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Discover how raw food, nutrition, yoga practice, and creative expression will awake the essence of your soul. Learn the secrets of how to prepare delicious raw food recipes from nutrition expert Esko and feel your body and mind rejuvenate. The morning and evening yoga and mindfulness practices will help you connect with yourself while creative explorations with Maria Paula Medina will help you unleash the artist in you. All your senses will be in heaven by relaxing in a stunning location.
You will be staying at Urania Villas, towering high over the sea, offering breathtaking views over Vasiliki bay, Kefalonia, and Ithaka. The accommodation offers luxury rooms with private bathrooms; some with jacuzzi, and all with stunning sea views.
The place is quiet and lavish by nature’s melodies. You will be in staying in the villas with three bedrooms each and plenty of living space and its own swimming pool. There is also a private beach reachable via a steep 300 meters path for the fit ones!
Esko will talk about raw food and nutrition essentials. Together, you will prepare delicious raw lunches. Learn all of Esko's secrets to creating divine healthy flavors. Come with an open mind and appetite, and learn how to create your own conscious relationship with raw food. Natural foods will rejuvenate mind and body connection, promote emotional stability, and happiness. As your body will begin to feel healthier, your sense of well-being and vitality will increase.
Esko will also be taking you on a voice healing journey. The voice is the vibrational link to your emotional and spiritual bodies, as well as it is the main tool used to communicate and transform feelings and states of being. Opening the voice in a natural and unharmful way is a beautiful musical experience, as well as an invaluable tool for self-realization and spiritual awakening.
Paula will lead you on your daily yoga and mindfulness journey, gently rejuvenating, and strengthening your body and mind. The physical practice of yoga asanas will rejuvenate your body, balance your mind, and help to ignite the digestive fire, also known as "Agni". In the evening, creative workshops will connect you further with your creative side as well as promote self expression and flow.
The creative evening will allow you to understand and experience the creative process inside your soul while teaching you life lessons. This creative process will bring you closer aligned with your heart and intuition.
These practices will include:
During this retreat, you will venture to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, such as Porto Katsiki and Egremni, which are just a few kilometers away from the villas.
Born in Finland but living in Greece for 20 years now, Esko is passionate about raw food, vegan cuisine, and nutrition. He is also a dedicated yogi and is continually exploring and studying ways to deepen awareness, consciousness, and mindfulness.
Marìa Paula Medina
Born in Argentina in 1983, yoga became part of Paula’s life at age 18. She studied visual arts in Argentina and Milan and explored trails throughout Latin America with the art project Latin American Pilgrimage (sound therapy and body movements). Paula became a yoga instructor at the age of 27. She has logged many hours of training in both Argentina and Europe, and specializes in therapeutic Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Paula lives in the Dolomites where she teaches yoga and accompanies hiking and climbing groups. She has a great passion for mountain sports.
This retreat will take place in the stunning Greek island Lefkada. Towering over the Ionian Sea and surrounded by lush greenery, you will relax at Urania Luxury Villas, located in one of the most beautiful areas of southern Lefkas island near the famous Greek beaches of Egkremnoi, Porto Katsiki, and an ancient Apollo temple site.
During this retreat, you will receive raw food workshops with Esko Koski-Laulaja. You will join him on a journey into the world of natural foods as well as explore how the foods you choose to eat have an effect on your mind, body, spirit, and the planet. You will help to prepare recipes from locally grown seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and greens.
You will be able to explore flavors in healthy and creative ways, play with recipes, and learn to create your own. Esko will demonstrate how to clean and prepare ingredients, how to make nuts and seeds more digestible, how to sprout seeds, and how to grow your own salad on your kitchen window.
You will have the opportunity to look into topics like life force from the sun to the plates, nutrients for building life, health benefits of raw food, raw food versus cooked food, maintaining the acid and alkaline balance, which are the enzymes in living foods, the secrets of creating taste with five flavors, the right mind set and the first bite, and meditative eating.
The retreat offers opportunities to do other activities during your free time. You will have the chance to explore a wonderful private beach, located just underneath the villas. It is covered with small pearls and sand, has blue and turquoise colors, and it is a wonderful round-trip of 25 to 45 minutes, depending on the physical shape of the hiker, beneath the olive trees and the lush greenery of the hill.
Even if you don’t have the chance to hike down to the beach, the superb views will relax and renew your spirits and if you are lucky enough, you will spot dolphins swimming in the water. The area belongs to the environmental protection network Nature 2000 because it is a habitat for dolphins and seals.
The island of Lefkada hosts numerous water sports and activities such as scuba diving, boating, kite surfing, kite boarding, surfing, and more. These activities can be discovered in Vassiliki bay just three and a half kilometers from the villas. Vassiliki bay is also famous for hosting windsurfing tournaments and practitioners from all over the world!
Lefkada has three world class beaches, Porto Katsiki, Egremnoi and Kathisma! Porto Katsiki and Egremnoi are easily accessible after a 15 minutes drive. Starting from the northwest coast you will meet Kathisma, a 3 kilometers wide sandy popular bay.
After a stunning journey through pine and olive trees you will cross Egremnoi, a beach a little hard to reach, because of the 300 steps staircase, but once you reach the bottom of it, the sight will compensate every bit of your sweat! Finally, further down you will meet Porto Katsiki, the most famous beach of the island.
During this holiday, you will have access to the sauna and massage services will be available at the retreat's venue on request for an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Aktion National Airport (PVK). Transportation to and from this airport is available on request with Divine Retreats for an additional cost.
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