AN AUTUMN IMMERSION WITH KAREN & ALEX

8th-15th October 2023

Recharge, nourish, let go, breathe deep, slow down.

An Autumn yoga immersion with Karen & Alex Bowley

What will be offered?

Take a deep dive and immerse yourself in your yoga practice with Karen & Alex for a week. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for some time this retreat will be suitable for you. Alongside daily yoga there will also be plenty of time to be in nature, to relax and recharge, to hike, to swim, to take a bike ride, to dance, to draw, to read, to journal, to sleep, to nourish your Self and to rest deeply.

 

Throughout this week, we will look at practises and ways in which to support the body and mind as it transitions into the darker and more introspective months of autumn and winter.

 

Autumn is the time when the body naturally wants to slow down, to turn inwards, to nourish and restore its energy, to reflect on what has been and to let go of what is no longer of use, to see what we need more of moving forwards. We will explore this process through our yoga, pranayama, meditation, and movement practices. We will also see, with the advice of our herbalist Aris, how the use of herbs can assist us at this time, and through the guidance of our chef Pedros, how our nutritional choices can further support our well-being.

At this time of the year Lefkada is cooler in the evenings but the days can still be very sunny and warm, although we do sometimes get a good rain shower to nourish the land after the heat of the summer months it tends to be refreshing and short lived. Lefkada is full of herbs and autumnal flowers are scattered throughout the lush scenery, the smells from both delight the senses after the rains. It really is the perfect time to visit for taking time for you, on a quieter level. The sea is beautifully warm, and the climate is well suited for taking a leisurely walk in the valley or hiking in the nearby hillsides,  cycling or of course relaxing in and around the comfort of your villa.

The daily schedule. The mornings will consist of a substantial morning flow yoga practice with meditation and pranayama. We will then have a big brunch. After this the time is your own to relax, explore or perhaps receive your massage or read that book you have been wanting to get to for months. After a light afternoon snack, you then have the option to join a workshop-based yoga class where we will look at a theme or element from that day's classes in more detail. This will then be followed directly by a restorative practice and yoga nidra. We will then all come together for dinner in our unique dining area for a delicious 2-course meal.

 

Two of the days we will take an excursion, on those days there will not be the afternoon workshop, but the evening restorative practice will be offered. One of the days we will travel into the centre of the Island to the mountains to meet Aris, a local traditional herbalist, who will take us on an informative walk explaining the medicinal, mythological, and cooking purposes of the plants, flowers, and herbs. We will then stop at a unique local taverna for an amazing traditional lunch cooked by the local celebrity that is Maria.

 

Our second excursion will be a private boat trip to the stunning nearby Island of Meganissi where we will stop at a couple of beautiful snorkel and swim sites, some famous caves, and the beautiful fishing village of Vathi for lunch.

On two further days there will be the option to participate in an activity. To take a guided e-bike ride and also a hike to the local beauty spot of Agios Filis beach. So, there will be plenty to do but there will be no pressure to do any of it. You can drop in and out as you like and feel on a day-to-day basis, and don't forget you have a one-hour massage included to help you on that day when you just want to take things a bit easier or feel the need for it. More massages can also be booked locally should you wish.

 

The villas are beautiful, and each is unique. Each has two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and dining space and its own pool. Wifi and air-conditioning are standard in each space. They are set amongst nature with sea views and are approximately a 20-minute walk to the local beach and are very accessible for hiking or cycling around the nearby olive groves (bikes are available to hire locally).

 

The yoga platform and dining space are both outdoors, a hop, skip and a jump from your villa. This space can be fully covered should we experience the autumnal rains, and it also has an overhead ceiling to keep us cool on the, hopefully many, days where the sun is shining. The dining space also has a log burner for the evenings so we can stay warm and cosy.

 

Our food will be vegetarian and vegan and cooked by our wonderful professional chef Pedros who is from Argentina. He has also offered to teach us some Salsa dancing on a couple of evenings should the group feel that they would like too, which may well be fun and a great way to move some energy from our yoga practises.

The accommodation options for the retreat

AUTUMN YOGA IMMERSION 8th-15th Oktober 2023

Prices for our Spring Retreat at Kitchen Tower Villas:
Single occupancy  £1659 pp

Couple or Twin share £1199 pp

Included:

Accommodation - food - transfers

• 7 nights accommodation 

• Brunch / Snack / Evening meal daily - sumptuous vegan and vegetarian food lovingly cooked by our

• Private chef Pedro

• Transfers from PVK to the Tower Villas and return - one group transfer. 

• Recommended flight details to follow - please do not book any flights yet.

Yoga

• Twice daily yoga practices with Karen, including flow, restorative, yin, yoga nidra, somatic/Qi

• Gong/Tapping practices and more. 

• Daily Pranayama and meditation practices with Nadine

• Two yoga workshops with Karen during the week to further explore our theme, one embodiment workshop with Nadine.

Excursions

• A guided hike to Skaros Peak, lunch at the wonderful Maria's Taverna

• A seminar from Aris on the circle of life. 

• A boat trip to the neighbouring Island Meganisi for lunch, with snorkelling & swimming and a stop for coffee and shopping.

• A guided hike to Agios Filis beach for meditation and a swim, stopping for coffee and a chance to browse the shops after

Other

• Either one 1-1 or a treatment with Karen, or one energy healing with Nadine

• Teas and coffees

• Welcome basket of fruit and snacks in the villa

• Yoga mats, blocks, bricks, belts, bolsters, and blankets

• Hair dryers

• WiFi 

 

Not included:

• Flights

• Insurances

• Transfers outside of group transfers

• Extra excursions outside of those offered 

• Further 1-1 or massages outside of the one included 

• Paddle-boards, kayaks, mountain bikes, e-bikes. All are available to hire locally

• Alcohol 

• Soft/fizzy drinks

• Laundry/Ironing

• Staff Tips – all tips go directly to Mariella who works hard to keep the villas, pools and gardens well kept.  

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Please contact Karen at karenbennettyoga@gmail.com to register your interest and discuss recommended flights for included transfer. 

We ask for a non-refundable deposit of £350 to secure your spot at the time of booking. Balances will be requested by the end of February 2022. If government-based travel restrictions mean the retreat is unable to go ahead all monies will be refunded, aside from flights, unfortunately I cannot take any responsibility for flight losses or costs, please know all flight, travel and covid testing costs are entirely your own and bookings for these are taken at your own risk.

Full Terms and Conditions will be provided at the time of booking. 

Alexandra Bowley Yoga Profile

 

Alex is an RYT600 qualified Yoga Instructor, Reflexologist and Reiki Practitioner.
Following successful careers as a Dancer and then as a TV Executive, she finished her first Yoga Teacher Training in Athens and went on to expand her studies in India, now collating 100s of hours of international teaching experience, including leading on a Yoga Teacher Training Course.


Her specialities are Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin. She also enjoys holding Nidra, Restorative, Meditation, Pranayama and Relaxation classes and inspiring others to improve wellness and commit to long term health goals.


Alex’s teaching style is fun and naturally flowing. She combines her knowledge of anatomy and the breath to create a safe space to practice in and give her students the opportunity to explore the mental and the physical aspects of Yoga.
“I enjoy creating a balance of calmness and power when I teach and I allow my dance background to influence my classes in part. I want my students to leave feeling energised and happy!”
Alex’s sessions include emphasis on breath, energy, flow, anatomy, alignment and relaxation; postures which will invigorate the physical and mental being, leaving you with a general sense of change, growth and wellness.

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