Yoga Retreat at Messinia. Enjoy life’s most intrinsic values as they appear to you – naturally and uninhibited. Take the road less traveled, through unchartered territories for your mind and body, to unleash your true potential and restore your balance. This is the time and the place to be the person you were always meant to be.After a full day of activities, hikes and walks, seek out the lounge area that is located on the ground floor of the main building. The retreat’s Lounge, a pleasant, vanilla-scented area, is ideal for relaxing and unwinding with your favorite drink, coffee, wine or herbal tea. Collect your thoughts and recharge as you idly sit on a comfy couch or armchair next to the beautiful stone fireplace, watching time go by without a care. Opt for a board game or a new treasured reading from the lounge’s library. This comfortable and inviting sitting area with the delightful warm ambience is the perfect place to do whatever your heart desires!
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A place of bliss and inner peace
Very often in today’s world, we feel like leaving everything behind and escape the ordinary, allowing time for our body and mind to relax and revitalize. Abeliona Retreat is the ideal place to do just that. Built on the mountainside with a view out to the hilly landscape of Arcadia, a few minutes’ drive from the great temple of Apollo Epicurius, the retreat rests in an area that has always been praised not only for its generous natural beauty, but also for giving off a blissful sensation of belongingness. In this blessed, ever-vibrant part of the Peloponnese, man and nature coexist in complete harmony.
Abeliona Retreat is the perfect place to stimulate your senses and fill up with energy. Take a long walk, jog or cycle in nature’s gentle embrace. Or even better, plan a hiking trip, go down the river on a raft or simply relax in its comfortable grounds and feed from nature’s enduring life force.
Timeless harmony and spiritual balance
Hiking – Explore
Walk on the flagged hiking trails and footpaths running through verdant forests, venture to go down the scenic river with your raft or canoe, visit unique archeological sites such as the Temple of Apollo Epicurius and Ancient Olympia or fascinating landmarks such as the wondrous church of Saint Theodora. In this natural landscape of infinite generosity, dotted with unspoiled villages, the Abeliona Retreat has something new to offer you, every day
At the Abeliona Retreat we believe that one’s body is one’s temple. With respect to nutrition, we offer a rich breakfast buffet and menu dishes based on local recipes and certified organic ingredients. We also provide locally grown organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, many of which are handpicked from our vegetable garden and greenhouse, just a short time before being served, while the eggs come directly from the property’s grain-fed, free range chickens. Every day, we prepare a variety of local dishes, with appealing choices for vegetarians, health-conscious individuals and meat-eaters alike.
Lying serenely on the highest point of the property, the yurt affords a truly remarkable view. This 80 sq.m. energy-emitting dwelling boasts a unique spiritual ambiance, and is dedicated to yoga, meditation and all kinds of therapeutic group activities. Yurts have always been considered holy in many Asian cultures; with the first written description of a yurt dating back to ancient Greek historian, Herodotus. Built from natural materials, the yurt fosters an almost total feeling of seclusion that is ideal for yoga and meditation sessions. Below the yurt, there is a 50 sq.m. pavilion, which constitutes both the perfect relaxation spot, and an area suitable for conducting outdoor sessions.
The Retreat offers 22 spacious rooms built in traditional Arcadian style. The 13 Junior Suites and 9 Family Suites come with a fireplace and all modern comforts, from Wi-Fi to bath amenities. The interiors are furnished with fine antiques and classical fabrics, in traditional décors with a subtle modern touch and a twist of upper quality. With utmost attention to detail, the accommodation of Abeliona Retreat are your personal little heaven.
Sofia started exploring meditation, yoga practice and study of classical yogic texts when she was young and in 2005 she completed her first Yoga Teacher Training in Yoga Works. From this time on, she has been practicing and having trainings in yoga under different systems and teachers to acquire a more organic and holistic knowledge and experience of Yoga. She studied with many inspiring teachers like Richard Freeman, Godfrey Devereux , Paddy McGrath, Angela Farmer, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern, Tara Judelle, Breathing Project- Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, Sarah Powers, Diane Long, Bo Forbes, Kundalini yoga, Annie Carpenter, Tiffany Cruikshank and many Anusara teachers. Her teaching is based on the understanding that yoga is our natural state and she seeks to share the experience that the physical body, the magic of the movement of the breath and the finest function of the mind, are very precious tools and are the ground for self-discovery and self-knowledge. Yoga is the invitation to listen and discover all the existing web of awareness so we can live in deeper peace and communication with each other.
Sofia has been teaching for 11 years and she loves keeping a close interaction between all aspects and limbs of Yoga. She is also the owner and director of Urban Yoga Center in the south suburbs of Athens, Greece.
“There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.” ~Rumi
Organic breakfast from the hotel farm and traditional homemade dishes with bio products, based in our choice to promote a healthy way of life. To that, we made a net of sign posted trails of 26 klm in total with a starting point close to the Retreat.
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