Wed, Sep 06|
'Unlock the Gifts of Yoga' Retreat with Vicky Tomsky, Lefkada, Greece
Through experiential processes such as yoga, holistic self-inquiry, journaling, rest and laughing, you will reconnect to your deep desires and to being wholly happy.
When & Where
Sep 06, 2023, 6:00 PM – Sep 10, 2023, 11:30 AM
Lefkada, Lefkada 311 00, Greece
Everything You Need to Know
Retreat with us to the enchanting land of Lefkada, with electric-blue water, shimmers with wild olive groves and the spear-shaped forms of cypress trees.
This retreat is all about rediscovering the Gifts of Yoga given to us as asana, pranayama, and chanting through deep, rhythmic breath.
Happiness is fundamental to the quality of life we want to gift to ourselves, to our families and the world.
Our daily lives can be exhausting.
Stress is overwhelming our bodies and our souls.
Do we really need to do more, know more or have more in order to feel like we’re enough?
What if that for which you yearn is effortlessly waiting to emerge from within?
Let’s get curious about what it is we value.
Let’s investigate what makes life worthwhile for us.
Let’s explore what lights us up.
Let’s see what happens when we slow down to the speed of life.
Let’s begin to trust life’s lead so we can relax and let go.
This Retreat is an invitation to Unlock the Gifts of Yoga allowing us to come back to life! Come back to your true nature.
Through experiential processes such as yoga (asana, meditation, chanting, pranayama), holistic self-inquiry, journaling, and laughing, you will reconnect to your true self and to being wholly happy.
These 5 days of peaceful surrounding in the breath-taking island of Lefkada offer the perfect environment to explore these practices and brings together a beautiful balance of Yoga, Self-Nurturing, and Nature.
''What we do "on the mat" is given perspective by how we live our lives off the mat. ''
Judith Hanson Lasater
During this retreat we will enjoy rejuvenating yoga practices (active & restorative) mini workshops, blissful sunset meditations, finest local vegetarian delights and leisure time for you to indulge your senses and enjoy the island life.
enjoy active asana practice, as well as Restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation to create a juicy and livable practice to take home.
Going on a retreat offers us the time and space to go deeper into our practice and ourselves.
This is the time we give ourselves not only for self-care but to do self-study, to explore where we are blocked, and to dive into the unknown. When we are on a retreat, we have time and space to explore the patterns of behavior that have been repeating themselves in our lives. To look at the ways we can change our behaviors to live more fully and experience more deeply. Ultimately this is a practice that takes us back out into the world, to deepen our relationships and connections to our communities.
Spots are limited to 15 people.
Join us to Unlock the Gifts of Yoga and Yourself.
Our mornings begin with active asana practice, from 8am to 10am, followed by breakfast.
From 16.00 to 18.00pm, we have an afternoon workshops on philosophy/yoga nidra/ anatomy, kinesiology / technique followed by Restorative Practice. We leave the mid-day free for exploring the breathtaking surroundings.
After the evening meal, we will gather some days for a Fire ceremony or music party.
Beginning with quiet seated meditation and chanting to set our intentions for the day and develop deeper awareness.
Followed by breathing and traditional pranayama practices designed to release tension and improve subtle energy awareness.
Completing the morning with an energetic yoga session focused on anatomically sound movement and alignment tailored to your individual needs.
These sessions will begin with a presentation or discussion to encourage deeper understanding of our yoga practices and its purpose within our modern lives. We’ll cover ideas relating to our sense of self or identity and the many challenges we face finding balance in our life.
Following this with either a themed workshop-style educational yoga session, such as heart openers and inversions, or restorative / yoga nidra practice.
All levels are welcome!
About Secret Hill
Located in Athani, 1.9 km from Egremnoi Beach, SECRET HILL has accommodations with a shared lounge, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. Offering a bar, the property is located within 9.8 km of Vasiliki Port.
Rooms include a patio with a pool view.
The nearest airport is Aktion Airport, 59.5 km from SECRET HILL.
What you get:
* 4 nights of Accommodation
* 2 sessions per day
* 2 daily nutritious and delicious meals made by an in-house chef (one breakfast and one dinner)
* 1 excursion
* Stunning view (:
*One massage (With early Bird Registration)
1) Private Boat trip - from Nidri to Meganisi & Skorpios islands. - You sail around small and famous islands. You swim at Onassis' island named Skorpios. You also visit a very massive sea cave with petrol colored waters, that they used to hide a warship during world war 2, named Papanikolis. You will visit neighbor island Meganisi and walk around the Katomeri (main town) and you can also enjoy your lunch or coffee by the sea and swim also if you like.
2) Visit Nidri town
You can visit Nidri waterfalls, or even dive in and then walk around the traditional town of Nidri. Nidri is one of the most known villages of the island, for its beautiful restaurants and the relaxing walks around the streets. You can enjoy shopping at the local traditional shops or you can enjoy great seafood by the marina.
3) Visit Kathisma beach -
Similarly to Porto Katsiki, Kathisma has been distinguished among the top 10 beaches in the Mediterranean for several years.
cost and registration
Located above the islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca, Lefkada island is separated from the mainland, the prefecture of Aitoloakarnania by a narrow channel; a drawbridge above the channel and a bridge above the lagoon connect the island to the mainland. Thanks to those bridges, Lefkada is the only island that can be reached by road.
The mountainous and fertile island of Lefkada is mainly covered with dense and verdant vegetation. The two highest peaks rise over 1,000 meters. The popularity of Lefkada is mostly due to its amazing landscape and to its wonderful, paradise-like beaches with endless sand, impressive turquoise waters and majestic vertical rocky cliffs.
Despite being one of the most beautiful and popular islands of Greece, Lefkada remains quite undeveloped and authentic with traditional villages, sea lakes, and pure nature. It is also a famous destination for windsurfing and kite surfing lovers because some of its wonderful beaches offer ideal conditions for these sports.
Lefkada is also known for its perfect sailing conditions. As you will quickly discover, Lefkada constitutes a perfect destination for peaceful, educational or sportive holidays.
Cost and Registration
The cost of the retreat depends on the chosen accommodation (see below).
The indicated costs include the yoga program, accommodation, and meals.
Travel costs are excluded and must be borne separately.
To register, click on the registration button below and you’ll be connected with Vicky directly.
A 400 Euro deposit is required to book your room
Bank Details for payment:
IBAN: GR58 0172 0130 0050 1310 2173 018
50 1310 2173 018
-Deposit is not refundable
-Before July 1st: 50% refund
-After July 1st: no refund
How do I get to Lefkada?
There is no airport on the beautiful island of Lefkada. The closest one is located in Preveza, a lovely town on the Greek mainland in Epirus. Aktion National Airport receives flights from Corfu and Zakynthos all year round, while during summer there are many extra flights from various locations around Europe. Notice that no flights from Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" to Aktion National Airport are carried out. From Preveza, you can easily reach Lefkada by KTEL bus or by taxi, since the island is linked to the mainland with a bridge. You can find further information about timetables of KTEL buses on www.ktelprevezas.gr.
Athens to Lefkáda bus option:
Buses run three times a day between Athens and Lefkáda. The earliest departure is at 13:00 in the afternoon, and the last departure from Athens is at 19:00 which arrives into Lefkáda at 00:15. All services run direct with no transfers required, and take on average 5h 15m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.
Contact Vicky for further details at : email@example.com or click the button below!
It would be wonderful to have you there!
What other people share about their experiences :
''Hi Vicky, I miss you!!! 😘
I wanted to thank you again for this amazing retreat you created and led together with Adriano. You gave me a lot of inspiration and motivation to apply what I learned on a daily level, as a way of life. I don't remember when anyone else affected me like that. You are like a Yoga Magician for me and your talent of giving to others is 200% and has an impact of 1000%.
I've been starting my mornings with 5 yoga exercises like you taught us and I also do meditation, gratitude and writing...
The big plus is that I practice a healthy posture while sitting and walking...
I really feel that I have found the direction to recover and fill myself with calmness and peace. I will definitely continue with it.
I love you a lot❤️''
''I joined Vicky’s retreat in Thailand after 3 years of Covid -19 (this is my 4th retreat with Vicky), during which I stopped moving my body for a long time. My goal was to return to yoga, to return to myself. Vicky's innovative approach helped me fall back in love not only with yoga, she helped me fall back in love with my body, its capabilities and the way it is built. I arrived with concerns and left strengthened, both on the mat and in life. Thank you very much for everything, looking forward to the next retreat!''
''I joined yoga retreat with Vicky feeling with hesitation and hatred feelings for yoga.
At first, I told myself that I wouldn't come to yoga (asana) classes and would just rest in the room or sit by the sea but, then I met Vicky, and wow wow and again wow!
Vicky taught me a different yoga, a yoga that adapts itself to me, a yoga that I don't need to be skinny or blonde to practice yoga.
Vicky teaches yoga that is far beyond fitness activity, a yoga that connects me to myself, a yoga that brings calmness and peace to the body and mind. The big shift for me was that every morning when I get to the yoga mat, I can choose what is right for my body today.
Vicki taught me that the way I choose to deal with my personal practice is exactly how I deal with things in my life. As time passes, I realized how true this is and suddenly when I see a similar situation on my yoga mat I manage to be more compassionate and kind to myself and the situation.
Vicky taught me that in yoga you can also be rest, which means listening to your body.
The fact that I choose this does not mean that I give up and do not progress, on the contrary, I choose what my body needs right now without any guilt or shame.
Vicky taught me how much yoga is much more than poses and mantras, but it's really a way of life. A way of life that I wish everyone to find and stick to. I came to a yoga and healing retreat and I just fell in love with yoga and more than that I fell in love with Vicky''
''My experience at the Yoga retreat in Thailand with Vicky was so powerful and meaningful, in body and mind, that I feel obligated to share and spread the word.
I have not yet come across professionalism like Vicky's. I have gone through many types of training throughout my life, in many settings, and this is the first time I felt that I could let go and trust completely. The level of knowledge and control of the material, recognition of all the nuances and adjustments required for each body with the highest resolution available - I knew I was in the best hands to entrust myself to. Also in terms of the emotional experience, Vicky does everything with such warmth and pleasantness that you are enveloped in the feeling that everything is possible, and that's how boundaries are truly broken. A huge thank you for the support and guidance you gave me to surprise myself and open my body to abilities I never imagined I would have.''