GREECE

Yoga, Healing & Rejuvenation

with Bita Jenkins & Moses Brown

October 1 – 8, 2023

Join with Bita and Moses as you let time slow down and help you rejuvenate in the heart of the Aegean. Allow the tranquility and charm of an unspoiled ecological retreat where you can swim, walk and contemplate as you practice and self reflect in the healing waters right at your doorstep. 

Built in harmony with nature,  your eco-retreat home for the week offers the opportunity to take a deeper yoga dive with Bita and Moses while living in harmony with the land and sea, eating clean, and experiencing an encouraged “digital detox”.

The Cycladic Island of Paros is seated in the crystal blue water of the Aegean, and is well known for its beaches and whitewashed traditional villages.  Less touristy than its sister islands of Santorini and Mykonos, Paros is an idyllic island for our retreat.

Enjoy morning and afternoon yoga, swimming in the sea, visiting the village of Naoussa and immersing in Greek island life. A special excursion via boat is also being planned for the group!

We have only 12 available rooms for this week. Please reserve early.

Vacation Details

Our retreat center on tranquil Paros island sits on the relatively untouched seaside of Santa Maria. The closeness to nature in its rawness and purity creates deeply nourishing conditions for your healing, rejuvenation and self reflection.

Accommodations are simple and rustic, inspired by the elements and the muses of Greek Mythology, the rooms are open, naturally lit and purposefully minimal to simplify your experience on retreat. Most of the rooms face the seaside and are a stone’s throw away from Filizi beach, with unencumbered access to the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea. Perfect for a sunrise dip!

Rooms have ceiling fans, private bathrooms, towels, linens, a water kettle and small fridge. Wifi is available on the property for your convenience, but we encourage as much “unplugging” as possible!

Organic gardens supply the majority of ingredients to the on site vegetarian restaurant. Other ingredients are sourced locally (on Paros, or wider-Greece) with a low carbon footprint in mind. Meals are prepared based on ancient Ayurvedic principles, emphasizing wellbeing, balance and bliss in the body. Each meal, you’ll be offered a variety of plant-based dishes, fusing exotic Indian flavours with the tastes and character of traditional Greek cuisine.

The kitchen takes great pride in creating meals with complete taste profiles that tantalize the taste buds and leave the body and soul satiated, nourished and energized.

For something extra, the kitchen is available to serve you in between meals, with juices and smoothies, and a selection of healthy snacks and salads available for order throughout the day.

Daily yoga classes will be offered (morning and afternoon) in one of two beautifully appointed yoga shalas.  (Shala’s do have the option of air conditioning as needed)

Sample schedule:
7:30am – coffee / teas / fruits available
8:30am – CLASS
10:30 – Brunch
Beach time, free time, massage time, visits to local villages or group outing
4:30pm – CLASS
6:30pm – Dinner

Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s

Your retreat starts on Sunday, October 1st. We’ll collect your travel plans and coordinate with the center to arrange some taxi shares to the center. (On small islands, there are no credit card machines on taxi’s, so please plan to have some Euro for these short jaunts!)

We anticipate that many of you will extend your travels before or after the retreat – adding some time in Athens or on other islands.  There are short flights directly to Paros from Athens on Aegean Air and SkyExpress.  there are also ferries between the islands. The ferry is 4.5 hours from Athens, but much closer if you’re coming from another island.

For tickets and information visit:
https://www.ferriesingreece.com/ or
https://hellenicseaways.gr/en/ or
https://www.bluestarferries.com/en/

The retreat ends with breakfast Sunday, October 8th.  We’re happy to arrange taxi shares to the port or airport.

We’ve scheduled this retreat in October to have the best of all worlds … you’re just AFTER high tourism season (and the hottest part of the summer). Pleasant temperatures arrive in October (typically 60-70F) while the Sea stays comfortable for swimming.

What to pack (generally!):

  • Valid Passport (ensure that it does not expire within 6 months of your travel)
  • Comfortable walking / hiking shoes as well as all purpose footwear like sandals, running shoes, etc.  
  • A bathing suit (or 2!), comfortable island clothing, light layers, yoga clothes.  Laundry facilities are not available, but you can hand wash and hang to dry.
  • A light wind and rain breaker (just in case, and for warmth if it cools at night)
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Adapters for electronics
  • Other suggestions – consider water shoes if you have sensitive feet, some beaches are pebbles / rocky.  Goggles if you like swimming. Swim shirt if you’re sensitive to sun or just like extra warmth.  A waterproof bag for your phone that you can take into or near water. 

Your Teachers

Bita Jenkins, M.D., E-RYT500  has been practicing and studying yoga since 1976.  Her approach to yoga is intelligent, playful, and heart-based. She emphasizes awareness, the breath, core principles, alignment, and integrating both movement and stillness to access our true nature. Cultivating a sacred space to open the body, free the mind, and connect with spirit, she aspires to ignite the magic of our existence and the bliss of living this presence. Bita can appreciate all of the stress we accumulate in our fast-paced lifestyles. Her intention is to offer down to earth techniques and ways to incorporate them into our daily lives to help minimize stress, heal our bodies, and focus our minds. Self-transformation and awakening within has guided Bita to teach from a place of love, respect and integrity.

Moses Brown is a Certified Yoga Teacher who has been teaching since 1991.  He  leads public classes immersions and yoga teacher trainings. Moses believes that yoga should be a heart-opening experience that is both supportive as well as empowering to the student.  His teachings create an approach that are physically dynamic, mentally stimulating and therapeutic. Moses brings focus, concentration, and mindfulness to his classes, weaving them together with playfulness, joy and FUN!!

Accommodations

Our eco-center offers simple rooms with private bathrooms. All rooms have been constructed sustainably and in harmony with nature. They have electricity and ceiling fans, but no AC.  Wifi is available throughout the property for those who cannot fully unplug.

We have 12 rooms available.
The rooms that are closest to the ocean (oceanfront) will be assigned first (SOLD OUT as of 10/17)

Double Occupancy Room: $2795 per person (last 2 double rooms)

Single Occupancy Room: $3495 per person (last 2 single rooms)

Premium Apartment for 2: $3395 per person
We have 2 top floor premium spacious “apartments” with King bed and twin bed, indoor and outdoor seating areas and a beautiful ocean view.


WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • All yoga retreat classes (2-3 offerings most days)
  • Light breakfast, brunch and dinner on site daily
  • A group boat excursion
  • At least one group visit to Naoussa village
  • Unlimited swimming in the sea (at your doorstep!)
  • The opportunity for a full physical and digital detox

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Athens and the Paros, Greece
  • Transfer to and from the retreat from the airport or port (we will assist in arranging taxi’s!)
  • Extra explorations outside of the group activities (ex. visiting villages or beaches of interest in your free time)
  • Massage (available on site)
  • Gratuities you might like to offer drivers, guides and center staff
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended – see Travel Guard Link)

A $695 deposit will secure your space and we would be happy to try to match you with great roommates.

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($695) before July 1, 2023. No refunds after July 1, 2023. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign an application and liability waiver to participate on this trip.

If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through July 2023, unless other arrangements are made.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.

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We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. AIG Travel Guard and Trawick International are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.

We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.