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Yoga Vacation by the Sea on Paros with Sasy Chasomeri

Spring is considered the most beautiful season on the Greek island of Paros. 

Here, at the popular Okreblue Eco Retreat Center, we will enjoy daily yoga, memorable sunrises at the beach, fine food and Greek hospitality. 

Every morning (except on the arrival and departure day), our local host and experienced yoga teacher Sasy Chasomeri will offer our private group an extended Vinyasa yoga practice based on the theme of the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether). In addition, she will introduce us to Yin and Aerial Yoga and teach the basics of Ayurveda. If required and subject to availability, Sasy is also available for private yoga lessons. On some days, the time after brunch is free.

This week by the sea offers everything you need to relax and slow down: You can practice yoga daily, rest, go for a swim in the turquoise sea or a walk along the beach, let yourself be pampered with a massage or explore Paros on your own. A detour to Parikia, Lefkes, Aliki, Antiparos or the nearest town Naoussa, whose fishing port is one of the most beautiful in Greece, is particularly recommended.

The yoga lessons are suitable for both beginners and advanced students. Sasy teaches in English.


This yoga vacation will be offered from Saturday, May 27, through Saturday, June 3, 2023 at the Okreblue Eco Retreat Center near Santa Maria in the north of Paros in Greece.



The Island and the Retreat Center
Paros is located in the centre of the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea. The island is best known for its beautiful beaches and picturesque villages with typical white houses and blue shutters. In the low season, Paros is quiet and not very touristy.

The Okreblue Eco Retreat Center in the north of Paros, is located close to a sandy beach in the bay of Santa Maria. The centre offers tranquility, places to retreat, two large, light-flooded shalas for our yoga practice, massages and treatments, healthy food and lots of nature around. The rooms are simple and functionally furnished. Most of them have been renovated lately. Some have a kitchenette, veranda or terrace. All are equipped with refrigerator and kettle.
The Okreblue is particularly proud of its Restaurant & Café Caretta with sea view. There, long time Indian chef Suresh and his team will offer daily buffets of sumptuous vegetarian, Indian/Mediterranean infused farm to table meals from the centre's own organic gardens or local farmers. Apart from our included brunch and dinner, the Caretta serves light meals and drinks. 
At the Okreblue, you can also pamper yourself with various massages and treatments. Or you can take a five-minute walk to the long, gently sloping sandy beach of Santa Maria with its crystal-clear water. If you like to explore the island by rental car, scooter or bicycle, you can also reserve and have them delivered by the Retreat Centre after your arrival. 
Video of the Okreblue Eco Retreat Center.


The Teacher
Sasy is one of the founders and director of Okreblue Yoga Retreat Center. A yoga teacher, holistic coach, nature lover and environmentalist Sasy is leading a conscious life on Paros Island. She has been experiencing the multiple benefits of yoga since 2006 and had the call to teach in 2010. She is a certified and registered yoga teacher E-RYT200, RYT500, certified NLP Coach, Ayurveda Practitioner, Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapist, Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher, NLP Master Practitioner & Coach and Mindfulness Meditation teacher. She leads the Living Yoga Project teaching workshops, trainings and retreats at her home, Okreblue, on Paros island. Her method is based on the Alignment Principles of Anusara Yoga. The practice of Anusara Yoga is considered to be ‘heart-oriented’, meaning that it is expressed from the ‘inside out’. Artistically and mindfully, Sasy interweaves a meaningful intention, to the physical practice with her deep knowledge of human body anatomy, as a way to expand and take your awareness beyond the mat and into everyday life. Each sequence is very carefully designed to meet her students’ needs for continuous growth and healing. Sasy aims to inspire people to live life to its fullest potential, cultivate their inner power, and unfold the strength that is already present to face life’s challenges as opportunities for development and transformation.


The Program of the Week (changes may apply)
Saturday, May 27, 2023:
Individual travel to Paros / if required taxi transfer to Okreblue Eco Retreat Center (approx. 40 minutes drive) / check-in as from 3:00 pm / approx. 7 pm: dinner (buffet)

Sunday, May 28, through Friday, June 3, 2023:
Daily Morning Yoga with Sasy (on the theme of the 5 elements (Meditation, Pranayama, Asana - approx. 2 to 2.5 hours practice) / afterwards brunch (buffet) and free time (rest, massage, beach, excursions etc.) / approx. 7 pm: dinner (buffet) In addition, Introduction to Ayurveda / Yin Yoga / Aerial Yoga / Morning meditation and pranayama at the beach.

Saturday, June 3, 2023:
Brunch (buffet) / check-out no later than 12 noon / individual departure (taxi transfer to the airport or Parikia port on request). 


Price per person
CHF 1’590.- with accommodation in a double room/2-bed room
CHF 1'790.- with accommodation in a single room (limited number, first come - first served).
All rooms with private bathroom and toilet.

This price includes 
•  Accommodation for 7 nights in a superior room with private bathroom and toilet
•  Rich brunch and dinner every day (mainly organic, vegetarian/vegan, without meat and fish)
•  Tea and filtered drinking water during the day
•  6 x morning yoga (2 to 2.5 hours practice) / 1 x Yin Yoga / 1 x Aerial Yoga / at least one meditation and pranayama session at the beach / Introduction to Ayurveda – all classes with Sasy and exclusively for our group
•  Use of Yoga mats and props (blocks, belts, blankets, meditation cushions)
•  Daily room cleaning service
•  Wireless Internet Access
•  Accommodation tax

Services not included
•  All flight and transfer cost
•  Additional meals and beverages 
•  Yoga Privates (depending on Sasy’s availability; EUR 60.- for 75 minutes)
•  Massages and treatments (80-90 minutes; EUR 100.- to 120.- per massage, cash payment only)
•  Excursions 
•  Rental fee for car, scooter or bicycle


Travel
The easiest way to get to Paros is by plane via Athens (from Zurich preferably with Aegean Air). We recommend to allow approximately 3 hours for connecting flights in Athens in case that flights are delayed or your luggage cannot be checked through in Athens.

If you wish, our travel partner Hotelplan will take care of booking your flights. Please contact zuerich-limmatplatz@hotelplan.ch or phone +41 44 277 70 60 (ask for Markus Anderegg and mention this yoga-to-go retreat). An early booking of the flights is recommended for good connections and prices.

On request, we can organise a shuttle service from/to Pariki/Paros airport (approx. 40 minutes drive. Costs: EUR 50.- per way and taxi, as of 4 persons (in a Van) EUR 18.- per way and person, payable in cash directly to the taxi driver).
It is cheaper, but more laborious and longer, to take the ferry from Athens Piraeus or Raffina (with Blue Star Ferries or Hellenic Seaways). 
How to get there.


Booking / Further Terms and Notes
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz: valerie@yoga-to-go.ch


The receipt of your registration will be confirmed by yoga-to-go and is binding as from then on. At the same time, yoga-to-go will invoice you the full cost according to your booking. The amount is due within the time limit stated on the invoice.

It is the responsibility of each participant to book their flights and to inform themselves about general travel regulations, flight changes and immigration regulations for Greece.

All participants are responsible for their insurance. We recommend a travel insurance (including coverage of cancellation costs and travel incidents), as well as a health and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.
The facilitator/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the facilitators/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

This yoga holiday week is organized and accompanied by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz in cooperation with Okreblue Eco Retreat Center. The General Terms and Conditions of yoga-to-go apply. 

We support the voluntary compensation of CO2 emissions caused by airplane flights. With your payment to e.g. the Swiss NPO Myclimate you can compensate the carbon footprint of your flights. Your offset payment will support national and international, high-quality climate protection projects.