Mountain & Sea Community gathering | May 2023

'Exploring Paths of Healing'

21.05.23 – 27.05.23

With Sünne & Stassy

For the 5th time, the Mountain & Sea Retreat Collective will host a 6-day gathering and retreat in the magical space of Pelion Homes Retreat Centre, Greece. This year, in addition to the daily meditation & asana practice, they offer a supplementary choice of workshops and introductions to different paths of healing from both previous and new teachers, creators and healers of the community. Yoga Philosophy, Sound Healing, Plant-Wisdom, Nutrition, Trauma-Sensitive Coaching and Somatic Movement/Dance are some of the approaches you will dive into. All this while enjoying the breathtaking nature of Greece’s untouched Pelion Mountain range, nestled between the calm and protected waters of the Pagasetic Gulf & the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

the mission

At our retreats we aim to create a welcoming family-like atmosphere with a mindfully designed program that gives you the opportunity to heal and regenerate through the ancient practices of yoga, a vegetarian and whole food nutrition while making sure you have enough time to relax, read, swim, chat and enjoy a well-deserved holiday and time for yourself.

True to the motto “listen to your body, it’s smarter than you”, we flow through life and encourage you to to do the same — if that means  you join each and every session offered or you decide to sleep-in a morning mid retreat week. Our community is inclusive, our dearest values are treating each other with respect,  creating a non-judgemental environment and welcoming everybody regardless of age, origin, religion and gender.

THE PRACTICE

Each morning we start our day with a guided meditation practice, while the structure of the asana classes are either built on balancing and opening our energy centers (Vinyasa) or calming body and mind through restorative postures (Yin).During our classes and sessions the teachers will cater for all levels of experience, including absolute beginners, to intermediate and more advanced practitioners.

Over the years we have created our own, dogma-free style of yoga, honoring and  building up on our yogic foundations from the schools of Jivamukti Yoga, Sivananda  Hatha, Somatic Movement and Yin/Restorative Practices.  

During our classes and sessions the teachers will cater for all levels of experience, including absolute beginners, to intermediate and more advanced practitioners. 

A TYPICAL DAY

  • 08:00 Tea & Gathering
  • 08:30 Meditation Practice
  • 09.00 Short Break
  • 09:05 Morning Practice
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Time to relax, beach, hike, sleep, workshops, gardening etc..
  • 18:00 Evening Practice / Workshops
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Satsang / Get together or free time

THE FOOD

M&S 2023 Retreat at Pelion Homes Greece

We are certain that the quality of our nutrition and how we nurture ourselves play a significant role in our overall well-being. Therefore the food we provide is mainly sourced from local and organic farms and composed into beautiful, healthy meals from our own kitchen. Enjoy meals together in the community at a big family table, soaking in the colours and textures of the fresh and delicious produce served to us.

THE PLACE

Pelion Homes is so much more than just your regular retreat centre!

It’s hard to describe, but the moment you step into this space, you will experience its magic. A family-led educational venue in a stunning mountain village, surrounded by unspoiled nature and breathtaking views of mountains and sea – the sunsets are one of a kind!

We love its mix of comfort and nature: Individually sized modern mountain villas invite you to enjoy the sunny hours by the pool or taking naps in the hammocks. The farm and community space offers cozy corners, shade-giving cherry trees and permaculture gardens.

The yoga shala is a wooden platform covered by our 75 sqm Bedouin Tent placed at the highest point of the retreat center – #yogawithaview

Meet the FOUNDERS

Sünne : Born in Hamburg, raised in Cologne and shaped by Berlin. After more than a decade in Germany’s Sin City, our founder is following her true (sagittarius’) desire for adventure and  freedom-seeking in the historic grounds of Greece. Always optimistic and in for fun, she uses her passion and creativity to create connections between people and ideas — if in her private life or here at Mountain & Sea Retreats on a fruitful professional level.

For her, a strong fondness for spirituality, yoga practice and healthy nutrition do not stand  in the way of enjoying her life in more hedonistic ways, the spirits flowing free when she is dancing the night (or day) away, exploring secret beaches and enjoying long dinner nights with friends and a glass of of wine (or 2!) – balance is the key, baby!

Catch her teaching classes as diverse as her lifestyle, from strong sweaty vinyasa flows, to soothing meditation guidance or tension-relieving yin yoga sessions – and of course she leads our dance experiences!

 

Stassy : If Sünne symbolizes the Head of Mountain & Sea Retreats, Co-Founder Stassy is the Heart, a big one. While being a pure Berlin sprout, his roots have always been in Greece, relocating here in 2019 felt like coming home. Having roamed the world as DJ for most of his adult life, he deliberately left the club world for a life in stronger connection to mother nature. So guess, who is composing the highly popular playlists for our Mountain  & Sea Retreats? You’re right, it’s him! 

While you will enjoy his cheerful vibe and jokes every time you bump into him during the  retreat, he will also be right there to give the best strong hugs when you experience a  vulnerable moment after so many heart-opening practices (we get them all ;).  As loving and friendly he is, during his classes you might curse him once in a while – he is in for strong, challenging vinyasa classes…some still hear chaturrrangaaaa! in their ears days after their last class.

“Our ultimate goal is to teach and provide an experience that will serve you way beyond this retreat and leave you with a feeling of both lightness and strength, renewed and restored from the strains and pressure of daily life – returning back home with an elevated level of energy and joy for life.”

THE COMMUNITY

“Our Mountain & Sea Retreat journeys are more than just another yoga retreat”. We strongly believe in the power of connection and community, more than ever, in a digital world like today and the restraints and fears that covid has brought into our lives. We started this project in the middle of 2020 out of the urgent need to create a safe and healing space for people to care for their mental and physical health while reconnecting with nature. We started with creating an experience with and for our friends and friends of friends. Many beautiful friendships, alliances and even relationships have formed during and after our journeys together. Some participants have become co-creators themselves – we are a growing family, spreading out worldwide, but connected through our shred practice and values…

And we are inviting YOU to become part of it!

TESTIMONIALS

“This magical place and the unique yoga and meditation sessions in a special group make this week the most precious and special of the whole year for me.”

“Dieser magische Ort und die einzigartigen Yoga- und Meditation sessions in einer besonderen Gruppe machen diese Woche zur wertvollsten und besondersten im ganzen Jahr für mich.”

 Ilyas S. (June 2021)

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“The retreat with the great group, the healing/sacred place, the food, the mountain water and the yoga practice was a spiritual experience that surprised me very much. It is unbelievable what a week in this interaction has triggered for self-knowledge, increased perception and active growth of consciousness.”

Das Retreat mit der tollen Gruppe, der heilende/heilige Ort, dem Essen, dem Bergwasser und der Yogapraxis war eine spirituelle Erfahrung, welche mich selbst sehr überrascht hat. Unglaublich was eine Woche in diesem Zusammenspiel für Selbsterkenntnis, Wahrnehmungssteigerung und aktivem Wachstum des Bewusstseins ausgelöst hat.

 Marc M. (June 2021)

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

PROGRAM

  • 6 x guided meditation
  • 5 x asana session
  • Daily workshops
  • Certified & friendly teachers
  • Yoga mats, blocks, blankets (props)

FOOD

  • 6 x Blooming Brunches
  • 6 x Delicious Dinners
  • Locally sourced, organic, fresh ingredients
  • Vegetarian/vegan/(opt.) gluten-free
  • Healing mountain water, fruits and tea/coffee
  • All cooked with love and a special twist

ACCOMMODATION

  • Boho style beautiful mountain villas
  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Pools, hammocks, fireplace
  • Cocomat mattresses

RETREAT CENTRE & AREA

  • Mountain village at 800m above sea level
  • Panoramic yoga platform covered by a 65 sqm bedouin tent
  • Breathtaking views and sunsets
  • Scenic hikes & sublime scenic beaches

RATES

▶︎ €1090,- Early Bird Rate (until 10.02.2023, full payment, non-refundable)

▶︎ €1190,- Regular Rate (Deposit of 30% to reserve your place)

GETTING HERE

Nearest Airports

  • Thessaloniki & Athens
  • Volos (from limited destinations)
  • Skiathos (during high season)
  • Thessaloniki or Athens to Pelion Homes Retreat Center: (3-4hrs)
  • by car or by bus

▹ We are happy to support you in organising your trip, just reach out!

▹ We will open a Carpooling-WhatsApp-Group around 2 months before the retreat.

Join us for an Unforgettable Healing Experience

Please reach out to Sünne & Alicia for any questions and reservations | mountainandsearetreat@gmail.com

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