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Yoga & Creativity Retreat on Paros in Greece

Find Form - Awaken and strengthen your creativity in this 7-day retreat on Paros, the magical Cyclade Island of Light.

Practice Kundalini Yoga - the Yoga of Awareness, meditate at spiritual spots, chant mantras and tap into your intuition and creative power in workshops. 

Spend your free time relaxing, bathing in the turquoise blue sea, strolling along the beach or taking a massage. Particularly recommended is an afternoon trip to Parikia, Lefkes, Aliki, Antiparos or Naoussa, the nearest town whose fishing port is considered one of the most beautiful in Greece.

This Yoga & Creativity Retreat will be offered from Saturday, May 2, to May 9, 2020 at Okreblue Seaside Retreat Centerin Santa Maria on the island of Paros in Greece.

Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini is the source of the universal life force (prana) that slumbers in each of us at the root of the spine like a coiled snake.
Kundalini Yoga, also called the Yoga of Awareness, is a deeply transformational method of energy work that works through the body, mind and soul. This form of yoga has been taught in Tibet and India for many thousands of years. In the West, it has been spread by the Sikh Yoga master Yogi Bhajan since the end of the 1960s. 
Kundalini Yoga consists of physical excercises performed in specific sequences, breath work, meditations and mantra chanting. The techniques are simple and can be enjoyed be everyone, no matter his or her age or physical ability. 
Kundalini Yoga is not only very effective on a physical level, it also strengthens our inner power, concentration, stamina and creativity. At a higher level, this yoga is also about realizing our highest potential and expanding our consciousness so that we are fully in contact with ourselves and everything that surrounds us. This way, our hearts can open. 
"Kundalini Yoga is a method of becoming nothing so that everything can flow through you. That’s all".
Yogi Bhajan

The teacher
Franziska Kessler teaches regular yoga classes and international workshops. She is a trained Kundalini teacher Level 1 & 2 by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurushabd Singh Khalsa. She also holds her Reiki Master degree since many years.
Her classes and techniques are about yoga, art and design - they are experiments with creativity. Her focus in teaching is on finding form, a program with a holistic approach to develop and promote your creative power.
In addition to her commitment to yoga, Franziska is a global expert for creative design consultancy. She supports various social projects in India and Switzerland. 
To find out more please also visit her website www.franziskakessler.com

The Island and the Retreat Center
Paros is situated in the centre of the Cycladic archipelago in the Aegean Sea. The island is particularly known for its beautiful beaches and picturesque villages with their typical white houses and blue shutters. In the low season, the island is quiet and not very touristic. 
The Okreblue Seaside Retreat Center is located in the North of the island, directly on a small, wild sandy beach in the bay of Santa Maria. The center offers everything you need for relaxation and deceleration: tranquility, space and places to retreat, two large, light-flooded shalas for your yoga practice, massages, healthy food and of course, nature.
The rooms are simple and functional, some have a kitchenette, veranda or terrace.
The Okreblue is particularly proud of its Caretta Healthy Restaurant & Café with lovely sea views. Here, the Indian chef Suresh cooks healthy and fresh fusion Mediterranean Indian cuisine using mainly organic products from the region and the centre's organic garden. The Caretta also offers light snacks such as sandwiches, salads, omelettes, smoothies etc. all day long. 
On site you can also treat yourself with an Ayurvedic or Traditional Thai Yoga massage. Or you can walk 5 minutes to the long, gently sloping sandy beach of Santa Maria for a swim in the crystal clear water.
If you want to explore the island by rental car, scooter or bicycle, you can also make a reservation after your arrival and have it delivered to the Okreblue. 
Please find more information and photos at www.okreblue.com as well as a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUzlusxr2IM&feature=youtu.be

Please see the detailed program here…
We reserve the right to make any necessary short-notice changes.

This program suits both beginners and advanced practicioners of all traditions and ages. 
Franziska teaches in German and English.

Price per person
In triple room: CHF 1'485.-
In double/twin room: CHF 1'595.-
A few single rooms are availbale with extra cost of CHF 440.- per room (first come, first served). 

Services included
• accommodation (7 nights) in a double room with private bathroom and toilet 
• half board: brunch and dinner (mainly organic, vegetarian/vegan, no meat, no fish)
• daily extended Kundalini yoga practice (physical excercises, breath work, meditations, mantra chanting, Satsang)
• 3 workshop sessions on creativity & intuition 
• movie screening
• Yoga mats and props (blocks, belts, blankets, meditation cushions)
• every day maid service 

Not included are
• travel costs and transfers 
• extra meals and beverages
• massages (80-90 minutes; 70.- EUR per massage, payable at the center in cash only)
• excursions/trips 
• car, scooter or bicycle rental 

Travel tips
The easiest way to reach Paros is by plane from Athens (with Aegean Airlines, Olympic Airlines or Sky Express). 
The journey to Paros by ferry from Athens Piraeus or Raffina (with Blue Star Lines or Hellenic Seaways) is cheaper, but more complicated and longer. You can find information on the various travel options here: https://www.okreblue.com/location/

For participants from Zurich we recommend to book these flight:
Inbound on Saturday, May 2, 2020 
11:10 am: with Aegean from Zurich to Athens. Arrival at 2:45 pm.
4:00 pm: Flight with Olympic from Athens to Paros/Parikia. Arrival at 4:40 pm.
Outbound on Saturday, May 9, 2020
11:35 am: Flight with Olympic from Paros/Parikia to Athens. Arrival at 12:15 pm.
5:50 pm: Flight with Swiss from Athens to Zurich. Arrival at 7:35 pm.
Economy airfare, incl. 20kg baggage is approx. CHF 600.- (price as per October 7, 2019).
Our travel partner Travelhouse will gladly book these flights for you. Please contact Daniel Elsener by e-mail daniel.elsener@travelhouse.ch or phone +41 58 569 96 40. Early booking is highly recommended!
If you prefer to book online, please note the baggage regulations and surcharges of the airlines!

On request, we can also arrange a shuttle service from/to the airport (Travel time about 45 min. Cost: EUR 45.- per way and person, up to 3-4 persons EUR 15.- per person and way).

Booking and further Terms
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz: valerie@yoga-to-go.ch
Registration deadline is on March 31, 2020.

Upon receipt of your registration, yoga-to-go will confirm your participation, and the registration is binding from that date on.
At the same time, you will be invoiced a non-refundable deposit of CHF 400.- per person which is due within 10 days.
The remainder is due by March 31, 2020.

The prices are based on the calculation and exchange rates of January 2020 (EUR 1.00 = CHF 1.10) We reserve the right to make price adjustments in case of significant rate fluctuations. 

A refund is only possible if the retreat has to be canceled due to an insufficient number of participants. 
We require a minimum of 8 participants for the retreat to take place.

Changes in the program and daily schedule may apply.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly recommend a travel insurance (incl. coverage of cancellation costs and travel incidents), health- and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.
The company/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 company/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

This retreat is organized and accompanied by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz.It is subject to the company’s General Terms and Conditions which will be sent (in German) to each participant upon booking.

We support the voluntary compensation of CO2emissions 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. To find out more please see www.myclimate.org