4 Days Yoga Retreat in Halkidiki
The summer of 2017 started with the best possible way! The 4-day retreat at the Barbagiannis hotel was just what we needed to get on the summer spirit and fill us with energy and good mood.
We arrived Friday afternoon, we stretched our legs during the evening yoga practice, and we had our first dinner with a magical sea view!
Saturday morning we woke up early to enjoy our yoga practice. Therapeutic yoga on the hotel’s lawn, advance yoga by the sea in Tranni Ammouda. The weather was perfect! As warm as needed to do our practice without being stressed over the high temperature and hot enough to jump in the water to freshen up!
After the rich breakfast buffet, those who wanted quiet, choose Tranni Ammouda for their swim. Those who wanted a more happening scene, went to Talgo beach bar a few kilometers nearby.
Sea, sun, music, reading, swimming, talking, meeting, exploring… Relaxation… Everybody, in one’s own way, enjoyed retreat’s second day.
As we got to know each other better hour after hour, our afternoon yoga practice gave an end to Saturday’s activities in the best way possible!
Dinner was flavorful and rich as usual! Mrs Anna overcame herself, offering special “Imam-bildi”. Excellent home-cooked dinner! We felt like one big family gathered around the table, with good mood and good wine!
Sunday morning, after the yoga practice and breakfast, some chose to continue their day relaxing by the sea, and some preferred to join the cruise to Mount Athos. Weather turned to get a bit chilly and clouded and we enjoyed our cruise without worrying about sunburns or sunstrokes… At about 11 am we reached Mount Athos and for the next 2 hours we enjoyed the stunning sights of the monasteries, as we were sailing by the coast. As soon as we arrived in Ouranoupoli, the sun came out. We wandered around in the village and ate in a traditional restaurant, feeling as if it was midsummer!
Sailing back to Ormos Panagias, we had the opportunity to attend an excellent music and dance-filled show by the crewmembers of the boat, who performed traditional dances from all-around Greece.
After our yoga practice, we exchanged our experience of the day over dinner.
Monday morning, some of us managed to wake up early enough to watch the sunrise. We all participated to our last yoga practice with more consciousness, knowing that we had to keep in our souls every detail from the surrounding sounds and essences of the Halkidiki land for as long as possible!
We said goodbye in the afternoon exchanging phone numbers and addresses and wishing to meet again.
Summer’s first retreat ended leaving us with the best memories!
We thank all the participants for the positive energy and great mood they brought to the retreat and we wish them every best!