Myth, Magic and Movement: Amorgos, Greece: August 2020
Join Sheila Ewers with Special Guests, Vanessa Martins and Dennis and Kathy Lang, for Myth, Magic and Movement in Greece!
Back by popular demand! We’ve scheduled another 2 weeks in Amorgos, Greece next year. Choose either August 15-22nd or August 22nd-29th (or stay for both!). In week one, Sheila will partner with Vanessa Martins, yoga teacher and retreat leader from Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Sheila and Vanessa have been crafting transformative retreat experiences together since 2013 and marvel at the creative chemistry that informs their collaborative teaching. In the second week, Sheila will be working with multi-talented yoga teachers and authors, Dennis and Kathy Lang, who are making their third trip to Greece to add extra magic to the week. We all look forward to a return to this incredible island paradise. The unspoiled island of Amorgos, Greece sits at the Southeastern edge of the Cyclades in the incredible Aegean Sea. There, we will dive deeply into Yoga, Mythology, Meditation and Greek culture at the luxurious Aegialis Hotel and Spa.
Use the lense of Greek Mythology to discover the stories, inherited and created, that inform your own life. Soak up the sun, unplug from your everyday routine, and reconnect to your heart as you participate in daily yoga (appropriate for every level) and meditation, swim in the cerulean blue water of the Aegean, hike the incredible hills of Amorgos, dine on fresh wholesome food, spoil yourself with a massage, and make new friends.
Pricing and Services
Either Single Week:
Superior Room Single Occupancy: $2550 per person
Superior Room Double Occupancy: $1950 per person
The ULTIMATE RETREAT…Combine Both Weeks!
Superior Room Single Occupancy: $4200
Superior Room Double Occupancy: $3200
A NONREFUNDABLE $500 Deposit will secure your spot with the balance ($2050 or $1450) due by June 1, 2020.
What’s included in your package?
7 nights accommodations in Superior Room
Daily yoga and meditation
Daily Buffet Breakfast with organic ingredients from Aegialis Hotel and Spa gardens
Daily Buffet Dinner
Arrival and Departure transfers from the port in Amorgos
1 30 minute Swedish aromatherapy massage
10% discount on spa treatments
Unlimited use of Lalon Idor Spa Facilities including sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center
Unlimited internet use
What’s not included in your package?
Ferry tickets and transfers to ports other than Amorgos
A third meal each day (You may not need it! The food service at Aegialis is generous, to say the least!)
Extra spa treatments or excursions
Venue and Local Area
The hotel combines traditional Amorgian architecture and spirit with a simple and elegant setting. Standing on a hillside overlooking the beautiful bay of Aegiali, Aegialis Hotel & Spa offers a breath-taking view into the deep blue of the Aegean Sea and to the surrounding islands of Nikouria, Donousa and Koufounisia.
The restaurant serves delicious healthy food, using organic vegetables, cultivated right in the hotel gardens.
Amorgos Island offers many possibilities for hiking, enjoying wonderful views and collecting your own aromatic and therapeutic herbs, used for herbal teas and spa treatments. In a nearby village, there is a new distillery for essential oils, from local herbs.
Between the main sandy beach of Aegiali and the beach of Levroso, Aegialis hotel is a maximum 7-10 minutes walk away from the crystal clear waters of Aegiali bay.
There is possibility for daily trips to 4 small islands: Iraklia, Schinousa, Koufonisi and Donousa; short afternoon/morning trips to the nearby villages of Tholaria, Lagada, Potamos or a boat trip to Nikouria, a non-residential small island.
Superior rooms present subtle, elegant and modern comfort featuring state of the art facilities in a minimal Cycladic design mentality. All rooms have a balcony with a breathtaking view! Upgrade option available to an Exclusive Suite with more space and privacy and a larger outdoor living space.
US Citizens traveling to Greece need a current passport. Check the expiration date to make sure that it does not expire within 6 months of your trip. Visas are not required.
Concerns about the European Economy have had very little effect on tourism in Greece, especially outside the capital. ATMs may limit the amount of money you may withdraw, so it is advisable to manage your cash accordingly. Most small businesses prefer cash transactions, but larger hotels and transport companies usually accept Master Card and Visa.
Stay abreast of any travel advisories through the US State Department Website.
The remote location of Amorgos works like a natural filter keeping crowds small and the island unspoiled. From the United States, you will fly to Athens. You should plan to arrive at least one day before the start of the retreat.
Option 1: Ferry from Athens
Ferries run between Athens and the ports of Katapola and Aegialis on either Seajets or Blue Star. The Seajets boats are smaller and less comfortable, but usually travel faster. Blue Star is very spacious with multiple seating options and the opportunity for a sleeping cabin if you book early enough. If you take the ferry to and from Athens(Departing from either Piraeus or Rafina), the trip will last approximately 7-8 hours. You can book tickets through ferryhopper.com The hotel will arrange transport to and from the ferry terminal for you.
Option 2: Ferry from Santorini or Naxos
Flights are plentiful and inexpensive between Athens and Santorini or Athens and Naxos and the Ferry ride from either one is approximately 1-3 hours. Travel typically takes place midday.
Access Ferry Schedules and Pricing Here.
Sheila is happy to guide you through the travel booking process if you need help. email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
About Your Hosts
Sheila is an ERYT 500 certified teacher who has been practicing and teaching for many years. She is the founder of both Johns Creek Yoga and Duluth Yoga and relishes the opportunity to share the practice that has so powerfully transformed her life with as many people as she can. She completed her 200 hour training at Peachtree Yoga in Sandy Springs, Georgia and her 500 hour at Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts. She holds additional certifications in Yin Yoga and Thai Yoga Bodywork. In addition to daily classes at both studios, she facilitates Yoga Teacher Training and offers retreats and workshops both locally and internationally. As a former Professor of American literature, Sheila loves to explore the intersection between philosophy, poetry, religion, nature and yoga and often brings that synthesis into her classes. She continues to take advantage of every opportunity to train and learn and will forever consider herself a student of this ancient and beautiful practice. She will be partnering in week one (8/24-8/31) with Vanessa Kent, a fellow Kripalu ERYT500 and extraordinary teacher from Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Vanessa and Sheila have worked together to craft creative, transformative retreats in the past and can’t wait to co-host this so soulful tour through the mythical terrain of Amorgos. On Week 2, Sheila will be joined by Dennis and Kathy Lang, authors of “Everything Matters” and internationally acclaimed teachers. Dennis and Kathy bring a powerful alchemy of music with live guitar, flute, and more coupled with gentle, intuitive movement.
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