Salty Yoga & Culture Retreat in Ikaria, Greece

May 25 - 31, 2020 in Ikaria, Greece

Salty Yoga & Culture Retreat -Molly Masaoka_Anna Zourzou

Come discover the REAL GREECE!

A Greek Island known for possessing the secret to happiness & longevity, its unparalleled beauty, slow pace and unique culture will enliven your soul!

Salty Yoga & Culture Retreat with Molly Masaoka & Anna Zorzou

Ikaria Island, Greece

May 25th-May 31st, 2020

7 Days/6 Nights

What's included:

  • transfer to and from airport or harbor to retreat location
  • 6 nights accommodation, in clean, simple & modern waterfront hotel
  • 5 brunches, coffee & tea, & 2 authentic Greek dinners & wine
  • 10 expertly guided yoga practices for ALL LEVELS
  • local excursions & cultural experiences including hiking a gorge, visiting a remote beach, wine tasting, & secret hot spring soaking.
  • 6 days of surfboard, stand up paddle, & kayak rentals on one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches

What’s Not Included:

  • airfare and transport to Ikaria
  • trip Insurance
  • 4 dinners
  • any additional activities but can be added: Greek cooking class, Greek language lessons & Greek dancing

Prices:

  • Double Occupancy Shared Apartment: $1595 (early bird by January 1, 2020) / $1795 (regular price)
  • Single Occupancy Shared Apartment $1995 (early bird by January 1, 2020) / $2195 (regular price)

A $500 non-refundable deposit is necessary to reserve your space.

Schedule

Monday, May 25th

  • 2:00pm Check-In
  • 6:00pm Yoga
  • 7:00pm Orientation & Opening Circle
  • 8:00pm Group Dinner

Tuesday, May 26th

  • 7:30am Coffee & tea
  • 8:00am-10:00 Yoga
  • 10:30am-11:30 Brunch
  • 11:30am–6:30pm Free Time
  • 6:30pm-8:00 Yoga

Wednesday, May 27th

  • 7:30am Coffee & tea
  • 8:00am-10:00 Yoga
  • 10:30am-11:30 Brunch
  • 11:30am-6:30pm Hiking/Cristos village/Wine Tasting
  • 8pm Group Dinner to Local Restaurant

Thursday, May 28th

  • 7:30am Coffee & tea
  • 8:00am-10:00 Yoga
  • 10:30am-11:30 Brunch
  • 11:30pm-6:30pm Free Time
  • 6:30pm-8pm Yoga

Friday May 29th

  • 7:30am Coffee & tea
  • 8:00am-10:00 Yoga
  • 10:30am-11:30 Brunch
  • 11:30am-6:30pm Excursion to Remote Beach/Hot Springs
  • 8pm Group Dinner to Local Restaurant

Saturday, May 30th

  • 7:30am Coffee & tea
  • 8:00am-10:00 Yoga
  • 10:30am-11:30 Brunch
  • 11:30pm-6:30pm Free Time
  • 6:30pm-8pm Yoga

Sunday, May 31st

  • 7:30am Coffee & tea
  • 8:00am-10:00 Yoga
  • 10:30am-11:30 Brunch
  • 12pm Check-Out

About Ikaria Island:

The island of Ikaria is located in the North part of the Aegean sea between Samos and Mykonos. It has a coastline of 160 km and a territory of 660 square kilometers. The name of the island derives from Greek mythology as it is named after Icarus, son of Daedalus. Icarus is said to have fallen into the sea nearby Ikaria as he didn’t pay attention to his father’s warning not to get too close to the sun, and the wax on his wings melted.

The greater part of the island is mountainous with forested hills on the North side and arid steep rocks on the South side. The mountain range of Atheras (Pramnos) crosses the island and its highest peak is at 1042m covered with an exceptional footpath network. The only plain areas are the area of Kampos and Faros on the north.

Ikaria is one of the most green and forested islands in the Aegean which is characterized by the continuous alternation of ecosystems. This gives a special value to the island creating a wide range of fauna and flora, a very significant heritage of caves, hot springs, rivers, unseen valleys, forests with centenarian oaks, rocky plateaus and canyons.

Why Ikaria island is so special

The island where people forgot to die!!

Recently special attention was brought to Ikaria when it has been included in the National Geographic's "Blue Zones" list. During a 10-year survey researchers identified five areas of the world with the highest longevity indicator worldwide and where people are very likely reach the 100 year age. What is even more important is that residents of these areas have a good quality of life. They are free from many diseases people living in western cultures suffer from (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes etc.). The centenarians of Ikaria are a good example for everyone who is looking for the secrets of a long and healthy life.

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Meet Your Instructors!

Molly Masaoka, ERYT-500:

"The process of becoming a yoga teacher and the owner of Yoga Centered has always felt so natural and right. Opportunities kept presenting themselves and because of my practice I was able to recognize them and take them on. I feel so grateful, everyday, to be able to share my passion with others. It is the ultimate gift."

Innately perceptive, wise beyond her years and wildly passionate about, well, every little thing that crosses her path, Molly is a force to be reckoned with. Whether she's devouring a cupcake, scoping out the next can't-live-without-it piece of fashion for the YC boutique, ripping down the face of a wave (in a bikini she designed herself!), or teaching one of her insanely cathartic yoga classes, Molly applies a level of delight and determination that is truly one of a kind. Spend a few minutes with this dynamic woman and it makes perfect sense that she should be the owner of a yoga studio and boutique at an age when most of us are still trying to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. Born and raised in Iowa, Molly left home, discovered yoga and started putting herself through college all before the age of 21.

Molly's unique teaching style is both intense and focused but lightened with creativity, compassion and humor. She believes that this balance of effort and surrender is the key to unlocking the awareness of ones true nature.

A student of yoga since the age of 16, Molly has studied intensely with Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty and completed teacher trainings with Don Stapelton from Nosara Yoga Institute, and teacher's teacher, Annie Carpenter of Smart Flow Yoga. She credits Annie for giving her the skills to teach intentional alignment and sequencing, Don for the ability to encourage self-inquiry and Chuck for finding the unity in all things. Ultimately Molly considers herself a student of life and is constantly drawing inspiration from the world around her, and most recently the newest addition to her family, her son, Reef.

In addition to being the owner of Yoga Centered, Molly also leads workshops, retreats and teacher trainings around the world. She is an influential member of her yoga community and serves as a mentor to both students and other teachers. Ultimately she hopes to inspire others to share the practices of yoga that have so positively impacted her life.

Anna Zorzou, ERYT-500:

“The deeper you go into understanding human nature, let alone yourself, the more you realize that this process is endless.”

  • YogaWorks certified at the 500 hour level
  • Leads YogaWorks 200-hour and 300-hour Trainings in Greece, Cyprus and Europe
  • Birthlight pre-natal, post-natal, baby yoga teacher and yoga therapist
  • Yoga Teacher of the Greek National Women’s Basketball Team
  • Yoga Consultant for Holmes Place Clubs (Greece)
  • Ambassador for Manduka

As long as I can remember myself, I have always been an adventurer; a curious and active girl. My quest for new discoveries led me to California, where I was offered a full scholarship as a college basketball player (University of the Pacific, Stockton), and had to leave my birthplace Greece. Following college and after going through several injuries, I started looking for something new to replace basketball and help me recover.

My first yoga class ever was at the YogaWorks Main Street Studio with Annie Carpenter. It was love at first sight! I immediately became an enthusiastic student, going to class after class and gaining new experience day by day. Soon after, I successfully completed the YogaWorks 200-hour Teacher Training. Several other 200-hour trainings, workshops, and retreats followed, plus a 300-hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Integrative Yoga Therapy at Kripalu with Joseph Le Page. Since then, my love for yoga has not ceased, but grows stronger and stronger.

Life has brought me back to Greece, close to my beloved family, old and new friends. As a Senior YogaWorks Teacher Trainer I lead 200-hour and 300-hour trainings in Greece, Cyprus, and Europe, run and teach yearly retreats such as “Santorini Loves Yoga” with Vula Bolou (Junior Intermediate III Iyengar yoga teacher), and participate in respective conferences around the world. I am grateful and honored by this beautiful journey, and truly excited for what is yet to come.

How to get to Ikaria:

There are two ways of coming to Ikaria: by airplane or by boat. Both have their pros and cons so it's up to everyone's decision which one to opt for.

Air

Ikaria has one airport (JIK) at the north-eastern corner of the island near to the capital, Agios Kirykos. Aegean Airlines and Skyexpress have regular flights to and from Athens throughout the year. The flight itself from Athens is officially 50 minutes which quickly flies by while watching the Aegean and its islands from above.

Sea

For those who prefer to have a journey on the sea there are two ports available: Evdilos on the north and Agios Kirykos on the south. The ships of Hellenic Seaways leave from Piraeus, the port of Athens, and 6,5 hours later arrive at Evdilos, 8 hours later at Agios Kirikos.

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