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8 Days Macrobiotic Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Greece 

Cooking, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Greece

Join Ellas Retreat for practicing yoga, meditation, and learn how to prepare delicious tempeh avocado sandwiches, Seitan medallions, and heart filling miso- soups, while tempting your selves with sugar-free deserts, using fresh products of our home- grown organic vegetables and fruits .


  • Daily yoga lesson
  • Daily meditation session
  • Daily cooking workshops
  • Interesting outdoor activities
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Macrobiotic meals


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, Greek, English
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The yoga hostel - guest house is situated in the picturesque port of Paleros and operates from the beginning of May until the end of October. This will be your hosts and guides to the local lifestyle. The guesthouse has seven rooms with access to a relaxing garden and great views of the Ionian Sea, the island of Lefkada, and a spectacular view of the marvelous stone mountain (Serekas) that rises next to Paleros.

All the rooms are homely and tastefully decorated and include air-conditioning, a TV set and a small refrigerator, and hot plate for an emergency lunch or tea. You may relax on the balcony or in the garden during any time of the day and feel completely at home.

Ellas Retreat Greece Yoga Retreat Schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Moving meditation (optional)
  • 08:15 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 13:00 Cooking workshop or lunch preparation
  • 13:15 - 14:30 Lunchtime
  • 14:30 - 18:30 Free time
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Macrobiotic talk
  • 21:30 - 22:00 Mindfulness meditation (optional)

Included excursions

Boat tour to the islands nearby is included in the price.


Karin is an enthusiastic person with a great heart with experience on the food and especially in the macrobiotics for more than 30 years. Graduated and getting all her knowledge from the Kushi Institute in Amsterdam, Karin continued her journey in life cater for groups and people who need her help and advice for better health and life. She has been working as an instructor and also as the main chef cook at Deshima Restaurant holland and giving lectures and talks around in many places.


Lefkada island

With its turquoise crystal waters, sandy beaches, and the mountainous mainland with breathtaking views, Lefkada island is a real jewel in the Ionian Sea. A magical place will offer you everything you ever wanted from a holiday, whether you need tranquility and relaxation or an energetic, activity-oriented holiday filled with exploration, sports, and a vibrant, safe nightlife.

The accommodation facilities range from a townhouse in the traditional center of Lefkada to an artistic house and a mountain villa situated in nearby villages to a Beach Caravan for the adventurous travelers.


Paleros, where the event will take place, is a village located in the Ionian Sea close to the island of Lefkada. It lies at the base of a spectacular mountain and is surrounded by nice sandy beaches, restaurants, and bars in close proximity. The coastline to the north and south offers dozens of small isolated picturesque gulfs for camping and water activities.

Its location and the mild winds make Paleros a hot spot for sailing and diving. There are many archaeological sites, monasteries, wineries, hot springs, and hiking opportunities in the region. Visitors of Paleros can experience a back-to-nature lifestyle by visiting local farms, tasting homemade products, and becoming part of a Greek family.

Nearby places

  • Paleros village - 5 minutes
  • Vonitsa, 19 kilometers



  • Scuba diving


Macrobiotic food and local ingredients will be served during the retreat.

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy swimming at the beach nearby
  • Enjoy cycling around the city
  • Learn philosophy in the birthplace of great philosophers

Spa treatments

During the retreat, you can relax and enjoy Thai massage from Ellas Retreat.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily cooking workshops
  • Daily meditation session
  • Daily yoga lesson
  • Daily macrobiotic meals
  • Outdoor activities as swimming, diving, and boat tours

What's not included

  • Flight to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) or Aktion National Airport (PVK)
  • Transport to and from the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) or Aktion National Airport (PVK)

How to get there

Driving directions from southern Greece

  • If you are driving from southern Greece (distance from Athens to Paleros is about 338 kilometers), the standard route to Paleros is via Rio (Patras), Antirio, Mesologgi, Agrinio, Amfilochia, and Vonitsa (distance from Paleros to Mesologgi is about 139 kilometers)
  • Following this road and just before the city of Agrinio, you will have the opportunity to experience the recently completed 30 kilometers section of the new Ionian highway
  • You also should try a slightly different route that, despite some low-speed bends, will reward you with vistas of exceptional beauty. Take Mesologgi, rather than continue to Agrinio, turn towards Astakos, and follow the coastline to Paleros, via Mesologgi, Astakos, and Mytikas, that overlooks the Ionian Sea and several islands

Driving directions from northern Greece

  • If you are driving from northern Greece, Ellas Retreat highly recommend the Egnatia highway, (distance from Thessaloniki to Paleros is about 435 kilometers)
  • You can reach Ioannina through the Egnatia highway and follow the route Ioannina, Preveza, Vonitsa, Paleros (distance from Ioannina to Paleros is about 150 kilometers)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) or Aktion National Airport (PVK). Transfer from and to these airports are available upon request. If you are a group of four, Ellas Retreat can arrange a taxi pick-up for you at a cost of 70 EUR per person.

Arrival by bus

From the airport, take the X93 city bus. The fare should be about 30 EUR to the long distance bus terminal from where buses depart for Paleros. From the bus terminal, it is advantageous to take more frequent bus to Lefkada. This route should take you to Vonitsa, a town that neighbors Paleros, distanced just 19 kilometers away from where Ellas Retreat can pick you up. Bus trip duration is about five and a half hours including the 20 minutes break along the road.

Arrival by taxi

You can hire a taxi that will pick you up at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) and bring you to Paleros in four hours for 70 EUR per person.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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