Ikaria Bliss: A 7-Day Vitality and Yoga Journey to Longevity and Happiness

7th – 14th of September 2024, Ikaria, Greece

Discover the Blissful Rhythms of Ikaria

 Nestled in the heart of the Aegean Sea lies Ikaria, an island whispered by many as the secret fountain of youth and longevity. With its pristine landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and air infused with the scent of wild herbs, it is no wonder that Ikarians live longer, healthier lives than most.

Ikaria Bliss: A Fusion of Tradition and Tranquility.

Our 7-day retreat is more than just a yoga journey; it’s a deep dive into the harmonious way of life that has made Ikaria a focal point for scientists and wellness enthusiasts alike. Inspired by the age-old practices of the island’s inhabitants, our retreat harmoniously weaves traditional yoga with holistic Ikarian practices.

While yoga serves as the foundation, Ikaria Bliss aims to envelop you in a transformative experience. From meditative walks along ancient trails to immersing oneself in communal celebrations, each day unfolds a new chapter of discovery. Embrace the island’s rhythms, savor its traditional meals, and cultivate a mindset geared towards happiness and longevity.

Join Us in Serenity Ikaria Bliss, an unforgettable experience that will rejuvenate your spirit, nourish your body, and inspire a profound sense of well-being and longevity. Because, It is not just a retreat —

it’s a return to a way of life where happiness and health walk hand in hand. Come, take a step back from the rush of the modern world and breathe in the simplicity and wisdom of Ikaria.

Prices

  • Single Occupancy (double bed with bathroom) £1,695 
  • Double Occupancy (two people sharing with bathroom) £1,350 per person **
  • Triple Occupancy (three people sharing a room, private bathroom) £1,150 per person **

About The Egg, Our Beautiful Yoga Space

    For countless millennia, Ikaria has stood as a timeless sanctuary, nestled in the very heart of the Aegean Sea in Greece. It remains an enduring oasis of tranquility, a place where the ebb and flow of centuries have left an indelible mark of serenity.

    THE EGG, cradled between the embrace of gentle mountains on one side and the boundless sweep of the horizon meeting the sea on the other, is a treasure hidden from the bustling world. It graciously opens its doors to guests for a portion of the year, serving as a haven on this non-touristic island, renowned as one of the Blue Zones—where people enjoy the gift of long, healthy lives.

    At The EGG, time flows to its unhurried cadence, inviting you to synchronise your heartbeat with life’s authentic rhythms. Within these sacred confines, you can embrace the art of simply being, where each breath transforms into meditation, and every moment becomes a ceremony. Here, yoga discovers its true home, meditation takes root in the earth beneath you, and the spirit of Ikaria becomes your guide on a journey of self-awareness and transformation.

     

      A white egg with the words'the egg'on it.
      • The EGG graces a truly unique location that captures the essence of natural beauty.
      • A secluded, private sandy beach, just a leisurely 10-minute walk from our sanctuary
      • For your yoga practice, we’ve thoughtfully prepared all the essentials, including yoga mats, cozy blankets, supportive yoga blocks, and flexible yoga straps. However, feel free to bring your own travel mat if it enhances your practice.
      • Explore the enchanting Messakti beach, a breathtaking sandy expanse located mere moments away, a quick 2-minute drive or scooter ride.
      An outdoor yoga space with a wooden roof.

      Julia was one of the most amazing people I have met. Kind, attentive, helpful and interested in assisting everyone in their personal and individual quests. I was a complete novice and felt included, respected and valued. Nothing was too much trouble for Julia and the people in the group were all amazing and inspiring. I would recommend Julia to absolutely anyone from novice to expert. The retreat was fab, food great, talks and nature walks. Don’t let this one pass you by folks!!!

      Carrena Marriott

      Accommodation at the Karras Hotel

        Immerse yourself in Ikaria’s breathtaking scenery at The Karras Star Hotel, where our retreat accommodations have been meticulously crafted to harmonize with the island’s natural beauty. Set amidst lush groves, each room provides sweeping vistas of the Aegean Sea or the verdant hills, ensuring a serene and picturesque experience.

        For our 7-night retreat, we’ve chosen Karras’s Star Hotel, a charming 3-star, family-run establishment nestled in the tranquil Avlaki village on the island’s north side. Here, you’ll find a haven of upscale amenities, full-service accommodations, an inviting on-site restaurant, and the epitome of personalized service.

        Our spacious rooms cater to single occupancy, double occupancy, and triple occupancy sharing, each thoughtfully equipped with private bathrooms to enhance your comfort and authenticity throughout your stay. To catch a glimpse of our accommodations and discover more about this inviting retreat, you can peruse additional photos and details here.

        A hotel with a swimming pool at night.
        •  Enjoy a 7-night Vitality Retreat at Karras Hotel, conveniently located just a brief 3-minute stroll from The Egg – our yoga space
        • Choose from single, double, or triple room  accommodations, each complete with private bathrooms for your comfort.
        • Savor 7 delicious Ikarian breakfast meals served at the Karras Hotel, setting the perfect start for your daily adventures.
        • Take advantage of complimentary access to the hotel’s refreshing swimming pool, adding an extra layer of relaxation to your retreat experience.

          Meet your Teacher, Julia

          Woman with red hair smiling in a sunny park, wearing a pink tank top and sunglasses on her head. thick green foliage in the background.

          Meet Julia, your dedicated yoga teacher and holistic health coach for our upcoming retreat. With over 5 years of experience and a passion for holistic health, Julia’s teaching style prioritizes safety, mindfulness, and self-discovery. She guides you on an inner journey towards inner peace and offers a variety of mindful practices, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Somatic and Restorative yoga.

          Julia’s distinctive teaching approach blends strength and softness, fostering creativity and self-exploration within each student. Beyond yoga, she’s a holistic health coach, emphasizing the interconnectedness of nutrition, lifestyle choices, and yoga for overall health and longevity. Join us for a transformative experience with Julia as your trusted guide.

          Our Schedule and Activities on the Retreat

          This is an updated version of our 7-day itinerary. There may be slight changes in timing, but our day trips are now established, ensuring that we provide you with the most enriching and enjoyable experience of longevity activities.

          Saturday arrival day. Welcome Ikaria

          • Arrival from 14:00: Get comfortably settled in. Be greeted with a refreshing welcome drink crafted from locally sourced herbal infusions.
          • 17:00 – 18:00: Welcome yoga practice if everyone at the hotel checked in. 
          • 18:00 – 18:30: Welcome Circle at the Egg – our yoga space with Julia ( your guide and teacher ) and Katrin, the owner of the Egg.
          • 19:00: Immerse yourself in the authentic flavors of Ikaria with a traditional dinner at Kealaris Fish Taverna in Gialiskari village.
          Group of people enjoying a meal at an outdoor table in a sunny, rustic setting.
          A beach with clear blue water and a rocky cliff.

          Sunday / Day 1: Rhythms of the Island & Introduction to Longevity

          • 08:00 – 09:15: Awaken your spirit with a sunrise yoga session and tranquil meditation by the shimmering sea.
          • 09:30 – 10:30: Enjoy a nourishing breakfast to start your day.
          • 10:30 – 12:00: Venture into the enchanting landscape, meandering through ancient olive groves, and immerse yourself in the wisdom of Ikaria’s indigenous herbs.
          • 12:00 – 13:00: Engage in a captivating talk about the island’s well-kept secret to longevity. 
          • 13:00 – 14:00: Savor a delightful lunch at The Egg, replenishing your energy for the day’s journey.
          • 14:00 – 17:00: Relish your well-deserved free time. Explore close by beach, relax, have a massage or simply unwind at your leisure.
          • 17:00 – 18:30: Reconnect with your inner self during an evening slow paced yoga session. Dive deep into breathing techniques and a more extended Savasana, unlocking the timeless secrets to a long and fulfilling life.
          • 19:45: Gather for a charming dinner experience at a nearby taverna – at Agios Dimitros, where you’ll taste the flavors of Ikaria’s culinary traditions.

          Monday / Day 2: Nature Embrace 

          • 07:30 – 08:45: Gently awaken your body with a Vinyasa flow, focusing on opening your hips in preparation for a day of hiking ahead.
          • 09:00 – 10:00 Nourishing breakfast at the hotel.
          • 10:00 –  Pick-up Shuttle from the Karras Hotel.
          • 10:30: Arrive at your destination, the entrance Forest Petropouli; starting point of your adventure.
          • 10:30 – 14:30: Embark on a remarkable hike through the Ancient Forest of Rhandi, a captivating 4 hour expedition into nature’s embrace, with a guide. Enjoy a packed lunch amidst this pristine wilderness.
          • 15:00: Pick up Shuttle time. Conclude your memorable hike and get picked up for a comfortable return to the hotel.
          • 15:30 Arrive back at the hotel, where you can freshen up and relax.
          • 17:30 – 19:00: Join for a soothing yoga practice designed to ease your hips and legs after the day’s exhilarating hike, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate.
          • 20:00: Arrival at Gialiskari village Sto Kioupi for delicious, traditional meal together.
          A group of eleven hikers posing on a rocky hillside, clad in hiking gear and hats, with a scenic forested landscape in the background.
          A group of people posing in the water near a rock formation.

          Tuesday / Day 3: Deep Dives & Revitalization

          • 07:30 – 08:45 Immerse yourself in the serenity of Yin Yoga and a Slow Flow session, focused on profound relaxation and gentle movements to rejuvenate your spirit.
          • 09:00 – 10:00: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.
          • 10:30: Get ready for a day of exploration as we pick you up from Karras Hotel.
          • 12:00: Arrive at the Thermal Hot Springs, where you’ll embark on a restorative journey of relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the healing waters.
          • 14:00: Pick up and continue your day’s adventure as you arrive at Faros beach.
          • 14:30 – 15:30: Savor a delightful beachfront picnic lunch at Faros Beach, prepared picnic box while soaking in the stunning beach views.
          • 15:45 – 17:15: Enjoy a scenic bus ride from Faros back to the comfort of the Karras Hotel.
          • 17:45 – 18:45: Recharge your energy and surrender to tranquility during a rejuvenating yoga practice. Immerse yourself in Somatic and soothing Restorative yoga allowing you to unwind and find inner peace.
          • 19:30 Dinner will be delivered and enjoyed at the Egg. 

          Wednesday / Day 4: Nourish the Soul 

          • 08:00 – 09:15: Immerse in a nurturing yet invigorating yoga flow session, followed by a mindful meditation to feed your soul.
          • 09:30 – 10:30: Relish a satisfying breakfast at the hotel.
          • 10:30 – 15:30: Pick up and embark on a delightful journey of Ikarian aunthentic cooking class & wine tasting, where you’ll learn the cherished recipes renowned for promoting longevity. Enjoy a delicious lunch right at the cooking location, savoring the fruits of your culinary efforts at the Pigi K. Winery. Lunch is included. 
          • 16:30: Return to the comfort of a short drive back to Karras Hotel, enriched with newfound culinary wisdom.
          • 17:00 – 18:30: Nurture & soothe your body/mind during a yoga practice designed to restore and rejuvenate, including a blissful Yoga Nidra session.
          • 18:30: Satisfy your appetite with a delightful dinner at the Egg this evening.
          Pigi K Winery Ikaria
          An aerial view of a beach with people on it.

          Thursday / Day 5: Aqua Vitality

          • 08:00 – 09:15: Begin your day with a morning mandala yoga flow session, spark your intuition and creativity. 
          • 09:30 – 10:30: Savor a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, preparing yourself for a day of exploration and fun.
          • 10:30 – 13:00: Enjoy free time, giving you the opportunity to unwind, enjoy a massage or simply relax at your own pace.
          • 13:00 – 14:00 – Nutriotional Lunch at the Egg.
          • 14:00 – Pick up and embark on a scenic drive to Seychelles beach, one of the most stunning beach ( clear-blue lagoon ) in Ikaria.
          • 15:30 – 17:30 – Immerse yourself in a rejuvenating swimming as it is a tonic for Longevity.
          • 17:30 – 19:00 – Drive back to the Karras Hotel.
          • 20:00 Arrive at Merry Merry Taverna in Armenistis, where you’ll embrace the island’s vibrant spirit through delicious local greek dishes and vibrant ambience.

          Friday / Day 6: Reflect and Reconnect.

          • 08:00 – 09:15: Begin your day with a serene silent meditation, followed by a slow, intuitive yoga session, allowing you to reflect on Ikarian week.
          • 09:30 – 10:30: Savor a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, nurturing your body and spirit.
          • 10:30 – 13:00 – Enjoy free time, journal or, have a massage.
          • 13:00 – 14:00 – Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Ikarian with a traditional Ikarian dance lesson. 
          • 14:00 – 15:00 – Relish a delightful  lunch at The Egg.
          • 15:00 – 17:30 – Unwind and bask in the serenity of one Ikaria’s tranquil beaches close by. Optional water activites, paddle boarding, snorkelling.
          • 17:30 – 19:30 – Gather for a group sharing circle and serene candlelit mindful session, creating atmosphere of reflection and unity. This is followed by a heartfel farewell dinner and closing ceremony.
          • 20:00: Come together for our final dinner, a moment to cherish as we dine at the lively Artemis Restaurant in Nas.
          Woman in a pink robe admiring a coastal sunset, with the sun reflected on the calm sea.
          A yoga in a spacious studio with a wooden ceiling, colorful paper lanterns, and participants seated on mats facing an instructor.

          Saturday / Day 7: Farewell to Ikaria

          • 08:00 – 09:30: Gather for our final longevity, mindful yoga session, infused with gratitude, and a heartfelt meditation to conclude our time together.
          • 09:30 – 10:30: Join us for a special farewell breakfast at the Karras Hotel, a final moment to savor the flavors and connections we’ve nurtured together.
          • 10:30: Check out and departure after breakfast, marking the end of our unforgettable and transformative retreat in Ikaria. Thank you for being a part of this journey.

          Julia is a wonderful yoga teacher, she’s very patient and spends time making sure everyone is comfortable and getting the most out of her classes. Her retreats are idyllic and include other activities alongside yoga to compliment and provide a lovely relaxing break from busy everyday life. I would recommend Julia to anyone looking for a friendly yoga retreat/class.

          Helena Hall-Manning

          Benefits of Joining

          By join this retreat you will be allowing to not only rejuvenate your body, but sharpen your mind’s clarity, nurture your spirit’s growth, fostering a sense of inner peace and contentment. You will also immerse deeply in the rich tapestry of Ikaria’s culture, learning firsthand the practices that have made it a global beacon for longevity.

          It’s not just a retreat; it’s a holistic journey towards a balanced, enriched a long healthy and happy life.

          Prices for the 7-day Ikaria Bliss Retreat

          To book your place, a non-refundable deposit of £350 per person is required, with the balance split into equal payments due by the 7th of May 2024, and the 7th of June 2024.

          • Single Occupancy (double bed with bathroom) £1,695 
          • Double Occupancy (two people sharing with bathroom) £1,350 per person **
          • Triple Occupancy (three people sharing a room, private bathroom) £1,150 per person **

          ** Double and triple occupancy is sold per room, so it is the responsibility of the main booker to ensure they have the required number of guests.  

          Reserve your Space

          Please let me know as much information as possible about any dietary requirements, any current physical issues, and your yoga history. If you would like a call to discuss, please add your number, along with preferred call time.

          Please Note: For double and tripple occupance, the deposits for everyone staying in the room must be paid to secure the room.

          Please reach out to me if you have any questions, or would ike to come along and share a room, but don’t have someone to make up the required number. 

          What is included

          • Enjoy 7 breakfasts at Karras Hotel.
          • Savor 6 wholesome vegan/vegetarian, organic lunch buffets.
          • Take advantage of access to the refreshing swimming pool.
          • Immerse yourself in 7 Morning Mindful Yoga Sessions.
          • Partake in 6 Evening Yoga Sessions, complete with meditations.
          • Engage in 2 Afternoon Yoga sessions, including an enlightening Anatomy session.
          • Embark on 5 exciting excursions with transportation and a knowledgeable guide:
            1. A 4-5 hour hike through the Ancient Forest of Rhandi.
            2. A 5-6 hour adventure combining the Thermal Hot Spring experience with a visit to Faros Beach.
            3. A traditional Ikarian Cooking Class.
            4. An exhilarating Dance Lesson.
            5. A memorable 5-6 hour journey to Seychelles Beach.
          • Your stay includes the European tourist tax.
          • Yoga props will be provided for your convenience, although you’re welcome to bring your own yoga mat if preferred.

          What is not included

          • Flights to and from your destination.
          • Transportation to and from the retreat location.
          • Transportation during the retreat (excluding the scheduled excursions).
          • Evening meals.
          • Health insurance.

          Transportation in Ikaria

          It is suggested to rent cars (or scooters) as a group of 3-4 people per car. The price can be up to £40 per day renting from a decent, reliable company. We are not in a peak season but, I would look to book sometimes May/June next 2024 so you can secure a car.

          Transportation to Ikaria

          There are multiple ways to get from the UK to Ikaria. I would recommend the quickest n.1. option.  

          1. / Return flight to Mykonos directly with Easy Jet or BA. Airports: Luton, Stansted, Gatwick with BA. Then, take appx. 2 1/5 hours scenic ferry journey from Mykonos – Evdilos, Ikaria. Only about 20 mins by car to our Karras Hotel )
          2. / Flights to Ikaria Airport ( JIK ) to Agios Kirykos, operated from Olympic Airlines from Athens. For more options visit The EGG website.

          Early Bird Rates

          • Single Occupancy (double bed with bathroom) £1,595 *
          • Double Occupancy (two people sharing with bathroom) £1,195 **
          • Triple Occupancy (three people sharing a room, private bathroom) £1,019 **