We are very delighted to invite you to join us for an Ashtanga Yoga Retreat at the magical island of Antiparos in Greece. This retreat will offer participants a week of asana practice mixed with meditation, chanting, philosophy, and the opportunity to be shown around this part Greece by our own dear Philippe Alexis. We will focus on taking the practice not just as asana but also a coherent practice of those other elusive limbs.
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Antiparos is a small island in the Southern Agean, in the heart of the Cyclades. It is located just off the coast of the bigger Paros, and day trips are easy to arrange to that beautiful island.
Oliaros is a traditional "white house Greek island" style complex, located in a quiet bay in the south of Antiparos. You can see more photos of the lodge on their website. Opposite the lodge is the small uninhabited island of Despotiko with an important archeological site.
Activities include sea kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, massage, hiking, archeological sites and cave exploring. Note that these are not included in the price.
Oliaros is located in the village of Agios Georgios on the southern edge of a small island, Antiparos, which is off the west coast of Paros. To get to Oliaros from the US you need to fly to Athens, and then take a Ferry to Paros, then take a small boat to Antiparos (the town), from where we can pick you up and bring you to the retreat center. You may want to leave some time before or after the retreat to visit Athens and other Agean islands close to Paros, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Ios and even Crete.
Getting to Athens: we recommend booking a plane ticket early, and a good place for tickets is www.kayak.com.
Getting from Athens to Paros: you can take a ferry either from Pireas port (the main port of Athens) or from the port of Rafina (which is situated in eastern Attica, closer to the airport). Ferries run daily early morning and evenings and you can buy tickets at the ports.
Getting from Paros to Antiparos: once you arrive at the port of Parikia, Paros' largest town, the small boat to Antiparos will be right there. Just ask and you will find it easily. Also note that every half hour from 7 in the morning until 12 at night there is a car ferry from Punta port in western Paros.
Getting from Antiparos to Oliaros: if you can let us know in advance at what time you'll be arriving in Paros. If you do not have this information in advance, then number to call or text once you get to the port of Antiparos is + 30 697 3403231. Alternatively you can get a taxi and ask to be taken to Oliaros in Agios Georgios.
Anne Finstad started yoga in 1996, unable to touch her toes. After four years of practice she set off to India where she had the honor to study with Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath in the intimacy of the original shala. She has made six trips to India over 12 years time, and maintained a daily practice since her first trip to India. She had the honor of receiving the authorization to teach this method from Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath, an honor currently granted to less than 100 people in the United States. She has been teaching mysore style Ashtanga classes in the manner she was taught in India for over ten years, and she has witnessed first hand the powerful transformation and healing available to practioners of Ashtanga yoga with patience, practice, and time. You can find her own website at www.sattva-yoga.com.
Philippe Alexis started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1995 with John Scott in London. Since then, he has studied yoga with many teachers including Dena Kingsberg and Lino Miele. He started teaching yoga asana in 2000. He has also been practicing Zen meditation since 1998, in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki.
He follows the traditional path of Patanjali’s 8-limbed yoga, including asana, pranayama and meditation.