Date: 11–19 Oct 2017
Cost: £160 pp course fee (£150 pp group booking). This does not include flight, accommodation or food.
Details: Course begins 7am on 12 Oct, ends afternoon of 18th Oct
Location: Rosy's Little Village, Skliri, Agistri Island, Aegina
Run by: Trixi Field
Contact details: 01691 623829
This relaxing & refreshing 1-week retreat takes place on 12 – 18th October on Agistri, a delightful tiny island nestling in the Saronic Sea, close to Aegina. Only a fairly short hop by boat or hovercraft from the port of Piraeus, once there, it feels as though you’re a million miles from the stresses of everyday life. Accommodation, breakfast, and the courses take place at Rosy’s Little Village, with fantastic views over the sea, towards Aegina.
WHAT IS THE RETREAT ALL ABOUT?
Here’s a chance for you to get away from it all for a week, to wake up to the beautiful Agistri dawn and enjoy the wonderful flowing forms of Dru and Integral Yoga. After breakfast, discover and learn to appreciate your voice, and how the very act of singing together can lift the soul, no matter whether you think you can sing or not. Later, free your Chi with a gentle Qi Gong session.
THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE
- Wed 11 Oct: Arrival, welcome drink & settle in. Meet our lovely hosts Rosy, Nondas & Kuki. Fabulous dinner prepared by Eric.
- Thur-Sat 12-14 Oct, & Mon-Wed 16-18 Oct: Early Dru/Integral Yoga on the terrace or in the yoga pod overlooking the sea. Then, a sumptuous breakfast, followed by mid-morning singing & song meditation sessions. Later in the day, at an agreed time, Qi Gong session in the pod or on the terrace.
- Sun 15 Oct: Day off to explore the island, perhaps a shopping trip to Aegina, or just lounge around by the water.
- Thur 19 Oct: Departure.
MORE ABOUT THE SINGING – Joy of Song & Song Meditation:
Develop better breath control and vocal confidence with gentle, effective techniques, explore harmony, learn chants, rounds and songs, allowing our song evolve into a focus of meditation. Explore the healing magic of the melodic weaving of our voices.
For students on the College of Sound Healing Practitioner’s Course, this retreat counts as an additional Sound Healing workshop, required to complete the course. Certificate of attendance provided on request.
MORE ABOUT DRU YOGA
Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. It has its roots in hatha yoga, and includes classical yoga postures, breath work, hand gestures, affirmations, visualisations and flowing, dynamic sequences. Classes are aimed to suit beginners and those with experience of Dru or any other form of yoga.
MORE ABOUT INTEGRAL YOGA
This yoga is based on the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananada, the goal of which is to maintain our natural condition of optimum health and strength, our senses under control, a disciplined, clear, calm mind, sharp intellect, a strong yet pliable will, a heart full of unconditional love and compassion, a pure ego and a life of peace & joy. The class comprises Hatha Yoga asanas, deep relaxation, breathing, and chants to open and close the class.
MORE ABOUT THE QI GONG
This helps to warm up the body with gentle movements and to begin working with Chi. We will be practising the Tao Yin Fa Series 1 to stretch the acupuncture meridians, thereby allowing free flow of Chi along them and hence to the organs for health and wellbeing.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS/ SERVICES
These are extra to the course and are available at additional cost:
- Day trip on Nondas’ boat (depending on weather & availability). Cost dependent on number of participants and distance.
- Reflexology, Thermal Auricular Therapy, Lava Shell Back & Neck Massage, Lava Shell Recovery Back Massage.
- Sound Healing treatment..
Please contact Trixi for further details.
MORE ABOUT TRIXI (Dru Yoga, Joy of Song & Song Meditation):
Trixi believes that in our noisy, busy, hi-tech society we have become separated from the simple, healing joys of singing & music making together – an essential part of being human.
She has an MA (music education), MEd, a DipLCM (pop vocals). She studied Creative Music (Orff Institute, Mozarteum, Austria) and jazz/voice/composition (Trinity College of Music, London). She is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network and has trained in workshop leadership with Frankie Armstrong.
Frequently observing the healing and mood-enhancing effects of singing she was inspired to train as a sound-healing practitioner (2008) and as a tutor with the College of Sound Healing (2010). She is a fully trained teacher of Dru Yoga, a full member of the Yoga-Alliance-accredited Dru Professional Network and an ordinary member of the British Wheel of Yoga.
MORE ABOUT BHANU (Integral Yoga, Qi Gong)
Bhanu’s introduction to yoga was in 2008 when he joined an Integral yoga class, often leaving the class feeling relaxed yet energised. He attended Kirtan and Satsang sessions where the local Integral Yoga community and others would meet to watch DVDs of Swami Satchidananda offering yogic philosophy and answering questions about various life situations. Bhanu joined the Kirtan band playing drum and chanting. In 2009 he was invited to train as an Integral Yoga teacher and qualified in 2010. He has also completed a Gentle & Therapeutic Teacher Training course in London. He teaches in Whitchurch and in his home town of Ellesmere, Shropshire. He is also a fully qualified practitioner of Sound Healing, Tama Do and teacher of Qi Gong.
COURSE FEES AND COURSE DAYS
Fees for the combined courses are £160 for the 6-day courses (£150 per person for groups of 2 or more booking together) and are payable as a deposit prior to departure for Agistri.
Please see booking form and conditions, available by contacting Trixi.
Accommodation fees are payable directly to Rosy in Euros (€) in Agistri at the end of the retreat.
Prices per room only (without breakfast) per night at Rosy’s Little Village are as follows:
- Single: €52, Double: €58, Triple: €66
- Family room for 3 : €80 Family room for 4: €88
- Family room for 5: €100
If you wish to self cater, there are two supermarkets on Agistri, and rooms have fridges. B&B, half and full board are also available – see below.
Prices for B&B per person: Single: €60, Double: €39, Triple: €33
Prices for half board per person: Single: €86, Double: €62, Triple: €51
Prices for Full board per person: Single: €99, Double: €77, Triple: €67
The above prices do not include: flights, transfers or insurance. You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance.
Flight information & tickets can be obtained online from Edreams, Travelocity or direct from EasyJet, Aegean Airlines, Ryanair or British Airways.
We strongly advise you to check on flights as soon as you enquire about the retreat availability, and to book the flight early. Booking an early flight is a good idea as it gives you plenty of time for your onward travel. Participants often book the same flight as Trixi & Bhanu, or arrange to land in Athens at roughly the same time, allowing us to travel together on the onward journey. Although there is no formal “transfer” service, Greece has excellent, low-cost sea and surface travel.
What you will need to bring
- Comfortable clothing suitable for yoga and qi gong
- Sun protection. October can still be hot in Greece
- Warmer clothing; in October the mornings and evenings can be a little cooler
- Mosquito repellent
- Swimming gear
- Good walking shoes or trainers if you wish to explore the local terrain
Yoga mats & beach towels are available at Rosy’s.
TO BOOK: Please contact Trixi for a booking form and further information. You are also invited to contact Trixi for more information.