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Ellas Retreat

Palairos, Greece

Ellas Retreat is a yoga meditation center: offers Kriya and Kundalini yoga, Vipassana, Contact dance, Hatha yoga, Tantra, Meditation, and various other courses.

Reviews 34

  • Moyin L'esperance Seychelles

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Relaxed friendly atmosphere ...met a lively and beautiful set of people...

    I suppose as new people were joining the different retreats....ü were left wondering if ü were in the right group ....perhaps...a meet,greet explanation would be nice...

  • Anonymous

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I did the one week hatha yoga retreat. The location is absolutely perfect. Beautiful beaches with stunning scenery, sunsets and stars at night. Teona was a lovely instructor who was very committed to her practise. Good value for money. Amazing food and the local places to eat are also wonderful. I really enjoyed the yoga and meditation - a perfect introduction for a beginner or at any stage.

    Organisation could have been better which would have made a big difference. It was the end of the season and unfortunately it showed that they needed a break which is totally understandable but not ideal when people go there for a break themselves. I stayed in a separate appt on the beach for the first couple of nights because the guest house was full. Again this was absolutely fine and another lovely spot but clarity prior to arrival would have helped to settle in more quickly. By the end I didn't want to leave but more information such as that you can't pay by card would have made the first couple of days even better.

  • Nicola Needham Great Britain

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Teachers were truly excellent, knew an awful lot and were very passionate about their practice. Questions were encouraged. The location was okay ; but for me quite noisy as dogs were barking almost continually , l felt it a great distraction . The practice was half in the locations garden , the noisy space; on the beach was a somewhat quieter practice. The food was beyond brilliant ; covered most diets ; raw, vegan, glutton free and so forth ; HUGE thanks to David who happened to be passing through , lucky us !!! Accommodation better than basic , able to make drinks any time , good fridges in the rooms , hot showers , comfortable beds . Felt the yoga was more important than the business side , a good trait to have . Airport easy easy ! Was picked up as arranged.

    The noise was a big distraction to me , night times too . Went in second week of October , flies still very active !! Felt a little lost on arrival , could have done with an introduction to the place just to make settling a bettle experience . A little disorganised as retreats go.

  • Aleksandra Sokolova Latvia

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I've been in Ella's Retreat in Palairos course and although I didn't really understand what I've signed up to, I'm glad I did. It was the first time I practiced actual yoga, not just acrobatics. We meditated and talked about yoga a lot, which gave a wee glimpse on how drastically daily life can improve if kriya yoga became a daily practice. Love the views from the yoga platform!

  • Anonymous

    September 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Very relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful environment. Enough time to enjoy the beach and sun. :)


  • Nicola Kew Great Britain

    September 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    My perfect retreat, I met the most amazing people and such a warming environment. I've been drawn to shamanism for many years, coming to this retreat has made me realise why. We also had the option for yoga and meditation on the platform which for me was just perfect. Also learning a lot from Teona such a beautiful soul

  • Veronika Pechová United States

    September 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I had very special time in Greece with Teona, Basu and all other amazing people I met during this retreat. Yoga practice was nothing I expected but during all course I felt like it was designed for me. I must admit that I feel like I found very natural way of doing yoga and learnt so much every single day. We did yoga in the morning on a deck with a view over the sea and if we were early enough we could meditate during the sun rise.

    Brunch with Teona was always delicious. I couldn't believe the variety of meals. Every day we tried something new and different, everything vegetarian and mostly plant based.

    The place itself is situated in a village, with few restaurants and shops where we could find everything we needed. It is not a very touristy place so lying on a beach was very relaxing and calm.

    The retreat is a great way to spend your vacation as a solo traveler as there are always very friendly people. Also you can always choose to spend time alone or resting and talking with others on a garden. Overall I feel very grateful to spend my vacation in this special place. Love first.


  • Anastasia Vainshtein Israel

    September 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    That was my first trip to this magical place. It was so amazing! Our teachers (Basu and Ann) are great people! I could feel their positive energy and unconditional love sharing with us all the time. The program was intensive and after 7 days retreat I could really noticed a lot of changes in my mind and my body. A very special gratitude to Teona, she is a very nice person. Her food is very tasty, she takes care a lot about people are staying there. I'm looking forward to come to Ellas retreat again and spend as much time as I can! Thank you my dear friends, it was a special period in my life!

  • Pam Wood Great Britain

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The intelligent and informational inspiration of Teona & Basil's guidance enabled in me in a deep way to reconnect to the core of me. I liked what I saw.

    The location was not quiet at a few times in the day but even this was a moment of yoga meditation practice 'to go inside and name what is'!

  • Sisi Yang Great Britain

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    If you're looking for modern (California) yoga and learn challenging yoga poses, this is not the place for you.

    But there is so much more than just the yoga technique. Yoga is about love, life, happiness and living at present. You'll experience these while here.

    We had 3 hours meditation, hatha yoga and nidyi yoga early morning, then a heart warming breakfast and sharing session with the fellow yogi. During the day, there's plenty of choices for leisure, beach and food to keep us occupied. The most significant though for me is the support and love from Teona, Basu, Emil, Julian and from every other people I meet during this trip.

    The yoga/meditation session, the instructors and the small town environment just purify me completely. Wish I can stay longer!!


  • Kashmir Rai Great Britain

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I came to the retreat with my mother and we did not know what to expect as this was our first yoga retreat. Upon arrival, we knew we choose the best place. Teona and Basu were extremely welcoming and truly magnificent teachers. The daily brunch was delicious and there was always something different cooked with a variety to choose from. The location of the morning yoga/meditation really allows you to immerse yourself into the practice.

    The surrounding village is quiet and everyone we met was very friendly. The close proximity to the beach allowed us to try a new restaurant every day with an incredible view. Lefkada was only a drive away where we tried kayaking and saw some beautiful sea caves. Another short car journey away is Vathiavali beach - my personal favourite, as it had a great atmosphere and was not over crowded. The food and drink in the small bar/cafe were also great.

    The time really flies at Ellas Retreat so embrace and learn from every moment.

  • Emma Mak Great Britain

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The whole experience was beautiful! It was a perfect retreat to disconnect and to just 'be'. Teona was amazing, and her food is a massive bonus. Would highly recommend

  • Lisa Boddenberg United States

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Teona was very kind, accommodating and made the experience much better. She answered my questions promptly before I arrived and also made sure that there were plenty of selections for breakfast for my vegan diet.


  • Marika Ristanovska Great Britain

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Beautiful place and beautiful people

  • Elizabeth Lewis Great Britain

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The area is great - the outlook from deck on which we did the meditation/yoga is so beautiful. I loved the accomodation - comfy beds, good quality bed linen, great shower, balcony. I loved the brunches after the yoga sessions, preparing the food together and eating on a big table in the shade. There is a fabulous beach nearby. The area is reasonable its not touristy. At first I found the yoga part of the sessions to slow and not dynamic enough - but that wasn't too important - the meditation was relaxing and holding the poses for several mins was the yoga / asana challenge. I met an interesting bunch of people. Last but not least Teona is a lovely person and very endearing. Thanks Teona for a great week I hope to see you again.

    I found BookYogaRetreats website clunky to use and I needed to phone a few times to check on the booking, but each time I spoke to a really charming person who sorted my query immediately.

    no negatives

  • Kerry Dixon Great Britain

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The guided sunrise yoga and meditation was excellent. Teona's lyrical, relaxing voice settled the mind.

    Post breakfast discussions led by Besu and Teona were so interesting

    Relaxed atmosphere

    Yoga deck is an amazing place to have the learning.

    Could be a little tidier. It is a bit shabby in places and it would be great to have a well kept garden to relax in as outside space is limited.

    Breakfast table too small to accommodate everyone comfortably and chairs need replacing.

  • Monica Ruiz Great Britain

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    This is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever been in the Mediterranean. Small lovely fishing village with all amenities you need (ATM, restaurants, supermarket and souvenir shop) all at walking distance. A quiet place to enjoy the beautiful and clear waters, the blissful sun and rejuvenating yoga practise. You can always rent a moped / car and explore the area in case you want to see more, but for me it was just what I needed.

    Teona and Basu and the team were amazing and I will definitely recommend the retreat - be aware the practise is mainly focused on breathing, meditation and traditional Hatha - which for me was perfect as I have been lately used to do a more dynamic type of yoga, so complemented wonderfully.

    Until next time Teona, thanks again for having me xx

    Only thing I could say is that, as a personal preference, brunches were mainly sweet dishes - and I am a savoury person!

  • Gemma Lindsay Israel

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Deciding to do the yoga retreat in Palairos with Teona was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

    Everything was brilliant! The accommodation was lovely - comfy bed and big room with ensuite shower/bath. The garden was beautiful and the location was great - only a 5 minute walk down into town where there were all the shops that you could need - supermarket, bakery, pharmacy etc. The restaurants in town were all delightful with delicious Greek food - Anna's was my absolute favourite - cheap and delicious with impeccable service overlooking the sea.

    The 'private beach' is about a 15 minute walk away - the nicest beach that iIhave ever been to. The beach in town is also nice - and you can get food and drinks bought to you there from the restaurants.

    The yoga retreat itself was great - on a deck overlooking the sea every morning. I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga - I felt myself improving every day especially with the deep breathing and meditation. Doing yoga in the morning sets you up for a great day, especially with the brunch afterwards.

    Teona's cooking was wonderful - I had no idea that vegetarian food could taste that amazing! I had a fantastic stay and met some lovely people - I even extended my stay there!

    Thank you for everything Teona, I will definitely be back!

  • Farah Rahman Netherlands

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Teona was a great teacher, guide and cook. She really cares about you and does her best to make it a personal and comfortable experience for all.

    I loved the quaint little seaside village with just enough entertainment and warm people.

    Most of all i loved the community spirit that grew almost naturally as we did many activities together ; even cooking together.

    Overall it was a great experience that encouraged me to grow.

    It was too short! Im counting down days until i can visit again!

  • Grace Flavin United States

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I loved everything about this retreat. Teona is a great instructor and leader for the retreat. I loved walking every morning to the yoga deck and being able practice in such a beautiful area! You have the rest of the day to do whatever you like in the village or elsewhere. Many beaches close by and cabs are easy to find. The food is amazing! Teona cooked for us two nights and we went out in the village the other nights. The water is clean to drink, but everywhere offers free bottled water and bread :) I traveled by myself and stayed in the 1 bedroom 1 bath. Everything was clean, fresh, organic and you can feel the love of having an authentic experience in Greece.

  • Anonymous

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The little village has pristine rocky beaches and crystal water. Everyone was very friendly, the accommodations are basic but nice and comfortable. It's a great retreat to go to alone. You can make friends or spend time alone if you like. The breakfast was delicious and I'm glad I got a chance to deepen my meditation practice.

    The village was very small so be prepared for that. The yoga wasn't exactly what I was expected or used to.

  • Ilze Kiers Netherlands

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I loved everything about this retreat. The hostel had a great vibe and I loved staying there, also a lot of room! The yogadeck at the sea was a wonderfull place to start the practice in the morning. Teona is a great teacher and lovely person. Would recommend to everybody!!

  • Iuliia Kryvenok Ukraine

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Whole days were full of yoga, great meals, understanding, support and love

    I liked everything

  • Anonymous

    May 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Everything about it.

    The nature, the environment, the teachers, the schedule, the facilities and last but not least THE FOOD!


  • Tanya Collins Great Britain

    May 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    everything! the teachers were amazing full of information, love and understanding. the course structure was perfect and managed very well. the food was just amazing with vegetarian and vegan and gluten free and dairy free. the location was perfect quiet and serene. accommodation was amazing also. the whole retreat was just the best if ever been on and hope to join again many times in the years to come.

    mosquitoes :)

  • Sabrina Perivier France

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    L'ambiance générale, les plats végétariens cuisinés avec amour, les organisateurs de cette retraite, Basu, Teona, Antonis, Daphné et les volontaires. Un groupe inoubliable rempli de bienveillance, de compassion et d'amour. Je conseille vivement cette retraite à toute personne qui souhaite éveiller sa conscience et progresser dans son développement spirituel.


  • Anonymous

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Walk the talk - das trifft für das ganze Team von Ellas Retreat voll und ganz zu. Glaubwürdig und echt. Basu führt die Teilnehmenden klar und strukturiert in die eigenverantwortliche Praxis.


  • Chloe Synajko France

    September 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The place to do the yoga, the garden to relax together

    4 people in a little room, impossible to really relax.

    The changes in the schedule.

  • Aschkan Rahimi Kazerani Germany


    I came to Ella’s retreat with no expectations. To be honest I thought this is going to be more of a fitness holiday than anything else. But my expectations were fortunately wrong:

    Of course our program was really intense physically. I did the Kundalini program. Other than that this retreat showed me what life is really about. It wasn’t just fitness yoga I’ve been doing back home. No, this was the real yoga. The teachers - or better friends Teona and Basu are lovely. They saw us as individuals and not as guests or customers. These guys take their time to explain to you what you’ve been wanting to know about yoga, meditation and the places that practice this in the world. Other than that you just feel welcomed and loved by them. Nothing was fake. Everything is explained to you; you don’t do any pose or breathing technique without knowing why you’re doing it! I had the luck to be there while Diwali was going on (Hindu Festival of Lights); it felt like being in India! The yoga deck gives you a peaceful and lovely view. Antonio and Daphne were responsible for the amazing and unique food. You will be experiencing a culinary festival! In fact I liked it so much there that I extended my stay from seven to fourteen days.

    At this place I learned everything that I have been looking for. I took a little bit of this retreat back home in my heart, body and soul. This journey was by far the best I have ever been on. Thanks for having us there and I’m looking forward to meet you guys soon!

    “Love first” - as Teona would say.

  • Josefin Arnell Amsterdam

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I did my first Vipassana, 14 days silent retreat at Antonios Guesthouse. The place is magic, the mountains around, the view over the bay, misty mornings and rainbows. The houses are simple and clean and the beds comfortable. It was not always easy going through the retreat itself but Antonio and his girlfriend are making sure your stay will be for your best comfort. The food is amazing, like amazing for real. A mixture between microbiologic, vegan and raw. As being intolerant they also prepared special things for me, which I really appreciate. They make you feel very welcome and at home. It is far the best retreat I have experienced. I will definitely go back very soon! Thank you!

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  • Georgios Zolotas

    Ellas Retreat Facebook page

    I have completed two Vipassana retreats with very good results there with the invaluable encouragement and guidance of Martin Pack. Food was very good and nature around the house very beautiful. There you can find the ideal conditions for that kind of deep inner purification in harmony and peace.

  • Marin Markuze Latvia

    Ellas Retreat Facebook page

    Amazing place Beautiful people Great super healthy food Wise teachers Life changing practice THANK YOU!!!

  • a traveler

    Antonio's Guest House website

    It has been a wonderful and life-changing experience. Everyday the food was a gift of love from the organizers! I would absolutely recommend this retreat! It was a great experience and I wish to everybody to have a similar one, especially in a difficult time of their lives. I would not change anything, for fear that the output would not be equally good.

  • a traveler

    Antonio's Guest House website

    Highest quality Vipassana practice and teaching. Health beyond expectations and lots of variation. If you look for a retreat that can open you to yourself this retreat will do it.

  • a traveler

    Antonio's Guest House website

    Well organised. beautiful setting, well cared for and very well fed. Too eat this type of healthy food, i would normally be a little skeptical. But i can honestly say that all the hard work that the organisers put in to create this type of was more than worth it. I was recovering from a sickness when i arrived am i am convinced that the food had a major part to play in my recovery. The benefits one gets from these types of retreat are vital for our spiritual growth. I know sometimes it can bring up difficulties but i also know this is what i need to work with. I know this is deep practice where they say no pain no gain. For me the gain was having the difficulties, seeing them and working with them. I think this vipassana practice is a must for all those who want to learn about themselves. I would have stayed longer. The meditation space for me was a little too dark, I think i would have liked this space somewhere else if possible.

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