YOGA HOLIDAY IN SOUTHERN GREECE

23 – 30 June 2018

AQUAMARINE HOTEL with Massimo Cantara

PURE BLISS IN AN AUTHENTIC PARADISE

I have been traveling to this part of Greece since 1995 and since then, almost every year, I’ve been taking groups of people from all parts of the world, for teacher trainings, retreats or simply to share together a different kind of holiday in a pristine environment, with amazing beaches in total silence, calm and relax.

A few years ago came across Aquamarine Hotel and fell in love with the place and the people who run it. Aquamarine is a three star newly-built hotel, just a few meters from the idyllic and sandy beach of Neratziona. Not far away, there is the well-known beach of Pounta as well as the island of Elafonisos with its notorious beach of Simos.

All rooms and hotel main areas are fully air-conditioned and have free access to the Internet via our private Wi-Fi Network.Every morning you can enjoy our rich and delicious buffet breakfast, served in the garden or in the dining room.

HOTEL FACILITIES:
Rooms
Air Conditioning – Satellite TV programs – LCD TV – Free Wi-Fi Internet – Mini bar – Safety Deposit Box – Room Calling Service – Soundproof Windows – 24 Hours Hot Water – Hair Dryer – Rooms/Facilities for Guests with Special Abilities or Mobility Limitations – Balcony – Wake-up Service/Alarm Clock – Shower/Bath –Seating Area

Main Areas
Air Conditioning – Free Wi-Fi Internet- TV Lounge – Satellite TV- Plasma TV – Cafe – Snack Bar – Playground – Free Open Parking

LOCATION

Aquamarine hotel is located at Kampos village (after the village of Agioi Apostoloi), a few kilometers from the city of Neapolis, in Laconia prefecture. Within walking distance you can swim at the beach of Neratziona with its golden white sand and the emerald sea water and enjoy your refreshment at the nearby beach bar. Following the coastline to the northwest you can reach two beaches of astonishing beauty, Pounta and Magganos. The endless white beaches and turquoise sea water lead to the little port where you can take the ferry and reach within five minutes the nearby island of Elafonissos.

After 10 minutes of driving to the southwest, you can reach the picturesque port of Neapoli. There, you can enjoy local delicacyes by the seaside, in one of many restaurants, taverns or ‘ouzeries’. You can also wander in the port and the city alleys and buy traditional products from the numerous bakeries and patisseries, groceries and souvenir shops.

The Island of Elafonissos

Elaf onissos belongs to the group of the Ionians Islands and it is just a few hundred meters from the main land. It used to be connected to the mainland Peloponnesus before a great earthquake in the year 375 a.C. separated from the rest of the continent. The island is now a protected natural reserve because of the rare resident fauna. Mediterranean seals, sea tortoises and rare species of lizards and frogs. Generally Elafonissos is not famous for the rare animals but for the famous beaches and crystalline sea water. The beaches are regarded as been amongst the most beautiful of all the Mediterranean basin and compared to the ones you can find at the Maldives. The inhabitants (around 700) mostly live in the main village where the port is situated, in the north part of the island.

PAVLOPETRI

Just off the coast of Elafonissos, in only a few meters of water, there is the famous submerged city of PAVLOPETRI.
The name Pavlopetri (“Paul’s and Peter’s”, or “Paul’s stone”) is the modern name for the islet and beach, apparently named for the two Christian saints that are celebrated together; the ancient name or names are unknown. Discovered in 1967 by Nicholas Flemming and mapped in 1968 by a team of archaeologists from Cambridge, Pavlopetri is located between the Pavlopetri islet across the Elafonisos village and the Pounta coast. The coast, the archeological site as well as the islet and the surrounding sea area are within the region of the Elafonisos Municipality, the old “OnouGnathos” peninsula (according to Pausanias). It is unique in having an almost complete town plan, including streets, buildings, and tombs. Originally, the ruins were dated to the Mycenaean period, 1600–1100 BC but later studies showed an older occupation date starting no later than 2800 BC, so it also includes early Bronze Age middle Minoan and transitional material.[ It is now believed that the town was submerged around 1000 BC by the first of three earthquakes that the area suffered. The area never re-emerged, so it was neither built-over nor disrupted by agriculture. Although eroded over the centuries, the town layout is as it was thousands of years ago. The city of Pavlopetri is part of the underwater cultural heritage.

MONEMVASIA

Within 40 minutes of driving you have the chance to go back in the Middle Ages. The castle of Monemvasia is a living past of history where since you pass the castle walls suddenly you travel back in time and find yourself in a city of Byzantine Empire. Its name comes from two Greek words meaning “single entrance” due to the narrow lane that leads to the castle. It is also known as “The Rock” or “The little Gibraltar”. Within the city, you can walk in the alleys and shops, café and restaurants and art galleries. Leaving the castle and heading to the north, there is the village of Ierakas or Gerakas built during the Middle Ages in a natural harbor surrounded by rocky mountains that form the one and only Fiord in Greece.

Cape Maleas (Cavomalias)

It is the second southern point of mainland Greece and Europe after the Cape Tainaron. It used to feature one of the largest lighthouses in the Mediterranean basin. Recently, this lighthouse was renovated and returned to working order and described as historical and scheduled monument of modern history. Apart from the lighthouse, the whole peninsula is full of scattered Byzantine country churches, hence the agnomen of ‘little Mount Athos’. The southest part of Cavomalias can be reached only on foot through many pathways that lead to the lighthouse and the country churches. Despite the difficulty of access, it is a sightseeing you can’t miss and the view of the endless sea will blow your mind.

THE MANI PENINSULA

Mani is the central peninsula of the three which extend southwards from the Peloponnese in southern Greece. To the east is the Laconian Gulf, to the west the Messenian Gulf. The peninsula forms a continuation of the Taygetos mountain range, the western spine of the Peloponnese. Mani is home of the Maniots. The most obvious way to explore this dramatic area, once known as Kakavoulia (‘evil counsel’) is to follow the road that runs down one coast and then loops round to come back up the other side, starting and finishing at Areopolis. The landscape is very different from Malea Peninsula – much more barren and windswept.

Driving on each of the coasts is also very different. On the west side the road enjoys a relatively straight course on a wide plateau whereas the mountains come dramatically down to sea level on the east coast, causing the road to bend and twist. This is not their only difference. The west coast is all about tower villages and churches; the east offers a greater number of swimming opportunities in a series of small, fairly secluded pebbly coves, many of which have beach side tavernas.
Whatever your chosen itinerary, it is a “must do” experience – the combination of the harsh landscape and rugged coastline, the austere tower houses and their violent history and the religious fervour intrinsic to every one of the numerous churches, gives the area a unique, mystical quality, appropriate for an area right on the fringes of Europe.
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YOGA CLASSES with Massimo Cantara

Massimo Cantara - yoga teacher Massimo Lived and studied in England for more than ten years and speaks fluent English. He is a member of Three Treasures Yoga. Massimo is a registered yoga teacher with SYM (Shiatsu Yoga Mediterraneo) as well as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher. He is also a qualified kinesiologist and Cranial Sacral therapist. In 1999 he founded Holismos, a center for yoga and complementary therapies in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy. He also teaches Anatomy, Physiology and bodywork for yoga Teacher Trainings. Massimo spent 12 years practicing Shorinji Kempo (2° Dan) but trained originally as a percussionist, playing for many years in various groups in the UK and in Italy. Massimo teaches a solid classical style of Hatha yoga, sprinkled with ideas and suggestions from his back ground in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kinesiology and percussion.

FULL PROGRAM

For those of you wishing to visit Athen, we will be there from Thursday the 21st of June and will be more than happy to spend some time with you visiting the Center of the city and the most characteristic landmarks and monuments. There is no charge for this just pay for your expenses, hotel and food. (we can give advice where to book)

Saturday 23th

Meeting point at Athens International airport for those wishing to travel together to the Malea peninsula. Here we can hire car or minibus and drive to the south. If you wish you can make your way down independently. We will arrive in the evening so we just do our check in and chill out for the night.

Sunday 24th

8,00 – 9,30. Yoga, meditation and chanting
9,30. breakfast, after breakfast free day to restore the energy
18,00. Yoga, meditation and chanting
20.00. Dinner on the beach tavernas

Monday 25th

7,30 – 9,30. Yoga, meditation and chanting
9,30. Breakfast
10,30. Excursion to the medieval town of Monemvasia and the natural fiord of Geraka Limeni

Tuesday 26th

7,30 – 9,30. Yoga, meditation and chanting
9,30. Breakfast
10,30. Excursion to the island of Elafonissos and the submerged city of Pavlopetri

Wednesday 27th

7,30 – 9,30. Yoga, meditation and chanting
9,30. Breakfast
10,30. Excursion and trekking to the point of the Malea peninsula and the lighthouse. On the way
back we will stop at the fossil forest

Thursday 28th

7,00 – 8,00. Yoga, meditation and chanting
8,00. Breakfast
9,00. Day trip to the Mani Peninsula

Friday 39th

7,30 – 9,30. Yoga, meditation and chanting
9,30. Breakfast
After breakfast we take a day to rest and chill out in the beach or you can go for shopping in the nearby town

Saturday 30th

Greetings and departure

 

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PRICE

€ 580


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • the hotel with full continental breakfast
  • yoga lessons
  • guided excursions

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Not included in the price are: your plane ticket, the car hire ( if you are willing to share a car or if we all agree to hire a minivan, the cost will be quite low, around 10/15€ per day), petrol, the main meals ( food in Greece is quite cheap, you can have a full meal for 10/12 €, very good quality), the ferry to Elafonissos.

To reserve your place you’ll need to pay 250 € deposit via bank transfer. This deposit will be 80% refundable before the 30th of May 2018 non-returnable after that date but can use the money for another of our retreat or holiday. Balance will be paid on arrival in Greece.

BOOKING:

to book your place send a mail or give us a call

cell. 338 3824280
e-mail info@holismos.com
web site www.holismos.comwww.yogaholiday.it

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