Qigong & Hatha Yoga retreat on a sunny Cycladic island (13% off)

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A seafront character hotel of Cycladic architecture

About the area:


Antiparos! An unspoiled countryside on a magical blue canvas, where you can enjoy cheerful times, relaxed moods, friendly people and pure fun until the morning. Antiparos is located very close to the cosmopolitan island of Paros, separated by a narrow strait of only 1.250m.


Antiparos is a quiet island with incredibly beautiful beaches, a few of which can only be reached on foot. It’s the biggest and the only populated one in a chain of small and isolated neighbouring islands. Some of these islands were important centers of the ancient Cycladic period and archaeological excavations are still taking place there. Short boat trips do transfers from Agios Georgios port to Despotiko Island for a day swim in its sandy and untouched beaches. Antiparos is well known for its cave, located on the east side of the island, with an impressive large opening and great depth, home to huge stalactite and stalagmite formations, offering an unforgettable spectacle.


Antiparos town is a 20min drive from our venue. Its infrastructure includes a small port, two marinas, a post office and banks and there is also a small medical center and a pharmacy. There are all kinds of elegant shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which boast of their gourmet cuisine. The town is quiet during the day, but in the evening its central stone-paved street bursts with life, people dining or having a drink all along. 


On Antiparos one can choose among or combine stylish holidays, exciting excursions, solitary times, crowded fun and carefree living.


About the venue:


This venue is owned by a local family. With great patience and devotion the buildings have been carefully preserved over the years until recently, when they were renovated in their contemporary look.


The venue consists of studios, maisonettes and a house and is able to host up to 25 people. Unique hand crafted furniture have been collected from many different places of Greece to decorate the rooms and the house in minimalistic style.


Aiming to the ultimate comfort of visitors all studios and maisonettes are equipped with high quality ecological mattresses and feature a private bathroom with bath products and a hair-dryer, a kitchenette with a fridge, a shaded terrace with breathtaking sea view, air conditioning, a TV and a safe deposit box. There is free WiFi close to hotel's reception.


The rooms are cleaned daily and the sheets and towels are changed every 3 days following an environmental friendly policy.


The venue, by providing a dedicated yoga platform with amazing views and being only 1 min away from a sandy beach with crystal clear waters, is an excellent choice for a quality, hassle free yoga retreat. Yoga props can be provided under request.


Facilities, services and amenities:



  • Breakfast with local products

  • Café - Snack bar

  • Laundry service

  • Free WiFi

  • Fax – printer service

  • Free parking


Possible activities in and around this venue:



  • Guided trekking tours

  • Guided sailing tours

  • Guided boat trips to nearby islets

  • Diving tours and lessons

  • Yoga or Qi Gong sessions

  • Massage or other wellbeing treatments

  • Cooking classes

  • Scheduled ferries and local island-hopping boats make it easy to visit Mykonos, Delos, Ios and even Santorini without having to stay there overnight.


For more detailed info and/or a price offer, please contact us!


About the social enterprise behind this venue offer:


Travel & Do gives you access to 15+ handpicked yoga-friendly venues all over Greece, covering all different budget requests! Available dates guaranteed!


We offer a unique in the travel market contract to those teachers who will assign us to co-organize one or more of their retreats in Greece. 


The original points of our collaboration scheme are:



  • exchange services,

  • optional promotion of your retreat to our own clientele,

  • fair-trade applications,

  • optional sponsoring of projects supporting the local community and the environment,

  • special offers and discounts for your retreat customers, if they visit Greece in the future as individual travellers

  • eco-friendly guidelines, honoring sustainability.


WE ARE NOT A VENUE BOOKING AGENCY, but a social enterprise! Please, visit our website and get to know us and our vision better!


Namaste!

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Yannis Sampsonidis

I was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1968.


During my university studies on Civil Engineering, I was blessed to discover the Eastern Internal Martial Arts.


From 1990 to 1999 I have intensively studied Master Mantak Chia's Universal Healing Tao System. After this long training, I have decided I want to live and work as a teacher and therapist and not as an engineer, so I committed myself to the path of spirituality and healing.


Today, as a certified instructor of the Universal Healing Tao System, I teach Conscious Breathing, Healing Sounds, Chinese Yoga, Qi Gong and Meditation.


I am also a certified Thai Massage practitioner, certified by the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and a 300h certified Hatha Yoga instructor by the Lotos Yoga Academy, one of the oldest Yoga Alliance certified schools in Greece.


I continue my studies both in Thai Massage and Hatha Yoga.


I volunteer to my community by offering free or basic-cost yoga and qigong classes, mostly to children with special needs and to older people.


I keep my passion for the preservation of the natural environment and wildlife alive by being an active member/supporter of various NGOs in Greece and worldwide, like: ALKIONI, ARCHELON, AVAAZ.


On top of that I have founded the not-for-profit corporation Hellenic Tao, that has soon grown to a vivid network of volunteers, supporting members, social enterprises and socially responsible companies, all sharing the same vision: To promote the Greek authentic culture, protect the environment, support local sustainability projects or initiatives and generally inspire towards a more conscious and holistic way of life.


Finally, I wish to add that I have become a pescetarian (one who eats fish-meat only) after my introduction to the inspiring Meatrix and Earthlinks documentaries. These are highly suggested to watch, but only if you feel ready inside for the ..change.


A complete list of my honored teachers follows. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart!



  • Master Wang Ting Yun - Medical Qi Gong for the spine

  • Master Wen Mei Yu - Soaring Crane Qi Gong

  • Master Alex Dong - Yang Tai Chi Chuan

  • Dr. Gaspar Garcia - 8 Jewels Qi Gong

  • Dr. Ho - Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ear Acupuncture

  • Dr. George Pappas - Tai Chi Qi Gong & Daoist Meditation

  • Dr. George Aggelinakis - Bio energy Balancing

  • Moscha Skodra - Shiatsu

  • George Tsirakidis - Thai Massage

  • Spyros Peristeris - Thai Massage

  • TMC-Thai Massage School - Thai Massage

  • Sunshine Massage School - Thai Massage

  • Master Duan Zhi Liang - Wu Ji Qi Gong

  • Master Tew Bunnag - Bodhisattva virtues and Tai Chi Chuan

  • S.N.Goenka and assistants – Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin

  • Dr. Kyriakos Zografos - Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

  • Linda Kapetaniou Lotus Academy - Hatha Yoga, Sotai Yoga

  • Andrzej Kalisz - Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong  

  • Panayotis Derventis - Daoyin Yangsheng Gong

  • Biff Mithoefer – Yin Yoga

  • Robert Krzisnik & Marjeta Novak – The Transformational Power of Nonviolent Communication

  • Liu Jianshe – Zhineng Qigong

  • Master Juan Li – Thibetan meditation to transform emotions and beliefs

  • Irene Norberg – “Touch for Health 1″ (International Kinesiology College)

  • Monroe Institute – Hemi-Sync

  • Elias Koumpounis – Laughter Wellness

  • Oriental Medicine & Shiatsu Training Centre – Sotai Corrective Bodywork


Come and join one of my retreats! As a teacher, I share with all my heart what I have learned in life so far and as a group leader I make sure you enjoy a well-coordinated itinerary. 


Namaste!

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