centre reciting from the Odyssey.
TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE
- 08:00 – 09:30 Yoga & Meditation
- 09:30 – 10:30 Breakfast
- 11:30- 13:30 Voicing
- 14:00 – 15:00 Lunch
- 15:00 – 19:30 Free Time
- 20:00 Light snacks, with fruit/herb tea
- 20:30 – 21:30 Chanting Mantras
- 22:00 Meditation
- The hosts speak: English & Greek.
- The maximum participants is 14 people.
- All levels are welcome to attend.
- Will be at the beautiful PELION HOMES Villas. Shared for 3-7 guests per villa depending on size and availability. Some have private pools.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY
The below offerings are per person and include the retreat program, accommodation, food and most additional group activities such as guided walks in the forest, singing seminar, meditation and more.
- Twin Room: Choose to stay in a twin room with shared bathroom facilities | €550.00
- Single Room with shared bathroom: Enjoy a spacious single room for your privacy with shared villa bathroom facilities | €650.00
- Single Room with ensuite bathroom: Looking for a little more privacy? Choose our most luxurious accommodation option with a king-sized bed and private ensuite bathroom | 700.00
- Finally, there is an option to camp directly on the land where the Retreat Centre is | €375.00 Limited availability.
We will experience a selection of Mediterranean cuisine using locally sourced and organic ingredients picked from the retreat centre garden. With light refreshments and snacks throughout the day.