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Time To Relax And Unwind.



Tranquil Times Retreats and Dr Amanda Bowen present:

An 8 day Santorini Retreat Experience

from 5th - 12th October 2019

EARLY BIRD PRICES (until 31.03.2019)

3 sharing a triple en-suite room £855 / deposit £250
2 sharing double/twin en-suite room £915 / deposit £300
1 person single occupancy in a double en-suite room £1245 / deposit £375



What Makes This Retreat Special

This holiday gives you the perfect balance of relaxation and activity, deep internal work for body mind and spirit, glimpses into authentic Greek life and lots of fun and joy! Each yoga session will be different as we journey through the week, but set around the yin yang philosophies to bring balance into your life. We will work with the 5 elements within the classes and combine the Indian Yogic principles with those of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Jo and Amanda's skills combine beautifully and they offer a safe and nurturing environment to enable permanent positive life changes, whilst giving you the time for new experiences, adventures and friendships. In this stunning location, this retreat promises an unforgettable experience to treasure forever.

What’s Included in This Package ·

・ 8 days/7 nights boutique accommodation in shared or private ensuite rooms
・ Twice daily Yin Yang Yoga/meditation/energy work classes 90 minutes each
・ Daily delicious breakfast buffet
・ 5 divine dinners (organic vegetarian)
・ Water with meals
・ Free WiFi
・ Exclusive use of the Yoga Shala, beautiful gardens and heated pool



What’s not included in This Package:

・ Flights
・ Travel insurance
・  Lunches and dinners off the premises
・ Optional excursions
・ Therapies & treatments including private sessions
・ Taxis
・ Airport transfers



Optional excursions:

・ Walking to Oia
・ Greek cooking class
・ Sunset sailing trip 
・ Meal in Fira watching the beautiful sunset
・ Day at a stunning beach club in Perivolos
Added bonuses:
* You'll be added to a private Facebook group to get the chance to meet everyone virtually beforehand and to share photos, stories and revelations!
* Coaching support can be booked and arranged for after the trip to help overcoming challenges and to integrate the teachings into your every day life.

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Benefits
• Experience joy, fun, laughter and adventure with a group of like-minded women/people,
• Immerse yourself in deep soul work releasing ties from the past to become mentally stronger and the best version of yourself
• Stimulate your senses whilst learning new practices and discover your power within
• Embrace the soul of Santorini, whilst relaxing in this perfect location to enjoy the beauty of nature and the power of the elements
• Opportunity to learn from two highly respected teachers
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Location

We've chosen the sublime setting of Santorini to fire you up for this wonderful week of wellbeing. This idylic island paradise situated within the Cyclades in Greece, erupted over 3600 years ago to reveal spectacular rock formations, lunar landscapes and the best sunsets in the Mediteranean. Considered a magical and mythical island and recognised as a place with powerful energy and authenticity, popular theory states that the volcanic eruption here was the source of the legend of Atlantis.

We feel very fortunate to have been offered a week at / Our home for the week is...the award winning Pelagos hotel, situated 3kms outside of Oia village, surrounded by farms and vineyards. Just 10 minutes from the nearest beach, the complex overlooks the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea and the caldera (crater) below.
This peaceful paradise is well away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, but close to the traditional villages with their white-washed buildings nestled into the cliff face, beaches and downtown Fira.


Our spacious, bright and airy rooms are situated within 3 detached Cycladic buildings in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape. Furnished in typical Santorinian style with an emphasis on character and comfort.
Each room has its own en-suite bathroom and private balcony allowing for greater privacy and relaxation, with spectacular views of the countryside, gardens or pool. Take a stroll between the palms and fig trees and let your mind calm, relaxing in hammocks between the trees, sipping coffee or cocktails by the pool, on the terrace or your own balcony.
The overall magic of this place offers you a secluded calm space, with privacy, as well as several communal areas like the yoga shala, dining areas, gardens, and terraces.
The outside yoga shala is a huge space bathed in light

Hotel facilities & services

· Reception
· Restaurant
· Bar
· Swimming pool
· Pool towels
· Children swimming pool
· A/C
· Free WiFi internet
· Daily maid service
· Laundry
· Rent a car – The hotel can arrange for car to meet you at airport/port.








Food
Organic cuisine

Santorini offers agricultural produce of exquisite quality and incomparable taste due to both its unique climate and volcanic soil. Our hosts philosophy regarding their restaurant is one of combining the use of local produce with biological cultivation. Therefore, they cultivate typical local varieties of fruit and vegetables without adding any artificial fertilizers, pesticides or growth accelerators.

They strongly support the idea of organic nutrition, offering a wide range of Greek, traditional dishes using as many ingredients as we can from their own produce, such as cherry tomatoes, white aubergines, local cucumbers, round zucchinis, string beans, grapes, figs, melons and watermelons.
Take a stroll into the vegetable garden and get acquainted with the renowned, dry varieties which grow on the island and taste the fruit of their fig trees which surround your bungalows.

Your retreat includes 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners at the hotel. On arrival day, a special welcome dinner is served where we meet, greet and set our intentions for the week. Our final night will be a celebration of our journey together and for the remaining 2 dinners – one we will dine at sunset at a gorgeous restaurant in Fira and another onboard the yacht on our optional sailing trip half way through our week.

To allow for personal flexibility and enable you to explore the island during the daytime, lunches at the hotel aren't included. You have option to either use the small kitchens in the shared rooms to prepare your own, dine in the hotels restaurant or eleswhere on the island. Mandy has good knowledge of the local area so can recommend some great places to eat. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten and lactose free meals are available at the Pelagos. Fish may also be available twice a week.



Jo and Amanda - your Teachers and Hosts.
Amanda and I met in India through yoga where we formed a strong friendship and appreciation of each other’s complimentary and powerful work in the yoga space. We soon started envisioning our own dream retreats, and we're now delighted to be delivering those dreams to you.
Amanda discovered the blissful Greek island of Santorini in 2016 and has spent some of the most magical times of her life there practicing yoga, immersed in its beauty and tranquility, emerging restored and strengthened. We are both so thrilled to now be offering an incredible yoga retreat experience taking place in its warm embrace.



 

Jo Crowder

Hi, I'm a Yoga Alliance Certified teacher who has been practicing for over 25 years and running yoga retreats for the last seven.
I was initially attracted to yoga for its mental and spiritual aspects, but later realized yoga's healing benefits on my body and mind after damaging my neck and back in three car accidents. The last one led me to totally reevaluate my crazy, busy and successful life in the UK and relocate to Bulgaria.
I like to make my classes fun and engaging, drawing on aspects of different yoga styles and energy work, emphasizing awareness of mind, body, and breath whilst focusing on correct alignment.
My intention is to inspire her students to connect with themselves, exploring and discovering their unique potential in a safe and healing environment and ultimately raise their energetic vibration.
Over the years, I've practiced, studied and been influenced by various styles of Yoga.
For this particular retreat I will be teaching a mix of Vinyasa Flow, Hatha/Sivananda, Restorative and energy work depending on the groups needs at a particuar time.
I will incorporate and focus on the healing power of guided meditation and qigong exercises throughout.
I run Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat in Varna, Bulgaria and I'm also a Transformational Life Coach, Reiki Master/teacher, Sound therapist, Energy Worker and Curative Hypnotherapist.


Dr Amanda Bowen




Hi I'm a Yoga Teacher with a PhD in Metaphysical Science, a Certified Holistic Life Coach & Spiritual Counsellor and Wellness Retreat Organiser, with 500+ hours of Yoga Alliance teacher training in India and Ibiza; including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Yin Yang and Aerial yoga. 
I overcome many health issues and addictions by choosing the holistic route to get my health back rather than be drugged up on anti-depressants and unable to function. This fuelled my passion for health and wellbeing, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. I left the soul destroying Corporate world behind with my only plan being to take a year off to get well! 
Studying was my therapy and Yin yoga was that missing piece of the jigsaw I was so desperately searching for! The powerful healing benefits I received have been astounding and I just felt this strong desire to share what I’ve learned with others and make a real difference.
You don’t have to take as long as me to reclaim your life! Let me educate you on stress management and prevent the devastating effects it can have long term. 
My unique style of integrating Yin yoga, practical brain science and ancient wisdom creates the perfect equilibrium for a healthy, happy life. All done in a friendly, caring down to earth manner, nothing too serious, we need laughter too!


Program
The itinerary has been designed to give you a good balance of deep internal work for mind, body, and spirit along with glimpses into traditional Santorinian life and lots of light-hearted down-to-earth fun and laughter!
Each yoga session will be different. The program will be adjusted intuitively according to the group's needs as we journey through the week and raise your vibrations.

Jo will guide you through Hatha and Restorative yoga on arrival to aid speedy recovery after our travels and gentle Vinyasa flow for most morning sessions to connect with our breath and tune into the energy fields in our body.
Yin yoga will be incorporated for emotional release and to stimulate energy flow further as well as qigong techniques. Guided meditations are also an important part of this week, tailored to what comes up for our group.

Amanda will guide you through Yin yoga which s a meditative, healing form of yoga, working on a deeper level into the connective tissues and organs, lubricating the body, releasing toxins and negative emotions. It invites us to enter a space of stillness; combining the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and ancient Indian wisdom; it restores, balances and enhances the energy flow throughout the body, interconnecting every tissue and organ, through invisible pathways, removing blockages, the precursors to illnesses, working like acupuncture but without the needles!

Each organ has many energetic components that affect us physically, emotionally and mentally. Our bodies carry a record of all our experiences in our lifetime and all experiences carry an emotional charge, so that over the years any trauma, bad relationships, betrayals, stressful jobs and grief can actually affect our physiology by breaking down the immune system, leading to illness and disease

We'll allow for quiet times too where you'll be encouraged to take time out, meditate and journal to explore, enhance and evaluate your inner experience. You can also book Jo & Mandy for one-to-one sessions or Jo for reiki treatments. Massages are also available on site.




How to get there (flights, airport transfers, buses, trains)

Fly to Santorini Thira National Airport (JTR)
British Airways offers flights (May–Oct, 3–6 weekly) from Heathrow to Santoríni.
EasyJet serves Santoríni from Gatwick (Apr–Oct, 5–7 weekly).
We recommend you choose a flight to arrive on the morning of Saturday 5th October
*PLEASE SPEAK WITH US FIRST BEFORE BOOKING FLIGHTS!!

Transfers can be arranged and cost approximately £... each way. We will do our best to keep costs down by grouping you together with other guests to share the taxis.

Distances
· Beach 200m
· Oia village, 3 kilometers
· Fira, 10 kilometers
· Santorini Thira National Airport (JTR), 20 kilometers
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Additional information


Weather information

In Santorini during October, you'll experience pleasant weather with nice average daytime temperatures around 24°C and at night a minimum of 13°C.
The difference in temperature between early morning and evening can be a lot compared to daytime, so pack a sweater and socks.

What to bring
Pack as light as possible, so you have room for any shopping!
· Notebook for journaling
· Warmer clothes for early mornings & evening
· European electrical adapter
· Mosquito repellant, just in case!
· Any personal medication

Electricity and outlets
Please bring a European adapter for any electrical appliances if you are coming from the UK or outside Europe.

Responsible travel
Please share transport where possible to reduce carbon emmissions and use water and electricity efficiently


Cancellation Policy

All deposits are non-refundable. The statutory 14-day cooling off period applies, apart from if the trip is booked within 14 days before the retreat. We have a strict no refund policy
It is recommended that you take out your own travel insurance and cancellation insurance.
No responsibility can be taken in regards to travel arrangements, flight delays or cancellations etc.
If you have a health condition, please consult your doctor before booking.

The remaining payment can be paid in installments, with the final balance settled 30 days before arrival.




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